Four betting stars.Well, that was a ride and a half.
I’m going to get the negative out the way first. Now I don’t mind at all when a writer talks to the reader, a chatty prose is often a good thing in my book but I couldn’t handle it in this book. After the first 40% I literally stopped reading the Italic text even though some of that was inner monologue as well as chatting to the reader. And wow as soon as I stopped getting tripped by that the story rolled and had my fullest attention.
Now characters, OMG I **H A T E D** Luca at the start, absolutely hated him. He was a pig of epic proportions and I wanted Alexxa to run for the bloody hills. I did not want to read at all his escapades before hooking up with Alexxa, why the hell would I? But…stick with it if you struggle with him like me, because boom, he doesn’t exactly turn-it-around per se, but he does become more pleasant to read and engage with.
To sum up The Gamble Luca was an utter womanising prick that would fuck anything and I mean anything stood still long enough, the writing and story was good enough to keep you glued. I didn’t enjoy the OTT of being talked to so much but I certainly got behind all the characters. Alexxa I was a bit cross with, she’s saved herself all that time to give it up to ‘him’ the man whose dick had been dipped more times than any wick in a candle factory but it was the wit and characterisation that kept me glued too. Alexxa’s character had a great sense of humour, great comebacks and easy to engage with, the same with Luca and even Warren. Warren was just an all round likeable male specimen.
Glad I read this, if the chatty italic prose had not been so OTT I’d have given this 5 stars, well okay, 4.5 because I still hate Luca pre Alexxa days, hell even when he was trying to ‘catch’ her he was still off dipping it elsewhere at the start.
My first book by Xavier (who oddly I thought was a man until I looked ‘her’ up half way through), and it won’t be my last. I received The Gamble to review, my review is honest and 100% my own.