by: Nancy Herkness
Series: Wager of Hearts
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
“No strings, no rings.” That’s Luke Archer’s motto. As the champion quarterback for the New York Empire—not to mention a self-made billionaire—Luke has given up on serious relationships. Women only want him for one thing: the thrill of being with a superstar. And he likes it that way too. But when his best friend announces he’s retiring from football to spend time with his wife and kids, Luke feels like he’s missing out on something much bigger than his career.
The assistant concierge in Luke’s luxury high-rise, Miranda Tate fled her family’s dairy farm to come to the bright lights of New York City. She works hard to move up and sends her spare earnings home to her brother. When she and Luke meet, there’s an instant sexual attraction which turns steamy quickly, but they’re in completely different leagues. Could Miranda be just the woman Luke needs to win the most important game of his life?
Three billionaires walk into the exclusive Bellwether Club... Sounds like the start to a bad joke. But it’s actually the premise of Nancy Herkness’ Wager of Hearts series. Self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor, Quarterback Luke Archer and author Gavin Miller have had it with women who only want them for their money and what they can do for them. In a drunken encounter, the three make a bet to find true love within a year’s time.
Luke Archer is the quarterback for the New York Empire NFL football team. He’s a four-time Super Bowl champion and has already established his place in history. At the age of thirty-six he’s hit with the harsh reality that his playing time is ending when a good friend retires. Luke is starting to wonder who he’s going to be after football. For so long, football has been his life.
Miranda Tate has always had big dreams. She left her family's dairy farm in upstate New York for the bright lights and big city of New York City. Being a concierge was never on her radar, but she’s really good at what she does. She’s currently biding her time working for a less than desirable boss, until a head concierge position opens up.
Luke and Miranda’s worlds collide when Luke’s younger brother reports her for not providing services he requested. Immediately, Luke is drawn to her even though he has a self-imposed no dating during the season rule. When Luke gets hurt, he uses Miranda’s services to get closer to her. The two quickly go from a client relationship to something much more.
From start to finish, I loved The All-Star Antes Up. Luke and Miranda were extremely likeable characters. Their attraction was immediate and the sex is combustible. There’s so much more to Luke Archer than he shows the world, but Miranda is able to see the real him and give his confidence a well deserved boost. For his part, Luke sees the extraordinary woman Miranda is and knows immediately that she’s someone who wants him for him and not his bank account or celebrity.
The All-Star Antes Up shows readers what it’s like to be a football player, complete with all the trappings of being a celebrity and having people use you. It also shows what it means to be a real southern gentleman being blindsided by a love you aren’t looking for. This story shows what we will do for family and those we love.
It should be noted that while The All-Star Antes Up is the second book in the Wager of Hearts series it can be read as a standalone.
**Received a copy from the author and reviewed voluntarily.**
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You can read my interview with Nancy here.
Nancy Herkness is the author of the award-winning Whisper Horse series, published by Montlake Romance, as well as several other contemporary romance novels. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. Her new series, Wager of Hearts, follows the romantic adventures of three very wealthy men who make a life-changing bet.
Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and Novelists, Inc. She has received many honors for her work, including the Book Buyers Best Top Pick, the Maggie Award for Excellence in Contemporary Romance, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature and creative writing.
A native of West Virginia, Nancy now lives in suburban New Jersey with her husband, two mismatched dogs, and an elderly cat.
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