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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Winner Takes All by Jenny Urban and Elizabeth Silver

Winner Takes All by Jenny Urban and Elizabeth Silver
Publisher: Loose ID Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (107 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Dominic Taylor and Matt Harris have been friendly rivals – with occasional benefits – for a few years. With the downturn in the economy, though, Matt’s business is struggling. Dom, whose company is doing well, offers Matt a bet that could help save Matt’s company. But the terms of the bet would literally put Matt’s ass on the line and change the dynamic of their friendship.

As the deadline approaches, they graduate from making out to making love, raising the stakes as they each come to terms with what they really want, and what really matters.

No matter who wins, there will be no going back for either one of them. Because the winner takes all.

What happens when the love of your life isn’t even sure he’s gay? Do you push? Do you walk away? Or do you use a bet and a little bit of alcohol to show him what he’s missing.

Are you interested in taking a little bet? Remember, Winner Takes All.

Male/male stories are quickly becoming my favorite subgenre of romance because of stories like this one. Ms. Urban and Ms. Silver really drew me into the story and made me feel for both men. Although I wasn’t totally sure at times where the story was set, it didn’t matter. Matt and Dom were consuming characters. And the passion burning between them was so intense I had to check my screen to make sure it was still intact.

Matt’s confusion about his sexuality is one that many people can identify with. The hardwiring and contemporary culture can really mess a person up. I felt his emotions and could empathize with him because he just wanted to be happy. His desire to take care of his workers even to the detriment of his job was a refreshing change. He definitely had alpha qualities, but he also had a conscience.

Although I loved Dom, his character’s forthrightness was a bit overbearing at first. I got that he wanted Matt more than he could possibly imagine and I liked that he never gave up. I also loved his little moments of fear. Putting himself out there and saying how he wanted Matt took a lot of courage. That redeemed him in my eyes and made me love him more.

Though there were moments when this story seemed like a string of love scenes, there was a powerful plot that did keep me entertained and into the story.

If you want a book that will stick with you long after the last page, then you need to read Winner Takes All. I give it 4 cherries.

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