*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
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.
This second novel of the Legendary Pairs series was also as charming as the first one, this time the focus was layed on a player, Lucas cho, and a person of the production team, Drey, who is in charge of the card’s optic/the drawings. 🙂
There were a few appearances in the middle and end of the book of the character from book one, Perfect Game. It was nice to see Robin and Neil again, but also to have the side character.
This book can be totally be read as a stand-alone, it’s really self-explanatory.
Between Lucas and Drey is a huge age gap of 16 years which lead to heavy sparks and make the book’s “angst”, next to the aspect that Drey was former married and has a 15/16 year old daughter.
The family bonds in this book are one central topic, Lucas is so much different in his relationship to his parents than Drey as a father to a teenage-girl and divorced.
The events are around the card collectors game and the plays are interesting, though I have to honest say: if people aren’t interested in this or find it too geeky this book or series isn’t something for them. I really enjoyed it, like the first, but the change in the focus was great. Not two players, no two people in the business and with one in a superwise-role.
There is low angst, the topics aren’t nonetheless boring or not thrilling. Like I said the focus is next to the card collectors game community on the family bonds and in a wider sense you can call the CCG community a huge family too.
The erotic scenes were… wow, I really enjoyed them and they were hot as hell. :3 Sensual, with a few, little kinky actions, not in the traditional kinky sense but different to other books I would say. A lot of touching, a lot of dancing around and when the two finally get together it’s like a blast. Hot. ❤
I had a great time, I am sure a year ago a story with such a huge age gap would scare me but nowadays it’s hot and when it’s as well written as this it’s a pleasure to read.
I’m excited to read another book in the series (I hope there will be a few more) ;). I can recommend this. 🙂