The Wedding Gamble

The Wedding Gamble

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by Cindi Myers

The Wedding Gamble by Cindi Myers
Preschool teacher Laura Nichols is celebrating her birthday and sister's bachelorette party in Vegas. Being in Sin City is thrilling and she intends on tapping in to her wild side. Laura can't resist the added excitement that comes with saying yes when a hunky man off the street proposes...

FBI agent David Abruzzo has been

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The Wedding Gamble by Cindi Myers
Preschool teacher Laura Nichols is celebrating her birthday and sister's bachelorette party in Vegas. Being in Sin City is thrilling and she intends on tapping in to her wild side. Laura can't resist the added excitement that comes with saying yes when a hunky man off the street proposes...

FBI agent David Abruzzo has been working undercover as a thug to bring down the Zacolli crime family, but his cover depends on convincing the mob he came to Vegas for a quickie wedding. If they catch on to his plan, his cover's blown, and he's as good as dead.

Over the course of 48 hours, David and Laura use rollercoasters, glowing condoms, and exotic male dancers to stay alive and bring the crime family down. But it will take more than Lady Luck, one night of passion, and a little Vegas magic to turn their fake marriage into something real.

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The Wedding Gamble

By Cindi Myers, Lewis Pollak, Keyren Gerlach

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Cindi Myers
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ISBN: 978-1-62266-172-5


Spending her twenty-sixth birthday in Vegas had sounded like a great idea, Laura Nichols reminded herself as she stared at the row of slot machines across from her table. Three blue-haired women in shapeless baggy T-shirts sat in front of the machines, stabbing the Repeat Bet button over and over. It would have been a great idea if anyone had remembered it was her birthday.

"Laurie, you're not wearing your tiara! You have to wear your tiara!" Her sister Rachel admonished her from the other end of the table. Rachel wore a rhinestone- studded crown atop her perfect, golden curls, and a satin sash across her chest read "Kiss the Bride."

Laura picked up the cheap plastic tiara inscribed "Bridesmaid," nestled it in her mouse-brown mane, and forced a smile. "Having a good time, Rach?"

"I'm having a fabulous time!" The bride-to-be held aloft a plastic martini glass full of some neon green concoction. The trio of other bridesmaids — all friends of Rachel's whom she scarcely knew — raised their glasses also, some of the sticky neon drink slopping onto the table as they clumsily clinked a toast.

One of the slot machines went off — a wailing siren accompanied by flashing lights. All three of the blue-hairs started screaming. Laura squeezed the bridge of her nose between her thumb and forefinger, fighting a stabbing pain in her head.

"Are you really a bride?" Two frat-boy types in polo shirts and khaki shorts stopped by the table and grinned at Rachel and her friends.

"Not yet, I'm not," Rachel said. "The wedding's next week."

"But your sash says 'Kiss the Bride,'" the shorter, and apparently dimmer, of the two said.

"It's my bachelorette party," Rachel said. "I'm collecting kisses."

"How about kissing me?" the taller man said.

"Sure." Rachel closed her eyes and puckered up.

Laura winced as the frat boy laid a sloppy kiss on her sister. How many of those drinks had Rachel had?

"Headache?" One of the bridesmaids, Molly or Millie or Maggie — something with an M — studied her. "Does your head hurt?" she asked.

Laura rubbed her temples. "Yeah. Those sweet drinks always give me a headache. And all the noise." And being here in Vegas with her sister and her sister's friends instead of home celebrating her own birthday.

"This'll help." Molly-Millie-Maggie took a bottle from her purse, shook out two pills, and passed them across to Laura. "You'll feel better in no time."

She stared at the tiny white pills. "I don't know ..."

"It's just aspirin. One of those, you know, generics. They work great." She passed Laura a fresh drink.

She shrugged. Generic aspirin had to be safe, right? If she was going to get through the rest of this night, she needed something. She popped the pills and swallowed them down with a sip of the vodka drink.

"Oh no!" A wail from the other end of the table threatened to drown out the clanging slots.

"What's wrong?" Laura raised her voice to be heard.

