Series: Tales of Amaranth #5
Author: Thom Lane
Publisher: Loose Id (September 3rd, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Jay should be a very happy slave boy. His new master is young, hot, affectionate, and no stricter than he needs to be. Also, rich now, thanks to one night’s hectic gambling. But the man who lost all that money – and his slave boy too – wants his revenge. He wants everything back, including Jay, and he’ll do whatever it takes to achieve his goal.
It’s dangerous to challenge so much wealth and influence, let alone to defeat them – and that’s only the start of the trouble for Jay and his master Jensen. Jay has a secret, that he’s kept hidden from all the men who’ve owned him. Now that’s going to lead him and his master too down strange roads in stranger company, and into deadly danger, eventually into Hell itself…
Review: At first, I wasn’t sure how much I liked slaveboy Jay’s monologues but I warmed up to him. This story really was a clever tale! It’s difficult to create an entire fantasy world and bring a reader into it convincingly and I really became entwined into the fantasy writing. I quickly became aware of how intelligent the devious slave boy Jay was, and the author really played into the sub/need to serve mindset Jay has. The idea of real mage guilds and magic is was very alluring to me. One of the best aspects about this story is how, at first, I was decidedly turned off by Jensen, but grew to like and then admire him as the story went on. The book has lots of adventure, fantasy, steamy sexual encounters, plenty of D/s, and an intriguing world of magic, demons, and power. This is an enjoyable read, moves swiftly, and is engaging. Though Gambling Heart is part of the Tales of Amaranth series, the story easily stands alone.