on June 4th, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes.
I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless sex.
He owned half of Vegas, with the reputation to match.
I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer.
Then, the lies started.
And someone died.
None of it stopped me from falling in love.
By Alessandra Torre
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
“He turned to me, and in the direct eye contact, I felt unstable, a scrap of paper loose in a hurricane.”
And thus begins the story of the seduction of Bell Hartley. Yes, a suave Las Vegas business man Dario Capece spends all of 10 minutes in her presence and her life is changed. She really didn’t have much of a choice. These two have chemistry and an immediate connection and Bell’s efforts to hold Dario at bay are fruitless. This is a phenomenal story with a resilient heroine and a persuasive man who finds it gratifying to dispense justice when a woman he loves is harmed.
Even Money is most certainly a love story, but there’s so much suspense laced throughout that it becomes a thriller romance or romantic thriller. I found the balance between the two pretty even and wholly engrossing.
Torre does what she does so well, slowly giving us both Bells’ and Darrios’ backstories. She goes one better by giving them a sort of slow burn coupling, one filled with both emotional and physical foreplay. There’s so much that complicates any potential relationship between them. Most particularly Robert Hawk and his daughter Gwen. Yes, most certainly Gwen. Dario has a unique allegiance to her, they have a unique allegiance to each other, and Bell’s entrance into his life threatens everything.
From the very beginning I was intrigued but Bell. She pays attention to her instincts but Dario’s entrance into her life throws her off kilter and her heightened senses are lulled his presence. She’s has sense enough to question the present, but neither contemplate the future with much seriousness as to the gravity of their connection. Dario offers her the world, but is that what she wants? Before she can give it much thought, life is upended and she’s left, we’re left, wondering just what the hell is Dario is thinking. Even Money concludes with a stunning cliffhanger making Double Down my most anticipated summer read.
Alessandra Torre never fails to capture all my attention and I most always plan my time for a one sitting read. Either that or accept that I’ll be distracted until I can get back to the book. In this case I found myself sneaking chapters and reading at 4am just so I could get more Dario or Bell. I highly recommend Even Money as a 2018 Summer #mustread.
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About Alessandra Torre
Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
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