"I broke a nail." Rachel, stricken, held up the middle finger of her left hand to show the tip of one artificial nail hanging like a hinge.

"Nail glue will fix it," one the bridesmaids said, precipitating a frantic search through everyone's large designer bags. Laura watched as the four women emptied makeup, smart phones, iPods, prescription bottles, candy bars, and condoms onto the table. No nail glue.

"I've got some in my room," Rachel said. "Laurie, hon, would you be a dear and run get it for me?" She slid a room card down the table.

"Rachel, the hotel is three blocks away." Three blocks through Vegas Strip traffic.

"You can get the nail glue and meet us at Excalibur. We'll head over there now." Rachel rose, the others moving with her as if connected by strings. "We'll wait for you there." Then they were gone, tripping out of the bar in their strappy sandals, neon drinks in hand.

Laura stared at the room card. She was tempted to go back to her own room, crawl into bed, and not get out until the wedding next week. She wouldn't say Rachel was a classic Bridezilla, but as the perfect little sister marrying the perfect man in the perfect storybook wedding, she was more than a little insufferable. And she'd had so much to drink tonight that tomorrow she wouldn't even remember the nail glue.

But Laura would remember. She sighed. That was the trouble with having a conscience. As the older sister, she'd been looking after Rachel since she was born — no time to stop now. She pocketed the key and made her way out of the dim bar onto the circus of the Las Vegas strip on a Saturday night.

For a small town girl from Davenport, Iowa, Vegas was sensory overload. Too many people, too much noise, and confusion. She'd been up since dawn for their red-eye flight from Chicago. All she wanted was to lie down and take a nap. She studied the mini Eiffel Tower of Paris, the fountains of the Bellagio, and the billboards advertising the latest and greatest Vegas shows.

A wall of people surged past her on the sidewalk. A cacophony of honking horns, blaring rock music, high-pitched squeals, and the drone of vendors hawking various wares made her head ache even more. The air smelled of car exhaust, popcorn, and sweat. She felt mildly disoriented as she squeezed into the traffic flow, dodging a beefy young man who tried to shove a flyer into her hand and a woman selling bottled water. Above the noise of the crowd, she heard the cannon fire from the Treasure Island pirates show and the throbbing bass of a car idling on the street in front of the Bellagio.

She stopped and looked around, trying to get her bearings. She and Rachel and the other bridesmaids were staying near the middle of the Strip. Should she turn left or right here? She'd always been terrible with directions, and she was suddenly so fuzzy-headed. Had the main hotel entrance been directly on the Strip, or on one of these little cross streets?

She turned left, and found herself on a small side street that ran between the hotels. "The Ultimate Vegas Wedding Chapel," declared a silvery neon sign overhead. She stopped to gape at the thirty-foot high rendition of Elvis in all his rhinestone glory beside the chapel's front door.

"Excuse me, Miss. I wonder if you could do me a big favor?"

She heard the words, but they didn't really register. The man who spoke wore a fashionably cut pin-striped suit and shiny black shoes. His black hair fell across his forehead, and he looked at her with the bluest eyes she'd ever seen. He was gorgeous. Was he talking to her? And why was his head bobbing around like that? "What did you —?" she mumbled, her own voice sounding far away.

"I need you to do me a favor." He took her elbow and gently urged her toward the door of the chapel. "It won't take but a moment, and it would really help me out."

He kept glancing over his shoulder, as if watching for someone, but when his gaze shifted to her, it held the most earnest, pleading look.

He really was good-looking, and apparently he needed her help with ... She wanted to touch his hair. Why did she keep losing her train of thought? "Okay, it never hurts to help," she giggled.

"Wonderful." He slipped his arm around her and walked her all the way into the chapel. A woman in a white, sequined evening gown handed her a bouquet of silk roses, and a second formally-dressed woman pinned a lace veil in her hair.

"Don't you look lovely," the second woman cooed.

"What?" Laura fumbled the veil out of her eyes. "I don't —"

"It's okay." The handsome man's voice was soothing, his hand on her arm gentle. "If you could just help me out here. Pretend you're madly in love with me."

