Series: Sin City Collectors
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Self Published on August 18, 2014
Reviewed by: Kate
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.
Diesel Jones is a shifter with moon issues. Not the best combination to have. His dream of becoming a Sin City Collector had always lingered in the shadows because of his inability to control himself under a full moon. When Louie Fiore decides to test his merit, and gives him a job for the agency, Diesel jumps at the chance. But when he finds out he has to come up against an incubus, painful issues from the past resurface, and instead of bringing the sex demon in, he only has one thing on his mind--kill.
Sofia Cabrera is the new witch in town, and she's more than anyone bargained for. She finds herself drawn to Diesel, the sexy shifter, the first moment she lays eyes on him. When she becomes the target of an organization of incubi, who take what they want without asking, Diesel comes to her aid unexpectedly. They end up fighting the threat together, and in the process, Sofia discovers she--and she alone--can tame his rages.
What's Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...
Flirty and fun, ANTE UP is a great installment in the Sin City Collectors series. With badass witch Sofia, and superbly alpha Diesel, ANTE UP offers a combination of heroine and hero who are made for each other.
Though short, ANTE UP never sacrifices details. Diesel's and Sofia's back stories are both revealed, and though I would have liked to learn more about Sofia and how she became a master witch, I never felt left out or as if I was missing something. The secondary characters manage to be intriguing as well, even if they are not as fleshed out as they would be in a full length novel. I liked the glimpses we get of Neve and Jake, who were the main characters in ACES WILD, and also Luke and Ginger, who are clearly destined to be the next couple in Carlson's installment of the Sin City Collectors.
There's also never a lack of chemistry. Sofia and Diesel together make sparks fly, and their romance is hot. No skimping there, and there's a few scenes which were definitely scorching! I loved the two of them together, both somehow sexy, but sweet at the same time. Diesel's desire to protect Sofia, combined with the fact that Sofia can protect Diesel from himself, makes these two equal partners, and how they get to that partnership is fun to read about.
ANTE UP is a perfect continuation of Amanda Carlson's storyline in the Sin City Collectors series. Short and sweet, while still offering the reader a full story experience, it's a lovely little afternoon read. Don't let the fact that this one is self-published scare you off- it's just as good as Carlson's Jessica McClain series, and lots of fun!
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