Book Review: Good Times and Tan Lines by Saxon James

Good Times and Tan Lines

Author: Saxon James
Series: Love’s a Gamble, book 0.5
Publisher: May Books (December 12, 2019)
Kindle edition, 76 pages
Romance, Contemporary Adult Romance, M/M Romance, novella


Running from his problems is Rainer’s MO, and this time, he’s run all the way to Ibiza.

Colton is happy living the holiday life 24/7, especially when cute tourists like Rainer come his way.

Both men know a summer fling is all they can offer, but somewhere between the good times and tan lines, summer lovin’ heats up to something more than either of them expected.

This is a short story prequel that takes place before Bet on Me.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rainer was one of my favorite things about Bet on Me, so when I saw his romance (such as it was) that was mentioned briefly a few times in book one of the series was a novella, I knew I had to check it out.

Rainer has some serious problems, and is trying to chase them away with alcohol. Is it bad that I already don’t even remember what problems he was trying to drink away? I think maybe it was drugs and them making him act like a turd, but then going and drinking himself to death doesn’t seem like a great response… idk, anyway, he is very sad and drunk basically all the time.

And then comes Colton.

I do wish this had been a full length novel instead of a novella, because I feel like it didn’t quite do Colton and Rainer’s story justice. And I wish we’d gotten more of a character arc for Colton.

Still, the chemistry between Colton and Rainer is great, and I love the way Colton just keeps coming back and giving Rainer the chance to make some better choices. They’re so sweet together.

This is a prequel to the Love’s a Gamble series, though the ending happens sometime after the first book, Bet on Me, ends. I don’t feel like the timing totally lines up? Unless the talk about Rainer being all about the physical and not about the relationships ever was before this book happened, and he only recently returned home just before the events of book one. I don’t know, I am just trying not to think about it too hard, haha. You can read this one completely as a stand-alone without reading any of the rest of the series.

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