Sinful Wager

Alice Gaines
Sinful Wager
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Changeling Press
Release Date
December 2011
Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance

Marty Davis takes a wrong turn in the casino called Pleasure Palace and winds up in a place where the machines pay off with hot sex and everyone wins. Turns out she's in hell, and Lucifer is the sexiest guy there. With all that going for the underworld, who'd want to go back to reality? She makes a deal with him -- if she can make him beg for the privilege of giving her an orgasm, she gets to stay on as his partner.

Lucifer doesn't need a partner, but this woman gets his libido hot and bothered, something that hasn't happened for longer than he cares to remember. Besides, her ideas for running the casino have the place humming. He takes her challenge and finds, to his chagrin, that he can't seem to win.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Feb 18, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
166 people found the following review helpful
Witty, entertaining and quite literally hot as Hell, SINFUL WAGER is some damned good fun from one end to the other.

Martina Davis is bored. Gambling doesn't hold the same allure for her anymore, and winning comes too easy to keep her interest. Desperate for a change of pace, she takes the advice of her favorite bartender (and sometimes friend-with-benefits) Tim, and goes exploring. Little could she have guessed that her favorite casino, the Pleasure Palace, provides access to Hell itself. And Hell looks remarkably similar to the casino she just left, even if the machines grant a much more physical payout than she's used to…and that's nothing compared to when someone hits the jackpot…

But Marty is far too smart to be fooled by the easy scores available on the casino floor. She's not just in it for the gratification; she wants to run the show. Fortunately for her, the manager is more than willing to bargain. Unfortunately, the manager is Lucifer, and he's set his eye on Marty. Despite the fact that she finds him damn near irresistible, Marty wants the casino enough to forego her desire for the Prince of Darkness and make a wager. If she can make him beg to give her an orgasm, she will become his partner.

Of course, all bets are off as soon as the deal is made, and neither Marty nor Lucifer is willing to consider defeat, no matter how insatiable their appetites might be, or how overwhelming the desire between them. But all too soon, there is far more at stake than the sex, or the casino. Both Marty and Lucifer are playing for keeps, and the results will be sinfully delightful.

Despite her sudden residence in Hell, Marty is by no means evil. She is thoughtful and considerate—but she also knows what she wants, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. I really enjoyed her deviousness, both in her dealings with Lucifer and in her creativity around the casino.

I admit I was a little uncomfortable at times with Lucifer himself as the hero. There is a great deal of baggage that comes with the title that it was sometimes difficult to reconcile this suave, snarky man with the corrupter of Faust and the downfall of mankind. But in fairly short order, I found myself actually quite fond of him. He is far less a corrupter of souls than he is a facilitator, permitting those who want corruption to find it. It's easy to see how one could easily grow bored in those circumstances, and understand how a curious, calculating mind like Marty's could be the breath of fresh air he so desperately needs. He plays his cards quite close to the vest, so it is only in certain moments that we see just how much he wants Marty, and just how much he needs her. For a book that makes good use of very broad comedy, this subtlety is even more effective and really made me believe in their relationship from beginning to end.

This book was wickedly good fun. Funny enough to make me laugh out loud, and one of the steamiest reads I've enjoyed in a while, this story also had a few clever plot twists that really made the whole experience a treat. I loved the secret identity of Marty's friend Tim, and the many tricks that our (anti) hero and heroine pulled in order to win their bet. All in all, this was a smoldering, sexy little read and I'm really looking forward to savoring the rest of Alice Gaines' stories as soon as I can.
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