Ante Up

Ante Up Ante Up by Christina C. Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know exactly why it turns you on…because you’re messed up too.
Asha’s life is no fairytale, by any stretch of the imagination. There was no kind, generous father to care for and protect her from the Vegas that exists beyond the glitz and glamour of The Strip. No wise, doting mother to look over and guide her, passing down essential lessons and leading her to the right path. And certainly no Prince Charming just around the corner, ready to rescue her from working late nights to cover steadily mounting bills.
But she’s alive. Overwhelmed with responsibility she never asked for, carrying secrets and scars that haunt her, and singularly focused on an uncertain path to escape, but… alive.
You’re not born to sharks without becoming one yourself.
In Vegas, King is exactly what his name implies. Born into money and influence, but respected – and feared – in his own right. The privileges of wealth have afforded him many things: freedom, power, massive eligibility – while simultaneously leaving him exposed to others: betrayal, exploitation, and manipulation.
But he learned. The tolls of duplicity, wrath, and vengeance have taught him to be more mindful, more shrewd, to keep himself clear of the vulnerability of certain situations, certain business deals, certain places, and certain women.
Women like Asha.
Like attracts like…
Her poker face has kept her alive all this time, and he keeps his cards close to his chest. Neither is interested in gambling their hearts, but when they can’t stay away from each other, there’s only one choice… ante up

                        BOOK REVIEW
This was my first listen by this author and it was enjoyable. I will say that it was difficult for me to get into initially. The characters were developed. The plot moved was well thought out and flowed well. It just moved slowly in certain areas.  I didn't initially feel the chemistry between King and Asha even after their initial tryst. However, once the story finally pulled me in, I was all in.  It helped that the supporting cast of characters were interesting as well. There is maybe one or two I'd like to know more about.  The audio production was well done. The narrator did a good job of delivering this story. I would recommend this book to romance lovers who like a high stake game of passion. Get your copy below and support the author by leaving a review.

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