Some games weren’t meant to be played.
The lights are bright in New York City, but after losing her husband three years ago, all Evie Diaz can see is her mission to keep life rock-steady for her young daughter – their little Queens apartment, the beloved nanny, and her night manager position at a luxury Manhattan hotel. It isn’t easy, and stroke after stroke of bad luck threatens to undo it all. Her one reprieve from reality is liaising with a high-stakes poker game held at the hotel, where she hobnobs with movie stars and millionaires and can, for just a few minutes, escape. It doesn’t hurt that player Kieran Carr, a handsome, confident art dealer, seems to like flirting with Evie as much as he likes playing poker. But that all ends when trouble erupts at the game, evidence points to Evie as the culprit, and the betrayed host goes after her with a vengeance. Warned by Carr just in time, Evie runs, aided by the quietly protective hotel driver who secretly also harbors feelings for her. With the host on her heels threatening everyone Evie loves, she scrambles to unravel the plot and clear her name before she pays the ultimate price for a game she never intended to play.
The first book in The Criminal Collection – a series of stand-alone suspense novels.
This book gripped me from the first chapter and I stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish it. I immediately liked Evie and wanted the best for her, but it just kept getting worse and worse. She was gritty and never gave up even when it looked as though all was lost. Besides, you have to like a woman who wears sneakers to work to save her only pair of Jimmy Choo heels that she wears because of the high-end hotel where she works.
Most of the book happens in a twenty-four hour period so it moved very fast with twists and turns I never saw coming. But it wasn’t so fast-paced that I lost sight of the budding romance between Evie and the hero. This is a book I think everyone will like!