Erryn reviews ‘Two Man Advantage (Point Shot Book 1)’ by V.L. Locey. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Sean Crisden. It was released on September 20, 2019 and is 3 hrs long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m Canadian and love hockey.
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Victor Kalinski, all-star forward for the Boston Barracudas, is one of the biggest jerks in professional hockey. Before long his aggressive attitude gets him shipped off to play in the minor leagues.Furious, he takes to the ice with equal amounts of skill and scathing sarcasm, which doesn’t win him any friends—except for good-natured alternate captain Daniel Arou. He won’t take any of Vic’s crap, and he won’t take no for an answer. But Vic’s trouble-making is pulling his career one way while Dan’s talent is pushing his in the other. However much they scorch the sheets, they might soon be separated by more than Vic’s fear of being hurt.
Victor Kalinski is a misogynist. That needs repeating. He’s a misogynist. His references to women are rude, derogatory, and downright disgusting. If my brother said those things, I’d turf him from my house. Now, most of Victor’s thoughts stay in his mind. Does that make it okay?
Yeah, not so much to me.
I understand there are guys who think poorly of women. I’ve met them, worked with them, and even dated one. So I’ve met men like Victor. He’s a bisexual. I’ve met bisexuals. And I’m sure there are misogynistic bisexuals. But his vitriolic disregard for women stuck with me long after I listened to the book.
Now, to be clear, this isn’t the first book I’ve read where the main male hero doesn’t like women. Sometimes this is explained as it’s because he’s gay. I find that lazy. That the readers are expected to accept the disregard of women because the guy is gay. I’m sure there are readers who aren’t fans of women either. But generally the readers of gay romances are women, so why would a writer go out of their way to insult most of their readers?
I seem to be alone in my criticism, though. And I’ve struggled with this.
There are good parts to the book. Victor has some issues – especially anger. He’s facing losing his career if he can’t shape up. Meeting Daniel Arou is both a dream and a nightmare because Victor is attracted to the guy. Their coupling is fiery and fierce. There’s something more to the relationship, though, because Dan is there when Victor needs him most.
This is the first of a three book arc involving the two men. Other reviewers have felt having the complete character arc made Victor more palatable. I circle around, asking myself if I would read the next two books. I think I would because I really like Dan Arou as a character and redemptive stories are often my favorites.
Sean Crisden narrated this book and I think he did a great job. His timing was good and some of the lines were funny. If there are further audiobooks, I hope they keep him on as narrator.
7/10 Pots of Gold (70% Recommended) – Compares to 3.5/5 Stars
USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.
When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.