Monday, September 19, 2016

Gambling on Love by Jane Davitt

Title: Gambling on Love
Author: Jane Davitt
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Hard to Play #1
Main Characters: Gary and Abe
Release Date: September 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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 Review:
This book starts when these two guys were in high school. From the age of 9, they were best friends. Gary had come out, but Abe never even hinted that he might be gay too...until their senior year. After that they had 8 months together, although they kept their relationship in the closet. But at that age, they weren't the smartest in the world and they got caught in the locker room at school. For Gary, his mom was very religious, so he came out to her and left, but Abe refused to go with him. Something that devastated him. 

Then the book jumps ahead 11 years when Gary is driving across the country to follow his dead boyfriend's last wish. But part of that last wish was to take his time crossing the country, so Gary wandered closely to home in Montana, where he just happens to get caught in a snowstorm and runs into Abe...literally. 

I enjoy books where the MC's get snowed in, so in that regard, this book really worked for me. I also love stories that are a second chance at love. It quickly becomes obvious that despite the last 11 years, neither of these guys ever got over what happened 11 years ago. Those feelings didn't go away...either the love or the hurt and sense of abandonment that both men felt. My only real complaint about the book though is when the whole story of what all happened 11 years ago. That should have been devastating to Gary, but I feel like the emotion of that scene didn't quite make it onto the page enough to make it as emotional as it could have been. 

Although I really liked the story as a whole there were moments throughout the story where I just didn't understand why the MC's reacted as drastically as they did. Some of the reactions felt a little more dramatic and feminine based rather than how guys would really react. But who can really say when emotions are running this high and no one is settled in how they fit together? For me it was a minor blip that took me out of the story a few times, but it truly didn't affect my enjoyment of the story. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. 

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

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