The player and the ice queen meet Though neither are typical for those roles One is gracious and outwardly open, and happy, and everything that goes against the idea of ice queen But that s outwardly She works as a host the gracious host It s her job Romantically Relationships She barely has any friends, and she just doesn t date At all Not since she was 16 That would be Vesper Casino host in Las Vegas.The player Not the typical player Atypical I ve run across a few atypical ones in my reads There was that one in Brayden s universe who used that player reputation as a shield the one in Galli s universe who got a player reputation because she, almost nightly, went home with a different woman but she was helping them, the drunk women, get home, not helping them to her or their bed for sex why she didn t fight the reputation is something I didn t understand at the time, nor now then there s the one oh, darn That is also Galli universe The Virginia clan one was in fact a player, but had decided to not be any, kind of bored with it, but hadn t gotten around to letting everyone know The took women home nightly was in Galli s most recent book Clich d Love, I think it was called Here Nova is, in fact, something of a player Though not She has no trouble sleeping with women and putting the moves on women, but she kind of fell into being a player by accident.Nova arrived on a college campus, back in the day, and got talked into someone s bed, and once the women of the campus realized there was new meat , they all sampled her And she was quite up for that Then she fell into a situation wherein she lived with um 4 Other women in a group home type situation And they kind of fell into and out of each others beds So while she is a player, she s an accidental player She doesn t really have much game she just happened to fall into situations wherein a lot of women wanted her, and she was okay with that As opposed to her seeking out women to charm, hump, discard So, those are the two main characters Vesper is working hard to advance herself and always believes someone wants something from her, a quid pro quo Nova is a very talented math genius who is super good with poker Made millions through her abilities Is just about to buy her dream home Except her money was made illegally through online gambling online poker That s the set up at the start of the book.Now Nova is in Las Vegas, attempting to make some money through live poker but she is very much not built for live poker Antsy, needing to constantly move No ability to school her features, to assume a poker face Very good at reading people on line seeing patterns, very bad at reading people in person, reading tics, movements, bluffs She is doomed for failure, but she s still trying.So the book follows Vesper as she hosts people at her casino one of whom turns out to be Nova, though that s of a favor to an online gambling place while Nova strives to learn live poker by playing little games before the world series of poker Romantically the two circle each other Vesper is very much opposed to relationships Nova wants to hump Vesper, and maybe have something though that part confuses her.I liked the book, enjoyed it even There was just a small undefined something missing though that keeps me from rating this 5 stars That undefined something, plus the ending kind of felt a little rushed, and there were a few plot lines left dangling view spoiler like how Jeremy did in the tournament He was still in it but book didn t say how he did And it s not like the book ended before the tournament ended The book ended what, months later Days An hour after Vesper view spoiler got the hotel job offer hide spoiler The idea of a romance between an online poker champion and a casino host made me raise a skeptical eyebrow, but this book surprised me in many ways The author took her time building the MCs and I m relieved to see that their essence remained unchanged throughout the story Nova is making the transition to live poker and turns to Vesper for advice At first she is very flirtatious, which makes Vesper uncomfortable her past had a big impact on her self protective instincts and a relationship is out of the question Power has an important role in their interactions Nova and Vesper constantly fight for it They try to keep things casual to protect their hearts and careers, and this atmosphere is incredibly sexy No one had ever touched her the way Vesper had tenderly and possessively, all at once. view spoiler She had no doubt that Vesper would be as demanding in bed as she was outside of it Just to warn you, I m no pushover either I never thought you would be You re in charge, okay And then, she bent her head so that her mouth was a mere fraction of an inch from Vesper s ear At least, until we re in bedhide spoiler I believe the first thing that drew me in about this fic was the cover Thank goodness because I still recommend this story for people looking for good lesbian fiction My games of poker are child s play compared to this world Practically immersed in the culture of gambling, rules, and bluffing, I enjoyed every bit Then, there s Vesper Blake She s so dreamy Her sharp tongue and obsession with getting everything right is sexy to me Later, when they show where she lives, my love to for grew tenfold A fascinating character I couldn t help falling for Nell Stark s probably as brainy as Nova s character Major props because I learned a lot I can t forget to mention that the lovemaking scenes are awesome I wish there were since Nova and Vesper s chemistry was explosive. I m sitting in front of my laptop right now, trying to think of what I want to say about this book And honestly, I am at a loss for words sad business when you re a copywriter It is amazing, fantastic, wonderful, awesome, brilliant, marvellous, incredible