What happens when two alpha males— one preppy, the other… dangerous—get into a debate over the merits of their preferred libation? You get a one-way ticket to a one-night-stand, coitus interruptus, and a surprise morning after when it’s time for Stone Jackson’s meet ’n greet with the new boss and his long-suffering, very preppy aide, Christian.
The set-up was divine, the attraction hotter ‘n hades, the situation for both men untenable and fraught… just so damn fraught you had no choice but to race through to see where this believable, outrageous, intriguing set of circumstances might end up.
Yeah, it’s “I’ll be in my bunk” good. Good as in no blow-by-blow (sorry, couldn’t help myself) insert this here, then there, for pages on end. Nope, those scenes of affection were short, sweet and totally rocking, leaving nothing and everything to the imagination. ‘Tis a rare thing in the more is more approach to erotic romance, and much appreciated by this (rather jaded) reviewer.
With an attention-grabbing setup and attention-holding execution, the plot rockets you forward with elements of humor, danger and suspense interwoven with intense moments of passion and lust. The writing is intelligent, the main characters are well-matched and not overly burdened with so much backstory it threatens to overwhelm the story, the antagonist is teeth-achingly annoying, and the pacing throughout is impeccable.
Where the story falters is in how it delivers on its premise during a pivotal scene, with a denouement that was a hair rushed and not quite up to the standards set by all that had preceded it. That’s a minor niggle, however, and it does not detract from an ending both logical and highly satisfying.
Impeccable writing and editing produce a plot-driven romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. Ace in the Hole is outstanding entertainment and a book I’m sure you’ll return to time and again.
This is a recommended read, 4.5*
Surveillance, seduction, and extra-dirty politics.
Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis has a problem. A huge one. The US senator he works for has run away with his latest mistress on the eve of a make-or-break fund-raising event, and it’s up to him to cover his boss’s irresponsible tracks.
Stone Jackson, the senator’s new bodyguard, looks enough like the senator that, with some extensive grooming, he might pass for Senator Lacey. Christian and Stone hatch a plan to fool everyone by substituting Stone for the senator, but Miami madness and the incendiary heat between them are throwing obstacles in their way. It’s a race to find the senator and pull off the con of the century before the attraction between them spins completely out of control.