More Than Luck by Casey CameronRating: 5 stars
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Length: Novel

Drey is 40, divorced, and the father of a 15-year-old girl, Riley. He is also bisexual and the art director for Legendary Pastimes Inc, the company who owns the Legendary Pairs card game. Drey is jaded, aloof, and definitely not looking for love.

Lucas Cho is a professional Legendary Pairs player who has slipped down the rankings because of his drinking and party boy image. Lucas has his own issues that he is attempting to mask with alcohol, indifference, and hook ups.

Unknowingly, Lucas and Drey begin their sexual dance around one another after an encounter in a club. Leaving each other frustrated, neither man thinks they will meet again — until Drey is asked by his boss to babysit a difficult Pro Tour player who is in town for Top Deck Expo, a certain Lucas Cho.

The spark between the two men is immediately reignited, but Drey attempts to remain detached because of their 16-year age difference, work connections, and Lucas’ reputation. Yet, their close working proximity encourages Lucas’ flirting and Drey soon begins to see past Lucas’ facade. Drey just has to break through Lucas’ defenses to encourage Lucas to re-discover his love for Legendary Pairs, whilst the feelings between both men develop beyond the point of control.

More Than Luck is the second book in Casey Cameron’s Legendary Pairs series, though it could be read as a stand-alone with only brief appearances by characters from Perfect Game.

In my review for Perfect Game, I said I hoped More Than Luck would reveal more about Legendary Pairs so I could understand the game. I did not gain any more information about the rules of Legendary Pairs, but I think Cameron does communicate the seriousness of the game for the players, the followers, and the employees of LPI. Although I made a point in my first review of wanting to know more about the game, the fact that More Than Luck failed to do this did not affect my enjoyment of the story at all.

I very rarely read May/December novels and Cameron is able to capture the age difference well in Drey and Lucas’ characters and experiences, though this certainly does not make Lucas any shallower than Drey. Both men are complex and the passion between them is tangible. I found myself wanting to finish More Than Luck in one sitting just so I could discover where the relationship between them would end. The friendship they share is one thing, but their physical chemistry is another. I read the first sex scene when I was in public and could feel myself blushing! However, Cameron ensures that the reader understands this is more than just a simple hook-up:

With how forceful Drey had been and how ragged and broken his moans were, Lucas had expected to be immediately rolled onto his back and fucked within an inch of his life. He wasn’t at all prepared for Drey to instead cup his cheek gently with an expression on his face that could only be described as awe.

Lucas leaned into the warm weight of the hand on his cheek, feeling the weight and roughness of it against his skin. He’d never felt so treasured.

Cameron is careful to convey the significance of Drey’s bisexuality on his past relationships, particularly those with his ex-wife and friend, Jamie. This does not directly affect his romance with Lucas, but we do understand his hesitancy and careful approach.

I really like the fact that Cameron does not ignore the importance of Drey’s daughter, Riley, in his life. The conversations they share are some of the most revealing and heartfelt in the novel and in one scene Cameron even uses Lucas’ interaction with Riley as an epiphany moment for Drey.

I was totally hooked by the sexiness and intensity of More Than Luck and Cameron’s clever mix of the thrill Legendary Pairs game with family drama and romance. I hope there are more books in this series. More Than Luck deserves its 5-star review!

kirsty sig