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Monday, August 22, 2016

REVIEW: Even Odds by Elia Winters

Title: Even Odds
Author: Elia Winters
Series: Slices of Pi, #1
Publisher: Gallery
Publication Date: June 12, 2016

As a design manager at PI Games, Isabel Suarez is no stranger to the struggles of being a woman in a male-dominated industry. But when her team attends a gaming convention on the other side of the country, she figures there’s no harm in putting aside her professional demeanor for one weekend to participate in a risqué scavenger hunt. Why shouldn’t she let loose and have a little fun?

A careless romp soon turns into more, however, when Isabel ends up having a fling with Caleb Portland, an artist and animator, without knowing he has just been hired to partner with her at her company—and Caleb can’t bring himself to tell her. When they end up coworkers a few weeks later, they need to find a way to work together and keep things strictly professional. Caleb doesn’t want to take on a relationship and risk failure. Isabel doesn’t want to risk ruining the professional reputation she’s worked so hard to develop. But when faced with the undeniable sizzling chemistry between them, will either of them be able to resist temptation?

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“What do you want me to do?” He met her eyes, his own sparkling with a barely contained smile.

So that’s what they were doing, then. Isabel slid down off his lap and grabbed the comforter, shoving all the bedding and sheets down, making Caleb get up in the process. She pushed the bedding onto the floor, leaving the pile of pillows at the head of the bed. There, that was clear enough, wasn’t it? She climbed to the middle of the stripped-down bed, her arousal making her bolder. She felt like they were playing some kind of game, an even give-and-take of challenging and yielding. They were two perfectly matched players who were somehow both opponents and teammates. “Take off my shirt.”

Caleb climbed fully up onto the bed and approached her on his hands and knees, like a wild animal, and Isabel felt a thrill of excitement and nerves at the sight. He took the bottom of her red tank top in one hand and tugged it up over her head, baring her body to his eyes and his touch. As soon as he’d tossed her top aside, he pushed her down on the bed, onto the piles of pillows that kept her half upright, and devoured her mouth again.

“Fuck, your breasts are fantastic,” he said, pulling back enough to look down at her body, her breasts barely contained by her plain cotton bra. “I can’t believe you were hiding these under that ugly-ass T-shirt.”

Isabel couldn’t help but laugh, shoving halfheartedly at his chest. “Come on. I keep these covered up on purpose.”

“What, to keep people from walking into walls?” Caleb nipped the upper swell of her breast, and she had a hard time answering him, her breath ragged in her own ears.

“No, to make sure people look at my face during conversations.”

She ran her fingers into his hair, fingernails brushing his scalp as he laved kisses along the edge of her bra. Caleb slid both hands behind her back and deftly unfastened the undergarment, never taking his mouth from her skin. After he drew the fabric away, he brought his hands up to brush the outside of her breasts. Even just that contact was enough to make her squirm. This felt too fantastic to be real, and she could tell she was soaking wet already. His fingertips traced right beneath her breasts, then between them, then over the top, and then down her sides again and over her stomach. He wasn’t going to just touch her like she wanted to be touched unless she asked for it, and even though it was embarrassing, it was also incredibly hot.

“Touch me . . .” Her voice came out breathy.

“I am touching you.” Leaning forward, he nipped at her earlobe. “Where do you want me to touch you?”

It was easier when she closed her eyes. “My breasts.”

About the Author: 
Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.

Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.

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Sonja's Review

Ok, I'll admit it, the cover is what made me want to read Even Odds in the first place. It was so cute and unique and nerdy that I just instantly fell in love with it and then when I read the synopsis - it was a no-brainer - I just had to read it. It was a fantastic read and I adored it. 

Isabel is awesome - she's geeky and nerdy but she's also sexy, sassy, and passionate. Of course, she doesn't like to let that side show in front of her co-workers and she does resist being so open with Caleb at work and while I didn't completely agree with her reasons, I could understand where she was coming from. Isabel is a hard worker, she's professional, and even though it takes her awhile before she realizes that she can metaphorically and literally let her hair down when she is working, it was so epic to watch when she did realize it. Isabel became a much stronger, better heroine at the end and I have no doubts that she will make you proud just like she did me. 

Caleb is quite a catch - he's hot and sweet and understanding. He's funny, teasing, and playful, but man, can that guy be so deliciously dominant when it comes to the bedroom that he will set you on fire. But while that's all good and fun, it was really Caleb's warm, easygoing nature that got me. He definitely has the whole sexy thing down, but he's so comfortable to be around, you know, it just feels like you've known him forever and he's one of your best friends. I really loved Caleb - he is just the best! 

Even Odds is a light, fun read that will tug on your heartstrings a little but for the most part, it will leave you feeling warm. It's full of passion and heat, laughter and playfulness but also seriousness and struggle sometimes. I had such a great time reading this book and you better believe that I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Even Odds is the first book in the Slices of Pi series, it's told from Caleb and Isabel's POV, and their happy ending left me with a big ol' grin on my face!Isabel's POV, and their happy ending left me with a big ol' grin on my face!

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

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