Kent Samson’s competitive nature would not allow him to decline a challenge proposed by his best friend and co-worker. So when the next person to walk into his office is a male instead of a female, Kent is determined to win Terry Barron as well as the bet.
A Betting Man is a well-paced romantic comedy. All of the characters arehumorous, intelligent and genuinely engaging. The storyline is written in both Kent’s and Terry’s point of view. Kent is a high performance driven man, who is a little ashamed of his humble background. His material lifestyle is a testament to his success. Even the prominent women Kent dated was self promoting with sexual benefits for him. Although, Kent had never dated a man before, he is not gender premeditated. Dating Terry is the first time Kent formed an emotional connection with any of his dates, as well as desiring to have an actual long-term relationship.
Terry is a naturally easy going gay man who desires to be loved for the intuitive individual that he is, rather than the image his family has chosen for him. Because of his secret, Terry is cautious on the subject of his background. Also, Terry constantly makes a conscious effort to control his pronunciation, something he has in common with Kent.
One of the key highlights of A Betting Man is Kent’s expressive forward thinking parents. Their intelligent Christian views blended with Southern charm is refreshingly heartwarming. Kent was concerned his parents would condemn a same sex relationship. However, just the opposite was true; both parents welcomed Terry with open arms, immediately acknowledging Terry as an unofficial son-in-law.
Sandrine Gasq-Dion has created an excellent saga that is extremely enjoyable. A Betting Man illustrates the typical chaos of building a loving liaison regardless of the sexual characteristics of the couple.
Traveling the back roads to California, Nash Rhodes is not looking for trouble when he rides into Fallen Creek, Wyoming. Nash just needs a quiet place to recover for a few days. Nevertheless, trouble finds Nash the moment he steps in to protect the lady who owns the Watering Hole Bar. Nash also gets the attention of werewolf Cullen O’Murphy. Soon after meeting Nash, Cullen develops into protector, as well as lover.
Threadbare Gypsy Souls is an intriguing mystery. The plot is a multifaceted trail of secrets slowly unveiling a number of surprises designed to seize the reader’s attention throughout the story. The characters are engaging, as well as amusing at times. One of the secrets Nash and Cullen both share is that they are in the closet gay. Nash is on the run from the leader of a motorcycle gang who took exception to having a gay man as a member in the gang. Cullen has had altercations with homophobic wolf shifters. Cullen is not part of a pack; he prefers to mind his own business as a small rancher. There is more to Nash than meets the eye; one trait that is apparent is that Nash is a gentleman with southern manners.
T. A. Chase has created a marvelous saga. I shall not incorporate any spoilers. However, Threadbare Gypsy Souls has ample battles, sensual intimacy, plus wonderful character interaction in addition to being exceptionally enjoyable.