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One wrongful arrest ruined Kris Xappa’s image—and made his NHL team look bad. Now, with orders to keep his head down, the last thing he needs is to develop feelings for his younger teammate—and best friend’s brother. The fact that he can’t stop thinking about their one illicit kiss doesn’t mean anything. Rory Stanton is perfectly capable of taking care of himself and doesn’ One wrongful arrest ruined Kris Xappa’s image—and made his NHL team look bad. Now, with orders to keep his head down, the last thing he needs is to develop feelings for his younger teammate—and best friend’s brother. The fact that he can’t stop thinking about their one illicit kiss doesn’t mean anything. Rory Stanton is perfectly capable of taking care of himself and doesn’t need his brother’s best friend keeping an eye on him. Sure, he likes having Kris’s attention, but he’d rather have it for entirely different reasons. Too bad that one kiss they shared wasn’t enough to convince Kris to take a chance on him. When an injury lands Rory in Kris’s care, will these teammates be able to see past the obstacles to become a two-man team?


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One wrongful arrest ruined Kris Xappa’s image—and made his NHL team look bad. Now, with orders to keep his head down, the last thing he needs is to develop feelings for his younger teammate—and best friend’s brother. The fact that he can’t stop thinking about their one illicit kiss doesn’t mean anything. Rory Stanton is perfectly capable of taking care of himself and doesn’ One wrongful arrest ruined Kris Xappa’s image—and made his NHL team look bad. Now, with orders to keep his head down, the last thing he needs is to develop feelings for his younger teammate—and best friend’s brother. The fact that he can’t stop thinking about their one illicit kiss doesn’t mean anything. Rory Stanton is perfectly capable of taking care of himself and doesn’t need his brother’s best friend keeping an eye on him. Sure, he likes having Kris’s attention, but he’d rather have it for entirely different reasons. Too bad that one kiss they shared wasn’t enough to convince Kris to take a chance on him. When an injury lands Rory in Kris’s care, will these teammates be able to see past the obstacles to become a two-man team?

