Inland Empire (Taking the Odds, #2)
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Nicky and Brandon are back, and this time they're on Brandon's turf. Nicky's still on disability when he comes to Riverside to visit Brandon and pick up his 'Querida' from the Bakersfield's impound lot. Brandon loves having Nicky around, but at the same time, he's worried someone might find out that Nicky's more than just a friend. When Nicky becomes involved with the Task...more
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Published May 2009 by Torquere Press
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Heather C
I'm still loving these guys!!

Ok, so those of you who didn't like Brandon in book one will probably dislike him even more in this book. I love him but he is still a huge asshole and terrified of coming out. Of course, I think if he would ever come out he wouldn't have any more reasons to be an asshole. This story is lot more about Nicky and Brandon's relationship than book one. They are pretty much together the entire time...so that means there is a lot of hot sex...rope sex...and even Harley sex...more
DaisyGirl
4.0 Stars

Wow. And, we're back for more hair-pulling argggggh! from my fast-becoming-fave tortured couple. In this sequel to Cheating Chance, Nicky is on Brandon's turf. Still on disability and in town to pick up Querida, Nicky gets corralled into helping the Task Force Brandon is on. Once again, things heat up - in and out of bed - but this time, Brandon's paranoia hits a new high.

These guys ... *shakes head* ... drive me NUTS! And, I love it. How sick is that? I liked this sequel because even t...more
Sarah
Cheating Chance was such an enjoyable read and I’ve been waiting ages for Inland Empire, the 2nd installment in the series. Unfortunately I’m not much one for serialized books, I just don’t have the patience! The wait was worth it though and if anything this volume was even better than the first.

The development of the characters, particularly Brandon, made for compulsive reading and had me up till 2am. I had bags under my eyes! But the book doesn’t just have well developed characters and angsty...more
Jenre
Inland Empire begins a few weeks after the end of Cheating Chance. Nicky is coming to the end of his disability leave, but takes a little holiday time so that he can visit Brandon and pick up his beloved hearse from the impound now that it's been released as evidence. Whilst staying with Brandon word gets around that Nicky's a computer geek and he gets drafted into helping with a case involving Vietnamese gangs who are running gambling and prostitution rackets. This means that Nicky's invading B...more
Nichole (Dirty H)
Key points:

1. This book is full of really hot sex scenes. If that's what you're looking for, you'll love this.
2. Brandon was a total jerk, I don't know why Nicky put up with so much of his shit.
3. The cop drama/mystery aspect of this book never really came together. I couldn't tell if it was all supposed to be one case or if it was three separate cases and if it was three cases than what the hell was Nick doing consulting on the other two? He barely had reason to be on the one. And if it was one...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I definitely liked this one better than the first one, Cheating Chance. For one, Brandon doesn't do any hanky panky with chicks like he did in the last one. I mean, he's still kind of an asshole but at least he kept his paws to himself. Nicky is still the same, goth and lovable. I want to marry him. *sigh* If only he was real. :-/ I still don't think Brandon deserves Nicky but by the end of the book, Brandon showed that he does love Nicky enough to prove it.

This one was definitely filled with s...more
Snowtulip
Love Nicky and Brandon!

Likes:
1) Nicky - He has become one of my favorite characters...he's sensitive, demanding at the appropriate times, really thinks emotions through, is hilarious...downright wonderful
2) Understanding a different point of view - Buchanan shows some of the difficulties that have lead to Brandon's paranoia in the dream during is earlier cop years. That scene just made me think about a different point of view and why people behave as they do. It adds perspective to behavior tha...more
Lauraadriana
3.5 Stars

I think I'll do One Big Review when I finish the last book for this series. I'm still loving it for sure, but this one dwindled for me a bit in certain parts. I was not too sure what they were going for with the crime/mystery part of the plot.

Nicky and Brandon are still MADE OF SEX, so hot and such great moments.

Nicky is such a fabulous character , open and just IN LOVE, so willing to fight to get his happy ending with Brandon.

