Gambling on Love by Jane Davitt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 19, 2016
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
When Gary and Abe came out to each other in their final year of high school, a longstanding friendship turned into a new love. Keeping their feelings a secret was easy until a coach caught them together in the locker room, and their fragile relationship shattered around them. Panicked, angry, and rejected by his mother, Gary fled town, breaking Abe’s eighteen-year-old heart.
Eleven years later Gary returns just as unexpectedly, crashing into Abe’s truck during a blizzard. He’s as arrogant and stubborn as ever—and just as irresistible. Time has changed them both in ways they never imagined, but the heat that flares between them is enough to thaw any ice.
While Abe discovers what Gary did to survive in the city, Gary realizes that Abe has grown into a man with needs to match his own, and they fall in love all over again. But Gary’s determination to carry out one final order from the rich, older man he lived with—and obeyed—for years means that a dead man’s plans might split them apart again . . . this time for keeps.
Publisher’s note: This title is an edited second edition, previously published in 2011.
This book was an EXHAUSTING MESS. They love each other, then they are fighting over, and over, and over. It was so stressful, and didn’t make me root for them. I was like “just leave each other and be happy!” I gave this book a two star instead of a one star rating only because it was coherent, had no grammar issues, and had a coherent plot (even if I didn’t like it). Otherwise this is straight up a one-star book for me.
There was this backstory that was supposed to drive the tension between the two characters the rest of the book but it kind of fell flat for me. I didn’t get why they had a chapter devoted to the backstory when they could have just woven it into the main story and cut out a big part of excess nonsense.
The biggest problem in this book was for long stretches of time nothing was happening, and then suddenly they were fighting. They fought a lot, and it really stressed me out for most of the book. Also there was this weird thing going on where Gary was in some kind of BDSM dom/sub type relationship with his former employer that kept getting up-played and down-played depending on if Gary wanted to fight with Abe or not. This was a bummer because I absolutely love Abe and wanted him to have a good romance.
Another thing that was weird was that the majority of the book had no secondary characters. There was a lawyer at the end of it who was kind of a bitchy female archetype. I don’t understand why Davitt didn’t build more depth to main characters when they were the only ones in the book, or add extra people to make up for it. It was very two dimensional.
I’m English by birth, but I moved to Canada twenty years ago, so I have two places I call home. I started writing in my thirties, hammering out millions of words of fanfic with a growing sense that yes, this was something I could do, wanted to do, needed to do.
A decade ago, I became a professional writer of m/m romance and I’ve never regretted my choice of career. Back then, telling people what I wrote got me raised eyebrows or puzzled looks. Times have changed. Now m/m romance is thriving and I’m happy to be one of the many writers contributing to this always evolving and expanding genre.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.