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  1. 4 out of 5

    ellie

    [reread: 26/11/21] i was getting scared there for a minute thinking these two were never gonna get a book after seeing their cute af interactions from the last book. and i was even more scared thinking that i was putting too much pressure on this book and that it would disappoint me... but instead, these two bitches had me in a chokehold✋🏻 i wanted to read this all in one sitting but my 9am seminar wouldn’t let me😌 mm sports romance? ✔️ pansexual representation? ✔️ brother’s best friend? ✔️ unrequited [reread: 26/11/21] i was getting scared there for a minute thinking these two were never gonna get a book after seeing their cute af interactions from the last book. and i was even more scared thinking that i was putting too much pressure on this book and that it would disappoint me... but instead, these two bitches had me in a chokehold✋🏻 i wanted to read this all in one sitting but my 9am seminar wouldn’t let me😌 mm sports romance? ✔️ pansexual representation? ✔️ brother’s best friend? ✔️ unrequited crush? ✔️ forced proximity? ✔️ there’s only one bed...? ✔️ semi-slowburn? ✔️ the way this made me smile so much🥰 the boys delivered, thank GOD. Amy Aislin is so good at building up this slow, delicious tension while simultaneously keeping us fed with soft moments, banter and friendship. now, Kris was a big dumb Himbo, my god. and i loved it. he was so oblivious to Rory’s crush it was kinda comical (but that scene at the pub...💀 it made my heart hurt for Rory omg). i just loved this bcos all Kris wanted was to make Rory happy— to watch him smile, hear him laugh, encourage him to paint his trains, to let him babble on and on about anything and everything. he was just ✨obsessed✨ with Rory and it was so delightful. their playfulness was so sweet and fun! the scene when Rory is reading Stephen King in the dark while Kris scares the shit out of him had me grinning like a maniac. these two reminded me why i love reading so much bcos recently no book has hit... not even a lacklustre tap. so this book was my saving grace lol. Once he’d changed into sweatpants and a T-shirt, he crept back out into the living room, snuck up behind the couch, and whispered, “Boo,” in Rory’s ear. “Eeeee!” Rory jumped a mile. The paperback went flying. Kris laughed so hard he almost fell over. Didn’t help when Rory bashed him over the shoulders with his book. “Asshole.” like i did not think these bitches painting toy trains together would make me simp so hard. i was just giddy the entire time— i wanted to devour this in one sitting but also draw it out for as long as possible so i wouldn’t have to say goodbye. looks like Kris isn’t the only simp here. and chapter fifteen made me it’s bitch✋🏻 i was truly on the edge of my seat and ready to sue for emotional distress – this author really knows how to break my heart before piecing it back together. i was fangirling and it was glorious. while the whole “cuddles?🥺” with Kris acting all put out and reluctant while he was internally like: When they were both comfortable and back in their original positions—noses only inches apart—Rory grinned hopefully. “Cuddles?” Kris did the complete opposite of what he expected. He lifted an arm and said, “Get over here.” “Yes,” Rory said under his breath, drawing the word out. He snuggled up to the warmth that was Kris, sticking his nose in Kris’s throat. He fell asleep to Kris’s quiet breathing and Kris’s hand running along his spine. and looks like i fall in love with fictional characters who love waffles? first, Nina Zenik ( mommy? sorry. mommy? sorry ) and now Rory Stanton... and as a Brit i have never had sweet waffles in my life, so i’ll just take their word for it. i loved Rory and his sunshine aura (i mean even Kris said this when he was around Rory: no matter the rain tinkling onto the glass of the sunroom, he nevertheless felt like a ray of sunshine had given him a boost of energy. AND Even in the dimly lit room, Rory shone bright as a lightning bolt. like just excuse me while i go sob rn. Rory was a dishevelled, glasses-wearing puppy with a secret love for painting model trains and crushing on his older brother’s best friend... who’s house was slyly decorated with all of Rory’s painted trains🥰🥺 im sorry but they were just so damn sweet oh my god. and he was so funny omg. the random shit that came out of his mouth was so endearing and weird— it was funny bcos it wasn’t OTT nor was Rory even trying to be funny. he just was. every time he made Kris helplessly laugh, i did too😭 Kris kissed his temple. “Hey, you still need to tell me your thing no one knows about you.” “Oh, right. When I was in high school, I used to jerk off to my poster of the Jonas Brothers.” Chuckling helplessly, Kris held him close and drew the covers up. Amy Aislin also executes the perfect pacing imo. it was why i adored book 2 so much (am i still talking about Dan and Ash? yes, yes i am and im not even sorry about it) bcos she gives you some slowburn tension, really explores the characters individually and how their dynamic blossoms and changes before reaching the romantic stage. without having to wait forever for the romance— and she shows you how they function as a couple, too. there’s no abrupt HEA once they decide to be together. she really gives you time to witness the couple in different stages of their relationship throughout and it just hits so hard for me. pacing is usually one of my biggest issues with books— when the pacing is off, it doesn’t matter how awesome the charters are. the story just feels off-kilter. ... so guess, im just an Amy Aislin stan account at this point? i truly just adore the way she writes her stories and characters. it’s just the perfect blend of everything i love and crave from a romance. Kris tucked the blanket in around Rory’s legs, then moved to squat near his head. “Hey, Rory?” Rory’s eyes opened halfway. “Hm?” “I have mushy feelings for you too.” The smile Rory graced him with was soft and achingly vulnerable, sending every one of Kris’s long dormant protective instincts haywire. He tugged the glasses off Rory’s nose and set them on the coffee table, then kissed the corner of Rory’s mouth and stood. she’s also seriously good at writing trauma— i noticed it first with Roman in book 3, then with Dan (and Ash) in book 2. it’s very subtle; she dribbles it into the narrative at just the right pace to really allow you to understand the characters, their personalities, their actions and thought processes. but without throat punching you with excess trauma. it’s not there for drama’s sake but to provide a thorough exploration of the characters. so Rory’s experience with bullying as a kid comes through the story so you understand why he acts or thinks a certain way, but it’s just subtly dropped in here and there... it’s not overt and loud, just to cause shit. i think i said it in my review of Keeping Kellan, that this author is really good at writing mundane conflicts and everyday goings on but it’s still riveting and intriguing to read bcos it’s so realistic in its familiarity. i imagine a lot of adults who were bullied struggle to still enjoy the things in life that they were bullied for— it’s a reminder of a traumatic time in their lives, so it still packs that emotional punch without dramatising shit. just little things he did, said and thought showed how deeply ingrained his trauma was that he barely noticed it— so i just loved the execution. it wasn’t drama for drama’s sake. it was just real people going through the motions of life. The sound of the storm disappeared. Rain hitting the gutters, splashing onto muddy patches of grass, thunder sweeping overhead . . . all of it gone as Rory’s senses filled with the scent of a sleep-musky Kris, the pressure of Kris’s hand at his back, and the press of Kris’s lips against his. the brother’s best friend trope was executed really well bcos the moment Kris takes Rory out on a date, he literally phones Rory’s brother and tells him😭 no messing about there. Emery was super supportive and wasn’t even a factor nor a conflict in the relationship, so loved that. and finally, i loved cameos from other characters and couples but equally loved that it didn’t bog down the romance - sometimes authors can get too carried away with crossovers, spin offs and cameos, that they forget themselves a little and it stifles the current romance. so loved that while we got to see some old faves, this was still very much Kris and Rory’s story. *whispers* if i was gonna be nit picky and complain... id have wanted a cameo from my soft boi, Roman🥰missed his grumpy face! ...now give me Emery and Felix😎 ”Wouldn’t be much of a surprise at this point, would it?” “Is it cuddles?” Love for this man filled him with warmth and happiness rushing through his veins like a tidal wave of fierce adoration and hope. Hope for the future they’d make together. He squeezed Rory close. “All the cuddles.” ***** original fangirl screaming***** CAN YALL HEAR ME SCREAMING!!!! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THESE TWO BITCHES FOR FAR TOO LONG😭😭😭 i didnt think these two were ever gonna get a book bcos its been so long. i am losing my mind right now, sorry. dont mind me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    This is one of my favourites in what's been a really brilliant series from Amy. I'm a huge sports romance fan in the first place but I do have a soft spot for ice hockey (even though the real NHL has some serious issues) guys falling in love and this one's a real treat. We get a really gentle and slow build up with a best friends' brother/small age gap romance coupled with conflicts over coming out, retirement and thoughts on how the public feel they have ownership of players because of their cele This is one of my favourites in what's been a really brilliant series from Amy. I'm a huge sports romance fan in the first place but I do have a soft spot for ice hockey (even though the real NHL has some serious issues) guys falling in love and this one's a real treat. We get a really gentle and slow build up with a best friends' brother/small age gap romance coupled with conflicts over coming out, retirement and thoughts on how the public feel they have ownership of players because of their celebrity status. It's steaming hot when it kicks off but it takes a wee while to get there because Kris hasn't really considered his best friend Emery's younger brother Rory as being anything but a teammate. Until a drunken kiss (from Rory) at Christmas leads into more a few months later when Rory ends up staying with Kris after breaking his leg falling off a ladder while helping one of the older people who live in his apartment block. And Rory is just such a sweetheart, he's vulnerable, at heart he still suffers from the feelings of isolation he encountered when he was bullied at school. Kris, on the other hand, is the personification of inner strength and he's dealing with all sorts of bad media over an incident he wasn't even involved in. The dynamics between the two of them worked well for me, their friendship grows out of that shared childhood experience and as Kris begins to realise his feelings for Rory are more than just that of looking out for his best friend's younger brother, the tensions amp up. I'm really hoping we get Emery and Felix's story because they've intrigued me from the off and there's definitely something brewing with the guy who's come up out of the AHL to cover for Rory and Darragh who owns the pub that Kris and his teammates gather at. All in all, another top entry from Amy. #ARC kindly received from the author via GRR Tours in return for an honest and unbiased review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was a sweet team mates to lovers/ age gap but not much/ best friend's brother/ roommate romance. Kris, man that guy can't catch a break. Every action he takes gets twisted by the media and screw their team PR person, who basically issues statements but tells him to keep his head down and be quiet even though he did nothing wrong. Ugh. And sweet sweet Rory, poor guy breaks his leg and misses out on a lot. But if it didn't happen, maybe he wouldn't have rediscovered parts of himself or finall This was a sweet team mates to lovers/ age gap but not much/ best friend's brother/ roommate romance. Kris, man that guy can't catch a break. Every action he takes gets twisted by the media and screw their team PR person, who basically issues statements but tells him to keep his head down and be quiet even though he did nothing wrong. Ugh. And sweet sweet Rory, poor guy breaks his leg and misses out on a lot. But if it didn't happen, maybe he wouldn't have rediscovered parts of himself or finally taken a shot with his crush. Him and Kris are genuinely good to each other, their team is like a big family, it was all pretty great. I mean besides the awful media and a broken leg. It was great watching them work through it all, together. And they make such a mushy couple, aww!

