The Devil Wears Spurs
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Jun 30 2015, $7.99
At a Texas rodeo, used to getting his way with women and horses, following the title run ultra-wealthy star performer Ryder is stunned when Chloe rejects his asking her out. However, her drunken friend Shelby gives him Chloe’s number. Chloe tells “the hottest cowboy in Texas” that she might change her mind if he plays his cards right. Not long afterward, he informs his older brother that he just accepted a challenge from a non-groupie.
In that same evening, Ryder loses his ranch in a poker game. In shock as he always wins, Ryder is in disbelief at two strikeouts. Thus he accepts Chloe’s proposal that she win back his spread in return for his paying her law school costs. Chloe and Ryder head to Vegas where the daughter of a professional card-player prepares for high stakes games of poker and love.
The first Texas Kings contemporary is an entertaining romance that takes readers from an earthy rodeo and ranch to the glitter of the Vegas night lights. The lead couple’s jocular bluffs and calls make for a fine read; as the protagonists are unaware that the real ante in the game of love is the king and queen of hearts.