Gambling on Love by Jane Davitt ~ Book Review by Queue

GambleTitle: Gambling on Love

Author: Jane Davitt

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/19/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


When Gary and Abe came out to each other in their final year of high school, a longstanding friendship turned into a new love. Keeping their feelings a secret was easy until a coach caught them together in the locker room, and their fragile relationship shattered around them. Panicked, angry, and rejected by his mother, Gary fled town, breaking Abe’s eighteen-year-old heart.

Eleven years later Gary returns just as unexpectedly, crashing into Abe’s truck during a blizzard. He’s as arrogant and stubborn as ever—and just as irresistible. Time has changed them both in ways they never imagined, but the heat that flares between them is enough to thaw any ice.

While Abe discovers what Gary did to survive in the city, Gary realizes that Abe has grown into a man with needs to match his own, and they fall in love all over again. But Gary’s determination to carry out one final order from the rich, older man he lived with—and obeyed—for years means that a dead man’s plans might split them apart again . . . this time for keeps.

My View:

My rating for this book changed many times throughout the time I was reading it. From I Love It to I Like It and finally to a Meh ending.

First of all the author is excellent and writes quite intelligently but there wasn’t always a lot of heart in the pages. It sometimes felt like the author was more interested in getting the plot out rather than showing us the character’s emotions.

The book is essentially a second chance lovers story and starts with Gary and Abe admitting their feelings for each other in high school. They’re ultimately caught in the act and all hell breaks loose. The book then skips forward several years to Gary passing through his home town and coincidentally literally runs into Abe.

A good portion of the story is then spent showing the two of them re-connecting. At first I loved the banter between them and the push-pull aspect of their reunion but it quickly got old. There was just so many pages of not much really happening. The best thing I can say about a book is that I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately that was not the case here. Just the opposite in fact because I had to force myself to pick it up and get back to reading.

The ending and resolution to their problems was both choreographed and convenient. They didn’t have to fight to be together against either internal or external forces, it was all made super easy for them.

Overall still a book I’d recommend, just not enthusiastically so.


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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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