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Susan DiPlacido lives in Pennsylvania, plays in Nevada, and loves to write. This is her first published novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Zumaya Publications, LLC (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554102170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554102174
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,524,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on April 15, 2005
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Martina Martino has gambling in her blood and a career that allows her to indulge in the game. She's smart and careful as to how she goes about her gambling sideline and is acutely aware of how their system and hers works. Win just enough to stay ahead overall but not enough to draw unwarranted attention from casino staff. Spread the damage around each trip to Las Vegas so that her winnings don't draw too much attention at one establishment. Cash in less that the reporting requirements for the IRS as well as what the casino staff might decide on their own to report. In short, every move is thought out and always, always, keep track of the cards as she card counts at the blackjack tables.

The plan works and works well for her until she meets Miguel Rodriguez at one of the casinos. He is a card dealer and almost instantly there is chemistry been them. Not just as dealer and player, but as man and woman, and before long, she loses track of the cards. In a way, that encounter marks the beginning of her losing track of herself as he pulls her into his world where things are not at all what they seem. Miguel's charm and sex appeal hides his major problems and by being with him, the problems have becomes hers as well. Now she is gambling, not just with money, but with her very life as the violence escalates.

This is an enjoyable first novel that clearly reveals the author's love affair with the city of Las Vegas. The characters are richly detailed as are the settings, the gambling scenes, and everything else throughout the novel. The characters come alive for the reader over the course of this 441-page novel proving everyone has secrets-some more dangerous than others.

Book Facts:

24/7

By Susan DiPlacido

Zumaya Publications

[...]

2005

ISBN# 1-55410-217-0

Large Trade Paperback

441 Pages

Kevin R. Tipple © 2005
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24/7 is the story of a card counting gambler named Marina and sexy dealer, Miguel. Marina is a young woman who believes that she is unworthy of being loved, and is on a quest to find Mr. Right in the gambling center of the universe, Las Vegas. This rollercoaster ride is filled with white hot sex and gripping suspense. It is filled with interesting characters whose lives intertwine to provide a first hand look into the life of a casino, complete with prostitutes and other seedy individuals. Not only is it a page turner, but I found myself wanting more, long after it was over. Marina and Miguel make a sizzling couple and their sizzling car accident scene as well as their elevator ride will leave you breathless. If you have ever wondered what true Las Vegas is like, you'll find it all in this novel. From beginning to end, you're in for the ride of your life!
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The prose style measures up every bit the novel's title: 24/7, going without stop. Susan DiPlacido's rendering of Las Vegas and the people who truly keep the place alive -- the dealers, bartenders, prostitutes, marks, and gamblers -- is completely three dimensional, utterly engaging, and always interesting. Whether you're a Vegas veteran or have only visited there through film and novels, 24/7, is a story that puts a new spin on this aging city.

Susan DiPlacido's writing is taut, vibrant, earthy, and moves at a gallop. Her descriptions of gambling at the blackjack or craps tables are lucid and vivid, and crisp with detail. Her characters are real people the reader quickly comes to identify with, dislike, dread, and root for.

It's a great read from the very first page!

--Matthew St. Amand - [...]
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The gambling aspect of this quickly-paced novel especially intrigued me, probably because I know little about how blackjack, craps, baccarat, and other such games are played in casinos. I've lately become interested in televised poker championships, and DiPlacido does an excellent job of portraying the excitement and atmosphere of this type of high stakes game. While the glitz is there, DiPlacido doesn't hesitate to take the reader for a joyride into the gutter when things don't go exactly as planned, which happens frequently in this novel.

24/7 has a lot of steamy sex scenes, with some very imaginative locations and techniques employed. These are needed to flesh out the plot-that of a woman finally finding her perfect man, but unwilling to believe that she is worthy. It speaks to the self-doubt that we all feel at some time in our life. The book is fairly long, but a quick read. It speeded up nicely near the end. DiPlacido is almost like a female Chuck Palahniuk in her writing style, and it is this as much as the story itself that kept my attention. I recommend this book.
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This novel will wrestle you to the ground and not let go until you've turned the last page. DiPlacido has created a plot that will keep you riveted as you drive forward to learn what will happen between these two sexy and fascinating characters. Or perhaps I should say three, as the seductive setting of Las Vegas is as much a character in this novel as Marina and Miguel.

But it's not just a knock-out plot and steamy sex that make 24/7 such a great read. DiPlacido has created rich, layered and psychologically complex characters. Marina, especially, carries so much emotional baggage she can't trust her own feelings, let alone someone else's. You'll be racing toward the end to find out if she's able to get past that and believe in Miguel's sincerity. These people will come alive for you. Fantastic!

There's great music here, folks. Buy this book, read it, lend it to your friends. They'll love you for it.
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