Originally published in the ALPHAS AFTER DARK box set.
Three things make billionaire Jim Halcyon’s to-do list: women, work…and more women. It’s a perfect agenda for a rich shifter who has no problem letting his inner grizzly out to play. From the bright lights of Vegas, to the sophisticated action of New York—he’s got the money and the power to do anything he wants.
Anything, except resist the lure of Lady Luck, an ancient copper coin he gambles yearly to possess. Jim is determined to regain control of the pretty penny, and damn if he’ll let any bit of eye candy distract him from his goal. Not even the mesmerizing woman in the middle of the casino floor with the shimmering hair and enormous green eyes.
With a life-changing move ahead of her, Lillie’s finagled a temporary layover en route to her future. She’s got five days to soak in new experiences, and while Vegas is too big and shiny and loud for her shy bear self, she’s eager to do this up right. It’s the last chance she’s got to let her hair down.
Until his challenge begins, Jim is more than willing to oblige Lillie’s wish for a final fling. Only Lady Luck has some twists of fate planned for them both…
When I picked up this book I figured it would be a quick read from a new author I haven’t heard of before. I was so surprised that even halfway through the book, I didn’t want the story to end and I wanted to get the other books by this author in the future. If they can write this great of a short story, I can’t wait to find out what they can do with a full length novel.
The one thing I really enjoyed about the book was the sense of mystery about it. You could tell that Lillie was hiding something, but you couldn’t figure out what exactly was going on. As you get further into the story and you watch as Jim and Lillie have feelings for each other, you can’t help but to wonder what will happen when Lillie’s secret is revealed. I can say that the twist is one that insane and caught me completely off guard. It was that hidden of a twist that was extremely well done by the author.
One big thing that I really did like is that even though this is a paranormal book, it wasn’t taken over by that. Granted, there are a lot of paranormal things happening during the story, it didn’t take over. But being able to watch as Jim and Lillie were able to get to know each other as humans, was really great to read about.
My only complaint about the whole story would be Damon. I can’t wait to find out more about him. I was hoping there was going to be more about him in this story, but I do understand why they didn’t put a lot about him in there.
I would say that if you’re looking for a quick paranormal read, you should really check this book out because it’s really worth it.