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:
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:
Or individually: @carrielofty and @LorelieBrown
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