She laughed. "That shouldn't be hard. You're gorgeous." Had she really said that? She ought to be mortified, but all she felt was a pleasant, floating sensation. And this man was being so reassuring with his arm around her, so strong and comforting. He held her as if she was some delicate, fragile thing. So nice ...

"Thanks. You look great." He took her hand, and she heard him say, "If we could just hurry this up a bit."

The door to the chapel opened, and two men in dark suits entered. They locked eyes with the man by Laura's side, and one of them curled his lips in an expression that was more sneer than smile. She gasped and stumbled back in fear. The men looked so angry. "Abruzzo," the sneering man growled.

"Can't talk now," Laura's escort said, slipping his arm around her waist. "I'm busy."

His arm felt good around her, the muscles hard beneath the fine fabric of his suit jacket. She leaned against him, partly because it felt so good, and partly because she was having trouble keeping her balance. She hadn't had that much to drink. Maybe she was just tired. Yes, if she could only lie down for a minute and close her eyes ...

"Are you okay?" Her escort's expression filled with concern.

"Great. I'm doing great," she said, but the words came out garbled.

"Everything will be fine," he said. "I promise I'll take care of you."

That would be nice, having someone take care of her. She was so used to looking after other people ...

Loud music made her jump, and the young man urged her toward the front of the room. The song sounded so familiar. She began to sing along. "Dum, dum, dee-dum."

A man in a sequined suit stood at the front of the room, a microphone in his hand. Not Elvis, she realized, but Liberace. Liberace? And that song — the wedding march? She closed her eyes. As dreams went, this was one of her most bizarre.

"Darling, wake up." The handsome man spoke very close to her ear, his breath warm. He smelled like expensive aftershave. Very nice. She smiled.

"Say 'I do,'" the man whispered.

"I do," she said. Obviously, this was some kind of play or something. One of those audience participation things, where they dragged people out of the audience on stage. But where was the audience? She turned to look for them, but nearly fell over. The man's arm steadied her, facing her forward once more.

Liberace mumbled something she couldn't quite make out. Everyone's voices came to her through a fog. Had there been something in that last drink? Or maybe those aspirin ...? She shook her head, trying to clear it, but only managed to knock her veil askew.

"Now we just need to take care of the paperwork." The handsome man guided her to a table at the back of the room and put a pen in her hand. "If you'll just sign here."

"What am I signing?" she asked.

"The marriage license," Liberace said. "We want to make this all legal now, don't we?"

She giggled. This was definitely a dream. She'd just go with the flow and see what happened next. Feeling as if she were floating somewhere near the ceiling, she scrawled her signature across the paper. "You were wonderful," the man said, and kissed her cheek.

She touched the side of her face, where his lips had brushed her skin. "What happens now?" she asked.

"Come with me. I promise you have nothing to be afraid of."

"No, I'm not afraid." Nothing about this man inspired fear. He made her feel safe and content. Very happy. But so, so tired. She closed her eyes to rest for just a moment and drifted back into blackness, into a dream where she was lying in a handsome man's strong arms. A man with the bluest, saddest eyes she'd ever seen.

* * *

David studied the beautiful woman in his arms and a tsunami of guilt washed over him. Laura Nichols was young, maybe in her early twenties. With the clear complexion and subdued makeup of a small-town girl-next-door. What the hell had he been thinking, involving someone like her in his troubles? Yes, he'd been desperate to do something — anything — to keep those two thugs from putting a bullet in the back of his head, but he never should have recruited a civilian to help. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

"Is she going to be okay?" Liberace — or rather, the guy who played Liberace at this wedding chapel — frowned at the woman.

"Just a little jet lag." He offered a weak smile and headed toward the exit. "She'll be fine once she's had a little rest." Or once he poured a gallon of coffee in her. He hadn't realized she'd been so out of it until it was too late.

He stepped out of the chapel onto the crowded sidewalk. No one even blinked at a guy carrying a woman past them. Just another vacationer who'd partied too hard. At least Victor and Charlie had wandered off to plague someone else. Had they really bought his story about being in Vegas to get married? All he needed was for them to believe him for a few more days. That would give him enough time to persuade Tommy Zacolli to do the right thing and testify against his old man. David had been chasing Frank Zacolli for too long, and he'd never been so close to reeling him in before. He'd risk everything to close this case.

