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Kingdom of Spades Book 1: The Flop

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A perfect novella for romance readers who enjoy a little spice in their stories, along with just enough drama to hook you!

Synopsis

Are you looking for an exciting read full of romance and adventures?

Do you want to join the main character as he wins and loses both in love and poker in Las Vegas?

If that’s the case, this is the romance novel you need!

Alex never shied away from hard work. When he was offered the chance of a lifetime, to train to be a professional poker player, it came with one caveat...stay away from the one woman who holds his heart.

As he navigates his way through high stakes game, he realizes the hardest thing to deal with is not the cards, it’s the love he can’t deny for the one woman he can’t have...

From big games to big loves, every girl he met left a mark on his heart, but he was looking for THE ONE. When she appeared, Alex couldn’t be happier, but in life like in poker, you win some, lose some…

Will Alex be able to get his one true love back? Will she be there for him and stand by his side, forever?

Kingdom of Spades Book 1: The Flop is a modern-day novella featuring 23-year-old Alex Wade as the main character. With no plan for the future other than not following the traditional expectations of a boring life, Alex sets off to Las Vegas to find adventure and fun that he knows he will never find with a boring 9-5.


Meeting Vinnie Demarco was a total game-changer for Alex once he arrived in Vegas. Nothing had being going as planned and he found himself out of money and with no where to go pretty quickly. Vinnie introduced him to the world of poker playing and eventually he started seeing some of his hard work in the game play off. Women came and went, and although Alex enjoyed his time with them, none of the experiences felt right for him and he was soon venturing off to the next. That is, until he met Emilia. With the introduction of Emilia’s character, it was clear to me as the reader that the feelings he experienced when she was around were much different than with the other girls. Will he be able to keep her around, or will his player tendencies keep Alex from finding the once-in-a-lifetime shot with the girl who makes him happier than he’s imagined?


This one was a really fun read for me. It was light and quick, though it still had enough drama and suspense to keep me interested through the end. I finished this one in one sitting, easily done at 50 Kindle edition pages. Although Alex initially seemed like the kind of irritating, cocky man I would avoid, his character developed and deepened throughout the story into someone who I was rooting for a happy ending for. Although this one was the first in a series, I found it read very well as a stand-alone, though I do have plans to continue on with the series now that I feel invested in Alex’s story.


I’m pleased to rate Kingdom of Spades Book 1: The Flop 5 stars and would recommend it for any reader who is looking for a light novella to enjoy. The romance, drama, and adjustment themes in the book were well-depicted and I found the story to be pleasant and enjoyable throughout. As a reader’s discretion warning and due to some explicit language and descriptive sexual scenes, I would recommend this one only for mature readers.

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Hi! I’m Kourtney. I’m a full time accounting manager and a part time book reviewer. I’ve been an official member of the onlinebookclub review team for 4 years now, where I’ve gained a huge insight to the review and beta reading world.

Synopsis

Are you looking for an exciting read full of romance and adventures?

Do you want to join the main character as he wins and loses both in love and poker in Las Vegas?

If that’s the case, this is the romance novel you need!

Alex never shied away from hard work. When he was offered the chance of a lifetime, to train to be a professional poker player, it came with one caveat...stay away from the one woman who holds his heart.

As he navigates his way through high stakes game, he realizes the hardest thing to deal with is not the cards, it’s the love he can’t deny for the one woman he can’t have...

From big games to big loves, every girl he met left a mark on his heart, but he was looking for THE ONE. When she appeared, Alex couldn’t be happier, but in life like in poker, you win some, lose some…

Will Alex be able to get his one true love back? Will she be there for him and stand by his side, forever?

The Life of Alex Wade

Picture this: A twenty-three-year-old man, lives with his parents after he graduated college and is now unemployed. Life for this man… is pretty tough because of the all the pressure on him. His parents wanted him to work in the family business, but this was the last thing Alex wanted out of his life.

He wanted to do something different.

Alex Wade had a different mindset; money for him wasn’t important if he could earn it through his own effort and skills. He wasn’t a very good businessman, but his parents wanted someone to be part of and invested in the family the business. Being the only child of his parents, who were able to conceive him after ten hard years of trying for a child, they had pretty simple expectations of him: someone who would be their very own puppet.

