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Hold 'Em

(Gambling Hearts #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In the game of love all bets are off

When professional poker player Matthew Shaughnessy wins the pot of a lifetime, he didn't expect to land himself a fiancée.
Cassandra Gardener is left with little choice but to play the part of a Texan's fiancée for a week if she wants to clear her father's gambling debt.
Can two people with so much to lose win the biggest bet of all- love?
ebook, 150 pages
Published November 2017 (first published August 15th 2017)
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Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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HOLD ‘EM: A GAMBLING HEARTS ROMANCE by Jacquie Biggar is a contemporary romance that has a cast of characters that are heartwarming, caring, funny and just all around wonderful! The hero and heroine find they have an instant attraction and even though they are opposites, they both have caring hearts and strong family attachments.

Matthew “Matt” Shaughnessy is a high-stakes poker player winning his way up to the World Series of Poker.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fell in love with Matt and Cass. A tender compassionate love story, I could just feel the sexual tension and I wanted them to fall in love. Wanted more, didn't want it to end. Matt won Cass in a poker game with her dad. Dad couldn't cover his bet so he agreed Matt could have her for one week to impress his dying grandmother. During this week, Cass was to pretend to be Matt's fiancee. She was going to be married to Jeff in two weeks. A lot can happen in two weeks and it did. Definitely ...more
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Cassandra Gardener is about to get married in Las Vegas but when her gambler father gambles not only her engagement ring but her as well, she’s furious. But when the winning gambler makes a proposition that will help them both out, she sees no other alternative and reluctantly agrees.

Matthew Shaughnessy is a professional poker player and just when he thinks Lady Luck has abandoned him, he scores the juiciest pot of all: a beautiful fiancée to bring home to the family ranch. Sure, she’s a fiery p
Phylis Carpenter
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read Hold Em by Jacquie Biggar and it was an awesome book. Cassandra's father is a gambling man with a big problem. He tends to bet things he doesn't have thinking it won't matter because he is going to win. He plays against Matthew and Matthew happens to win.

This is a cute story that will hold your interest from the beginning to the very end and is so hard to put down. If the rest of the set is as good as this one you certainly won't want to miss it
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Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an intriguing tale this one was. Matthew Shaughnessy is a professional gambler. He wins a high-stake poker game in Vegas. He doesn't just win money though. Cassandra Gardener's father bet her engagement ring and money that he doesn't have. To clear the debt, Cassandra goes to Texas to pose as Matt's fiancee for a week. Matt's grandmother is dying and she wants to see her grandchildren married with a passel of kids. Cassandra is torn as she is already engaged and due to marry in just a matte ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! What an absolutely delightful book!Ms. BIggar is one of my favorite authors. Her wonderful ways of telling a story are just amazing and in the storytelling part, this novella does not disappoint.

Matt is in a huge high stakes poker game! He starts to think his luck is running out when he suddenly wins the entire pot only to find out the other main player can’t pay Matt the money that he just won! So a deal is struck! The old man has given Matt his daughter for one week. During the upcomin
Sharon Grow
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Shaughnessy is a high roller poker player who uses his winnings to support his families ranch. There is a huge debt owed to him by Cassandra’s father and Matthew needs a fiancée to introduce to his ailing grandmother – and Cassandra is willing (sort of) to act as his fiancee (briefly) even though she is to married to her fiancé in a week. What could possible go wrong? A wonderful story that you don’t want to end, but the author wraps everything up in satisfying manner. Great characters, ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Hold 'Em" by Jacquie Biggar

By the luck of the draw Matt Shaughnessy wins the best gamble that he could: a week with Cassandra Gardner. In exchange for paying off her father's gambling debt, she will pose as Matt's fiancée for a week. What neither of them counted on was this thing called love. Should they roll the dice and take the chance or walk away when all bets are cleared?

