Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Review: Five Card Stud by Gem Sivad

Five Card Stud (Bounty Hunters, #2) by Gem Sivad

Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 3



When bounty hunter Sam McCallister sees Eden Pace playing poker for the first time, he loses all interest in the cards; instead, the thought of playing stud with the lady gambler stirs his cock to life. Eden’s the prettiest woman and the best card sharp Sam’s ever met. Good thing he has a few cards up his sleeve.

Eden’s doing her own outlaw hunting. She’s on the trail of her husband’s killer and Sam’s in her way. To get free of this hardheaded, softhearted, gorgeous man, Eden tries strip poker and naked truth-or-dare, but when Sam ups the stakes, carnal submission and desire are unleashed.

When Sam discovers Eden’s wanted for murder, he figures his bed is the safest place for her. But taking Eden prisoner isn’t as easy as Sam expects. He’s in a high-stakes poker game with lust on the table and his heart on the line, because one taste of Eden just isn’t enough.

Yadkny's Review

The game is on and neither knows who's holding all the cards, but this game is for keeps.

Eden Pace is a woman scorned in more ways than one and she's out for blood. She gambles her way across Texas saloon's to lure out her prey. She keeps a calm, level head while she plays all the while withholding the emotions that threaten to eat away at her. Her calm facade takes a backseat when she finds herself in the middle of a stage coach hold-up and ends up meeting the one man who is determined to unravel the mystery of Eden. Sam is an interesting character, but Eden can't afford to be thrown off her mark, so she decides to use whatever he's willing to offer... protection, reputation, and his body.

Sam McCallister is one-third of a profitable bounty hunting trio. He wants for nothing... whores and booze are plentiful when you've got money. The need for permanent female companionship is a hassle that will just cramp his lifestyle, Eden's reputation precedes her and when she ends up in the line of fire, Sam decides to step in and not just because it's the right thing to do. This time around though he's chasing the biggest bounty of his life. Eden gives him a run for his money with her quick wit and charm, but childhood trauma has made him an emotionally distant adult, so the feelings that Eden stirs are unexplainable.

Eden's got to be one of the strongest heroine's I've come across with everything she's gone through and the determination, patience, and intelligence she displays to finish what was started is magnificent. Sam's the ultimate man's man and is absolutely delicious in all his roughened godliness. He is Eden's perfect match in every way and the determination, patience, and intelligence he displays in wooing her is explosively passionate and undeniable.

Gem Sivad is a master with words and is able to bring forth every emotion she wants her readers to feel with absolute clarity. I am so excited about this story and the series! This book has to be the best historical western I've ever read! The pages really come to life in all of their red dusted glory. From the character dialogue and scenery descriptions, to the gun-slinging action and intense sexual gratification, this book is perfect! Ms. Sivad captured my imagination and effortlessly held it throughout the entire story and all I could think of after reading it was... “I want more!” I'll definitely be going back to see what other sorts of gems, Ms. Sivad has for me to discover.

Reader Advisory: This book could be read as a standalone, but I strongly recommend starting with the first book in the series, Wolf's Tender. This will help set up some of the other characters featured in this story and give you the background needed to familiarize with the setting. Besides after reading about the mysterious Charlie Wolf, you'll want to go back and read more about him.

5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!

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