Tawdry & Temptation; The Gambler’s Passion ~ The Dust Garden

Posted November 9, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

by Elle Marlow
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I received this book for free from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Elle Marlow
Self Published

The women of the wild west and the men who love them.

Two romances, one book.
Book One The Gambler's Passion
Beautiful Tawdry Summers is determined to fulfill her mother's dying wish and realize her dreams - even if it means she has to dance at the rowdy Bare Backed Belle’s, cheat at high-stakes poker, or run from bullets with a man she's given her innocence to. She'd do it all, and over again, to find love and keep her promise.
Jace Forrester gets a thrill living a double life - preacher's son by day, card hustler by night. Always after the big win, he can’t resist Tawdry’s ultimate challenge. He may lose more than he bargains for - his heart.

The Dust Garden

Her name is Temptation--and Temptation is her curse. She hasn’t seen a living soul for five years. Her only company are her children that are laid to rest in graves right outside her cabin-- Except for today, today there is a cowboy that fell face down in the dust next to the graves…He is begging for her help.
She’s terrified of men-the last one hurt her and stole her words.

Fallon can’t take another step even though his life depends on it. He might be suffering from a broken leg and he damn sure knows there is a lynch mob hot on his trail… but he found a beautiful woman isolated in the vast desert and he can’t leave her to save himself. However, gaining her trust will prove the hardest part of surviving ~ The Dust Garden.

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.

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