'A Poker Game of Love' is an in-depth look at the assorted humiliations, frequent disappointments and hard-earned triumphs (often at the expense of someone's downfall) of a group of people in their late 20s, struggling to make it through life. Following the subtle change of roles, expectations and limits in relationships that are far from what they seem at first, the book explores the way people's darker urges, insecurities, vanity and need for validation dictate and shape their lives.
With wry humour Alice Walsh explores the powerful driving force that is female sexuality and the way it can be used in exchange for services and a glamorous lifestyle. Witness a deep and compelling story of dysfunctionality, promiscuity, emotional unavailability and the ultimate gift of learning to let go and move on from past mistakes.
In a world, where every date is a gamble and every relationship is a poker game of love - one of the players will have to outmanoeuvre all the rest to come out as the undeniable winner at the cost of anything. Because all is fair in love and war...
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About the Author
Her debut novel A Poke Game of Love, which came out in February, 2014, has been described as a 'witty, darker amalgam of The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City', Walsh herself doesn't hide the works of critically-acclaimed Lauren Weisberger and Candace Bushnell were a source of inspiration for her first book. 'I've always identified with their signature sharp style of expression.' the author admits.
Currently dividing her time between writing and social networking, Alice can be often spotted out and about Edinburgh, trying to keep up with the city's vibrant pace.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite A Poker Game of Love by Alice H. Walsh deals with the theme of female sexuality and how it can be used potently by women. The story revolves around the main characters of Sylvie, James and Karen and their sexual escapades. All three main characters play each other off cleverly in the game of sex, making the title apt for the story. Sylvie is very ordinary looking but she makes herself eye-catching by wearing attractive clothes. Stephen is her former lover and acquaintance and the man who does the bulk of Sylvie's work, and he does not mind being used by her. James is the man responsible for changing Sylvie's attitude towards sex by making her go through an abusive relationship with him. The book explores the theme of a dysfunctional relationship which the author has portrayed effectively. Some parts of the plot are disturbing. The behavior of the characters is also disturbing and their take on sex is outrageous. The author's observations about relationships and sex take an upper hand in the plot. Her characterization of the characters and their behavior has been done well to make the plot exciting and compelling. The manner in which partners or lovers use each other in a relationship has been well depicted. The story line is fast paced and will keep readers glued to the pages.
I received a gifted copy for an honest review. 3 1/2 stars This book is about Sylvia and James and each chapter alternates from their POV. Sylvia and James have known each other for over 10 years. In the beginning of their relationship, Sylvia was head over heels in love with James and she lost her virginity to him. However, James only used Sylvia for sex and was verbally abusive to her. After a few years of Sylvia hoping for something different with James and James continuing to use her, Sylvia's feelings for James start to diminish but she decides to start using him for sex while still pretending that she loves him. Sylvia realizes love/relationships are like a poker game and the winner is whoever can bluff the best. Sylvia learns James' tricks on using people to get what she wants. Sylvia has several different men in her life now, some for sex, one that she strings along to do her work for her and one that she sees her future with. Thanks to James, Sylvia no longer believes in such a thing as love but realizes it is time to look to the future and is proud of herself for landing a great catch in George, a wealthy man looking to a career in politics. James didn't want a real relationship with women, only sex. He knew that he couldn't be committed to just one woman because then he might find himself alone with no back-up plan. For a long time, Sylvia has been James' back-up plan, always at his beck and call for a good time. When Sylvia begins a relationship with a man she considers to be the ONE, James starts to question the path he has chosen. He decides he too needs to be in a relationship and finds himself a sweet, naïve woman who will dote on him and still have his fun on the side. Can Sylvia and James continue their "poker game" without getting caught? As in every game, there will be a loser but who will play it better, Sylvia or James? This book is well written and gives a quite interesting view of a player's mind and their rationale for what they do. Even though it was difficult to like either of the main characters in this book, the story keeps your interest from beginning to end. I would recommend this book to anyone that doesn't mind a cynical view of life and love.
I am really glad I came across this book. It’s really refreshing to come across a novel with a strong-willed, independent and confident woman who has her s*** together and is perfectly in control of her life. Reading it, I couldn’t help but compare Sylvia to Samantha from SATC – extremely sexual, promiscuous and unwilling to settle for anything less than what she ‘knows she deserves’. And I just love the shift between male and female perspective, which gives the reader a profound understanding of the situation from all angles. I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author.