Tired of running, Arianna Fraser decides it's time to head home--to those she loves most. Finally putting the pieces of her life back together, she finds herself in the luxurious Kingdom in Vegas, meeting the wealthy and irresistible, Denham King.
And Denham King is everything she wants--and shouldn't have. Adding vibrancy and color to her grey and dismal world, Arianna cannot resist the passion and pull she has for him. When her past comes back with a vengeance, threatening the new life she created, Denham and Arianna must trust each other to fight for what they want before it's too late. Will the kingdom come crumbling down before they have a chance to get their "happily ever after?”
**Holding Aces is part one of a two part Adult Contemporary Romance series that contains mature sexual content and language and is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**
About the Author
Nikki Groom is a hopeless romantic, lover of all things happily ever after and firm believer that love makes the world go around.
In her spare time, you will find Nikki laughing with her very treasured family, walking with her beloved dog in the hundred acre wood or curled up in a cosy corner with words and wine.
She lives in East Sussex with her husband and two children. Having turned her hand to many things over the years, Nikki is now proud to add ‘author’ to that list.
Having always been a dreamer, Nikki’s imagination stretches far and wide, which enables her to get lost in faraway places and imaginary people.
Her debut novel is ‘Holding Aces’ which will be released late Spring 2014.
Nikki loves to chat, especially about books! You can find her here…
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This debut book by Nikki Groom certainly met and exceeded my expectations. It was definitely a page-turner that kept you guessing and on your toes. As far as debut novels go, it’s probably safe to say that Nikki Groom nailed it with this one. The book begins tragically. A broken relationship and an even more broken woman. Arianna (Ari) was beaten by her fiancé badly enough to be put in the hospital. From there she gathers what strength she has left and runs away. She runs and ends up making a new life for herself as Natalie Jamesson, wife to Aaron. Mind you that Ari is quite good at keep up the charade that is now her life. Until Aaron discovers a secret that she was keeping on a day when he was already under a lot of stress – so he just snaps and leads Natalie down a path that she knows all to well. Except this time, she’s not willing to stick around for the apology or for things to get worse. She packs what she can and just leaves. This is one of the greatest shows of strength we see in Natalie/Ari. She knew this time that she wouldn’t and couldn’t go down that path again, so she just walked away at the first signs of domestic abuse. Ari travels back towards her old hometown, but reconsiders because she doesn’t want her ex-fiance Jonny to be able to find her. She enlists the help of her old friend Lottie. Part of running away the first time meant that she had cut ties with both her mother and her best friend. It was just better this way so there was no clear path to be found by Jonny. Lottie directs Ari to Las Vegas where her boyfriend’s brother runs a casino and hotel that Ari can stay at for a few days until she gets her bearings. And in walks the gorgeous Denham King. Man, oh man, what a lovely specimen he is too. He has just the right amount of badass power to sensual lover. He is immediately taken with Ari, but her understandable skittish nature means he has to work extra hard for it. Slowly, but surely, Denham is able to peel back the layers to Ari’s broken heart and she timidly lets him. It takes a while, but they are finally able to embark on a special journey together where he just might be able to heal old wounds for her. Denham is written as a slight enigma in that he is very powerful in his business, but he doesn’t use that to impress Ari. He’s more interested in getting to the parts of her that he can tell she’s carefully constructed a façade around. And that cliffhanger…well, let’s just say that I can't wait for the conclusion. You won’t be sorry if you give this book a shot! A definite winner from a first-time author!
WOW is what I want to say first. Second this was a great read for Nikki's debut book. You live in the dark for so long that when you step into the light you don't know what to do!! We meet Natalie who really isn't who she says she is. She is actually running from her past, recently married and is coming into a sticky situation again. Her husband Aaron is a mess and wants to start a family. I think he is dealing with stress from work and takes his aggravation out on Natalie. What happens is every woman's worse nightmare. What does Natalie do? She runs and I hope most woman would too. At least leave for the night let things cool down and then go from there. However Natalie she has been in this place before. Her life hung in the balance. She did what came natural to her RUN!!! While running she called 2 people from her past. They can't wait to see her again and help her get her old life back. While waiting to get back on her feet she stays in this hotel, this fancy hotel. While there she meets Denham King OMG total hawtness right there. She doesn't know who he is at frist but she would love to devour him. Yes her feelings are all over the place. She knows she shouldn't be thinking of a stranger like that after fleeing like she did. I mean if you see this hot ass guy who take a look at you and scowls because of a mark on your cheek, and is a total gentlemen you would want to lick him too!! Denham he know's he has to get to know Natalie. They have this electric connection when they touch. When he touches her it feels like little pin pricks in a good way. He finds out who she REALLY is Arianna and what happens?? She flees again. When this happens her past and her present come crashing together. The last person she wanted to see shows up and she gets so confused as to what is going on. She has feelings for Denham but she doesn't want to open up her heart because every time she does she gets burned, played and beat. Her past is so strong that she doesn't see a future at all. She has lived in the dark that when the light(Denham) is there it takes everything in his power to show her LOVE!! What I loved was their connection, their innocent feelings for one another. Denham's ability to hold off to take things further with Ari until she is for certain she is ready. They had an easy banter. Well except when Ari would talk herself down in her head. When they finally were together Denham had said "We fit like you were made fro me, just me" um OMG!!! who hasn't had that said to them? Right when Ari opens up to Denham and her life has taken a turn for the good. She has seen the light and wants to stay in it. All hell comes back with a vengeance. The ending will make you scream, want to throw you kindle and ask " how can she leave it like that?" I really can't wait for the next book High Stakes which comes out next month Oct 24th.