Shuffle Up and Deal

Shuffle Up and Deal

by Susan DiPlacido


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Meet Izzy Santillo. She's a charming-but-lonely thirty-four year old woman who loves poker and harbors a secret crush on the reigning king of Hold 'em.

Meet Nick Nolan, the reigning king of Hold 'em. On the tables, he's fast and loose and almost always wins. But when it comes to women, playboy Nick holds his cards too close and always loses.

When Izzy and Nick meet in embarrassing fashion at a Las Vegas poker tournament, Izzy's secret dreams turn into a public nightmare. But despite her humiliation, she may have finally sparked Nick's interest in something other than cards. Before long, Nick takes a gamble on Izzy and raises the stakes when he offers to help her sharpen her game. But Izzy's convinced that Nick is bluffing and will fold his hand after he's had her on the flop. But a string of outrageous proposition bets and steamy trips on the poker tour, from Los Angeles to Miami, make these two fierce competitors realize that it may be time to put all their chips on the table. Will Izzy and Nick pair up? Or will they lose it all if they go all-in for each other? Sit down, ante up, and hang on, as Nick and Izzy get ready to Shuffle Up and Deal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781450588591
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/17/2010
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Susan DiPlacido is the author of 24/7, Trattoria, Mutual Holdings, House Money, Lady Luck, and American Cool. Trattoria was nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Small Press Romance 2005, and her short story, "I, Candy," won the Spirit Award at the 2005 Moondance International Film Festival. American Cool won the bronze medal in the 2008 IPPY awards and was a finalist in the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Her fiction has appeared in Susie Bright's Best American Erotica 2007, Maxim Jakubowski's Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica vol. 6 and 7, Zane's Caramel Flava, and Rebellion: New Voices of Fiction.

