More Than Luck by Casey Cameron (Legendary Pairs #2)
Released: February 8, 2017
Reviewed by Mandi
I read the first book in this series recently (both stand alones) and I liked it but the romance was pretty rushed. More Than Luck worked sooo much better for me. I enjoyed it so much.
This series is centered around a very popular card game called Legendary Pairs. It’s very LBGTQ friendly, there are very big and small tournaments and some people make a living going professional and playing at the very big tournaments. Drey is forty years old and works for the company that makes the cards. He is the art director, making the design on the cards come to life. He considers himself bi, as he was married and has a sixteen year old daughter – but now his tastes run more towards men. His marriage ended when he kissed his male best friend. This has left his ex-wife very bitter and Drey feels guilty over it (but not guilty about being bi). Drey is a bit of a grump, stoic, and takes things pretty seriously.
Which leads us to our other hero, Lucas. At twenty-four years old, Lucas is a celebrity in the Legendary Pairs world. Winning championships and the hearts of all. The past few years has been hard on him though – he hasn’t actually played in many tournaments. His drinking and partying is out of control but he is able to keep his sponsors as his life is spiraling downwards. Underneath his issues, he is a really good guy – he is great with kids who want to learn to play the card game and he is genuinely a nice person. But he is estranged from his parents and alcohol has become his crutch – and he puts on a cocky face to hide his demons.
Drey’s company is hosting a big conference for the card game, and Lucas is one of the main highlights of the event. Knowing he is a bit out of control, they ask Drey to be Lucas’s guide during the conference, making sure he gets out of bed and to his events on time. Drey does NOT have time for this, but grudgingly accepts.
Let’s just say, Lucas is not shy when it comes to flirting with Drey, leaving Drey hot, bothered and confused.
And why the hell did Drey still want him, anyway? On a purely physical level, yes, Lucas was gorgeous – but he was also immature, abrasive, cocky, and utterly infuriating when he didn’t get his way. Still, there was a strange electric energy to him, a spark that drew the eye and made Drey’s thoughts catch.
Drey feels like he is way too old for Lucas (who refers to him as “angry daddy”) and tries to ignore his boner every time Lucas says something pervy or winks at him. But after a while, he can’t help himself and they hook up. I loved their chemistry in this one so much. The author writes Lucas in so much hidden pain so well. I like that sex doesn’t magically cure Lucas of his issues. It might be a quick relief, but he still plunges into the darkness time and time again. Drey truly comes to care about him, and sees just how smart and genuine he is….if he could just let his demons go. It’s a really well done romance.
While the card game itself is not described much (unlike in book one) the atmosphere in this book is nicely done. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not understanding the card game.
And the sex is hot.
An instant later Lucas found himself shirtless and being shoved roughly onto the bed, and goddamn, was this working for him. He’d never been particularly submissive in bed, but the way Drey manhandled him made him ache for more. He wanted to be pushed around, held down, put in his place.
Big, strong hands pulled at the button on his pants, working them open and dragging them right down Lucas’s legs. God, this guy wasn’t wasting any time, and Lucas has zero complaints.
I love a May/December romance and this one delivers.