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The Husband Gambit

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Marry me for 1 year. Payment: $1.2 million.

Hayden Somerset is convinced the ad is a joke, but he responds anyway because, hello, $1.2 million. He’s broke, living in a tiny apartment with two roommates, and exhausted from praying his ancient car survives just one more week. His skyrocketing rent and crushing student loans aren’t helping either. At this point, there isn’t much Hay
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 489 pages
Published November 15th 2018 (first published November 6th 2018)
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Shin Mon Thway
This book is slow with a capital “S”. 😒 My God, 60% and nada action. Not even an intense UST. ☹ The winded version of Ambrose family drama went on and on and on and on. 🙄 And Hayden grated on my nerves so bad. He’s a real whiny little b**ch in the beginning. Although he made up for his actions in the end, it was a little too late for me. and the plot??? “PREPOSTEROUS!” 😂 By all means, it was a very well-written and well-edited book. It’s just .. too slow-burn and more telenovela-ish for my likin ...more
3.5 Stars

Hayden is a broke, aspiring actor, working at a pizza joint to make ends meet and living in cramped quarters with his two best buddies (who are also dirt poor). When he finds a personal ad seeking a gay man who is willing to enter a one-year marriage arrangement for the sum of 1.2 million dollars, Hayden can’t resist making contact to find out more.

Jesse is a film make-up artist, born into a life of privilege as a son of Hollywood magnate, Isaac Ambrose. Isaac’s success and influen
Narration: ***5+++ Michael Ferraiuolo + Greg Boudreaux = audiobook heaven Stars***

Story: ***3 generous audiobooks-make-everything-better Stars***
Nat ReadingAllNite
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is, hands down, the best use of the fake husband trope I have ever read. It’s never been a favorite trope of mine but the fact that Jesse wasn’t attempting to save his reputation or keep an inheritance but had a higher, more selfless purpose, made this a delight to read. The author’s writing skills didn’t hurt it either! Jesse is a kind of a poor little rich boy but he balances well with Hayden’s everyman character, both crafted to be intelligent and interesting figures
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked it, but I am a bit torn over the story too...

Both Hayden and Jesse are super likable guys with a slightly over the top humor and attitudes that fit the setting of L.A. and Hollywood very well.

And the plot seems to match the slightly exaggerated MCs perfectly.

Jesse Ambrose is one of the sons of the famous Ambrose acting dynasty. His father, Isaac Ambrose is an A league actor who rose to fame with macho action movies. He taught his son early on that he wouldn't b
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh this one's a cracker, it fully hits all the right notes for a fake boyfriend/husband trope and has a real villain that you absolutely want to see get his just deserts.

Both Jessie and Hayden are brilliantly complex men, each with hang-ups which define the way they approach the relationship and they needed a shake or two to get them to play ball!

Jessie's family are poster people for dysfunctional and there were times when - if I could have reached into the book and smash
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
2.5 Stars!

First off this was completely unrealistic. The reasons for needing/wanting the fake husband didn’t make much sense.

And don’t even get me started on the politics.

I did manage to finish this one, but once again I’m reminded that the LA Witt of late is just not for me.
Chris, the Dalek King
When Hayden Somerset sees an ad seeking marriage in exchange for over a million dollars, he thinks–as any rational person would–that it is a joke. Or some kind of porno/serial killer set-up. He is broke though–and I do mean broke–so he, in a fit of madness probably brought on by an excess of ramen, writes an email asking for more information. He is shocked when a day later he walks into a restaurant to find a stunningly hot man waiting for him, and not some kind of kinky killer clown. A man who is actua ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
Audiobook.....excellent narration!!!

The story....the premise was a bit OTT, but the MC’s together worked for me.

Angst...very little.


Heat...didn’t come into play until later, but these guys got into each other!

Love...slow burn, sweet and solid.

Plot...powerful Hollywood father threatens his son if he marries a man. Hard to buy in Hollywood, but I can go with the premise that there are bigots everywhere. Like I said, the storyline was a bit OTT.

HEA...solid as
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This story takes the cake for the ungodly amount of redundant narrative that I eventually just skipped over. Although I mostly enjoyed the fake boyfriend trope and cast of characters, this book could easily have been trimmed by a third.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it did not like it

I hated this book. I know, I know. I should have just thrown in the towel at the 50% mark when I thought my rage was going to overcome me. I KNOW!

This was not a good time and I couldn't wait to finish.

And truly, I don't feel comfortable even writing a review about any of it. I FUCKING HATE POLITICS!

Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to MishyJo by: Tessi4M
I don’t know how to rate this. The narration was INCREDIBLE. I could listen to either of these narrators read the phone book. They carried the story. If I had been reading or listening to a lesser narrator I think I might’ve been bored.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

*3.5 stars*

It was good. I liked Hayden and Jesse. Story was okay.
But.... It was told in so much dialogue. Guess I found out that I don't like that particularly way of story-telling too much. It distracted me.
Leta Blake
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very cute and charming fake marriage trope with a side of Hollywood and politics. Come for the fake marriage, stay for the characters who will leave you with a bunch of goopy, warm feelings while also making you laugh. Hot also. I mean, it's LA Witt, so of course it's hot. :)
I must admit the whole "fake relationship / husband for hire" theme is my drug of choice, and Witt does a wonderful job in pulling this off in "The Husband Gambit."

We get loads of background on Jesse Ambrose and his majorly dysfunctional father who is a Hollywood heavy hitter. You can completely understand why Jesse has committed to bringing him down, and why he feel
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, lgbtq
Great 'fake relationship' romance!

