Renee Rose is taking us back to Vegas and the Tacone Family with Ace of Diamonds. It’s a great addition to her Vegas Underground series.
So, this is the 3rd one in the series. While it’s a series, it’s not a serial, so you can read it without having read the other two. The couples from the others do show up in this one, but they are pretty secondary.
Pepper Heart is a popular singer. She started out as that alt-goth-rock chick back when she was 16. Now, 7 years later, her manager and her record label turned her into a pop princess and she hates it. That’s not the only thing that her manager has done. He managed to really fuck up her last album release and got her almost a million dollars in debt to the Tacone Family. So she now has to appear at the Bellissimo in Vegas in order to pay off the debt. Because heaven forbid that Hugh, the scuzzball, comes up with the money or, you know, even take the blame for his actions. Generally, this wouldn’t be a huge problem, but you see, Pepper’s voice is pretty much completely gone. She’s been touring a whole lot lately and she’s been sick, sick enough that she actually collapsed after leaving the stage and since then, her voice has just been getting worse and worse. Now, it’s so bad, she can barely talk at all, so she has to lip sync her performances.
Tony is Nico Tacone’s best friend, bodyguard, and general right hand. His job now is to deal with Pepper and collecting her debt. He wasn’t expecting anything like the real Pepper to show up. He expected some entitled, privileged twit, what he got was a lovely young woman who was so real, and had horribly painfilled eyes. But it’s when he realizes that she had to lip synch her concert that he hits the roof. And smacks her ass.
I loved Pepper. She really was sweet. She really wanted to make sure that her fans were happy, and she was more than happy to engage them so that they would have a fun time. Even when she couldn’t speak, she would do all kinds of things in order to make her fans happy. The nice thing is, she got to make her happy at the same time, which was nice. I also felt sorry for her, because it really did feel that there wasn’t anyone there to help her out. I have always liked Tony. He is an honorable man. He’s also a good man, within his particular standards of good. Are those the standards of the world in general? Nope. Do they work for him? Very much yup. He’s protective, he’s caring, he’s willing to do what needs to be done to make sure that the people he loves are safe.
Oh, I love her trip to the punk concert with Tony, that sounded like a lot of fun, and it would totally be something that I would love to watch.
I never liked Hugh, not from the very beginning. He was such a yuck. I don’t particularly care for Pepper’s parents either, they seemed so much more concerned about what she could do for them, rather than what they could do for her.
I think, hands down, one of my favorite scenes in the whole book is when she’s out to lunch with her band and Hugh shows up. It was funny af.
OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out all of Renee’s books. Happy reading!