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Friday, 11 March 2016

Book Review: Romancing Vegas by Kara Keen

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Three sizzling affairs began on a cruise ship… But what happens in Vegas might be more than the lovers bargained for!

Oksana must transform herself from victim to confident choreographer and producer of the sexy Las Vegas show she’s always dreamed of creating. Primo, who loves her, is with her all the way, risking his own life in a deadly grudge fight to finance the show. Will Oksana rediscover the passionate soul she learned to hide, or will the dark realities of her recent trauma drag her down, pulling the lives of her loved ones along with her?

Tania knew she was in love with Cole a few days after they met. They love hanging out, having fun, and working together to help Tania’s sister Oksana develop a successful show. They also love exploring the electrifying edges of desire together. So what will it take for Cole to say those three little words, “I love you?”

Daniella didn’t plan to fall for Jack, but she can’t stop thinking about the crazy, sexy times they’ve shared. He’s into fast, edgy living and so much fun – but is he ready to ditch the Peter Pan act and be her Number One?

What none of them know is that an old enemy lurks in the background, waiting for the right moment to take his revenge.

Image: Kara Keen / HEA Book Tours
This week I'm taking part in the blog tour for Romancing Vegas by Kara Keen - the second book in The Captain's Orders series. Missed my review of the first book in the series? Catch up here. I also interviewed the author, Kara Keen. You can read that here.

Anyway - on with the review.

As with many series, in Romancing Vegas we focus on two characters who were supporting characters in the first book. In Captain's Orders our main characters were Ukrainian nurse Tania and her cruise ship captain boyfriend Cole. In Romancing Vegas, we move to Tania's sister Oksana and her new 'beautiful man', ex-fighter turned security guy, Primo.

The setting is also a big change. In Captain's Orders we were confined most of the time to the cruise ship, but in Romancing Vegas, as the title suggests, we get the whole of Vegas to explore. I felt that was quite nice to explore. The dynamics between the characters change a lot now they have room to breathe, taking the story into their own hands and influencing their future decisions.


There was a lot going on with a lot of characters - our three main couples (the two I've mentioned plus Cole's twin brother and fellow captain Jack (yes, I keep thinking of Captain Jack Sparrow too) and his on-off girlfriend Daniella make the final main couple) are joined by a whole host of eclectic supporting characters. However, it was written in such a way that I didn't become overwhelmed or confused by all the people, which was always a risk. It's impressive that the writer managed to include just the right dose of supporting characters to make the story work without flooding it with excess information. After all, this is meant to be Primo and Oksana's story.

Sadly, I felt the plot in this one was a little lacking. In the first book I was drawn into the story behind all the sex - and when the old villain from book one turned up I was very interested to see what happened. But unfortunately the actual plot was massively sidelined for the majority of the book. Instead, we were treated to scene after scene of couple after couple having sex. I think I said the same thing about the first book - personally I would have preferred a little more plot and a little less sex.

Although the book was super fast-paced and I was drawn in, I definitely feel that the second half was far stronger than the first half. The majority of the action happened after the halfway mark, which is just as well because I was starting to lose interest slightly. I like the characters and I enjoy reading about their lives, but when nothing else is happening besides various forms of sex, it all gets a bit samey, so I was happy when things started to pick up a bit.

Still - this was a solid sequel, and I'm already intrigued about book three!

Rating: 3 stars.

Romancing Vegas is available to buy now.

Have you read the Captain's Orders series? Let me know in the comments below!

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