Monday, January 4, 2016

review || ALL IN { blast } by Aleah Barley

Entangled: Ignite | January 4, 2016 | Romantic Suspense
Leaving Las Vegas, book 2


World-class statistician and poker prodigy Daisy Drake has two rules: never risk anything you can’t afford to lose, and never, ever, trust a gambler. Which is why she gave up the game and moved to Los Angeles, where she became a tenured professor. But when an old acquaintance calls needing Daisy’ help catch a cheater, she heads back to Las Vegas and the poker tables.

FBI Agent Ryan DiNatto’s been a gambler since he was four, and a hustler since he hit puberty. Coming off an undercover mission that ended with him shot and his partner in a wheelchair, Ryan’s out for blood. With a mob accountant and a hit man on the loose, the stakes have never been higher, and this time, he’s determined to make things right—even if it means beating spunky, sexy, Daisy Adams at her own game

{ about aleah barley } .

Aleah Barley is a writer of explosive romance for everyone. She lives and writes in Detroit, Michigan, with a cat who's recently learned how to levitate, an over enthusiastic Labrador, and the cutest guy in the world. She will do anything for a hot cup of coffee or a wild romance--and, she can spell onomatoepia without using spell check.

{ excerpt } .

The door wrenched open before Daisy could knock again.

“Who the hell are you?” someone snarled, but all Daisy could see were the man’s muscles.

Oh, God, she was salivating. Was that a six-pack? A ten-pack? The man definitely had washboard abs. She should have been a physiology major. Her gaze skimmed across bare abs and broad shoulders that blocked her view of the room behind him.

Not that she had much interest in anything beyond the living, breathing, Renaissance sculpture standing in front of her. Even the scar on the man’s left deltoid just added interest instead of marring his otherwise perfect appearance.

This guy. Her dream came back to her in a blur. This was the one who could push her back against the nearest wall, tell her what to do, and leave her begging for more.

Unfortunately, he was taken and pissed.

Daisy flushed as she took in his broad—clenched—jaw and sharp green eyes. His golden cheeks were flushed with anger, his lush lips pulled back in a frozen snarl.

“Adams.” Daisy mumbled. “Daisy Adams.”

A firm handshake was the key to making a good first impression. Bullet had taught her that.

Daisy stuck out her hand.

The guy didn’t move. He was too busy staring at her raven curls and—yep, Daisy flushed in realization—counting sheep pajamas. They might not be sexy, but they were her favorites. It wasn’t like everyone could roll out the door movie-star perfect in faded blue jeans slung across muscular hips.

A trail of golden hair ran down his chest before disappearing under a button fly.

Damn. She loved a button fly.

“I’m Daisy Adams,” she said, trying again. “That’s my name. I’m staying next door.”

“Uh huh.” Two syllables. Not even a real word.

“This is a hotel,” she said. “And it’s late. I don’t know exactly what time it is, but it’s very, very late.”

He raised his hand to show a heavy metal watch. The timepiece was utilitarian and built to withstand a lot of abuse. The dark metal clasped over golden skin and…was that a freckle on his wrist? When did freckles get so sexy?

“It’s not late,” the guy rumbled.

“You’re kidding, right?”

His lips twitched slightly, the ends turning up in a wry smile. “It’s not late. It’s early. It’s five o’clock in the morning.”

“The morning,” Daisy replied, deadpan. Forget getting back to sleep. It was less than an hour and a half before her multiple alarm clocks were set to go off. She might as well hop in the shower, throw on some clothes, and start praying to the closest benevolent god that she wasn’t about to make a fool of herself.

Or—worse—get Bullet killed. He hadn’t been too specific about the casino’s problems, but cheating in Las Vegas—with its security guards and surveillance equipment—was a fool’s game. It wouldn’t be the first time for con men to turn violent when cornered.

“Are you sure your watch is right?”

“At least twice a day.”

{ review } .

Did you see my mention of a reading slump in THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE VAMPIRE? This was the book that got me out of it.

And considering it's a quick feels type romance... I really enjoyed it, and I really loved Daisy and Ryan, and even though a week's time is simply too quick to fall for someone... these two were really freaking cute and I really freaking loved them.

Ok, now that the valley girl fan girl is through...

This was a fast paced romance involving an extremely bright young woman and the FBI agent rooming next to her at the casino-hotel she is staying it. Daisy has written the book about poker, but it's been years since she's played an in-person game. When her friend, Bullet, asks for help in figuring out a problem in the poker system of his casino, she jumps at the chance.

FBI agent Ryan is undercover as a poker player in the same tournament. I loved his interactions with the spunky Daisy, and found his teaching her to hide her tells to be extremely comedic. These two were extremely fun to read -- and I loved that the author utilizes a time jump at the end to allow for more believability in the eventual long-term picture for these two. I'm actually a bit sad that their story takes place over so little time, because I want to know more about them! I want to watching them fall further in love...

This was my first Aleah Barley title, and it will not be my last. I enjoyed her writing style and found her characters to be relatable and fun to read about.

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