Title: Gambling on Love
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.
Author: Jane Davitt
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Life Under New Management, Closing the Loop
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: September 19, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Gambling on Loves opens with teenage Gary and Abe the summer before their senior year of high school. Gary has known for a while that he’s gay. He is beyond attracted to Abe and wants his best friend who he believes is straight. Abe has just figured out that he’s really not into the girls that he’s been dating and who he truly wants is Gary. This begins their brief relationship of just eight months. It’s this closeted high school relationship that blows up when they are caught doing something on campus that they should have done elsewhere. Gary knows how his mother feels about his sexuality and he truly believes his only option is to get out town. Gary does just that he leaves and doesn’t come back.
There’s a secondary character here that you’re going to hate just as much as Abe does. Peter is the older, extremely wealthy man that has kept Gary as a pet for the last five years. Gary and Peter had a very intense relationship that centers on control. It worked for Gary and Peter. Abe doesn’t like anything Gary has to say about Peter and I really can’t blame him because so much about Peter seems cruel. Here’s the thing though, Gary and Abe would never have bumped into each other if it wasn’t for Gary fulfilling Peter’s one last twisty request. The thing that angers Abe (and me) is that Peter is still playing games with Gary from beyond the grave.
Gary likes games. Gary really likes kinky bedroom games. Gary likes the Abe that wants to play those kinky bedroom games. This isn’t one of those BDSM books where it’s all about being tied up and denied and having to beg. There is definitely a kinky game in play though. It’s flavored with dominance, submission, and a lot of control. It works for Abe and Gary and it allows them to get to know one another again after the eleven years they’ve spent apart. Gary wasn’t easy for me to like. I still wanted him to get his happily ever after though.
It felt to me that Abe never really fell out of love with Gary. Abe wanted Gary back from the moment he left. Abe is sweet and caring and would do anything for Gary. Abe’s approach is just different that everything that Gary is used to so it’s not an easy beginning. Abe is optimistic and doesn’t give up. He knows that this is his only chance to win Gary back. This was what I loved about this story. Abe being an honest and good man, essentially being himself and how it effects everything that Gary does or thinks. It makes Gary a little easier to get along with.
Favorite quote, Gary to Abe: “If I could love someone, and I don’t know if I can, it’d be you.”
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About Jane Davitt
Jane Davitt is English, and has been living in Canada with her husband, two children, and two cats, since 1997. Writing and reading are her main occupations but if she ever had any spare time she might spend it gardening, walking, or doing cross stitch. She’s recently taken up yoga and loves discovering her ability to bend.
Jane has been writing since 2002 and wishes she’d started earlier. She is a huge fan of SF, fantasy, erotica, and mystery novels and has a tendency to get addicted to TV shows that get cancelled all too soon.
She owns over 4,000 books, rarely gives any away, but is happy to loan them, and is of the firm opinion that there is no such thing as “too many books.”
Connect with Jane: * Website:janedavitt.com * Twitter: @janedavitt * Goodreads:goodreads.com/Jane_Davitt