Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the boss, and don't ask any questions.
The characters in these three installments interact in a way that makes for one fun novel!
Aces Wild, Book One
Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, she hasn't been assigned to another one. But when she receives her next playing card, she's in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they've paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right.
Being a hellhound isn't enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir after not seeing her for three years is a low blow - but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He'll do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Ante Up, Book Two
Diesel Jones is a shifter with moon issues. His dream of becoming a Sin City Collector has lingered in the shadows because of his inability to control himself. But when Louie Fiore decides to test his merit, Diesel jumps at the chance. When he finds he has to come up against an incubus, painful issues from the past resurface, and he has only one thing on his mind: kill.
Sofia Cabrera is the new witch in town, and she's more than anyone bargained for. She finds herself drawn to Diesel, the sexy shifter, the first moment she lays eyes on him. When she finds herself the target of an organization of incubi, Diesel comes to her aid unexpectedly, and they end up fighting the threat together.
All In, Book Three
Ginger Elliot is a succubus on the run. She's in danger of being Collected, but her first priority is to find her brother. Even though she operates the biggest spy network in the supernatural world, it may not be enough to free her from the crimes she's been accused of committing. But keeping her deteriorating condition from the sexy shifter who's accompanying her is getting trickier by the hour.
Luke Jones is on a mission to save the succubus he's fallen for - not only from her brother but from herself. The two have been on the incubus' trail for weeks and finally have him backed into a corner. Luke knows Ginger is in trouble, but he has no idea how to save her.
What's Collected in Vegas stays in Vegas.
©2014 Amanda Carlson (P)2016 Amanda Carlson
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"Loved this urban fantasy"
Captivating, sassy, intelligent
I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters, and the story kept me interested and wanting to listen.
I liked the way she did the different voices for each character. She really got across Nevada's snarkiness, as well as doing an excellent job on the male voices.
I loved this collection and I'm anxiously awaiting more from the author!
"Good Stories and Great Narration!"
These were all 3 pretty good stories.
Aces Wild: Jake and Nevada. I liked the this one the best out of all of them. The story line and the characters were my favorite. And the twist at the end of the story was interesting. I won't give you any spoilers. The chemistry between Jake and Nevada was real and genuine. The sex scene was nicely written, not rated G not erotica.
Ante Up: Diesel and Sofia's story. I liked this book second best out of the three. Sofia was pretty cool and I liked Diesel a lot too. He was strong, handsome and had a good back story. The story line and plot was good too. Again there was sex in this book, however it was very similar to the first book. But that is okay. Not raunchy or over the top, no rated G.
All In: Luke and Ginger: This was my least favorite of the three. I didn't care for the heroine very much she was just too whiny or wimpy for my taste. Her brother was a D-bag for sure.
Again the sex was repetitive of the first two books.
As for the narration. It was very good. I really liked Emma Wilder. She does the men's voices very well, gives everyone their own distinct voice and reads with emotion as called for, ie. yelling, whispering, laughing etc. She has a very nice reading voice too. I will totally listen to her again.
"Awesome book! Excellent narration.."
ACES WILD: Jake and Neve
Loved this novella and I’m so glad I bought this as a boxed set. With the audible version only being $1.99 you can’t go wrong. AND the hero and heroine, Jake and Neve, was an awesome couple. They were teamed up, though neither of them ever had a partner before, to “collect” a very old vampire. Shoulda’ been easy but it didn’t work out that way: a witch, two nymphs and three shifters got in the way while trying to make the collection. Not to mention how very bad the old vamp was. They should have killed him instead of collecting him. Great little story and I couldn’t wait to start the next one.
ANTE UP: Diesel and Sofia
I think I liked Diesel and Sofia’s story better than Jake and Neve’s. But I do like witchy books a lot. And Sofia going up against a master witch like herself was very exciting. I’m not really into incubus and succubus stories but this one was pretty good. I did like Ginger, the succubus, and Sofia’s BFF, and I can see why Ginger would want to get the brother Damian, the incubus, away from the evil Mason. Overall it was a really good novella from beginning to end.
