Monday, July 8, 2013

Book Review: All In By, Molly Bryant

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas...                                 

For poker star Vice Jackson, growing up in the City of Sin wasn't easy. With a childhood filled with an alcoholic mother, strange men in his living room, drugs, and endless nights on the strip, he meets his best friend Skip who turned his life around in one single afternoon. Skip brought Vice to be the hottest tattoo artist in all of Vegas. From the big money poker tourney's, all the sexy woman he could ever want, and a promising future at Mad Tatter, Vice was living the dream. 

Slowly, it all shatters, leaving Vice being harassed by Vegas high roller and drug dealer Chase Miller. Vice does his best to stay away from Chase as he knows that he is nothing but trouble. All the while letting the girl of his dreams -Harlow Jean- into his life. She is beautiful, down-to-earth, with a heart of gold, though she has been keeping a secret from Vice. A secret that moves the earth from beneath his feet. 

With every turn Vice Jackson takes, he realizes that with every choice he makes... there are consequences. Consequences that change his life, forever. Regardless... he's 'all in'. 

**18+ Explicit content. Mature audiences only. Drugs, language, and sexuality.**

Vice Jackson is not your normal Vegas looser. He managed to overcome his upbringing and start a successful career as one of Vegas' top tattoo artist. He even managed to fall in love with the girl  had been crushing on for close to four years. Add in a successful side gig as a professional poker player, and the chance to renew his relationship with his mom, and Vice was on top of the world. Or should have been.

Standing in his way is the mega millionaire club owner Chase Miller. Miller doesn't like the self made man Vice has become. And he is trying everything in his power to bring Vice down. A cruel twist of fate just might allow Miller his chance when secrets are exposed and the ante is upped. 

This is a different kind of book for Bryant, and she tackles it well. The storyline is original and solid, I was really able to get into the characters and feel a connection to them. She keeps the story moving at an easy pace, and throws you for a loop with an early plot twist. It's hard to get the feel of Vegas down without sounding cliche and using overdone story lines. I really feel she gave it her own original take and gave us a guy we could route for. 

Stick with this one. It's the perfect beach read and I feel it's a keeper that deserves some recognition. This one shows how much Bryant is growing as a writer, and I look forward to future reads from her . 
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Molly Bryant lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and two children. She has come to embrace her talents and feel passionate about her ability to fantasize and daydream. The more she writes around her fantasies, bringing them to life, the more her vivid imagination makes sense.

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