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Author: Jennie Lucas

DEALING HER FINAL CARD by Jennie Lucas

DEALING HER FINAL CARD by Jennie Lucas

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: Publisher
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
DEALING HER FINAL CARD by Jennie LucasDealing Her Final Card by Jennie Lucas
Published by Harlequin on 2013-01-22
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 192
Reviewed by Vanessa

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Reformed confidence artist, Breanna “Bree” Dalton, is on a mission to protect her younger sister, Josie.  She had no idea that when she ventured to that table she would be faced with her past—a past that destroyed her life at the time.  Bree had never truly gotten over that night with Vladimir, but she persevered trying to be better than she once was. 

Russian Prince Vladimir Xendzov, did not come out of their past relationship unscathed.  He has changed since Bree’s last encounter with him, and not for the better.  He is now a cold, ruthless man, whose heart has long since died!  And Prince Vladimir still desires Bree.  Vladimir wagers for the opportunity to own her body with a flick of a card for as long as he desires her.  Feeling confident of a win, Bree can’t resist the temptation that Vladimir promises if she wins and so she accepts that gamble.  However, have they both gambled more than they are willing to lose?    

Dealing Her Final Card was a sizzling HOT tale with a surprisingly steamy encounter between Vladimir and Bree.  I was a little hesitant to go along for the ride as Bree seemed a bit more than what I had expected.  However, I was pleased with the outcome because Bree held true to her character in Dealing Her Final Card.

Dealing Her Final Card had a very alpha male in Vladimir, but he really was more than that at the center.  I enjoyed watching his transformation, and I believed in their HEA.  I understood the difficulties that both Vladimir and Bree endured in Dealing Her Final Card as they worked out their issues with one another.  I was glad that Vladimir and Bree took that final gamble as it proved the most rewarding for both.  The unconditional love that was spoken in Dealing Her Final Card was truly heartwarming for me, as well. 

I never really felt that Vladimir was overly cruel to Bree in Dealing Her Final Card, as she agreed to the deal before it began.  Bree needed to hold to her word and be honorable when all was said and done.  Yet, she finds that it is a little harder to be so honorable than what she had though before in Dealing Her Final Card.  However, given all that Vladimir and Bree endured to get to the HEA, the truly priceless moment was when he gave up that which he most wanted for something else.  That makes this a Joyfully Recommended read an alpha hero who is more than the sum of his parts!!

THE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT NIGHT by Jennie Lucas

THE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT NIGHT by Jennie Lucas

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: Publisher
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT NIGHT by Jennie LucasThe Consequences of That Night by Jennie Lucas
Published by Harlequin on 2013-10-22
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 192
Reviewed by Vanessa

An indecent indiscretion! Emma Hayes has gone from making hotel magnate Cesare Falconeri's bed to running his household, including handing out expensive parting gifts to his numerous conquests! But each time, it's chipped away at her heart. Until one night, inhibitions lowered, she reaches for what she's always wanted…. With one disastrous marriage behind him Cesare vows never to go there again. But when his indiscretion with Emma has consequences, Cesare must break his own vow—and say I do for the sake of his heir. Now he'll expect his new bride to share his bed, instead of making it!

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Emma Hayes, in a quest to prove her stepmother wrong, has found herself as the personal housekeeper to hotel magnate Cesare Falconeri.  Not only does Emma take care of Cesare’s home, but she also handles the kiss-off for his women.  Working for Falconeri for the past seven years, Emma has dreamed big and fallen in love with her boss.  However, she never embarks on anything with him until that one fateful night when she is at her weakest.  Cesare has experienced “love” before in his life and doesn’t want any part of it.  The minute a woman makes noises in regards to that “four-lettered” word, it is the demise of their short time together.  Cesare feels something for his housekeeper, but won’t go there for fear of losing her. Yet the one night he reaches out to her in her time of need, is the night that he is thoroughly caught!  Now he expects Emma and their child to live with him on his terms, but Emma isn’t so sure she is willing to sacrifice all for the sake of her child.

The Consequences of That Night was an engaging, beautifully written story!  I truly adored the fact that Emma stood up to Cesare time and time again.  Cesare didn’t seem to know what hit him with Emma in The Consequences of That Night, but he was truly engaged in continuing to explore things.  Cesare would let Emma walk at times thinking that she was like all his other women, but she almost always proved him wrong in The Consequences of That Night.  I LOVED that he offered her payment to “forget their night”, and she accepted that payment and walked away.  Other innocent hs would have held on to their pride and left that behind.   

I don’t think Cesare really ever wanted to lose Emma, but he needed to be shoved off his easy road and start to break through his walls in The Consequences of That Night.  Because of Emma and what she attempted to do to him at the end, although not like he was thinking, Cesare finally wakes up.  No, Cesare isn’t a perfect person.  He makes mistakes, and he did things without thinking that hurt Emma, but she gives as good as she gets in The Consequences of That Night.

Emma came across as a very strong heroine in The Consequences of That Night, and Cesare wasn’t just waiting for her to come back in to his orbit before making his move.  That was a clincher for me as well, and pushed The Consequences of That Night to be a Joyfully Recommended book!  

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