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Shuffle up and Deal 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
acade More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I know pretty much nothing about poker and don't think I know any actual poker players in real life and holy Moses I think I'm really glad about that. These guys are a trip and flipping mean to each other. It's pretty fun but lordy I'd be in tears with their teasing and the jokes they pull on each other. Shuffle Up and Deal was an interesting book. There were some things I really enjoyed about it but there were also a couple things that made me a little twitchy along the way... The story is pretty easy to get into. Basically Izzy is making a break into professional poker playing. At her first big tournament she some how how gets linked up with poker Pro and mega winner Nick Nolan who she's been crushing on for a while now. And then you get to watch her getting really into the world, get to meet some of the other professional players and see all of their antics and side bets with each other. So, the things that really worked for me. First off, Nick. He's endearing, cocky, sweet, playful and yes he does screw up a little but I totally got why he did what he did. He's a great hero in an odd way and I just found myself loving him. I also enjoyed the humor added in even if it was a little juvenile sometimes. It fit the characters and their lives and I appreciated that. I really liked the added in touch of "naughty-ness" that came from being in Vegas too. Some of the risque situations they got into and the boldness of so many of the characters. It's not your typical romance setting but I liked the different locale and feel to it all. There were two things though that I had a hard time with though. The poker aspect and Izzy, the heroine. On the poker front I just don't get poker and wished the book had focused a little less on the actual mechanics of the game and went for the feel of it instead. When the characters would start talking which hands were better and poker terms and whatnot my eyes just glazed over. For an actual poker player though it'd probably work very well. Now, Izzy was definitely one of the more frustrating heroines I've come across. She lets people walk all over her, makes the wrong decisions in most situations and backs down instead of standing up for herself (ex- accepting wrong drink orders from bartenders who bully her into taking them because she'll like them more than what she ordered, letting family members put her down, etc). I like my women strong. In real life and reading so for me it was a problem. It's fine if they start out that way and grow as the story progresses but Izzy had a hard time with that too. I'd think she was overcoming her issues and then she'd go right back into her old self and make terrible decisions. There was some major overreacting on her part too which, yeah, drove me nuts as well. But even with all of that by the very end I was pretty pleased with her and how she wound up. But, whew, it was a rough journey getting there. The actually enjoyed their relationship. They've got a different vibe and can be a little snarky but in a good way most of the time. I liked how they were with each other and the way Nick encouraged Izzy and tried to make her better at the game. The sex scenes were...interesting too. Sometimes they're very innocent feeling and do the whole fade to black thing and then other times they're full out exhibitionism that completely embraced the whole "sin city" bit. So a mixed reaction for this one. I liked the premise and quite a few aspects of the story so I'd definitely be willing to give DiPlacido another read in the future in the hopes of finding a heroine that meshed a little more with my tastes.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Thirty-four year old Isabella "Izzy" Santillo writes articles for her father's travel magazine, TravelStyle. Her passion for playing poker fuels her dreams of becoming a professional poker player. She also fantasizes about the reigning King of Hold 'em, Nick Nolan.  Izzy won an internet poker tournament and the prize was a buy-in for a Las Vegas poker tournament. Izzy heads to Sin City to play in the poker tournament and write an article for the travel magazine, while dreaming of becoming a poker champion and meeting playboy Nick Nolan. Izzy's visit to the famous gambling strip is anything but smooth, but along the way she captures the interest of the King of Hold 'em. Nick is interested in helping Izzy with her game, and as they jet set from Las Vegas to Miami on a poker tour, Izzy comes into her own and may even win the King of Hold 'em's heart! Shuffle Up and Deal is a sassy erotic romantic comedy with a poker twist. Author Susan DiPlacido weaves an entertaining tale of a woman coming into her own and following her passion. Written in the first person narrative with alternating points of view between Izzy Santillo and Nick Nolan, the reader is transported into the fascinating world of professional poker, and is drawn into Izzy's journey of self-discovery and finding love along the way.  Izzy and Nick's journey is full of funny mishaps and craziness that takes them on a high-stakes poker adventure across the country. As their relationship blossoms, they encounter ups and downs along the way, but their attraction and chemistry for each other is undeniable. Add into the mix Izzy's crazy family dynamic and hilarious family drama, and you get a story that will keep you laughing out loud. With quirky characters, witty dialogue and interactions, a sexy romance and fascinating poker events, Shuffle Up and Deal is one hell of a fun read! Author Susan DiPlacido's thorough research of the game of Texas Hold 'em is exemplary. This research is shown through the accurate and liberal usage of poker terminology and rules of the game throughout the story. As a former poker dealer in Atlantic City, I appreciated the accurate description of the world of poker, she captured the essence of the game and it's electric pull that it has on both players and viewers. In classic poker tournament style, Shuffle Up and Deal is a "winner  ... winner ... chicken dinner" entertaining kind of story. I look forward to reading author Susan DiPlacido's other poker related romance stories, she has gained a new follower! Shuffle Up and Deal is a fast-paced, sexy, and hilariously funny story that will keep you in stitches and wanting to sit in on a friendly game of poker!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
_Michelle_ More than 1 year ago
My favorite romantic comedy of the year. My sides are still hurting, I laughed so much. You don't have to be a fan of poker to fall in love with Izzy and Nick. Their chemistry in and out of the bedroom speaks for itself, but it is their casual chemistry and the poker community at large that had me cheering at the end. Izzy dreams of not only becoming a poker champion, but she dreams of THE poker champion, Nick Nolan. To the point of screaming Nick's name out while in bed with her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Andy. When sent to Vegas to write an article for her travel magazine, Izzy literally falls for Nick. Yep, falls. Right in front of him, split skirt and all. Little does she know that her casual snarky attitude appeals to playboy Nick who is tired of the faux felines he's been seeing. Izzy grabs his attention once again when she shows her stuff at the poker tournament. Nick offers to mentor her, but Izzy has a hard time taking him seriously. Izzy's inability to believe in herself and the possibility that Nick wants more than a fling resulted in some major sexual tension. Talk about ignition when the two finally hooked up. And once they got going, they gave Vegas something to crow about. Ms DiPlacido wrote some wonderfully inventive and highly erotic scenes for the two. They gave new meaning to â?~going all in'. As the two traveled from L.A. to Miami playing tournaments, Izzy became the strong female protagonist worthy of our celebration and jaded Nick grew to become the hero worthy of our hearts. The secondary characters were as much a part of the success as Izzy and Nick. The prop bets and pranks were probably my favorites. But the banter and outrageous behavior of Izzy's wacky family and Nick's over the top Vegas comrades kept my eyes bugging out and my side's hurting. DiPlacido is clearly familiar with tournament play and the poker community. Her insight shows and allows those unfamiliar with the game to learn a little while they are swept away in the action. Fast-paced, sexy, outrageously funny, and all-out entertaining, Shuffle Up and Deal is a winner. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago