Review: 4 Stars
This is a story about Ali, a woman who heads to Nevada to escape her cheating husband’s affair. She’s been through a lot and she is looking to have some fun. She also wants to spend a lot of money, so he gets less in the settlement.
She meets Zac who is a blackjack dealer and the two find a connection between each other. They are both damaged people and it’s easy to see why they become involved. Although there is an obvious attraction between the two of them, Ali can’t be sure that he’s just not after her for her money. Zac is certainly a hard guy to trust and you get that feeling immediately. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout the novel that makes it so much more than a romance. The two go on plenty of adventures together and we see how someone’s past can influence the future.
The book has a slow start, but it picks up quickly and has a very interesting story line. There are some editing issues throughout, but it doesn’t take away from the story itself.
Zac senses the connection he has with the single stranger within minutes of their meeting. She, like him, sought a place to escape. But she isn't running anymore. He is. Ali falls into a holiday affair with a troubled young man. She would never choose a man like him if she was at home. So what will happen when the Las Vegas fantasy is over and her sunglasses tinted view of the world returns to reality? She is supposed to forget everything. It was meant to stop there...
The odds of him being a murderer were virtually none. The odds of him being a rapist… I’d make sure we stayed in public places. A thief or a trickster… They were real risks but if I did not leave my purse lying around in his presence, so what. And even if he took my purse most of my cash and cards were in the safe in my room.
If we went out I could have fun and forget about Joseph and the past.
‘Yes.’ I took my first step into the proper spirit of Las Vegas; that was why I had come here, not to hide in my room or aimlessly walk about shops. ‘Thank you, I would like to meet up. Where?’
‘I’ll meet you outside the nearest Walgreens twenty minutes after I have left the table. OK?’ The statement was made with his head down and slightly turned.
‘End of conversation.’
The waitress arrived with my drink as couples sat either side of me filling up all the chairs.
He was less flirtatious with men at the table, but he still smiled a lot and spoke to me at times in a way that brought me into the couples’ conversation. Spending an evening with him would make Las Vegas exciting. Nothing would be exciting on my own.
The woman arrived to replace Zac.
I stood up even before he had left. ‘I think that’s my signal to give up.’ I had lost a hundred and sixty dollars. I walked away.
I cashed in the chips I had left then went to the bar and bought a gin and tonic that I could drink quickly.
For a woman who a week ago had been a successful, level-headed lawyer, I had lost my mind. Every bit of evidence, if I read it in a client’s file, would say, do not do this. But I had come here to do what I wouldn’t normally do and I had come here to fight fear.
The gin and tonic trembled in the glass as my hand shook when I lifted it.
I drank the clear, deceivingly pure looking liquid in gulps, watching the gilded clock behind the bar tick the seconds away.
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Jane has been shortlisted for several industry and reader awards. She is a Kindle bestselling author and a writer of authentic, passionate, and emotional stories, and she’s a sucker for a love story. “I love the feeling of falling in love and it’s wonderful to be able to do it time and time again in fiction.” She loves writing intense relationships and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations.
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