  4. 5 out of 5

    kauany

    this one had my favorite characters

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara B

    I love this series and literally anything Amy Aislin writes! I started this series all over again just so I could be ready for Kris and Rory's story, and I'm so glad I did! I loved this series even better the second time around, plus I found out there's going to be more?? Sign me up, I'll read them all!! This was was super super sweet, especially with Kris being super oblivious to Rory's flirting but that just made me fall for the characters even more. Also, Rory is just the sweetest thing and I I love this series and literally anything Amy Aislin writes! I started this series all over again just so I could be ready for Kris and Rory's story, and I'm so glad I did! I loved this series even better the second time around, plus I found out there's going to be more?? Sign me up, I'll read them all!! This was was super super sweet, especially with Kris being super oblivious to Rory's flirting but that just made me fall for the characters even more. Also, Rory is just the sweetest thing and I want to wrap him up and take him home with me! I recommend this entire series!! You will fall in love with these characters, promise! Thank you to the author for providing me with an advanced copy!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is another sweet and sexy addition to a great series. Completely devoted to his charity work, Kris is devastated when tabloid gossip threatens his reputation and his plans for his life after retirement. His life is further complicated when his teammate (and his best friend’s younger brother) is injured and needs Kris’ care. If it weren’t for his uncanny ability to get himself into the news for the wrong reason, Kris would I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is another sweet and sexy addition to a great series. Completely devoted to his charity work, Kris is devastated when tabloid gossip threatens his reputation and his plans for his life after retirement. His life is further complicated when his teammate (and his best friend’s younger brother) is injured and needs Kris’ care. If it weren’t for his uncanny ability to get himself into the news for the wrong reason, Kris would almost be too saintly to be fun. He’s a little bit too perfect - but the fact that the world thinks he’s a drunk and a thug almost makes up for it. Rory is a fabulous counterpoint to Kris. He’s a series of contrasts. After years of bullying, Rory lacks the confidence the public expects from a young rising hockey star. This is a slow burn friends to lovers romance. The angst in both men’s lives is personal, there is very little friction or miscommunication between the two. The friendship that builds while Rory stays with Kris builds slowly into something that gives them both strength. This is a gentle, heartwarming read and I enjoyed it very much.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Miriah

    This was really good. I love hockey romances and this one was very well done. It had a bit more spice than the last couple books, but I still feel like it’s low on sex scenes. Both these characters were really sweet and kind, even though drama seemed to follow them everywhere. I felt their chemistry and especially liked how Kris showed his affection for Rory in the relationship. I also really liked how everything happened, the pacing of it, and the resolution of issues. The reason this wasn’t mag This was really good. I love hockey romances and this one was very well done. It had a bit more spice than the last couple books, but I still feel like it’s low on sex scenes. Both these characters were really sweet and kind, even though drama seemed to follow them everywhere. I felt their chemistry and especially liked how Kris showed his affection for Rory in the relationship. I also really liked how everything happened, the pacing of it, and the resolution of issues. The reason this wasn’t magical enough for a five star rating is solely due to the fact that there didn’t seem to be a honeymoon period with Kris and Rory. Kris was adorably oblivious to Rory’s feelings and Rory had been crushing on Kris in some way or another since he was a young teen. When Kris finally realised that not only did he have feelings for Rory, but Rory might return them…there was no excitement. Rory wasn’t ecstatic like I would expect someone in that situation to be, but rather the story just continued on the warm, comfortable, but low simmer it had been on the entire time. Also, the term “life partner” was used three times in this book and I’ll never recover.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Osborne

    The story was so fun to read and follow these two. It shows how if someone puts wrong stuff on the internet about you it can hurt your reputation. Xappa and Rory are so cute together. Rory breaks his leg and Kris moves him in to help him out. A kiss turns out to be the best thing for both of them. I did receive an Arc for a review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Pullen

    It’s perfectly fine. Basic pucks, fucks, feels, outing. In Canada, eh?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Edga

    I've loved this series so far, and this book certainly didn't disappoint. This one is my favourite so far. Rory and Kris are so well written, that I fell in love with them right away. I love that Amy's characters are always real people that sometimes make mistakes. The chemistry between Rory and Kris is off the charts. So steamy, once they get together. The author's empathy for the two, and the circumstances they find themselves in positively shines from the page. A lovely romance, with very lit I've loved this series so far, and this book certainly didn't disappoint. This one is my favourite so far. Rory and Kris are so well written, that I fell in love with them right away. I love that Amy's characters are always real people that sometimes make mistakes. The chemistry between Rory and Kris is off the charts. So steamy, once they get together. The author's empathy for the two, and the circumstances they find themselves in positively shines from the page. A lovely romance, with very little angst and some first class secondary characters. I recommend the whole series

