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All Bets Are Off

(Mountain Boys #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  752 ratings  ·  135 reviews
It only takes one night with Ash Gallagher to make Eli Hollister think he’s finally met the right man at the right time. Good thing he doesn’t bet on it, because Ash turns out to be a student in Eli’s class at the local college. Eli can’t deny he’s attracted, but now it’s complicated. He’s already in enough trouble with the department head, a man who would like to see Eli ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 280 pages
Published December 9th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 8th 2011)
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Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt, 2016
A very cute, romantic, and underrated novel. In my opinion the Goodreads rating is not fair.
There is a lot of character depth and quite a few unexpected turns. Of course, the ending seemed rather predictable, and there's definitely more exciting reads. But I hihgly enjoyed reading this light and lovely story.

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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
4.5 stars

This book was fun ! At first I thought it was going to be a predictable contemporary story but it turned out to be so much more. It had me laughing and tearing up with characters that are both likable and real.

I enjoyed both Eli and Ash so much! The tension between these two is palpable and engaging. They are so different. Ash is in the Reserves, used to discipline and a set schedule. He's rough and intense but extremely charming. Eli is rebellious. He's a nature person, taking walks
Heather C
A beautifully, sweet story with a little bit of kink!

I absolutely loved Eli and Ash's story!
It had a lot of the things I love in a romance:
♦ A slooooow progression to "I love you"
♦ A  hot book nerd
♦ A sexy marine
♦ A cute pup
♦ Lots of sexual tension
♦ Lots of sexy betting
♦ A little kinky sex
♦ Lots of dirty talk
It did NOT have any of the things I hate in a romance:
♦ No dream sex
♦ No cheating
♦ No stupid breakup near the end
♦ No insta-love
♦ No sex before 40%...almost
  My favorite line:
"I've b
3.5 stars

sweet, short read. The sex was a little dirtier than I usually see in this type of book, so it had that going for it - (view spoiler).

Seriously though, there were some heavy issues they dealt with in this book and the author did a pretty good job wrapping everything up. The few larger gaps in time in the story bothered me (I always hate that). Nevertheless the characters were solid, the plot interesting, and the pa
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars! I was really surprised by how much I liked this book. A friend had recommended this book to me a while ago and having never read any book by Ms Labbe, I wasn't sure what I was expecting. Nevertheless the student-teacher romance between Ash and Eli is heart-warming, adorable and a little kinky. There is a little bit of slow burn and funny banter between the two MCs which I really liked, but I could have done without the freaky department head and the plot suspense. However, I really enjo ...more
Marguerite Labbe's writing has never let me down, and this novel proves to be no exception. It is a heartwarming M/M romance, with a solid dash of mystery, a sprinkle or two of angst, humor and sex, all combining to produce a well rounded novel.

Eli, a college professor, returns home from a hiking getaway, to find a new man helping out the local construction crew. Ash, a former marine, now a reservist and student, catches Eli's attention, and a chance meeting a little while later, proves the attr
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
3-3,5 stars

A nice story with nice characters,a nice slow build up,nice setting...everything in the book was nice - too nice.
Ash falling asleep at his first date with Eli set the pace for the long story to come.Even with skipping all sex scenes I had trouble keeping attention.The few wake up calls didn`t make the story move faster - it always slowed down again...not my thing.
With some serious editing and 100 pages less this could have been a much better book...IMO.
But I would recommend it to read
1.5 stars Thank fucking Christ it's over. The rating slowly went lower and lower as I tried to force myself to finish this book. Let's start at the beginning. Both the guys on the cover are weird looking and I had a hard time not picturing them when reading the book. Eli's supposedly sexy hair gave me the most trouble.

Anyway, onto content. The dialogue was ridiculously innuendo-ridden. Literally every single thing they said was some cheesy line. And they never shut the fuck up. I love dirty talk
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: various-romance
3.5 stars Slow paced, enjoyable romance set in a small town that follows (Professor) Eli and (ex-military now student) Ash as they fall in love. There's a few storylines in this book. Eli's friend is desperately looking for easy money to help his sick Dad and Eli's creepy department head (Britton) wants to force him out of his job. Ash too has a lot of things going on in his life. He's searching for a place to call home after life in the armed services and feeling guilt at friends and comrades l ...more
Kaje Harper
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this well-written romance between Eli, a young college professor, and Ash, the Marine who takes his class as part of a move back to civilian life. These guys were well portrayed in their similarities and differences, both likeable men, and very hot together. The relationship progressed believably slowly on an emotional level, the plot was interesting but not melodramatic. The implications of their quasi-forbidden relationship between teacher and student varied a bit in the clima ...more
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Sep 06, 2012 marked it as didnt-finish
Shelves: m-m
It is almost all sex with out actually having sex. Sex thoughts, sex talk, full naked massages that go on forever. It's like it's all sex or all basball. Both of which bore me.

Then the numerous and long make out scenes seem never ending.

Then they have a really Lon sex scene followed by another long sex scene which I stoppe in the middle of to update this and other reviews. I'm at 55% and hoping its not all sex the rest of the book.

So ash is in Eli's office snooping and opening his mail and ju
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, m-m, on-blog
4.5 stars

Eli Hollister is convinced that he has finally met the right man at the right time. His previous relationships have always ended the same way. The right guy. The wrong time. When he meets Ash Gallagher and they share a sexy evening together he is convinced that he has finally found the one. He finds out how wrong he is less than twenty-four hours later. Eli is an English professor and Ash turns out to be one of his students. Knowing that he must avoid Ash outside of the classroom, he do
Despite the absolutely ATROCIOUS cover art, and a friend's comments about how the dialogue is not very authentically New England-y (I wouldn't know - I live in the Midwest), I REALLY enjoyed this book.

