- 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 LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00815I8BO
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
Struggling to communicate, poker becomes the language to raise issues. Once they are able to admit their feelings to themselves, each other and their friends, the emotion is deep. When Quent and Jace are forced to acknowledge their feelings, they do so in a way that is honest, raw and passionate.
The only downside to this book was the overuse of the poker metaphors - too many and too often - but this is really only a minor complaint, easily overlooked.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story left me wit warm feelings. The characters were great and their loving and intimate connection felt so right.Published 9 months ago by Elisa
Quent and Jason are business partners who have been friends since their freshman year of college. Everything they've done has been based on Jason's outlook that life is poker and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. Jefferson
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 morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Jen
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 morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Roxana Rangel V.
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... Read more
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 morePublished on March 21, 2013 by MLE
Amy Lane is an amazing writer but sadly this book just did not keep my intrest. I almost didn't finish the book.Published on December 20, 2012 by MICHAEL ZEMLA
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 morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Phoenixfyrs
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 morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Shirley Quinones
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