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Series: Hotel Rodeo #1
Publisher: Lyrical Press on January 19, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Place Your Bet
The Hotel Rodeo in Las Vegas has seen better days, but managing partner Ty Morgan has come up with a way to return it to its former glory. His plan looks promising until the unthinkable happens. Suddenly Ty is working for the boss's daughter. And Miss Monica Brandt, hot as she may be, doesn't share his vision…
Roll The Dice
She left a fabulous career and a frustrated fiancé in New York to move to Vegas and save her father's investment. But now Monica is locking horns with a sexy cowboy-turned-businessman. What does Ty think he can do that she can't? All Monica knows is that she doesn't dare trust him—or is it herself she doesn't trust?...
The battle lines are drawn. The stakes are high. And the attraction can't be denied—especially the more closely Ty and Monica have to work together. Some odds are just meant to be played, and with chemistry this electric, it may be time to grab life by the horns…
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Hell on Heels by Victoria Vane
When Ty’s mentor and partner suffers a sudden stroke, their handshake investment agreement is left up in the air. And to make a terrible situation even worse, his boss’s daughter shows up, determined to protect her father’s investments, even if it means putting Ty out of business.
But… I always seem to have a bit of a problem with shorter than average stories, and this one is only different in that the next book in the series was immediately available, so I wasn’t left hanging. But I have to admit that the non-ending bothered me a bit, and while the second book rounded things out nicely, there’s just no reason they shouldn’t have been combined into a single novel.
Judging Covers: Had I not read the story, I probably would have said this cover is all wrong. Not much about the man on the cover looks like a legitimate rodeo competitor. However, Ty’s not riding the circuit anymore, having settled in Vegas to run an aging hotel popular with the rodeo scene, and something about the cover model’s look authentically captures that. Add in Monica, in all her polished glory, and it’s really the perfect cover for the book.
The Verdict: Just when Ty’s fortune seems to have taken a turn for the better, the man who stepped in and mentored him after his father died ends up in a hospital, trying to regain the power of speech and unable to uphold the deal they made. Heartbroken for the man he loves and worried about his failing hotel business, it seems Ty’s luck just can’t get any worse — until the man’s daughter shows up.
Monica didn’t know much about her father back when she was growing up, but the little bit of the relationship she was able to forge later left her unprepared for his sudden loss of independence. Now it seems it’s up to her to make sure his success isn’t squandered, and she finds herself toe to toe with a gorgeous, cocky, incredibly frustrating cowboy who can’t seem to find his manners and tact.
I’d say these two mix like oil and water, but they’re really more like sparks and gasoline. They get off on the wrong foot the very second they meet, bringing out the absolute worst in Ty and leaving Monica looking almost heartless. But there’s more to both of them than their inability to have a civil conversation, and even though they have no reason to trust each other, it looks like they’ll have to find a way to work together for the time being.
Monica’s successful in her own right, but when she raced to Vegas to be by her father’s side, she may have left her own career in jeopardy. While she’s certainly proven herself career-wise, her fiance has the power to sabotage it all, and she’s not really sure she’ll have a relationship and job to go back to. Ty, on the other hand, alternately can’t stand her and wants to get her into bed. Finding out what her man back home is like doesn’t do much to put him off, and he’s even a little convinced that if they can find chemistry in the bedroom, it might carry over into their working relationship. But it’s impossible for these two to cross that line without their feelings getting spun into the mix, and that just complicates things further. With conflicting agendas, neither is willing to offer up their heart, and their attempts to appear unaffected send all the wrong signals.
Hell on Heels by Victoria Vane is a great start to an ultimately unfinished story, so while I would certainly recommend it, I have to point out that it ends well before Ty and Monica’s story is fully told, and that part is ridiculously frustrating. For that reason, I’d say grab it at the library or borrow it from a friend rather than shell out money for two short halves of a single story.
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