‘She’d never gambled in her life, not with money. Money was something to be earned, saved, and carefully watched. But her fingers slipped into her pocket where the last of her crumpled bills seemed to pulse with heat against her skin. If not now, when? She asked herself with another bubbling giggle she could no longer quite control. What good was 9.37? It would buy her a meal, she told herself, gnawing on her lip. But then what?’
Well, she played and she hit the big one. 2 million dollars, and romance.
There are a variety of love stories in the book world but this one was a little different because it was so improbable. You win money and the heart of the guy who owns the Casino in Vegas. Who wouldn’t be happy in those circumstances? The glamour and richness lend themselves to the story. Reading it was like playing make-believe as a child. There was no real depth yet every time I picked up the book I was swept into a different world, and loving it.
Although Nora Roberts wrote the book in 1998 I have only just come across it. Her writing has ‘grown’ since then but I found this earlier work most acceptable. Nora has a terrific following. I too am a great fan because of her ability to write a variety of genre, would that I were as skilled. She is a terrific storyteller who writes with warmth, humour and emotion.