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From the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake comes a novel about a frustrated wife and mother who hatches a scheme to reignite her marriage - and risks everything in a gamble she hopes is a sure bet.

When Milwaukee-area wife and mother MJ Boudreaux notices her husband, Chris, seems more interested in the casino than her, she's bothered that she isn't more upset. She picks up poker as a way for them to spend more time together - and reignite their marital flame.

Although the game doesn't give her the quality time with Chris that she'd hoped, MJ finds she has a knack for it. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt top of the poker table for comfort. Intoxicated with newfound freedom, MJ begins spending more time at the gambling tables and less with her family, finally carving out for herself a place outside her role of wife and mother.

After a string of great wins, MJ finds herself in Vegas, attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she's forced to choose between her family and her exciting new lifestyle, the stakes may be higher than she thought, and she'll have to play her hand carefully...or risk losing it all.

©2016 Amy E. Reichert (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Macy
  • 11-11-20

Love this author, except

This was my least favorite. of her books. Troubles exist in any relationship, but that almost all if the responsibility of the issues fall on MJ frustrated me. They both got into a rut and stopped talking about what truly matters, so why did it all fall on her shoulders? Neither was all right or all wrong & yet he filed divorce papers so easily I didn't care if they'd get back together. And why is it always the wife who grovels when she isn't the only one who was wrong? By the time the HEA occurred I didn't care and it seemed all false.

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  • Kelli-Rose H. Simmons
  • 01-10-20

Actually rooted for divorce

I felt like the husband continuously gaslight the wife throughout the book and that never seemed to be called out. She constantly thought she was at fault the entire time and wasn’t allowed to do anything for herself. I actually enjoyed all the poker stuff bc it was the only time I felt the woman felt empowered and confident.

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  • T. Strohm
  • 28-02-20

I struggled at first

I kept getting mad at the female character not saying what was on her mind. In general, that really irks me & I feel is a large reason there are so many communication issues these days. People assume the other person just gets it. By the end of the book I found myself feeling like she didn't deserve to fix things, but I am a sucker for a good ending.

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  • Stacy G.
  • 26-06-18

Grew to love

I wasn’t sure about this book as it was getting started but I ended up really enjoying it. Love is complicated and pride can get in the way of happiness. Even though it is fiction, it felt like it could be based on reality. Plus I really want to try that pie!

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  • Diana
  • 03-06-21

Great story

Really enjoyed the story about this couple. It reminded me a little bit of my father who used to love poker tournaments, before moving, he recently passed suddenly & this was the first time I read a book that reminded me of him but didn´t make me cry or sad, so that is a plus.

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  • karen alexander
  • 14-09-18

horrible narrator.

A few hours into this one, and can't decide if I want to continue. The story is so full of holes, it is maddening. Where was the editor? For example, her "college nemesis" from 30 years ago, yet she has young teens and married 20 years. So was she ten when she was in college?? This just ruins it for me. Another example, all of a sudden the grandmother has a strong North Dakota accent. But the heroine is in Wisconsin....where they don't sound all that different from North Dakota.

And the narrator is terrible. Flat voice...either no inflection or super loud inflection. I keep turning the volume up and down depending on what character she is voicing. She makes the heroine sound like she's 65.

Edit: well I finished it, but this is just the worst story ever. The husband is annoying and sexist, the wife panders to him and gives up her goals and ambitions to go back to being a housewife. Ugh. He's not one bit likeable, and neither is she. Maybe they are meant for each other. They also have annoying spoiled teenagers.