Book Reviews

Breaking The Habit by J.P. Bowie at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-August-2017

Book Blurb

A gambling addiction isn’t bad enough? Throw in a not-so-sudden interest in guys and Mike Peterson’s life is about to get really complicated!

Mike Peterson is determined to break the gambling habit that resulted in two failed marriages, no money, no job, plus almost getting himself and his brother killed when loan sharks came looking for the money he’d borrowed.


In addition, he’s recently been having some doubts about his own sexuality. When his gay brother suggests he get in touch with an old friend, recently out police officer Larry Bertoni, Mike is at first leery of the idea, and their first meeting isn’t exactly ideal.


They decide to meet again and this time more of what they are and what they could mean to one another is revealed during their time together. They begin a tentative friendship that graduates to a first, fumbling attempt at romance.


Can they find the secure relationship they both want, or will Mike’s addiction and lack of self-esteem hinder what could possibly be salvation for both men?




First Edition published by Wilde City Press, 2015. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

This book is the sequel to Fear and Loving in Las Vegas.

Book Review

I didn't much care for Mike in ‘Fear and Loving in Las Vegas’, the first installment in this series. I thought he was selfish and really only worried about his own heinie, and certainly not that of his brother, Jerry, who came to help him and who almost got killed. Addiction, regardless of the type, never goes away, and I had a pretty good idea that Mike would still be struggling. Needless to say, I was interested to watch Mike explore his newfound sexuality concerns and to see if perhaps he had grown up some since I last visited him.

“Then I had to go and admit that through the years, I’d found some guys kind of attractive. Never did anything about it, of course, I’d hastily added. Jerry couldn’t for a minute hide the fact he found all this intriguing. He suggested I give Larry a call and maybe we could be supportive of one another.”

Poor Larry. Mike is not so much in the closet, as he is more clueless about what he wants, leading to their first get-together not ending very well. I didn't blame Larry, I'd have been upset too if every time I touched someone's hand they flinched like they'd been burned. What Larry doesn't know, because Mike doesn't tell him, is that Mike is flinching because he's loving the touches a little too much, if you get my drift, and it's freaking Mike out. I liked the way the author showed Mike’s confusion and all of his conflicting emotions.

I was very pleasantly surprised to like Mike so much better in this novella. He and Larry are smoking hot together but, even more so, there's gentleness and tender moments for two men who want to find the person who completes them and makes everything better. I very much enjoyed this story and my only complaint? It could’ve been longer. *grins*





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 97 pages/35411 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-August-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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