Dead Man's Hand

Dead Man's Hand

by Kristen Painter

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Dead Man's Hand by Kristen Painter

Welcome to Las Vegas, home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don't ask any questions.

Demi-goddess and muse Seraphina Kostos has been tasked with bringing her employer's wayward teenage daughter home. Not the hardest job Seraphina's ever had – until her boss calls in a favor in the form of extra help. The man who arrives is unlike any she's ever encountered.

Sin City Collector Ares rarely goes on typical Collections. Mostly because his skill set involves taking lives, not saving them. As the son of a vampire and a grim reaper, his touch holds the ability to reap souls. Sure, it makes for a lonely existence, but he's learned to deal with that. Or has he?

Beautiful Seraphina has him questioning everything he's ever known. Living the rest of his life alone suddenly seems impossible. But what kind of future is there with a woman he can't touch or hold or kiss?

What's Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...

*All Sin City Collectors Novellas are stand alone novellas, all set within the world of the SCC. Our goal is for you to sit back and enjoy the ride as each author presents their unique story. The world of the Sin City Collectors is big. Places and characters will overlap, so be sure to look for your favorites and stay tuned for more novellas!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150465176
Publisher: Kristen Painter
Publication date: 10/13/2014
Series: Sin City Collectors , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 253,543
File size: 893 KB

About the Author

Award winning author Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists and incredible worlds. She writes both paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter or on Facebook at where she loves to interact with readers. She’s also the co-founder of, an award-winning writers’ forum. Sign up here: to find out when her next release is coming out.

Kristen lives in Florida with her retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. She is represented by the Knight Agency.

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Dead Man's Hand 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadingOverTV More than 1 year ago
Dead Man's Hand by Kristen Painter Seraphina Kostos is a muse and a demigoddess. Ares is half vampire and reaper. Together they need to rescue the kidnapped hostage from the goblin. But no touching because Ares touch alone will reap that persons sole. I found Seraphina enjoyable. She is light hearted and cheerful. And poor Ares unable to touch anyone at all. How lonely for him. I'm glad they found each other and can lighten their hearts. Excerpt “She settled in beside him, crossed her arms and started watching the door, too. “Is this more of that top-secret government stuff?” “It’s not a government organization.” “Okay, top-secret agency stuff. I feel I should mention I’m a really good listener.” He grimaced like she’d hit a nerve. “Are you always this persistent?” “No.” Because most people spilled their guts around her. Scratch that—all people. Except this guy. Had she actually come across the one person who wasn’t influenced by her? The thought sent a shiver of excitement through her.” Excerpt From: Painter, Kristen. “Dead Man’s Hand.” Kristen Painter I received a copy of this book from the author.
crazy4peanutbutter More than 1 year ago
Dead Man’s Hand is the 4th book in the Sin City Collectors series and is written by Kristen Painter.Although the books are standalones there are character cross overs between the books. The series goes as follows..... 1. Aces Wild by Amanda Carlson 2. Queen of Hearts by Kristen Painter 3. Ante Up by Amanda Carlson 4. Dead Man's Hand by Kristen Painter In this book we have the main characters of Seraphina Kostos who is a Demi-goddess/ muse and Ares who is a wraith, which is the offspring of a vampire and a reaper which makes him unable to touch anyone without taking their souls. Seraphina's employers daughter goes missing and Seraphina offers to find her. To aid in helping her Seraphina is paired up with Ares. I liked the character of Ares a lot. He's hot, strong, tortured alpha male. His loneliness is soul deep and you find yourself just wanting to hug the guy and tell him everything will work out. Seraphina is funny, sweet and lonely herself. The chemistry between the 2 of them just jumps off the page. It's hot!!! I really like this book and think you will also. Received an ARC copy L
jamie-lee-davis More than 1 year ago
Wow kristen painter does it every time,for me this story had me hook from the beginning to the sexy man Ares and his lonely existence , it's another spin on the Greek gods ,but what a spin, it left me wanting more just like  seraphina,I hope we meet again , I couldn't get enough,if you haven't read kristen painter before this story is a good way to introduce, you to this author,once met your want to read more!
Enchantress More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this novella, the forth in the Sin City Collector Series, and second by Kristen Painter for review purposes. Although it is part of a series I think this would definitely work as a stand alone but my personal preference, as with most series, would be to read them in order from the beginning.  Yet again I loved this latest installment. The characters are full of life (which when you read the book you can't help but appreciate the irony there) and they jump off the page and drag you around on their adventures.  Unlike some of the previous novellas in this series there is a lot more mythology in this one and I loved the unique twist on a tale that I thought I already knew fairly well. What I didn't know much about were wraiths having rarely encountered them in my reading but let me tell you if this is what they are all about you can sign me up (once I find myself some immortality of course).  Bring on the next book ... ASAP!  An easy 5 out of 5 stars from me! V""V