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Gambling Men

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,188 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
Quent Jackson has followed Jason Spade's every move in business and in poker since their first day as college freshmen. Eight years later, when Jace finally decides Quent is the one man he can't live without, he sees no reason for that to change.

But as much as Jace believes that poker is life, no one gave Quent the same playbook. After their first passionate night, the rea
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 6th 2012)
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J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
3.5 Stars!

There really wasn't anything wrong with this one...per say. Other than the fact I didn't see much point to it.

I mean absolutely nothing happened other than Quin and Jace going at it like rabbits. Which...whatever. It would have been a real snoozer without that. Even so there was some skimming involved.

Jace reminded me a lot of Bennett Ryan from the Beautiful Bastard series. He was so possessive and jealous and petty.

And don't get me started on all of the poker and gambling puns.

Well Amy Lane, I love your books. This one is a total keeper, gets 5 stars, and made me feel all warm and snuggly inside...

Jace and Quentin have been best friends since college, now have their own brokerage business in San Francisco and are avid poker players . Jace has always loved Quent but is scared to risk their friendship by acting on his attraction. One night in the gym’s locker room Jace takes the most important gamble of his life and Quent calls him on it. So, where do they go from here?
Poker is Life...You gotta to go all in sometimes to WIN BIG...Jace Spade was a man that liked to take a gamble and when it came to Quent Jackson he had been waiting to play his cards just right. Because Quent he was the BIG WIN...The one that once you had it, you could walk away without looking back.

Eight years they had been friends. College roomates, business partners and Quent was always happy to let Jace take the lead. Quen trusted Jace with his life, and would have happily followed him where
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

This book is definitely in the category of "Amy Lane lite". Though I enjoyed the fact that these two guys had a low angst story, I shamefully prefer the more gruesome Amy Lane reads. I like her books when her men are torn to shreds and then put back together again. Rip those boys up! Those types of books leave me a sobbing, emotional mess... and I love it.

What can I say, I'm an Amy Lane-variety masochist.

Anyway, "Gambling Men" was still a very lovely read. It was incredibly hot, l
Trisha Harrington
Nov 24, 2014 Trisha Harrington rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans Of A Funny & Hot Romance
This book was amazing! I loved the snarky humor and the general sexiness of this story. It was my first time from this author. She has been a bit of a hit and miss for me, mainly because of a certain thing in some of her books. I honestly adored this book. Bloody hell it was just my thing. How many more ways can I say how much I adored this book? Not many!!!

Quent and Jace have been best friends since college. They own their own business and they play poker together. Both of them have been in lov
May 10, 2012 Td rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
Undeniable wonderful couple in Jace and Quent as friends, business partners and sizzling hot lovers. Unfortunately, the poker metaphors almost everywhere for almost everything got to me. What I found witty, clever and fun in the first half became much less so and felt like overkill in the second half to the point where they almost overtook Jace and Quent and made the book less enjoyable for me overall after an amazing start. I probably should've known better from reading the blurb, but
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
May 10, 2012 ♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Absolutely everyone!! This one is a GEM!
Amy Lane Owes Me A New Phone (a.k.a) This Book Set My Phone On FIRE!

Someone should make this book into an erotic indie film. It has more than a few elements that would make for a fantastic movie.

The set-up
Two men who have been friends since their first day of college. Quent is the easy-going guy everyone loves, the peacemaker, the boy that mothers want their society daughters to marry. Jace is the shark, the predator, the leader that people respect, that intense guy who excels at every damn th
Heather C
Jun 01, 2012 Heather C rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heather C by: Lauraadriana
Another great story from Amy Lane

It was such a sweet, hot, yummy story with no angst! Plus, I really liked Jace and Quentin, of course I almost always like stories about "het-friends-to-gay-lovers". I was really worried about it not holding my interest because the MCs were already having sexwith each otherbeforeI was even10% into the book, but it stayed pretty interesting and the pace was quick. I really enjoyed the dynamics of their relationship and how they (and Amy) integreated poker metaphor
Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
Not your typical Amy Lane fare but for me this was a really enjoyable read. I have to say that in terms of hotness this book rates high! It starts with a ' bang' so to speak and pretty much ends on one, although by the time you get to the finish these two guys are so much in love that its unfair to categorise the hot love scenes as just sizzling sex. There's a lot more depth to their lovemaking than that, but I've got to say that I had more than a few tingly moments with these two. Insatiable co ...more
MsMiz (Tina)
May 08, 2012 MsMiz (Tina) rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt-all, kindle-mobi
Man this book was incendiary and in a good way. The two of them were so hot, there are so many brilliant moments. Never thought of life and love compared to the game of Poker, but you will when you read this book.