  11. 4 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for TWO-MAN TEAM on Wicked Reads, which includes an excerpt. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆ This is the fifth book in the series. I would recommend that you read them in order, because they are all very good, but in some ways, I do think you could read this one and then go back and catch up on the goodness of the previous couplings. Kris is readying his post-retirement life plans for the end of the season. He and two of his closest friends are setting Check out our full post for TWO-MAN TEAM on Wicked Reads, which includes an excerpt. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆ This is the fifth book in the series. I would recommend that you read them in order, because they are all very good, but in some ways, I do think you could read this one and then go back and catch up on the goodness of the previous couplings. Kris is readying his post-retirement life plans for the end of the season. He and two of his closest friends are setting up a not-for-profit, but some bad publicity starts to seriously damage his reputation. It is incredibly frustrating and causes ridiculous and unwanted attention from the media. It worries investors, and also affects his game. Although his coming to the aid of his best friend's younger brother, Rory, causes even more confusion and distraction... which is a surprise, possibly even a pleasant one! Rory is now playing hockey with Kris, his long, long-time crush. Always unattainable, and sort out of bounds, the interest has never dimmed. So, when Kris offers him a place to recover after he breaks his leg, Rory has to accept, but knows every day will be a challenge. There is so much to enjoy in this story, from the sexy men who try and resist the temptation literally in front of them, and the hilarity of Rory's love of waffles, and the excitement of the game. The author has done a great job of putting these two men in a position that they need to navigate to find a way forward together. It is really great to catch up with the team and how their life plans are progressing along with their blossoming relationships. I am already looking forward to the next installment – hint, hint! Sarah – ☆☆☆☆ This is another sweet and sexy addition to a great series. Completely devoted to his charity work, Kris is devastated when tabloid gossip threatens his reputation and his plans for his life after retirement. His life is further complicated when his teammate (and his best friend’s younger brother) is injured and needs Kris’ care. If it weren’t for his uncanny ability to get himself into the news for the wrong reason, Kris would almost be too saintly to be fun. He’s a little bit too perfect – but the fact that the world thinks he’s a drunk and a thug almost makes up for it. Rory is a fabulous counterpoint to Kris. He’s a series of contrasts. After years of bullying, Rory lacks the confidence the public expects from a young rising hockey star. This is a slow-burn, friends-to-lovers romance. The angst in both men’s lives is personal, there is very little friction or miscommunication between the two. The friendship that builds while Rory stays with Kris builds slowly into something that gives them both strength. This is a gentle, heartwarming read, and I enjoyed it very much. Veronica – ☆☆☆☆ There was so much I loved about this story. I’ll start with the romance between Kris and Rory. Rory breaks his leg and moves in with Kris while he is healing. We already know that Rory has feelings for Kris, but Kris’ feelings start to change the more they spend time together. While there are definitely a few hot and sexy parts in this story, it was their emotional connection and the way the men supported each other that I really loved. I was so wrapped up in their love story that at one point where Kris inadvertently hurts Rory’s feelings, I was devastated and grumpy for half the day. There is more to this story than the romance. Kris is arrested when he steps in to stop a fight in a bar. The media reporting and fallout cause problems with Kris’ plans to launch a non-profit to help kids and teens. And the scrutiny from the media and bloggers doesn’t stop and it made me so mad. It had me thinking about how this happens in real life and how hard it must be to be in the public eye. As for Rory, at 23 years old he is still dealing with the emotional fallout of having been bullied in school. This was something I could totally relate to and seeing Rory confront his issues and deal with them was comforting. I was completely enamored with Rory and Kris. Kris has such a big heart and Rory is completely adorable. This story was wonderful and by the end I was so happy for Kris and Rory and everything they overcame together to get to a happy place together. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the fifth book in the series. I would recommend that you read them in order, because they are all very good, but in some ways I do think you could read this one and then go back and catch up on the goodness of the previous couplings. Kris is readying his post-retirement life plans for the end of the season. He and two of his closest friends are setting up a not-for-profit, but some bad publicity starts to serious ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the fifth book in the series. I would recommend that you read them in order, because they are all very good, but in some ways I do think you could read this one and then go back and catch up on the goodness of the previous couplings. Kris is readying his post-retirement life plans for the end of the season. He and two of his closest friends are setting up a not-for-profit, but some bad publicity starts to seriously damage his reputation. It is incredibly frustrating and causes ridiculous and unwanted attention from the media. It worries investors, and also affects his game. Although his coming to the aid of his best friend's younger brother, Rory, causes even more confusion and distraction ... which is a surprise, possibly even a pleasant one! Rory is now playing hockey with Kris, his long, long time crush. Always unattainable, and sort out of bounds, the interest has never dimmed. So when Kris offers him a place to recover after he breaks his leg, Rory has to accept, but knows every day will be a challenge. There is so much to enjoy in this story, from the sexy men who try and resist the temptation literally in front of them, and the hilarity of Rory's love of waffles, and the excitement of the game. The author has done a great job of putting these two men in a position that they need to navigate to find a way forward together. It is really great to catch up with the team and how their life plans are progressing along with their blossoming relationships. I am already looking forward to the next installment - hint hint!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. There was so much I loved about this story. I’ll start with the romance between Kris and Rory. Rory breaks his leg and moves in with Kris while he is healing. We already know that Rory has feelings for Kris, but Kris’ feelings start to change the more they spend time together. While there are definitely a few hot and sexy parts in this story, it was their emotional connection and the way the men supported each other that I r I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. There was so much I loved about this story. I’ll start with the romance between Kris and Rory. Rory breaks his leg and moves in with Kris while he is healing. We already know that Rory has feelings for Kris, but Kris’ feelings start to change the more they spend time together. While there are definitely a few hot and sexy parts in this story, it was their emotional connection and the way the men supported each other that I really loved. I was so wrapped up in their love story that at one point where Kris inadvertently hurts Rory’s feelings, I was devastated and grumpy for half the day. There is more to this story than the romance. Kris is arrested when he steps in to stop a fight in a bar. The media reporting and fallout cause problems with Kris’ plans to launch a non-profit to help kids and teens. And the security from the media and bloggers doesn’t stop and it made me so mad. It had me thinking about how this happens in real life and how hard it must be to be in the public eye. As for Rory, at 23 years old he is still dealing with the emotional fallout of having been bullied in school. This was something I could totally relate to and seeing Rory confront his issues and real with them was comforting. I was completely enamored with Rory and Kris. Kris has such a big heart and Rory is completely adorable. This story was wonderful and by the end I was so happy for Kris and Rory and everything they overcame together to get to a happy place together.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    Ever since there was a hint of Xappa and Rory having feelings for each other, I wanted to read this book and I was not disappointed. I loved it. So, this is a story about Kris Xappa and Rory Stanton, two hockey players previously mentioned in earlier books. After one drunken kiss almost a year ago, Kris has been thinking more and more about Rory, despite never considering him as a potential partner, he was always seeing him more like a best friend's younger brother. Rory, on the other hand, had f Ever since there was a hint of Xappa and Rory having feelings for each other, I wanted to read this book and I was not disappointed. I loved it. So, this is a story about Kris Xappa and Rory Stanton, two hockey players previously mentioned in earlier books. After one drunken kiss almost a year ago, Kris has been thinking more and more about Rory, despite never considering him as a potential partner, he was always seeing him more like a best friend's younger brother. Rory, on the other hand, had feelings for Kris much longer. After an injury, Rory got the opportunity to stay at Kris' place for a few weeks, and it was the perfect time for them to get to know each other more. The chemistry between those two was amazing. I loved every single moment they spent together because they were so funny and they fit well together and it makes you wanna cheer for them. They spent a lot of time joking, cooking for one another, watching and discussing movies and it was just so, so sweet. I wanted to cry and smile and scream every time Rory asked for cuddles because this level of cuteness made my heart melt. I loved the mentions of other characters from the series, and there were a lot of them. My favorite character is still Tay (and book 4 is still my favorite book in this series) and I am so glad we got to see more of his and Rory's close friendship. I also loved Rory's brother Emery and how he wasn't against their relationship at all. I kinda wonder will we get his and Felix's story as well, or at least a novella because they deserve it. I received an ARC from the author and I am so, so grateful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    [I received a digital arc for an honest review] Two- Man Team is the fifth book in the Stick Side series by Amy Aislin but can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. Rory has crushed on his older brother's best friend Kris since forever. They also happen to be teammates. A drunk kiss that didn't seem to be reciprocated stops Rory from making his feelings known. A mishap on a ladder leads to Rory out of the game for months and Kris offering him to let him stay with him while he recovers. The forced p [I received a digital arc for an honest review] Two- Man Team is the fifth book in the Stick Side series by Amy Aislin but can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. Rory has crushed on his older brother's best friend Kris since forever. They also happen to be teammates. A drunk kiss that didn't seem to be reciprocated stops Rory from making his feelings known. A mishap on a ladder leads to Rory out of the game for months and Kris offering him to let him stay with him while he recovers. The forced proximity causes Kris to see his best friend's little brother in a new light. But will bad publicity from the press coming at Kris constantly keep their new relationship from blooming. "Hey, Rory?" Rory's eyes opened halfway. "Hm?" "I have mushy feelings for you too." This was such a sweet one. Rory was precious, and his emotional scars from being bullied as a kid breaks your heart. Kris was a forced to be reconned with. Tough on the outside but a softie on the inside. It was frustrating that the media kept painting him in a negative light when all he wanted to do was help people and stand up for others. The two together were adorable and the intimate scenes way spicier than I expected for the two of them, but it worked. Kris drew back and dragged his nose along Rory's collarbone ."I want to devour you. I always want to devour you." Rory gave a strangled laugh. "I won't say no to that." Two-Man Team is a contemporary mm sports romance where you'll find a slight age gap, pansexual representation, the best friends brother trope, bad movie watching, train painting, supportive family & friends, cuddles, and lots of waffles.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    I think that this book my be my favourite of the series so far.....just. Kris and Rory have known each other for years with Kris's best friend, Emery, being Rory's older brother. Rory has had a teensy crush on the older man for a while now and when he moves in with Kris when he breaks his leg, he's hoping it's a chance for them to grow closer. However, Kris is rather oblivious and has a media storm going on around him at the same time. The friendship that has a chance to build between them is fu I think that this book my be my favourite of the series so far.....just. Kris and Rory have known each other for years with Kris's best friend, Emery, being Rory's older brother. Rory has had a teensy crush on the older man for a while now and when he moves in with Kris when he breaks his leg, he's hoping it's a chance for them to grow closer. However, Kris is rather oblivious and has a media storm going on around him at the same time. The friendship that has a chance to build between them is fun and sweet, moving them from teammates and family friends to friends in their own right to..... more. It's a slow burner to start with but once Kris gets what Rory has been showing him, they are on fire. Totally love how supportive they are of each other. For Kris, he's getting unjustly raked over the coals in the media time and again while he's trying to organise a charity foundation and play a season of hockey. For Rory, he's sidelined with broken leg, taking away the only thing he's had since he started hockey as a young boy, leaving him feeling lost for a while. Their relationship is actually fairly "easy" compared to everything else that is making life difficult for the two of them at the moment but they, and the team are there for each other throughout. I love this hockey team and how they're not just teammates. They're like a family, showing support when needed, spending holidays together, and betting on who is most likely to get married first! A brilliant addition to the series and highly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    Rory Stanton has had a crush on his bigger brother’s best friend, Kris Xappa since he rescued him from some bullies when Rory was just a kid. When an accident gives him the chance to conquest the man of his dreams, Rory is not wiling to let the chance go… But will Kris realise there is more to Rory that the cute little boy he remembers? This is a very sweet, low angst friends to lovers romance. There is a bit of an age gap between Kris and Rory, but that does not really weight in the plot, beside Rory Stanton has had a crush on his bigger brother’s best friend, Kris Xappa since he rescued him from some bullies when Rory was just a kid. When an accident gives him the chance to conquest the man of his dreams, Rory is not wiling to let the chance go… But will Kris realise there is more to Rory that the cute little boy he remembers? This is a very sweet, low angst friends to lovers romance. There is a bit of an age gap between Kris and Rory, but that does not really weight in the plot, besides the fact that he is one of Kris’ best friends little brother. But that’s not where the anguish comes from. Basically, the bit of drama comes from the press of the media and some issues from the past Rory has not realised he hasn’t overcome yet. But basically it is a very cute love story with two likeable, genuine nice guys as main characters, surrounded by supportive and friendly secondary characters (most of them we know from other books) which will cheer you up Sappy smile on finishing guaranteed! I received an ARC and this is my voluntary review

