When to Hold Them

When to Hold Them Doran Callaghan doesn t know when to fold em His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail and now it s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program He wants to turn his life around but

  • Title: When to Hold Them
  • Author: G.B. Gordon
  • ISBN: 9781626492943
  • Page: 257
  • Format: ebook
  • Doran Callaghan doesn t know when to fold em His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail, and now it s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program He wants to turn his life around, but old habits come knocking, and some creditors are harder to shake than others.Xavier Wagner cares about the National Park he works in than the people around it, until aDoran Callaghan doesn t know when to fold em His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail, and now it s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program He wants to turn his life around, but old habits come knocking, and some creditors are harder to shake than others.Xavier Wagner cares about the National Park he works in than the people around it, until a stranger awakens desires he didn t know he had Doran s natural submissiveness turns Xavier s ideas of how to treat a lover upside down But Doran doesn t seem to know about boundaries or even to have any and Xavier s not sure that Doran will say no if he needs to Which means someone s going to get hurt.While Xavier struggles with his principles, Doran s past comes calling Trusting each other is suddenly a matter of life or death, but Doran has to decide whether counting on Xavier or himself is a gamble he s willing to take.

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    1. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book from the publisher. This is the ninth book in the Bluewater Bay series, but as the series has progressed, the books have become less related and completely detached from the Wolf Landing concept. And that's more than okay. Xavier is a ranger, more comfortable outside on the trail than inside. He is biracial and has incredibly supporting parents. Xavier is independent, demanding, and likes to be in control. When Xavier realizes that the "kid" who work [...]

    2. Advanced review copy of When to Hold Them provided by Riptide Publishing via Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review. Cross-posted at Reviews by Jessewave.So, right off the bat, the author gives us a visual of what main character Park Ranger Xavier Wagner looks like. "The guy looked like Luther flipping West from Resident Evil. Or what West might have looked like if he wasn't fighting zombies." Well, I can tell you exactly what Luther West looks like when he's not fighting zombies. He looks [...]

    3. Consider me pleasantly surprised.I wasn't sure what to expect going in. The Bluewater Bay series series has been a mixed bag for me, and the initial reviews for this book weren't exactly stellar either. But almost as soon as I began reading, I knew this would be a winner.First, I'm really glad that this series has moved away from the Wolf's Landing (pseudo-Teen Wolf) plotline. I had absolutely no interest in the intricacies of the show, or the effects of fame. And I'm happy that we've gotten to [...]

    4. 3.5 starsNot my favourite GB Gordon, but still better than most stuff out there.As per usual with Gordon, the writing is exquisite, and the characters interestingly imperfect. I think one of the best things about Gordon's writing is he often gives you characters with quite irritating personality traits, but gives you the back story to explain why and how they got that way (hi, Alex!). We get that here with Doran, too.I enjoyed the relatively informal D/S dynamic between Doran and Xavier - at the [...]

    5. 4.5 StarsThis is my favorite book in this series so far (except for The Deep of the Sound, because Amy Lane has a ranking of her own and nobody comes close to her IMO), and I'm so glad it deals with regular guys. It seems like the books are farther and farther away from the movie theme this series started with, and I'm so happy about that!I loved everything about this book, the characters, the plot, the writing; there was no unnecessary drama added just for the shock factor, and the danger, when [...]

    6. I immediately bought this book (yay for discount :p) after I finished Bluewater Blues because I fell in love with Gordon's writing. I loved the fact that these two books only related to Bluewater in terms of surroundings. I read the earlier books but I have never been a fan of romance about famous people. I prefer the guys and gals next door; which is probably why small town romance is one of my favorites.Anyway, I loved this as well!! Loved it. Gosh, I think I can add G.B. Gordon books in the B [...]

    7. ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review. Doran Callaghan is paying the ultimate price for his gambling addiction—jail, probation, and a reintegration program that lands him in the town of Bluewater Bay, working part time for the tourist bureau. Most of his work is behind the scenes working on their website, newsletter, and brochures. The office is only open for a few hours each weekend, so he and his coworker have a lot of fl [...]

