Series: Sin City Collectors
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Self Published on June 2, 2014
Reviewed by: Kate
Multiple sex scenes
Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.
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...
ACES WILD is, in my opinion, a perfect start to the new Sin City Collectors series, which features an interesting premise in that the installments will be written by different authors. Since I already like Amanda Carlson's other series, I was excited to see what she would bring to a totally different setting and characters. I was not disappointed. Though short, ACES WILD manages to pack in action and romance and enough of a hook to bring me back for the next story.
In ACES WILD, Carlson manages to introduce us to the idea of the Collectors, plus the supernatural world they inhabit, all without being too heavy-handed about it. This includes such paranormal beings like vampires, dhampirs, nymphs, witches, hellhounds, and more. The Collectors themselves, with the mysterious boss, and weekly assignments, are also fascinating , and since we're introduced to the organization through Neve's, and to some extent, Jake's eyes, we get just enough detail to pique curiosity, leaving lots to be discovered in the future while still giving the basics so the story makes sense.
At the beginning prickly Neve and sexy Jake don't seem like they're right for each other (I know I was rooting for Jake to find somebody sweeter) but by the end, I was convinced. Sparks fly when these two get together, and though the time period of the story is short, they have a clear back-story, which makes their romance more believable than if they had just magically fallen in love over the course of a few hours. I was actually surprised at how much I felt I knew the characters by the end of the novella, since it wasn't very long (my only complaint - I would not have minded a longer story). They're well written and multidimensional, and their interactions felt effortless.
Like I said, I'm definitely going to be back for more of the Sin City Collectors. The whole idea of a series being written by different authors - including Kristin Painter, Angie Fox and Shawntelle Madison (all authors we've reviewed and enjoyed here at All Things Urban Fantasy) - is fun, plus the concept is creative and leaves a lot to be explored. If this first installment is any indication, the whole series will be a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see who we get to meet next.
- Aces Wild by Amanda Carlson
- Queen of Hearts by Kristin Painter