Item description for Gambler's Woman by Jayne Krentz...
To win big, she'd have to risk it all . . .
Dark, dangerous Jordan Kyle lived life on his own terms, setting his own rules and playing for high stakes. He'd moved through this world alone, and was satisfied to have it that way -- until he encountered Alyssa Chandler.
By day Alyssa was a cool, controlled mathematical whiz, sorting through facts and figures. By night it was a different story. At night she became a creature of beauty and passion who was more than a match for Jordan. But were Jordan's seductive caresses enough for Alyssa to take a chance on a future together?
Only time would tell . . .
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Studio: HQN Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.6" Width: 4.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2006
Publisher HQN Books
ISBN 0373771444 ISBN13 9780373771448
Reviews - What do customers think about Gambler's Woman?
this story stands the test of time Apr 9, 2008
Courtesy of CK2S Kwips and Kritiques
Alyssa Chandler loves the thrill she gets from gambling in Vegas. By day a mild mannered math whiz and statistician, her life is numbers. By night, she transforms into a seductive beauty who rolls with the big dogs at the high stakes tables, and wins more than she loses. It's not cheating... exactly.
Jordan Kyle is a career gambler. He makes more than enough money to support himself in the lifestyle to which he has grown accustomed, by using his head for numbers to play his way through the card tables. When he sees Alyssa one night, he immediately knows she is like him. Determined to find out her secret to success, Jordan seduces his way into her bed... and her heart.
In the light of day, Alyssa must return to her other life. How long can she keep up her double life? Especially when she begins to long to be The Gambler's Woman?
The Gambler's Woman is an older novel by Krentz, recently repackaged. While that is apparent in how the book is written, this story stands the test of time. I did think some of the plot twists thrown in towards the end of the book were from out of left field and a little excessive. The events that led up to the conclusion were very subtle, giving the impression from early on that they didn't have much bearing on the story.
The idea of mixing things up with math geniuses and card sharps was quite appealing. We get the best of both worlds in Alyssa and Jordan. These two opposites are extremely intelligent and put those brains to work in more ways than one. The sparks that fly between these lovers are bright and sassy, and make circumstances a little complex as they try so hard to keep their secrets from one another. You just know that when they finally admit their love for each other and reveal all those deep dark details of their life, that they have enough passion and affection for the long haul.
This was an early book that was reissued. Not a particularly enthralling plot, but the characterizations weren't too bad. Most dialogue and motivations seemed dated.
What's all the fuss? Not that bad! Sep 12, 2007
After reading the reviews, I was expecting something atrocious with a abuser for a male protagonist and an unjustified change in the heroine's career to "follow her man." But reviewers making those points just aren't fair. The hero never batters the heroine -- he uses colorful language, but the threats are clearly not real. And these critics don't criticize the heroine for saying that she'll nail his hide to the wall!!! And there is plenty of foreshadowing about the heroine's career decisions.
The book is obviously dated ($1000 would barely cover the price of the airplane ticket and hotel now . . .), but it's far from the sexist pit that I expected from the reviews. If you like Jayne Ann Krentz's early work under the Stephanie James name, then this is fine! Just be prepared for a very fast read (< 2 hours) in line with that Harlequin style, not her later, longer novels.
How Not To Write a Romance Mar 15, 2007
This book should be an inspiration for romance writers, indeed writers of any genre, because after reading it you are sure you can write a better story. Now getting that story published may be a tad more difficult because you aren't already a best selling writer, but hey we've all got to start somewhere. Jayne Ann Krentz isn't the only writer whose early works fall in the category of head scratchers as in, "Why in the world did anyone buy that manuscript?" Other best selling authors have had less than stellar beginnings and when a begining writer reads these works it gives her courage to keep trying to write and sell her own stories. If you don't fall in this category of reader then maybe you don't want to read this one.
A waste of time Mar 2, 2007
To write it simply, this is the worst JAK's book I ever read. You'll get lost in so many explanations between lines that you'll see that this is a real dull book.