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  • File Size: 1105 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00815I8BO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused 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 accidentally make eye contact, 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fiona B on May 9, 2012
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 29, 2012
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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 By grammy1 VINE VOICE on 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 By Lisa J on May 9, 2012
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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 By Fangtasia on July 7, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PrismBookAlliance on September 6, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 out of 5 Stars
For original review, see the Prism Book Alliance® blog online.

I first read Gambling Men back in 2013 on a girls weekend at a casino shortly before my sister left Texas for the soggy northwest. My mom and sister gamble, I don’t. So I liked the irony around reading a book called “Gambling Men” sitting in a hotel/casino NOT gambling. Unfortunately, I didn’t write a review back then, so I can’t tell you my exact thoughts on the book at the time. I remember enjoying it, however. So when we asked Amy to be a Retro Reads spotlight author, Gambling Men was the top of my list to review.

So what did I think the second time around? I loved it just as much, or maybe a little more (like I said, I can’t remember my exact excitement level from last time). Jace and Quent are both intense people, but they are two halves of a whole. From the minute they met they needed each other just for their own sanity. Gambling Men picks up some years into their friendship (with looks back to their pasts), right when Jace decides show his hand and try to take their relationship to the next level.

Jace is comfortably bisexual, but Quent has never shown any homo-curious leanings, so for someone whose entire life is a Poker metaphor, showing his hand is the biggest gamble of his young life. The interactions between these two men are hot, passionate, and forceful on both sides. They do not follow a formula. From the minute Jace shows his hand, they are both all in together. They have their quibbles and their struggles. They have to find how to deal with each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities. They have to realize their other half hasn’t always played the hand they were dealt.

Full of poker metaphors, which even this non-gambler can understand and appreciate, I can not recommend Gambling Men highly enough for a low-angst Amy read.
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