For one thing, the sex was SO. HOT. And I thought both Ash and Eli were great characters - well-developed, interesting, intelligent, masculine in all the right ways, and sexy. And frankly, the whole professor/student thing... definitely a fantasy of mine. And in this book, it wasn't skeezy because

This was a very slow burn romance with a bit of the forbidden thrown in because it's a professor/student relationship. There was nice chemistry between Eli and Ash and they have a wonderful friendship that eventually grows into something deeper.

There is a bit of angst thrown in as Eli has to deal with someone threatening him. We find out who pretty early on who the trouble maker is so there really isn't any kind of tension with that portion of the storyline.

Still this is nice read with enga
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First of all this book had the right percent of story and sex, so it get's 3 stars for that one.
Eli is a college teacher and Ash a Marine and Eli's student, which they of course realise a bit too late.
No one of them expected that they one night out would lead to more, first to friendship and then love.
Great story, I loved the character's both of them and that the love story developed slowly, so no instant love, which earned the book another star. Five stars because it made me want to read more b
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Nothing wrong with the writing (mostly well edited, no blatant spelling or grammar errors, no noun-verb agreement problems, etc.). I just didn’t feel that chemistry that I guess I should have felt between the two main characters. Although right at the beginning the plot arc was not obvious, as soon as I realized Ash and Eli were teacher and student, it all clicked into place and predictability set in. Despite a few spices thrown in, the book was simply bland. Predictability can be good, the same ...more
Alexis Woods
I'm sorry. I was so excited to read this and it was dull. The dialogue... well let's just say, I've put the book aside and "may" return to it later. Meanwhile, other books are calling.
Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |

Nice story, nice characters, nice plot. Sometimes the dialogues were too long and I skimmed a little. It's a nice book, but nothing overly thrilling.
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this novel with no real expectations. The cover was attractive, but not enough to catch my eye, the blurb was OK, but I still hesitated. However, hearing a few positive scores, I decided to give this a chance (ah, the power of ratings!). I'm so very glad I did.

Like a new twist on old comfort food, this novel drew me along through the pages, never really dragging me, but keeping me there nonetheless. I wasn't clawing at the book to see what happened next, but my curiosity was
Christi Snow
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
I love contemporary romances set on college campuses and this one was REALLY GOOD! This book is about Ash, a 27 yo marine reservist who is on his last semester in college, and Eli, an English professor on the cusp of earning his tenure. There is instant lust and infatuation at first sight for these two guys early in the summer, but when Eli is gone for most of the summer, they never get a chance to act on that until the night before classes begin for the fall. They have a sizzling firs
Serena Yates
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
All Bets Are Off is definitely the right title for this novel. It is a very hot story, and not just because of what happens in the bedroom. The sexual tension, desire and sheer need of the two main characters for each other almost jumps off the page. The fact that they are in a ‘forbidden’ relationship professionally, as Ash turns out to be Eli’s student. I thought they skirted acceptable behavior, since they very definitely are in a relationship throughout the semester even though they don’t ad ...more
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5 Stara - KAPOW!

Wow!! Did this book hit all the right buttons for me. This is my comment after reading the first 30% of the story:

“So good!! Compelling protags, interesting twists to their developing relationship and underlying “what’s gonna happen next” subplot. I’ll be up late again “

Those sentiments continued for me all the way through the book. Ash and Eli were both fully developed, interesting and believable characters. They had an amazingly “real” feel to them, as did all of the characters
Charlinda Jenkins
I loved the chemistry between Eli and Ash. They were opposites that were great together. Eli being the eccentric,free spirited, independent loner, who loved literature and the out doors and isn't looking to leaving his home in Amwich. While, Ash is a Marine who is used to traveling and is not set on settling down. I love these two and they might even make it on my favorite couples list I have going on in my head. And, I like how everything wasn't all unicorns and rainbows. They had their argume ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erotica, m/m, romannce,
This was a really great story about a professor who falls for his student, granted the relationship starts before they realize that they will be in the same class and facing each other every week. When Eli, the professor, decides that they can't have some hot affair that could potentially ruin his career Ash readily agrees, though they stay friends. What starts off as intense lust builds into a lasting friendship then into love. There's also a bit of a mystery thrown in that helps the story alon ...more
Trisha Harrington
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god this book was amazing, one of the sweetest books I have ever read. Eli and Ash were a cute couple and I loved them together, they were both so sweet and yet had a bit of a kinky side you would not expect. I loved the way they started even if it was a bit rushed. My belief is they fell in love quickly but neither of them realized until later. The other characters were well written and each story developed was wrapped up before the end which I loved. The ending was very fitting to such a ...more
Jessa Ryan
I really enjoyed this story. I'd had it for awhile but put off reading it for some reason. I'm glad I finally got to it because it was a fun and relaxing read. The characters were believable and I liked that they didn't just rush into love. Matter of fact, I think the slow build up to their relationship and the connection they made was what enjoyed most. Definitely recommend.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
This is a nice story...Ash is a nice ( if maybe overbearing and slightly controlling ) guy and Eli is an interesting character.
There is a lot going on,the break-ins, the head of the department, the war trauma, the do-I -love-him...yet it never actually felt like there was that much going on.
It is a slow paced book with no real angst or drama ...just a nice story with nice people.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-fiction, romance
I will admit to being biased in this instance, since I had some small input on the drafting process, but when all is said and done, this book gives me the warm fuzzies, which is the best reaction a romance novel can elicit, IMO!
3.5 stars

I enjoy reading books where the relationship develops slowly and we're given a chance to "know" the MCs before things get too smutty. This was a nice story although even for me it dragged a bit at times.
Jenn C
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very sweet!
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