  18. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    I enjoyed Kris and Rory's journey from friendship to teammate to finally acknowledging their "mushy feelings" for each other, VERY much! These two are just too adorable. Everything Kris went through due to people assuming things about him, posting their own bigoted and idiotic opinions , and videos of what clearly they don't know anything about is sadly very accurate of the world . Rory is such an amazing man full of love, support and wicked skills on the ice! I love the close knit family of the I enjoyed Kris and Rory's journey from friendship to teammate to finally acknowledging their "mushy feelings" for each other, VERY much! These two are just too adorable. Everything Kris went through due to people assuming things about him, posting their own bigoted and idiotic opinions , and videos of what clearly they don't know anything about is sadly very accurate of the world . Rory is such an amazing man full of love, support and wicked skills on the ice! I love the close knit family of the hockey team in this series. Everyone has each others backs. All the side characters and how their lives have progressed since their stories were told is always a fav of mine. Peeking into a possible future book...you'll know who I mean, has me crossing my fingers that we get their story soon. The only other thing I will say is this...Love is Love. Shout out to Waffles...how amazing are they? And toy trains aren't just for kids. HIGHLY recommend this book and all those connected if you haven't read them already.

  19. 5 out of 5

    JudyAnnLovesBooks

    There is nothing I love more than a deliciously sweet and sexy, hockey romance read. Two-Man Team was that and so much more. Kris and Rory are teammates. Kris is close to retirement, while Rory is just starting his career. There is also the added complexity of Rory being the younger brother of Kris’ best friend and business partner. When Rory breaks his leg and is need of help, Kris steps in and moves him into his house. Openly gay, Rory is an exuberant mess, he is absolutely adorable. I loved h There is nothing I love more than a deliciously sweet and sexy, hockey romance read. Two-Man Team was that and so much more. Kris and Rory are teammates. Kris is close to retirement, while Rory is just starting his career. There is also the added complexity of Rory being the younger brother of Kris’ best friend and business partner. When Rory breaks his leg and is need of help, Kris steps in and moves him into his house. Openly gay, Rory is an exuberant mess, he is absolutely adorable. I loved his playfulness and the way he interacted with Kris. It was obvious that there was something pushing them together. Watching Kris and Rory love on each other made Two-Man Team the read in one sitting, five star romance that it is. I’m giving it the judy.ann.loves.books stamp of approval. TBR and Enjoy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    RedsBookReads

    I have read a few in this series now and each time I get a new favourite! Kris Xappa and Rory Stanton are team mates who have known each other since childhood with Kris being best friends with Rory's older brother (and I really hope we get his story too!). I loved Kris was just so oblivious and also how sweet Rory was! Whilst this is the 5th book in the series, it can be read as a standalone - but the books are so good you might find you want to read them all! As with all the books in this serie I have read a few in this series now and each time I get a new favourite! Kris Xappa and Rory Stanton are team mates who have known each other since childhood with Kris being best friends with Rory's older brother (and I really hope we get his story too!). I loved Kris was just so oblivious and also how sweet Rory was! Whilst this is the 5th book in the series, it can be read as a standalone - but the books are so good you might find you want to read them all! As with all the books in this series, once I started I really didn't want to put it down and so I recommend proceeding with caution! 😂

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy (reviewsshewrote)

