5 Star, 4 Star, and 3.5 Star Reviews for Taking a Gamble by P.J. Trebelhorn #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Taking a Gamble
Author Name & Publisher: P.J. Trebelhorn (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 240 pgs


Cassidy Holmes doesn’t want a “real” job. Buying storage units and selling the contents isn’t the easiest way to survive, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has no desire for a relationship, but when she meets Erica, everything she thought she wanted begins to change.

Erica Jacobs is a career postal worker with odd hours. Who wants to date a woman who’s asleep by eight o’clock every night? She yearns for the type of relationship her parents have, but finding the right woman isn’t easy.

Cass likes taking a gamble on storage units, but not in her love life. Erica might very well be the one, but Cass is determined to fight it. Every step of the way.

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This is a truly superb feel good novel. Ms Trebelhorn is obviously an accomplished writer of engaging and riveting tales.
Not only is this a very readable novel but it is full of humour and convincing, beautifully written and conceived realities about falling in love for the first time.
Both characters are instantly likable and recognizable. The introduction of their very different families brings depth as well sadness to the story line. I think the way some families deal with their children being gay was highlighted in this book in a very constructive way.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it difficult to put down it was so engaging and intriguing. I was fascinated by the dialogue and loved the way they made statements to each other, then we heard  what each woman really wanted to say, from the discussion she was having to herself, inside her head.
A delicious book that I can genuinely recommend to any one who has ever been in love or is looking for love.
In so many ways, this is a sad story that ends in hope. Both these women are wounded, and doing their best to keep going in the face of their hurts. Cassidy’s childhood was a nightmare of mental abuse and periodic observation of the physical abuse her mother went through. It has given her an extremely jaded view of relationships and she vows never to be trapped like her mother was. This translates to a lot of one night stands and near-anonymous sex, and a decided lack of anything remotely resembling a girlfriend. Ever. Erica thought she had the perfect family growing up, but when she confesses to her parents who she really is, they cut off all contact. Now, her little brother has done the same thing and suffered the same consequences. The difference is that he’s only 15, while Erica had waited until her 20s. Although betrayed by her parents, she still idealizes their marriage. It’s what she wants for herself. When these two women meet, there is instant connection, and a draw that both find hard to resist. But will either take a chance with the other when they both want such different things? Changing your self-esteem is difficult, and it takes time, but every journey begins with a first step, and Cassidy has to take that first step before she can contemplate going forward with Erica. With the chorus of voices surrounding her, it’s a wonder that she didn’t follow her feelings sooner. The ending is a little abrupt in some ways. But in other ways, I understand why it ended this way. This wasn’t so much about them fixing their relationship, or making it perfect. It was about the leap of faith and courage it takes to take the gamble in the first place. So yes, tying up more loose ends might have been nice, but it’s really unnecessary. The point of the story has been made; love is worth the gamble. Things might not be smooth sailing in the future. But the important thing is to take that deep breath and leap.
I loved meeting Cas and Erica. Their instant connection was well
described and believable. They were adorable together and I saw the
problem coming before it happened; however, it was still no fun to
watch. I hated that they made the other go through all that. However,
I understand the need for the conflict. It could be the books I have
been reading recently; however, that is a very tried and true argument
and I was hoping for a slightly different spin on the traditional
story. I also felt the ending was tied up in too neat of a bow so soon
after such a large meltdown, but that could also be  personal

Other than that, the book was good and I did enjoy reading it.



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PJ Trebelhorn was born and raised in the greater metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon. Her love of sports — mainly baseball and ice hockey — was fueled in part by her father’s interests. She likes to brag about the fact that her uncle managed the Milwaukee Brewers for five years, and the Chicago Cubs for one year.

PJ now resides in western New York with Cheryl, her partner of many years, and their menagerie of pets. When not writing or reading, PJ spends her time rooting for the Flyers, Phillies, and Eagles, or watching movies

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