A Stella Review: Gambling on Love by by Jane Davitt

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RATING 2 out of 5 stars

gamblingonlove_600x900When 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.

I haven’t read the first edition of Gambling on Love by Jane Davitt so I can’t compare this new version I read with the old one and tell you how much and where the story has been revisited.

That said my review will be short cause I have almost nothing to say about this book except it didn’t work at all.

If you usually read my reviews you will probably know I’m very easy to please. I easily at least like a story. There are rare ecceptions, Gambling on Love is one of them. I didn’t have a lot to say about the story cause it simply told nothing to me. The biggest problem I had with it was the absence of emotions. Throught all the reading I was asking myself “Where are the feelings in this book?”. Gary and Abe were two strangers till the end and I couldn’t  feel a glimmer of a connection among them. I got no love, just ice and coldness and I can’t at least like a story if I felt nothing. It is a second chance at love and friends to lovers story, I am a huge fan of those themes, that’s why I was curious about it. The disappointment was huge.

I always feel sorry about low rated reviews but this story was really bad. I didn’t like the MCs, I couldn’t find a sense in the plot, everything was so detached and with no meaning. I can’t recommend Gambling On Love but I will definetely giving the author a second chance.

The cover art by Jay Aheer is the only thing I liked, very well done.

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Riptide Publishing

Book Details:

ebook, 2nd Edition, 267 pages
Expected publication: September 19th 2016 by Riptide Publishing (first published July 29th 2011)
ISBN 1626494533 (ISBN13: 9781626494534)
Edition Language English

A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Run for it All by Carolyn Levine Topol

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Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

run-for-it-allDavid Martin isn’t happy when he finds out he has to go live with his father and his father’s partner while his mothers are overseas on a work-related project during his sophomore year.  But his tune changes after he gets to know Kevin Ringer, the captain of the track team—the young man who will eventually be David’s lover.

During the first six months or so, living with his dad and his dad’s partner, Scott, who also happens to be his high school track coach, he’s shocked by how much he comes to appreciate Scott. So much in his life changes within such a short time that he finds himself wishing for even more time with Kevin, Scott, and his dad, who has now become very important to him. It surprises them all when he reveals how much he now respects Scott and even loves him, and he makes Scott’s day when he announces he’s decided to call Scott Pop. 

There’s plenty of drama throughout the story as his father learns the meaning of being a full time parent and acquires the skills to express his love and respect for his son; there’s also an ongoing issue with the track team member who was previously involved in an attack on Kevin.  And, of course, there’s the love story developing between David and Kevin and David’s angst over whether or not he has to leave behind everything and everyone he’s grown to love.

It might have been a good story, but I didn’t care for the author’s writing style, including the portrayal of David’s character and personality, which I comment on further below.  But—here’s one of my biggest quirks with the writing—when the author first used the phrase “(he) rolled his lips,” I thought it was supremely awkward, but then it was used again and I started to squirm. The third time, I began to highlight the instances on my app and ultimately found it was used 8 times!  I’m sorry, but no. First, it’s too weird to picture, and second, that’s way too many times to use a term like that in one story.  I’m surprised the editor didn’t pick up on it.

Another issue, and granted, I may be very old-fashioned, but I found the way David spoke, whether with family or friends, to be extremely mature and somewhat formal. Yes, he’s a smart kid and was raised by intelligent women, but I just felt his language and behaviors were over-the-top too formal and mature for a fifteen year old. And speaking of fifteen—I also found it odd that both sets of parents saw no issue in letting the boys stay overnight in each other’s homes, knowing they were having sex. I may have lost touch with today’s reality, but there wouldn’t be full, penetrative sex in my home and condoned by me if my child was that age. Thankfully, the sex was off page, but I’m still surprised because most YA books I’ve read have held off mentioning having full sex until both boys were eighteen.

So, although the book was okay, and I liked a few parts, primarily the relationship between David and his two “dads,” I wouldn’t recommend it.

The cover by Alexandria Corza features head shots of two young men set against a background of a track meet, depicting the primary focus of the story.

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Harmony Ink Press

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Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: September 22nd 2016 by Harmony Ink Press
ISBN 1634770668 (ISBN13: 9781634770668)
Edition LanguageEnglish

An Alisa Audiobook Review: The Queen & the Homo Jock King (At First Sight #2) by T.J. Klune and Michael Lesley (Narrator)

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5

 

the-queen-the-homo-jock-king-audiobookDo you believe in love at first sight?

 

Sanford Stewart sure doesn’t. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy’s perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind.

 

Or so he tells himself.

 

It’s not until the owner of Jack It—the club where Sandy performs as drag queen Helena Handbasket—comes to him with a desperate proposition that Sandy realizes he might have to put his feelings about Darren aside. Because Jack It will close unless someone can convince Andrew Taylor, the mayor of Tucson, to keep it open.

 

Someone like Darren, the mayor’s illegitimate son.

 

The foolproof plan is this: seduce Darren and push him to convince his father to renew Jack It’s contract with the city.

 

Simple, right?

 

Wrong.

 

I loved this story just as much as I have every TJ Klune story I’ve read.  Sandy is absolutely hilarious, if not completely stubborn at the same time.  Seeing all the characters from the previous book helps to connect with the story even more.

 

You can’t help but connect with Sandy and feel exactly how he did.  I could see the other characters emotions through Sandy’s eyes even when Sandy didn’t seem to see them himself.  I loved Darren, he couldn’t help but take anything he could get when it comes to being with Sandy since he feels he doesn’t deserve him.  I would love if TJ continues this series and we get to see Cory find someone.

 

Michael Lesley did a wonderful job narrating this story.  I was able to connect with the characters feel their emotions in his reading as he used different voices for the characters.  His voice changes so much you really get to see the differences with the characters.

 

Cover art by Reese Dante is perfect for this story.

 

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Audiobook Details:

Audiobook, 17 hrs 5 min
Published: August 1, 2016 (ebook first published February 29, 2016)
Edition Language: English

Series: At First Sight #2

Riptide Spotlight Tour : Gambling on Love by Jane Davitt (giveaway)

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Gambling On Love by Jane Davitt
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iptide Publishing

Cover by: Jay Aheer
Read an Excerpt/Buy It Here

About 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.

Purchase at Riptide: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/gambling-on-love

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.”

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Gambling On Love, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and four individuals will also receive their choice of one ebook from Jane’s backlist. That’s FIVE winners total! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 24, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!