    Oh sorry don’t mind me tearing up over these two 🥲

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Reilley

    I love this series by Amy and I think it just keeps getting better and better. I loved Kris and Rory. This is a best friends brothers and teammate trope. These guys were just flawless together. Love. Support. Family. All come to mind about this book. When Rory is injured and can’t play in the game Kris invites him to stay at his house while recovering. These guys are just so sweet with each other and this has very little angst. I loved how Rory flirted and Kris was oblivious until he opened his I love this series by Amy and I think it just keeps getting better and better. I loved Kris and Rory. This is a best friends brothers and teammate trope. These guys were just flawless together. Love. Support. Family. All come to mind about this book. When Rory is injured and can’t play in the game Kris invites him to stay at his house while recovering. These guys are just so sweet with each other and this has very little angst. I loved how Rory flirted and Kris was oblivious until he opened his eyes further. If you’re looking for a brothers best friend book, click right now

  23. 4 out of 5

    CateReads

    ** 4.25 stars for me, but 5 stars for anyone who loves hockey and low-angst.** For someone who doesn't watch hockey that much, I loooooove me some hockey romance books. Maybe it’s growing up in Texas where football is king but there’s something about hockey, and hockey players falling in love, that I just adore. That said, I have some high standards when it comes to hockey romance since I’ve pretty much read them all. I’ve read and liked Amy Aislin’s Stick Side series, though they have not been m ** 4.25 stars for me, but 5 stars for anyone who loves hockey and low-angst.** For someone who doesn't watch hockey that much, I loooooove me some hockey romance books. Maybe it’s growing up in Texas where football is king but there’s something about hockey, and hockey players falling in love, that I just adore. That said, I have some high standards when it comes to hockey romance since I’ve pretty much read them all. I’ve read and liked Amy Aislin’s Stick Side series, though they have not been my favorite. I do love that she does not put her characters through unnecessary angst, nor does she pile on the toxic masculinity. She recognizes the pitfalls and being gay in hockey, but also creates characters with depth and heart who may deal with homophobia but are not defined by it. I really did enjoy Rory and Kris, together and as individual characters. Rory was sweet without being too saccharine, maybe not an entire cinnamon roll but close. Less Cinnabon the size of your head and more homemade cinnamon rolls baked by your grandma? Still sweet, but not so much that it rots your teeth. (Look, if I had good metaphors I’d write the damn novels myself.) Kris was lovely also, funny and sweet, and very into Rory. I really appreciated that they did not make too big of a deal out of Rory being the brother of Kris’s friend, that part was dealt with appropriately without Kris giving too much weight to the brother’s opinion of their relationship. I also really appreciated that their romance was not rushed; they seemed to slowly come together in a lovely and real way. They are teammates, Rory’s the brother of a friend, there’s a slight age gap, Rory is very out and Kris is definitely not, Kris is trying to start a new phase of his life while Rory is on his way up. All of these work against them, but both MC’s are pulled toward each other, slowly and sweetly, like maple syrup. (Get it? Because of all the waffles they have in the….LOOK, we have established metaphors are not my thing!!) I couldn’t quite give it 5 stars for me, though. I thought the angst and worry over his supposed bad behavior didn’t ring as true as it could have. (view spoiler)[ Kris gets in a bar fight, but he’s obviously breaking it up and not actually in it. He shows up at a bar during the day and is an alcoholic. He has a parking lot fender bender and there are paps taking his picture and speculating on anger issues. These are all bummers but don’t seem to be deal-breakers for his career or for the foundation he is trying to get off the ground. I may not KNOW hockey, but I am familiar enough to know that these wouldn’t really damage a player’s rep in the way it’s shown that it might in the book. Sure, it might look bad but the inventors seemed way too skittish for them to be bankrolling a foundation with players from a sport where you can punch someone in the face as long as you take your gloves off. I might have bought it if we were given reasons for this to hit Kris harder than we might think it should, like if he was known for being a terror on the ice when he was younger or if he had overcome an anger problem and this seemed a return to form. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I felt as though Aislin was really just in love with her characters and didn’t want to make them come off as too bad. Which I get, but romance is absolutely where you can take a complete dickhead, give him a happy ending he probably doesn't deserve, and we readers will weep with gratitude. Kris’s halo being more tarnished would have definitely benefited the story and made it more believable. Overall, this is a 4.25 for me, but a 5 for low-angst hockey fans. If you’re a fan of Amy Aislin, this is an absolute 10 as it has all the hallmarks of her style in the endearing characters, lower-stakes conflict, and cute banter. If you’ve read any of the Stick Side series, definitely pick this up. ***I was given this as an ARC and this is my honest review.***

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    [I received a digital arc for an honest review] Two-Man Team by Amy Aislin is the fifth book in the Stick Side series. Kris Xappa has found himself at the tail end of bad press after trying to help de-escalate a fight at a friend’s bar. He is now trying to keep his head down and finish out his final season without being labeled a troublemaker. He finds himself being tasked with caring for his best friend’s younger brother and teammate, Rory Stanton, after he breaks his leg. After a precarious dru [I received a digital arc for an honest review] Two-Man Team by Amy Aislin is the fifth book in the Stick Side series. Kris Xappa has found himself at the tail end of bad press after trying to help de-escalate a fight at a friend’s bar. He is now trying to keep his head down and finish out his final season without being labeled a troublemaker. He finds himself being tasked with caring for his best friend’s younger brother and teammate, Rory Stanton, after he breaks his leg. After a precarious drunken kiss, Rory finds it hard to ignore the growing affection he feels towards Kris as he cares for his safety and well-being while he heals. Kris is not “out” so the closer they get the harder it is to hide the secret of their ever strengthening relationship. But news finds its way of getting it out and Rory and Kris must decide where their futures lead. Kris Xappa is a good guy wrapped in a bad boy exterior. He regularly volunteers with organizations he has founded and is working on a non-profit to run after retiring. He has always known Rory through and recalls the struggles Rory faced with bullying in his younger years. Once Kris allows himself to open up his protective heart to the now adult Rory, he finds himself drawn to the sunshine and positivity that Rory brings to everything. Their compatibility and chemistry translates to high heat bedroom scenes and warm and fuzzy moments in between. “Cuddles?” Kris did the complete opposite of what he expected. He lifted an arm and said, “Get over here.” “Yes,” Rory said under his breath, drawing the word out. He snuggled up to the warmth that was Kris. Rory Stanton is such a sweet man who only finds himself hurt when helping an elderly neighbor decorate. He hesitates to have Kris watch over him while he recuperates because he knows he has feelings for Kris and doesn’t think there’s any chance of them being reciprocated. Rory can take care of himself and has worked through his childhood struggles with bullying but watching him lean into the care and comfort Kris provides was so sweet. Rory can’t put his past completely behind him and is shocked as his new found family of teammates fully embrace his creativity when it comes to painting wooden trains. Rory brought so many smiles to my face while reading because his charm was palpable. “We should get going,” Rory whispered against Kris’s mouth, the taste of him making him light-headed. Good thing he was still leaning against the dresser. “Mm-hmm.” Kris kissed him again, smiling into it, then brought him in for a hug. Oh god. This was comfort and familiarity and a sense of rightness and belonging that pulled sharply on old wounds. Rory buried his face in Kris’s shoulder and wanted to hang on forever. Amy Aislin’s hockey world is one of those familiar places that just feel so good to go back to. Toronto’s team is filled with familiar faces from previous books that provide support to these MCs as they work their way through their careers as professional hockey players as well as their relationship. This book would be considered low angst from an action perspective but had plenty of emotional moments where you felt for both Kris and Rory. 4 stars for Rory and Kris finding comfort and love with a side of snuggles and waffles.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Quirks

