Title: Ace in the Hole
Series: Dreamspun Desires 13 / Wild Cards 01
Author: Ava Drake
Length: Novel (216 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1 July 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis has a problem. A huge one. The US senator he works for has run away with his latest mistress on the eve of a make-or-break fund-raising event, and it’s up to him to cover his boss’s irresponsible tracks.
Stone Jackson, the senator’s new bodyguard, looks enough like the senator that, with some extensive grooming, he might pass for Senator Lacey. Christian and Stone hatch a plan to fool everyone by substituting Stone for the senator, but Miami madness and the incendiary heat between them are throwing obstacles in their way. It’s a race to find the senator and pull off the con of the century before the attraction between them spins completely out of control.
Review: This book is political thriller meets the ex-military protector. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never read anything by Ava Drake before, but the blurb certainly grabbed my interest. It definitely had me interested and now that I’ve read it I want to read the next installments in the series!
Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis is a personal assistant for a major US senator who just loved to get himself in trouble. One night at a bar he meets a stranger. It’s not until they meet again, this time in a professional capacity, that Christian discovered that Stone Jackson was the new bodyguard hired for the senator. The plot itself seemed to get just a bit ridiculous, but I was more than happy to suspend my disbelief for a while. On top of a scandalous senator with his mistresses and hook-ups, there is also his wife, who is strong, abrasive driving force. Seriously, I thought she had been placed in what seems to be a normal position for women in MM books – firmly as a Cruella DeVille type Villian. Instead, by the end she became a fantastic secondary character. As for the main guys themselves, Stone and Christian, I really loved the attraction between the guys and of course they were very well suited. They suited well together.
All in all, this is a fun read with a dash of politics and a bit of danger. Being that this also happens to be a Dreamspun Desire book, which I liken to being the MM version of Harlequin novels (something I’ve said in a few previous reviews for the series), it is exactly what I expected. Over the top characters and plot lines, with wonderful and sweet romance that just goes with the rest of the tone of the book.