Except now he'd risked an innocent woman. He settled her more securely in his arms. She sighed and curled into him. Her breasts pressed against his chest, and he was aware of her firm, rounded bottom against his arms. She had lush curves and such a sweet face.

He'd find a way to make this up to her. "Taxi!" he yelled.

He'd have to find a way to explain her to his bosses, as well. This would be one more black mark to add to his file. The words from his last employee review were burned into his memory: "Impulsive. Acts rashly."

Only the fact that — so far, at least — his methods had yielded good results had saved him from getting canned.

A yellow cab screeched to a halt in front of him. David struggled to prop Laura between him and the car in order to open the back door. She murmured something unintelligible and sagged against him, her left breast conveniently filling — and overflowing — his hand. "Is she drunk or sick or what?" the cabby asked when David had poured his bride into the back seat and climbed in after her.

Or what? She didn't reek of alcohol, but she'd definitely over-indulged in something. She didn't act particularly ill, just spacy and maybe tired. "Jet lag," he said.

The cabby looked doubtful. "Never seen jet lag like that."

"It's a severe reaction. She'll be fine once we get to our hotel." He gave the name of the place just off the Strip where he was staying.

"If she gets sick in my cab, you pay a cleaning fee," the cabby said.

David prayed the woman wouldn't get sick. And that she didn't decide to sue him once she woke up. Asking a stranger for a favor was one thing, but marrying someone you'd just met was a whole other level of screw-up. He'd told himself anything was better than being shot; now he wasn't so sure.

* * *

Laura woke to a beam of bright light shining directly in her eyes through a gap in the hotel room's drawn drapes. She groaned and rolled over, then blinked and stared. This was not her room. This was a much nicer room than hers was, with sleek, modern furniture and a separate seating area.

She sat up and saw the man — a vaguely familiar, very good-looking man — who sat in the chair beside the bed, studying her intently. The intensity of his gaze unnerved her. Who was he? And what was she doing here, in bed with him watching her? Oh God — she'd heard about things like this. Men who kidnapped women off the streets and made them into sex slaves. The women were always like her — quiet, small town girls the men thought they could take advantage of. Icy panic gripped her, and she opened her mouth to scream, but in two strides he was on her, his hand clamped over her mouth. "It's okay," he said. "I won't hurt you."

He had the same pleading blue eyes she remembered from her dream. Well, she'd thought it was a dream. The details were coming back to her now: there'd been something about a chapel and a wedding ... he'd been afraid and needed her help. This morning a shadow of dark beard dusted his jaw, but that only made him more handsome. "Promise you won't scream?" he asked, his voice gentle even if his hand on her mouth was not.

She nodded, and he removed his hand and stepped back. "How are you feeling thismorning, Laura?"

"How do you know my name?"

"You told me last night." He moved to a side table where coffee service waited. He filled a cup from a silver pot. The enticing aroma of coffee drifted to her. "Cream or sugar?"