A fast paced and enervating novella, Jacque Biggar, has written an enjoyable novel that keep readers on their toes. An
Cheryl Steckling
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hold ’Em by Jacquie Biggar
I have never read a book by this author but found it to be well written and it held my interest. Professional poker player Matt Shaughnessy wins more than he expected when the one player did not have the means to totally pay up. This player a Canadian diplomat was short the wagered amount, he dug into his jacket pocket and pulled out a diamond ring. Asking Matt if he will accept this as a token? It was a beautiful ring and it was in the family for generations and was f
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great romance story. Matthew played poker and won big time. There was an extra surprise that he didn’t count on. Loved it.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
When a professional gambler wins a big hand in a poker game, he gets more than he bargains for in this classic fake fiancee story - another installment in the Shaunessey family series.
I loved cowboy Matt and his interplay with Casandra, the always proper and very engaged Canadian princess. The subterfuge of the fake engagement and the "off stage" presence of the real fiance create an interesting tension ... and then there's the sexual tension and unavoidable attraction between the cowboy and the
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quick story of Matt, professional poker player, and Cassandra, daughter of a gambler. Cassie’s dad lost to Matt and the result is Cassie playing the part of fake fiancée to Matt when he returns home to Texas. This act is to please Matt’s dying g-mom. The two overcome the awkwardness of strangers pretending to be engaged and become friends. There is a bit of drama when ,
Cassandra’s true fiancé shows up...but things work out and there is an HEA
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hold 'Em is a Gambling Hearts Romance written by author Jacquie Biggar.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Very entertaining afternoon read.
Becky Claxon
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book. Cassandra’s (Cass) father was in Las Vegas playing in a big poker game with Mathew (Matt) Shaughnessy from Texas as well as a few others. It was down to Matt and Cassandra’s father (who didn’t have enough to cover the call), but he bet and lost. Matt needed a fiancé to take to Texas for a week as his beloved grandmother didn’t have much time to live. Her greatest wish was to see him happy and married before she died. Matt told Cass that he would forget her father’s deb ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gambler and the Senators Daughter

Matt was about to win or lose his chance to save the family ranch. Cassandra Gardener was a Senators daughter forced to pretend to be his fiancée after her fathers gambling losses. Her real fiancée won’t be happy. Fun and romance in Texas. Recommend.
Amelia Pluck
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A debt and a storm

Who knew a gamble and a storm held so much power? A he!scooter ride and a few days time can feel like an eternity when you finally realize the truth and don't know how it's going to play out.
Margaret Watkins
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This fun bit of romantic escapism made me laugh, although it was at the expense of the heroine who had been manipulated both by her irresponsible father and the opportunistic hero. Caught in a trap of her father's making, Cassandra has to pose as Matthew's fiancée for one week, even though her own wedding is just a fortnight away. To her surprise, Cassandra finds that she cannot hate Matthew for what he has done, and instead can understand his reasoning, obscure as it is. Meeting his family make ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun quick read that will make you smile. A situation in a casino thrust Cass and Matt together. It is amazing how differences seem to attract: Matt is a country bred gambler while Cass is city raised dentist. As their week spent together progresses, each comes to realize they had found something special in each other. This lighthearted story was very enjoyable and will warm your heart in the end. I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my hon ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What happens when two people are thrown together for the sake of their respective families?
I had a lot of fun writing about Matt and Cassandra. Both have type 'A' personalities and it causes plenty of friction, but at the same time they are warm and caring and only want to do the best they can for their families; even if it means posing as a couple!
This is a funny, heartwarming romance that will leave you smiling.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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How desperate must you be to gamble away not only your daughter’s engagement ring, but your daughter herself? Could you really go along with it if your dad did that to you? That’s the predicament Cass finds herself in as she travels to Texas to play fake fiancée for Matt’s family.
When their fake relationship status leads to very real feelings between them, Cass and Matt have to decide whether to bet on each other. This was a great story, with characters that I really enjoyed.
Evonne Hutton
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A delightful short romance with sizzle and a good story line that will have you swooning
I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. This is my honest review.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed reading this book. It was engrossing and captivating. "I received this book from eBook discovery, I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review".
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very sweet! And the narrator did a great job! Definitely hope to move on in the series soon!
Kat Ryker
I am barely giving this three stars. Not because it wasn't supposed to be a sweet love story. Not because it contained anything objectionable. But because it didn't contain the parts of a story I look for when I read.

Character Development - there was none. Cassandra's background? Wait! What? Background? There was none. Her history started when she was watching the stairs leading to a private gambling room where her POS father was gambling away her wedding ring and would then make a deal of HER b
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Matt has just won a fake fiancé for a week and he is taking her to his ranch in Texas to meet his dying grandmother. Cassandra has to fake an engagement with Matt to help her gambling father, when she is supposed to get married in two weeks. Can this bet bring Cassie and Matt together? I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of the book I was a little turned off by the fact that Matt would force someone into such an immoral deal. But it didn’t take long before his motives made me view him in a different light. I soon came to love him and his family, and rooted for them all the way through the book!
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Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!
In her own words:
“My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I'm not acting like a total klutz I am a wife, mother of on

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