Monday, August 17, 2015

When To Hold Them by G.B. Gordon

Title: When to Hold Them
Author: G.B. Gordon
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bluewater Bay #9
Main Characters: Doran and Xavier
Release Date: August 2015
Publisher: Riptide
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Doran Callaghan doesn't know when to fold ’em. His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail, and now it’s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program. He wants to turn his life around, but old habits come knocking, and some creditors are harder to shake than others.

Xavier Wagner cares more about the National Park he works in than the people around it, until a stranger awakens desires he didn't know he had. Doran's natural submissiveness turns Xavier’s ideas of how to treat a lover upside down. But Doran doesn't seem to know about boundaries — or even to have any — and Xavier’s not sure that Doran will say no if he needs to. Which means someone’s going to get hurt.

While Xavier struggles with his principles, Doran's past comes calling. Trusting each other is suddenly a matter of life or death, but Doran has to decide whether counting on Xavier — or himself — is a gamble he’s willing to take.

My Review:
This is the first time I've read this author. He has a much more artistic, flowy style of writing than what I'm used to. And I'll be honest with you, I'm still not sure if it was something I liked or not. But overall, the book worked for me. I really liked both characters. Doran is a bit messed up, but everything he's gone through seems pretty harsh for a single mistake. I loved his artistic side and how he could see the world around him in how he would draw it. And I really enjoyed that Xavier is a forest ranger. His love for the outdoors really comes through in the gorgeous outdoor scenes. And I loved Xavier's family dynamic. His dad cracks me up, but watching Xavier take care of his mom melted my heart. 

There's a lot going for this book. The setting is phenomenal and made for great climactic scenes that I absolutely adored. Overall, I enjoyed both guys. Xavier isn't so sure, but I love that Doran is willing to do whatever because he knows right away that Xavier is the guy that he wants. It just takes a bit for him to convince Xavier of that. And even that aspect of the story worked for me. 

I don't think I've ever read a book with an addicted gambler. It was interesting to see into his mindset and how his addiction was really about the adrenaline rush rather than the win/lose aspect. I enjoyed seeing his struggles within the meetings and his requirements and felt so much empathy for him in that. Religion isn't for everyone and shoving it down someone's throat in that venue seems all kinds of wrong. I definitely felt for the guy...and wanted to get him a good rain-resistant, warm coat!

Xavier is a take charge kind of guy. That really comes forth in his interactions with Doran and he's not exactly comfortable with it. This was where the author's style didn't quite do it for me. Nothing is ever stated. It's all just kind of inferred, even in Xavier's inner monologue. He wants to dominate Doran sexually, but can't even say the actual words in his head. Something about that just didn't sit right with me. I'm a straight-forward girl and I like straight-forward writing. The thing is, I'm not sure if that was a character thing or an author thing. But Xavier is a huge fan of poetry and so I was able to blame a lot of his style of thinking on that, whether that was really the intent or not...LOL. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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