It has been some time since I have written a review as I am reading a book. I generally read a few books and then go back and write reviews. But sometimes I find myself needing to write what I am thinking and feeling so I can make sure I am expressing how much I am loving a book. And I needed to make sure I expressed how much I loved Even Money by Alessandra Torre.
Some books you read, some you devour, and some consume you and then you have books by Alessandra Torre. I am not sure what it is about her stories, but they seem to drag you in and never let you go, even long after you finish them. Some are light and funny and others dark and twisted. Even Money was a wonderfully addictive combination of both.
Bell Hartley is trying to survive in the city of Sin. After a heartbreaking ordeal when she was younger, she knows she was not made for love. She goes to school, enjoys her job and loves her friends. She enjoyes enjoys casual sex as relationships are not on her radar. Dario Capece is the King of Las Vegas. He is powerful and a very controlled man who always gets what he wants, when he wants. But he also has commitments and promises he made and always intended to keep. But everything changes when he meets Bell.
Dario and Bell should have never been, but when they were alone, just the two of them, you fall in love right along beside them. I absolutely loved watching these two fall. The want, the need, the craving for each other, even as both realize pursuing anything more than a physical connection would be their downfall. They both have their reasons for keeping things casual and physical in the past, but their chemistry and connection is undeniable and combustible.
Then as we learn their individual stories, it seems even more impossible they could ever have a future. But for the first time, they feel, they want, and they desire. But what will be the cost if they move forward? Then the lies begin, the stalking and a life lost. How will it all end?
I cannot begin to express how much I loved this book. I was consumed by the characters and their journey. I wanted to learn what would happen and how it would all end, but at the same time I was scared with every turn of the page. And then we get that ending! Wow, just wow! I cannot wait to get the final book in the duet. Even Money by Alessandra Torre is a must-read, just be prepared for an emotional and gripping ride!