Joker in the Pack
#1, Blackwood UK
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Life has dealt city girl Olivia Porter a series of bad hands, but just as she's about to fold, fate intervenes and leaves her with a full house. Out of other options, she takes a gamble and moves to the countryside, hoping Lady Luck will follow along.
Olivia’s decision to embrace the single life is soon challenged by the arrival of local ace, Tate, and wild card, Warren, but little villages can hide big secrets and somebody thinks Olivia is holding the key to theirs.
As her opponent ups his game, Olivia gets one last roll of the dice with the arrival of a leather-clad stranger. Will she hit the jackpot or go bust?
Joker in the Pack is a standalone romantic suspense novel in the Blackwood UK series. No cliffhanger!
Joker in the Pack
Joker in the Pack by Elise Noble.
Another great book by Elise. A must read. I started reading the book in the morning and didn't stop until I finished.
Elise incorporates humor and mystery to enhance the storyline and characters. Regarding the circumstances surrounding Olivia's financial situation and mysterious
move, I found that I wasn't very trusting of the strangers that crossed her path. Once In her new home, I cheered for Olivia's determination and sacrifice to achieve financial and emotional independence. In the wake of threats against her, Olivia agrees to have private investigator help her. Nye and Blackwood Security UK are introduced. I won't give spoilers as how the remainder of Olivia's story ends. It was good to see Emmy (a must for me) as the Blackwood Security family continues to grow. I look forward to the Blackwood Security U.K. Series.
"I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book"
Another Amazing Blackwood Book - with a UK Flair
Wow! Just WOW! Elise Noble does it again; this time with a UK flair! This book is the first in the Blackwood UK series and is set in London and the quaint little village of Upper Foxford. Non-UK readers get an introduction to some British things like flapjacks (sweet dense cake - not a pancake), crisps (potato chips), biscuits (a small baked unleavened cake, typically crisp, flat, and sweet), knickers (a woman's undergarment), etc. This UK flair makes this book super charming (to me as a US reader)!
Poor Olivia is down on her luck. A cheating boyfriend who supported her financially, an embarrassing moment plastered on Facebook for the world to see, a leaky pipe because she turned down the heat to same money, getting evicted, and not being able to find affordable, safe housing options all happen to Olivia in the first six chapters.
Luckily, Olivia finds out that she has inherited her late aunt’s cottage and figures it couldn’t get any worse. Oh, but it can! Olivia moves in to this hoarder’s haven and then starts getting harassed as vicious rumors about her are spread like wildfire around the town. Can Olivia get help from one of her three interested suitors? Tate, the rich, smooth lawyer, Will, the cab driver, who always offers to help, and Nye, the security expert who comes to help Olivia after her friend calls in a favor, are all vying to help Olivia.
This book opens with… “the joker in the pack ~phrase~ A person or factor likely to have an unpredictable effect on events”. After reading this book, I think all the men in Olivia’s life could be described as the joker in the pack!
As this book goes deeper (yes, it actually does go much, much deeper), the threats escalate, and Olivia digs in her heals and refuses to leave her run down cottage that she now calls home.
The character development in this book is off the charts, just like all of Elise Noble’s other books! The characters become your friends, which makes the book very hard to put down. I wish I had a best friend like Maddie and Nye looking out for me! :)
Joker in the Pack is action packed, funny, sassy, sexy and addictive! If you have read any of the Blackwood Security Series books (why haven’t you is a better question!) you will recognize Nye, Emmy, and Janelle (and Dan even gets mentioned). If you like romantic thrillers with strong manly men, strong leading ladies with a bit of sass, and a touch of sex, you’re going to LOVE this book! Buy it now! Do it! You won’t regret it!!! :) If I could pick only one book to read this month, this would be the book I would choose!!!
Humorous Suspense Romance
Humorous and suspenseful romance that will keep you on the edge with unexpected calamities, laughs and thrills. Every turn Olivia takes is a chance draw leaving you hooked to see where her next move leads! This is excellent as a stand alone novel, but if you are wanting more from the cameo characters, then take a look at the other novels in the Blackwood Elements series and Blackwood Security series too.