Title: Aces WildAuthor: Amanda CarlsonRelease Date: May 29th 2014Format: EbookSource: AuthorWelcome 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.
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, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.
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. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…
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, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.
What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...
Nevada is a Collector, her job is to track down and capture supernatural creatures, think of a supernatural bounty hunter. She gets teamed up with Jake Troubadour, a sexy hellhound, to take down a vampire. They butt heads instantly due to their past together, so I knew Aces Wild would be an entertaining read. Neither wants to work with the other, but they go ahead with the mission since neither wants to piss off their boss and lose out on money.
The characters were a bit different from the normal Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance that I've read before. First off Jake Troubadour is a hellhound, he's built like a tank and is able to become immune to magic cast at him more than once. I don't think I've ever read a book that one of the main characters was a hellhound, and I would love to read more books that included them! Nevada, on the other hand, is a dhampir, part human and part vampire. She gets the perks of walking in the daylight, while having all the benefits of being vampire, ie: speed, hearing, etc without having to drink blood. The characters were unique (to me) and the plot was pretty good considering it was a novella. I recommend Aces Wild if you're looking for a quick read that is naughty and paranormal.