Calling Her Bluff, by Kaia Danielle is a novella in the What Happens in Vegas series. It is always fascinating to read a romance novel about a romance novelist. Kamaria Wilson is a compulsive gambler that begins writing romance novels in honor of her late grandmother. She decides to test her resolve of being three years gambling free by attending a romance writers’ convention in Las Vegas. Without even adding in a spoiler you can tell what happens!
To celebrate her writing success, she finds an out of the way bar that doesn’t have any gambling; no slots, no cards, no nothing. At the bar she meets ex-military man Jack Aldirisi. While he may be the perfect gentleman, they still end up having what is perceived on her part to be a one-night stand. This was the first part of the book that gave me pause.
The story jumps from her buying him a drink, to her doing the walk of shame into the hotel lobby. While there are minor hints at what happened that evening throughout the remainder of this short work, this is a part that I feel is crucial to the story. The description of the one-night stand might have given the reader a better understanding of the connection between Jack and Kamaria. The fact that he supposedly looks like the hero of her last book, while it becomes important to the story, is not explored enough in relation to Kamaria’s needs.
The other pivotal character in this story is Chastity, Kamaria’s agent. Her actions not only provide comic relief; they are what keeps this story going. Without her antics I might not have finished this short work. She makes the writers autograph session exciting by having the huge poster of the cover of Kamari as latest book, with a model that looks deliciously like Jack. That one scene in the book was priceless. Overall I felt the book was choppy and lacked a smooth transition from scene to scene. It showed promise, but didn’t wow me like I hoped.
-Reviewed by Selina
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”