    8. ​ARC of When to Hold Them provided by the the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ​When to Hold Them is my least favorite of the Bluewater Bay series, thus far. I could not feel the connection between the characters and I didn't much like them. Doran ​constantly acted like a child and Xavier was just too pushy​,​ too quickly. Who demands all of another person's secrets on the first date? Not a reasonable person. I think bossy in the bedroom can be hot, but otherwi [...]

    9. I was lucky Publisher sent me this book to read.Doran , ' the kid' yeah, he's 22, but didn't act like 22. Lack of confidence, probably because of his 'too many baggage' on his shoulder? Who's to blame? Himself.But I'm glad Xavier has patience for him, maybe because of his kissable lips, or his actually adorable puppy crush on Xavier.Not a very strong combination for a good relationship.But I didn't see any relationship until the last few chapters.It was all Xavier's work. And Doran was just bein [...]

    10. 3.5 Rolls of the Dice. or Stars. Which ever you like. Rounding up because reasons.A buddy read with Gabby. You may check out our review at Boys In Our Books. A fun time was had by both of us.

    11. I really enjoyed this story--smoking hot sexual chemistry between the guys, a really interesting conflict, and of course, the Bluewater Bay setting.Gordon's voice is unique in this genre, and I think I will never get enough. :)

    12. This book is the 9th book of the Bluewater Bay seriesbut can be read as a stand alone. It takes place in Bluewater and Port Angeles but has nothing in common with the previous books. No one from Wolf’s Landing cast and crew was even mentioned.I liked Xavier, the fucking hot, dominant Park Service ranger Doran, well the shy guy is addicted to gambling and in need to give up control. Xavier seems to be everything Doran ever wanted in a man.The guys get their HEA but there's still so much story l [...]

    13. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I readily admit to being a sucker for stories about guys on probation trying to make amends for previous mistakes. Doran is on probation and must attend a programe for gambling addicts as part of his release conditions. He must also hold down a job in a Tourist Information centre. Doran is ashamed of the mistakes he has made and his self-esteem has taken a knock.Doran has spotted Xavier a ranger, an [...]

    14. I think I now need to look into the rest of this series! Things I most liked about this book was the outdoors/park service element, the true struggle of recovering for a gambling addiction, the way the one MC is taking personal responsibility for those he has hurt, and inter-racial relationship. I have not read any of the others in this series, but from reading this one, it looks as if it is okay to read each as a standalone. Even so, I am now very interested in the rest of the books in this sma [...]

    15. 3 StarsI receive a free eARC of this book from Riptide Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.It was well-written and I liked the characters. I appreciated the respect given to Doran's gambling addiction and the way that it was resolved. The D/s element was not what I normally read, but it was nicely done and very hot. I just wish that the end hadn't felt so out of place. I didn't think the story needed the external drama since there were so many internal issues to deal with.

    16. 3.75. Well written. Doran's submission was a thing of beauty. It came so naturally to him, and so well described, that it made me sigh. The sexual tension between he and Xavier was delicious. The gambling addiction was interesting and I liked that Doran found a program that worked for him. Xavier was a bit of a jerk here and there but he owned it and I respected that. What I really liked about their D/s interaction was that they were kind of just following their natural instincts without labels [...]

    17. I felt like a largeish chunk was missing in the beginning of this book. They meet, they kiss, they have fumbly sex once and wham, Xavier is thinking Doran has no boundaries and is possibly self destructive. It's like I'm missing scenes, because they haven't done anything more than slightly kinky yet! And he says to Doran "the things I want to do to you", but then it's still very mild. Not that it's not kinky enough, but the way he talks and thinks, it's like they're about to do stuff that could [...]

    18. Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsFrom the start I've been hooked on the books in Riptide's Bluewater Bay series and I've loved most of them; as the series has progressed it is no longer focusing on the Wolf's Landing television show and the people who have come to this sleep Washington town to film but it is focusing on the "regular" people who make up the town. That's not a bad thing, it is just the way the series has evolved and why shouldn't it as the townspeople deserve [...]

