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Gambler's Woman

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  577 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews

Alyssa Chandler was a woman of two worlds. During the week she was a probabilities expert, cool and down to earth as she sorted through facts and figures. On the weekends she entered the fantasy world of Las Vegas and put her knowledge of numbers to work, staking her money--and winning--on her ability to predict the turn of the cards. Jordan Kyle, himsel
Mass Market Paperback, Silhouette Desire #115, 188 pages
Published February 1984 by Silhouette Books
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♡Karlyn P♡
This was such a bizarre story - and not in a good way. It was down right awful. The hero was such a jerk that I kept waiting for her to get the restraining order and kick him and his dominating angry temper to the curb. But nooooooo, this brilliant modern woman must like the abuse - despite her desire for a good decent loving man. This book implies that he is a good man, but the story never shows it. And within a matter of days she turns her entire life upside down to be in this sick codependent ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The site I picked this audiobook up from marked it as a recent publication. After listening a while, I started digging into that assertion because it was... bad. Bad in a way that was way more common back in the day. Also, I kept wondering why they didn't have cell phones. So yeah, originally published in the early 1980s the sexism of this book was gratingly bad. Jordan is an abusive jerktard and that Alyssa didn't immediately show him the door (and call in police protection if needed) just didn ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, m-f, dire-tripe
I like the work of Jayne Krentz whether she's writing as her, Amanda Quick or Jayne Castle so when I saw this for d/l at the library I grabbed it. Big mistake. It was written in 1983 and I think if she tried to publish it today, it'd never make it. I hope it wouldn't anyway. Her publishers have done her a disservice not letting this stay buried.

I started it and almost gave up within a few pages because the hero has 'antique gold' eyes and the heroine's are 'sea-green'. Oh yes. Brown and grey are
At the very beginning I couldn't stop thinking that I have already read this book, which is nearly impossible since I note every book I read meticulously. Still, I had an impression that I somehow know it. So either I indeed already read it and missed to notice it or this book was so similar to some other one that I had a déjà vu.

It was a really short story with the idea of the lust at first sight. More like a category romance than a full contemporary romance. That is why, it was lacking in cha
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books, grandma-era
I should have guessed I wouldn't like it since the setting is something I don't enjoy "casinos and gambling" but I thought I'd give it a try anyways but at the end I wasn't grabbed by the book , the plot was a bit boring to me and the characters weren't intriguing or even a bit interesting , they lacked chemistry and likeability. Alyssa contradicted herself sometimes especially at the end of the book , maybe if it was done in a slower pace it would have made sense but instead her job turned fr ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-a-story, 1-star
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It’s only when a book really disappoints or ticks me off that I write a review about it before I finish it. This one is ticking me off. I'm not sure how Krentz can salvage Jordan’s obsessive behavior. Even if Alyssa and Jordan had been friends or in a relationship for a long time, he couldn’t get away with his threats. His jealousy is ugly, not appealing or flattering to Alyssa in the least. I’m going to finish the book because I’m interested in seeing how it can work out – or if it only
Dec 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
This book was so terrible, it deserves negative stars!

Yes, the dialogue made me gag at times. Yes, there was insta-love based on similar skills with cards and a couple of orgasms, but basically nothing else. Yes, the idea that neither the hero (using the term extremely loosely) and heroine ever lost while gambling, unless they wanted to, is idiotic. Yes, there were way too much descriptions of food and drink (how many times did she mention that f-ing mushroom tart?!?). Yes, they got married aft
May 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jordan sounds like he could be a sexy hero, but as you read on, you realize he's controlling, a complete jerk and probably a future-abusive mate. He shows up uninvited at her house and throws a tantrum when he doesn't get his way. Then he accuses any guy who talks to her of having an affair with the heroine. Could have been a better romance if he was more likable and not a psychopath in the making.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
.... ha .... wtf? ....
By the middle of the book i expected the "good guy" to show up and save the silly heroine from the beating Jordan gives her. It still felt like the guy was on edge when only a quarter of the book was left. And then BAM! they were in love ....
Left me open-mouthed and frustrated (in a bad way).
Nov 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This, seriously, may be the worst book I have ever picked up. Never finished it.
Alyssa has a head for numbers and a prestigious job with a California firm. She also has a guilty pleasure - the ability to gamble and win. What started as a way to earn some extra $$ to help a friend has turned into her fantasy life. . .enter Jordan Kyle - professional gambler and one handsome man. Giving into temptation, Alyssa lets the fantasy take over. But when the weekend is over, both Alyssa and Jordan find it isn't that easy to let go.