Although the scenario seems a bit far-fetched, the author presents it in a reasonable enough way, so I could get happily on board and enjoy the show! And that is exactly what I did.

So what's to like?

.) Hayden: (the rich poor boy) I liked his down to earth and sensible approach to the whole affair, his shock at how the rich and famous live, his practical outlook on life and his warm and caring personality.

.) Jesse: (the poor rich/>.)/>.)
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
5 Stars for the narration.
3 Stars for the story.
2.5 stars!!! 🙄 I should have liked it.. I typically like fake-boyfriend/husband type stories and I was excited after reading the premise; but the story never took off. 😬 Hayden and Jesse though likable MCs just didn't have enough chemistry to sell the slow-burn.. and this was the slowest of all slow burns.. almost glacial..🙄😰. And the book was loooong.., I had to skip pages sometimes 😴 I just got bored reading about Jesse's evil family and villainous father over and over again.. They overshadowe ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads, audiobooks
Family drama and all the talk about money and Hollywood elite aside, I really enjoyed this story. I liked Hayden and Jesse, they were lovely together. Their relationship is slow paced, which I liked, and I think the "fake husband" trope was done really well here.

This was my first book by this author, but, to be perfectly honest, I picked it up because it was narrated by Greg Boudreaux and Michael Ferraiuolo. Both were absolutely fantastic. I'm sure their narration made me enjoy this story so mu
Wow, this was so good! I really really enjoyed this one.

Jesse Ambrose is one of five kids of Isaac Ambrose, Hollywood royalty - an actor, director, producer. He's filthy rich and has a ton of influence.

Which is why it's been so hard for Jesse or anyone to get proof of how horrible Isaac Ambrose really is behind closed doors.

He's homophobic, racist, sexist...I could go on. But the main thing dealt with in this is his homophobia, because Jesse is gay, and Isaac Ambrose hates that he is. So much so t
Joyfully Jay
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

The Husband Gambit is a well-written, but relatively ordinary romance that relies heavily on the fake marriage trope. Jesse and Hayden are fully dimensional and the author has done an excellent job of giving them solid backstories and enough detail to make them relatable. Hayden has something of a chip on this shoulder regarding money, which is more than understandable, but it doesn’t always make his character likable. But I understood where he was coming from m
Guy from Hollywood royalty family offers $1.2 million dollar one year marriage contract to another guy as his form of activism against a father who lies about his liberal leaning politics. His father is the antithesis of liberal, very much conservative. Definitely LGBTQ unfriendly. This is Jesse Ambrose's way to expose his father's policies to people who are being sucked in to his lies. It's the only way he can think of to show people the man who wanted his own son out of his home at fifteen whe ...more
I struggled with this one. I felt like...I should have liked it.
But it was lukewarm at best.
I tend to enjoy the fake boyfriend/husband trope. I'm still not certain why I didn't enjoy this one.

Jesse hires a fake husband with one purpose. He wants to out his father (a famous wealthy actor with his eye on taking over the local political ring) for the homophobe that he truly is.
And well...the father was just as ugly as you would imagine.
Jesse was sweet.
Hayden was great.
But it n
You WILL need to suspend belief for this book to truly make its mark on you. I did and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The whole "fake boyfriend/husband" troupe is one I enjoy always and this certainly didn't disappoint.

I enjoyed every heart to heart and OTT moment equally and wished it never ended. Great book.
**grm** ** spoilers down**

This book started so well, Hayden's thoughts were funny and pretty realistic and there was a ton of humor, and I really loved his roommates, but then with more pages and chapters I started to feel annoyed by the fact that every 2 seconds he was talking about him being poor or of how he had to survive with few dollars, or sometimes he couldn't eat etc... one time ok, two ok too, but saying this every page? nope.
The relationship had a slow burn and I kin
~nikki the recovering book addict
3.5 stars

Love the reason for the fake husband plot! I dare say this is definitely a new ploy. Definitely better than needing a fake spouse for inheritance purposes.

I like Hayden but he’s just sooooo fixated on the money. I totally get it that the chasm between his and Jesse’s lives needed to be emphasised but after 3 chapters of it, I think we get the idea. But it was a running theme throughout the entire book and I got a little pissed at it 🙊

I do like Ashton and Luis though, Ha
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
Audio 5 BILLION 🌟⭐🌟⭐🌟 I hope this is not the last time that two of my absolute favorite narrators work together.

Story? Not so much. I hate politics. I hate homophobic assholes. I don't want to read them in my romance. Yes. I know those things exist in the real world, but I read to ESCAPE the real world. Even with the best narrators in the world, this story did not allow me to escape my troubles.

I refuse to lowball rate Greg and Michael. They narrated the hell out of this book, but even they co
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spicy-hot, mm, sweet-smexy
Wow, this wasn’t the typical sexfest I’ve come to expect from Witt’s books. The “fake boyfriend” (husband in this case) trope isn’t my favourite but I’m impressed by how thoughtful this story was. There was a lot of hurt-comfort, a nice slow burn(no hanky panky till 65%!!), and all the feels.

Pick it up! Recommend!
Molli B.
I loved this. There isn't anything about it that didn't work for me. I loved the guys, the roommates, hated the family. Loved the situation and how genuine both guys were. I loved the drama and also that it didn't get ridiculous—I don't think it even got melodramatic; there was just the perfect level of everything. Their personalities... there are so many ways to paint stories like this, but these two guys and their circumstances... ugh, so good.

One of the fake husband stories I've r
L.A. Witt
Oct 31, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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