What it's about
Sexy and pulpy, this book is set in glittering Las Vegas.
Sparks fly when a sharp card counter falls for a charming casino dealer. But when the dealer's past surfaces to haunt him, and threaten her, she's forced to make a dangerous choice. In a city built on luck, it'll take all her brains to figure out if she should gamble on her heart.
Marina Martino is a bright, young woman who has a talent for counting cards. Miguel Rodriguez is a charming casino dealer. Sparks fly when they meet during a serendipitous game of blackjack. But as they become entangled in a dizzying romance through Sin City, details about Miguel's dark past surface and Marina begins to doubt his intentions as the stakes rise and danger unfolds. In the city of illusion, the normally calculating Marina has to make a decision to trust her brains or her heart - to bet on her skill or push her luck.
Now available as paperback and an ebook!
Paperback: Amazon.com $17.99 *note
Ebook: Kindle. $6.99
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What They're Saying
Reviews for 24/7
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24/7 was an April 2005 recommended read at the Online Review of Books and Current Affairs.
"What do you get when Chick Lit intersects Chuck Palahniuk? You get relationship-based fiction with a tough, gritty edge. You get characters who aren't stock; whose relationship to themselves and each other are punctuated by difficult, murky truths and startling self-recognition. This is the stuff of Susan DiPlacido's genre-bending novel, 24/7."~Renee Nicholson, The Beat
"Part chick lit with a dash of Elmore Leonard, a hint of Mark McGwire's testosterone-based steroids, a pinch of Quentin Tarantino's violence (for extra zing), and finally some Penthouse letters to raise the temperature past the boiling point."~ Amazon reader review
"This novel is sizzling hot. This is no light romance; it is a gritty, exciting work of fiction. It is near perfection with its no holds barred sex scenes, emotional roller coaster plots and action packed Vegas settings." ~ Heather Froeschl, BookReview.com
"Susan DiPlacido's writing is taut, vibrant, earthy, and moves at a gallop. Her descriptions of gambling at the blackjack or craps tables are lucid and vivid, and crisp with detail. Her characters are real people the reader quickly comes to identify with, dislike, dread, and root for.
It's a great read from the very first page!"~ Matthew St. Amand, author As My Sparks Fly Upward, Forever & A Day, and Homunculus
"Because of its depth and intensity I was riveted and had to know what would happen even though it was 3 am in the morning." ~ Marina, Cupid's Library Reviews
"This is an enjoyable first novel that clearly reveals the author's love affair with the city of Las Vegas. The characters are richly detailed as are the settings, the gambling scenes, and everything else throughout the novel."~ Kevin Tipple, Blether Book Reviews
"24/7 by Susan DiPlacido has cemented its place as one of my favorite books! The amazing aspects of this book are Susan DiPlacido's fresh voice, innovative plot and pleasantly complex characters". ~ J.B. DuBose for JERR direct link will go live next month when the review does
"Laced with a healthy dose of humour, you'll find yourself laughing out loud at times. You root for characters, liking them despite their very real human frailties. DiPlacido has a winner on her hands" ~ Jessica McCurdy Crooks for Romance Junkies
"24/7 is no ordinary romance. Tough, gritty, raw and vivid, it paints in harsh colors and discordant images the world of Las Vegas
with contrasts of luxury and seediness, the hookers, high rollers and all the invisible people who work behind the scenes of the action. It reads more like a mainstream
literary novel than genre fiction. ~ Alegria for Coffeetime Romances
"The author is gifted in creating a fiercely realistic setting and
a pair of powerful characters I will not quickly forget."
"Susan DiPlacido has a distinct style and voice that is reflected within the pages of 24/7. She eloquently conveys the grit and beauty that is patently Vegas." ~Amanda for FAR
"Their highs and lows were interesting, the sex was hot, and Marina's journey to discover herself while at the same time, trying to figure out Miguel's intentions kept me hooked. ~ Trang Black for eCataRomance.com
"...the character and relationship development was wonderful... realistic, believable and yet likable characters."
24/7 was also a featured book of the month in March at Road to Romance