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All or Nothing (Taking the Odds #3)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  538 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Blundering his way forward in his relationship with Nevada Agent Nick O'Malley, Riverside Detective Brandon Carr brings his daughter, Shayna, to Las Vegas to meet Nick. Nick has his own reasons for pushing Brandon toward a deeper commitment. But when the unthinkable happens, what every cop knows ends in tragedy, can Brandon hold it together long enough to solve the crime? ...more
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Published April 21st 2010 by MLR Press (first published April 2010)
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Rosa, really
Dec 14, 2015 Rosa, really rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-gay-fiction

Another book I finished 1,046 years ago. Okay, I really liked the way Buchanan wrote this one. Brandon really grew as a character and I ended up feeling good about his relationship with Nicky.

Excellent wrap up to the trilogy.

R * A Reader Obsessed *
Oct 06, 2015 R * A Reader Obsessed * rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
At the center of this series, it has always been about Brandon and his fear of revealing his true self - and how that affects every aspect of his life, especially his relationship with Nick. Despite his best efforts at resisting, Brandon has survived several reveals, and to his surprise, his world did not implode into utter devastation. However when his worst nightmare comes true, will he and Nick be strong enough to withstand the possible horrible outcome?

Understandably, due to the serious situ
3.5 Stars

This was the last installment of the Taking the Odds series. Brandon and Nicky (mostly Brandon since Nicky has been on board with that plan since Book #1) are trying to become more serious in their relationship and VERY SLOWLY Brandon is warming up to the idea of commitment. Since he was outed in the force, and the world didn't end he is contemplating honesty for a change.

At Nicky's encouragement he takes a big step by reconnecting with his daughter Shayna, and brings her to Vegas to sp
Nichole (Dirrty H)
Apr 26, 2010 Nichole (Dirrty H) rated it it was amazing
Per my agreement with James Buchanan, which was implicit when she started to write books that I could not put down, she is contractually obligated to continue writing this series until she dies of a record breaking old age.

This book was definitely not without its flaws, not the least of which being that the "whodunnit" was glaringly obvious before anything was even "dun". There were also things near the beginning that had me rolling my eyes, although I could not tell you what they were now. I wa
4.0 Stars

Holy toledo. This one was intense. I loved it, but it was stressful. A good GR buddy of mine was kind enough to warn me ahead of time that this book dealt with (view spoiler). Whoa. That is some heavy sh*t. I can't imagine a worse nightmare for a parent. That theme has the subtlety of a huge, wet, stinky blanket. The positive: the gloves and masks come off. No more pretenses. Who has the time? Or the energy? The negative: ugh, I can't imagine a lower low.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Hands down, the best out of the series, IMO. While I loved the first two and how Brandon was working through his problems with being in the closet, they just had too much sex for my liking. This one, though, this one had just the right amount of hot, rope tying sex but also more suspense to it than the others. I loved it.

Brandon, while still an asshole at times (but, you know, who can blame him? His daughter was just kidnapped!), he didn't act like the douche bag he was in the previous two book
Apr 27, 2010 Jenre rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in James Buchanan's Taking the Odds series. A word of warning: You could probably read this book as a stand-a-lone, but to get the full benefit of the character development and an understanding of the situation the two heroes are in, you really ought to read the first two books in the series, Cheating Chance and Inland Empire.

All or Nothing opens a short time after the previous book. Brandon and Nicky have been continuing their long distance relationship and seeing each ot
Oct 06, 2015 Sofia rated it liked it

3.5 stars

A good conclusion to this series. I like the character growth over the whole series. (view spoiler)

BR thanks for the company girls, needed it to complete the series :D
This was my favorite of the series so far...I hope there are more. I love Nicky and Brandon and this book really stretched them both as characters. There was a lot of angst in this book and if you're a parent, even more so. I worried to the end about how it was going to work out. My only complaint, and it's a very small one, is that Brandon can't seem to find his authentic "voice". Sometimes he uses poor grammar and sometimes he doesn't. It was inconsistent enough and so in contrast with his upb ...more
Heather C
Jun 19, 2012 Heather C marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: cloud
I don't think I can finish this book. Its been sitting on my "currently reading" shelf for several months and I've finally decided to kick it off. Every time I start reading it, I want to throw my Kindle against the wallafter the first few words.

I mean, I really like this series and I like Nicky and I kinda like Brandon, even though Brandon is a total idiot most of the time and almost always treating Nicky like shit. To be honest, the sex and the relationship are hot but the mysteries havebeen k
Nicky and Brandon are one of my favorite M/M couples and despite the mystery aspect of the story being a bit weak I loved this book. These guys have been through a lot in the previous two books and are once again put through the wringer in this one. Very well-written and with a wonderfully varied cast of characters this mystery/suspense story is also emotional and super hot. I love the dynamics of Nicky and Brandon's relationship and I'll miss them. However I was very happy with the way the stor ...more
Jun 26, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
Very good m/m romantic suspense, being the continuing adventures of Nicky and Brandon. With a beloved series, I always worry that a new release won't live up to the previous books, but I should've known better. So go. Go get the first book, Cheating Chance, and read it. I'll wait. :)
Kristin Sullivan
Apr 23, 2010 Kristin Sullivan rated it liked it
I liked this book but I don't think it was a any where near as good as the laast two in the series. The story felt choppy. The scenes jumped from point to point and niether Nicky nor Brandon had the same "feel" as in the last two books. Nicky came off as bratty and actually a little stupid. I mean seriously, I had the villon figured out practically from the beginning and I was waiting for all the characters to catch up. Brandon completely falling apart like that and the really stupid more in the ...more
Karen K
James is one of my fave authors at the moment. I devoured this ebook in two nights - just had to keep reading to see what happened. I loved how Nicky stayed true to himself, but still managed to be exactly the support that Brandon needed. The story was sexy, angsty, beautiful and kept me wanting more. I didn't think I could be in love with Nicky and the series more than I was before, but I am.
OK. I admit it. I am a bad person. I really did not care about the abduction of Shayna, I guessed even before it happened who did it.
However, I did like the development of Brandon and Nicky.
Brandon's collapse after the kidnapping, his thoughts of suicide, and the eventual ending were really well written. I enjoyed this final instalment into the lives of the 2 men.
Aug 14, 2011 Jordie.R rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. This was a lose sleep kind of book for me, but it was so worth the time I spent finishing it instead of going to sleep! I'm glad to know Brandon and Nicky got their HEA, but I would still love to read more about them.
Nov 29, 2010 orannia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
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Mar 10, 2013 Karel rated it liked it
Shelves: nomance
This book reminds me of Steinback and that famous quote of his: "I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags."

