Kristin Canary

“You’re the right kind of game Alexis. You’re high-stakes poker–hard to win, but with a potentially life-changing reward.”

Don’t judge this book by its cover. Really. It actually has a lot to offer.

Alexis doesn’t let people get close, not even her friends. They don’t know the reasons for her walls, or the reasons she needs to get those new accounts at work. But she’ll figure it out, even if it means faking an engagement to her annoyingly-charming co-worker.

I had a hard time liking Alexis at first. She shoots from the hip and doesn’t hold back, which makes her a little abrasive at times. Right off the bat, she had a negative attitude about everyone and everything. However, this left room for a great character arc.

I ended up loving this story. Alexis had a lot to overcome but the events in the story reshaped her thinking and created some very poignant moments. I even teared up a few times. The author deeply understood her character and her pain points. It made for a very REAL narrative. So while this book was fun, and the tension was great, it dealt with real hurts and real growth.

This book read well as a stand-alone, but I think I would have enjoyed it more after reading the previous books. However—even without that, I adored Alexis’s roommates, I never felt lost and the story wasn’t incomplete. I will definitely read more by this author.