All-In by Sarah Curtis
Series: The Gamblers #1
Also in this series: Bad Beat
Published by Self-published on April 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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River Kingston has a problem, and his name is Royal. Her brother owes one-hundred grand to the mob, and River feels it’s her responsibility to help him.
The daughter of a renowned poker player, River does the only thing she knows how to do to win that much money...
She hits the tables.
Headed to Eden Island, home of the most elite poker tournament, The Omega One, River runs into--literally--the man from her teenage fantasies.
Now she has another problem, and his name is Alec Throne. Because after the famous poker star catches her from falling, he decides he's never letting her go.
And, as River soon discovers, when Alec Throne sets his mind to something…
***This is a full-length novel with no cliffhanger. It is part of a series, but each book is a stand-alone centering on new main characters. This is a steamy contemporary romance. Due to sex and language, it is recommended for persons over 18.*** HEA ***
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I was excited when I learned All-In had a Texas Hold’em theme. Years ago, I learned to play from one of the sweetest old men I’d ever had the blessing of knowing. He was a huge Greek man, who looked tough and gruff but was a softy on the inside. He also had a knack for making me crack up at inopportune times but was very serious when it came to cards. He passed away a few years ago, but every time a see a deck of cards or a Hold’em set, I smile. I love it when a book not only entertains me, it also reminds me of sweet memories. River could arguably be the princess of professional poker since her late father was the King. Although an exceptional player because of her knack for number and statistics, she chose a different route for her life. Although her name is recognized because of her family, she’s really a wild card when it comes to her playing skills. Her brother, though, is a professional player and not as skilled as his sister since he seems to have gotten himself in debt with the mob. It will be up to River to win big at a tournament or the only family she has left may have just dealt himself the Dead Man’s Hand.
River could arguably be the princess of professional poker since her late father was the King. Although an exceptional player because of her knack for number and statistics, she chose a different route for her life. Although her name is recognized because of her family, she’s really a wild card when it comes to her playing skills. Her brother, though, is a professional player and not as skilled as his sister since he seems to have gotten himself in debt with the mob. It will be up to River to win big at a tournament or the only family she has left may have just dealt himself the Dead Man’s Hand.
River was level headed, loyal to a fault, and determined to save her brother. She didn’t need any distractions, most especially the hot, sexy, poker player she idolized as a kid. Too bad the Prince of Poker has decided he’s found the princess of his dreams.
The usually stone cold, unflappable Alec, who’s considered the best in the business, is brought to his knees when he meets River. Seems he’s sure he’s just been dealt the best hand of all and he’s not taking “No” for an answer. He knows she’s got secrets and he’s going to learn every one of them.
I loved Alec, he saw what he wanted and went after it which is just how I like my alpha’s. Every play he made was well thought out and had her best interests in mind. It’s too bad Lady Luck can be a fickle bitch so a couple of them backfired on him. The sparks between Alec and River jumped off the pages. It’s good Alec is persuasive, since despite River’s best intentions, he breaks her defenses down time and again. The mob angle added a little bit of suspense to keep things even more interesting, although I think it could have used a little more action.
The sparks between Alec and River jumped off the pages. It’s good Alec is persuasive, since despite River’s best intentions, he breaks her defenses down time and again. The mob angle added a little bit of suspense to keep things even more interesting, although I think it could have used a little more action.
Royal, River’s brother, was a disappointment and I thought more could have been done with his storyline, not only his troubles but his redemption too. The side character who I want to know more about is Nico. I’m hoping he’ll get his own book and my mind is going straight to Victoria for him, but then I wouldn’t be opposed to her getting a story of her own instead.
All-In was sweet, sexy, and all kinds of fun!
Spice’s Rating: 4 Luck Be The Lady Stars
All-In is a sweet, light and lovely romance with an alpha poker player and the sweet girl who finally steals his heart.
River grew up the daughter of a professional poker player, but after seeing what that life of moving from tournament to tournament does to a family, she swore never to date a poker player.
While loving the game, she also knows Lady Luck is a fickle mistress and she turned her love for numbers into a sensible career in finances. Her big brother was not as sensible and now needs her to get him out of a pickle–a $100,000 owed to the mob kind of pickle. With not much choice, River enters an exclusive poker tournament held on a secluded island in order to win the money.
Alec, the prince of poker, leads somewhat of a celebrity life. With more money won than he can actually think of what to do with, he’s grown tired of the attention and the fakeness that comes along with being renowned.
A fresh breeze will touch his life when a lovely blond stumbles into him. When he sees her again at the hotel he’s staying for the poker tournament he decides to go for it. Nothing will get in his way of getting River to be his, not even herself.
I found Alec charming, his struggle with his inner caveman and the OTT-ness River awoke in him along with his overall alphaness totally won me over. It took me a little more effort to love River as much. While she was sweet, nice and funny, her stubbornness to accept the depth of her feelings for Alec made me want to slap her more than once, especially when Alec kept upping his dreaminess.
The fact that I freaking loved the epilogue made up for all that poker stuff. I’ve never played the game so it just went over my head. All-In was exactly what I was hoping for: sweet, sexy with an OTT alpha and funny banter. Another great read by Ms. Curtis.
Sparkles Rating: 4 OTT Male Heaven Stars
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