This book was read as an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) provided for free by the publisher.
Book: Dealing Her Final Card
Author: Jennie Lucas
Rating: M (for Mature Audiences – nothing that you would find in your run of the mill romance novel)
Bookshelves: 2012, fiction, gambling, Hawaii, romance, Russia
Begun: December 22, 2012
Finished: December 23, 2012
Media Type: eBook (read on Kindle app on Nexus 7)
Setting: Hawaii, Alaska, Russia
Characters: Bree Dalton, Josie Dalton, Vladimir Xendzov, Kasimir Xendzov,
Synopsis: Bree Dalton is thrown back into the life that she tried to escape. One mistake by her younger sister, Josie, and Bree finds herself gambling with a group of men to get her sister’s $100,000 back (a $100k that the sisters don’t have to begin with!). What the men gambling don’t know is that Bree’s father was a con man of the highest caliber and he taught his eldest daughter everything he knew about pulling a con, playing cards and calling bluffs. The problem? One of the men at the table knows Bree from way, way back. Prince Vladimir Xendzov was Bree’s first love and first lover. When she loses to him in a final winner takes everything game, she wonders what is going to happen to her now that Vladimir all but owned her. And what will happen to her heart now that she is his again?
Review: This was the first time I've read anything by Jennie Lucas and I think (no I know) that I wouldn't hesitate to grab another book by her. She’s a fantastic author who weaved great detail into this novel. I could really feel the depth of Bree’s love for Vladimir and her devotion to her sister (and even to the memory of her father). The ending was perfectly paced and well written. Lucas does an excellent job of setting the stage for Josie’s book (which I can’t wait to read!).
In my opinion, this book gets:
4 out of 5 stars (nearly perfect)