Nobody can beat Astra Scott in playing the hand she’s dealt.
Astra Scott likes to live life to the full. A sorority girl and Gaming Management student, she spends her days studying and practising guitar, and her nights partying or working at the Fountain Casino, where she has an internship as part of her final semester. The only blot on her landscape is Ash Drake, her best friend Sasha’s boyfriend. Arrogant, physical and blond, Ash has never forgiven Astra for her rejection months earlier and enjoys annoying her at every turn.
But when Astra’s boyfriend Harry reveals a shocking secret, Astra responds in the only way she can think of: by finding a way to take on a more attractive, masculine role in the relationship. Her experimentation with sex toys finds a surprising outlet in Sasha, but when Ash discovers their secret and wants to get involved, Astra finds herself torn between dislike and desire…and as their undercover relationship grows, Astra finds herself falling in love, a path she feels can only end in heartbreak. For Ash may be the only man whose own fantasies are a match for hers, but can she knowingly steal his affections from her best friend?
Review: The Hand He Dealt by Tanith Davenport is a hot erotic romance about a young woman trying to find her place in the world and torn between the relationships in her life.
Astra Scott is a college student working on her degree in Gaming Management. She has a good job in a casino that promises hope for her future after she graduates. She has a boyfriend, Harry, that she loves. She has a fun and active social life with her best friend, Sasha. Everything seems perfect, but then Harry confesses a shocking secret that turns her world upside down. Unsure of her feelings for Harry and their relationship, she turns to her best friend for comfort, but Sasha’s boyfriend, Ash, is a constant presence. Encounters with Ash have always been heated and add to the mounting stress in Astra’s life.
I very highly recommend this book and give it 4 out of 5. The story is well written and the characters are vivid and real. There are many twists and turns in this story that constantly surprised me. It has plenty of heat, but there is much more to this story as well. It’s a fast paced story that’s full of drama, mystery, suspense, passion, and romance.
I liked Astra and was pulling for her from the start. She’s strong, independent, and determined. As a young college student she is still discovering so much about herself and relationships. In a confusing and stressful time of her life, she grows and becomes even stronger and more sure of herself. As she struggles to make a decision about her relationship with Harry, it also appears that she may be in danger, adding some mystery and suspense to the story.
Overall this is a very entertaining read that hooked me from the start and kept me hooked. It’s a full length novel but I found it to be a fast read and when I reached the end I hated to say good-bye to the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be watching for more from this author in the future.