Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Gambling On Love
AUTHOR: Jane Davitt
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 267 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 19th, 2016
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.
I was a little torn with this story. There were parts I liked, parts I didn’t and I struggled connecting with the characters. There were times during the story where I flat out did not like Gary and then there were times he was endearing. Abe grew on me but his distant; coldness even at the beginning when they were younger was aggravating. Then as the story progresses I was expecting more emotions from both men. They were older supposedly wiser but they both acted like teenagers and in that aspect I didn’t really get the connection between the two.
Gary and Abe met when they were kids and became more than friends their senior year of High School. Both boys, being in the closet, kept their relationship a secret until one passionate episode in the school locker room put their relationship in the spotlight.
Not know how to deal with being outted, Gary runs and Abe shuts down.
Years later their paths cross again during a horrible snowstorm. Stuck together in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, Gary and Abe come together to try and mend the rift between them.
What begins with animosity and disdain turns into hot nights of makeup sex. I’d say the sex was one of the parts I really liked. I enjoyed how Abe let go and handed control to Gary. It was unexpected considering Gary’s past but I liked seeing the dynamic between them.
The added element of the “Peter” mission I also liked. Peter is an intriguing character…controlling but it seemed with good intentions, I don’t know. There was something I liked about him would have made an interesting main character, I think.
Overall, this book was ok…some things worked and some didn’t.