Gamble’s Game by Tara S. Nichols
Publisher: Siren Publishing Inc.
Length: Short (115 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/F, F/M/M/F, Ménage, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Tiger Lily
A notorious player, Desiree Jones resists all attempts to trap her in a relationship. According to her, it's what made her parents miserable, and therefore, it is what would make her miserable.
Once a lover of Desiree's, Andrew Gamble doesn't agree and it is his hope to be the one who makes her see reason. Smitten from the first kiss, Gamble has not touched another woman since, so a bet to go without sounds more like an opportunity to seduce her to him.
Desiree's other competition is Joshua Tully, perpetually single and harmless, until the temptation of two week's wages are up for grabs. After that, it is open season, and the three of them do what ever it takes to push their pals over the sexual finish line. A parade of firemen visit Desiree's cash counter, a pretendsbian tryst is performed for Gamble, and a date is arranged for Tully.
A grocery store might not be the best place to hook-up. But when best friends work together, sparks are bound to fly. Such is the case at Terguson’s Foods between Desiree, Tully, and Gamble and Gamble has a solution – Gamble’s Game.
Ms. Nichols takes what could’ve been a mundane plot and turns it into a great read with engaging characters the reader can identify with. By the end of the novella, I felt like they were all my friends and I hated to finish. We all go through issues like Desiree. We hide our true feelings for fear we’ll be hurt. I liked that Ms. Nichols gave her a sharp tongue to combat the two men in her life. And like Gamble, when we know what we like, we tend to chase with our entire beings. Throughout the story, their passion was understated, but very evident. I rooted for them to get together and to include Tully. Despite his awkwardness, he was still a sexy beta hero.
If you want a novella with sharp wit, steamy passion, and indelible characters, then Gamble’s Game is for you. I give this novella 4 ½ enthusiastic cherries.