Even Money

Even Money

by Alessandra Torre
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Even Money by Alessandra Torre

Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes. I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless sex. He owned half of Vegas, with the reputation to match. I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer. Then, the lies started. Rumors spread. Stalking commenced. And someone died. None of it stopped me from falling in love. *This is book 1 in a duet. The second book, Double Down, will release on June 18th

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162070900
Publisher: Alessandra Torre
Publication date: 06/04/2018
Series: All In Duet , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,353
File size: 507 KB

About the Author

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com. In addition to writing, Alessandra is the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink, a website, community, and online school for aspiring authors. Learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or her Facebook fanpage.

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Even Money 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
I LOVE STORY TIME B.B. 13 days ago
4.5 Stars!!! "It had been sixty seconds of interaction. Less than a commercial break. As short as a hand of blackjack. Forgetting her should be easy. But in sixty seconds, a gun could be fired. A knife thrust. A bomb ignited. Sixty seconds could be nothing, or it could destroy a man." What the what?! OMG... what just happened?! This book! It sucks you in and spits you out with a bang! Just when I thought I knew how it all was going to go down, those last few words! Holy hell, things are about to get craaazy! I’m so nervous! What is going to happen now? Oh my heart. It broke for Dario. From the moment he was introduced in this story, I was captivated. I knew there was no way Bell could resist such a stunning, powerful man. I loved the sexual tension and the chemistry between them. Who knew loving someone could end so badly? All I know, is that this is a must read for fans of romantic suspense! I highly recommend! "He was handsome, but it wasn't even his looks. There was something between us, and I stepped back in hopes it would fade. It didn't." ♥ Review by Lys *Book 2, Double Down, to be released June 18. I am counting down the days!
Anonymous 14 hours ago
She never disappoints!! Great read and can't wait for the next book!
WendyBookWhore 2 days ago
I have read and loved other books by Alessandra Torre so decided to give Even Money a read. This book wreaked of wealth and power, not an element I am drawn to but it is working so far with Even Money. I was really surprised at the thriller aspect of this book. I went in a bit blind I suppose, just expecting greatness based on the author. (She did not disappoint.) But I anticipated more romance and less on the edge of my seat nervousness. The overall premise is a dangerous affair between a Vegas big shot, maybe The Vegas big shot, and a college party girl. She is only out for hook ups and, given his marriage, he isn't looking for anything serious either. Now the H does love his wife and really wants to be loyal to her but there is so much going on in the background that this affair is not surprising. Both the H and his wife are likable characters but so is the mistress. The wife's psychotic father is added to the mix and it all hits the fan. This is a duet and Even Money does end in a cliffhanger. Still very worth the read and a short wait until book 2. Loved it and can't wait for the conclusion. You really will want to read book 2.
carvanz 2 days ago
Holy Wow! This book captured me from page one and by the time I reached the end I was a balled up mess of nerves. Working for friends who feel like family at an underground casino, Bell meets the man who basically owns Vegas. The chemistry and attraction to Dario is immediate despite the fact that few words are spoken. When it comes to light that he is having her followed, he uses it to push open the door and enter her life in a substantial way. Dario is instantly attracted to Bell and unable to get her off his mind. With stalker like actions, he sets out to learn everything he can about her. Once he accomplishes his goals he is completely trapped. His desire for her has now put Bell and his wife in danger and any decision he makes will only compound the problem. But he can’t let her go. I loved Dario’s obsessive tendencies in regards to Bell, his need to protect and provide for her. However, she’s a strong independent woman who has survived a nightmare and refuses to yield to his demanding ways. (Be assured, this trait does not lead to any too stupid to live moments.) Bell has no intention of getting into a relationship with anyone but she finds herself unable to stop the pull that Dario has on her heart. I enjoyed watching her slowly accept that what she felt for Dario was love. Together, this couple move through some rocky places as Bell is reluctant due to his marriage and Dario is intent on keeping her safe. The pull toward each other overcomes all their obstacles. Along the way, we occasionally get another point of view in the story. This one is dark and sinister and ratchets up the angst each time they pop up. There is evil here and it’s only a matter of time before it rears its ugly head. This had a great pace to it that never got too wordy. The secondary characters were wonderful and the steam between the hero and heroine was scorching. Yes, it’s true, Dario is married. However, his wife is his best friend and the marriage was arranged for purposes other than love. While his wife is in love with another man, he has arrangements with two women. This ends in a huge cliffhanger! I’m talking HUGE! Thank goodness the next book, Double Down is releasing in a few days. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
