Sam and Randy embraced, kissing like lovers, like children. They were youth inside still, boys who needed love too. This moment, this kiss, was not about sex. This moment wasn’t about anything but comfort, and it wasn’t about anybody but Sam and Randy and the lovers who knew how to give it to them.
This is easily one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever read and it is with FOUR men. My heavens...Heidi blew me away here. To capture the love that these men have for one another was so impressive and left me wanting to reread this scene again and again.
Scene after scene with Sam & Randy and Ethan & Randy and then with the three of them were so caring and loving and explored so deeply what they each mean to the other. I have to say however that I missed Mitch. After 2.5 books with these men, I feel I know little about this man. He sits on the sidelines mostly and when we do really see him it is only a moment's glance and then he is gone again. I want him...I want to know him as a character, see his demons, understand what makes him the amazingly loving man he is. I only hope we will eventually get this, but I am doubtful and that makes me sad.
Poker plays a huge role in this book and is central to understanding who Randy is.
“This is why you’re good at poker. You’re good at bluffing, and you’re good at reading other people.”
And while Poker the game is played a lot, what I enjoyed was the meaning behind what was shared. The descriptions of cards, the reading of people, and understanding that so much of the game is about the people.
“Poker is an art,” Uncle Gary had told Randy. “It’s about probability and statistics too, but mostly it’s about art. It’s combining your head and your heart and mixing them together with a little bit of magic. It’s a game of people as much as it is a game of cards.”
Now Crabtree...hmmmm...I honestly liked him. Yes there were some things that were done that might be assholish but he is a player...he is a manipulator but for me he was never threatening. I truly believe he cares about these men and only pushes them to be better people and better partners.
Overall, this was so close to a 5 star book for me, but the lack of Mitch and how Billy's character was handled or not handled towards the end, left me a little confused. I think I need to read the end again perhaps...maybe after I read the limo scene and the foursome scene again. *sighs*