Poker Stud

Author: Barrie Abalard

Publisher: Amber Quill

Release Date: January 7, 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5 blue ribbons

Format: EBOOK

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Lucy Stone Brookfield deals cards for poker games at a casino in Las Vegas. She dreams of becoming a professional poker player but lacks the discipline or know how to teach herself. What she really needs is someone who is willing to teach her while her body is in bondage. Something about the restraints frees her so that she’s able to learn anything.

Tyler O’Toole won third place in the World Series of Poker two years ago. He’s a private person who continues to work as a software engineer and dress in geeky clothes despite his winnings. Lucy thinks that he’d be perfect to teach her everything she needs to know about poker. She just doesn’t realize that he shares her fondness for bondage and discipline.

During her break from dealing poker, Lucy finally gets up the nerve to ask Tyler if he’d be willing to mentor her. Rather than flat out tell her ‘no’ he suggests that she study a bit more and come back and talk to him when she’s ready to get serious. Lucy is disappointed that he doesn’t jump at the chance to teach her, and it makes her flat out miserable that he couldn’t even stay focused on her questions. She doesn’t realize that he’s distracted because he’s imagining her in restraints.

After work Lucy decides to do some gambling so she heads to the casino across the street from where she works. Once there she encounters a man who she’d once slept with and has no interest in seeing again. Frantic for an excuse for why she can’t see him, she claims to be meeting someone and approaches Tyler at the table where he’s playing which distracts him from his game - a punishable offense. Will Tyler and Lucy embark on a lesson in poker mixed with some bondage and discipline?

Barrie Abalard continues her poker theme series with POKER STUD. This book contains fun characters, a thrilling plot, lots of hot sexual tension, and witty dialogue that will have readers eagerly anticipating each heated encounter between Tyler and Lucy. I loved the frustration throughout the storyline because they enact a no sex policy while he’s mentoring her. Tyler and Lucy compliment each other beautifully and I eagerly anticipated the first poker tournament.

POKER STUD is a wonderful story that combines the ever popular poker game with bondage and disciple and turns up with a winning hand every time.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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