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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: Aces up by Lauren Barnholdt #RollBackWeek

Aces up by Lauren Barnholdt
Release Date: August 10, 2010
Publisher: Ember
My rating: 4\Buy!
Buy here: Amazon BN

Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.

When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.

Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?

This fun, sexy, recession-proof story is a bubbly summer read with surprising depth—great for fans of Sarah Mlynowski.

My Thoughts:
I know this book is about 5 years old, but it's a cute fun read. In honor of #RollBackWeek, this is my choice. Shannon Card really needs to make money for college. Her dad has lost his job and scholarships, loans, and grants won't even cover her first years tuition. Thinking that she needs to make a lot of money in a very short time, she procures a fake ID and fake birth certificate so she can work at a casino as a cocktail waitress. After her first shift has ended, Shannon finds a mysterious note in her locker telling her to meet someone in the hotel. Shannon automatically thinks they found out shes under age and that shes in trouble. After making her way to the hotel room she is accosted by a guy named Cole. Cole offers her an exclusive invite to join an underground poker society. Having never played poker before, Shannon abruptly turns Cole down. After finding out that her dads BMW is being repossessed and he is selling his boat, she decides she has no choice but to take Cole up on his offer. This book had such a good message about doing the right thing, no matter what the consequences are. This was not my first Lauren Barnholdt book and each and every one of her books are definitely worth reading. 


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