Quentin and Jace are just beautiful people and together they are perfect.

Go Fish is my new favorite game.

Off to re-read.
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
Mar 26, 2015 *P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Friends-To-Lovers/GFY fans
"Sometimes, you can't win unless you lay your cards on the table. "

It's official- I'm a friends-to-lovers/ GFY romance addict and I'm not ashamed at all, lol. On the contrary, I plan to indulge in my addiction for many years to come. I have read only one book by A. Lane before this one- The Locker Room and it was a 3 stars read for me -meaning it was an okay read, I liked it, but there were some "issues" which prevented me from rating it higher, f.e. some frustrating melodrama and cheesy con
Jun 28, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok

2.5 stars

Reviewed for Covers Week at Boys in our Books

Cover thoughts: I originally saw this cover and thought this grown man was wearing a diaper. I think it's just ill-fitted boxer briefs. But then his feet looked disfigured to me for some reason. And just the pose was so...odd. Throw in some playing cards (it's called GAMBLING MEN...get it? Cards? Gambling? Yes...literal cover...I get it...)

Ok, the book...

What I liked about this book: friends-to-lovers, out-for-you, really really hot smexy tim
Jan 15, 2014 julio rated it it was ok

felt rushed and unpolished.

please note i reviewed an early edition; this story has recently been revised.
Kaje Harper
May 13, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
This book is like a paean to the idea that guys don't talk to each other. The main characters were together for years, not just as friends but as roommates and then as business partners, before either of them made a move about their mutual attraction. And after they did admit their interest in each other, they are still completely unable to communicate their feelings and concerns except in scorchingly hot sex and cryptic poker metaphors and similes. I loved the guys and was irritated by them in ...more
May 21, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, signed, won, ebook, 2012
Very good m/m romance about two guys who've been best friends and business partners since college, but suddenly up the ante to maybe being much more. I really enjoyed this... other than the pervasive sense of dread that things were going to become an angstfest at any minute. Fortunately, that didn't happen.
So that was pretty much a loosing hand. I should have folded at 30% when I have a feeling I should cut and run.

Jace and Quent, friends since they where at college together. Jace is the controlling dominant character. Sharp as a whip, a leader and a fierce competitor. Quent is Jace's opposite. His Ace of hearts to the King of Diamonds.
This is a story of when friendship becomes love. So after eight long years of Jace holding his cards close to his chest, just waiting for the perfect play. Quent
Rhys Ford
May 15, 2012 Rhys Ford rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I have a special warm love for Amy as a person.

Now that all the legal disclaimers are out of the way, let's talk about the book.

Without giving too much away, Jace and Quent's developing...and then established... relationship played out fantastically on the page. They gave and take in equal measures, although really Jace was the pushier of the two. Even though in a position of "more power" than Quent, he still had to learn when to bend to Quent's needs. Their own quibbles and t
Nov 18, 2012 Anke marked it as dnf
Dear Book, this was the umpteenth try to get into you and now I call it quit. At 20% off to the DNF with you! Looks like this is the one book by Amy Lane that doesn't work for me. All the inner musings, the comparisons with the poker game were thoroughly getting on my nerves and in fact, during this 20% nothing really happened besides both MCs having sex for the first time and thoughts and thoughts and thoughts...

Major English (Laura)
I thought this book was okay. This is the second book that I have read by Amy Lane... And I must say, although she seems to be a fan favorite, there is just something about her stories that does not fully captivate me.

I very much like the best friends-to-lovers genre, and this book fits that category, but I feel like it was one those situations where the reader is just told that the two MCs are best friends rather than feeling the bond between them. I didn't really feel the bond between the MCs
Amy Lane has done it again. Will I ever read a book of hers that I don't like?! Probably not, because she writes the exact types of stories that I love with wonderful characters and lots of emotion. Plus plenty of hot stuff, too ;) I love how Amy's stories always manage to make me laugh my head off one moment, and then cry my heart out the next. To me, that's the sign of a truly great storyteller.

