Two-Man Advantage by Toni Aleo is NOW AVAILABLE!
“Sexy. Emotional. Funny. Aleo’s first MM is a spectacular debut into a new genre for her.” -NYT Bestselling Author, Melissa Collins
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 was one of my most anticipated books for the month of November, and boy did Toni Aleo deliver one fantastic story! It’s hard to believe that Wells and Matty’s story was her first venture into the M/M genre because EVERY part of Wells and Matty’s relationship illustrates the love felt between these men, including the way they yearn for each other’s bodies and demonstrate their desire and affection in every intimate embrace, stolen glance, and dirty remark.
At the end of Wren and Jensen’s story, Wells’ sister and best friend, readers caught a glimpse of just how much Wells Lemiere and Matty Haverbrooke loved one another, but the circumstances that surrounded their reunion also illustrated why they were no longer together and what it had cost both men. At the start of Two-Man Advantage, Aleo gives readers Wells and Matty’s backstory and sets up the reasons for their long-term relationship dissolving what seems like overnight, but it also depicts just how deep their feelings still run, even after 9 months apart while also showing just how close they were to losing each other forever with Wells’ illogical attempt to move on with someone who doesn’t own him body and soul.
It’s definitely an uphill battle for Wells and Matty when they reunite and Wells gives Matty a second chance. The same issues still exist; namely, Matty’s inability to tell his family that he’s gay and come out as a man who has found the love of his life and is willing to show his commitment to Wells for everyone to see. There’s not a doubt in readers’ minds that Wells and Matty belong together, but what’s also clear is that Matty’s fear of not being accepted by his family, particularly his commissioner father, continues to haunt him and prevents him from going all in with Wells, which is the only way Wells chooses to live.
There’s so much love and devotion between these two men, even though Matty is more than 10 years younger than Wells. But that age gap definitely comes into play when it comes to caring what other people think about the choices that Wells and Matty make, and while Wells could care less how society views his homosexuality, it matters to Matty probably more than it should and it’s the reason that it might cost him the love of his life, yet again, if he can’t work through his issues and put his love/desire for Wells ahead of any fallout that may occur due to his sexual orientation.
“No one matters more than the person who knows everything about you and still loves you”
That’s the lesson that readers should take away from Wells and Matty’s story. Life is too short and too important to be in a constant state of fear and loneliness and what Matty built with Wells is worth every risk because Wells has done nothing but fight for their forever and now Matty needs to prove to Wells and to himself that being out…being his completely can never be wrong regardless of other people’s thoughts on the contrary.
I adored EVERYTHING about Two-Man Advantage. Toni Aleo does a great job of contrasting Wells and Matty’s families as well as the ways they have dealt/continue to deal with people’s perceptions of their sexual orientation. Wells is an incredibly strong character who has learned some hard lessons in life and has made decisions that broke his heart, but he did so because he refuses to go backwards when he has worked so hard to be proud of himself and who he is. I never doubted that Matty would come through for Wells; it may not have been on Wells’ timeframe or in the path that Wells would have chosen, but I didn’t fear Matty would let Wells down because the promise Matty made when they got back together was not made hastily.
The way that several characters from Toni Aleo’s other books play pivotal roles in Wells and Matty’s story was amazing and necessary. Wren, Jensen, and Vaughn are extremely important to Wells and their guidance as well as love keeps him going even when he wants to give up. And, I always wanted Avery to be able to make up with her twin brother and understand exactly why he did those reprehensible things to her and Aleo ties that story line together for me, which was everything I needed!
I can’t say enough about Two-Man Advantage. It gave me ALL THE FEELS and I was definitely swooning HARD for Wells Lemiere!
5 Poison Apples
About the Author
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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