A High Stakes Seduction, Jennifer Lewis
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
This sounded fun, a romance but with that extra edge that I need.
Constance, I found her a bit difficult to like at first. She seemed almost judgemental about the ethics of making money from gambling, though as I learned more I understood her background was the guiding force of her principles. Her parents were caring and lovely but very strict minded about gambling, and I felt it was time she moved out and formed her own opinions. She’s been kind of sheltered from life, only child of protective, religious people, and not being in a job where high drama reigned…Accountancy and theatrics don’t really spring to mind and she doesn’t go out much so hasn’t had much in the way of romance since school…so when John drops into her life she’s lost. He’s the ebullient owner of the casino, and smitten with Constance right from the start. He’s also been using the profits from the casino to trace and get together members of his Indian heritage, and he’s not needed Gov. or banking finance to do it. That doesn’t sit well with many people who assume there must be something dodgy behind it. John does everything by the book but life can be like that, sometimes I think people just live to tear down those who are genuine, who work hard for their success. It’s that old jealousy thing again. Anyway Constance is there, combing closely through the books and surprised that John is so open with her. She’d been led to expect he’d be evasive but he’s not, he can’t be more helpful. He doesn’t know everything that’s been happening though, and when the story blows so does the lid on his steamy relationship with Constance.
Poor Constance, she’s not hugely confident about herself, and this really knocks her back with suggestions she’s been used in a cover-up….and John is desperate to prove otherwise. He never expected to feel this way about her, he’s naturally outgoing and friendly but something in Constance got to him, and he found himself going far further with her than he intended. Now she’s retreated and he wants to convince her to come back.
I did find this a little slow to begin, with Constance coming across as very prickly and almost rude sometimes. I can see though that she didn’t mean that, its a defensive shyness, and that she just didn’t know how to deal with her attraction to John. John was a lovely man, really genuine, wanting to help others and share his success. He’s one of those people so full of ideas and energy, someone others love to pull down. There’s always a bit of bias from some corners against success, and his Indian heritage caused suspicion among a few people, with bigotry and jealousy coming out.
Its a fun read, and the heat was steaming when John quickly wore down Constance’ defences..I saw another side to her then, and it balanced her perfectly. I liked the way she came out of her shell, began to look at living life and look to her future, yet retained all her hard won integrity. Without that we are nothing. We do see a few other characters in the book, but it’s mostly John and Constance. The drama, the bit where the S—t hits the fan – I wished it had been a bit more prolonged, I do like the sad parts to be drawn out, so that when they get together again it’s so much sweeter. Still, it worked well as it was, and gave me the HEA that I need.
Stars: Four, a good fun, sexy read.
ARC supplied via author.