Review: THE MAN WITH THE MONEY by Lynn Raye Harris

Jack…Red-Hot. Renegade. Restless.

Notorious gambler Jack no longer gets a buzz from the risks he takes at the card table. In fact it bores him. Until one night he wins more than he ever bargained for…

His prize is stunning Cara Taylor – she might be down on her luck but she certainly doesn’t need rescuing by a card-shark like Jack! Now she’s stuck with him she doesn’t know whether to love him or loathe him.

Author: Lynn Raye Harris
Series: The Notorious Wolfes, book 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Books, Harlequin Presents
Year of release: 2011, October 25
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Bought via The BookDepository

First line:
Cara Taylor wiped sweaty hands against the tight satin of her skirt, hoping she didn’t leave an imprint.

Memorable Scenes:
– preparing for the bath-scene in the hotel in Lyon > epitome of hot and flirtatious
– the strip poker game > loved it

Cara Taylor is originally from New Orleans and victim of hurricane Katrina she took the first opportunity to escape to Las Vegas and be a croupier. She struggles to keep her head above water and fulfill the role of being the caretaker of the family. She is a fighter, no pushover, self-sufficient, headstrong and tough

Jack Wolfe is a jetsetter and thrill-seeker. He’s confident, mercurial and certain of his ability to charm women. He’s also very skilled in reading people and their reactions. Jack always wants to be in control, on top of things since control means no fear but Cara makes him lose that rigid self-control. Cara is unequivocally drawn to the aura of rawness that surrounds Jack.

I really liked the chemistry between Jack and Cara and their verbal sparring and flirtatious and sexually tinted banter. They are very alike and have quite some similarities in their past and personalities. In other words: a perfect match.

In the previous book in this series the Wolfe was a race car driver, in this one the Wolfe is a gambler, poker player. Both activities rank among my favorites to watch so suffice to say I’m particularly drawn to these books. I also loved the plot and premise that formed the base of the book. The gambling and cards as a backdrop and the evil casino kin boss with a grudge and seeking revenge, it all contributed to the feel of the book and to my enjoyment of it.

THE MAN WITH THE MONEY is another great installment of this lovely series in the Harlequin presents line. With every book you get to know the family and their tragic background a bit more and it was a pleasure reading about Jack and Cara. Lynn Raye Harris captured the vibe of the series perfectly yet gave her installment the uniqueness of her excellent writing voice. I can’t wait to read the next installment and find out more about this intriguing family.

Favorite Quotes:

What would his mouth feel like on hers? Would those lips be as hard and demanding as she thought? Or would they be gentle, thorough and absolutely addictive?
Her vote went for absolutely addictive no matter what. Not only that, but she could listen to him talk for hours. There was something about a British accent that turned her into a puddle.

“Sorry,” he said his mouth against her hair as he leaned into her while she fitted the key to the door. “You smell delicious,” he added.
“Thanks, but compliments will get you nowhere.”
“Sweetheart, you have nothing to worry about, I assure you. As much as I would like to have sex with you tonight, I believe the contact would kill me.”
The word sex, said with that wonderful accent of his, caressed across her senses and lit a flame inside her belly.

“You’re a cruel woman, Cara Taylor,” Jack said, pulling her from her tangled thoughts.
“How can that possibly be?” she said softly. “I’m helping you, aren’t I? I could have left you for Bobby to finish off.”
“I almost wish you had. It would be easier than watching you look at me like I’m an ice cream cone. Do you want to lick me, Cara?”
Oh, God.

Cara put her hand against his chest and took a step back. She needed space to breathe, space to think. He addled her brain. Liquefied her insides. Made her want to do utterly shameless things with him.
Right here, right now.


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