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The Wedding Gamble 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Vivi24 More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book.  I’ve read several of Cindi Myers’ books and have been split down the middle on liking and disliking her books.  I figured this one could be my deciding vote.  Sadly, it looks like I won’t be buying any more of Ms. Myers’ books.  This story could have been good and I was expecting more after reading the reviews.  But the plot was ridiculous and I didn’t care all that much for the characters.  It also took me days to get through this book – with another book thrown in for relief.  I’d definitely skip this book and find another read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books like this one however i just found myself hoping this book would end soon. The whole plot was not believable at all.
Lagalloway More than 1 year ago
5 Vegas Lights Stars!! I was completely won over by Cindi Myers’ The Wedding Gamble. There are multiple tales of last second Vegas nuptials to complete strangers, but I have never read one quite like this. It was a story I HAD to read in one sitting to find out what happened.  Laura Nichols is “having the time of her life!” in Vegas for her little sister’s bachelorette party. No wait, that’s not right. She isn’t even close to having the kind of Vegas fun that Vegas always promises. That is, until she stumbles upon David Abruzzo who asks her for a favor. It isn’t until the morning after that she realizes that favor was marriage. David Abruzzo is undercover….well, at least he was, but then two heavy hitters for the Zacolli crime family find David’s sudden appearance in Vegas to be highly suspicious. Of course, David was there to get married…without a bride. Laura and David find themselves in a life or death situation in which them playing their parts of happy-in-love newlyweds is absolutely crucial. But when does it turn from acting into the real thing?  Laura was a character that I simply loved and connected with. She was the good girl, who always did the right thing, completely selfless and willing to help any and everyone she came in contact with. But Laura needed a little wild in her life and that is exactly what she got with David. David had me hook-line-and-sinker right from the beginning. It really isn’t fair to other men who may be compared to him. He is the good guy, on the right side of the law, but has a certain badass-ness about him that makes him devilishly charming.  Cindi’s writing is one-of-a-kind that had me riveted the entire time. I loved the humor, the danger, the romance, and the heat that steams off the pages.  A must read for those who like romance and thrill or who just like a really good book ¿  (I received an ARC for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review.)
gaele More than 1 year ago
Quiet and shy Laura has always been the sensible, quiet and serious sister often rolled over and taken advantage of by her younger, thinner and far more demanding little sister.  Again Laura has been steamrolled into a bachelorette to celebrate her sister’s upcoming wedding.  A drunken wander later and she wakes up married to a man who is sexy, confident and dangerous.  David is an undercover agent currently involved with the mafia, and being manhandled and threatened by two goons.  The story has several moments of complete and utter fantastical scenes, but the core characters of David and Laura are extremely well developed.  This unexpected twist that is so not like the Laura her spoiled sister has come to know, she thrives under the care and protection of David, his obvious appreciation of her sense, her curves and her ballsy reactions to pressure and dangerous situations all help her to discover the strength and appeal she didn’t realize was there.  This is the perfect Vegas getaway story: everyone wants to be someone different on vacation and where better than Vegas.  The fast paced story that crams a ton of action into a short time allows the characters to truly see each other in pressure situations, and provides the reader with some steamy scenes that are perfectly fitting to the whirlwind relationship.  Cindi Myers has created an indulgent little story: testing the excesses and options that can be found in Vegas while the characters find a way to grasp that happily ever after despite the odds.  I received an eBook from Entangled for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.  
Romance-Junkie1 More than 1 year ago
Mix together a preschool teacher, an FBI agent, the mob, Vegas, and an impromptu wedding and what to do you get?  A fun read!!  This story is a well-written mix of fun, danger, and craziness.  Parts of it may make you laugh out loud.  But the character and relationship development are great as well. A fun, quick read!
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Check your brain at the door and have fun with this “what happens in Vegas” story.  Preschool teacher and all around good girl Laura Nichols is in Las Vegas with her younger, prettier, “perfect” sister and her sisters friends doing a bachelorette party week before her sister gets married. This is so not her thing but she goes along to get along. She gets separated from her sister and friends and somehow ends up in the arms of hunky FBI agent David Abruzzo who needs someone to marry him, quickly, in an effort to fool the mafia goons following him that he came to Vegas for reasons other than what they think.  Feeling tipsy and a little low Laura agrees and then the fun begins. This is an unlikely romp but oh so much fun.  Running all over Vegas with a hot FBI undercover agent, going under the covers with the same, it’s all fun and games till someone gets hurt.  I got a kick out of this and think you will too. I received a copy from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.