    19. This is a story in the Bluewater Bay series, but can be fully enjoyed as a standalone novel.Doran is 22 y/o man with a gambling addiction. He ran up some substantial debt to a card shark, and then embezzled money from his uncle's clients in order to pay it back. This was doubly hard to do as Doran respects his uncle greatly--he took Doran in after his mother disowned him for being gay. Doran tries to comply with his parole agreement, attending GA sessions and working at his job in the tourism of [...]

    20. My Review:This is the first time I've read this author. He has a much more artistic, flowy style of writing than what I'm used to. And I'll be honest with you, I'm still not sure if it was something I liked or not. But overall, the book worked for me. I really liked both characters. Doran is a bit messed up, but everything he's gone through seems pretty harsh for a single mistake. I loved his artistic side and how he could see the world around him in how he would draw it. And I really enjoyed th [...]

    21. I have to admit, this wasn't my favorite so far in the Bluewater Bay series, but it was still a great addition. First, I really liked When to Hold Them. As I said, it was a great addition to the Bluewater Bay series, which is fast becoming one of my favorite M/M Contemporary series. If I had to rank my favorites out of all of the Bluewater Bay books so far, this one wouldn’t fall close to the top. My only reasoning though is because it was so far removed from the rest of the series. That’s n [...]

    22. Holy cow this book's hot and steamy and seductive with just enough sharpness to stop it becoming all a bit too much.The two MCs are studies in contrasts and I loved the family acceptance and backbone of strength which allowed Xavier the freedom to be his own man. Doran's unhappy upbringing also worked as the driving force for his need to find acceptance and a place to call home.As a pair they were magnificent and even the slightly unbelievable element of the cardshark and his goon chasing them t [...]

    23. I was on the fence for this one, so this is more 3.5 stars overall but in comparison to the books I read before, it has to be four stars. In my G.B. Gordon rating system it isn't. It's a very good book so go forth and read it. IMHO it doesn't measure up the Santuario series by G.B. Gordon, which I pretty much adore.

    24. DNF 49%This book just isn't "working" for me. First off, I was worried about the relationship between the two MC being a D/s which I really have to be in a certain mood to read, but then, as the story progressed, I realized it's more of me not connecting with either character. I don't "get" either of them. They don't feel genuine. Something about them is just off. Doran is a gambler, at the point I stopped (49%) what I know is he is on a program of getting better, he recently started going to a [...]

    25. One of the things that I love about this series is that the creators of the world recognize that the entire town of Bluewater Bay does not revolve around the television show being filmed there, however much the characters mention the "Hollywood Invasion." So much of the Pacific Northwest is protected national park (for now), that I was pleased and not surprised to find an installment featuring a park ranger.Xavier was a credit to his profession, and it was clear that the author did their researc [...]

    26. My first introduction to this author was In the Right Light, so I was very excited to find the author continued to write. When to Hold Them has the same qualities that I enjoyed in In the Right Light (beautiful writing, fully developed characters) as well as foibles. The foibles include a rushed ending and the under developed D/s aspect of the MCs' relationship. Lust at first sight was certainly believable, and maybe, the kinky bits are organic. But how they get to 'I love you' seems almost thro [...]

    27. 2.5 stars The writing and plot were mostly good, but something felt off with this story. I couldn’t connect with the characters and I wished everything, from their relationship to Doran’s gambling addiction recovery program, was treated with a little more depth. Also, the main conflict was a little bit ridiculous. Xavier hadn’t even finished scolding Doran because, according to Xavier, he couldn’t be trusted to state and enforce his own limits, but then he pretended to know every single [...]

    28. Meh. Started as 3.5 and gradually went down on the ratings for me. By the end I had lost most of my connection with the characters and didn't believe in the (view spoiler)[chase through the woods action sequence (hide spoiler)] plot.I found the addiction element interesting at first, and the alternative to a 12-step program refreshing, but (view spoiler)[I doubted that he really could go to a casino and win a bet and find himself unmoved when he was basically still right at the start of his reco [...]

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