Jun 23, 2014

Mini-ARC Review--Queen of Hearts by Kristen Painter

Welcome to Las Vegas, home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Feline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry.

Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief.

But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath, but Claudette’s heart says it’s a gamble worth taking.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Kristen Painter is yet another of the fabulous authors who contributes to the Sin City Collectors! Queen of Hearts is her first novella in this fantastic series!

Claudette is a former show girl turned former Collector turned pawn shop owner, yet one never really leaves the Collector business. Her retirement came with the stipulation that she could be called in if necessary and the mysterious Boss has claimed it necessary.

Jason Tennant, a gargoyle, has stolen the famed Queen of Hearts--a necklace that's worth a LOT--and the Boss wants Claude to bring in Jason and the necklace. Going undercover, she soon learns that there's a lot more going on then meets the eye. Such as Jason is being held prisoner of a sort by a magician.

Having just read a gargoyle novel, I was delighted to see another in this one! Jason was one hot hero! I loved that he had a complex background, well, complex enough! There's always more than meets the eye in Sin City! And that goes for Claude as well, she's got her own secrets and buried past. Jason was a total badass in some ways, but then he had a softer side that came to light where Claude was concerned and it was completely endearing!

As with most novellas, the pacing here was pretty quick. It didn't move so fast you couldn't keep up, but just a nice fast paced so there are no dragging moments! There's humor and romance spread throughout and a good dose of suspense as well!

This one didn't end like I initially thought and that was a pleasant delight! Filled with some pretty good action, juicy paranormal bits and of course some sprinklings of hot romance, this is one novella series that just totally rocks! And I am sure it will continue to rock with the other authors' contributions as well! I gotta find out who the next author is and the title! 

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

Queen of Hearts releases July 1, 2014

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