The Big Gamble

The Big Gamble

by Kathryn Shay

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He's a lonely single dad who frequents the casino to escape his dreary life.

She's a full-time caregiver for her beloved mother and seeks a night of respite at a gaming house.

In "The Big Gamble," Jane Remington and John Murphy meet one Friday night while playing slot machines. At first, they don't share personal information and know each other as Jane Doe and John Doe. Then they get close. But can a guy with too much responsibility as it is, and a woman who has already given up her freedom for another, find happiness together at The Lucky Lady Casino?

Find out in Kathryn Shay's poignant short story which takes place in this unusual setting.

Don't miss all The Lucky Lady Casino Short Stories:
The Big Gamble
Bet On It
Lucky Me
All In

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161297148
Publisher: Ocean View Books
Publication date: 06/12/2019
Series: The Lucky Lady Casino Short Stories , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,323
File size: 579 KB

About the Author

A NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands downloaded online. Reviewers have called her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”

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The Big Gamble 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Not as good as some of her others but entertaining. Hea
LoriP123 11 months ago
The Big Gamble by Kathryn Shay is the first book in her The Lucky Lady Casino Short Stories. It is the perfect start to a new series. I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series! Jane and John both use the casino to get a break from their busy, challenging and complicated lives, but whereas John is open to a new relationship Jane hesitates after having her heart broken. They agree to see each once a week at the casino and not to share any personal information. That changes however when emergencies cause them to lean on each other when they need each other the most. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
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JennieF More than 1 year ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation 4.5 stars The Big Gamble by Kathryn Shay is book 1 in her new short stories series called Lucky Lady Casino Short Stories. What a quick, fun read about two lonely people who meet at the Lucky Lady Casino to escape the pressures of their every life. John and Jane first meet on a Friday night, play the slots beside each other and strike up a conversation but decided to only use their first name and no sharing of personal information. As weeks go by things between them start changing but will they follow their hearts and open up or continue just as they are...nothing personal??
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Two lonely hearts meet each Friday at the casino, they go may Jane and John. Jane seems to bring luck to John at the slots, soon they are looking for each other each Friday and a friendship develops into so much more. They both have family responsibilities, so not looking for relationships but they can't deny the chemistry that they share. Even though this is a short story is packed full of emotion that I could not put down. A perfect summer read that I highly recommend. Looking forward to the next story in this series.
Jillian19 More than 1 year ago
Honestly, any book of Kathryn's is a must read for me. I prefer full length novels rather than short stories but I knew that Kathryn would pack a lot into her story and I was right. This was a great blend of two people who are looking to leave the real world behind for a little while and get lost in the luck of the casino. What started out as a simple passing turned into something more. Sometimes you have to trust your heart and head and take the gamble. Both Jane and John are struggling to find a balance in their own life and still make time for themselves. They are reluctant to start even a friendship but even they can't deny their chemistry! This story could have easily been a full length novel. I enjoyed that it was a quick read and I'm looking forward to reading the other short stories in this series. For a short story, there was great secondary character development. Definitely take a chance and read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not normally read short stories but I love reading her books, so I gave it a try. I love how she gets you so involved with the characters and you root for them. I really loved how the Nana ands kids were in the book. I can't wait to read the rest of the books. This author did not disappoint! Definitely worth reading, great to read by the pool story.
Samanthagirl More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a short, sweet, feel good and enjoyable story then you don’t want to miss this. The first in a series which I am sure is going to be a great success.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of short stories or novellas , since frequently character development as well as plot development is lacking. But when I saw this one written by one of my all time favorite authors, I had to give it a try. I am so glad I did. This touching story is about two lonely individuals whose life has not turned out as they had hoped. I life filled with obligations and dreams not fulfilled. But on Friday nights, these two strangers go to the Lucky Lady casino to escape their reality. They meet by chance and a “friendship” with false names and no history of who they are, develops. It was at times heartbreaking but also heartwarming. A story about life and how an unexpected meeting , can change the rest of your life. It’s a story about family, hope and the possibility of love. Looking forward to more stories in this short story series. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.