Going All In (Suspenseful Romance)
Three mismatched suburban couples, Steve and Katie, Marty and Erin, and Scarlett and C. Thomas, have been neighbors and friends for years. During a pummeling Connecticut Nor’Easter, the members of the bored triptych engage in a friendly game of Texas Hold’em in front of a fire and over more than a few bottles of Merlot. The impromptu get-together eventually leads to the institution of alcohol-driven, bi-weekly poker nights.
One evening on a lark, someone suggests an alternate payout – instead of pocket change, the winner may choose a player (other than his or her spouse) with whom to spend the night. The proposition takes shape, but complications arise as these things will.
All too quickly, friendships are strained and relationships begin to crumble. Lies are told, truths are exposed, and feelings are hurt. In the end, can anyone bear the weight of this wanton self-indulgence? They are six fully consenting adults, and after all, it’s only a game. Or is it?
My Review: 4 Stars
Just a warning that I have a lot to say about this book! I will try to keep it all mysterious and tempting so you may read it for yourself. So…here goes!
What happens in Going All In, is what I’d classify as a prime example of opening Pandora’s box; they know they shouldn’t do it, but, the lure of naughty curiosity traps them in a death grip they can’t shake…And before they know it, everything spins out of their control!
In this riveting tale of romance, drama, and suspense, three decidedly boring, yet normal couples take a dip into unknown waters, tempting fate, and their humanity. You have C. Thomas and Scarlett, the youngest couple in their 20’s, Marty and Erin, a married couple in their 30’s, and Steve and Katie, a married couple in their 40’s. Each couples’ relationship has some major flaws that bring them all a heaping amount of discontent and unfulfillment. Finding some way to lighten their stress load and blow off some much-needed steam, they all decide to take their Saturday poker nights’ to the next level. A line that they soon realize, should not have been crossed. All decide to have a ‘risky hall pass’ for the winner, in which, the winner choose someone other than their significant other to spend a night with. But, what they thought was a game…they soon realize was their most fatal mistake. Desires soar, temptations heighten, tempers flare and jealousy rears its ugly head, as the dangers of lust turn into a psychological battle of life and death.
Wow, wow and wow again. I started this book around 10a.m and read it throughout the entire day until I finished it! I didn’t want to put it down and needless to say…some chores went undone! I just had to know how everything was going to play out. For me, the book started kind of slow, but, around chapter 6ish…when the game truly began, everything sped up and I was ensnared! The characters were fully developed to the point that I could easily compare them to my own neighbors. I felt for them(everyone except the men mostly) and cared about what was going to happen to them. The plot…amazingly thought-out. The pace, as said before, was kind of slow, but sped up perfectly after a few of their background stories. The drama that unfolds in this book and the scenes were quite vivid. I was mentally and emotionally there with the characters. Hell, I think I even had some cards in my hand, lol. Just joking. But, a very well-imagined story that put me in the front row of all the drama unfolding. I learned a great deal about Texas Hold Em’ and trust me, I’ve never played poker a day in my life, but feel I can stand with the best, after Braun’s teachings. My favorite character is Erin, hands-down because she is such a sweetheart and my empathy went out to her the most. My least favorite character is Marty(I wanted to slap, choke, kick, punch…and I could go on forever!). Poor Erin. The ladies in this book, I give major props to because they went through so much, even Scarlett.
The only other negative thing I’d like to say is that the ending seemed rushed. I would’ve liked to read more about what happened after the deadly incident. After Steve left to go to ‘you know who’s’ and what he found. Who found the body? And more about that last part with C. Thomas, the girl, and Steve. Will there be a sequel? I certainly hope so!
I recommend this book wholeheartedly for those who love a lot of suspense, a small dose of romance and a lot of “oh snap!” moments.