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Wells Lemiere knew the moment he saw Matty Haverbrooke, he had to have him. Matty was quiet, he was talented, he was beautiful, and Wells couldn’t stay away.
As the youngest and most talented son of the NHL Commissioner, Matty had found the burden of family expectations almost too heavy to carry on even his broad shoulders. He had no intention of getting involved in a relationship with Wells. But the heart he’d given up for dead had other ideas.
Their affair was intense and overwhelming, but when Matty couldn’t bring himself to come out and admit he wanted a public future with the man he loved, Wells had no choice but to honor his vow to live openly…and leave Matty behind.
But then he learns Wells is marrying another, and Matty knows he can't let that happen. Can he throw down his gloves and embrace his future with both hands? Or will he pull the door to his closet shut once more?
Two-Man Advantage is Toni Aleo's first M/M novel and my first time reading this author's work. There are several characters, from what I understand, that have already appeared in previous books so if you're familiar with this author then you may remember them.
However, not being familiar, did not take away from my enjoyment or cause me to feel lost in Matty and Well's story.
The writing was well-done and kept me turning the pages with anticipation about how these two characters were going to make their relationship work. Or...if going their separate ways may be better.
Wells is a decade older than Matty and a lot more mature. He's comfortable in his skin and wants an open relationship with his boyfriend, Matty.
Matty, on the other hand, is severely closeted, due to his father and his career, and he's terrified of what the outcome will be if he comes out.
When Matty keeps pushing Wells back into the closet with him, he must make a decision that keeps him true to himself. Walking away, while devastating, is the only choice Wells feels he has.
Matty's fear was palpable on the page and with good reason. He's faced with a lot of family issues that continue to pull him in different directions and coming out, he fears, will be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
There's no doubt that Wells and Matty love each other desperately. They both make mistakes that continued to be push-and-pull between them through most of the book.
There was quite a bit of frustration watching Matty, especially, freeze under the pressure and constantly doubt Wells and their love. On the other hand, I felt Wells put more pressure on Matty to come out, publically than he deserved—considering he was ten years younger, no family to support him, initially, and Wells vowed to support him for however long it took to come out.
Wells has great friends and family that keep them strong while offering their support and guidance, eventually becoming Matty's, as well, but ultimately, the fear of losing Wells may be the only thing that helps Matty see what he has...or may not have if he doesn't keep his word.
This was an enjoyable read and I felt the connection between them, however, some of the issues they had to face, due to their own miscalculations or eagerness to move on felt rushed.
I would definitely read more M/M books from this author and would love to see Matty and Wells and how they are doing down the road.
* I was gifted with an ARC through the promoter in exchange for an honest review *
About the Author
My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?
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