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KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 4 out of 5 Licks I really enjoyed this book. It's interesting to see the marriage of convince outside of a regency type novel. While being grabbed and rushed into a marriage probably wasn't what Laura was planning for her trip to Vegas, she seemed to really enjoy to the wild trip she wound up having. I loved her playfulness and watching her really break out of her shell. David, a typical troubled man, was lots of fun too. There were so many times I found myself laughing out loud at the craziness the two of them kept getting into. The sex between them was hot and the romance that built between them even hotter. You'd think by now I'd learn not to worry when it comes to my characters getting their HEA, but I was a bit worried with this one. It may all work out in the end but it sure was a wild ride there.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
The Wedding Gamble is a fast paced, on the edge of your seat romance that will take your breath away! With a story that happens in Vegas, an impromptu wedding, and getting drunk off of allergy medicine, what’s not to love. This book will make you laugh till your sides hurt, hold your breath while you wait for the hero to save the day, and make you sigh and blush from that first touch of love. Fall in love with David and Laura, this story is gamble that is well worth the risk! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
KayTiana More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing book, filled with adventure, mystery, and emotion. Each chapter is thrilling and makes you want to continue reading to see what happens next; which is why I finished the book in one day! The passion between the two main characters is felt by the reader, who also finds themselves going through the same experiences alongside the couple. The language and structure is brilliant, and I would love to read a sequel! Great work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
xCynyx More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Wedding Gamble. It's a fun, quick novel set in Vegas full of romance and mystery.  Laura is in Vegas to celebrate her sister's bachelorette party even though no one remembers is her birthday and her little sister is very self center. 27 Dresses style.  While doing an errand for her sister, Laura meets David in front of a chapel where he asks her to do him a little favor.  Now, Laura was a bit drunk and on medication, which is why she ends up marrying David in the first place. Because you see, Laura is the good girl. The one who always thinks things through and doesn't do wild things like that.  David was in Vegas doing his job as an undercover agent for the FBI. But when his mob boss finds out he's in Vegas when he should be in Chicago, David must come up with a excuse: He's there for getting married.  David is a jaded cop. He's seen and done too much in the name of justice and he lives for nothing more than putting criminals in prison. Laura is a preschool teacher. She loves kids and wears her heart in her sleeve. She's all David would like in a woman... if he wanted to settle down.  And now, both of them need to keep up the marriage in order to stay alive.  The Marriage Gamble is great. There were some moments where I found myself laughing at the crazy situations these two got themselves in only 48 hours. And sometimes I questioned how David kept himself alive alone all this time because Laura save him most of the time. Laura is a fun character when she's pretending to be this bold woman David married. She goes for what she wants, she's brave and has the funniest on-the-spot improv. She really grown in the book, from the perfect girl everyone got advantage off to the woman who could stand up for herself.  And David is really swoon worthy. He makes sure she has a good birthday and does everything he can to help her see just how amazing she is. The Wedding Gamble has everything you'd expect from a novel set in Vegas and we all just love that, right? *eARC provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review*
Eve379 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and it was better than I thought it was going to be. The book starts out with the heroine Laura in Las Vegas for her sister Rachel's(the pretty, thin, smart, popular sister)bachelorette trip. The trip also happens to fall on Laura's 26th bday which everyone seems to have forgotten. She doesn't complain, she just goes with the flow. At first I thought she was a bit of a pushover and I didn't care too much for Rachel. Then when Rachel sends her off as if she's her own personal gopher she meets David. David asks her to do him a favor and as usual Laura obliges. It's not until the next morning that when she sees the marriage license that she realizes how real his favor was. The rest of the book was pretty fast paced as they get in and out of all sorts of scary situations. By the end of the book I liked Laura a lot more. I liked that she was shown as more than just a pushover. I liked that she stood up to her sister. I really liked that David did little things to show his appreciation when everyone else forgot. All in all it was a pretty good book. The only thing I would have liked is a little more of them together at the end. **I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
purevogue More than 1 year ago
This was a Vegas story for real. Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I really enjoyed the fun that took place in this story. Nice work! I'd recommend this book to anyone. :-)
