This was a really cute story. With an emotionally damaged hero and heroine there was plenty to keep my interest engaged throughout. In the beginning, I was a little mad at Izzy because she was sort of a doormat. I just wanted to throttle that sleazy on again off again boyfriend of hers. I just couldn't believe how he treated her. And don’t get me started on the step-mom. She was a classic trophy, wife with a very passive aggressive way of putting Izzy down. She was a master at wrapping criticism in compliments. But it just made the story that much more interesting to read. I do like it when a story draws me in and the characters feel like friends. If Iz was a friend of mine I would have bitch slapped some sense into her *g*
Overall the story was a journey and you really got to see Izzy really grow into her own skin and finally get to do something she has wanted for a long time. For me the story was best when she was finally doing things for herself instead of trying to make everyone else happy. Nick also went through some major character growth. With a cast of secondary characters who enriched the story and plenty of laughs to keep you entertained, this book is a definite recommendation. I give it 4 stars
Susan DiPlacido is the author of 24/7, Trattoria, Mutual Holdings, House Money, Lady Luck, Shuffle Up and Deal, and American Cool. Trattoria was nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Small Press Romance 2005, and her short story, "I, Candy," won the Spirit Award at the 2005 Moondance International Film Festival. American Cool won the bronze medal in the 2008 IPPY awards and was a finalist in the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Shuffle Up and Deal was nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Small Press Erotic Fiction 2010. Her fiction has appeared in Susie Bright'sBest American Erotica 2007, Maxim Jakubowski's Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica vol. 6 and 7, Zane's Caramel Flava, andRebellion: New Voices of Fiction.
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About the Book:
When Izzy and Nick meet in embarrassing fashion at a Las Vegas poker tournament, Izzy's secret dreams turn into a public nightmare. But despite her humiliation, she may have finally sparked Nick's interest in something other than cards. Before long, Nick takes a gamble on Izzy and raises the stakes when he offers to help her sharpen her game. But Izzy's convinced that Nick is bluffing and will fold his hand after he's had her on the flop. But a string of outrageous proposition bets and steamy trips on the poker tour, from Los Angeles to Miami, make these two fierce competitors realize that it may be time to put all their chips on the table. Will Izzy and Nick pair up? Or will they lose it all if they go all-in for each other? Sit down, ante up, and hang on, as Nick and Izzy get ready to Shuffle Up and Deal.a Rafflecopter giveaway