As he matured and went through his own struggles, Alex figured out more about his personality; he didn’t want to do anything that would easily come in his hands without any struggle. Once it was finally time for him to move out and start his own career, Mr. Wade gave his son the talk.

“Alex, for the last time, why don’t you just come to work with me tomorrow?” Mr. Wade sighed, “I promise you that you wouldn’t have to touch a thing, but at least you’ll be employed!”

“Dad, I’ve told you over and over, I don’t want to do anything like that!” Alex exclaimed, frustrated by his father’s demands. “I want to be someone… someone who can look at all he has and proudly say that it was earned, not given!”

“I’m tired of this, Alex. We have gone over and over this. I’m not giving you a choice anymore. If you wake up tomorrow in this house, you’ll be coming with me to work, and that’s final.”

The talk went absolutely downhill.

What his father didn’t realize, was that Alex didn’t work well with ultimatums and people telling him what to do, let alone forcing it on him. He had enough respect for himself not to be commanded by someone. That night, Alex packed his bags and left a goodbye note to his parents, moving far away from their lives. He walked and walked until a truck driver offered to give him a ride to Las Vegas.

Once he arrived in Las Vegas, Alex had a hard time settling around. He had some money he’d stolen from his parents, that he used to rent hotels a couple of times, but once that money ran out, he was broke. He often spent his nights sleeping wherever he could find a bed, no matter how uncomfortable. He slept on the streets, in hostiles and even shacked up occasionally with some questionable characters. He wouldn’t lie; it was tough. He was homeless, hungry, and extremely unproductive, and it was starting to really bother him.

He applied for every job that seemed interesting to him. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t the only person unemployed, and others had much more experience than he did, so he wasn’t their first choice.

On a very gloomy day, he was sitting outside a famous club in Las Vegas, dead to the core and very hungry. At this point, he lost all his hope as he sat there. A man who was going inside the club saw Alex and sympathized with him for a while. He asked him, “You’re young. What are you doing sitting on the street like this?”

Alex replied monotonously, “I’m just very, very unlucky, sir.”

Vinnie Demarco was the most famous poker player around…and he was taking an interest in Alex. They sat there talking for a while, rehashing how Alex ended up broken and on the streets. Vinnie had been just like him, an orphan, and on the streets himself. That’s when he decided that Alex needed a chance. He offered for Alex to stay with him, and he would help him get on his feet. Vinnie had started from the bottom, just where Alex was now and ended up owning multiple clubs around town. Alex sat there, shocked at the offer, but something about it piqued his interest. In spite of his better judgement, he decided to take a chance…because after all, what did have to lose at that point.

Alex might not be very studious, but he has really good instincts and was very skillful and quick to grasp onto new information – of course, information that was of interest to him. In just a few sessions, Alex started to get the hang of poker. He learned all the hacks and things you need to know while playing it. He started with Texas Hold’em, small stakes in the beginning and often losing in these games; however, winning some money as well. Vinnie was always with him, offering him advice and as much money as he needed in order to begin.

“You’re an investment for me, boy!” He’d say to Alex, patting his back as he gave him wads of cash.

Vinnie never seemed to have a shortage of cash.

In a couple of months, with some practice and additional help from Vinnie, Alex was able to stand on his two feet. Soon, he was losing less money and gaining much more. He paid off Vinnie, moved out of his house, and bought his own place in a year or two.

He paid off his parents, sent them as much money as he took from them, maybe even more. He wrote a letter to them and said, ‘I’m an entrepreneur now. Yes, of my own business. Thanks for never believing in me.’

He finally had some peace in his life. His job was the best thing about it, but there was always something missing.

A partner.

Someone who’d love him for who he was.

However, for Alex, this didn’t come easily like poker, and he failed miserably to find someone every single time…it seemed hopeless.

About the author

Hart's short stories touch on the high stakes lives of men and women who are just as partial to money and fame, as they are to love and affection. Her latest ones take place in the decadent casinos of Las Vegas, where gambling is a lifestyle and money is king. view profile

Published on June 12, 2020

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10000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Romance

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