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New Release/Review: Even Odds by Elia WintersEven Odds by Elia Winters
on July 4, 2016
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Geeky meets kinky in this first deliciously sexy novel in the Slices of Pi series by RITA-nominated author Elia Winters, which follows the romantic rendezvous of the employees at PI Games, a gaming company based out of sultry Florida.
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?
A sexy and witty tale of romance and modern workplace politics, Even Odds is the latest winning entry in Elia Winters’ unique and well-loved erotic novels

Review

Who knew gaming could be so erotic and sexy? But, Isabel and Caleb prove that working at PI Games can be both. Isabel doesn’t date much. She’s busy trying to prove herself in an industry full of men. Most of her co-workers respect her, except Lloyd, the jerk (you will understand when you meet him), but somehow she finds herself making a bet with her male co-workers at a convention. So, she ends up having a hot fling with Caleb. Caleb is an artist and animator, and he has come to the convention for the first time without his best friend. He doesn’t date much either. When the two meet, the sparks fly and some serious hot, steamy sex happens over the course of the convention. The two go their separate ways at the end of the weekend. Little does Isabel know she will be seeing Caleb a whole lot more. He’s just been hired to work for the company she works for. And, let’s just say….let the games begin!!!!

The story was well-written, and while it was erotic, that wasn’t all the story was. It was character driven. Both of their POVs were told, and the reader learns a great deal about them through those POVs…you see how their pasts affect their present and each of their own insecurities. They were both characters I could see myself being friends with. And, I loved how well-developed the secondary characters were. I know there will be future books about some of the secondary characters, so it was great learning just a little bit about them. Again, the sex scenes may burn your Kindle up! I also liked that Winters included issues that women have to face in a male-dominated business. Isabel is a spit fire!

I highly recommend reading this if you like a book that is well-written, witty, romantic, and steamy. This is the first novel I have read by Ella Winters, but I’m certainly looking forward to reading more by her. – Reviewed by Christie Mitchum