Series: Caldwell Brothers #2
Author: MJ Fields & Chelsea Camaron
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2015
The sizzling-hot Caldwell Brothers series—perfect for readers of J. S. Scott and Emma Chase—hits the Vegas strip as a bad-boy gambler from Detroit Rock City shows a single mom what it means to play for keeps.
For Morrison Caldwell, life is a game of chance. A high roller with a legendary poker face, he’s the wild card of the family, always chasing the next thrill and never staying put for long. The one place that always lures him back is Las Vegas, with its hot tables and even hotter women. He’s perfectly content to live his life as a series of one-night stands. But when a parking lot confrontation with a cocktail waitress takes a naughty turn, she leaves Morrison aching for another round.
After a long losing streak in Sin City, Hailey Poe is ready to get lucky. A steamy tryst with a cocky, mysterious stranger is the kind of no-strings encounter she’s been craving . . . until Morrison Caldwell asks for more than she’s willing to offer. But when Hailey’s controlling, soon-to-be ex-husband tries to take her daughter away, she can’t afford to turn down a helping hand. In this winner-takes-all game, Morrison is gambling with Hailey’s life—and her heart.
Review by: Leeann
This is one of those books that makes you want to jump into the pages and punch the bad guy in face, wrap the main characters in cotton wool, then whisk them away to their happy ever after.
Hailey has seen the worst the world has to offer. She has lived it. The only thing that gets her through each day is her daughter.
Morrison grew up in an abusive household. He is a good man and would never behave the way his father did. He takes his vow to his mother on her death bed seriously and will live his life according to the promise he made.
When Hailey and Morrison meet it is under less that happy circumstances but sparks immediately fly and there is no going back. It is life changing for them both. Their story is unpredictable, emotional and quite honestly a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Morrison is determined to persevere and show Hailey the man he wants to be, for her and her daughter. Hailey has a lot to overcome but eventually she reaches the point where she can either turn the corner and live her life to the fullest or walk away.
When a book is written by two different authors I always look for interruptions to the flow of the story, in this book I found none. The authors maintained the rythm of the story right from the beginning to the end. They developed the characters without taking away their individual core values or personality traits. By the time I got to the end I felt as though I was reading a story about my own family and friends because the writing allowed a certain intimacy and familiarity to evolve through the words on the page.
I absolutely loved Hailey and Morrisons story and I am so glad i had the opportunity to read it and write this review.
Review by: Kim
I gotta say...I am lovin' this series.
The Caldwell brothers are hot, tough and loyal. They know who they are and what they want. And most of all they love fiercely. They also know how to keep a promise. And each one of these luscious men made a promise to their Mama and they each live every day to fulfill the words they vowed.
Morrison is rougher around the edges than his brothers. He didn't just grow to be that way. He was made that way. After his older brother left home, Morrison took it upon himself to become the protector. And he did just that.
He became stone. He never gave anything away. Feelings, emotion..nothing showed on his face or in his eyes. And that made him a very good player. He also learned how to read the slightest 'tell'. Small things that people give away without meaning to or knowing about. This became his way of getting ahead. And he was very, very good at that too.
Hailey..She's street smart and tougher than most girls should have to be. Life demanded that she grow up fast and learn to depend on no one but herself. She also was taught that love and trust and respect don't exist in the real world.
What she does know is that the only way to keep herself and the little girl she loves more than her own life safe is to keep the balance sheet even and owe no one.
When two souls who learned early it's safer to keep people at a distance clash together the sparks ignite and are hot enough to catch the world on fire.
Morrison was a bit rougher around the edges than I expected. But I love that the author gave him a bit of vulnerability to counter the gruffness. And the tenderness he isn't afraid to show was so touching to read. Morrison stole my heart.
I wasn't sure about Hailey in the beginning. Thought maybe she was going to be one of those weak heroines, but I shouldn't have been worried at all. Hailey is one of my favorites.
I love this series and am looking forward to the next one!
Review by: Sam
Sweet Mother Of God!!!! Can someone please tell me where on earth do I start on reviewing this sizzling book???
From page one, I was compelled and drawn into this story completely and even when finishing, I threw a HUGE toddler style tantrum because I just didn't want it to end. I'm talking foot stomping, throwing self on floor, shouting and screaming at anyone who would listen!!!! I adored book 1, but this book..... DAAAAYYYUUUUUMMM!
We first met Morrison Caldwell in book 1 'Hendrix' and I really liked his character then. But his story has made me fall head over heels in love with him and so I'll take my time here and calls DIBS on his fine ass! Morrison aka 'Aces' is THE player! He knows to play cards both on and off the table, has had his fair share of women, one night stands and winning BIG! He likes the finer things in life, the sleek clothes, luxurious lifestyle and everything that comes with it.
Hailey has not had it easy. I don't want to give away any of her story, because I believe it should be felt by each reader. I sympathised with her character, the suffering she has faced and endured, but most of all, the strength that she has is admirable and I LOVED her feisty, beautiful character.
When these two characters meet it is PASSIONATE, STRONG and EVERYTHING I want from a contemporary romance. Spark flew through each page and I could not get enough of this book! YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS SERIES!!!
Both of these authors have once again delivered a FANTASTIC story in this series! I cannot freaking wait to get my hands on book three!
MJ Fields is the USA Today bestselling author of the Love series, the Wrapped series, the Burning Souls series, the Men of Steel series, and the Norfolk series. A former small-business owner who recently became a full-time writer, Fields lives in central New York, surrounded by family and friends. Her house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.