So we meet Ari a girl in hiding after fleeing from an abusive relationship. She changes her name and tries to start again-cue life to throw more lemons at her! After a short marriage it's time to run again, only this time she runs (literally) straight into the chest of Mr King aka Denham...wise move!! That is one chest I would not mind running in to, yes Denham is that rich, super hot, self assured alpha male we all love.
The story is gripping throughout and has some brilliant side characters that I really hope we get more of in book two, Spike seems hot and more relaxed than his brother Denham, perhaps a little cheekier? Lottie is that best friend we all aspire to be, a straight talking, no bullshit ball of energy (yes I girl crushed slightly) and even Tara (Denham's sister)who we meet for only a few pages drew me in, I loved how sassy she was and the way she took the piss out of Denham endeared me towards her. The love he has for her was sweet and opened up his protective side, the one Ari so desperately needs.
So although I was looking forward to this read I was also a little apprehensive, this is a first novel for the author and I was unsure as to what I'd get. There are a lot of people turning their hand to writing and I worried it would be a mediocre story, written ok but covering the same rich man, troubled girl genre, which I will add is my favourite type of read, but has sometimes been done to death. HOW WRONG WAS I?!
I loved it and I feel there was something refreshing about it, for me it's reinvigorated the need for my rich alpha male. I think book 2 will undoubtedly be even better as the author has so many different ways to go with how Holding Aces ended I feel this book was merely setting the scene for much more drama. All in all a brilliant read, wish it could've been longer or book 2 was here now but I know I'll be doing an all nighter to read the conclusion as soon as it is here!