Janell_Sutherland More than 1 year ago
Here’s another “Got wasted in Vegas and ended up married” story, and it was great fun, proving that predictable works if it’s written well. Laura is in Las Vegas for her younger sister’s bachelorette party. It’s also Laura’s birthday, not that anyone remembers. She’s having a miserable time until one of the bridesmaids gives her some “generic aspirin,” and then Laura is wandering the Strip in a loopy haze. She meets David outside of a wedding chapel, and he asks her to do him a favor. Laura always tries to help others, so she agrees. She thinks it’s a dream when they get married, but the next morning she realizes that it wasn’t. David is working undercover for the FBI, tracking down a witness. When the wrong people see him in Vegas, he tells them that he’s there to get married. Enter Laura. David wants her to forget about him and go back to safety, but Laura can’t stop trying to help him, protect him, look out for him. Laura is a preschool teacher, a size 12, used to sacrificing herself for her sister, used to being the unattractive, boring afterthought in her family. But when she sees bad guys threaten her new husband, she busts out her inner actress and distracts them. It’s fun to watch her discover her inner bravery and hidden talents. David’s life has centered around bringing down one particular mob boss. He hasn’t had room in his life for relationships. Capering with Laura makes him wish for something he didn’t know he wanted, and it also uncovers a pretty sexy protective side. As the bad guys circle, Laura and David grow closer. He even buys her a birthday cake, which would melt my heart in an instant. Danger intensifies their relationship, and pretty soon — after a few interruptions — they are exploring the benefits of their marriage. The author does a great job of describing Las Vegas. From the canals of Venice to Circus Circus, from Fremont Street to the Bellagio Fountains, from the sounds of Treasure Island cannons to the crowded sidewalks, I felt like I was there.  When they’ve done their job, David sends Laura back home to safety, with the expectation that she’ll get an annulment. The final HEA happened quickly, both from a book-timeline standpoint and from a writing standpoint. I could have been held in suspense a little longer, but I’m not complaining. Overall this was fun, amusingly suspenseful, and sweet.  Rating: B + This review also posted on Red Hot Books
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
What happens in Vegas… With romance, sexiness, completely loveable characters and a great (albeit unlikely) storyline, this book has it all. A fabulous read from start to finish, I loved every page. Laura Nichol’s, a pre-school teacher, is in Las Vegas for her ‘perfect’ sister’s hen party. She’s sweet, sensible and dependable and her family expect her to put herself out for them. David Arbruzzo, an unbelievably sexy undercover FBI agent is witty, kind and protective and needs to prove to the mob he’s in Vegas getting married… so he picks the one girl least likely to embark on a quickie Vegas wedding (although if I was approached in Vegas by him I would marry him!) There was nothing not to love about the man. The chemistry between them was perfect and their ‘marriage’ was dangerous and exciting, tender and passionate with moments that were heartwarming and others that tugged on the heartstrings. Their bedroom activities were hot and sexy and the situations Laura finds herself in generate moments that have you holding your breath in anticipation. I laughed, I swooned and I sighed those appreciative 'sighs' that we romantic women are prone. And I loved the fact that Laura doesn’t have the ‘perfect’ figure. It made her realistic and even more loveable. The only thing I felt was missing was an epilogue, but that doesn’t detract from a fabulous book that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and is one I will be reading again. I received this book as an ARC from the publisher for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Tearly6 More than 1 year ago
I had never had a chance to read a Vegas-set novel, but I really liked Cindi Meyers' take on the quickie wedding and its subsequent consequences in The Wedding Gamble.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Last night I finished The Wedding Gamble by Cindi Myers. I personally liked the story. I thought it was cute and entertaining. Plus, who doesn't like a story set in Vegas? However, one thing that needs to be remember when reading a Vegas setting story is the likelihood of anything that happens in the story might not happen in real life. Second, it's a story and should be enjoyed as a story. With that said here are my thoughts on the story: Laura Nichols is having a pretty crappy start to her birthday. Yes, she is the sweetest person in the world to let her sister enjoy her bachelorette party, but still her sister forgot Laura's birthday. Don't get me started on the self-center sister. Anyways, she needs to run an errand for her sister and meets David Abruzzo. David is an undercover FBI agent and needs to find a wife in a hurry otherwise the jig is up. Well, he stumble upon Laura. With a quickie wedding their adventure beginnings. All right, the story is highly unlikely to happen in Vegas or anywhere. Hey, it was a lot of fun to read. First, it takes place in Vegas the land where anything can happen. Second, you have a quickie wedding. I love quickie weddings, especially when both parties don't really know each other. Third, we have the mob chasing after these crazy love birds. All this spells an entertaining good time. So, if you are looking for a fun-filled Vegas adventure without the heat, you might want to read The Wedding Gamble. Copy provided by the publisher