Wild Aces by Marni Mann: My Review
My Rating: 5 Stars
“He was masks and mystery and willing to take a risk with someone he didn’t even know. He was dark nights of phone sex and gambling, a gravelly voice that could make me wet from afar.”
Every so often, an author comes along that has a profound effect on on me as a reader. When I picked up Seductive Shadows on a whim a few years ago, it was just another book that I was reading for a book tour. I pick books to review on instinct; I generally know what I like and what I enjoy reading and I choose accordingly. I was only a few pages in to Shadows when I realized this book was something truly special. To this day, Marni’s Shadows Series and her Bar Harbor Series remain at the top of my all time favorite reads and each of those books touched me deeply.
That being said, Wild Aces had A LOT to live up to. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. I may have had a slightly less intense personal connection to this story in particular, but in many ways that actually made the reading experience more enjoyable. Though I know each time I pick up one of Marni’s books I’m going to love it, the stories tend to connect to my own life and experiences, and visiting my own past is not always pleasant. This time around, however, I was able to be transported to someone else’s world for a few hours, and be consumed by Trapper and Brea’s story rather than my own.
Trapper and Brea have some crazy intense chemistry. In the beginning, they meet for only a few minutes and sparks fly. Unexpectedly, their connection only strengthens when they are apart, even though they’ve never seen each other’s faces. There are some HOT sexting and phone sex scenes that build anticipation for their eventual meeting. So I’m all pumped up for this amazing “first” meeting (first time with no masks – they originally met at a masquerade party) and then there’s this earth shattering twist. Now there’s a mystery to solve and the twists and turns keep coming throughout the story.
Combine an unpredictable rollercoaster of a plot with Mann’s always captivating writing, lovable and relatable characters, hot sex scenes and palpable emotion, and the result is a fantastic read. In addition, there’s definitely an element of darkness as death and child abuse are explored in an honest and gritty fashion. As usual, Mann finds away to balance the darkness with light; she knows how to break my heart and somehow put the pieces back together on just a few hours. As a whole, Wild Aces is a sexy, sensual, fearless, exciting, and multi-faceted read. Also, for those of you who don’t appreciate a cliffhanger, Wild Aces is a standalone.
*I received an advance copy of Wild Aces in exchange for an honest review.
About Wild Aces
His darkness drew me in.
A mystery with a past I wanted to solve.
He was cold, like ice, but set me on fire.
A heat I hadn’t felt in ages.
But when I saw his face, I burned…
She melted from my voice–shuddered from my touch.
But trembled from the memories
That my face brought back.
She wanted more…
Maybe even him.
I wasn’t the hand she counted on.
But I was what she was dealt…
A Wild Ace with no way to win.
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