Title: A Betting Man
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Characters: Kent Samson, Terry Barron
POV: 1st from both POVs
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
How bad could one harmless bet be? Kent Samson is about to find out. Raised in Alabama, Kent has hidden his past and now loves his life as a big time ad exec for a prestigious advertising company in New York. But when he makes a bet with his best friend, Blaine, Kent is thrown for a loop—for Kent has to make the next person to walk through the door fall in love with him.
Terry Barron is hiding out in New York. Raised in England in a wealthy family, Terry escapes to New York to avoid arranged marriages and the lifestyle he’s grown to hate. When he delivers a package to an advertising firm, he meets the unbelievably sexy Kent Samson. Suddenly, secrets and lies complicate everything and both men find themselves in uncharted waters. How will Terry feel when Kent is revealed as a betting man?
This was one of the best stories I’ve read lately. Though this book is short, every character comes through so clearly. I laughed reading this more than with any other story in a long time, and shed a couple of tears too. As a romance, this isn’t all that original, but the execution is down-to-earth, warm, and loving, not to mention sensual.
Kent has left his poor origins behind and become a successful ad exec. His best friend, Blaine, tempts him into a bet about getting a total stranger to fall in love with him. A total womanizer, Kent is surprised when in walks bike messenger Terry Barron, but he will not accept defeat by default just because his target turns out to be a man. Cue the sexy chase to win Terry’s innocent heart. Only… maybe neither man is so innocent after all.
The themes here are clear. Never judge a book by its covers, and what you see isn’t always what you get. Kent and Terry have both fought to break free from their past lives, and neither is willing to conform or settle. But their past and families catch up to them. Kent decides to shock his family to earn brownie points from Terry, and takes Terry back home for the holidays. But surprises are ahead for all concerned. And this is where this story turns from good to great. I adored Kent’s family! They’re so awesome. I’d wish these parents for all gay kids. This part was my total favorite, and I reread some parts just for kicks. And Terry’s family is also not what we’ve come to expect, let alone what Terry believes. Giving people a chance to not disappoint is a worthwhile lesson for all.
But secrets have to spill out in the end, and the pain and suffering that follows is inevitable. Kent has to decide what is really important to him, and Terry has to take a leap of faith. Despite his deception, you root for Kent because he’s so lost without Terry. And despite Terry not being quite as innocent as he seems, you want only the best for him because he’s struggling against a world that would use him for who he is. Read the story to find out what this mysterious statement means.
I absolutely recommend this! You won’t regret it.
Reviewed By: Susan