Review: Double Down (All In #2) by Alessandra Torre

Double Down

By Alessandra Torre

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Synopsis

 

In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man… and I fell for him.

I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way.

I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death.

Review:

Bell is still in danger.  Only now she has to fake her own death, leave her hometown and all of this is orchestrated by the man she loves.  A dangerous man that she trusts.  The rules surrounding her and Dario are being broken and rewritten.  Can they survive the weeks ahead or will everything blow up in their faces?

With this series, I have fallen in love with Alessandra Torre’s writing.  Bell and Dario are very tough characters to relate to.  Some how she makes the reader relate and fall for both the waitress and the casino boss.  How is beyond me?  But as I read, Bell and Dario’s complex and suspenseful story I got completely sucked in.  I couldn’t put this down until I found out how they ended up.  The glitz and glamour of the Vegas strip is stripped down to the nitty gritty and the dark dangerous side is shown.  With that also comes a steamy love affair that can compare to any fairytale.  This is part two in the duet.  I would recommend reading the first book then diving right into this one.  I dare you to try to hold out.  This is a great vacation read that will leave you panting for more.

 

 

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

 

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Review: Unconscious Hearts by Harper Sloan

 

Ari Daniels didn’t count on her whole world tumbling down around her in a mess of shredded promises, broken love, and unbelievable heartbreak. Alone and stricken with grief, she shouldered the blame and eventually closed her heart off, refusing to open it for another. After all, anytime she tried, guilt and regret were waiting in the wings to remind her how painful it was.

A bet and one steamy night with a stranger force Ari to confront all she’s been hiding behind. She tries to move on, but he refuses to stand down, wanting what she is terrified to give—herself. This man may very well destroy her in the end, especially when it’s clear he has his own demons.

What happens when two broken souls come together, finally allowing themselves to believe in the beauty of love … only to have to fight harder than ever to keep it.

Review:

Ari has let her dark past control her for the past 7 years.  All that remains is her thriving business and her best friend, Piper.  When she meets a dark and handsome stranger wanting to sell her a lot of upscale items she can’t take her eyes off him.  Their attraction is immediate and flammable.  Unfortunately, for two pained souls there is never an easy happy ending.  When the past rears its ugly head can they survive it together or will their pain tear them apart before they begin?

This has been my first Harper Sloan book and I am highly impressed.  Ari and Thorn’s story was addictive and dramatic.  The pain that these two went through is felt through the story as it is told.  Their love is also felt.  Not to mention the very steamy sexy times.  All I am going to say is there is one hell of a Magic Mike moment. Ari and Thorn are very complex characters but as we are introduced to their friends and family, Wilder, Piper and London, you get sucked into the world that Harper Sloan has created.  Harper Sloan created a story set in Las Vegas but you won’t really know that.  This could have been set anywhere with its dynamic characters, complex emotional story and very sexy, sexy times. This is definitely a great beach read.  Though I do recommend being careful who you read this around.  You may blush at times.  If you haven’t read Harper Sloan, like I was before this, I recommend you pick up this first book in this series.  I can’t wait for the next book, Piper and Wilder’s story.

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Excerpt:

His eyes get hard for a beat before his features smooth back out. “Yeah, beyond sure. No one to pass this shit down to, and even if there was, I wouldn’t be givin’ someone ideas of materialistic bullshit if I did. More to life than all this shit.”

“Okay, well, in that case …” I cough, not wanting to fight with him about our views when it comes to expensive wants versus needs. Last time I tried to argue the benefits of learning to care for and value something you work hard to buy, I had a black eye for almost two weeks. “In that case, I’m prepared to offer you a lump sum as a buyout for the whole collection, but I also want to mention, again, that consignment would be a more lucrative approach. Our buyout is just a standard percent of resale value, but consignment would allow us to mark up each to give you a larger profit.”

“Told you, babe, want it gone. I don’t give a shit about making it more lucrative. Look around you, hardly hurting.”

“Still, it’s my obligation to make sure you’re informed.”

“Consider me informed.”

“Okay … so I can offer a tentative amount of three million. I would need more time to inspect each item in depth for any defects that could affect the value and also to research a few pieces I feel may be limited editions so that could also affect the value. Meaning that amount could go up or down, but I wouldn’t expect it to be less than two point five or more than four point seven-ish. I wouldn’t need but maybe five days tops, and I can come during the day if that works better for your schedule.”

“You get this gone in two days, and I’ll take one mil.”

My whole body jerks back as if I had been slapped, staring at him like he was absolutely insane.

“That’s absolutely insane,” I tell him, voicing my thoughts.

“No, that’s me not giving a shit and wanting it gone so I can get out of this place and sell it and all this shit some hand with care placed around each room. Woulda left this shit in and sold it with the house, but for some reason I’ll never understand, you’re here, and I still just want it gone. You don’t need five days when I’m taking a two mil hit, babe. That would waste your time and mine, and I’m not a huge fan of wasting my time. Way I see it, you win, and I get a cold mil for some shit I didn’t buy nor care about. So you get this shit outta here, and all I need is that.”

