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A Betting Man (Men of Manhattan Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sandrine Gasq-Dion
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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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (10 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read 13 May 2014
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As with all Sandrine's books I found this to be well written and therefore very easily held my interest until the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book from Sandrine! 3 July 2013
By Lisa
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Just love her books, great characters, good storys and i can never put them down once i start. Lookin forward to the next book in this series. If you havent read her assassin-shifter series i highly recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unlikeable character 12 May 2013
By Lasha - Published on
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#Possible spoilers in review#

I was very interested in reading a book by Sandrine Gasq-Dion that did not feature shifters. "A Betting Man" is a contemporary m/m romance set in New York that features a rich, straight ad exec named Kent Samson who makes a bet with his best friend Blaine to seduce the next person who walks through the door. That person happens to be Terry Barron. A guy. What ensues is more like Freddie Prinze, Jr.'s plight in "She's All That," because as Kent falls for Terry, you know eventually the lie that brought them together is going to be found out.

This book features two new items: 1.) the opening of Wilde City Press and 2.) a different style of writing for Ms. Gasq-Dion. I am happy to say that the editing in this book was good, the cover gorgeous and I was very interested after reading the blurb. A great start for the new publishing company! As for the actual book, I'm sorry but I had a hard time rating it higher than 3 stars. Why? Well, I love the romcom trope of the `bet,' but usually with that the character who is conning the other character has some sort of spark, a lovable quality to them that makes the audience overlook his obvious shortcomings in even agreeing to the bet. Unfortunately, Kent Samson is no Freddie Prinze, Jr. Now, I loved the other character, Terry, but I wanted him far, far away from Kent by the end of this book.

I just did not see any growth in Kent's character from beginning to end to make me understand why Terry would forgive him once he found out about the bet. The redemption aspect, so important in this type of plot wasn't there. For me, Kent was the same shallow guy from beginning to end.

Yeah, Kent's a self-absorbed d-nozzle who loves himself to a degree I found nauseating, he treats women as objects -- we won't even get to the way women are portrayed in the book -- and yet the reader is supposed to believe he's a changed man by the end? Sorry, I wasn't buying his change from straight man to well-adjusted gay man who comes out to his family and friends because he's fallen in love with Terry. I love a good Gay For You plot as much as the next girl, but Kent's transformation from frat-boy idiot to sincere partner wasn't fully realized. It may have been that the book was too short and that part of the plot not given enough growth to fully turn Kent's characterization around, I'm not sure. I just know I did not warm up to Kent at all in the book. Terry, I loved and thought the author did a great job with his characterization, but Kent was the sticking point for me.

Now, all is not lost. I really liked the chemistry between Kent's friend, Blaine and Terry's boss. Given the right plotline, I would totally read a sequel about them.

I had really mixed reactions to this book, which is why this review was difficult to write. I went back and forth between 2 and 3 stars, finally settling on three because I enjoyed Terry so much. Now, I do see a lot of growth in Ms. Gasq-Dion's writing style and I like that she dipped her foot into a non-paranormal world. So, for fans who like her shifter books, GFY tropes or the movie "She's All That," you will probably enjoy this.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars {M/M} Contemporary Comedy 11 May 2013
By Ro - Published on
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A Betting Man

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 are humorous, 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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Loved this book! 19 May 2013
By A. Gourdine - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book! I loved Terry's character he was so sweet and he brought out the best in Kent who was such an ass and so full of himself and so shallow that it took him almost losing terry before he went through this big change where he actually put someone else's feelings before his. And he realized how much his playing games with other people's heart with Blaine who is also a jerk and so stuck on himself that he needs to be taught a lesson too almost cost him the man he loves. This was such a good read for me and so worth the money I paid for it. Now I would love it if the author did a book with Blaine and Spencer he is just the man Blaine needs in his life someone to put him in his place and show him that the world does not revolve around him. Great Job Ms. Gasq-Dion!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Athena 20 May 2013
By Dionne L. Smith - Published on
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This author is good storyteller because I love the way writes gay romance, therefore, she earned 5 stars for this particular ebook. However, I hope she continue the story with Blaine and Spencer storyline.

Anyway, so far, I enjoyed all her ebooks. This book worth a read and your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a keeper 18 May 2013
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4.5 stars.

I'm so glad I took a chance on "A Betting Man" because I fell in love with this wonderful little story! There was nothing uniquely new or earth shattering in terms of the storyline, but it clearly sets the backdrop for hurt and angst as secrets get revealed.
What started as a bet, turned into something very real, very quickly. I loved that every chapter alternated POV between Kent and Terry. It helped me really understand each person so much better because I could also hear their thoughts vs. just what they verbalized. And let me tell you, some of those thoughts were downright hilarious. I adored the humor as much as I grew to love these guys.

Despite starting out looking like an egotistical, self-serving, ass from the get go, Kent is actually a pretty wonderful guy under all the pomp and circumstance around keeping up an image, and it took another man (vs. woman), Terry, to reveal what was hiding under the surface all the time. And, Terry? He was simply too cute for words - I loved him instantly! The secondary characters added a special little something (yay for open-minded, spicy little southern mommas) to round out this story and made me want to embrace them all (okay, admittedly I might have wanted to punch one instigator/mischief-maker among them).

Take a chance and go "all in" for "A Betting Man". It's light, romantic and funny. You may find that you, too, won a jackpot with this little gem. With a little more meat on its bones (no double meaning intended, *grins*), this story would have been a full 5 hearts for me. I loved it and sincerely hope for a Blaine and Spencer sequel!!!
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