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Posted March 12, 2013
Consistently Good Anthology..............................................................................................
Gambling Men: Ante Up by Amy Lane 3 stars - AH this was the biggest tease for Gambling Men: The Novel! Just one little scene into these guys lives... I have to admit, I'm intrigued. Jace seemed to come (pun intended) out of nowhere, so I wanna know his thinking, and I'd like to see some strength from Quen, he could easily get pushed around.
Bad News Brett by Sean Kennedy 1.5 stars - This wasn't bad by any means, but it's a short scene involving a lot of sports talk with an already established couple. So while they were sweet, I didn't really care and skimmed most of it.
Choices and Changes by S. Blaise 4.5 stars - Ohmygod this was so sweet! Amazing journey of two lonely boys who meet in high school. I think it could have been a 5 star if it had been a full-length novel and the ending had more time to develop naturally but SO GOOD.
Equinox by M. Jules Aedin and Anna J. Linden 3.75 stars - This was a sweet and well developed story. I got a little annoyed at the end with the poor communication though.
Gambling Men: Deal by Amy Lane 3.75 stars - Damn, now I'm really gonna have to go read Gambling Men: The Novel! Although the Poker analogies could get old fast, this was a very short very sexy and very sweet little snippet. Higher rating than the first because we saw some emotion from Jace, and that last line made me melt! "Not a game, Quentin. Never Was." Swoon.
We Are Stardust by M. Jules Aedin 4 stars - This was a really unique story that simply made me smile with a perfect HFN ending.
Spontaneous by Chrissy Munder 2.5 stars - This wasn't bad by any means, it just didn't grip me. It was a little slow and I skimmed some of it, then right when it was getting ready to start... it ended. I get that it's a short and the author was trying to give us that feeling of 'this might be the beginning of something great', but unfortunately I didn't feel a connection with the characters and it just didn't do much for me.
The Meaning of Significant Digits by Ashlyn Kane 2.5 stars - The set up and premise for this story was really good, a little friends to lovers with some misunderstanding thrown in, but it didn't really follow through. The same problem as the last story where when we're finally gonna get some resolution... a little anti-climactic. The "it was you" line was sweet, but there wasn't enough emotional build-up leading up to it, just too easy over all especially considering that Dev had had his crush for years.
Gambling Men: Draw by Amy Lane 3 stars - So I'm torn on this. Jace's super confident dominance is crazy hot. But I dunno about Quen, I'm just not a big fan of "followers" and it's one thing to hero-worship or whatever, but I don't quite know what to make of him yet. We'll see. I'm not sure where these scenes fit into Gambling Men: The Novel, if they proceed it or if they are actually scenes from the book.
Mending the Break by Jaymz Connelly 2.5 stars - This was a really great ending, the problem is that without the entire beginning of the story (which since this is a short is relegated to the past and simply mentioned vaguely) I didn't really feel a strong enough connection with the characters to understand their motivations.
Road to Nowhere by Catt Ford 5 STARS! - I'm not even sure what to say. This was an absolutely beautiful little story that just had me smiling. The addition of Myrom and Dowling definitely brought it from a 4 to a 5. I'm not always a fan of flash-backs, but since this story was about their entire lives it was completely appropriate.
Snowman by Isabelle Rowan 4 stars - I liked this story a lot, and I actually think it would have been really good as a full-length novel. My only complaint may have something to do with the length, I didn't quite feel there was enough lead up to their strong feelings. I'm OK with the three-days-only, but even a little more internal dialogue about developing feelings would have felt more realistic. As sweet as it was, it felt a little sudden.
Gambling Men: Call by Amy Lane 3.5 stars - So now the guys' relationship ahs progressed a little this was a steamy little short, but I'm still not sure how these shorts relate to Gambling Men: The Novel. Is this a scene from the book? Anyway it was cute and we saw a different side of Jace.
In His Eyes by Bethany Brown 4 stars - This was a really sweet May-December story with a little cowboy twist. I liked it a lot and think it would have made a really good full-length story, although with that last chapter she added it didn't seem too short or under-developed.
Weak in the Knees by G.S. Wiley 3 stars - This was really close to being a 4 star, but the HFN ending was what kept it a 3 for me. I'm OK with HFN at times, and if that had happened at their first big interaction it would have been fine. The problem is, Ray's actions really hurt Spencer and I don't quite trust him. The set-up was great and the fight did add to the drama, but given the seriousness of what Ray did I feel like a lot more resolution was needed than a few public kisses.
The Shirt by Amy Lane (Ryan & Scott #1) 3 stars - This Ryan & Scott story was one of the main reasons I got this anthology. I enjoyed it although I did think the couple flashbacks were kind of unecessary. I actually skipped one because I didn't care about some BJ that happened 4 months ago, I wanna see what's happening now. But it's a sweet story and has a fairly steamy sex scene with very very light BDSM. I'm not running out right away to buy it but the next one, Phonebook, is offered for a buck on Dreamspinner and looks cute.
The Neighbors by Janey Chapel - This is hard to rate. It's not really a story about two guys but more about the premise of this anthology; why a straight woman would want to watch (or in our case, read about!) two men.
Gambling Men: All In by Amy Lane 3 stars - A sweet HFN ending to this series of shorts.
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