Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Release: Bad Beat by Sarah Curtis + Review

Bad Beat
by Sarah Curtis


Bad Beat:  A hand in which a player with strong cards is unexpectedly beaten by a lucky draw.
Nico Conti has never regretted joining the family business. Through hard work, loyalty, ruthlessness, and dedication, he earned his rank as Capo and his army of soldiers.  
With the life he leads, a good woman is not in the cards—until one comes along and turns his world upside down.
Olivia Miller’s childhood was anything but conventional.  Raised in a brothel, her mother protected Olivia from that life until she became sick.  Now Olivia must be the protector.
Taken as collateral by Nico Conti in a business dispute between families, Olivia is desperate to get home—until Nico makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Or can she?
Because to save the one she loves most, Olivia will need to ignore the sacrifices made for her and barter herself to the man who holds her future in his hands.
Author's note:
This is a full-length, steamy, contemporary romance novel without a cliffhanger. It is part of a series, but each book is a stand-alone centering on new main characters. Due to sex, language, and violence it is recommended for persons over 18.*** HEA *** 

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My Review:

4  stars

This was a good book! This is Nico and Olivia's story. Nico is a Capo of the Conti mafia. He is helping a friend (Alec from All-In) by using his connections in the crime world, when he meets Olivia. Olivia's mother is a prostitute working under a rival crime family, run by Carmine. Nico is intrigued by Olivia and takes her from the rival family. His kidnapping is actually a blessing in disguise. Nico helps Olivia stay safe and take care of her mother, who is now ill with cancer. He originally plans to hold her as collateral, but decides he doesn't want to let her go. He offers to marry her to keep her from Carmine. Olivia is innocent and so grateful to Nico for his help that she soon falls for him. It takes a while of them spending time together, and a scary incident with their rivals, but finally Nico also sees that he loves Olivia too. 

I didn't quite love this one as much as All-In, which is my favorite by this author, because Alec and River are my favorites. But this is still a good read. Nico is sexy, protective and mysterious. Olivia is young, and although she was raised in a brothel, she is surprisingly innocent and very sweet. It was really great to see them both blossom in each others' love and find happiness. The story was interesting, sexy and suspenseful. The writing was good and I really liked Olivia and Nico. They were a great couple.

Overall, I really enjoyed this super sexy, suspenseful book and I look forward to more from Ms. Curtis in the future!


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