Ace in the Hole (Wild Cards #1) by Ava Drake #mm #review #DreamspunDesires @dreamspinners


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Surveillance, seduction, and extra-dirty politics.

Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis has a problem. A huge one. The US senator he works for has run away with his latest mistress on the eve of a make-or-break fund-raising event, and it’s up to him to cover his boss’s irresponsible tracks.

Stone Jackson, the senator’s new bodyguard, looks enough like the senator that, with some extensive grooming, he might pass for Senator Lacey. Christian and Stone hatch a plan to fool everyone by substituting Stone for the senator, but Miami madness and the incendiary heat between them are throwing obstacles in their way. It’s a race to find the senator and pull off the con of the century before the attraction between them spins completely out of control. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Liz Cat

Ace in the Hole by Ava Drake had a lot going on. It was political mystery and an alpha romance rolled into one. The senator’s bodyguard, Stone Jackson, falls for the senator’s aide, Christian Chatworth-Brandeis. They give lip service to fighting their attraction once they realize how closely they must work, but they wind up in bed too many times for the reader to buy either of them making a true effort.

While I love Stone and Christian as alpha males, the ridiculousness of plot of Ace in the Hole killed the book’s allure for me. The events were too outrageous for any amount of believability. For example, with media cameras infiltrating every second of politicians’ lives, how would a decent public relations team agree to switching a runaway senator with his aide? There’s simply no way that no one would catch on. The whole book was riddled with similar instances, which made it very difficult to suspend my disbelief for any of it. This is just my opinion and I have no doubt many readers will have a different experience. If you like an alpha romance that doesn’t make you think too hard, Ace in the Hole may be for you.

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