Title: Vegas hustle
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Totally Bound
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A business trip to Las Vegas becomes a life or death situation for a comic book fan.
Comic book geek Adam Brand is young, good-looking and wealthy. He’s also a virgin because he’s not skilled at picking up guys. While in Vegas with his friend Dean to finalize a real estate deal, he throws caution to the wind and hires a professional. Hustler Javier Campos is just Adam’s type and his first time is perfect.
Things go very wrong when Dean and Adam have a run-in with two corrupt cops and Dean ends up dead. Adam must go into hiding with Javier where they realise their attraction is more than just a business arrangement.
As you know, I enjoy reading Ethan Stone’s works. I have since the first time I read In The Flesh years ago. He has a much grittier style than many of the authors in the M/M romance genre, which I truly appreciate. Vegas Hustle is part of a new M/M imprint from Totally Bound publishing, What’s His Passion? Each short story in the imprint will be followed later in the year by a related full-length story.
In Vegas Hustle, the main character’s passion is comic books. How could I pass that up? I love geeky main characters. As you can probably ascertain from the title, the other main character is a hustler. I wanted to see how Stone got these two together and if he could make me believe it. The short answer is yes.
The longer answer is that I wasn’t sure he could accomplish the task in only 15,000 words. There is a lot of plot packed into those few words. As such, there isn’t a lot of fluff in this story. There is also not a Happily Ever After, well unless you read the additional scene/epilogue (which is available exclusively from Totally Bound).
Stone made me feel for Adam in only a few short words. He is a good guy in a terrible situation. But really, the same could be said about Javier, as well. Yes, there are a few things that work out just a little too nicely, but by and large, you spend the time hoping for better for both of our main characters. Javier and Adam are both only 18, but Javier has had to grow up fast. Adam is a spoiled rich kid, but he isn’t an ass about it. I would have liked to see a little more grief or outrage over the friend’s demise, but I don’t think that was possible given the restrictions of the format.
I am interested in an expanded version of Adam and Javi’s story, maybe what happens between the end of the story and the epilogue 😉
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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