Review: Ava Drake – All In

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Author: Ava Drake
Reviewer: Natalie
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mm Dreamspun Desires

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary: A Wild Cards Novel

In crime, like in love, there can be no half measures….

Fashion model Zane Stryker needs money—badly. At almost thirty, his glory days are behind him, and he needs capital to start over. When his luggage is switched with a bag containing contraband he’s forced to deliver, it’s either the worst thing that’s ever happened to him… or the best.

Enter Sebastian Gigoni, formerly of the British Special Forces, who has to decide just where Zane’s loyalty lies and why. Sizzling attraction erupts between them, but that doesn’t mean they can trust each other. They double down in a race for their lives—and their love—but are their purposes at odds? As they struggle to reconcile their goals, their consciences, and the needs of their hearts, one thing is clear—they must go all in or give up altogether.

Review: This third entry from Ava March for Dreamspun Desires, is an action story on the lighter side. Zane is the hapless victim, an aging fashion model returning to the states from Europe for one last try at reviving his career. His quest is cut short when his luggage is burgled and he meets Sebastian, ex-Special Forces soldier turned real estate baron. He’s helping a friend, using his skills for security firm Wild Cards, as they go after a group of mysterious criminals.

It doesn’t quite reach the fun romp stage of the previous novella, and the plot was rather confusing. There were a couple of action scenes that served to get the two into bed together. The sex was seriously hot and steamy though! Zane and Sebastian seemingly working at cross-purposes did feel contrived to fit the desired conclusion and lacked sufficient logic. It was well edited and cleanly written. If you can just suspend disbelief, don’t object to insta-love, and just want to enjoy a light escapist read, it’s a good choice.

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