Book: Seven-Card Stud
Series: Dreamspun Desires #22
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: November 15, 2016
Length: 242 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Temptation, peril, and dirty poker.
Love is a high-stakes game.
When Collin Callahan, British secret agent, goes up against math genius turned surfer bum Oliver Elliot, the battle is epic—and so is the attraction. They’re pitted against each other in an exclusive, ultra-secret—and ultra-illegal—poker match in Gibraltar, but when players start dying and they could be next, they find a common goal: catch the killer before it’s too late.
Evenly matched at poker and romance, they each wrestle personal demons that threaten to consume them as the stakes climb. It’s an all-or-nothing gamble with both life and love on the line as they fight to be the last seven-card studs standing.
This book has all the things an illegal gambling story should. There's mystery, romance, and danger.
Collin is a British agent and Oliver is a math genius. Of course Collin doesn't know Oliver's a genius right off the bat, he assumes he's a beach bum.
The book moves pretty fast and there's a great amount of excitement. I kept thinking about that movie Maverick while reading. It has the same intensity and excitement and of course the gambling, shystee characters, and whodunit.
I had a blast reading the lusty rendezvous between Collin and Oliver and trying to figure out who the bad guy was. You know, motive and all that! But here's where there was a big issue for me. The mystery was good, and even the villain was well done. It was the motive that got to me. That's always a make or break for me. It got quite bizarre. It was believable for a bit ans then it veered of to "omg what?" And I was really upset because I was hardcore loving where it was going. In the end is sort of fell apart for me.
It is an exciting story with awesome suspense and if you can let your mind go and just enjoy it then give it a go!
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