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Cheating Chance Paperback – October 7, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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...)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it. Nick is funny, quirky and hot as hell, and while Brandon's in the closetedness got on my nerves at times, he came through when it counted. Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by JustJen
This is my first m/m romance novel. I didn't know exactly what to expect. I really need to start paying closer attention to the synopsis because I expected Cheating Chance to be... Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by M. Whitmore
Nick O'Malley is an agent for the Nevada Gaming Commission; he's also a Goth with a `68 Cadillac hearse. Read more
This story is terrific. Nicky and Brandon are excellent characters and the chemistry between them just sizzles. Read morePublished on July 29, 2009 by Vixen
When I first picked up J. Buchanan's Cheating Chance, I almost feared that I would regret investing the time it'd take to read it. Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by Jeffrey Erno
Nick O'Malley is an agent for the Nevada gaming commission. Brandon Carr is a vice detective. They meet at a goth convention. Nicky is goth all the way. Read morePublished on May 14, 2008 by Melissa