|Shuffle Up and Deal
What it's about
Meet Izzy Santillo. She's a charming-but-lonely thirty-four year old woman who loves poker and harbors a secret crush on the reigning king of Hold 'em.
Meet Nick Nolan, the reigning king of Hold 'em. On the tables, he's fast and loose and almost always wins. But when it comes to women, playboy Nick holds his cards too close and always loses.
When Izzy and Nick meet in embarrassing fashion at a Las Vegas poker tournament, Izzy's secret dreams turn into a public nightmare. But despite her humiliation, she may have finally sparked Nick's interest in something other than cards. Before long, Nick takes a gamble on Izzy and raises the stakes when he offers to help her sharpen her game. But Izzy's convinced that Nick is bluffing and will fold his hand after he's had her on the flop. But a string of outrageous proposition bets and steamy trips on the poker tour, from Los Angeles to Miami, make these two fierce competitors realize that it may be time to put all their chips on the table. Will Izzy and Nick pair up? Or will they lose it all if they go all-in for each other? Sit down, ante up, and hang on, as Nick and Izzy get ready to Shuffle Up and Deal.
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a TOP PICK! for the month of August by RT Book Reviews Magazine!
2010 RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book Award Nominee - Best Small Press Erotic Romance/Fiction!
"Fantastic! DiPlacido writes with humor and passion. The characters are well written and likable, and the shifting point of view is orderly and allows readers to mark the growth in the charactersí development. Love scenes are hot and inventive, but the attraction between the protagonists outside of the bedroom is just as enthralling. Readers will adore this unexpected gem that perfectly blends humor, sex and a satisfying storyline." ~Keitha Hart, Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Sexy, funny, and attention gripping from first page to last, "Shuffle Up And Deal" is a terrific read"~Midwest Book Review
"My favorite romantic comedy of the year."~Michelle R at The Romance Reviews
"Romantic, erotic and empowering, this novel has it all: A witty female protagonist who comes into her own by pursuing her passions at the poker table, a well-crafted plot with very high stakes, and plenty of highly "effective" erotic scenes that fit seamlessly into the fast-paced narrative. Izzy and Nick have great chemistry, even when they're at odds, and their easy humor will make you laugh out loud. Susan DiPlacido knows her poker, and you'll definitely learn a lot about this subtle, sexy game along the way. While there's plenty of Vegas glamour, the characters come to feel like old friends, and the ending is genuinely moving. A perfect read for summer--or any season!"~ Donna George Storey, author of Amorous Woman