Review: Gambling on Love by Jane Davitt

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.

Another kinky winner from J-Dav.

I'm a fan of second chances, and really, does anyone ever forget their first love? Maybe sometimes wonder what if? 

Abe has waited eleven years for his second chance when it literally runs into him on a little traveled road in the middle of a snow storm. Abe and Fox were best friends once upon a time and eventually began a surreptitious affair while seniors in high school. Fox always did like to push the envelope and one day that backfired and sent them in opposing directions.

One last errand for his deceased lover is what puts Fox back in Abe's life, rather begrudgingly. I'll just cut to the chase, I'm not a fan of Fox. Fox's backstory wasn't well developed enough to match the chip on his shoulder. He's a pill and pretentious. I tried to warm up to him, tried to give him the benefit of the doubt and see things from his perspective and I realize a lot of it is a defense mechanism, but still, he's a pill. I do believe that Abe is the only person he's ever loved but I'm not sold on him being good enough for Abe.

He is pretty kinky as is Abe and I do love that. I also LOVE me a big guy bottom! The kink is mostly D/s with a little light humiliation, dirty talk and some bondage. No one does unfussy kink like J-Dav which is one of the things that continues to draw me to her books. Just how hungry these two are for each other is undeniable, even when they're fighting maybe even more so then. 

J-Dav's writing is as solid as always with authentic dialogue and having both of their perspectives enriched the story. I felt like the series of events that got them to their HEA was maybe a little convenient and it's pretty clear there is more to this errand than meets the eye immediately, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of how it unfolded.

All told another enjoyable read from J-Dav that I would recommend to contemporary and second chance romance fans.

An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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