Wednesday, July 28

Waiting on Wednesday (19)

Waiting on Wednesday is so graciously hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!
This week's pick is...
Aces Up
by Lauren Barnholdt
Release date: August 10, 2010
Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.
When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks 
No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.
Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?
My Thoughts:
First off, this will be Lauren Barnholdt's third book release of the summer, so that alone amazes me. Being a college student myself, I can definitely relate to the money woes that Shannon has, so I think I'll be able to connect with her. The plot itself sounds really unique, especially given its female MC. I mean, when was the last time you read about a female poker star? Plus Cole sounds intriguing. Hot and powerful? Yes, please :) This sounds like a fantastic read before I head back onto campus. Hmm, maybe I'll even learn a few poker tips?
I've also made a widget for this read (right above you ;) ), so feel free to grab it and post it on your blog as well!
You don't have to wait too long for this read! Aces Up comes out August 10th!
So that's what I'm waiting for this week! It's Wednesday, what are you 'waiting' for?

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