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Tempting Fate

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What happens in Vegas may not stay in Vegas...

Tempting Fate by Gwen Kleist is a fun, cute romance read set in one of the most famous cities in the world. Carrie, the main character, is only in Las Vegas to land the Grand Portofino Resort and Casino as a client for her PR firm. She ends up running into a handsome (yet incredibly irritating) stranger and gets stuck in both an elevator and a revolving door with him. Things get much more complicated once she finds out that said handsome stranger is the one she has to pitch to. What could go wrong? 

Despite all the signs that say a relationship may not be the best idea, I think Jack and Carrie truly are meant for each other. The dialogue between the two is amazing, and the tension between them is so thick it’s palpable. The steam level in this book is HOT - you get a very spicy scene between Carrie and Jack less than four chapters into the book! I really enjoyed how their relationship progressed and how the ending turned out - no spoilers though, so you’ll have to read the book to find out more. 

If you love entertaining enjoyable romance reads then Tempting Fate is for you. The pages fly by quickly, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you end up finishing it in one sitting. I’m eager to see what else Ms. Kleist releases in the future! 

Thank you to the author, Wild Rose Press, NetGalley, and The Next Step PR for allowing me to read an early copy of this book at no cost to myself. I voluntarily read and reviewed Tempting Fate; all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.
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Tempting Fate by Gwen Kleist was a well-written love story between Jack and Carrie. Set in Las Vegas, we follow the couple through twists and turns as they try and navigate their work life, but also their connection with each other. To me it was a fast paced, easy read. The authors writing style was probably my favourite thing about this book. Very well written and time flew by while I was reading. The characters themselves were written well, although there were a couple times I found myself struggling to relate to their thought process. The love story between them, however, was amazing and overshadowed these struggles, and the spice in this book was incredible, 10/10. If you are looking for a fun, work romance that screams beach read then this book is for you. I would definitely read this again if I am in a reading slump and need something easy to satisfy my romantic heart.
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This book is all about whether fate can dictate how 2 people can wind up together, however unlikely.  The story starts out with a lot of excitement, but the middle fell a little flat and predictable to me, but not necessarily in a bad way - more in a Hallmark movie type of way where you can predict the end but still enjoy the journey.  This book felt like that.  I liked it!
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When unexpected moments bring two individuals into each others lives a little earlier than planned Carrie and Jack find themselves in a situation neither were prepared for.

All Carrie wants to do while in Vegas is to is land The Grand Portofino Resort&Casino account for her PR agency. All Jack wants to do is focus on building his billionaire empire and putting relationships behind him. But when an irritating revolving door and an issue with an elevator bring these two together they are thrown into each others worlds. Carrie never expected the man she fooled around with in an elevator to be the man she had to present her PR pitch to, and Jack never expect to have someone stuck on his mind the way Carrie is. Watching the journey between these two characters was very enjoyable, and I loved every moment of it.

Both of these character felt very real, and I'm very happy there were chapters in which we got to see through Jack's point of view. I always love a dual or multiple point of view story, and this story held up and added to my love for it. Carrie and Jack are absolutely adorable together.

Thank you to NetGalley and The Wild Rose Press Inc for this arc.
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If you are looking for a quick, steamy, uncomplicated read, you have found one.  I enjoyed the situations Jack and Carrie seemed to find themselves in.  Whether you believe in coincidences or fate, Jack and Carrie just belong together. They work well together in and out of the bedroom. But, will Las Vegas be her new home?

Thank you to NetGalley and The Wild Rose Press, Inc. for the advanced copy; this is my voluntary review.
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This is the first book I read from this author and I really enjoyed it.
Carrie Thomas arrives in Las Vegas with one goal in mind: land The Grand Portofino Casino account. So getting stuck, twice in one day, with the hottest man alive is not in her plans. Especially when she learns the man she's craved since their accidental tryst in the elevator is her new client.  
Jack Dillon is at the top of his game and falling in love is the last thing on his agenda. But when Carrie walks into his life, all bets are off. Too bad she's determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But Jack is used to getting what he wants. And he wants Carrie. Two weeks of giving in to their desires and fun in Sin City. It's an offer she can't refuse. Can they mix business and pleasure, or are they just tempting fate?
This story is sexy and cute. I loved their dialogs and their time in the elevator was really hot!! Carrie was a bit too narrow minded a couple of times and way to outspoken, but maybe that’s why the characters seemed so real to me and well developed. It was a nice, entertaining, romantic reading.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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If your looking for a quick steamy candy read this is the book for you. While there are cute funny moments throughout the story it fell slightly flat for me. The author's writing flow was great and the characters are relatable but at times the reader could become turned off by the author's contradictory descriptions. This is definitely a beach read that one should not think too closely about.
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I've never had the pleasure of reading Ms. Kleist's books before Tempting Fate so this was my first chance and I really enjoyed the flow and the content.  This was a nice, quick weekend read for me that checked all the boxes of the contemporary billionaire romance genre.  It was easy to connect with Jack and Carrie and their characters were realistic and relatable.  I'm one of those people who don't believe in coincidence -- I believe everything happens for a reason and a purpose and a season.  Some may call that fate -- do you believe in fate?  Check out Tempting Fate and make your own decision!  Very enjoyable read by Gwen Kleist.  I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC for NetGalley.
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Tempting Fate is a fun, uncomplicated, sexy story that I polished off in a few hours. It was exactly the kind of word candy I needed.

Carrie's first few hours in Vegas leave a lot to be desired. First, while on her way to a critical meeting where she hopes to convince resort executives to hire her marketing and PR firm, she gets stuck in a revolving door with an arrogant jerk. Then, minutes later, she gets stuck in the elevator with the same jerk. Hours together enable them to reach deténte and, ultimately, to give in to some poorly timed hanky panky. It's not until the next day that she learns the jerk is the very guy she was supposed to deliver her pitch to.

Carrie is both irritated and concerned; she could lose her job if her boss finds out how she and Jack passed the time waiting for rescue. Jack is less concerned about the possible repercussions. It's a while before we get a chapter dedicated to Jack's POV, and when we do, we get a better sense of the softie behind the slick billionaire exterior. Only then is it possible to root for him as he tries to convince Carrie to give them a shot.

Carrie, however, is determined to keep things both quiet and temporary. She works for and does not own the PR firm, and Jack is their client. When all is said and done, she's that one that stands to lose everything. That sort of uneven dynamic in any story (real or fictitious) is perilous; it demands that the woman work twice as hard (backwards and in heels) to come off even half as respectably as the man, and the results risk being yicky. Carrie makes the right decisions though, and it's really up to Jack to rise to the occasion. A few times, I wanted to smack him upside the head for making an asshat comment or decision, but fortunately, he would then acknowledge his asshattery (sometimes sooner rather than later). 

Conflict wise, the story isn't particularly dramatic. I expected scandal or betrayal of some sort to make its way in. I mean, this is Vegas, right? But for all that Vegas is sin city, it's also an unfailingly forgiving place where people tend to check their judginess at the door. The true battle between Carrie and Jack is in their heads and hearts.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!
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What an enjoyable story!   I loved the detail and sense of place regarding the setting in Vegas and I really enjoyed both MCs.  They're good and decent but still human with flaws, foibles, and insecurities.    Their issues were realistic and not overplayed at all--I could understand why they felt the way they did and was happy to see them grow together.

There was a nice balance of steam in this too.  While they obviously, uh, liked each other a lot, it wasn't overdone or repetitive.   There was a purpose and emotion behind their actions.   

Definitely pick this up for a fun, happy read--it goes down easy!  

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
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