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Gambling On Maybe (GlitterBomb! #1)

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When Phoenix police officer Stephen Miranda offers tipsy Zachary West a ride home one Friday night, he’s just doing his job. He doesn’t expect to unleash a glittery whirlwind on his orderly, very homogenized life. From minute one, Zach is like nothing Stephen’s ever known and like everything he’s secretly craved.


Zach doesn’t hide who he is for anyone’s comfort, even his ow

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Kindle Edition, 37 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by Amber Quill Press, LLC
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Monique ~ Sinfully
This is a fun, short and very sexy read from Fae Sutherland and I loved it...

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Zach our fabulously dazzling Twink and Stevie the shy retiring Police Officer are both great characters and Ms Sutherland manages to keep us smiling right to the end with this most unlikely pairing, you just can’t help but adore them both.

Sergeant Stephen Miranda, after breaking up a disturbance outside one of the clubs on The Strip in downtown Pheonix is left shocked and speechless when a young man dressed in a mesh
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Nick Pageant
Sep 17, 2014 Nick Pageant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Finally, the slump is over! This is a super-sweet, super-short read. I loved the MC's and the sex was smokin'.
Heller
This? So many levels of fabulous. How could I resist a series called GlitterBomb! Zach reminded me quite a bit of Cheeks from the webtv show Husbands and I loved him. I wish this had been more than a novella? novelette? :)

For such a short story, the characterizations are rich and descriptive. This was a fun, sexy read where opposites attract and combust.
Laura
Aug 13, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fae Sutherland’s Gambling On Maybe is a quick, sexy, sparkly blast of fun topped with an inspirational squeeze to the heart. I had so much fun here! Zach and Stevie had me grinning from ear to ear! Haha…Over the weekend, I made a promise to myself to cut down on my exclamation point usage, but hell…promise broken already! This book is an exclamation point user’s dream come true! :D

”Why be something he didn’t like just to make people he didn’t know comfortable?”

Sparks, hope, passion, and sexy che
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Macky
This is short, sexy and fun! Zach is flamboyant, swishy, glittery and full of it, but not in an arrogant way , full of joi de vie and an 'I'm me take me as you find me' attitude, exudes mischief and fun. Steven - a cop - meets him outside a club where he's called to smooth over an argument thats kicked off. Because of it Zach loses his lift home and cheekily persuades Steven to take him home in his squad car. Zach's a major flirt and a minx and before he knows it Stevie (as Zach deides to call h ...more
Kaje Harper
Oct 06, 2011 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, short-story, light
4.5 stars. Zach has got to go on my list of favorite flamboyant characters and the romance was adorable. As everyone has noted, this is just plain too short and stops right when the interesting part of the story would be starting. (The "where do we go from meeting here" part.) But the author is entitled to do that - it is a complete story, even if I do really want a sequel novel. However the reason that I docked the half-star was that the plot was a little too conflict-free and easy for my prefe ...more
Vivian
Aug 29, 2013 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vivian by: Jen4607
Shelves: romance-contemp, own
This was a smile when I needed it. Thanks, Jen.

Flirty, fun story of one irrepressible Zach who lives life large and loud and the repressed, stable Stephen who exists. A chance meeting, uncharacteristic patience, and persistence all pay off here.

Favorite quote:
"Why be something he didn't like just to make people he didn't know comfortable?"
Ami
Jan 22, 2011 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-short-stories
This short story could've gotten better rating for me if not for two reasons:

(1) It's too short. It's only 37 pages and I cannot help to be disappointed when a great story is being cut too short by the author. It's like I just start enjoying a meal but suddenly taken away by the waiter without my permission

(2) A couple of words chosen are weird. I never heard the word a sentence "It totes so", ever! Duly noted that English is not my native, still this sounds weird.

Aside from that, I think it's
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Amy
Aug 11, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore the story! How can you not fall in love with Zach and his mint green workout shorts with 'YUM' written across the butt in pink? He lives his life out and proud, no matter the consequences. He's bright and bubbly and sparkles wherever he goes. And then there's Stephen Miranda a.k.a. Officer Hotness. Alpha cop, in the closet, so different from Zach. I loved them together and can't wait to read the next book!!
Justin
Oct 01, 2014 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Justin by: Amy
4.5 stars
This was just what I needed. Sweet & funny with a lil heat. I can't wait to read the next book.

Thank you, Amy! It was your review that brought this book to my attention.

ETA: This book and book 2 are on sale 50% off right now (10-1-14) at Amber Quill
Deeze
All I can say is I’m glad I have the next part already. The ending of this one would of pissed me off big time lol.

A cute sweet little read that I hope continues to a satisfying conclusion in the next book.

Oh and I wanna know if the bitch really was trying to protect Stevie or if she has a ulterior motive!
Shell
Jan 16, 2011 Shell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was a sweet little read that left me all warm and gooey inside!