and my thesaurus is running out of words that mean really really very extremely good First off, I love poker If I m going to a casino, it s my game of choice Hell, The Gambler is one of my favourite songs of all time I can play the game, but I m a rank amateur who has no idea what the difference between an inside and an outside straight is But I love the thrill of it, and I m not too bad So maybe I am biased towards loving this book, just because of the setting Who knows Because I don t care.I loved it I fell in love with Nova and Vesper I want to adopt T.J because he aroused my big sister instincts I want to meet Priscilla and hug Jeremy I want to join this eclectic little group of people and watch all their stories unfold I was drawn in and when I got to the last page, I flipped back to the beginning just because I didn t want to leave yet.But enough with the tangent now, because I ll go on forever Let s get down to the nitty gritty.Is the writing good Hell yesWere there grammar issues I didn t spot any, but I was so absorbed I might have skipped past them Are the heroines likeable Definitely yes And yes, you will shout at the page in frustration when they don t do what you want them to.Is the supporting cast good Yes, read my previous comments.Is there a suitably nasty villain Yes, you ll hate him as much as I did.Is there anything I would change Not one thing Although if I m completely honest, some of the technical poker terms went completely over my head hello Google my old friend And the final question.Would I recommend this book to others Definitely, 100%, resounding YES If you re not into poker or casinos in general, you might not be able to enjoy this as much as I did I personally found the whole host side of things quite fascinating because I never even knew they existed before But for me personally, this book is going on my reread list And that is the highest recommendation I can give, because there are currently less than 20 books on that list Very well.written bookWhat a joy it was to read a Lesbian novel that is so well written The details don t bog down the storyline, the characters are personable and easy to relate to while the dialogue is believable and enjoyable none of the trite stuff I ve been subjected to in other novels Read this book, you ll learn a lot and have a good time while you re at it. Stark, Nell All In Bold Stroke Books 2014 16.95 264p PB 9781626390669 Online Poker has a tricky legal in the United States, when Annie Jump Navarro or Nova as she s known online has her assets frozen she has to turn to live poker to stay afloat Leaving the comfort of her home and roommates, she travels to Las Vegas to compete in the World Series of Poker to secure sponsorship and her future Sparks fly when she meets casino host Vesper Blake, who is begrudgingly helping Nova make the difficult move from online to live poker Vesper clashes with Nova almost from the very beginning, she has other plans and goals that are only complicated by Nova s appearance in her lifeAll In is sweet romance with a slow but steady build The pacing is perfect and the writing detailed, particularly in regards to the poker talk, without being boring While All In is predictable, it is predictable in a comfortable and time honored way of romance novels everywhere Nova and Vesper come forth as characters you want to know about, with clear motivations and personalities Their romance is natural, with a slow burn that finally blazes when Vesper opens up to Nova and lets her into her life And of course, no romance novel would be complete without a happy ending All In wraps things up tidily without seeming rushed or too contrived.All In would make a solid addition to any romance novel collection, or a great start for a LGBTQ romance collection, at a public library. Annie Jump Navarro Is An Ivy League Math Whiz Kid Who Has Won Numerous Internet Poker Championships Under The Handle Supernva But When The Feds Crack Down On Legislation Making The Funding Of Online Gambling Accounts Illegal, Most Of Nova S Assets Are Frozen Her Sponsors Will Only Continue To Support Her If She Can Win A Championship Bracelet At One Of The Live Events Of The World Series Of Poker She Heads For Vegas, Where She Meets Vesper Blake, An Ambitious But Jaded Casino Host Who Has Seen Too Many Fools Flock To The Strip Only To Leave Broke And Humiliated Will Vesper Be Able To Successfully Coach The Volatile Nova To Win At Live Poker And Will Nova Be Able To Convince Vesper That She Should Take A Gamble On True Romance This is a romance between an online poker player and a casino host It s a nice story, with plenty of details about poker that would be interesting to someone who likes poker and even to someone like me who doesn t know the first thing about it I even enjoyed the poker parts This is my second Nell Stark novel, I like her style. Loved it Nell Stark did it again She created characters and a story that kept me enthralled I didn t want to stop reading and when I did get to the end, it left me with a smile on my face I recommend this and any of Nell Stark s works to anyone interested in reading a damn fine book. If you like poker or mathematical games of probability and the movie Rounders, you will probably like this book I wasn t really into Nell Stark s previous books, but I really love this one, mainly because of the setting, the theme, and Vesper D It s just a smart, sharp, leisurely paced but thoroughly enjoyable read.
Author of the following lesbian romance novels 1 Running With the Wind Bold Strokes Books, 2007 2 Homecoming Bold Strokes Books, 2008 Co author with Trinity Tam of the EVERAFTER paranormal romance series 1 everafter 2009 2 never 2010 3 nightrise 2011
- 264 pages
- All In
- Nell Stark
- 22 August 2019 Nell Stark