Title: Take a Chance
Series: Vegas Heat #2
Author: Erika Wilde
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 15 June 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
The son of a con-artist, Sean O’Brien learned the hard way that living by your own rules comes with a price. After a brief time behind bars, Sean is now ready to live an honest life, and pay for his past mistakes, and he’s fortunate enough that a member of The Reliance Group sees Sean’s potential for good and gives him a job at the Onyx Casino.
Zoe Russo has met all types of men on the Vegas strip. But when Sean pays a visit to her boutique, she’s certain her luck has changed for the better. They share an immediate, irresistible attraction, and for the first time in her life she’s found a man she thinks she can trust. But when Zoe stumbles onto the truth about Sean and his reasons for pursuing her, she can’t help but question everything they’d shared. Are his feelings for her real, or has she been a fool once again? Until now, nothing has prepared her for the thrill and risk of taking a chance on love.
In the second book featuring the members of The Reliance Group, Sean O’Brien takes centre stage. Our charismatic ex-con comes face to face with his past and the family who helped incarcerate his father.
Sean has a lot of regrets in his life, especially his own foray into the world of white collar crime; although he has served his punishment and turned his life around, he still isn’t able to let go of the idea that he is forever tainted by his past.
Recruited to track down his father’s old business partner turned informant via his beautiful designer daughter, Zoe. Sparks fly between Sean and Zoe from the beginning. Although unwilling to let go of his resentment towards her father, Sean soon realises that Zoe is inherently good. Caring and compassionate, Zoe quickly alters Sean’s perception of her. in doing so, Sean has to battle with his own past in order to believe he is worthy of a real relationship or will his past alter Zoe’s opinion of him.
I was a little disappointed to find Nathan and Nicole (Game of Chance) did not get a continuation of their story, although they were mentioned in passing during the plot. However, Take a Chance does provide a two-for-one plot featuring Zoe’s best friend and pop-star, Jessica and a second chance at her first love. Erika does a fantastic job of weaving the separate plot-lines into the narrative and progressing each aspect simultaneously.
The story is jam packed, alongside the wonderful romance both for Zoe and Jessica, there is the thriller aspects concerning ponzi schemes and corporate fraud. The past battles with the present and only by dealing with outstanding issues can the characters achieve the happy future they deserve.
I’m excited for Valerie’s story in Last Chance but have to say I desperately want to know a lot more about the enigmatic head of The Reliance Group, Caleb.