January 11, 2017

Bluff by #JulieDill @amberjackpub #BookReview

 
Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it’s no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on.

With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she’s quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her.

Chelsea’s life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler’s life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her bluff?




Julie Dill lives in Oklahoma City where the wind always comes sweeping down the plains—literally.  
As a young girl she always wanted to be a teacher, so she went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and taught in elementary schools for ten years. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor and loves helping students achieve success. One of her greatest professional accomplishments is earning her National Board Certification.  
She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Oklahoma City University and continues to work on various writing projects.  From hiking in Colorado, to playing poker in Vegas, she’s always up for a new challenge.  Julie is a busy mom of two teenage daughters, and any extra time that she may carve out is spent reading, writing, and rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

I absolutely loved this book! I read this so fast because I was so anxious to find out what was going to happen next! I was immediately drawn into the story since I find the game of poker so interesting. Not the game itself, but finding peoples ticks and using that to your advantage. The writing in this book was fabulous. Dill really knows how to keep the reader engaged. I was laughing one moment and cringing the next. I hope there is a sequel in the future because I just need more of this plot and these characters! 


Book in a Pinch
Seventeen year old Chelsea is barley making ends meet while her father is jumping from job to job. Then she walks into the casino.
 Go Into This One Knowing 
There is gambling in this book. 











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