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This is my review for The Gambler’s Passion. Dust Garden review to come…
“That might be nice to hear from you on a daily basis.”
Arizona is traveling the country desperately trying to find a cure for her mother’s ailing condition. Growing tired and weak, her mother asks to finally settle in Prescott after discovering that the latest doctor has already left town before they could even see him. While acclimating to Prescott, Arizona and her mother meet a kind man with just the right twist of wicked in his eyes. Arizona is taken by the handsome man, but her mother is her priority.
When her mother passes, it is this same kind stranger who is there to show her support. But now Arizona has other concerns. She needs to raise the money to leave Prescott and finally start pursuing her dreams.
Jace is the preacher’s son and acts accordingly, but there is a side of him that demands to be released from this world of people with projecting perfect character laced with judgmental ideologies. He has a secret that he carefully protects… Until he sees the beautiful redhead with the piercing blue eyes again and realizes that she has a secret all her own.
“She saw that mischievous gleam in his eye and his smile. It was that part of him she the most.”
Arizona had a beautiful heart. This was clear from the first pages of the book. She was sweet and loving, but Arizona was no pushover. She fiercely protected her mother against anyone and everyone. When her mother passed, she held her head high and provided for herself the only way she knew how. She had a keen eye, seeing more than others expected. I loved her character. I was instantly bonded with her as I read about her love for her mother and her need to protect her.
“My momma raised a survivor, Mr. Forrester.”
The chemistry between Jace and Arizona well developed. The pace of their connection is well timed as they bond over their secrets that no one can ever know. This brings them closer faster than your average relationship, but then, they have been dancing around each other from day one!
“I adore how you can’t seem to control your hair.”
Overall I found this to be a fun and loving story. It was a perfect quick read for a lazy afternoon.
I give this novella 4 stars and recommend an Irish coffee to drink with it. Slainte!
Thank you to Elle Marlow for providing us with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.