Title: Calling Her Bluff
Author: Kaia Danielle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook (92 pages)
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication Date: November 16th 2015
**I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
He wasn’t the score she was looking for…
Romance author Kamaria Wilson came to Las Vegas with nothing to lose. A one-night stand with a delicious man is just the distraction she needs…until one night with him doesn’t feel like enough. Panicked, she skips out on the morning-after encore and hides out at the poker tables.
After his hot one-night stand goes MIA, security specialist Jack Aldirisi is sure he’ll never see her again. But when he’s called in to the casino for an unexpected “special assignment,” Lady Luck smiles down on Jack. For the rest of the weekend, he’ll be by his missing woman’s side.
She insists their powerful connection is nothing more than sex. He begs to differ. And this time, he’s calling her bluff.
I had the opportunity to do a short interview with Kaia Danielle to share with you all. She was kind enough to include a short excerpt for your pleasure. Enjoy!
How did you choose which genre to write?
I have performed improv comedy in the past and I’m a romantic comedy movie junkie. Basically, I love all things Nora Ephron. I guess it was inevitable that I would write a romantic comedy novel.
The funny thing is I originally set out to write historical romance. Maybe, I’ll finish that manuscript one day.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
Cooking, eating, travelling, watching tv shows about cooking, eating & travelling
Where did you get the inspiration for Calling Her Bluff?
When my publisher put out a call for stories set in Las Vegas, my goal was to come up with something I hadn’t read before. I decided to twist the bad boy/good girl setup into a bad girl/nice guy one. That general idea morphed into gambling addicted heroine with a smart mouth and the nice guy casino security guard.
I’m working on an adult contemporary romance set during a college homecoming. The hero is the guy who has always been “just” the heroine’s friend and nothing ever happened between them during college. Now that it’s five years after graduation, it’s time for “something” to happen.
Shame kept her locked in place, eyes down, trembling hands locked between her knees. She stared at the backs of her fingers, fighting that itch to touch her chips, the cards, to rub the felt of the poker table. Dammit, this wasn’t supposed to happen.
“Ma’am.” The voice was softer now.
“I didn’t do anything wrong.” The words were meant to convince herself. There might be a pile of chips in front of her, but she felt like a loser. Again.
“No one said you did.” The man’s hand now found its way between her shoulder blades. The warmth of his hand flooded into her. His warmth felt safe. Just like the guy from last night. She shook him off again. The last thing she needed was to be thinking about Jack. Or how she should’ve stayed in his bed. If she hadn’t run from him, she wouldn’t be here now.
His voice was too smooth. Too practiced. Too, too familiar. Kamaria didn’t like that either. She didn’t even want the money. No amount of winnings could compensate for what she’d just lost by sitting down at this table. And talk? What could he possibly want to discuss? “I’ve got nothing to say to you. I was just leaving anyway.”
The pressure on her back returned, this time more insistent. “That’s where you’re wrong, Kamaria. I think you have plenty to say to me.”
She could tell by his emphasis on her name that he was going to kick her out. She’d ruined her sobriety, and now she’d messed up the conference too! She felt tears rim her bottom lashes. She willed herself to keep her chin up as she stood. This was no way to start her week at the convention. She had managed to stay away for so long. She hadn’t even been in town sixteen hours and had already crumbled in the face of weakness more than once. All the promises she made to Chastity—to herself—about being able to avoid the casino evaporated into nothing. She should have never come back here.
The rent-a-cop’s hand had now moved from her back to her arm. His grip tightened slightly, pulling her to her feet.
Her stomach fell to her knees the moment the security jerk stood up so she could finally get a good look at him. The big, big body. The impossibly wide chest. Those full lips. Kamaria groaned. “Oh no, not you.”
This was a super sweet fun read that had some hot bedroom moments. Kamaria is a writer with a gambling problem but she puts herself in Vegas for a romance convention so she can meet her fans. It was a very brave thing to do. She meets Jack in the only bar she could find around that didn’t have gambling. After their one night stand, she sneaks out planning to never see him again, but that changes when she ends up at a poker table and security is sent by her agent to collect her.
There are several moments that had me laughing. I enjoyed this short read and recommend it to anyone looking for a short sweet read.
Rating: 4 stars