Brandon is still as stubborn scared little shit, hot, sexy,...more
Ami
3.5 stars
Although there are several times I want to kick Brandon's ass for being a jerk (he is so deep in the closet and so paranoid that he hurts Nicky's feeling!), but I admit that it might be what's real. Life is not always pretty, sometimes the consequences of one's coming out can result in something bad. So it's hard it is for me to accept Brandon's attitude but I understand. I actually enjoy this complicated relationship between them. Brandon is not an easy character to understand; he can...more
Melissa
Nick and Brandon are back for more in book 2. It takes up after Nick has mostly recovered from his injuries from book 1. They are together in California and Nick is helping out on a case. They have some really hawt motorcycle sex! And some angst with Brandon's ex....arguments....fighting....near break ups. More Rope Play....yummmy!!

The mystery was not that interesting, but I loved the continuation of Nicky and Brandon.
Jason Huffman-black
The only part of this book that kinda ticked me was when Nicky got pissy over Brandon busting prostitutes and kept it going. During that part, the rating was falling but the rest was so good that it made up for it. :)
Patti Loves FAB Romance
I read the first book in this series, Cheating Chance (my review here), at Chris' recommendation several months ago, and immediately fell in love with Nicky and Brandon. I will say this - whenever other bloggers talk about "rope", Nick and Brandon's names always pop up. I think there was one rope scene in Cheating Chance? However, after reading Inland Empire, I understand: Wow, that boy can do some spectacular stuff with his hands!

The book begins with the murder of a teenage gamer. Brandon's pol...more
Tara
3.5 rounded up to a 4.
This is the second book in the series. Nick has finished recovering from his injuries and is ready to pick up his hearse, so he and Brandon decide to make a time of it and Nick comes to stay with him for a few weeks. Nick ends up pulled in to an investigation that is heavily computer based. Meanwhile Brandon is continually freaking out that someone will figure out that Nick is more than just his bed bud.

I have to say I'm glad the story went where it did, but I still wonde...more
Karen K
Oh Nicky, I love you to death ... oh, yeah, I like you lots too, Brandon.
But seriously, I love this book - didn't think I could like it more than the first but I did. And like other reviews I've seen, I wanted Nicky to give Brandon a couple good ass-kickings for being well, such an ass, or tie him up a little tighter and less pleasurable with those fascinating ropes. *have mercy - those ropes*
I like that both characters display dominant and submissive characteristics and especially that the one...more
orannia
Nov 06, 2010 orannia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
*edited review*

I didn't think it was possible to love Nicky & Brandon more than I did after Cheating Chance... but I do :) I loved how this book focused just as much on the relationship as the mystery, and we got to see more of Brandon's life both inside and outside work. And very separate they are too, but in this book they come together...and Brandon has to decide what is important. As for the sex scenes and the rope play...*fans self* WOW!

Am eagerly anticipating the third book but after...more
Tj
The story didn't have as much angst as the first. I thought Brandon became more likable with this book. Both men are still adjusting to their relationship. Nick has less trouble than Brandon. Still Nick won't be pushed back in the closet and Brandon would love nothing better than to do that to him, at least while on the job. I didn't really understand the trouble with the prostitutes even explained I still didn't see the point in Nick's anger:( It did get results but... Overall a good read and o...more
Susan65-Coug
More like a 4.5 stars. These guys are addicting. I want a relationship like their's...well, without the gunshots and some of the angst but besides that, they are just two intense, hot dudes who now star in my nightly fantasies. Can't wait for book 3.
Saritza
Oh, how I love Nicky & Brandon! I can't even begin to tell you the wonderful things this book did for my... um... muse. Yes, my muse (which is currently cuddling Nicky's ropes).

Summary: Nicky and Brandon are back, and this time they're on Brandon's turf.

Nicky's still on disability when he comes to Riverside to visit Brandon and pick up his 'Querida' from the Bakersfield's impound lot. Brandon loves having Nicky around, but at the same time, he's worried someone might find out that Nicky's m
...more
ElaineY
REVIEW OF 17 MAY 2011 READ:

I think I know why I didn't bother posting a review the first time I read this. I'm surprised how little I ended up liking this after enjoying Cheating Chance so much more the second time around. I was expecting to absolutely love this.

