Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Welcome to my stop for Deadly Gamble Blog Tour!

Deadly Gamble
Author: Shirley Kennedy
Release date: June 14th 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Series: N/A
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tour organized by: Fiction Addiction Book Tours
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When attractive Kristi Andrews is hired as Assistant Marketing Director at the Parthenon hotel/casino in Las Vegas, she’s focused on succeeding at her new job. But from the very first day, strange events occur: a deadly escalator accident—the strange death of a candle shop owner—a psychic’s warning that the Parthenon is doomed AND IT’S ALL KRISTI’S FAULT.Shocked and baffled, Kristi must determine if she could be responsible for the mysterious, evil presence that seems to haunt the hotel. She’s aided by a man she’s just met—famous western historical author, Mike Garvey. Attracted to Kristi, Mike goes one hundred fifty years back in time to draw upon his knowledge of old Las Vegas and the Santa Fe Trail. They are the key to a puzzling mystery which Kristi must solve if she wants to save not only the Parthenon but the entire Las Vegas Strip from total disaster. (via Goodreads)

Deadly Gamble reminded me that it doesn't really matter to me if the book was written from 1st or 3rd person POV. 1st person POV is always my first choice because I want to see things from the main character's POV. But there are actually books which not need to be seen from the main character's perspective. It just has to be written in such a nice way. This book falls in that category.

Kristi was the career-driven woman who doesn't give a damn about anything other than work. She didn't care about her love life. She also didn't care about her family since she felt left out especially by her Mom's lack of care and concern for her when she was growing up. She was basically an anti-social person! When she started working at Parthenon, such weird things started to happen. One of the store owners believed that there was an evil lurking around that place. But Kristi didn't believe such things. Until she was actually forced to.

While Kristi was busy trying to figure out what was happening, she met Mike Garvey. Since she was all so focused on her work, she didn't want to give them a chance. I actually want to slap her because she totally was missing something important in her life and she cannot see that! Well, fate had different plans for her anyway. I was so glad Mike was there because he really was an angel for her.

This one started out really good with such great pacing. It was never dragging or fast forward. The mystery behind the accidents in the casino was really interesting. The clues given really kept me reading and guessing as to what really was happening on that place. There was even a point that I didn't know what to believe in anymore. I must say that Shirley did a nice job in giving readers the suspense. 

I really enjoyed the journey finding out why Parthenon was experiencing such things. But the ending made me feel weird in some way. I don't know. I guessed I expected some big action! But really, the ending was so funny. I kept laughing to myself just imagining Kristi in that outfit. Also, I felt like there should have been an epilogue that says that the deal was actually done. I'm not doubting Kristi and Mike but I just want to know that they actually did it!

Deadly Gamble is a great paranormal read with a touch of history. The past will really keep on haunting you. So beware! Mystery, paranormal and suspense lovers will definitely enjoy this one! And oh, don't worry! It also has a touch of romance. 

  About the Author 
Shirley Kennedy
   I was born and raised in Fresno, California, where I graduated from Fresno High School. I lived in Canada for many years, enjoying skiing and riding horses, and am a graduate of the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a B.S. in Computer Science. 
     I've had many jobs in my lifetime, including working for several years as a computer programmer/analyst. However, my true passion has always been writing. Even as a little girl I could always be found in a corner reading a book. Finally I took a big risk and decided to devote myself to writing full time. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.  Now, after writing and publishing several traditional Regencies, published with Ballantine and Signet, I have switched genres and currently am working on another western romance.  Having just completed my female P.I. story, Who Killed Rudy Rio? I plan to write another involving my heroine, Holly Keene.
     I have two daughters, Dianne and Lindy, and am forever proud of their accomplishments--and grateful, too, that both are the kind of loving, supportive daughters every mother hopes she'll have. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I belong to the Las Vegas chapter of Romance Writers of America. 

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Thank you for such a comprehensive review on tour today Nina.



No biggie, Shaz! Glad to be part of the tour. :)


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