Series: All In Duet
Published by Self-Published on 06/04/2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, 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.
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Even Money. I’ve been a fan of Alessandra Torre for years – especially of her romantic suspense. And I’m not even someone who likes suspense. So naturally I was looking forward to this one, despite knowing very little about it. If you’re at all familiar with my reviews, then you know that I don’t even read the synopsis of a book before I read it.
Let’s start with the negative stuff first, shall we? Not that it’s even really all that negative. I would say that for the first forty to fifty percent of this book, I was kind of skeptical. There was an insta-love type connection and I’m not normally a fan of that. Their initial connection seemed to be based on… well, nothing. Bell and Dario’s first interaction wasn’t much of anything, and the next thing you know he’s obsessed with her. However, I do have to admit, that I think we’ve all been there, haven’t we? Most likely it was as teenagers, but I’m sure you can remember the feeling of being infatuated with someone to the point that they consumed your thoughts. So I’m kind of letting this one slide.
Once I moved past that, I was really captivated by this story. There are some aspects that seem a little dramatic and Godfather-ish, but it’s also possible that I’m just very naïve in my suburban life bubble and oblivious to this level of power and crime. So I’m letting that one slide a bit too. Plus, it’s fiction, you know?
But moving past those things I initially had to reconcile, like I said, I was captivated. The chemistry between Bell and Dario really builds, and I got sucked in by the intrigue and mystery of what was to come.
I know that a lot of people don’t like cliffhangers, but I don’t necessarily mind them. I think it’s like any good television show – a good cliffhanger builds suspense and anticipation. This one definitely accomplishes that. I’m already dying for the next book. But kudos to Torre for knowing that a lot of readers take issue with this, and as such, decided to release them very close together. Very smart move.
I really liked Even Money, especially the last half of the book, and I am highly anticipating Double Down. I’m curious how I’ll feel about them once I’ve read the second book, but in the meantime, I’m recommending if you’re a fan of romantic suspense. And even if you’re not, I urge you to give Torre a try.