Gambling Men was fabulous. The characters, the story, the development of their relationship, everyth
Feb 19, 2013 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
After years of friendship, Jason finally sees the sign he has been waiting for and makes a move on Quentin, revealing his true feelings.
There is no denying that these guys are hot and the sex that follows is sizzling!

Struggling to communicate, poker becomes the language to raise issues. Once they are able to admit their feelings to themselves, each other and their friends, the emotion is deep. When Quent and Jace are forced to acknowledge their feelings, they do so in a way that is honest, raw
Veronica /  V
May 14, 2012 Veronica / V rated it really liked it
The last time I read a book from this Author I had a huge disappointment, and I though I would never buy or read this author again.
Well, I'm so glad I changed my mind and I read this book.
This story was fantastic, awesome, lovely, cute, funny.
There are so many words I could describe this wonderful story.
The sex scenes were also divine.
PNR Book Lover Reviews,
May 29, 2012 PNR Book Lover Reviews, rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! I am never going to be able to play Go Fish the same again!! Enough said sooo hot!!
I loved this so much it was excellent!!
Poker Is life!!
Amy your a rock star!!
Morgan  Skye
May 22, 2015 Morgan Skye rated it it was amazing
Quent and Jace have been friends and roomies since college. Quent is the easy going type, content to let Jace lead, but not afraid to tell him off if he strays. Jace is the stoic, quiet type – strong, bull-headed and almost always right.

One day – seemingly out of the blue – Jace hits on Quent and suddenly their relationship has changed from friend to lover.

It turns out that both men have been pining for the other. Though Quent has never had a male sexual partner before, he’s always had eyes for
Aug 20, 2012 Audrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: man-love
4+ stars.

I really enjoyed this book. It was less of a romance and more of a portrayal of the relationship. Regardless, the personalities and writing were vivid and engrossing, and I felt like I was right there with Jace and Quent as they learned how to express their love for each other and navigate the ins and outs of their relationship. I stayed up well past my bedtime (is that the sun rising? yes, yes it is...) because I just couldn't put it down.

Jason (Jace) and Quentin (Qu
May 23, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
The part at the beginning where Jace is looking up at the numbers as they light up in the elevator car gives you the man’s entire personality in a snapshot. He’s not a talker. He doesn’t tell Quent that he’s dying to get him upstairs into his bed, that would mean he’d have to form words. Instead he stands there and wills the damn car to move faster and Quent, because he’s Quent, and really sees Jace, understands that the intense concentration means Jace wants him. He melts. We melt too. Because ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Ery rated it really liked it
I was going to write a limerick review, but that wasn't going so well. Apparently rhyming with Lane while discussing awesome romance/writing skills is rather challenging. For me, at least. I'm pretty sure Amy could do it- she's achieving m/m romance-writer godliness for me.

What can I say in this review that I haven't said in others? It's an amazing awesome heart-rending, intensely gripping character-driven romance. Crap. I said that last time.

In all seriousness- Amy always hits it out of the par
Erin Muses
Aug 05, 2012 Erin Muses rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Oh my gosh, I loved this book. The love between Jace and Quent was almost savage. The issue of having to choose between the love of your life and your family was so deftly handled, and I loved that Quent made building a family so important. Jace's description of discussing his first time(s) with his uncle was hilarious - as a mom I can totally relate to the horror of having a child ask a question that you are just not ready to answer! I am not a poker player, so some of the references went above ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Camille rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-rom-erotica
This did nothing for me. And I think the writing left a lot to be desired. It was redundant and featured the most superficially thin stock characterisations. There was also an abundance of sex that strove to fill in the holes of there being little to no story here.
Barb Gilmour
May 11, 2012 Barb Gilmour rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. Jace was perfection personified -- the ultimate alpha predator, yet vulnerable too. A sublime reading experience.
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“Excellent. We keep your furniture. Whose bed?”
“Why mine?”
“It’s bigger, for one.”
“And for another?”
“Mine doesn’t have the sort of headboard you can tie someone to. I’ve always sort of wanted to do that.”
“Bend over. Now. Take off your pants and bend over. I’ll be done in five minutes. No one will ever know.”
“Yeah. That's why I seduced you, so you'd reach for the stars."

Quent snuggled. "I caught one. He's prickly, but surprisingly soft inside."

"Aw, shut up so we can do to sleep."

-Jade and Quent pillow talk”
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