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Friday, June 13, 2014

Review: Aces Wild by Amanda Carlson

Title: Aces Wild
Author: Amanda Carlson
Series: Sin City Collectors, book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Amanda Carlson Inc.
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
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...
Aces Wild by Amanda Carlson is the first book in the Sin City Collectors. The Sin City Collectors series is a collaboration of different authors like Kristen Painter, Shawntelle Madison, Sara Humphreys, and Angie Fox. Each of them is writing a novella, all set in the same world, but with different main characters.

Nevada Hamilton is a dhampir (the child of a vampire and a human). She is a tough cookie with an attitude to spare. She loves her job as a collector and is really good at what she does, but Nevada is not happy with her latest assignment, she not only needs to bring down a vampire, but also, for this job she has been partnered with Jake Troubadour, the only other collector she can’t stand.
Since the night they share three years back, Jake Troubadour hasn’t been able to forget Nevada. He doesn’t understand her reaction to that night and her unwillingness to see him and even talk to him afterwards. Now they are forced to work together; he knows that for this job to be successful they will have to work as a team, something not easily accomplished when he cannot keep his head straight when Nevada is around.

On the beginning, because of her attitude Nevada is a hard to like heroine, she feels a bit spiteful, especially with her unjustified defensiveness towards Jake. After we learn some secrets and part of her background it was easy to understand and accept her behavior and even like her.

Jake is a sweetheart, he has been in love with Nevada since their hook up and wants her in his life. He doesn’t understand Nevada’s behavior and accusations, but he accepts what she throws at him. He’s a gentleman any woman will be happy to have in her life… Did you hear me Nevada? Treat him well or send him over. I’ll gladly take him.

I didn’t get Jake’s attraction towards Nevada, but after seeing them spending some time together is was easy to feel the sparks flying between them, and let me tell you they are hot, hot, hot together.

Set in Las Vegas, Aces Wild is action packed and with some unexpected secrets woven into the story that will not only make you go “wow”, but will also keep you glued to the pages.

Amanda Carlson opens the Sin City Collectors series with a bang! Aces Wild is a novella as satisfying as a full-length novel.
If you like fun, sexy and original paranormal romance, Aces Wild is a novella you need to read.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Aces Wild
Queen of Hearts (Kristen Painter, July 1st)

Other reviews Goodreads

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  1. I'm so torn as to whether I'm going to read this series or not. I like that each installment features a different author, and the premise intrigues me, but... I hate novellas! Maybe I'll wait until a few of 'em have been released and read 'em back-to-back. Lovely review Marcela!

  2. Oh yes I really liked this one as well and I confess I'm curious to learn a little more now.

  3. I need to pick this up and read Cold Blooded too. man I'm so behind my series!

  4. I have this on my 'to read as soon as I find the stream of light after digging myself out of my reading pile' list. Sounds interesting long as you read far enough. Thanks Marcela!


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