Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/07/2012
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Quent Jackson has followed Jason Spade’s every move in business and in poker since their first day as college freshmen. Eight years later, when Jace finally decides Quent is the one man he can’t live without, he sees no reason for that to change.
But as much as Jace believes that poker is life, no one gave Quent the same playbook. After their first passionate night, the real game of love and trust begins, and Jace has been playing alone too long to make teaching the rules easy. Jace only speaks two languages: one of them is sex, and the other one is poker. Between the two, he needs to find a way to convince himself to take a chance on love—and Quent to take a chance on him. It’s a lucky thing they’re good at reading the odds, because they’re playing for keeps, and this is one high-stakes relationship that’s definitely worth the gamble.
I first read Gambling Men back in 2013 on a girls weekend at a casino shortly before my sister left Texas for the soggy northwest. My mom and sister gamble, I don’t. So I liked the irony around reading a book called “Gambling Men” sitting in a hotel/casino NOT gambling. Unfortunately, I didn’t write a review back then, so I can’t tell you my exact thoughts on the book at the time. I remember enjoying it, however. So when we asked Amy to be a Retro Reads spotlight author, Gambling Men was the top of my list to review.
So what did I think the second time around? I loved it just as much, or maybe a little more (like I said, I can’t remember my exact excitement level from last time). Jace and Quent are both intense people, but they are two halves of a whole. From the minute they met they needed each other just for their own sanity. Gambling Men picks up some years into their friendship (with looks back to their pasts), right when Jace decides show his hand and try to take their relationship to the next level.
Jace is comfortably bisexual, but Quent has never shown any homo-curious leanings, so for someone whose entire life is a Poker metaphor, showing his hand is the biggest gamble of his young life. The interactions between these two men are hot, passionate, and forceful on both sides. They do not follow a formula. From the minute Jace shows his hand, they are both all in together. They have their quibbles and their struggles. They have to find how to deal with each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities. They have to realize their other half hasn’t always played the hand they were dealt.
Full of poker metaphors, which even this non-gambler can understand and appreciate, I can not recommend Gambling Men highly enough for a low-angst Amy read.
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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