Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes.
I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless sex.
He owned half of Vegas and had the reputation to match.
I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer.
Then, the lies started.
And someone died.
None of it stopped me from falling in love.
Wow wow wow, that ending, WOW! I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself until I get the next book in this duet, Double Down. Even Money was so captivating, all the grandeur of Vegas was so wonderfully a part of this story and brought this suspenseful, taboo(ish) love story to another level. The decadence – bright lights, big city – that is uniquely Vegas brought this story to life. The subtle allusions to the mafia beginnings of the city brought an almost vintage feeling to the book.
Even Money was a fascinating combination of love-triangle, marriage-of-convenience, and other-woman tropes. I know people shy away from these types of books for many reasons, but this book was completely unique in the dynamic between both sides of the triangle. I was captivated by the whole thing and how effortlessly it was all woven together. Ms. Torre did a superb job of bringing something new to the plate with this book.
Bell was an enthralling mix of strength, fear, and brokenness. She commanded attention, without ever trying. From the first page of this book I was half in love with her myself, it was easy to see why she captivated Dario with a simple look. Her independence and refusal to be used as a plaything further impressed upon me just how impressive a person she was.
I found Bell and Dario’s relationship both impossibly romantic and incredibly heartbreaking. When they were together and insulated from the outside world the intensity of their feelings and chemistry was off the chart, and I knew they had no choice in whether they should be together or not. When they were outside of their bubble in the real world, the ramifications of their connections were all-consuming, the fallout of pursuing their bond far-reaching. It was a compelling duality.
Even Money kept me on my toes from the off. The plot had so many moving pieces and moved at a break-neck pace, while still giving the feeling of everything being drawn out almost to a breaking point. The suspense was so well-crafted into the storyline, between the parallels of many of the characters’ pasts, the crumbs of exactly who and what Gwen’s father was, and the feeling of mental instability of one of the narrators, I was on edge throughout the novel trying to find an edge on which to balance all the spinning plates Ms. Torre had thrown at me.
The only wish I had while I was reading Even Money was that the timeline be a little clearer. The jumps seemed so random, often happening in what seemed like the middle of the scene, there were a few times when I thought days had passed when it was a mere moment and vice versa. This may have been caused by the initial serial format of the book, but I’m not sure.
Even Money is the first book in Alessandra Torre’s All In duet. These books are one continuous story and will have to be read in order. Even Money is told in both first-person perspective by Bell and third-person limited perspective by various other narrators.
I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve read Alessandra Torre, she’s long been on my radar and I have several of her books but hadn’t made the time for them. Big mistake. Huge. This book was so well written, the world she built was so real I felt as if I could have stepped right into it, her characters were fabulous, even the tertiary ones. I fell in love with her writing and how it cast a spell over me as I was reading, after consuming only one of her novels I can attest to her writing abilities and am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Torre’s work.
Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Her new release, The Ghostwriter, is available now!
Additional pseudonym: AR Torre