You know that person, or people, who occupy that strange, yet wonderful area of your life who you love because they make you laugh at the most ridiculous things and have your back no matter what and yet in a split second can have you growling and wanting to smack some sense into them no matter how much you may love them? Well that’s Nell and Gavin to a T. Their story is a sweet, smexy, frustrating and all around crazy fun of roller coaster of a time filled with great characters who make you want more!
Gavin and Nell *I’m currently shaking my head and chuckling as I write this* are forces to be reckoned with and perfect for each other. Gavin has lived, breathed and eaten poker and everything that comes with it, which includes a genius level skill at reading people. He prides himself on being able to pick people apart as well making it nearly impossible for others to read or crack him. This gives him a pompous and at times cold air, something he actually has no issue with, and yet under the armour he cares more than he wants to admit especially when it comes to those he cares about.
Nell is the small town girl with big city dreams who headed to Vegas to make her dreams come true and found that Sin City was a much harder nut to crack than she realized. But she doesn’t give up and that determination is what keeps her in the city and continuing to pursue her dream, despite all the rejection. She doesn’t ‘play the game’ very well and though she may lose her cool at times it’s not because she’s entirely in the wrong, most of the time. She has this very strong sense of right and wrong and her loyalty to her friends is unconditional, even when she’d rather kick their asses.
The road to their HEA drove me nuts. The push/pull had me wanting to toss my Kindle into the freezer numerous times as they acted like kids who actually liked each other but didn’t want to admit it so instead they end up poking at each other. But what kept me from damaging my precious was that when they weren’t acting like children, they really were fun to watch. Okay, even when they were acting like children and trying to one up the other it was fun too because despite my irritation at times, I loved that Nell didn’t back down and just give in to Gavin and that Gavin didn’t give up his pursuit. The bantering between was hilarious, the chemistry explosive and once they both let their walls down just a little the sweetness was just dopey smile/sigh inducing that made the rollercoaster ride worth it.
This is time I’ve read anything by either author and I really enjoyed it. The writing was engaging and seamlessly done, the pacing was good and I enjoyed the 1st person dual POV. I also loved the secondary cast of characters. Each of them had such distinct personalities and simply added depth to the story instead of detracting from it. They were written so well that I’m going to cross my toes that each of them get their own books down the road especially since sparks were flying between some of the characters throughout the book.
~ ARC provided in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley ~
I make my living as a hustler, and I’m great at it.
I don’t have a single tell and I use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation.
I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.
That is, until I met Penelope.
I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
Which only makes me want her more.
Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life.
Somehow I have to convince her she belongs with me.
Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.
Genre: Romantic Comedy/New Adult
Release Date: May 9th, 2016
When I was in high school I occasionally read books but was consumed by other teenage things so I didn't take the time to appreciate a good book on a cloudy day, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch. It wasn't until I received a Kindle for Christmas one year that my world completely flipped upside down. When looking for books I came across the Contemporary Romance genre and was sold and I haven't turned back since.
You can either find my head buried in my Kindle, listening to inspiring heart ripping music or typing away on the computer twisting and turning the lives of my characters while driving my readers crazy with anticipation.
I currently reside in beautiful Colorado Springs where the sun is always shining and there is a trail waiting to be hiked on every corner. I share a lovely and warm home with the love of my life and my five, four-legged children.
I'm a wife, mother, wino, coffee addict and avid a lover of all types of books, but romances are my main favs. My husband likes to say reading is my obsession but I just say it's my passion... there's a difference.
I've been writing since I was a little kid and I finally decided to take the leap and actually publish when Picking up the Pieces came to me. Now that I've been bitten by the writing bug I just can't seem to stop.