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Even Money by Alessandra Torre
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, and everything changes. I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless sex.
He owned half of Vegas, with the reputation to match. I should have turned away.
Instead, I stepped closer. Then, the lies started.
And someone died. None of it stopped me from falling in love.
Las Vegas is an emporium for sin…a mecca for sexual liaisons…a cornucopia for secrets and lies. People don’t call it Sin City for nothing, and in Alessandra Torre’s newest release, Easy Money, the main characters can’t help but partake, in varying degrees, of what the Entertainment Capital of the World offers, but while Dario Capece is a golden boy of Vegas – one who uses the city as his playground and rules his kingdom with both finesse and brute force – no one could have prepared him for Bell Hartley, and even though she seems to be one of many minnows that this whale could have fun with, it’s clear Bell becomes much more than a side piece to this married man and what that means for Dairo’s wife, his empire, and the man himself is a point of contention throughout the entirety of Easy Money, and readers and Bell would be wise to remember that potentially life altering idea.
There are a large amount of extenuating circumstances and obstacles that threaten to derail what seems to be building between Dario and Bell, and it’s those situations and outside forces that will leave readers on edge, wondering how anything can turn out well for either of them given Dario’s marital status, his sociopath of a father, and the fact that Bell has never wanted the complications that come with a relationship because she would rather revel in pleasure than deal with uncontrollable emotions. But the fact is that these two can’t stop the attraction and the pull between them, so finding a way together makes the odds of being found out in the house’s favor and that doesn’t bode well for Bell given the fact that she’s only just become a part of Dario’s life and he’s known and been with his wife for over a decade.
I want to be upfront and say that I’m not a romance reader who handles cheating in the stories I read; it’s usually a hard limit for me, so while the fact that Dario is a married man might not set well with readers, I found it easier to accept because Torre explains the situation quite well, showcasing Dario’s reasons for marrying his wife and exposing the reality of their marriage despite the fact that they have to make everyone else, especially one person, believe that no one or nothing threatens to unravel the tie that binds Dario and his wife together.
I always go into reading one of Alessandra Torre’s stories by expecting the unexpected. Her plot lines never follow a straight path, which means that I can never seem to prepare myself for what’s to come. In Even Money, even though I figured out what would happen at the end before it got there, it was still interesting to see the way that Torre set everything in motion and what variables she had to ensure played their parts in order to put the pieces where they needed to be at the time they needed to be there.
With the events that ended book one, I can only speculate where Torre will lead Dario and Bell in Double Down, but I would bet that now that the stakes have risen and there’s still a wild card or two to play that going all in will either end up costing them everything or catching a windfall at the perfect time.
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About Alessandra Torre
Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
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