    I can't say I was very excited about this book. This series has had some ups and downs for me. My favourites are still the first two. But I liked the premise of this book, so I gave it a shot. And while I can't say I disliked it, I didn't enjoy it either. It was also very unmemorable. Like, I was trying to remember what had happened in it three days after finishing it. The story follows Kris and Rory, who we met in Risking the Shot (and maybe before, but I don't remember). They're both on the sam I can't say I was very excited about this book. This series has had some ups and downs for me. My favourites are still the first two. But I liked the premise of this book, so I gave it a shot. And while I can't say I disliked it, I didn't enjoy it either. It was also very unmemorable. Like, I was trying to remember what had happened in it three days after finishing it. The story follows Kris and Rory, who we met in Risking the Shot (and maybe before, but I don't remember). They're both on the same NHL team, but they knew each other before because Kris is best friends with Rory's older brother. Rory has liked Kris for years, but Kris has only ever treated him as his best friend's brother. Until recently. And even then, it's not until Rory gets injured and Kris steps in to take care of him that their relationship starts changing. Only... it takes forever for that change to start. The first 40% of the book barely has any meaningful interactions between them. There also isn't much else going on except a problem with Kris's public image. The first half is just a lot of mundane life stuff, and I was bored. The romance, when it happens, is good. Rory and Kris are sweet together, and they care about each other. There also encourage each other to be their best selves. I liked them. But they weren't enough to pick the book up for me, partially because I loved neither of the conflicts. The first conflict was the one I mentioned above, about Kris's reputation. Through no fault of his own, Kris is being painted negatively in the media, and it's affecting his personal and professional life. I actually liked this conflict until it was hinted that there was more to it. Except nothing came of that hint, which bothered me. The second was an ongoing issue about Rory's insecurities which stemmed from childhood bullying. My problem is that the bullying is only ever mentioned briefly, and it's always the same instance over and over. And for an issue that's a big part of the book, I need more than just, "boys in school teased me about my trains." It's like the book wants to have conflict but is afraid to dive deeper into any of them. This book, like the last few by the author, has been lacklustre for me. I don't know why, but Aislin's books aren't doing much for me. They don't have enough humour to be entertaining or enough conflicts to be tense or interesting. The romances are usually lukewarm. And there's no emotional punch. But they're still readable. I don't know if I'd recommend this book. Depends on how much you liked the others. And if you haven't read any others, then I'd definitely start somewhere else. This one also has a bunch of cameos from past MCs that likely won't be fun for new readers. Try On the Ice first.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janette

    **I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.** I can’t say enough fantastic things about the Stick Side series - I’ve loved pretty much every character, couple & storyline Amy Aislin has woven together. Needless to say, I had high hopes and expectations for this fifth installment, and Two-Man Team more than delivers. Fans of hockey romance will love this older brother’s best friend/teammates-to-lovers romance featuring off-the-charts chemistry and a whole lot of swee **I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.** I can’t say enough fantastic things about the Stick Side series - I’ve loved pretty much every character, couple & storyline Amy Aislin has woven together. Needless to say, I had high hopes and expectations for this fifth installment, and Two-Man Team more than delivers. Fans of hockey romance will love this older brother’s best friend/teammates-to-lovers romance featuring off-the-charts chemistry and a whole lot of sweetness. But that could just be the waffles. ;) First of all, I love the layered complexity of Kris & Rory’s relationship and how it’s changed over time - each part tying them together in some way, no matter how small - bringing them to this point as the men they are today. Their relationship truly is a journey, one that’s extremely satisfying to witness as it unfolds. Both experience such tremendous growth, and it’s undeniable just how much that adds to the overall story. While I’d consider this book to be relatively low angst, it’s definitely not lacking in depth of emotion. This is true for Kris as well as Rory, although I’ll admit watching Rory confront his insecurity & the way he feels things so deeply had my heart aching right along with him. Kris faces his own challenges, namely with regards to his public image and sexuality. Through his character, Aislin masterfully tackles the issues surrounding sexuality and coming out in professional sports. Her characters describe and discuss how unfair it is when same-sex couples, particularly athletes, sometimes have to check their behavior and often hide who they truly are. There’s an understanding that this form of self-repression isn’t healthy nor is it fair; these guys deserve to be able to laugh and express their feelings in whatever way they want without fear of recrimination. I wanted nothing more in those moments than for Kris to be able to break free of the fear and uncertainty and just be. Aislin expertly balances these heavier moments with laughter and levity, including several recurring themes that had me smiling throughout. Many of the characters and couples we know and love from earlier books are there as well to add context and continuity, something I always find enjoyable in a series. Add that to Kris and Rory’s genuine connection and affability, and you really can’t go wrong.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily Hernandez

    I've always been a huge fan of hockey romances, and even though Kris and Rory's story leaned more towards hurt/comfort than sports, I still really enjoyed it! Rory was such a bright, happy guy, and it was too cute to watch the way he flirted with Kris. I was surprised by how much Rory was hiding behind his vibrant, chatty exterior, but the more I got to know him the more I loved how his experiences from his past didn't taint his positive outlook on life. If Rory was still in the early stages of I've always been a huge fan of hockey romances, and even though Kris and Rory's story leaned more towards hurt/comfort than sports, I still really enjoyed it! Rory was such a bright, happy guy, and it was too cute to watch the way he flirted with Kris. I was surprised by how much Rory was hiding behind his vibrant, chatty exterior, but the more I got to know him the more I loved how his experiences from his past didn't taint his positive outlook on life. If Rory was still in the early stages of his hockey career, Kris fell on the other end of the spectrum. It didn't take much to convince me he was a kind, loyal man looking to give back to his community, and that's why it hurt every time he inadvertently got involved in a scandal. I can't imagine how hard it was for Kris to deal with his upcoming retirement, launch of a nonprofit, and media BS, and I really admire the way he held firm to his beliefs throughout it all. Rory and Kris had been in each others' lives for so long that I honestly didn't see their romance going anywhere for a long time. Rory may have been projecting his interest, but Kris was much harder for me to read. In the end, they didn't so much pursue each other as they sort of fell into a romantic connection and defined it later. For me, it wasn't fancy declarations that sold me on their compatibility, but the way they accepted each other as they were, listened to each other, and always had each others' backs. Overcoming stereotypes and working through barriers from the past were two big themes in this story, and it was interesting to see the different ways Rory and Kris tackled them. For Rory, I was happy to see him come to the realization that he didn't need to be anything but his authentic self, and the people in his life who truly cared about him would support him in anything he wanted to do. For Kris, it was learning to worry less about how others perceived him and trust that the people around him would back him up. At the end of the day, Kris and Rory always had each other, and their devotion to each other was one thing I never doubted. **I voluntarily read an ARC of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annie Maus

