Eostre's Baskets: Stacking the Deck

Selena Illyria
Eostre's Baskets: Stacking the Deck
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
March 2014
ISBN
9781623007096
Genre
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
Bounty Hunter and Dragon Dean returns home hoping to spend some time with his office manager and new mate Carrie. What he gets is confusion. He's confronted with communication and connection issues. He feels attacked and backed into a corner with no direction to go in. To find a place to start he turns to Sundae's Adult Easter Baskets hoping that this will give him a handhold to grip as he tries to break through the walls both of them have erected due to their pasts.

Carrie has missed her mate but can't take the lack of communication she feels when he's on the job. For the longest time she's been alone. Now that she has a mate she wants to feel that connection to another person. She doesn't know why Dean holds himself back from her, both on the road and while at home. She needs him to be present and here, to open up to her. But if she pushes too hard she could lose him forever. Can Sundae's keep it's sexily ever after guarantee?

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Mar 17, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
110 people found the following review helpful
STACKING THE DECK was a short book that I enjoyed reading.

The author did a good job in pulling me into the story and keeping me interested in the relationship between the main characters, though I did feel that something was missing in the plot. The thing that you'll remember about this book is the erotic parts. It is very steamy with some light BDSM. So I liked that part very much. I had a big smile on my face as I read those scenes. Another thing that I liked about the book is that it's a paranormal romance with magical elements. The main characters are different races--Dean is a dragon shifter, while Carrie is a fairy--though they come to realize how similar they are in their backgrounds. They both have some deep issues that seem to be driving them apart. Most of the emphasis of the book is on the romantic relationship. I liked that, though I felt the plot should've had some suspense or action of some sort to keep it more interesting.

I liked the characters. Dean is reluctant to open up with Carrie, and that seems to be what the story is mostly about in this book. Though I must say, Carrie had some problems with sharing her own feelings. Yet, she kept pushing Dean, and this got me a bit hot under the collar a time or two. So I guess that means that the author did her job and got me into the characters and their relationship. Part of the reason could have been that the dialogue was so darn sexy. Dean turned out to be a dirty talker and I enjoyed that. Truth or Dare. Let's just say that they played a very unique game of cards in the bedroom.

The story was fast paced, and I liked the way the author moved the plot forward. It was easy to follow. I will say that I needed a bit more character development and definitely some action to keep the reader's interest. I liked that it was a multi-cultural story, and that the story contained different magical elements. This drew me in even more than the explicit love scenes. Though I sure did love those.

All in all, I felt it was well written. I found the book to be a light, sexy read that I enjoyed. Will I try this author again? I might just do that.
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