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Betting on Hope [Kindle Edition]

Kay Keppler
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When her father loses the family's Nevada ranch in a poker game, Hope McNaughton decides to win it back--from New Jersey Mafia boss Big Julie Saladino. She hasn't played cards in a while. But she's got time...thirty days. Thirty days before they have to move out or swim with the fishes.

Hope calls on her honorary uncles--who are totally legit, honestly--to sharpen her game. Poker champion Tanner Wingate--whose shady past is all behind him, really--wants to pull her out of that deep water and into his life.

Hope doesn't want to get mixed up with a card shark like Tanner, who's too much like her father--an irresponsible gambler who cheats and takes too many risks. But she'll do what she has to do to get the ranch back.

When she and Tanner both wind up in the Big Game with Big Julie, only one of them can win. And whoever walks away with the pot will be the biggest loser.

But Tanner knows that the game's not really over until the fat lady sings, and all they need is a fake black ops mission to discover that love's not such a gamble, after all.

Editorial Reviews


This was a fast and fun read that I didn't want to end. JACKPOT!!
--Escape with Dollycas, five star review

Product Details

  • File Size: 872 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Kay Keppler; 1 edition (August 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ISCTW6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivering on the genre with gentle humor October 20, 2011
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Kay Keppler knows the genre from the tension and obstacles the lovers have to overcome -- all the way to their lovemaking. She delivers on the genre and even its stereotypes, but with gentle humor. For example, "It was like squeezing a traffic cone strapped to her chest."

She loves her characters. All of them. Women and men. Straight and parolee. From the quirky gambling "uncles" to the bad guy gangsters, and one's babe. Even the FBI. And of course the lead characters. You'll be smirking or laughing with or at all of them.

I know nothing of the world of high-stakes poker and Las Vegas that are the book's venue, but her details seem credible to me. And what I do know about, post-Soviet gangs, Mafia, bad parents, losing one's home, and ... organic farming -- is all true enough in Betting on Hope. True, but far more amusing in this escapist read than they are in real life. Whoever thought a rutabaga could be a weapon?

The challenges of the real world are grim. That is why I need well-told loving stories that remind me that all kinds of characters can be fun and human -- with all their foibles.

When your friends tell you that their troubles are getting them down, you'll want to prescribe this book to put them back in balance. Betting on Hope, to borrow one of her character's phrases, is "cheap therapy." And like the "uncles" in her book, it makes "life bearable. Fun. Even cool."

-- Michael Kaufman
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poker Face August 14, 2012
By runruby
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This was a book based on a neat premise. It revolved around Las Vegas and Poker/gambling, but it did it in a way that did not make gambling look easy or enticing. It really showed how other people can get the advantage over you, even the casino, and that betting is basically not a good bet! So despite being about Las Vegas, it was rather wholesome.

It was a fun lighthearted read, that was a bit goofy at times. It was more sexual (contained more detail than was necessary) than I prefer. Overall it was a nice lighthearted read and rather fun!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, entertaining and witty April 18, 2012
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I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this book as I'm not one for gambling and am not very interested in Las Vegas. I was delightfully surprised. The main character (Hope) needs to win back their families ranch which was lost by her absent father in a card game. This book really draws you in and you can't help but laugh at all of the situations that occur in her effort to learn how to play cards to win. In the process she falls in love with someone that isn't exactly what he seems. In spite of the topic being one I don't have a lot of respect for, the author weaves a lot of good truths into it. Gambling does impact a lot of lives and although the book is about gambing, she makes it plain the hurt caused to one family as a result. The author also draws home the point that not everyone participating in a card game is a bad person or addicted. I really love how the "hero" in the story helps Hope achieve her goals. This is an enjoyable book with a lot of humor. The characters are each well defined. I would not recommend this for a young adult audience because of both gambling and a physical relationship between the two main characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN IN VEGAS April 17, 2012
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JACKPOT! October 7, 2012
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Hope McNaughton hasn't seen her father in years but he can still create havoc in her life. He has lost the family ranch in a poker game.

Hope thinks that just can't be true but she finds out her father got the house in the divorce and they have been renting from him all these years. Hope learns he lost it to New Jersey Mafia boss Big Julie Saladino. He happens to be in Vegas hosting some private poker games so while she hasn't played cards in quite a while she thinks with the right help she can win the ranch back.

Hope calls on her honorary uncles--who are totally legit, honestly--to sharpen her game. Poker champion Tanner Wingate doesn't know what's at stake but tries to convince Hope gambling when you can't afford to lose is the wrong thing to do. Hope doesn't want to get mixed up with a card shark like Tanner, who's too much like her father--an irresponsible gambler who cheats and takes too many risks. But she'll do what she has to do to get the ranch back.

This was a fast and fun read that I didn't want to end.

Hope is a complex character dealing with abandonment issues because her father left their family and never looked back. She has a hard time dating and trusting men which was written beautifully. The romance is true to real life making her character so easy to identify with.

The Russians are hilarious and the shopping trips Hope took with Baby are hysterical. Her honorary uncles are loving and so funny. They are really there for Hope and her mom and her sister. Her niece Amber even lines up a couple honorary uncles for herself.

This story has it all romance, suspense, and humor. Gambling, mobsters, dysfunctional family, organic farming, Vegas, I loved it!!! I am so glad that what happened in Vegas this time didn't stay in Vegas. I am "all in" on this one. JACKPOT!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A HOOT!!! June 25, 2013
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Where oh where do I begin. This was the most amazingly funny, touching, and a times bizarre story I have read in a long, long time.

Hope was a wonderful character and her damaged perceptions and her love of her family and her Uncles was so touching it made me misty at times. Ms. Keppler's sense of the ridiculous was so evident that it at times had me holding my sides laughing out loud. I particularly loved the Russian Mob characters and Big Julie. It was like the Marx Brothers meet the 3 Stooges and are apprehended by the Keystone Cops. This one scene makes the whole story worth the read.

I love how she used Tanner a card player to heal Hope and to bring out the romance and the love in this happily ever after story. I highly, highly recommend it and this Author she is wonderful and fresh and weaves a wonderful tale of fantasy, love and romance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Published 1 month ago by Deanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 3 months ago by Ladytiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. First for me from this author
Excellent book.First for me from this author.will definately look for more
Published 5 months ago by N. muller
5.0 out of 5 stars truly enjoyable
After several trips to Vegas prodding this book purchase, this was an enjoyable story with all of the highlight elements that I enjoy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read.
The author's rich sense of humor kept me laughing throughout the entire book. Romance, bad guys aplenty, gamblers and the feds dancing together made for a very enjoyable read.
Published 6 months ago by Mickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Betting on hope
The book was an easy fun read. It was lite hearted. And a very good story. I Loved reading it.
Published 8 months ago by Pam funk
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
A vey Fast paced, good characters and the author wrote an easy read to keep me amused started to finish.
Published 8 months ago by Michele Fetter
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable!
This book was very enjoyable! A bit predictable but entertaining and worth the read. I will read this author again.
Published 8 months ago by E. A. Galaba
4.0 out of 5 stars A deck of cards
Good storyline with some twists and turns. Hope is everywhere and there's always a great looking guy. Great summer read.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars cute story - funny vignettes!
This book made me laugh like I hadn't expected. The steamy parts creep up but are well done. I loved the card playing angle.
Published 10 months ago by lgt
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Kay Keppler grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, but snow and cold are not character-building, no matter what anyone says. She now lives in California and spends her time writing and editing fiction and nonfiction.

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