MBurton 3 days ago
What a fantastic read! I'm so glad that I have the habit of just diving into books with little to no knowledge. I would have regretted passing on this book because if I had known the hero was married, I don't think I would have given this one a chance. Cheating is such a grey area for people so I will say that for me, I did not view this couple as cheating. The marriage is a business relationship but a whole lot more complicated than that. That complication as well as Dario and Bell's relationship is what had me riveted to this book. Dario is a very powerful man in Vegas. One you don't want to mess with. With just one look at Bell, he switches his laser sharp focus onto her with an intensity that makes it impossible to say no to. For such a powerful man, he's never met someone who could so easily disrupt the fragile balance of his marriage, his job and his life. Bell is just one tiny fish in the big vast ocean full of sharks. She's focused on her job and her studies. She doesn't do relationship, only casual hookups. Due to what she suffered at 15, she's never been tempted to risk more than her body to a man. Until Dario. The one man she's willing to risk it all is unattainable. There were so many things about this book that grabbed my attention. Dario's power and the way he pursued Bell. The way Bell stood up for herself even when she wanted to cave. The wife. The father-in-law. Claudia. You know it's all going to crumble down but you don't know how. It sucked me in and left me hanging in the end. I loved every minute of it. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Marlene976 3 days ago
OMG is what I said when I finished this book and OMG is how I am still reacting 24hrs later. Nothing in this book was as it seemed and it was a wild ride trying to figure out where we were going. I loved every minute of it. Bell, Dario, Lance, Rick, Gwen ( heart breaks for Gwen) too many wonderful characters to mention ( which says a lot about the writing when you love the support characters nearly as much as the main characters) . So many twists and turns, tension, mystery, fear, love, sex, friendship.....Amazing read
whatsbetterthanbooks 5 days ago
Ominous, dramatic, and risqué! Even Money is an edgy, sultry thrill ride that takes you on a journey into the life of Bell Hartley, a feisty college-student and casino waitress who finds herself inadvertently caught up in all the power, corruption, and violence of sin city when the dangerous, commanding, married Dario Capece sweeps her off her feet. The prose is dark and seductive. The characters are consumed, possessive, and impulsive. And the well-paced, suspenseful plot is filled to the brim with twists, turns, surprises, depravity, sex and murder. Overall, Even Money is another tense, intriguing, salacious tale by Torre that has just the right amount of romance and mystery to keep you invested and engaged from start to finish and a cliffhanger ending that will have you counting down the days until Double Down, All In Duet #2, releases in the later part of June.
Lorizen 6 days ago
This was just an okay read for me. Maybe I'm old school Ms Torre, because I loved her early books. This one lacked the depth and great plot lines that made her previous books so incredible. You've read the storyline enough without me having to rehash it again. Just enough to say there's a whole lot of crazy going on in this book. I will say I loved the layout of the book and made it easy to read. The books is a crazy quadrangle of psycho which adds to the spin. Dario and Bell are a bit one dimensional. Gwen I understood. Her crazy father is just that. The book ends on a cliffhanger and you have no idea where this story is going to go in the second book. You might think you do but never underestimate Allesandra and her writing ability. This one may have been a little on the light side but I think we're all going to get smacked between the eyes in book 2. Just my thoughts on that. *arc from NetGalley and Publisher post release for an honest review**
LilleyLoohLah 6 days ago
4.5 Stars Oh my word!! I have no words. How does Alessandra Torre come up with these, unique, brilliant, unexpected storylines? I thought I knew which way this book would go, I had a few theories, I was trying to imagine each scenario, and then BAM! I did not see that coming. My head is spinning. Now to the characters, Dario and Bell, I adored them, even Gwen, I had respect for knowing her upbringing and her psychotic father. For such a strong, intimating man, Dario is so sweet, caring and understanding with Bell, just the right amount of alpha. As for Bell, maybe she is a little weak, allowing the affair with Dario to go ahead, but let’s be honest. How would you fair up against all that confidence and charisma? A wonderful story full of suspense and angst with just the right amount of sexy time. I’m being petty only giving this book 4.5 stars out of 5, this is purely because I’m frustrated at having to wait for book 2. I know it’s all part of reading a duet. It doesn’t mean I have to like it though. I was well and truly hooked from the first page, and following the explosive ending, I cannot wait to see what twists and turns book 2 will bring. I was provided with an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is my honest review.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Can't wait for the next book
