Review – Betting on Bailey

Review of Betting on Bailey

Tara Crescent novel.

Tagline:
A billionaire businessman. A bad-boy celebrity chef. A curvy woman. Sometimes, good things come in threes.

Synopsis:

Bailey Moore is not in the mood for love…

She just needs to learn to play pool in a hurry. Out of spite, her loser ex-boyfriend has saddled her with a rent bill she cannot afford, and Bailey’s not going to take it lying down. She’s going to hit him where it hurts, by beating him at his favorite game, in front of all his friends.

Now, she needs to join a pool league, find someone to coach her and get really good in a hurry. Perhaps her hot new teammates Daniel and Sebastian could be persuaded to help…

Sebastian Ardalan is too busy for love…

His restaurant has earned a prestigious award, and the offers are pouring in – cookbooks, TV shows, franchise deals and more. His focus should be on his career, but Sebastian can’t stop thinking about the curvy redhead who has just joined his pool team…

Daniel Hartman cannot afford love…

He’s shared women with Sebastian before, but there’s something special about Bailey. Before he knows it, he’s rashly bet fifty thousand dollars that Bailey will win a crucial pool game…

However, Daniel is negotiating a deal that’s vital to his company. If the sexy ménage becomes public news, all hell will break loose…

When the stakes have never been higher, can the three of them bet on each other and take a chance on true love?

My Thoughts:

Betting on Bailey is a M/F/M ménage romance written by Tara Crescent. It is the first book in her Playing for Love series.

The author’s writing style made this 276 page novel unique. Instead of your typical third person POV, Ms. Crescent attempted a first person POV for all three characters. I have to admit, I was skeptical when I began reading. I believed switching between three characters would be distracting, making the story hard to follow. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author pulled it off exceedingly well. Each POV provided a smooth transition between characters and the story-line.

The book length is perfect for the story. It never feels rushed or like you skipped a section.

Main Characters:

Bailey – A college Professor. To bad this intelligent, curvy redhead lets her own insecurities hold her back when it comes to romance.

Sebastian – A sexy chef who owns two restaurants. Too bad he’s so hung up on his past.

Daniel – The billionaire playboy who doesn’t really play around. As CEO of the family business, he’s more concerned with public perception than his own desires.

Three well rounded characters to enjoy. The author did a wonderful job portraying each character individually. From the struggles they face in their careers, to the past that haunts each of them. How they confront their demons and triumph with love. Of course we mustn’t forget the sensual chemistry.

The interaction with the side characters allowed for a unique insight into the hero/heroine’s strengths and flaws and added extra tension for the subplots. The intrigue for each subplot is well placed and suspenseful. The ending was bittersweet.

Complaints: Warning, a slight spoiler.

I was hoping Bailey would get to bitch slap Juliette.

While I’m wishing — Can I request a black eye for Trevor?

Lets Sum Things Up:

The story is a cute ménage romance with my favorite kind of men. Handsome, with a few flaws thrown in to make them more realistic. So, we have some not so perfect men and one highly intelligent, closet exhibitionist. Go–go Bailey!

Sadly, I downloaded the e-book using Kindle Unlimited, so it’s going back. The good news? I already downloaded the next book in the series. As an added bonus, I’m considering picking up one of her sci–fi romances. A little alien love once in a while keeps my mind diversified. I gave this 4 hearts.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Yet, Another Austin Fiasco

Today, I’m very frustrated with Austin. I live north of the city, close enough to be effected by their decisions. Yet, far enough outside their purview that I can’t vote on misleading propaganda. Usually, I try to steer clear of airing my political views, but this relates to so much more than politics. How about price gouging and monopolies? A taxi fare quote from the Renaissance Hotel to the Austin-Bergstrom Airport, an 18.4 mile trip — $95. That’s over $5 a mile, Compared to Uber and Lyft’s cost of around $1 a mile that is a significant jump in price.

I’m sure a lot of my American readers have heard of the recent troubles between Uber, Lyft and the City of Austin. After a little over a week of the community and surrounding areas suffering over the pullout of both companies from the city limits, several out of state companies attempted to fill the void.

Full disclosure: My husband quit his job to become a driver of both companies so that he might see his family more than 3 days out of the month. He was a truck driver for over a decade with 1 million miles of safe driving and was fingerprinted 2 yrs ago for work as a security guard. As a subcontractor for Uber, he was rated as one of their top drivers and earned the option to drive for their Select Services, up until the shutdown. So basically, he more than meets the requirements to chauffeur the visitor’s and public of Austin but can’t because the City hasn’t really decided how to implement their new rules.