I didn't. I found it a chore to read, having to put up with Brandon's whining and asking why Nick's hanging around. If there was anyone he should have only as a fling, it ought to be Brandon. At the same time, I could understand Brandon'...more
L-D
Nick and Brandon are back. After risking his career at the end of the last book by sending in the troops to rescue Nick, Brandon is now out to his partner. While his partner is still not 100% comfortable about what he knows, Brandon is still under wraps with the rest of the department. But Nick is recuperating from his injuries and has come to Brandon's neck of the woods to recover. When Brandon's department is trying to bust a gambling ring, however, Nick's skills as both tech-geek and gaming a...more
Elisa Ramblings
There are two worlds in this novel and Brandon behaves in a different way according to the world he is in that moment. Inland Empire is the sequel of Cheating Chance; the first book takes place in Nicky's world (so maybe the worlds are actually three), Las Vegas, where Nicky is out and proud and has no problem with that. He has a tight circle of friends and Brandon, his new boyfriend, enters the circle. It's always Brandon who comes to visit Nicky, since Brandon is not out: he is a Los Angeles p...more
ARe Cafe
Inland Empire by James Buchanan is an older book, first published in 2009 and now re-released, but it is still very much worth reading if you haven’t already. Book 2 in the Taking the Odds series, it can be read as a standalone though you may enjoy it more if you read the first book Cheating Chance to get the full background on the relationship between Brandon and Nick. This book explores the believable and emotionally wrenching dilemma faced by Brandon, who is a deeply closeted cop. Brandon fea...more
Jimmy Hanson
Better than it's predecessor, "Cheating Chance" - that's what immediately jumps to mind and sticks. Brandon and Nicky's story continues on, picking up about 3 months where the other left off. In terms of in-the-closet/out-of-the-closet recap, Weaver [Brandon's partner:] knows, but no one else and at first that's okay. It's not about anyone else - it's about Nicky and Brandon, the way a relationship that strong should be.

... until Nicky ends up getting kind of recruited in number of Brandon's tas...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I loved this sequel to Cheating Chance. Nicky and Brandon are back and this time they are in Nick's turf, including working on a case in his police station with his gay-bashing co-workers. No wonder he is so paranoid!

Nicky is Nicky, super nice, funny and hot as hell. Brandon is over the top with paranoia leading to lots of fights and then lots of makeup sex, most of it involving Nicky's use of rope. This story was less of an adventure/mystery than the previous one and really focused much more o...more
Cassie Richards
I enjoyed this much more than the first book, the characters are still great, but the info dumps are largely gone - yay! Nick comes to Brandon's turf this time to reclaim his impounded car, but whilst he's there he get's involved in Brandon's work and Brandon gets more and more paranoid about being outed.

The plot line was really good and there was loads of character development - really looking forward to reading book 3.
Pam
Take note that this book was released by another publisher in 2009 and because of the continuing relationship of Nick and Brandon, Cheating Chance should be read first.

It's a romance but its also a police procedural where Brandon and Nick are involved in a task force investigation. I like these guys and watching them try to work together was interesting, but worrying about being outed puts a big strain on their relationship and eventually Nick leaves, almost breaking up with him. The author does...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
I am loving this story. Nicky is still the same wonderful, funny, super sexy ropemaster, and I continue to want to kick some major Brandon ass.

This book didn't have quite the abundance of technical jargon to distract me like the last one did. Have I already mentioned that the rope scenes are hotter than hot. These two just click together. It is great to see Nicky able to really get to the bottom of Brandon's needs.

And, speaking of Brandon, I am so on the fence with him. At some points I think...more
Samantha
Jan 10, 2014 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Samantha by: Lily
A solid 4, edging on up a bit to 4.5. But I couldn't decide.

I don't know what it is about these two, but I just adore Nicky and Brandon.

I was so excited to get to see how these two did on Brandon's turf this time around, and this didn't let me down. As opposed to just skipping over Brandon's paranoia, the story really dealt with it. It wasn't a "Oh okay, I'm good. Who cares?" kind of thing, and I appreciated that. Even though that meant that I wanted to sock Brandon a number of times in this. He...more
Noughty
I liked it better than the first book, less parts hard to understand without the extra knowledge (technology and so on). Also this was about the relationship, characters fell into their roles. The first one was more of just meeting each other. This one's about the relationship and problems in it.

Spent all day reading to finish it and can't wait to go to the next one.

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Blaine
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James Buchanan, the author of over ten gay novels and single author anthologies, lives in a 100 year old Craftsman in California with SexyGuy, two demon spawn and a heard of adopted dogs, cats, rats and fish. Between managing a law practice with SG, raising kids and writing books, James volunteers with the Erotic Author's Association, Liminal Ink, the EPIC Awards Committee as well as coordinates t...more
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