Tuesday, January 15, 2019

One Night Gamble

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Have you ever taken a gamble on anything? I have to be honest and tell you that I’m usually not a risk taker.  I have done things that have given me that tingly feeling in the pit of my stomach but I always justify it as doing it for someone else. 

Like one time I jumped off these rocks into a bottomless spring because I could tell my kids wanted to do it, and were afraid to go.  I climbed up there and I have to tell you I stood there at the edge, looking down and I wasn’t sure I could do it. Even though I saw other people make the jump and I knew it was safe, there is something about stepping off solid ground and just falling that is so intimidating.

In this book, that’s exactly how Talia feels about Casey.  He’s everything that she fears and really if she’s being honest, hates about Las Vegas.  He’s a casino owner, a gambler and he likes to bet on everything and anything.  If she were to describe her perfect man—Casey is the exact opposite.  Except he’s hot which she should ignore but can’t.  Funny which kind of puts her off her guard.  Her normal experience with gamblers is an intensity and almost desperation.

And he makes her think twice about the truths she’s always known and lived her life by.

Here’s an excerpt to give you a taste of the book:

As he approached, he realized they were talking about poker, as they often did. Gambling was a way of life for these men...and for himself.

Talia got up and walked out onto the balcony that overlooked Las Vegas. He followed her.
“You don’t like poker?” he asked, coming up behind her and standing next to her at the rail. The night breeze was warm and stirred her hair, making it dance around her face.

She reached up and tucked it back behind her ear, then turned to face him. “It’s not just poker. I’m not a huge fan of gamblers.”

“I’m a gambler,” he said, wanting to make sure she knew that.

“I suspected it. You have that charm and way of looking at the world that most gamblers do.”

“What way is that?” he asked.

She nibbled on her lower lip and he remembered their earlier kiss and how good she’d tasted. How right she’d felt in his arms. He was beginning to believe that maybe that kiss would be the only one they shared.

“Just your belief in fate. I’m sure you believe in luck, too.”

“I do,” he said. “But luck isn’t just good, you know. I’ve had a bad streak, where I couldn’t pull together a winning hand to save my life.”

She turned to face the lounge area, putting her elbows on the high railing. “What did you do?”

“Walked around my chair to change my luck,” he said with a wink.

She shook her head. Sure, it seemed cute that he would put any faith in an old wives’ tale, but what if he really believed it? Some people did, she knew.

This was crazy. She should thank him for the drink, the dance, and that kiss that she was going to remember for a long time and walk away.

She didn’t need another charming rascal in her life, making her think light of things like losing streaks and high-stakes gambling. She couldn’t ever be that detached anymore. She knew firsthand just what living that kind of life meant. And she wasn’t going to do it again.

“How did you start gambling?” she asked. She wasn’t sure that she wanted to know, but maybe it would help her decide what to do tonight.

He chuckled a little and looked decidedly uncomfortable. “I was always good at reading games and people.”

“What do you read about me?”

“That you don’t really like Vegas. Why do you stay 

She shrugged and nibbled on her lower lip. Keep it light.

She could almost hear Sami standing next to her, telling her to be cool.

“Gran is here and so is Sami. Besides, I have a plan to use Vegas for what I can learn from it, and then get a job somewhere else...maybe in L.A.”

He didn’t say anything for a long moment, but then nodded. “You’re complicated,” he said. “But tonight, we are here to have fun. Right?”


The word lingered in her mind the way it had her entire life and she knew that it was time to make a change...well, at least for tonight.

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  1. Right now I'm gambling with a 40-year friendship. Time will tell if it survives, as I am finding it difficult to be accepting of her actions that came with a so-so apology only after she was caught....

  2. Well I guess I took a gamble on moving... wanting things to be better...

  3. Left a job to take care of my parents - never regretted it.


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