This is an early Jayne Ann Krentz novel written in 19
Originally published in 1983, Gambler's Woman hasn't stood the test of time very well after two decades. As a result, what I would have rated as either a 4 or 5 star story back in the 80s, is now only worthy of an okay rating. For example, the hero unexpectedly showing up to crash a party hosted by the heroine for her boss and co-workers would have been wildly romantic and dashing. Nothing like back in the day of 80s romances of having the hero stake his claim in front of potential competition a ...more
ms bookjunkie
I knew what I was getting into, reading a reissued JAK-writing-as-SJ book. It would be old skool. So I knew to expect it, and could enjoy some of the story.

But there's not getting around the fact that the hero is a painfully old-skool alphole, with the actions of one. He doesn't call, then shows up uninvited at her dinner party? Accuses her of an affair with a coworker? Oy. He isn't rapey though, so I could enjoy the story beyond the cringe-worthy parts.

Cringe-worthy parts: (view spoiler)
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
The characters were intriguing and their interactions were fun to read. However, the story progressed too fast without the right development. Jordon came off as a borderline stalker and his actions were questionable. We didn't get enough character development to reconcile that. It was also very hard to reconcile the resolution of the story as well. In fact, I think that was the main hurdle for me when reading this book. Alyssa was intriguing and well developed as well as her portion of the story ...more
Book Monitor
I normally like this author a lot. This was an earlier Jayne Ann Krentz book written as Stephanie James. I read it as a bath book and it was a quick and easy read with a slight but predictable plot. Unlike her later books this was a bit overblown and the main charcters weren't fully fleshed out, the relationship didn't really ring true to me and the whole thing felt a little old-fashioned but given that it was writtne in the 1980's this isn't a surprise. Not a bad book just more obviously formul ...more
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Although the setting is in a world I don't care for, i.e., gambling (There is nothing more boring I have found), I did enjoy the math references, few as there were. Being a math major myself, I was surprised that Alyssa had found a job anywhere other than in computer science or teaching. There wasn't enough on that in the book to understand what her firm actually did with the math. As for the relationship between them, Jordan was a bit too aggressive and at times, almost a bully, but by the end, ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Another JAK oldie. This one is a bit weird as the hero is a professional gambler. Do they still exist?

The heroine is a statistician and has been spending her weekends in Las Vegas winning money for fun and the hero decides she's his perfect match. But she only wanted a fantasy man and when her fantasy and real world collided, she was not happy at all.

Not one of JAK's better works.

May 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened on audio book and did not care for the narrator. The transition between characters was hard to distinguish and often times left me lost. The story started out as a quirky tale of seduction but Jordan became borderline stalker instead of sexy. The author likes the word 'laconic' and the gambling metaphors got old. Enjoyed the seduction and the ending.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
For a romance written in the early 80's Iguess it's O.K. but there's not alot about the Jordan Kyle that makes's me like him. He has a vilent side that makes me want to tell Alyssa to run far and fast for her life and never turn around. How can a woman that has reached such achievements put up with his temper?
Marissa Joyce
Jul 13, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
wow. the relationship in this book has so many semi-abusive traits that I was just pulling for the protagonist to get a restraining order and run far, far away from this man. i got goosebumps reading it... and not the good kind.
May 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The hero is a bully and complete control freak. All I could think as I was reading it was that if the heroine was a friend of mine I'd be passing her information on women's shelters. Stilted dialogue, awkward character intractions in general. The worst Krentz book I've read.
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I liked it when I read it but that was a loooong time ago. So many of these early 80's storylines are too over the top with Neanderthal heroes to hold up to current standards, maybe I'll see how the audiobook stands up someday.
Selma de Oliveira
This book didn't make much sense. For someone who seem to care so much about her job, and all of a sudden to loose all care. It was not planned out well.
The plot seemed OK at the beginning but fades away as the book progresses. I only gave 3 stars because it's old. There were no cell phones yet.
Oct 16, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Good. Originally pub under Stephanie James pseudonym 1983 Silhouette Desire.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The manipulation and control in the relationship is so real it makes you want consequences of their behaviour to happen, but they don't!
Jan 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gambling is not anything I like and his character was demeaning and controlling.. Not even close to a favorite read . Thumbs down :(
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite book by Jayne Ann Krentz. I'll never pick it up again, worst book she wrote IMO.
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Jayne Ann Castle was born in Borrego Springs, California. Her mother, Alberta Castle, raised her with her two brothers, Stephen and James. In 1970, she obtained a B.A in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and later she obtained a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University, where she met Frank Krentz, an engineer. After her graduation, they married and moved ...more
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