SherryMH 8 days ago
Even Money, with its sensual words and smooth characters, screams to be read. Once you turn the first page, you’re hooked and Alessandra Torre keeps you on edge until the final page. This is the first book in a duet series and the second book, Double Down, releases on June 18th, so you don’t have to wait very long for the continuation of Bell and Dario’s exciting love story. You’ll realize fairly quickly that Alessandra is a master of wordplay and the way she writes has a lyrical quality. It brings to mind the scenes and the characters within the scenes, how they look, how they feel, what they want. It’s spellbinding and just one more reason to love this author’s novels. Dario is the King of Vegas and should be off limits. He’s bold and brash under silk ties and expensive suits. It’s an interesting juxtaposition to read what he’s feeling versus his actions and just another thing that makes Dario a unique character. Bell is young, closed off, and used to being in control sexually, but what happens when she finally meets Dario? Sparks fly, emotions blossom, and a truly fantastic story unfolds before our eyes. Alessandra Torre once again shares a story of two people that shouldn’t be together, but can’t be kept apart. I’ll tell you to expect the unexpected as there are a ton of twists in this story. I appreciated the peripheral characters, including Rick and Lance, as they are what give you a little more insight into Bell’s character and why they are so protective of her. Even Money as a story seems like something that could actually happen in the Vegas world. It’s not far-fetched and has roots in reality. Truly an exciting read and I cannot wait to get my hands on Double Down next week.
rachelperlaki 9 days ago
Leave it to Alessandra Torre to leave a reader on the edge of their seats with anticipation and that 'what's going to happen next' question floating in their heads! Talk about suspense! Yes, Even Money is a love story at the core, but this story had so many layers...it's hard to explain all the feelings I have for Bell and Dario's story. From the second that these two enthralling characters lock eyes, their lives change forever. As much as Bell wants to push Dario away, her efforts prove to be pointless. The chemistry these two have? Off. The. Charts! Torre does a wonderful job writing strong, believable characters, and Dario and Bell are no exception. Resilient, strong, and passionate, both would do anything for someone they love. Even Money put me through the ringer. The balance between romance and suspense was perfect. Alessandra did a flawless job grabbing the reader from the very first chapter and not letting go. This story was a binge read, and I didn't want it to end! Waiting, not so patiently for book 2!
kejowright 12 days ago
Put all your money on Dario and Bell... This book is captivating, scorching hot and has a jaw dropping cliff hanger. You will get swept away with Dario and Bell's hypnotic attraction. You will be spell bound by their connection and you will be left wanting to see how their cards play out in the deck that is being controlled by multiple other players' hands other than themselves. Is their attraction, chemistry and love enough to survive all the obstacles in their path????
CarolN27 12 days ago
Even Money is the perfect blend of danger, seductiveness and suspense. Alessanda Torre truly shines in her edgier, fast paced writing style, and she has delivered us a powerhouse. Set in the allure of the sunset strip, this book has you teetering on the very edge of power and control. Torre is a master at combining romance and suspense. I could not put this book down. Each chapter more addictive than the next. I can’t wait for book two. I'll be on the lookout to see if this book becomes an audiobook. I think it would be out of this world!
acordova81 12 days ago
Make sure you have time when you pick up Even Money because this book will hold you and you will not want to do anything else but find out what's going to happen next. Bell lives her life with no regrets and when she meets Dario she's not very sure about him. Dario has to work to get Bell.
seansmother 13 days ago
Alessandra can weave a tale like no other. You think you know what’s going to happen, and you’re almost never right. And I love that about her books. I’m always enthralled from the first word to the last. Bell and Dario are drawn to each other immediately. But forces are working against them, powerful, crazy forces — a bad combination. It will take an outlandish plan to get them out of trouble. Can’t wait for book 2. I’m sitting on the edge of my seat waiting!!!
RebeccaM 13 days ago
I don’t often read books by this author, but when I do I’m blown away with her talent to tell a story. Bell is a cocktail waitress who is caught up in Dario, the King of Vegas and hotel millionaire. The two can’t stay away from each other. From start to finish, I was enraptured with these two characters. I can’t wait for the next book in this duet so I can get back to their story.
michnew 13 days ago
