In the Cards Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Lindsey Hilliard flees her charmed life in New York, searching for answers after her fiancé's betrayal fills her with self-doubt. Unfortunately, her rented Malibu home is next door to Levi Hardy, the sexy but insufferable man who humiliated her years ago.
Hardened by a grim past he keeps concealed, Levi prefers maintaining a comfortable distance from folks, especially a nosy princess like Lindsey. But then a motorcycle collision brings him to his knees, forcing him to accept her assistance with his recovery. Sparks begin to fly when the woman who doesn't believe in herself teaches the cynic how to have faith in others. Levi realizes his body will recover, but his heart won't if Lindsey returns to the ex who wants her back.
In the biggest gamble of his life, Levi teaches her to trust her own voice, and hopes she'll use it to say good-bye to her past and hello to a future with him.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 35 minutes|
|Narrator||Amy Rubinate, Will Damron|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 09, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #182,790 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#6,797 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#13,575 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#32,416 in Contemporary Women Fiction
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This story involves the well-educated daughter of a wealthy family who had a good job and was engaged to the "perfect" man. Rob was a good looking, well-educated, highly thought of attorney in a prestigious law firm on the fast track to real success. Her family, including a controlling mom who trys to manipulate her entire family, loved him. Then the attorney had no choice but to call his fiancee and reveal that a night in a bar may have resulted in him passing an STD on to her and that she needed to see a doctor. Needless to say, this ended the wedding planned for two weeks later.
The story also involves the son of a conman who drifted from state to state perpetuating con games on unsuspecting, usually older, individuals, robbing them of their life savings. The conman did not think his son needed an education, other than the kind he could teach him, and, since the boy's mother disappeared from their lives when he was 9 years old, dear old dad was the only family he had.
What I really liked about this book was the following:
The drifter's son learned early on that he didn't want to follow in his dad's footsteps so, when his dad was "at work," Levi would spend his time in the library (where it was quiet and cool) reading. When he turned 18 he high-tailed it out of his dad's sphere of influence.
He took a job as a bartender at a resort in Sanibel Island, Florida. He learned that his good looks and his friendly personality translated into healthy tips. He chose to save his tip money so he could go to Las Vegas and “earn” money playing poker. By reading, Levi learned how to invest his money in the stock market.
Lindsey, whose fiancee cheated her has now quit her job and she has gone where she went growing up to visit her dad's sister - Malibu, California. Thanks to a trust fund, she leased a car and rented a house she found online. She was distancing herself from her manipulating mother to determine on her own what, if any, future she might still have with the fiancee.
Circumstances seem to conspire to cause Levi and Lindsey to rely on each other, Levi is involved in a very serious motor vehicle collision and she is dealing with a socialite mother who wants her to pack up her belongings and return to New York as well as a fiancee who claims he is sorry for what he did and wants her to forgive him and give them another chance - while still not telling her the entire truth.
In 2005, while he was working as a bartender at a posh resort in Florida, Levi met a young woman who ordered a drink. His innate ability to "read" people made him know she was underage. When she could not provide him with proper age ID, he fixed her a drink - a virgin daiquiri. Later, while he was on meal break and reading "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand, Lindsey finds him and sits down to talk with him. She is so condescending that he sends her off like she is a little girl, which irritates her.
In 2013, Levi has taken his "training" to Las Vegas and earned a sizeable amount of money at the poker tables which he invested, used to buy a house on the beach in Malibu, California, a Ducati motorcycle, and a Jeep. The house next door to his is empty, which provides him the kind of seclusion he desires.
In May 2013, Levi is visited by a police officer who informs him that his dad, with whom he has not spoken in several years, has been murdered. Because he had Levi's name and address in his wallet they have come to ask him if he will return to Las Vegas and identify the body. The police question him in an attempt to see if they can locate where he kept the money he conned people out of. Levi gives them a name his dad once told him he used to rent storage lockers so they can see if they can find any money in one.
After a trip to the Las Vegas morgue, he is handed his father's personal belongings. Included are the slip of paper with his name and address on it, the business card of a law firm, and a strip of photos taken in a drugstore photo booth of him and his dad when he was a young boy..
One morning, following his return from Vegas, Levi goes out to pick up his paper and notices a red BMW 6 series convertible parked next door. He is not happy because all of the houses on the beach are so close together. Later he is on his deck drinking coffee and reading the paper when he notices a girl on the beach. When it appears she is coming to his house he wonders two things, why and why does she seem vaguely familiar.
As his new neighbor notices him, he speaks to her. She pauses and blinks as if she's seen a ghost. She tips her chin at him and goes inside her house. Lindsey, recognizes him but is just as sure he has not recognized her.
This story is not only about the circumstances in the lives of Levi and Lindsey, it is about how Levi deals with his need for Lindsey's assistance and her need to learn how to deal with her controlling mother and a fiancee who wants things to go on as if nothing wrong had ever happened.
Of course, this is an HEA but who gets the HEA, Levi and Lindsey or Lindsey and Rob? Will Lindsey's mother get her way, as usual, or will Lindsey finally stand up for herself? Of course, I don't recommend this book for young people who are fighting their parents over the issue of education.
As I read In the Cards, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. I didn’t feel a connection with Lindsey and Levi was a closed book. But I kept reading and I’m glad that I did. Lindsey and Levi are very complex characters with real hurts and real challenges that by the end of the story I felt a connection with them both. By the end, I understood Levi’s wall and Lindsey’s naivety. The secondary characters were great as antagonists and voices of reasons. The sparks that flew between them were as hot as any romance I’ve read. I cheered for them as their lives seem to be heading to be together. But would they? I eagerly turned each page, hoping that someone would say something to crack the wall between them. In the Cards is my first book by Ms. Beck and it will not be my last. I highly recommend In the Cards.
In The Cards is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook.