Drawing the Stud by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Drawing the Stud by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (71 pages)
Other: M/F
Star Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Pace Whitaker is one of the few women who ever turned fabulously wealthy Jay Adams down. His alpha tendencies were too intense and she stopped seeing him after a couple of dates. Now her brother is missing, along with millions of dollars of client money. She’s forced to make a multimillion-dollar wager with Jay in order to save her brother from a lengthy jail sentence.

Jay welcomes a second opportunity to get Pace into his bed, but knows he has to play his cards right, otherwise she’ll run again. She’ll get the money, but only if she agrees to be Jay’s mistress.

Keeping her side of the bargain is no hardship for Pace. One night in Jay’s arms leaves her craving more. Before long, they’re all-in for a high-stakes love affair, but overcoming her fears might be more than even he can ante up for.

This concise novel follows the one lady that has captured wealthy bachelor Jay Adams’ heart, Ms. Pace Whitaker. Previously turned down by Pace, has Jay found the right opportunity to up the ante and finally get her in his bed?

Pace Whitaker is approached by two officers from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and told that her brother Rich Whitaker is missing along with millions of dollars of clients’ money. An old family friend, Jay Adams shows up right after the officers leave and is aware that Rich has been misusing clients money.  Is it too convenient that Jay is there to offer Pace the money to cover for her brother … for a price?  To my disappointment, Pace seems to take the findings about her brother lightly and doesn’t have much faith in her brother’s innocence. She agrees to take Jay up on his offer in a draw poker game to win the money that her brother is suspected of stealing, but she doesn’t check out the story to see if her brother is actually missing or even if any money is missing until after she has made the agreement with Jay.

I can’t really say I enjoyed this book, however it wasn’t the worst. While reading the book I didn’t find myself connecting with what the author tried to relay. I realize this is a work of fiction and maybe I’m not suppose to over think it, but the story lacked so much common sense. For example, the urgency to take Jay up on his offer seems premature when she hasn’t reported her brother missing to the authorities nor to her parents. Pace is nauseated at the thought of telling her dad about Rich, but isn’t he liable to find out eventually? Pace is startled by muscle bound guys looking for her brother but she doesn’t even report this to police. Maybe the story would have been stronger without the mystery of the missing brother or if the story had taken the brother being missing more seriously. It’s like the brother being missing was just thrown in there as a reason to tie Pace and Jay together.

The attraction and bedroom scenes between Pace and Jay were delivered steamy and hot.  This is where the story excelled.  The author turned up the heat and gave a satisfying read when it came to the fulfillment of the bet. I like the fact that even though Pace came from a wealthy household, the author gave Pace an independence and an entrepreneurial spirit. Her business catered to those less fortunate, not only offering loans but also programs that the recipients are required to take.

Drawing the Stud hits all the right notes in the bedroom department, and that heat helped me get past the questions I had with the plot.  If you’re looking for a steamy read, and are able to suspend reality a bit, then grab a copy.

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