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Playing the Odds
by Nora Roberts
Series: MacGregor #3
Other books in this series include Serena * Caine.
Other books by this author that I've reviewed include Irish Hearts, Montana Sky, Carnal Innocence, Second Nature, One Summer, Nora Robert, Serena * Caine, Daniel * Ian, Rebellion, Alan * Grant, The Witness, The Search, Time and Again, Shadow Spell, Blood Magick, The Next Always, The Last Boyfriend, The Perfect Hope, Irish Rebel.
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publications-wise, it’s first in the McGregor family romance series, and third chronologically. The couple focus is on Serena MacGregor and Justin Blade.
This series is a mess chronologically and has a number of stories combined into single books, so you may want to explore my list of the MacGregor family saga.
What can I say? I like a woman who knows what she wants and is prepared to go after it. And then there’s all those alpha males…yummy!
It’s a fluffy read; not one of Roberts’ best.
Having achieved three degrees, Serena takes a job as a croupier on a cruise ship. As she explains it to her very wealthy father, she wants to meet a wide variety of people from all over the world. She wants to be accepted for who she is and not who her family is. A year has now passed and Serena is quitting her job. She knows what she wants now she just has to convince her dad that it’s a good idea.
Justin Blade has been gifted into taking a cruise by a friend who feels that Justin needs to take some time to relax. It’s inevitable that he should meet Serena as Justin is an inveterate gambler. Despite the no-fraternization rule, Justin overwhelms all of Serena’s objections until she finds out who sent him the tickets.
I liked the characters in this story. Serena MacGregor is strong and honest. Serena’s brothers, Alan and Caine, are strong, powerful men with a realistic and equal view of their baby sister while their father, Daniel, is a no-nonsense kind of guy who cares very much for his children and wife. Their mother, Anna, is a surgeon who does needlepoint with a realistic view of the husband she loves as well as her children.
Justin Blade is ruthless, demanding, and considerate (in his way).
The cover is odd. Two white hyacinths against a dark background. Now in the language of flowers, hyacinth can refer to games and sports and that is the closest reason I can arrive at as to why they grace the cover. Subtle. Too subtle for me.