Going All In

Going All In

by Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley, Wayne J. Keeley

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Three mismatched suburban couples, Steve and Katie, Marty and Erin, and Scarlett and C. Thomas, have been neighbors and friends for years. During a pummeling Connecticut Nor'Easter, the members of the bored triptych engage in a friendly game of Texas Hold'em in front of a fire and over more than a few bottles of Merlot. The impromptu get-together eventually leads to the institution of alcohol-driven, bi-weekly poker nights.

One evening on a lark, someone suggests an alternate payout – instead of pocket change, the winner may choose a player (other than his or her spouse) with whom to spend the night. The proposition takes shape, but complications arise as these things will.

All too quickly, friendships are strained and relationships begin to crumble. Lies are told, truths are exposed, and feelings are hurt. In the end, can anyone bear the weight of this wanton self-indulgence? They are six fully consenting adults, and after all, it's only a game. Or is it?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158940866
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Publication date: 09/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 264,853
File size: 813 KB

About the Author

Stephanie is an award-winning writer, director, and producer as well as a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, editor, and blogger. With a Master of Arts in counseling psychology, she currently also is a professor of psychology at two Connecticut colleges. Psychology and the human condition underscore her creative endeavors.

Wayne is a four-time Emmy-nominated, two-time winning writer and producer, as well as a novelist, filmmaker, playwright, screenwriter, blogger, and theatre producer/director who has worked with countless industry greats. He also is author of the legal thriller Mahogany Row. He currently works as a media attorney in NYC and is a part-time professor of communications at a Connecticut college.
Together the married duo (who are parents to a blended brood of seven children, three dogs, three ferrets, and a rabbit) pen “he-said/she-said” reviews for theatre, film, books, and other entertainment media on their website, Pillow Talking, where they also conduct celebrity and artist interviews.
Moreover, Stephanie and Wayne have combined their talents on myriad projects for film, theatre, and TV which are in various stages of development. In addition to Triptych: All In, as a literary writing team, they recently published an eBook on Amazon, the first of a four-part series titled Deadraiser: Horror on Jordan’s Bank.

Customer Reviews

Going All In 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
The_Avid_Bookivore More than 1 year ago
Just a warning that I have a lot to say about this book! I will try to keep it all mysterious and tempting so you may read it for yourself. So...here goes!  What happens in Going All In, is what I'd classify as a prime example of opening Pandora's box; they know they shouldn't do it, but, the lure of naughty curiosity traps them in a death grip they can't shake...And before they know it, everything spins out of their control!  In this riveting tale of romance, drama, and suspense, three decidedly boring, yet normal couples take a dip into unknown waters, tempting fate, and their humanity. You have C. Thomas and Scarlett, the youngest couple in their 20's, Marty and Erin, a married couple in their 30's, and Steve and Katie, a married couple in their 40's. Each couples' relationship has some major flaws that bring them all a heaping amount of discontent and unfulfillment. Finding some way to lighten their stress load and blow off some much-needed steam, they all decide to take their Saturday poker nights' to the next level. A line that they soon realize,  should not have been crossed. All decide to have a 'risky hall pass' for the winner, in which, the winner choose someone other than their significant other to spend a night with. But, what they thought was a game...they soon realize was their most fatal mistake. Desires soar, temptations heighten, tempers flare and jealousy rears its ugly head, as the dangers of lust turn into a psychological battle of life and death.  Wow, wow and wow again. I started this book around 10a.m and read it throughout the entire day until I finished it! I didn't want to put it down and needless to say...some chores went undone! I just had to know how everything was going to play out. For me, the book started kind of slow, but, around chapter 6ish...when the game truly began, everything sped up and I was ensnared! The characters were fully developed to the point that I could easily compare them to my own neighbors. I felt for them(everyone except the men mostly) and cared about what was going to happen to them. The plot...amazingly thought-out. The pace, as said before, was kind of slow, but sped up perfectly after a few of their background stories. The drama that unfolds in this book and the scenes were quite vivid. I was mentally and emotionally there with the characters. Hell, I think I even had some cards in my hand, lol. Just joking. But, a very well-imagined story that put me in the front row of all the drama unfolding. I learned a great deal about Texas Hold Em' and trust me, I've never played poker a day in my life, but feel I can stand with the best, after Braun's teachings. My favorite character is Erin, hands-down because she is such a sweetheart and my empathy went out to her the most. My least favorite character is Marty(I wanted to slap, choke, kick, punch...and I could go on forever!). Poor Erin. The ladies in this book, I give major props to because they went through so much, even Scarlett.  The only other negative thing I'd like to say is that the ending seemed rushed. I would've liked to read more about what happened after the deadly incident. After Steve left to go to 'you know who's' and what he found. Who found the body? And more about that last part with C. Thomas, the girl, and Steve. Will there be a sequel? I certainly hope so!  I recommend this book wholeheartedly for those who love a lot of suspense, a small dose of romance and a lot of "oh snap!" moments. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don’t enjoy realistic novels. I can’t stand stories that take place in the real world with real people with real problems. I can look out my window and see that. This novel, however, was absolutely enthralling. When I woke up I would instantly think to myself I can find out what happens next since I’m awake! The characters were compelling, the events were engaging, the twists were surprising and entertaining, and I genuinely enjoyed watching the worst of the bunch get his comeuppance. While I could nitpick a few small details, I do have some larger complaints. The first chapter seemed a tad unnecessary and got lost in my mind as the book carried on and the second chapter became hard to follow as all the characters were introduced. I even found myself having to retrace who was who as I read. However, after that I was treated to a game of intrigue and unleashed emotional/relationship/family drama. Never did this book drag in pacing or seem to deviate from a chain of character action and reaction. Each moment had its place. And it never fixated on the sex, allowing it to naturally flow as another important action between characters. If you read this book I guarantee you’ll get your money’s worth. It’s a product of true writing skill to the point where its quality seems almost intangible. It’s just good! And what more needs to be said?
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Well-played The premise was tempting, as most are, but the story telling paid off. The characters were real and the situation they all placed themselves in seemed real. Not all couples who have a poker night (This was Texas Hold 'em) and lots of Merlot will come up with the idea of switching partners, but it could happen (and probably does more than one would think). Anyway, the problems that arise, and tensions, show how well the Keeley's are familiar with people and with writing about them. The eroticism fits in the story, and the story would work with or without the sexual details, but this story works, and I enjoy it. One should not read this if one blushes too easily.