Hustler by Jessica Prince, Meghan Quinn
Published by Indie on May 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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I make my living as a hustler, and I'm great at it. I don’t have a single tell and I use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation. I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.
That is, until I met Penelope. I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me. Which only makes me want her more.
Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life. Somehow I have to convince her she belongs with me. Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.
HUSTLER by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince
Scheduled to release: May 9, 2016
NA Romantic Comedy
Cover designer: Meghan Quinn
It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Meghan Quinn. She’s one of my must read authors. Unfortunately, I haven’t ready anything by Jessica Prince yet so I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into with Hustler. Well, I loved it! This book had just about everything that I needed.
Gavin Saint is number one hustler not only on The Vegas strip but in the country. He is known for being able to read people and using that to manipulate both the person and/or the situation. That is until Penelope Prescott walks into his life. She quickly becomes the biggest challenge of his life.
Let me start with Penelope (Nell). She’s so full of fire and sass that I absolutely loved her. She’s in a job where she needs to keep her words professional. However, her hot temper, independence, and non-filtered mouth just keeps getting in the way that. I can 100% relate to that. I have zero filter. She doesn’t put up with shit and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
“They can just fuck the right hell off for all I care. I’m there to do a job. And unlike them, my job doesn’t include sucking off some limp-dicked millionaire with a potbelly and shriveled up, old man balls who probably blows more dust than cum down the back of their throats.”
Yes! That’s what I’m talking about. ZERO FILTER and I love it! Beyond that fiery, sassy mouth, she’s loyal to the select few people in her life. She will do anything for her friends and family. Hell, I want to be her friend! She gives Gavin a run for his money, that’s for sure.
Oh, Gavin. *Sigh* He’s more than I was expecting. He was arrogant, cocky and quite frankly a complete ass at times. So what does that mean? I fall for him. Hook, line and sinker. As if I wasn’t already a goner, he has such a deliciously dirty mouth. I’m pretty sure I made the person on the airplane next to me uncomfortable while reading this. *Note to self: Don’t ever read this on a plane again!* He’s been a hustler all his life and has been running away from his father’s legacy. Unfortunately what his father should have been known for isn’t. It’s something that has plagued Gavin in regards to the perception that others have of him but his heart as well.
My favorite part of this story is the chase. Nell wants nothing to do with Gavin. At least, that’s what her mind tells her. However, her body doesn’t seem to be on board with her mind. The banter between the two of them is awesome and exactly what I love. We get to see the both of them struggle in different ways against each other. At some point, we get to see the vulnerable side of them both. The perfect mix.
I’m sure it’s obvious by now that I loved this book. If you are looking for a good chase, great banter, little angst and overall fun, this book is for you. I’m so happy I read it. We already know I will read future works by Meghan Quinn but I can’t wait to check out more of Jessica Prices’ work! Great job, ladies!
Casually, I sit on the side of the table and take a sip of my drink as I let her eyes peruse my body. It’s a power move. Even though I’m eager to get to know this little hellion, I mask my reaction to her. Never show and tell, especially with women. I can feel her eyes scanning me, focused on the bit of exposed skin near the collar of the shirt. They then travel down my stomach – little does she know what’s hiding underneath my clothing – and then to my crotch, then she immediately refocuses on her hands. I caught her though, she’s a goner as far as I’m concerned. “Penelope Prescott,” I start, but I’m quickly interrupted. “Nell.” “Excuse me?”
“Everyone calls me Nell,” she clarifies. I set my glass down and study her before saying, “Too bad for you, I’m not everyone.” Her mouth falls agape for a second before she closes it, trying not to let her shock show. I have a rather up front personality, it can catch some people off guard. Clearly, she’s one of them. “Now tell me, Penelope, how long have you worked for Hotel Paragon?” I know the answer to my question, but when you’re holding the upper hand, you not only want to show power, but you also want to make the other person feel as though they have some control over the situation, when in fact, they don’t. Poker 101. She wrings her hands together on her lap. Tell number one. She’s nervous, but there’s a confidence in her eyes that almost boasts a cocky air around her. Unfortunately for her, I’m a master at reading people, so she’s doesn’t fool me one bit. With her head held high, she answers, “A little over a year now.” I nod. “And how long have you been working in the high roller room?” She bites her lip before answering. Tell number two. “It’s my first day today.” I nod again. “And before you started, were you informed that the men playing at the table you would be serving are valuable members to this hotel, some of our most lavish and esteemed customers?” She twirls a strand of hair around her finger. Tell number three. “Yes, sir.” “Mr. Saint,” I inform her. “Sorry, yes, Mr. Saint.” She grits out my name, as if it’s painful for her to say.
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