Rating: 3.75 Stars out of 5
Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis has a problem. A huge one. The US senator he works for has run away with his latest mistress on the eve of a make-or-break fund-raising event, and it’s up to him to cover his boss’s irresponsible tracks.
Stone Jackson, the senator’s new bodyguard, looks enough like the senator that, with some extensive grooming, he might pass for Senator Lacey. Christian and Stone hatch a plan to fool everyone by substituting Stone for the senator, but Miami madness and the incendiary heat between them are throwing obstacles in their way. It’s a race to find the senator and pull off the con of the century before the attraction between them spins completely out of control.
Ace in the Hole by Ava Drake is another winner in the Dreamspun Desires series from Dreamspinner Press. A hot, sexy tale of politicians behaving badly, mystery, and romance, this story kept me entertained from beginning to end.
I always sort of dread political stories as I reside near Washington, DC but this one was more of a romp with a misbehaving Senator (not the first one) and two staff members scrambling to cover for him, in a way. Christian and Stone both meet first in a bar, their attraction to each other hot and instantaneous. Drake does an excellent job of portraying these men so we can see them in every detail. And that encounter? Very, very hot!
Things get even better once Drake brings them together in the Senator’s office, working to protect a Senator who’s nigh near un-protectable in his arrogance, stupidity and shear un-likeability. Adding to their stress is the attraction to each other, their backgrounds which are so at odds with with each, and their determination to keep each other at arms length. Its also provides some of the wonderful moments in the story. But this is also where I wanted something more from the author and the characters. Drake starts to provide both men with great back histories but only fills us in so much. Christian’s tony family and iron grandmother? Would love to know more about her. Stone’s employer? Yes, I want to know more there too. There are just enough holes here to make me stop and think about them instead of letting me flow effortlessly through the story as I should.
I did like some of the side characters, the Senator’s wife included. The mystery was fun, the danger…well if not high and thrilling it was well meshed into the storyline. All in all, I throughly enjoyed Ace in the Hole and the couple involved. And that’s a great thing apparently, because this is becoming a series. I can’t wait to see how Ava Drake handles the next story. I will be eagerly awaiting its release.
Cover art by Paul Richmond is again wonderful. I just adore these covers.
ebook, Dreamspun Desires #13, 216 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleAce in the Hole
ISBN 1634773101 (ISBN13: 9781634773102)
Series Wild Cards #1