Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.
But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…
Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow—but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.
What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...
What I liked: I enjoy Ms Carlson's Jessica McClain series and didn't think I would quite like Aces Wild as much because I prefer Urban Fantasy over Paranormal Romance(PNR). Well, Ms Carlson has drawn me in and now I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
First books in a series can be a challenge and make it a novella and it's even bigger. I absolutely loved Aces Wild when I didn't fully expect to. Not being condescending here, just realistic about my likes and dislikes. I already knew I liked how Ms Carlson wrote but I wasn't sure about a PNR. The romance is there but it doesn't detract or overshadow the characters or the plot.
The characters in Aces Wild were carefully crafted and hooked me right away. Neve and Jake are a great couple. The chemistry is there but it's not as easy as that sounds. There's some history and we're slowly clued in on their past.
The whole concept with Collectors is something different and it completely held my attention. The pacing of the story was outstanding. In some novellas, you get an information dump and a rushed ending. So not the case in Aces Wild. The character development will be on going but we got the basics we needed in a first story.
What I didn't like: It's not so much what I didn't like as what I wanted. I wanted MORE!!
Just like that, I'm waiting yet again on another in a series. The novelty of the premise makes me want more now.
An e-book, Aces Wild is available for $2.99 at B & N and Amazon.