Bad Beat by Sarah Curtis
Series: The Gamblers #2
Also in this series: All-In
Published by Self-published on August 8, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Bad Beat: A hand in which a player with strong cards is unexpectedly beaten by a lucky draw.
Nico Conti has never regretted joining the family business. Through hard work, loyalty, ruthlessness, and dedication, he earned his rank as Capo and his army of soldiers.
With the life he leads, a good woman is not in the cards—until one comes along and turns his world upside down.
Olivia Miller’s childhood was anything but conventional. Raised in a brothel, her mother protected Olivia from that life until she became sick. Now Olivia must be the protector.
Taken as collateral by Nico Conti in a business dispute between families, Olivia is desperate to get home—until Nico makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Or can she?
Because to save the one she loves most, Olivia will need to ignore the sacrifices made for her and barter herself to the man who holds her future in his hands.
This is a full-length, steamy, contemporary romance novel without a cliffhanger. It is part of a series, but each book is a stand-alone centering on new main characters. Due to sex, language, and violence it is recommended for persons over 18.*** HEA ***
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Even though I like things action-packed and edgy when I’m in the mood for alpha sweet, Sarah Curtis is one of the authors I turn to. She consistently gives me funny and sexy reads when I need a break from my darker stuff. With Bad Beat I got the super sweet heroine I expected but Ms. Curtis also gave me an actual anti-hero and some grit. What an awesome surprise that was!
Olivia is the daughter of a prostitute who was surprisingly sheltered from that by a mother who wanted so much more for her daughter. Olivia’s mother’s illness puts her in a tough spot where all that sheltering may go out the window. Olivia was loyal, strong and smart but also super sweet. She was also in way over her head with everything happening around her especially when she went out of the frying pan and straight into the fire.
Nico is the son of a mob boss and a high ranking capo in the organization. When he lays eyes on Olivia all bets are off, he wants her so he takes her. Sure it was for collateral against a competitor but that was just an excuse really. Nico was alpha to his core, domineering, in charge in all things, and made no apologies or excuses for who and what he was. Needless to say, I adored everything about him. He saw what he wanted and went after it. When he figured out what a gem he had he then went about making sure he could keep her even if it meant war with a man who was almost as scary as Nico and who considered Olivia his property.
As much as I enjoyed the story, it did get a tad bogged down in the middle. An action scene sprinkled in amongst all the dinners and wooing would have been appreciated. Even so, between the action and that touch of darkness and grit to go along with all the sweet, this is now my favorite Sarah Curtis book.
Rating: 4 Gritty and Sweet Stars
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