“Thorn, I can’t in good conscience accept that.”

“Then dirty that conscience up and laugh your tight little ass all the way to the bank. Don’t give a shit as long as it’s gone, and I don’t have to do anything to make it that way.”

“This is insanity.”

“Insanity would be tossing it all at the Goodwill drop-off. I’m making money. You’re making money. Only thing sweeter than making money is doing it while I’m getting my cock wet, and babe, that only happens when my stock rises at the same time my cock does.” He steps closer, and I back into the island, my chest burning as I hold my breath. “Course, never had four mil worth of shit to sell to a woman who makes my cock rise without even trying.”

“Thorn,” I whisper, placing my hand against his hard chest with the intention of pushing him back. Only, the second his warmth burns through his shirt and hits my skin, I can’t move an inch.

“Ari,” he mocks, his eyes bright.

“I, uh, the paperwork …” I close my eyes and focus on my breaths and the words my mouth can’t seem to form. When my heart slows enough that I won’t die of a heart attack right here in heaven, I look back up at him. “You’re breaking my brain, Thorn. Please step back so I can think clearly without my body trying to die on me.”

The corners of his eyes crinkle as he continues to gaze down at me, but he does step back. My arm falling down to my side.

“As much as I wish I could have this room cleared out for you tomorrow, it will take at least until late Monday. I’ll need to meet with you beforehand to have some legal paperwork signed for the sale due to its size. But my lawyer is an old family friend, so I can have that by tomorrow around dinnertime, if you wouldn’t mind meeting me to take care of that. I won’t be able to get the cashier’s check until after those are signed, so late Monday is the best I can offer you.”

“Want this shit gone, but it’s hardly a hardship to wait a few more days if that means I’ve got a few more opportunities to try to make you want me as much as you want this shit around you,” he says, his deep voice thick with desire.

“Good heavens, you don’t stop, do you?”

“Not unless you beg, babe.”

“I think it’s best we went back to keeping things professional, Mr. Evans.”

This time, it isn’t a ghost of a smile on his lips. Oh, no. Not this time. If I thought he was handsome before this moment, I was a fool. Because Thorn Evans giving you his full, unhindered smile and a gaze so thick with unspoken promise as it washes over you and creates a fire of the desire you already felt … well, that expression on him turns him from sinfully hot to heart-stopping and irresistible instantly.

“It would take me five minutes to get you to beg me for it, Ms. Daniels. Admit it.”

Offended at the thought that I’m easy, I narrow my eyes. Finally. At least anger is an emotion I’ve had plenty of practice dealing with. “I’m not sure what kind of women you’re used to, but I promise you, I am not that type of woman.”

“Maybe three,” he oddly says, ignoring me.

“Three, what?” I snap.

“Minutes, sweetness. Three minutes and you’d be begging me for all this shit and my cock.”

My mouth flounders, and I gasp.

“Though, pretty sure I could get that in less than a minute and get you doin’ all the work while I watch from my back.”

My arm is up, palm cracking against his cheek before I have the ability to do anything to stop it. “I think we’re done here.”

I walk around him, ready to find my way out and let him find someone else to take all of this off his hands even if it kills a little part of my lux loving soul. When his hand curls around my bicep—not painfully, but firm enough to make me stop—I look over my shoulder with a frown. For a man who was just slapped, he looks almost gleeful.

“One minute, Ari. Give me a minute and if you aren’t ready to beg me for it, when those sixty seconds are up, you can take this shit and not give me a penny for it.”

Walk away, Ari. Walk. Away. No amount of money is worth being some man’s whore.

Spinning away from his hold, I jerk my arm free and step toward him with a roll up to my toes, getting my face as close to his as I can. His scent overwhelms me. The subtle notes of his cologne fog my rational thought, making me drunk with need, and I sway slightly before correcting myself.

“Thirty seconds,” I retort, my jaw tight with stubbornness.

I’m not sure who I shocked more—him or me. I have my answer, though, when I see victory flash in his eyes. Oh, my God … what have I done?

“You’re on,” he agrees, his eyes alight with the promise backed up by his devilish grin.

I nod, incapable of anything more. I stand there in shocked silence as he takes my phone, his thick fingers moving quickly over the screen. I vaguely hear a chime from his pocket and before I can so much as blink, he’s handing me my things.

“Tomorrow, I’ll text you. Paperwork first, then you beg.”

I gulp, jerk my head in what I hope resembles a nod of agreement, and then … I flee.

 

 

 

harper1Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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Review: Even Money by Alessandra Torre

 

Even Money

By Alessandra Torre

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Synopsis

Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, and everything changes. I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless sex.
He owned half of Vegas, with the reputation to match. I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer. Then, the lies started.
Rumors spread.
Stalking commenced.
And someone died. None of it stopped me from falling in love.

