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One Good Hand [Kindle Edition]

Rowan McBride
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Genre: LGBT Paranormal

As a professional gambler, Ace Donovan has seen it all. The gutter, the penthouse -- they've both been home at one point or another. Right now he's on top, he's a winner, and sharks from all over the world are lining up to take him down.

Life is...good.

Then, Ace wins Spade in a high stakes poker game. The enigmatic man calls him 'master' and refuses to be set free. He slips past carefully constructed walls, becoming more perfect, more erotic, with every second. Ace knows he's in over his head. Cards can give and cards can take.

And one good hand is about to change his life forever.

Publisher's Note: One Good Hand is a revised, reedited version of a previous release by the same name. It contains elements that may be objectionable to some readers: Male/male sexual practices.

Product Details

  • File Size: 175 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (December 25, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good November 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I missed this author's writing and since I resolved myself to the fact that in his stories one character will always grow significantly in erm muscles size, I decided to get this one. Because but for this theme I find his writing very enjoyable and lovely.

Yeah, I was right, one of the characters grows again, but at least the story is not revolved around this theme, it is just one of the after effects of what is happening.

It was enjoyable and fun and characters were well developed, if you do not care for poker, I would still recommend this story. Poker is very present in this story, since narrator is the professional poker player, but it is not the detailed instruction of how to play poker, I would say it is more of the metaphor for the narrator's character growth. Ace and Spade suit each other very well indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hot Story with Hot Characters November 16, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Rowan McBride was the first m/m author I read (I started with "Paul's Dream") and I've tried to pick up every one of his stories. He's brilliant at characterization. Ace, the gambler with serious baggage, who "wins" Spade who is every human being's dream date, and the slow unraveling of their respective pasts provides the engine for this awesome ride.
Layer by layer, the characters expose who they are beneath the skin and the risk, in the end, is to believe in one another.
This author is one of my favorites. I love this story, not only for the hot sex scenes, but because the plot is encased in the ultimate games of trust and betrayal--love and poker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good short story November 7, 2013
By Ukagau
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Short but very good. Read it all at once. A new take on his very very big men and little guy story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Good Hand by Rowan McBride October 5, 2012
By Elisa
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book not a long ago, but when I saw the new cover by Anne Cain, wow I have to buy it again! Yes I know, I'm a covers whore (after books whore...).

Ace is a professional gambler. He plays for the sake of play and also for money. But one night he win not money but a man. A man without name, a man that his previous master holds like a pet, not a man. He calls him Spade.

After some day of acquitance, Ace and Spade slip in a quite and happy life, but something strange is happening: Spade is changing phisically, and he step by step is becoming the dream lover of Ace. So finally Ace has to admit that Spade is not human, he is a Senai, a genetically engineered servant. He is a manufact by an alien planet, Kaznian, and he crashed on Earth fourteen years before. He changes to satisfy his master's desires and he only wants what his master wants. Plus he depends from his master to live, if he remains without a master, he will die.

Ace is shocked, he thinks that all Space has said is a lie, all the love and the care, only lie. He can't feel something for someone who is not even human. But love has strange form and you can't choose who love; but Spade yes, he can: he can't choose whom obey to, but he can choose whom love. And he has choose to love Ace, and so Ace will be the... Ace of Spade.

Spade is a particular character: even if he is not the "master" in the relationship, he is the stronger character. He is the strenght of Ace. Ace is quite naive and fragile: he is 26 year old, but he seems a lot younger; he needs a paternal figure in his life, he needs love and caring.

The initial idea is quite similar to True, always by Rowan McBride: but while in True the weak character was the alien being, here it is the human. This is a little longer and maybe less tender. But it is still a good story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected surprise August 1, 2012
By JustJen
Format:Kindle Edition
Totally not what I expected. I really enjoyed this story. It was very colorful and moved along at a good pace. There was just enough alien aspect to be interesting, but not too much to make it overly cheesy.
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More About the Author

Born an Air Force dependent, Rowan McBride traveled the world and totally missed the 80's as most Americans know it. In exchange, xe's gotten to walk in clogs, break an arm at Mt. Fuji, and say prayers at a Korean Buddhist temple. So far it seems like a fair trade. Although xe graduated from high school in Hawaii, xe didn't learn to hula and make leis until going to college in Iowa. After leaving the Midwest, xe moved to Washington, DC and very nearly got xemself a Juris Doctor degree. Now xe's chilling out in Texas, diabolically planning road trips that could span years.

People say xyr life is random, and that's probably true. Rowan comforts xemself with the working theory that a random life makes for good stories. When that doesn't work, there's Pocky. Lots and lots of Pocky.

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