    Two-Man Team earns five hearts, as has the entire Side Stick series by Amy Aislin for me! What makes it rate this high? Each standalone novel offers men uniquely suited in a pairing, because of a variety of complementary quirks. Kris’ high school best friend has a seven-year younger brother, Rory, who Kris rescued from bullies when Rory was 13. Now, ten years later they are NHL teammates. Kris is experiencing unwanted media attention for a downloaded video that mistakenly suggests he was in a bar Two-Man Team earns five hearts, as has the entire Side Stick series by Amy Aislin for me! What makes it rate this high? Each standalone novel offers men uniquely suited in a pairing, because of a variety of complementary quirks. Kris’ high school best friend has a seven-year younger brother, Rory, who Kris rescued from bullies when Rory was 13. Now, ten years later they are NHL teammates. Kris is experiencing unwanted media attention for a downloaded video that mistakenly suggests he was in a bar fight. Meanwhile, Rory falls off a ladder breaking his leg. Kris suggests Rory recuperate at his house, not knowing Rory has held a crush since he was rescued, all those years earlier. Can Kris come to see Rory as an adult worthy of partnership? It seems very real as Rory earns Kris’ respect, very reminiscent of my own attempts in situations when I was “youngest.” The theme of authenticity touches each aspect of the plot, since both Rory and Kris are good guys who have been repeatedly maligned. While Two-Man Team is not a commentary on social media, the subplot is also relatable, since most of us have experienced misinterpretation in that pseudo-intimate medium. In contrast, readers watch these two guys develop personal intimacy experiences through nuances that can only occur face-to-face. Whether in their partnership or friendships, we thrill to the support seen in both characters’ locker room banter. From Rory’s obsession with waffles to Kris’ cluelessness over Rory’s crush, small details enlivened my enjoyment and rounded out Ms. Aislin’s storyline. Their interactions between players and management, with trainers and teammates seem highly accurate, so the plot flows without any jarring moments. I love Ms. Aislin’s knack for dialogue, her ability to describe a scene and her recognition of how to place these so they enhanced my read. If it rings your buzzer to see two halves fit together, this whole series could be your slapshot. Smooth, sultry, thought-provoking and genuine, Amy Aislin has scored a goal with ‘Two-Man Team!’ Her imagination and precision are superb.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bethany (Bee_TheBibliophile)

    I LOVE a good best friend’s brother romance AND add in that it’s two hockey players? I loved it even more! Rory Stanton and Kris Xappa have known each other since childhood in Vancouver and now they both play for Toronto. Rory is such a sweetheart - he loves waffles and cuddles and painting toy trains and all of that makes me love him so much. He was bullied when he was younger and found his place when he finally started playing hockey, so he feels most at home on the ice and is always a little I LOVE a good best friend’s brother romance AND add in that it’s two hockey players? I loved it even more! Rory Stanton and Kris Xappa have known each other since childhood in Vancouver and now they both play for Toronto. Rory is such a sweetheart - he loves waffles and cuddles and painting toy trains and all of that makes me love him so much. He was bullied when he was younger and found his place when he finally started playing hockey, so he feels most at home on the ice and is always a little worried the bullying will start again when he shows his true interests. Rory is Toronto’s first out hockey player, being honest about his sexuality right from the start so that he never has to hide his feelings for anyone. But lately he’s only been interested in one person for a while - his brother’s best friend and his teammate, Kris, who just so happens to volunteer to take care of him after an injury. Kris is Rory’s older brother, Emery's best friend and he’s been keeping an eye on Rory since he got traded to his team. He’s in some hot water because of his actions, even though they were taken completely out of context, and his image has taken a hit, causing him to go on the defensive and try to keep his head down - easier said than done. Kris is kind of oblivious to everything happening around him except for hockey and his charity work. He’s got a heart of gold under his grumpy exterior and he’s letting Rory in more and more every day that they’re under the same roof. These two together were so, so perfect! This is one of the best best friend’s brother stories I’ve ever read because there’s no angst around it - Kris calls Emery to tell him what he’s doing and Emery trusts his friend to not break his brother’s heart and that killed me. I loved it so much. Even though it took Kris WAY too long to realize Rory wasn’t just messing with him when he flirted with him, their past experiences really helped to solidify their connection and make things read from the beginning. Kris loves Rory’s quirky interests and just wants him to be happy and Rory sees all the good in Kris that he keeps hidden from everyone else and wants to help him share it with the world. This was such a great story - the perfect blend of character growth and romance with sides of waffles and cuddles for Rory and Kris. Now, please give us Emery and Felix’s story!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    ButtonsMom2003

    A great slow-burn romance! I’ve been following Amy Aislin since 2017 and at that time she only had two books published. I’m not sure who I thought I was back then 😊 but I predicted that she’d have a bright future as an author. Well, I wasn’t wrong. 😊 I’ve now read everything she’s published and I’m always eagerly awaiting new books from her. The Stick Side books have all been wonderful stories and Two-Man Team is a fantastic addition to the series. I love that each of the books in the series can b A great slow-burn romance! I’ve been following Amy Aislin since 2017 and at that time she only had two books published. I’m not sure who I thought I was back then 😊 but I predicted that she’d have a bright future as an author. Well, I wasn’t wrong. 😊 I’ve now read everything she’s published and I’m always eagerly awaiting new books from her. The Stick Side books have all been wonderful stories and Two-Man Team is a fantastic addition to the series. I love that each of the books in the series can be read as standalone stories and yet characters from previous books will make appearances from time-to-time. Rory is an out and proud NHL player. When he was young, he crushed on his older brother’s best friend, Kris. Kris was always kind to him and chased off the kids who bullied Rory when he was young. At seven years younger than Kris, Rory’s crush back then was more of a hero worship rather than a romantic crush. Now that they’re playing together on the same team the feelings Rory has for Kris are definitely romantic and he wants the crush to turn into something more– but he doesn’t think that Kris looks at him that way. This story hit me right in the feels. My heart hurt for Rory when he talked about being bullied as a kid. I also felt awful when Kris was unjustly crucified by social media and the press for things he didn’t do. When Rory is injured by missing a step coming down a ladder, it brought back painful memories because I missed the last step coming down some stairs a couple of months ago. I was lucky I didn’t break anything but I was sure sore for a month or so after it happened. Two-Man Team is a slow burn story that doesn’t heat up until about 50% into the book but look out after that! I was very happy to learn that Amy plans to write more stories in this series. A copy of this book was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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