Drey Harper isn’t looking for love; he had more than enough heartbreak after a betrayal cost him everything five years ago. Now at 40, he’s the art director for the hit collectible card game Legendary Pairs. Between long hours at work and countless anonymous hookups, Drey’s life seems pretty full…until the day he meets Lucas Cho.
In the world of Legendary Pairs, 24-year-old Lucas Cho is a superstar. He plays for big money and parties like a rock star, and his arrogant swagger gets him what he wants, at the gaming table or in bed. But when a chance encounter with Drey in a crowded bar leaves him wanting more, all his fortune and skills count for nothing.
The company thinks Lucas’s glamorous playboy lifestyle is good for business, but it’s going too far–Lucas is spinning out of control, and Drey has been sent to clean up the mess and save Lucas’s sponsorship. With a major tournament coming up and Lucas’s contract with Legendary Pairs on the line, it’s up to Drey to keep him out of the bottle and walking that line.
For Lucas, the stakes have never been higher, but the game he’s playing has nothing to do with cards and everything to do with the stoic older man who’s captured his attention. Drey knows a relationship between them is out of the question–Lucas is too young, too reckless, too broken–but the more time he spends in Lucas’s company, the more he wants what he shouldn’t have in this steamy May/December romance.
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This was such a lovely story. I adored Lucas and Drey and the world of Legendary Pairs card game. We get a deeper look at behind the scenes of the game creation and evolution along with some of the things pro gamers have to deal with. I keep getting pulled into these books and I can’t put them down until I’ve finished them. I really enjoy Ms. Cameron’s writing.
Drey was a character I enjoyed right from the beginning. He was a little bit of a curmudgeon and a snarky asshole. But he was also really sweet and generally wanted to be happy even if he couldn’t quite figure out what was missing. I loved watching him grow and figure out how to be happy. It was fascinating to see him be vindictive and petty but also see him be gentle and caring as well. Those facets of his personality made him come alive on page.
Lucas. Oh Lucas. my heart hurt for him because he was so lost at the beginning of the book and I hated seeing his pain. He numbed his pain in severely unhealthy ways. However he sort of recognized that fact and was able to change his ways once he had the proper motivation to do so. While he wasn’t an alcoholic per se, it was close. I also think his habits were fixed a little too easily. I loved how Lucas found his focus and thirst for the challenge of the game. Seeing him get back to playing was wonderful.
I loved getting to see inside the corporate world of Legendary Pairs and some of the behind the scenes with pro gamers. I’m fascinating to know more about the ramifications of things that happened in this book. I kind of want that plot line to continue into the next book to see how it changes and evolves and if the root cause is discovered. I also can’t wait to see who the next couple is in this series. there’s a few characters that got introduced in this story that I’d like to see get happy endings.
The journey Drey and Lucas went on to be together was wonderful. They both had growing to do and they both worked hard to deny their feelings. I loved seeing those “aha” moments for both of them when they couldn’t deny their feelings any longer. Of course it was at completely different times for each of them and that made for some great tension while one had to wait for the other to catch up and get his head out of his ass. Their ending is so sweet and hold so much hope they’re going to make it long term. I would love to see a sequel with these two to see how they’re doing in a few years in the future so we can see them still in love, all moved in together and how they handle life.
Four and a half
Casey Cameron lives in a rare urban center in the U.S. Midwest, where she can be found among her fellow deviants writing porn in coffee shops. She writes primarily gay romance and erotica with a twist of the paranormal, and has a real kink for sex-positive and emotionally mature characters.