ALL IN: Luke and Ginger
Wow! Three great novellas. I just loved this hero and heroine. Luke and Ginger were chasing around after her brother Damian, who didn’t really want to be found, and when they did find him, well… No spoilers here. I found it interesting that Ginger hated herself for being a succubus, and never wanting to take what she needed for strength made her weaker every day. And Luke, who hated sex demons, because one of them killed his father, was the perfect one to fall in love with Ginger. I did find it a little odd that neither the hero nor heroine said I love you to the other, ever. Still, a great ending to this trilogy.
There was some great sex in these three stories without it being overdone. That’s why I’m not sure I’ll be reading the other boxed set of Sin City books by Kristen Painter. All her books are G-rated and I don’t really read G-rated books. AND she has a different narrator. We'll see.
There was swearing and the F-bomb was released 12 times.
As to the narrator: She was marvelous. She laughed, cried, yelled, was snarky and sarcastic, she moaned and groaned when she was in pain, she read with such emotion, no matter which of the seven main characters were talking. The New Jersey accent she has for Louie is so real, it’s just perfect. First time I’ve heard Emma Wilder but I hope she has more books. Every woman sounded different and her men sounded just like men, all with a different tone of voice. (OK, I just checked Ms. Wilder’s other narrations and I guess I won’t be listening to her other books. She only has this one and 3 others: 2 are erotic (yuck) and one written in the first person (yuck). Maybe when she has more narrated I’ll get to listen to her again.) She’s such a fantastic narrator.
"Who knew collections could be sexy?"
I haven't read the print version.
My Favorite Character is Nevada. She's a bit of a smart ass and speaks her mind, while being genuine enough to tease her friends.
Sophia. I feel she got the most out of the character, and portrayed the emotions the best.
At places I laughed. At some I cried.
As an overall grouping I give the audio books 5 stars (rounded up from 4.5). There were scenes I was not expecting, but being new to Amanda's writing, I wasn't sure what to expect going in. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories and could have wished for off camera sex scenes instead of on camera, but that was my only real complaint about the stories.
"Easy to get lost in"
I have read the other Sin City box set and these two seamlessly fit together well. I would have assumed they were written by the same person. It is so easy to get swept up and lost in this series. I loved it so much I had to listen to it twice in a row. The narrator does an awesome job with all three stories! I also really enjoyed the fact that while these stories are part of a series, they can be read individually without the other books. Overall a great series and I hope that we get to see more from The Sin City Collectors!
"Sin City Collectors boxed set"
As I started on book one it was a little slow, but then it picked up and I fell in love with the series! Great listen! Lots of action and love the different paranormals and how they come together as a sort of paranormal law enforcement!
A very nice collection of short stories in audiobook. It is very well written and so very interesting. This collection matches up with Sin City Collectors Boxed Set:
"review of " Sin City " audio book."
enjoyed this box set can't wait for the next book!!! it is five star material!
"3 in 1! "
I love this box set! Each book was the perfect length for me. I'm not a huge fan of PNR but lately the books I've been listening to have really outdone themselves and this box set was no different. I really enjoyed it and I've already started re-listening to this. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Pretty good story here!"
Well I didn't 'read' this series, so I'm not sure. But when it comes to listening to a story, I think that's closer to actually watching a show on television, sometimes! If it's a good narrator, like Ms. Wilder, you have the voices going on and the pictures are showing up in your mind...I guess it's less imagination the reader has to use. Of course, I love 'reading' books as well.
Overall, it was a pretty good series, although I liked the first and second stories more than the last one. I guess I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ginger in Book 3, she annoyed me too much. It might have been because she came across as the weaker of the three lead female characters, I don’t know.
I can say that Emma Wilder does a great job with her voice. Unlike some narrators that either don't change their voice between characters, or don't sound like a character of the opposite sex, Ms. Wilder does a variety of voices as well as accents.
I realize for Sophia that her voice changed between Book 1 and Book 2. Not necessary a complaint, just something I noticed.
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