Well congratulations, book. You've ripped my nerves into shreds and set them on fire and rolled up the remains into a burrito and ate it for lunch and shitted it out. That's how ragged my nerves were the entire journey of this book.

Consider the mystery, which is no mystery at all. Here we have Velma - so obviously the criminal that she might as well have it tattooed on her fo
Aug 22, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This book deals with a very devastating theme. But I felt that it was handled appropriately. We live it with Nicky and Brandon.....I felt like I was right there with them. I thought each character handled the situation in a very realistic way.

Brandon's daughter....they call her Princess, well that was their first mistake! She is spoiled horribly and acts like a bitchy teenager not a 8 yr old! She is whiny and irritating.

We got to meet Brandon's ex-wife (bitch)
His Dad (asshole)
His ste
I really love this book, although the mystery was written in the way that pretty makes the villain obvious. But, it's the emotional roller coaster and the guys are stronger for living through all this drama. The secondary characters are well developed and I really liked that Manny Orozco made another appearance. I am happy with how the series ended. I won't lie, I would welcome another book - I think that it would be wonderful to revisit Nicky and Brandon and tie all those pesky loose ends. Jame ...more
Kaje Harper
May 03, 2011 Kaje Harper rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, mystery
This book doesn't quite measure up to the other two in the series. The mystery part is pretty obvious, and it also feels a little over the top and unnecessary. Nicky moving into the parts of Brandon's life that involve his daughter and ex-wife would be difficult and emotional enough without such an over-the-top reason to bring them all together. In fact, I thought the mystery detracted from the ongoing story of the two men because it put them in such a highly-charged situation that it didn't fee ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Nov 19, 2012 Barb ~rede-2-read~ rated it really liked it
I now have another favorite couple - Nicky and Brandon. I loved this last story. It was very intense emotionally, showcasing Brandon's darkest thoughts based on past experiences when his daughter is kidnapped while both were visiting Nicky. Both MC's were very believeable, even though it did not show Brandon in a favorable light. To me, that's good writing. As others have said, I knew the villian early on, however that did not detract from the emotional drama that unfolded. I'm glad the guys got ...more
The third instalment in the story of Nick and Brandon.
"Despite all the differences - out and not quite out, biker Goth vs. vampire-Victorian Goth, cop and gaming control - he and Nicky just meshed."
Follows the same formula as previous books, solving a crime (this one a very personal one) and addressing personal issues in their relationship. Sex with bondage thrown in. Quite an entertaining story but did have some heavy emotional elements.
Nov 28, 2010 Nicci rated it really liked it
Of the three book in the series, I like All or Nothing above all. Yes, I did make the right call on the suspect. What was more interesting was how it played out in the story and the reason why the suspect did what they did.

I like Brandon a hell of a lot better in this book than the two previous books. In this book Brandon begins to recognize what is really important in his life.

Apr 22, 2010 Staceyr rated it really liked it
Not my fave in this series, but I couldn't put it down. Here's hoping there'll be a fourth book in the series.
Cassie Richards
Apr 10, 2014 Cassie Richards rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective
Another excellent book in the series. Although I'd guessed the culprit from near the beginning it didn't detract from the plot because it still wasn't clear how it's going to end.

Whilst Brandon accidentally outed himself to some of his colleagues at the end of the last book, he still isn't out, not to his family at least and that makes life more interesting when staying at Nick's place.

Nick's character is brilliant, you can really see how much he loves Brandon and wants to strangle him at the sa
Sep 09, 2014 Samantha rated it really liked it
All or Nothing concludes the journey of Nicky and Brandon in the Taking the Odds series.

It's holiday season, Christmas and New years just around the corner when Brandon visits Nicky for the first time in months, this time with a little something extra in toe; his nine-year-old daughter, Shayna. Following from the last book, Brandon is trying to bridge a gap he built between himself and his daughter and learn how to be a responsible father.

In normal circumstances, that may not be easy, but when h
Stacey Jo
OMG! Sit down and hold on because this one will blow you away. My heart was in my throat and I had to remind myself to breathe through a good bit of the book. There are some very intense situations...quite a few are heart breaking too. Brandon's daughter is kidnapped when he brings her to meet Nicky. It's pretty easy to figure out the culprit pretty early on, but the point of the story isn't for the reader to figure out who did it, but to see how Brandon, who is a cop and see's himself as infall ...more
Jul 17, 2010 Tam rated it it was amazing
This is book 3 in Brandon and Nicky's saga. It's between Christmas and New Year and Brandon takes his daughter Shayla to visit Nicky in Vegas as his ex and her husband both have work responsibilities. It's a bit weird and awkward and Shayla's a bit of a brat, but not going all that badly. They leave her with Nicky's friend Miri and go home for a little kinkiness when Shayla is snatched off the street. The rest of the book is the search for Shayla and how Brandon (and Nicky) deal with it and inte ...more
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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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