Series: I HOPE SO
Author: Meghan Quinn and Jessica Prince
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 9 May 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
I make my living as a hustler, and I’m great at it.
I don’t have a single tell and I use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation.
I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.
That is, until I met Penelope.
I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
Which only makes me want her more.
Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life.
Somehow I have to convince her she belongs with me.
Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.
Hustler showcases the talented duos mastery of sass and sarcasm brilliantly. the dual narrative provides necessary background depth to the main characters especially Gavin.
Gavin the world’s number one poker player, raised within the poker world and taught to keep his emotions completely locked down in every situation. He is virtually impossible to read, hence the necessary insight gained from his inner monologues. Gavin has been living with the intent to prove to the world he isn’t like his infamous father. His amazing observational skills are fantastic to witness and could be applied to so many different careers if only Gavin could get past the blocks he has placed on himself. A traumatic incident surrounding his father’s death and relationships with women has left Gavin emotionally damaged and unavailable. That is until he is challenged by Penelope (Nell).
Penelope has had a single focus in life from a young age, to perform in the stunning acrobatics displays in Vegas. Her parents struggled financially to support her all her life, Penelope wants to establish her dream career and be able to take care of her parents as they have taken care of her. Penelope carries a lot of guilt for everything her parents sacrificed in order for her to pursue her dreams. Getting her big break has proved a lot harder than Penelope first thought and unfortunately, the narrative highlights the indisputable fact it isn’t just what you know but who you know that helps get your foot in the door.
The interactions between Penelope and Gavin range from hot-tempered to hot desires. Both of them challenged with the other, kept constantly on their toes and yet unexpectedly connected at the same time. Their relationship is refreshing and balanced in unexpected ways.
Meghan and Jessica create brilliant character development together, making Gavin and Penelope realise there is more to life than their previously blinkered versions.
I really hope Scott and Graham get their own stories in the future.