Friday, July 4, 2014

Review: Aces Wild

Author Amanda Carlson
Format e-book
Print Length 115 pages
Publisher Amanda Carlson Inc
Published June 2 2014

Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.

But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…

Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow—but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...

My Opinion

A fabulous novella that sets the stage for the rest of the Sin City Collector stories. Although set in the same world each story will be written by a different author. This is a great way to be introduced to new authors while reading some of your ole favorites as well.

The story jumpstarts with Neve and Jake being paired on a job- they are collectors. What is a collector? Well, they are paranormal bounty hunters. Usually collectors work alone- however Neve is a dhampir, a half-human half -vampire. So her boss pairs her with Jake, a hellhound to bring in a vampire. Hellhounds are rare and tough.

Interestingly enough, Neve and Jake have a bit history. Really, a one night stand that went completely wrong. Needless today she blames him, he blames himself and they both try to stay away from each other. Neither is happy about the pairing.

Neve is a tough as nail heroine, who does not take crap from anyone. She is confident in her abilities and does not feel that she needs Jake. Jake is a protective hellhound that will stop at nothing to make amends with Neve.

The big baddie in this one was also interesting. An older vampire that was doing all that he could to get to Neve. Even breaking the law to ensure that she comes after him. Why does he want her? Will Jake fail to protect her, even if she doesn’t want protection?

Aces Wild is a action-packed romantic adventure that will gobble up two to three hours of your time in a blink of an eye. You will not want to put it down. You may want to choke Neve a few times though.

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “Yes, your job is guard dog for this Collection, something we all know you have firsthand experience with.”

Other People

Louie- Neve’s mentor
Mr. Laurent- the big vampire baddie with a secret

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