All Bets are Off
Title : All Bets are Off
Author : Marguerite Labbe
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 280 pages (e-book)
Published : December 9, 2011
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 denied his tenure and fired.
Ash is looking forward to taking his life in a new direction. After serving one active-duty stint in the Marine Corps and another in the Reserves, he’s ready to put his military life behind him. The last new experience he’d planned for this semester was to fall in lust with his English professor, but the more Eli resists, the more Ash is determined to have him. Then he discovers Eli’s playing for keeps, and Ash is only interested in a fling… or is he? Between these two, when it comes to life and love, all bets are off.
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 and the entire story arc. The relationship between Ash and Eli developed at a wonderfully smoldering pace and I love how they really were in tune with each other, truly came to know each other. What really helped set this story apart from so many M/M I read is the excellent use of subplots revolving around the romance. The author wove them all together to create an excellent story, relationship and setting. I did not want this book to end. Seems there is more to look forward to, as this story is labeled as a #1 in a series, and there is a free read Christmas story follow up as well. Looking forward to more!
Rated 5 stars by Dianne