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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: MLR Press (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934531081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934531082
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,281,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is more of a 3.5 for me. This was definitely not an exciting or action packed book. Except for some of the sex. I'd say its a little bit like a techno-thriller, except there's really no suspense or bad guys after anyone, until the end. There was a good deal of tech information about slot machines and computer chips. I didn't feel that it was overkill, as the explanations were needed to explain Nicky's actions. That part of the story was more of a sub-plot, it seemed to me.

The main focus of the book was Nick and Brandon's building relationship. I read the Deputy Joe series before this. Brandon was the antithesis of Joe. Brandon's version of the closet was trying to act like super hetero-man. It made him act like a total jerk with and around Nick. I really never got to like his character at all. His misguided anger towards Nick, and his unreasonable attitude, when he never made his intentions clear to Nick, were terrible.

Nick was hard to understand. He knew he couldn't trust Jake, yet he allowed him to tie him up, just to get financial information. Then when Jake rapes him and leaves him tied, he gets Brandon accusing him of cheating. Brandon had screamed and called him nasty names and they'd only seen each other twice. He'd flirted with and fondled women in front of Nick and never even said he wanted them to be together. Yet Nick is apologizing. He is always having to soothe and reassure Brandon. While he does stand up for himself, verbally, he caves right after.

Other than sex, I didn't get where Brandon gave enough to Nick, for Nick to fall in love. Brandon gets a tiny bit of redemption near the end, when Nick's in trouble. The other thing I didn't understand, is why Nick didn't bring the first information to someone else in his office.
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Cheating Chance is about Nick, a young goth computer geek. He works for the Nevada State Gaming Commission checking the computer code in slot machines to make sure they're all legal. He's recently broken up with his boyfriend, Jake, who really did a job on Nick's psyche.

As the story opens, Nick is feeling sort of sorry for his situation when he meets Brandon at a Goth convention. There is instant attraction and they go back to Brandon's room. They intend to just have a fling, but their chemistry is strong and they exchange numbers and e-mail.

Brandon is a cop who lives in California, and is definitely NOT out. When Nick and Brandon get together for a fun weekend, Nick's feelings are hurt when Brandon starts flirting with women. Brandon explains it's habit and promises to work on it because he wants the relationship to work. Of course, they stumble a few times and have some issues to work out, and Brandon has a few surprises for Nick.

The relationship storyline is nicely tied in to a mystery involving casino slot machines and a murder. There were a few scenes where I had to go back and read the technical stuff twice, but I pretty much understood what was going on and why Nick got involved; I got the "who" but was curious until almost the very end about the "why" of the mystery.

I loved the scenes between Nick and Brandon - the sex was hot and the emotional scenes drew me in. I was rooting for these two through the whole book. The scene where they talked about having sex with women had me in stitches - Nick is so freakin' cute! I got why it was difficult for Brandon to show his feelings for Nick outside the bedroom, and it made the ending that much more emotional. I'm definitely going to grab the next book about these two, Inland Empire.

I give Cheating Chance 4 1/2 out of 5 stars!
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Nick is an agent for the Eletronic Services for Gaming Control at Las Vegas and he is also a goth guy with long black hair, almost fangs like a vampire and with an heaser for car. If not for his tanned skin of Native American descendant, he would be the perfect vampire. At a goth convention he meets Brandon, a cop from North California. After a night of passion Brandon says they can see again but that he is in the closet at home and he is not ready or willing to correct this position. And Nick is rebounding after a bad breakup with his last lover. Not the best fundaments for starting a lasting relationship but they try.

But Brandon's attitude when they are in public, his continuing flirting with girls, and the murder of one of Nick's former colleague, soon after they spoke on phone, puts Nick on top of suspects.

Both Brandon and Nick are difficult characters. They are not typical, not full good heroes and not at all bad boy. In looks they are maybe more bad boy, but Nick is also a sentimental character. He is jelaous and he is still trying to overcome the inferiority's feeling left him by his former lover. And the reaction he has when said former lover pissed him off is a clearly proof of his sentimental and hot nature.

Brandon instead is like Dr Jeckill and Mr Hyde: he can be soo sweet and loving when he is alone with Nick, and then so cold and detached when he is in public. Maybe not the right choice for one like Nick that in this moment would need a bit of reassurance. But still Brandon manages to outweight the bad moments with the good ones: in the end not having him is a lot worst than having him with some issue they have to overcome.

Cheating Chance is a good thriller, more adventure than romance, and even if the sex is a bit kink and there is a good bondage scene, it's not overly erotic (and it's not a complaint, I want to say that there is a good mix of sex and story...)
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