Zachary West is 26 years old and about as out and proud as his cute little self can possibly be! Police Officer, Sergeant Stephan Miranda (aka: Officer Hotness) is 38 years old, a career officer, and so far in the closet his world probably looks like that drab beige they paint every new house closet in. So, when he meets Zach, after watching Zach's designated driver reunite with her boyfriend and walk off, leaving Zach driver-le
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Cory
Dec 29, 2016 Cory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this and wished it was 500 pages longer lol. I didn't want it to end!
Ilhem
Aug 14, 2012 Ilhem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, sweet, cops
Sweet, sex and fun!
Lame joke about a French song titled "sea, sex and sun". Don't mind me.
Susan65
Jul 13, 2012 Susan65 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just what I needed. I laughed out loud, a lot. Zach and Stephen (Stevie or Officer Hottness) were awesome. I loved them together. Zach reminded me of Edward, from Edward Unconditionally. He had me rolling, from his lime green shorts with YUM written across the butt in pink lettering, and his fast one-liners. He is an amazing character and just what Stevie needed to brighten up his dull life.
Can't wait to read book two. This was a surprise hit for me and my only two complaints are 1
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Chris
Jan 15, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good short m/m romance about a delightfully flamboyant guy who decides he needs to add some sparkle to a closeted cop's life. My only complaint was that I wanted more! Be aware that this has a HFN ending. Update: And now there's a sequel! :)
Lauraadriana
Thank heaven I don't need to wait very long and the sequel comes out next week.

Zach was fantastic and so cute with his Officer Hotness. LOOOOOVED!!!
Karen K
**4.5 upped to a 5**
This was so freaking adorable - just wanted to pick Zach up and keep him in my pocket, him and all his sparkles and glittering. What a sweet soul and pretty to boot, not to mention that fantastic attitude of positivity and yeah, sparkle that just surrounded him. I think he'd be able to shine that goodness on everyone he meets. But he doesn't have to now that he has Stevie. Wasn't sure about him - seemed too straight-laced and uptight to jump our "heroine" but he wasn't and he
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Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Yesterday I needed a little pick-me up, and I found it in this short story.

Zach and Stephen are so different from each other. Stephen is 38 and a closeted cop, who one night drives home Zach, who is 26 - with 21 looks - and is proudly flamboyant. He is also very perceptive, behind all his glitter. He understands Stephen's needs and engineers a meeting and a dinner to seduce the cop. Stephen is a bit reluctant at the beginning, but he's also tired of hiding, and Zach ignites his passion and also
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Nile Princess
3.5* I have to be in the mood to read twink/flambouyant characters and even then I can only handle small doses but I really liked this pairing. Would have given this book a higher rating if it had been a full lenth novel.
Susan
Oct 24, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read, z-2012
This short story tells of the beginning of a relationship between two very different men. You can’t help but love Zach – he’s a sweet, twinkly fun-loving guy. Stephen, on the other hand, is a police officer. He’s much more serious and much less prone to impulsive decisions. What each of them needs is a little bit of the other man in their lives. I loved the way Zach tried to fit his outfit to the occasion and the way he knows who he is and isn’t afraid to show it. It was a bit harder to get to k ...more
Catherine
*** 4.5 Stars ***

Zach's joie de vivre is damn infectious. I felt like I was in the middle of a whirlwind wearing teeny tiny pleather shorts and a mesh top. He gets all of the stars this time.
Mandi
Jan 18, 2011 Mandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-mm
I simply loved this! Zach was just adorable. My only reason for not giving it 5 stars? I wanted it to be longer!

Sunny
Such a sweet, fun, sexy read. Zach is adorable and I love him. And Stephen...*fans self*
I definitely need more of these two :)

On to the next story!
Lori K
Jan 20, 2011 Lori K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Cute short story, absolutely LOVEable characters. I'll look for more from this author.
Simsala
It shines and glitters but a shallow puddle does that too....damn shorts...;-)
Lena Grey
Apr 29, 2011 Lena Grey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being out and proud is a very personal choice. Not everyone is strong enough to be true to themselves, regardless of the consequences. Zach, in 'Gambling on Maybe' by Fae Sutherland, accepts these consequences with a bravery that I wish I had. Zach lives his life with a grace and style uniquely his. One of Zach's strong points is being able to read a person's behavior. When Officer Stephen Miranda enters his life, Zach immediately feels the chemistry between them and suspects that the other man ...more
Tam
Feb 12, 2011 Tam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars

This was a wonderful short little read that suffered from … being too short, ending too quickly, leaving me desperate for more. However, Zach is exactly the kind of character I love. He’s sparkly and optimistic and proud of who he is and has no regrets. He’s not ashamed of himself or his life and doesn’t care if others don’t like it. That kind of thing totally confuses straight-laced cop Stephen whose spent most of his career coming off as the straight confirmed bachelor. He’s been happ
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Adrienne -kocham czytać-
Yesss, this was totes gorgeous. Two very distinct voices and characterization, an age gap, one cop and one luminous twink, and booty-ful, passionate writing.

Loved it; I want to live my life by Zach's codes:

"...he didn't see any point in letting other peoples' negative attitudes affect his own...it wasn't that Zach didn't know what people thought of him. It was that he didn't care. He didn't imagine they lost any sleep at night worrying what the silly little fag in the fabulous Dolce scarf thou
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Helen Beattie
Jan 15, 2011 Helen Beattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute little story that I enjoyed very much except for one annoying thing. I loved both of the main characters, especially Zach and wished that the story was longer so I could find out how things went with these two. Sometimes it's nice to read something light that doesn't tax your brain trying to keep all the facts straight and this sweet story filled that bill for me.

This would have rated 4.5 stars but the reason I knocked off a half star was the use of a couple of words that might be common
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“From the straight-acting, butch, manly men like his Officer Hotness, to the twinkiest twinks who ever lived, like himself, and everywhere in between. He didn't have any right to tell anyone how to `be gay,” 5 likes
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