Fare, an Arizona based company started negotiations last week and received the green light to launch operations and work within the Austin City limits. After paying for a multitude of adds for this weeks launch, they were notified today that the City had changed their mind, wanting to add further requirements to the already settled negotiations.

  1. They are requiring ALL drivers to be fingerprinted before they can operate inside Austin.
  2. They must shut down the app they had already launched until said fingerprints come back. A process that takes 7-10 days, sometimes longer.

The City of Austin has set up what they are calling a “Fingerprinting Event” starting Tuesday, May 17th thru May 19th. They promised to fingerprint over 10,000 drivers that lost their livelihood after Proposition 1 failed at the polls. That is 10,000 businesses that came to a halt with very little recourse because they were not employees, but sub-contractors. No unemployment compensation for them.

The truth: No fingerprinting will actually take place at this event. They are asking drivers to stand in long lines all day to fill out paperwork for the city to set an appointment – for a later date – that the driver’s may have the fingerprints processed. It will take 7-10 days from that date, which can be scheduled up to weeks in the future. It almost sounds like a way to scam these poor people who only want to pay their bills and take care of their families.

Drivers aren’t the only ones to suffer from this chaos. Public transportation in Austin is limited, which leaves little options for citizens who don’t have a car or can’t get a license because of a disability.

College students used Lyft and Uber to get around safely and at a reasonable price. Most students don’t work or only work part-time, how will they afford the exuberant prices offered by the taxi companies? Then you have those who made the choice to skip the expenses of a car and insurance so that they might survive on the minimal income they bring in from a job. They used the ride-sharing apps as a cheap alternative for travel to and from work. That option is now gone and they face the very real dilemma of resigning their position because of this lack of transportation. Travelers coming to town for events, have little to no options other than car rental to make their way through the city. Then you have those who used the services after a night on the town — drunk drivers anyone? No thanks.

To sum things up, I hope this fiasco is solved soon for the drivers, travelers and the citizens who all suffer because of decisions made – on their behalf and outside of their control – by others.

 

Kindle Countdown Deals

TD---Kindle-CountdownFor the month of April, I have created two Kindle Count Down Deals. Both novels are part of my paranormal series, Volkoff Pack.

Book One: Tonight’s Desire is the story of twin brothers who find their destiny in the arms of one woman. This ménage tale will go on sale March 30th – April 5th.

Book Two: Love’s Forbidden Embrace
On sale April 8th – 14th!

LFE---Kindle-CountdownThe characters from Book One are back with some new additions added into the mix. Hailey is the only she–wolf in existence. Her ability to shift makes her not only unique, but coveted by many. Dante is one of the oldest vampires alive. His age and wisdom makes him a prime candidate to lead his people, something he wants no part of.

A mission to find answers takes them overseas where conspiracy is the word of the day. Danger surrounds them at every turn and Hailey’s body picks now to throw her in heat? The couple must find away to reconcile their attraction before rampant lust gets them killed.

Love Combined Cover Reveal!

Volkoff Pack: Book Three — Cover Reveal!

Love-Combined

Two sisters, twin mages, have suffered for over a century with the inability to experience even the most casual of touches from another. A move by the now struggling European Council has placed them as pawns in a game neither wanted to join.

Two men, both shifters have spent their whole life sharing the good and bad moments life has thrown at them since birth. Now the most powerful werewolves in their society must meet their destiny head on as the Goddess tests them once again.

Say hello to a few new characters, as well as many old ones in this double romance. Mia gets her wish for two more of the people she loves as Dmitri and Grigor fumble through the possibilities of a happily ever after.

While the book is delayed until Spring of 2016, the cover is finished. The decision was made by my publisher, Fantasy Spectrum, to push the release date back until the beginning of the new year. I promise to send out a notice when the official date is set.

In the mean time, a short excerpt is available to whet the appetite for this future release.

On a side note, I want to wish my daughter a happy anniversary.

Once again, I believe my eldest daughter has used her creative talents to turn out another spectacular cover. At age 20, she celebrates her fourth anniversary in this artistic field and I’m proud of her accomplishments. Joelleen, or sandpuppet as she’s known in the creative community, began making book covers at the age of 16. Her debut cover, Lisa’s Halloween Surprise, appeared on Amazon in December 2012. A collection of her works, from beginning to present, is available on pintrest.

 

 

Book Cover Contest

Love's-Forbidden-Embrace_Cover

Final days to vote for your favorite book cover! Love’s Forbidden Embrace is 1 of 6 book covers to make it into the final rounds of The Masquerade Crew’s monthly Cover War Contest. Thanks to all those who participated! For those who haven’t yet voted, check it out here. There’s a lot of great competition! Who knows, you might even find a new book to read.