Gambling Men: The Novel by Amy Lane

Gambling Men: The Novel

Blurb: 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 Quint 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.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: And here we are. For a minute there I thought this would be a 3 star book. I had to step away for a minute and think about my lovely Jace. You see his whole life is based on poker. And I know nothing about poker, so most of his ‘life lessons’ were lost on me! I had to re-read some passages because HELLO! this is an Amy Lane book and for me to give one of her books less than 4 stars was unheard of. So I had to make sure I had all my points covered.

But that aside, this was a wonderful book. Both Quent and Jace were lovable characters. Their relationship was solid as friends and it was a nice journey to see their relationship develop as lovers and life partners. At times, I could not understand some of the things Jace did or said, not until he ‘showed his hand’ and brought his emotions to the surface. Throughout the book I felt that there was much more to him than what was being revealed and that is one of the reasons I read the book in one sitting. Quent, well, he was adorable. He had such an understanding quality to him and he had the perfect amount of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to counter-balance Jace’s personality. All in all, a wonderful couple!

The writing was amazing. Amy Lane always manages to bring so much emotion and humor to her books and this was no exception. I was laughing in some scenes and others had me crying…oh the vulnerability of some of Jace and Quent’s actions and dialog! Man, they were excellent!

So with great pride I say that I stayed in the game, I upped the “ante” and did not “fold” and at the end of it all I survived the “showdown”. (yeah I know!)

Home Again (Home #1) By Cardeno C.

Home Again Blurb: Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood, his partner, Clark Lehman, is on his way. But when Clark finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years, and he simply can’t understand why. It will take some painful confrontations if Noah’s going to figure out why he’s lost all memories of his recent past… and secure the future he’s dreamed of having with Clark

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: The blurb of the book is very thorough so I won’t get into that. So I’ll just let you know my impression of the book. See, I’m a series junkie and bought the books all at once. I made a mistake and started with Just What the Truth Is and I adored it. So of course I totally was looking forward to reading this one.

I will not say that it was a disappointment because I would be lying to you. The author, Cardeno C., did a wonderful job of setting the story, developing the characters and taking us through the journey. The writing was superb, the pace was very enthralling and the story was just as sweet as candy. Cardeno took me for a ride, both through the past and present narrations, allowing me to feels as if I had gone through everything with them.

There were just some issues that stuck with me and that is why I could not give it a 5 star rating. First, what the hell was up with the whole thing that broke them up? After all they went through to get THERE. Unbelievable. I just could not see that happening. They wasted three years because of their foolishness and when they finally get together again both are feeling so guilty that they can’t get their act together. In my opinion, if anyone was to blame was Noah. But not to fret, they worked it out.

I agree that Noah was extremely physical after leaving the hospital, but at least the scenes were hot and made it up for me, so that wasn’t an issue for me. But what was up with the whole jealousy bit? Really? Their friends can’t hug Clark? Didn’t Clark prove himself trust worthy? Oh well, just my opinion.

Now, to sum it up. I will say that I look forward to reading the next book in the series (He Completes Me) and I am sure that it will be lovely. I got a glimpse of Zach and Aaron on this book and they caught my interest. So off I go, on to the next book.

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