{Review} Life on the Level by Zoraida Cordova

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{Review} Life on the Level by Zoraida CordovaLife on the Level by Zoraida Cordova
Series: On the Verge #3
Publisher: Diversion Books on February 23, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 250

Never gamble more than you can afford to lose.

River Thomas was born a wild card. Her father took one look at her and decided that his daughter would have the best poker face in the city.

But when he dies unexpectedly, River's already dangerous life is spiraling out of control. After six months without gambling—staying away from the tables where she makes and loses her fortune—she relapses, and soon must go on the run from a guy looking to settle a score.

She wants to be better, needs to be better, before she ends up like her dad. The road leads her to rehab in Sun Valley, Montana. But first, one last hurrah, and the beautiful stranger at the bar is just what the doctor ordered. She leaves before sunrise still thinking of his face. But her last hurrah with the guy of her dreams is also her counselor for the next ninety days...

Attraction, however, is too strong a lure to ignore, and soon River finds herself gambling with the one thing she never thought she would—her heart.



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Life on the Level by Zoraida Cordova

The Verdict:  We were introduced to River in the previous book, and she was fun, we didn’t really get to know her that well.  Life on the Level clears that right up by giving us the insider’s view to a life that’s a lot more complicated than I really expected.

River’s got more than her fair share of problems, but while she may be a bit in denial –not to mention on the run from some serious trouble, she’s still doing the right thing and checking herself into rehab, hopefully the first step in turning her life around.  But she’s not quite ready to stop having fun, so before she trades in her freedom for twelve steps and group sessions, she has one last wild night, complete with the requisite one-night-stand and the empty bed in the morning.  And then she meets the counselor at the rehab center.

Like the previous books in this series, Life on the Level is nothing you expect and everything you want in a romance.  River isn’t some cookie cutter romance heroine; she’s fun, troubled, and saddled with more than your usual set of problems.  Her first meeting with Hutch is sizzling, and her second meeting…  Well, it’s what I like to call the, “Hi. I’ve seen you naked, haven’t I?” situation.  Not exactly ideal, but perfect to match her up with a guy she’s wickedly attracted to and who can actually bring some hope and healing to her life.

Normally, I wouldn’t pick up a book that centers on a bunch of people at a rehab center, but this one is definitely the exception.  Filled with strong, complex, interesting, and realistic secondary characters, River’s time at the rehab center is well written and believable while maintaining that glossy fiction shine we turn to romance for in the first place.  I have to admit that I was a bit worried as their relationship started out, being that all the drama they were mired in certainly couldn’t be good for River’s recovery.  But soon enough, Hutch stepped aside and let another counselor take the official role, and things seemed a bit more feasible from there.

Hutch is pretty much everything River needs in a boyfriend.  He’s good looking, kind, understanding, and patient.  But he’s also well versed in the ways of an addict, and while River doesn’t always make things easy, he knows exactly how to support her in her journey to recovery.  There is, of course, some hesitation on both their parts to cross the patient/counselor line, but while that slows down the physical side of the relationship for a while, it actually helps grow their connection.  Through it all, River’s smart, snarky take on all things difficult makes an otherwise morose subject matter fun and interesting.  Life on the Level by Zoraida Cordova is another winner in a fabulous new adult romance series, perfect for any reader who wants unique characters and a well-deserved happily ever after.

  
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About Zoraida Cordova

Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She made her way up north and now works in the glittering New York City nightlife. She likes shiny things like Christmas, merdudes, and the skyline at night. She loves making new friends.

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