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Gambling Men [Kindle Edition]

Amy Lane
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 Quent 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.


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  • File Size: 886 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00815I8BO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Amy Lane May 9, 2012
By Fiona B
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Rating 4.5
I really, really like how Amy Lane writes. I love that in each of her stories I am introduced to new characters. Characters that I get to know and love over the course of the story. Her characters are not recycled nor are her plots. Long or short, I have finished every one of her books feeling very satisfied.

This book is no exception. I loved Jace and Quent! Thought they were perfect for each other, flaws and all. Loved when tough, alpha male Jace was vulnerable and tender with Quent. The sex scenes were hot. The emotional connection very touching. I enjoyed the clever weaving of poker analogies throughout the story. The guy banter between the Jace and Quent as well as the rest of their poker buddies was humorous as well.

Very good read. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars huh...maybe I'm the only one May 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So let me preface this by saying I love Amy Lane. I read all of her books and love them. I'm a little confused with this one though. I don't feel like I have any connection to these characters. One reviewer said these characters were introduced in several short stories, which I have not read, so maybe that is the problem. The thing is, our first introduction to these characters is sex. Then all we get is sex and poker. Usually we get some emotional background to the main characters, but I'm missing that here. Mostly what I get is a lot of sex. Kind of odd for her writing. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but hopefully her next book will pick up with a story line instead of just sex.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm 'All In' for Quentin and Jace!!! May 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
Thank you, Miss Amy. Many of your groupies (and I think I am the Oldest one) will now stand up tall and applaud, especially if they have kept up with your Novellas featuring Jace and Quentin. We became unraveled at the love these two men have for each other in a series of stories you have written about them. Now everyone's Thank You's are in order to Dreamspinner Press who have realized we want everything published that Amy Lane writes. They have now published Gambling Man-THE NOVEL, and I am so happy.

For those of you who will be new to this story, we meet Jason Spade and Quentin Jackson. Two young men who roomed together in college, roomed together after graduation, and started a business together. Quentin's brown eyes and open smile always looked good to Jace. Now sporting a goatee and a dapper haircut made him even more good looking to Jace. No matter the look, even in college, Quentin was always `home' to Jace.

Jason had lost his parents and then his surrogate family. His surrogate family taught him that life was like a game of poker. Jace kept his game pretty close to the hip, until he realized after eight years of being Quentin's friend and business partner, he wanted to go `all in' and gamble to play his hand to win Quent forever.

This is certainly one of Amy Lanes `feel good' love stories. It is a matter of love and trust and letting yourself go to show the love of your life that you are in it for keeps and in the interim we and they are learning about poker....learning when to hold `em, when to fold `em and when to go for the moon.

The story is sensual, loving. I adored how the two men complemented each other and were yet so different. The warmth of Quent, his way of nurturing the soul of his partner who had been so alone and lost until him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this May 9, 2012
By Lisa J
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure when I first began this, but as I got into the story line I became incredibly invested in the characters. I really liked Jace and the vulnerability he showed. Another fantastic Amy Lane story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the usual standards for this author... July 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The characters are the only redeeming quality of this story. Jace and Quent share a love for the ages, each one is clearly defined and the perfect complement for the other. Typical, realistically rendered guys, especially their physical relationship. The sex these guys have scorches the reader from three feet away. Secondary characters are also worth remembering. Elsie is a riot, Lexi and Toby funny and likeable. Even the poker guys, whom we more or less get to know by their occupations, are interesting people. But plot, conflict? Notable for its absence.

Maybe this was Ms. Lane's attempt at lowering the level of angst, going for a lighter, easier read than is her usual? If so, it succeeds, too much, IMHO.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Amy Lane June 25, 2012
By KKJ
Format:Kindle Edition
[NOTE: I read a digital Advance Readers Copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley.]

I always love Amy Lane's characters and gorgeous writing, but the combination of poker AND hunting metaphors got to be too much by the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite by her but still a nice read. August 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
**3.5 stars**

This book is definitely in the category of "Amy Lane lite". Though I enjoyed the fact that these two guys had a low angst story, I shamefully prefer the more gruesome Amy Lane reads. I like her books when her men are torn to shreds and then put back together again. Rip those boys up! Those types of books leave me a sobbing, emotional mess... and I love it.

What can I say, I'm an Amy Lane-variety masochist.

Anyway, "Gambling Men" was still a very lovely read. It was incredibly hot, like burning up my Kindle hot. However, the plot was almost non-existent. It was borderline PWP (porn without plot), actually. I mean, the book followed Jace and Quint through about a year in their life but nothing really happened. It was the journey of their relationship. But without the sex, it would be a bit... boring. A bit... mundane. Part of me was enthralled by the two men and their coming together (ahem...) as a unit, as both friends and lovers. They are a very romantic and endearing couple. However, a bigger part of me wanted something to happen. Still, it would have been a solid 4 star read for the amazing chemistry that Amy Lane created.

However...

Those damn gambling puns and references. Those irritated me to no end. I would have liked this book eons more without them. They just seemed really cheesy to me. Even Jace and Quint knew they were lame. Those constant insertions (ahem...) really knocked this book down in the ratings for me.

This book is still 3.5 stars and it is still deliciously readable but I have liked other Amy Lane books more.

Well, you can't win at every hand. Ba dum da!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it - but not as much as other books by Amy Lane
I love Amy Lane's writing style and this book held up it's end in that area. It was also sizzling hot (yet still focused on the growing relationship between the main characters)... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars HOT, ROMANTIC, FUNNY
What can I say. First, this one is hot, sweet, romantic and Funny. Even when the story doesn't has the usual deept very common in Amy Lane's work, found it very romantic. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Roxana Rangel
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Amy Lane!
After years of friendship, Jason finally sees the sign he has been waiting for and makes a move on Quentin, revealing his true feelings. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Because Two Men Are Better Than One!
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and fun
A fun, and sexy read. For me the poker references were becoming a bit much, and then the characters started making fun of them as well. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MLE
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't keep my intrest.
Amy Lane is an amazing writer but sadly this book just did not keep my intrest. I almost didn't finish the book.
Published 21 months ago by MICHAEL ZEMLA
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
Amy Lane is always a good read. I never get through one of her books without crying. Only thing bad I can say about her is that there is always someone really tragic in her... Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by Phoenixfyrs
4.0 out of 5 stars Amy Lane 'ups the ante' and delivers another winner!
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. Read more
Published on August 26, 2012 by Shirley Frances (LeAnn's Book Reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved
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Reviewed by Sabrina
Review Copy Provided by Netgalley

I was excited to read this book and I was NOT disappointed. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by Romancing the Book
4.0 out of 5 stars Stars: 3.5/5
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If I ever need an upper, I turn to an Amy Lane book, and Gambling Men was no exception. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by Alex W
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
Amy Lane you have done it again. Another great book about men you actually care to know and really really want them to make it as a couple. Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by Angie Drane
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Amy Lane has four children, two cats, a love starved Chi-who-what, a crumbling mortgage and an indulgent spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance--and if you give her enough diet coke and chocolate, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

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