Title: Wild Card
Las Vegas showgirl Gina Malloy isn't looking for trouble when she walks in on a shady backroom deal, but when the bullets start flying, she grabs the bags of stolen loot and hits the road out of town. Of course, she didn't count on the bad guys tailing her, or the sexy detective who comes to her rescue.
Detective Gabriel Finn is no one's knight in shining armor. A former priest, he just wants to drag the witness's butt back to town. Instead, he gets a tough as nails woman who's all grit and heart. When a pair of thugs take a shot at her, he decides the best way to keep her safe is to stay out of Las Vegas and launch his own investigation.
Take one-legged showgirl, a former priest turned detective, and a couple of mafia thugs. Mix carefully. The results could be explosive.
Author: Aleah Barley
Series: Leaving Las Vegas #3
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Genres: Crime Drama
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It is always refreshing to have a main character that is wild! We often read stories with bad boys in them, but a bad girl as the main character, that is pure pleasure. What could be happening when an ex-priest turned cop must protect a showgirl? I will give you a hint: pure entertainment. To be totally honest, I was a little worry when I picked up this book, each time that we have polar opposite it can easily become cheesy. I have to praise the author because she kept it real. It was not over the top and the story was believable (I never thought I would say that!!!).
Gina is a showgirl that had seen better years, she is getting close to 30 and she knows that she will have soon to find another job. Having forgotten her wallet she went back to her work and she overheard a conversation that was up to no good. The only thing she knew is that there was a bag with 50k in it and she decided to take it and she ran with it. Soon she discovered that it might not have been her wisest move and that’s when Detective Finn comes to her rescue.
Gina has a tormented past and she is living by her own rules. She is not the type of girl that believes in fairy tales. She has to make it happens by herself. She has no issues with her actions, whether it was when she was working in striptease club or taking the money and run with it. Taking time to reflect about her life was never an option, she was in surviving mode. Getting older as a showgirl is something that was always in the back of her mind. With little education and no other experiences than dancing, her future seems uncertain. She is not fond of the police, but Gabriel was there at the right time. She has no other choice than deal with it. We see are witnessing her growing and some of her dreams emerging. Little by little, she let herself have some hope for her future.
Gabriel is constantly questioning his actions. He is torn between his faith and his desires. He is always following the rules and he rarely asked questions about them. When his boss asked him to take on Gina’s file, he went for it, even though it was unofficial. Authority seems sacred to him, having been a priest he was drilled this way. Nonetheless, at some point in his priesthood life he stood up and did what was morally right to him. This decision that he made jeopardize his vocation and he decided to leave and became a policeman. We can feel his hurt and understand why he is now determined to follow orders. He doesn`t want to have that type of situation occurring to him again. When Gina entered his life, it was like a breath of fresh air. He did his best to hold on to his beliefs and refused let go of his carefully built world. Ultimately, he got out of the rules world and get back to his heart little by little.
The chemistry between both characters is magical. Alternating between their points of views we were able to get their emotions and their hopes. They are total opposite in their reactions: one is always listening to his boss, respecting the laws, and cherish traditional values. The other is a free spirit, acting on impulse and say things like it is. This story is a perfect illustration that when we are growing as a person when we are in contact with someone that is different than us.
In the end, it all worked out for the best and it is a great read!