As the punk-goth manager of Las Vegas’s premiere adult toy store, Kai Tyler changes her hair color, nail color, and eye color the way some people change socks. In fact, she’s even changed her name. She owes no one, depends on no one, and stopped believing in happily ever after before she reached the age of ten. All she really wants out of life is a few good gadgets and the occasional day of pampering once in a while.
Luke Clarke loves his family, but he has no desire to fulfill his parents’ dream by getting married and going into politics. So when he’s invited to his sister’s week-long wedding gala, he asks Kai along as a decoy. Having a date will squelch his mother’s matchmaking attempts and Kai’s outrageous appearance might—just might—convince his family once and for all that he’ll never have a career in politics.
But as stress, desire, and close quarters eat away at the masks both Luke and Kai wear, their easy arrangement begins to transform into something neither expected. Will they cling to the stable roles of the past, or bet on an uncertain future together?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gaming the System by Laura K. Curtis is an interesting romance that will have you laughing at Kai's antics and swooning at Luke's.
Kai, who has had a rough childhood, is finally making it on her own in Vegas and has been doing great for a few years now. She is manager of Goody's Goodies, the premier sex toy shop on the strip, and loves what she does.
Luke comes in to the shop one day to let his friend Joe know about his sister's upcoming wedding (Joe and his sister used to be very much in love). When he sees Kai, an idea begins to form. With her brightly colored hair, classic sexy punk style and kick-a$$ attitude, she'd be the perfect distraction. His parents may just leave him alone this visit.
Kai agrees to Luke's crazy idea - 1 week at a ritzy resort - FREE - she'd be a fool to say no.
When things start to heat up between Luke and Kai can they agree to keep it strictly about sex or is the forced close quarters going to cause them both to reveal their true selves to the other.
A quick and pleasant red. This was well-paced, hot without being overly gratuitous. A very enjoyable read.
About The Author:
Laura K. Curtis does everything backwards. As a child, she was extremely serious, so now that she’s chronologically an adult, she feels perfectly justified in acting the fool. She started teaching at age fifteen, then decided to go back to school herself at thirty.
Laura has taught middle school social studies, high school literature, and college-level rhetoric, all with relative success. She’s also a full-on Mac geek who spent years as a consultant and running an academic computing lab. The only thing she completely failed at in the field of education was attempting to teach obedience to her pack of Irish Terriers. Currently, she lives in Westchester, NY, with her husband and two insane Irish Terriers who have taught her how easily love can coincide with the desire to kill.