- Loose Id
- Release Date
- May 2011
A "Battle of the Sexes" Story!
Holly Perkins can't believe her luck when she runs into the illustrious Deacon Burke in Vegas. Deacon is a force to be reckoned on the tables and in business, and when he propositions her with a night of sex and the keys to a good game of Black Jack she's hardly in a position to resist. A big game awaits her the next morning.
Their one night of passion leads to a discovery that they're after the same thing--the Pleasure Palace. Holly believes she has what it takes to win the Pleasure Palace from the business tycoon: She's sassy and sexy, brazen, and smart.
The stakes are high, but both have what it takes to come out on top. Who will lose and who will win in this game of all or nothing? Who will have the courage to say 'hit me'?
Aug 15, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Gambling, sex, and betrayal all happen in Vegas. Deacon's back to buy back the casino his father's ex-best friends stole from them years ago. His plan is sidetracked by Holly who also wants this casino, for other reasons. Owen, the current owner and betrayer of Deacon's family, pits the Holly and Deacon against each other in a high stakes blackjacks. Winner takes all.
The premise of this very short story caught my eye. Unfortunately, that is all that caught my eye. After reading the story, the title was apropos. Here is why I rated it a 2 star. There wasn't enough back history explanation of Owen's purpose. How did Owen take the casino? Why did Owen want to pit two people against each other? What was the reasoning? The reader is left with vague insinuations but it isn't satisfying.
The sex in this story is forced, in every sense of the word. The initial sex scene caught me off guard because it was completely unbelievable. For a high profile successful businessman, Deacon jumping into bed with a stranger is out of character. The other scenes where it involves light BDSM was off too. I won't go into details, but basically, if Holly pulled the stunt she pulled on Deacon in any club, she'd be blacklisted everywhere. To top it off, Holly wants to be the owner of the casino so she can create a safe haven for those seeking the more tantalizing sexual encounters. If her behaviour is any indication of how she'd run the sex side of the casino, I wouldn't want her to be in charge for fear of lawsuits.
The ending felt rushed, predicable and not at all believable. The resolution was too quick into a happily ever after. My recommendation for Ms. Skyze on a short story is to pick fewer scenes. I would have liked to see more back history on each of the players and build up to an intense sex scene. The teasers of what will come would have helped kept the reader interest. Lastly, the ending could have been a happily for now, instead of a happily ever after. This would set up for a follow up book.
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