I went into Even Money completely blind. I didn’t even realize this was a duet until I had about 10% left and was not even close to having enough of these two. Bell Hartley works as a cocktail waitress at the exclusive club The House, a place that provides discretion for their clients and neutral ground for the wealthy. Between day classes and serving drinks at night, the King of Vegas enters The House and Bell is instantly caught up in his gaze. Dario Capece is the King of Vegas, and is completely off limits. But Bell didn’t account for Dario being just as drawn to her, and willing to chase. Even Money was a thrilling and sexy ride from start to finish! I had no idea just what I was getting myself into when I started this book. There were twists and turns throughout the story and just when you think you finally understand what is happening, BAM. Another twist. I loved the slow seduction, the entire read was like foreplay to get to the big event. And just when you think you hit that sweet spot, Alessandra wows you with a chilling and epic ending to the first book and makes you crave book two.
Racie0417 13 days ago
I would rate this a 2.5. I adore Alessandra Torre and her books are generally 4 stars for me, but I adore been the books I rated 3 stars. I will be anticipating the conclusion as I sometimes find in duets that what I struggled with is fixed in the second book. What worked for me: I really enjoyed the secondary characters especially Bell’s bosses at The House. This book has a lot of steam and it is very well done. I recommend it to someone looking for lots of steam. I generally enjoyed Dario and Bell as characters. What did not work for me: very little happened in this book, outside of lots of internal monologue, Dario and Bell have an instant connection and left me not connecting with them as a couple, Dario’s POV was 3rd person while Bell’s was 1st person and it seemed a bit clunky. I will continue to see what happens, and hope I enjoy the second in the duet more.
Racie0417 13 days ago
I would rate this a 2.5. I adore Alessandra Torre and her books are generally 4 stars for me, but I adore been the books I rated 3 stars. I will be anticipating the conclusion as I sometimes find in duets that what I struggled with is fixed in the second book. What worked for me: I really enjoyed the secondary characters especially Bell’s bosses at The House. This book has a lot of steam and it is very well done. I recommend it to someone looking for lots of steam. I generally enjoyed Dario and Bell as characters. What did not work for me: very little happened in this book, outside of lots of internal monologue, Dario and Bell have an instant connection and left me not connecting with them as a couple, Dario’s POV was 3rd person while Bell’s was 1st person and it seemed a bit clunky. I will continue to see what happens, and hope I enjoy the second in the duet more.
JRichman 13 days ago
I really enjoyed Bell, I liked her tough exterior, I really liked her roommates and coworkers at the house and all their interactions were my favorite parts of the book. Her and Dario together I just didn't feel it, it felt too instant, It seemed like he was more into her then she was into him. I wish the mystery came into play earlier in the book, that kept me reading toward the end when I wasn't into the relationship. (less)
HeatherLM 13 days ago
WOW! What an ending! This book was SO good! I devoured it fairly quickly. Bell is a waitress at a high end casino in Las Vegas. She has a tragic past and doesn’t do relationships. She’s a friends with benefits kind of girl. That is until she meets Dario Capece. He is a big name in Las Vegas and they have an instant attraction. This book was amazing. I loved watching (reading) it all unfold. It has a suspense aspect to it the I also loved. I definitely recommend this book to everyone! I can’t wait to get the next book in the series. I NEED to know what is going to happen next.
MElise 13 days ago
This book will leave you craving for Double Down. I normally don't read series until all the books have been released. Since Book 2 is not to far away I thought I'm all in because I really enjoy Alessandra's work. I should have waited...that cliffhanger has me like I NEED BOOK 2! Great characters, great story and a whopper of an ending.
BetweentheSheets-Reviews 13 days ago
One thing you can expect from an Alessandra Torre book is to not expect the obvious. You will think it's going one way and...BAM...nope...she went another direction. Even Money is no exception. Dario and Bell are complicated flawed characters that didn't have any plans to find love yet it found them. The complex story line will keep you turning the pages and then leave you with a cliffy that will have you screaming at your ereader. Even Money is exactly why I love reading Alessandra's books. They always leave you begging for more and more and more.
Rinsky13 13 days ago
I’m not even sure what to say about this book without giving anything away. And I definitely don’t want to do that because everyone must go in blind and experience this without a heads up, a hint or a synopsis of the whole story. Alessandra Torre has yet again written a story that will stay with you long after you finished reading the last word. I will say that this is not your normal love story, though you definitely get the feels, and be prepared for the roller coaster of emotions. And for your mind to be blown. Again, this is going to stay with me for quite awhile. I cannot wait to read what happens next. I’ll be on pins & needles until then!!!