Publisher: Entangled Select
Publish Date: February 12, 2013 (First published November 1, 2012)
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: Prince Alexander Ivanov is scrambling to save his reputation and his livelihood. One of the Russian Nights Casino’s hostesses has disappeared, and his business is suddenly under investigation by the FBI for associations with the mob and money laundering.
Special Agent Kathleen Martinez has no patience with rich, entitled aristocrats, especially one like Alexander Ivanov whom she believes is involved in the vicious human trafficking ring which she’d tried—and failed—to shut down two years earlier. With a second chance to bring him to justice, she goes undercover in the casino, but instead of facing the villain she expected, she finds herself battling a sizzling attraction to the man.
Now, forced to work together to trace the source of the illegal activities, the danger—and the passion between them—grows out of control, and they slowly begin to realize the biggest danger isn’t to the casino, it’s to their lives…and to their hearts.
Review: FBI Special Agent Kathleen Martinez has no tolerance for the so-called elite of society after some were involved in a human trafficking ring she busted. She now paints them all with the same brush. This doesn’t bode well when she’s brought in on a case involving a Russian casino, a missing woman, money laundering, and Prince Alexander Ivanov. Prince Alexander is the one she believes was involved in her earlier case, so she’s not pleased to be forced to work with him. As much as they both try to deny the sparks between them and focus on the case, their (not-so-well) hidden passions may cause trouble for more than they realized.
I’m not sure if it was because 'The Prince's Gamble' is a relatively short story, but it seemed to me everything happened so quickly instead of a slow build-up. It’s my guess if an FBI agent had an attraction or potential relationship with a suspect or even a civilian assisting on a case, they’d be pulled off and a different agent would be put in charge. It seemed out of character for Kathleen to act in some of the ways she did during the latter half of the novel, but I liked her forthrightness and spunk. I liked most of the characters, especially Princess Tatiana (Alexander's sister), but they didn’t really stick with me after I finished the book. Overall, though, it was a sweet love story with some mystery as an undercurrent.