Review:

Bell is just living her life.  She is going to school and working at a casino.  What she doesn’t count on is meeting Dario.  Dario is the one guy in Vegas you don’t want to be involved with or have him interested in you.  Bell does just that.  As Bell and Dario get swept up together the danger around them escalates.  Just when they could get a chance at a happily ever after their life is flipped upside down.

This was my first Alessandra Torre book.  I am hooked.  This was gripping, exciting page turning book.  The story was a fairly typical romance with the back drop of Las Vegas.  What makes this much more than that is the suspense and danger.  As you turn the page you don’t know what will happen next.  This was a great first book in this duet.  The story has a perfect mix of sexy romance and suspense.  Dario and Bell are very complex characters that add to the depth of the story.  If you are looking for a great summer suspense, this should be a go to for you.

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About Alessandra Torre

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Review: Sin by Emma Hart

 

 

 

Damien fox lived up to his name. Cunning, sly, and dangerous, fifty percent of Vegas’ strip clubs were his.

Whatever he wanted, money, attention, women, he got.

And now he wanted to buy my bar, no matter the cost.

I wanted him to go to hell on a first-class ticket.

He played a dirty game, and I followed his rules. I let him think he would win.

Despite our differences, it was clear to see that we were no more than two broken hearts colliding in the darkness.

Closed off, sexy, and holding a pain that would crush a lesser man, he was the ultimate sin.

One I couldn’t deny myself, even though I knew better than to trust a fox…

(SIN is book one of the Vegas Nights series. Each book in this series is a standalone novel.)

 

Review:

Dahlia has come back after mourning her father to run the bar that used to be his.  What she finds is an extremely sexy and annoying man trying to buy her bar.  Dahlia knew to not trust Damien Fox.  His family was well known in Vegas.  Though she knows she must stay away but she can’t help the attraction she feels for him.  Can these two find common ground other than the bedroom?

I adore Emma Hart.  Dahlia and Damien are electric.  Their back and forths are entertaining and enthralling.  I couldn’t put the book down until I uncovered every secret the two of them had.  Their relationship is exactly one you would think you would find in the town that never sleeps.  As the two of them grow through the story its almost like a flower opening.  Seeing how deep they go is just as fascinating as the story itself.  I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.  I look forward to seeing more of this electric series.

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Coffee and a Review with A Second Chance at Forever by J.M Stewart

untitledHappy Monday Everyone!  I know everyone is looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, but we all have a few days till then.  So, I am bringing to you a great quick romance by J.M Stewart, A Second Chance at Forever.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great start to your week and are resting up for the upcoming holiday.

18682587Book Blurb:

Recently divorced and working two jobs, Angela Lewis has no room in her life for love. Yet when her childhood crush finds her at the nightclub where she works as the sexy stripper, Candy Cane, and expresses his interest, Angela can’t resist. She only wants one night to live the fantasy her alter ego provides.

Alex McKinley is still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, and one night with Candy is exactly what he needs. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when he discovers she’s the little sister of his best friend.  Suddenly little Angie’s all grown up and driving him crazy.

When Angela discovers she’s pregnant, Alex doesn’t hesitate to do the right thing. The more time he spends with Angela, the more Alex finds himself falling for the woman she’s become. She makes him want to live again. But can he convince her to take a chance on him

Review:

By day Angela is an average person with a normal job but weekends she is known as Candy Cane.  She is a stripper.  She took the job after her divorce to help her express herself and earn money to help pay for her mothers medical bills.  Up until now, Angela hasn’t run across anyone she knows until her brother’s best friend and childhood crush is seated in the audience.  Alex has come back to his hometown of Las Vegas to celebrate his friends impending marriage.  The last thing he expects is to want to spend time will a sexy stripper that has a familiar feel.  When in the heat of passion Angela calls out Alex’s childhood name her cover is blown and he finally knows why she feels familiar.  Though Alex initially feels like he should stop everything with his best friend’s sister he can’t get past how she feels.  Plus, he’s only planning to be in town for the weekend.  That is until Angela finds herself pregnant.  Alex insists on doing the right thing, but after suffering the loss he has only a year ago he’s not sure he will every be able to give Angela what she needs or deserves.  Can two wounded people fall in love with the gully of grief that lies between them or will they just be co-parents?

This was a great little read.  I enjoyed the story and the characters.  I thought that the idea of Angela being a stripper was definitely something I hadn’t read lately.  Angela and Alex’s budding relationship was really well written even if it was a bit fast.  I personally would have enjoyed a bit more back story of their childhood around each other.  I think that would have given everything a bit more depth.  For a quick read and a sexy love story it was a good one.  It is definitely worth a read if you are in the mood for strippers, sex, pregnancy and love.

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