Author Guest Post: Katie Porter – Poker as Foreplay + Giveaway

I’m pretty sure most readers have figured this one out, but there’s a gambling theme through the Vegas Top Guns books. After all, the titles give that away. In Double Down they played blackjack and in Inside Bet they play roulette. The game of choice for Michael and Leah from Hold ’Em is poker.

Because it makes me think about strip poker.


Unfortunately? They don’t allow strip poker on the Caesar’s Palace game floor. I know. It’s particularly narrow minded and short sighted of them. Just think of how much people would gamble if they were buying back pieces of their clothing. (But do not think about the average, sweaty tourists who would also be naked. Think only of the romance heroes and romance heroines. Also acceptable: movie and tv stars.)

So we had to settle for seven card draw, which is also way more complicated than when I’ve played poker. A surprising amount of terms for a game that’s played at frat parties in search of thong panties. Big bids, flops, all sorts of stuff that I’ll admit I’ve since forgotten in researching half a dozen other books. Oops. Heh.

But research we did, and we realized it’s not exactly the turn of the cards that’s important. Sure there’s ways to get good cards, but it’s more about staying calm and being able to read the other players. Which Michael is excellent at. Leah, not so much. She’s so high strung that she can barely keep her mind on the cards. She’s way distracted by a certain piece of jewelry that Mike wears and a request he’d just made of her—that she please take down her hair. It’s not exactly what he asked, of course, so much as the way he asked it. Politely. With a certain level of deference that appeals to Leah—while still being one hundred percent alpha male. It’s a tasty, tasty moment. But it distracts Leah. And if you’ve read the first two Vegas Top Guns books, you know that a distracted, unfocused Leah is a recipe for trouble. And she’s doing her level best to distract Michael in turn.

The thing is, both Michael and Leah have plenty to gamble on when Hold ‘Em starts. They’re holding plenty of cards close to the chest, though Michael is the first to star showing his when he lets Leah know what his kink is. And Leah is just barely managing to get her life together, so she can’t afford to take on any extra problems from dating a fellow squadron member. People will think she’s still a mess. She’s ready to gamble it all, but she’s not sure exactly what she’s gambling on. Or if it’ll be worth it.

Captain Michael Templeton? Absolutely worth a gamble.


Up next for Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown:

Now that the first three of the RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick “Vegas Top Guns” series have been released, readers can anticipate the final two installments, HARD WAY and BARE KNUCKLE, in 2013.

November brings the m/m Christmas-themed CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, described as “masterful” by Publishers Weekly. In January, LEAD AND FOLLOW will launch the five-part “Club Devant” series of erotic multi-partner romances set in a hot New York City burlesque club.

Where to find us:
Twitter: @MsKatiePorter
Or individually: @carrielofty and @LorelieBrown



We’d like to give away a copy of DOUBLE DOWN, INSIDE BET or HOLD ’EM (winner’s choice) in any format. Just answer the question: What’s your favorite method of gambling?

Thanks again to Fiction Vixen for featuring Katie Porter and Hold ’Em!

Open to all. You have until end of day Oct. 13 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.

Giveaway sponsored by: Katie Porter

No purchase necessary to win. You must be 18 or over to enter, void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. FVBR is not being compensated for this giveaway. If the winner declines to accept or fails to claim their prize within 72 hours of the announcement, they forfeit their prize(s). Prize distribution is the sole responsibility of the giveaway sponsor. Fiction Vixen Book Reviews will not be held responsible for lost or misdirected prizes or for circumstances beyond our control. More information here.


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  1. TrishJ says

    My hubby and I have played strip poker MANY times, and strip gin rummy, strip checkers, well i am sure you get the idea. What fun!! I have not had the privilege of reading any of your books, although I did read Ms. Lofty’s WWII book and loved it. My wish list just got longer!!!

  2. Tyhada says

    I’ve haven’t read anything by this author. Looking for to checking out her work. I like to play slots or blackjack.

  3. erinf1 says

    Thanks for a great post and giveaway! Congrats on the new release! The only gambling I do is buy lottery tickets :)

  4. says

    I am a huge wimp when it comes to gambling I stick to the nickle slots, I do like to play black jack for pretzels when we take the kids camping LOL! Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  5. Pam B says


    I have recently found that I enjoy playing three card poker, sometimes they have dealers and sometimes they are virtual machines. They are fun to play.

    Thanks for the chance

  6. Sandy Pochapin says

    This is an easy one for me! The slots are my favorite method of gambling. I won a jackpot in Las Vegas years ago ($500 — a lot of money at the time!) and it was very exciting. I’d like to win the book(s) too!

  7. DANIELA says

    I don’t really like to gamble. If I were to go to Vegas I guess I’d give the slot machines a try.

  8. says

    Ooooh, Poker!!! How do I love thee! I love to play all of them really including razz!
    So exciting to find some books that interweve my love of reading and poker! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  9. JenM says

    I have horrible luck, so I never gamble, but if I’m stuck in a casino and need to kill some time, I usually play blackjack.

  10. Laurie says

    I don’t go to casinos, but when we play at home, poker, screwy louie, or LRC with a large group is fun.

  11. says

    Helloooo! I’m so incredibly late to the party that it’s amazing some of y’all are still here. Thanks to Fiction Vixen for inviting us to stop by. I’m the Carrie Lofty half of Katie, and I love reading what Lorelie has written for everyone. Generally I’m reading it the same time you are! As for my favorite game, it’s called back alley–a game almost exclusively played by Marines. I learned it from my parents, who were both active duty during Vietnam. My first introduction to strategy, not foreplay!!

    Best of luck with the drawing, and I hope you enjoy Vegas Top Guns!

  12. laura says

    Ive never read a book of Katie Porter, I will definetly put her books on my to read list. I am always looking for new authors and books.

  13. says

    Poker! With my close friends we were poker addicted in my university years (not dangerously, we only played in pretzels or strip poker not serious money) 😉 lol

    Can’t wait to read this series of yours, had t on my wishlist for some time now 😀