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by Lexi Ryan
Contains Comedic Elements
Heat Level: Steamy
Length: 245 pages
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Charlie ‘The Devil’ Singleton is the face of professional poker. Notorious for playing cards and women, Charlie’s ready to change his ways, and the surprisingly sexy texts he’s getting from Riley are making him bet everything…on her.
Riley Carter is nothing like the hotel heiresses who make the news. A girl who’s determined to run her father’s hotel empire can’t share many traits with women who fill the gossip rags. But ‘The Devil’ has a way of tempting even the best behaved girls.
When Riley discovers the naughty messages on her cell have been coming from Charlie, not her would-be fiancé, she falls into a hot affair with the last man she expected. But consorting with the notorious bad boy puts her hard-won reputation on the line. Is Charlie worth more to her than a little TEXT APPEAL?
“Text Appeal is smart, sexy, filled with great writing and memorable dialogue, and features characters you won’t easily forget.”—Barnes & Noble’s LOVE ROCKS Indie Review column
“Readers will find themselves cheering for Riley and Charlie both. Lexi Ryan writes her dialogue with wit, humor, a bit of sarcasm, and throws in some wonderful chemistry!” –InD’Tale Magazine
“Ms. Ryan’s story is fun and flirty. Text Appeal won’t disappoint!”–Storm Goddess Book Reviews
“I had a fantastic time tonight,” Chaz said, brushing a lock of hair from Riley’s face.
She leaned against the stairwell wall outside her apartment, and his dark eyes met hers. Nice eyes—warm and comforting. But her mind drifted to a different set of eyes. Icy blue and dangerous eyes.
“It was nice,” she murmured.
Stop thinking about Charlie! Maybe she was thinking about him because they had the same name: Charles. Charles Singleton and Charles Spencer—if her brain linked them, that was perfectly understandable, nothing to feel guilty about.
Chaz also looked a little like Charlie. They were both tall with dark hair and nice builds. She smiled at Chaz and gave him an appraising look. His body was good. It was…fine. But he looked about as much like Charlie as a veggie burger looked like the real, juicy thing. Sure, there were similarities, and at a quick glance one could be mistaken for the other. But the truth was, each promised an entirely different kind of experience.
“You keep looking at me like that and I won’t make it home tonight,” Chaz said with a smile.
“I’m just thinking about how much I enjoy being with you.”
He leaned in for a kiss and she tilted her chin up and opened her mouth to him.
She wished his hint that he might stay over stirred something more in her. The truth was, Chaz wasn’t a very exciting lover. He was practical and didn’t stray off course. He was…efficient.
Charlie Singleton might make a girl wonder what he would do with his mouth, but this was Chaz. Chaz was kind. Honest. The kind of man you could be proud of. The kind of man you marry and want to father your children. He was successful and stable and . . .
He put his thumb under her chin and slipped his tongue into her mouth, tasting of mineral water and juicy fruit, and Riley thought, He’s lower in cholesterol.
One question for you? Name me a woman that doesn’t love lingerie? Even with my well endowed self, nothing beats a good bra for every day and then the “sexy, you know you won’t wear it for long” bra and panties? As a old boyfriend told me once when a man picks out lingerie, he drops it on the floor. If it looks good on the floor, then they buy it. Seriously. Well, women buy sexy lingerie for her partner. Yes, can it be uncomfy, itchy and pinch? You bet, but who cares? Its going on the floor soon anyway. I could instantly relate to Riley in that respect. All business during the day but take the suit off and WOW!
As a former “poker widow” many of the scenes with Charlie, I completely understood. I know all about poker, the rules, the tournaments and yes, my husband still watches the World Poker Tour on ESPN. Charlie came to Vegas for his one chance to win big again and there pops up Riley at the mall trying on lingerie. Still wanting her, he can’t believe it when he finds out about her life now. Dating a schmuck, next in line for the GM position but still a very desirable sexy woman. He knows that he should be concentrating on the tournament but after a few texts, he can’t forget about her.
The use of texting in a book has been done before. Also the whole misunderstanding troupe, too. Ms. Ryan mashes them up and what happens is a layered, complex story about two people that know that real life is messy, ugly and sometimes not fair. Change is scary and the ability to want to change is even more terrifying. I liked that the author didn’t wrap up everything in two pages either. Charlie and Riley had to grow within themselves and then with each other. Seeing the changes in themselves, it filtered out to other aspects of their lives and to me, that’s excellent writing.
This is a fun, flirty, sexy story about two people that I came to care very deeply for and cheered for their HEA. I highly recommend it.
BTW, you do not need to know the poker lingo…just saying. 🙂
Author of both contemporary and paranormal romance, Lexi Ryan writes smart, spunky stories that sizzle. She enjoys reading, sunshine, a good glass of wine, and rare trips to the beach with her husband and children.
Lexi lives in Indiana where she divides her time between her family, her writing, and her job as an English professor. You can find her at her website: lexiryan.com
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