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"No strings, no rings." That's Luke Archer's motto. As the champion quarterback for the New York Empire - not to mention a self-made billionaire - Luke has given up on serious relationships. Women only want him for one thing: the thrill of being with a superstar. And he likes it that way too. But when his best friend announces he's retiring from football to spend time with his wife and kids, Luke feels like he's missing out on something much bigger than his career.

The assistant concierge in Luke's luxury high-rise, Miranda Tate fled her family's dairy farm to come to the bright lights of New York City. She works hard to move up and sends her spare earnings home to her brother. When she and Luke meet, there's an instant sexual attraction which turns steamy quickly, but they're in completely different leagues. Could Miranda be just the woman Luke needs to win the most important game of his life?

©2016 Nancy Herkness (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Entertaining Light Romance

The 2nd book of the Wagers series was an entertaining, light romance, which could be enjoyed without reading the 1st book.

NFL football player Luke was a refreshing change - a rich, good-looking man who wasn't dominating. selfish or violent. No, Luke was thoughtful, funny, hard-working and looking for an equal life partner, rather than a brainless sex slave.

Likewise, Miranda was a smart, ambitious professional who enjoyed helping people as a concierge. Miranda wasn't looking for man to "save or rescue" her. She didn't expect Luke to fix her problems, even when her slimy boss was trying to sabotage her career.

The romance between Luke and Miranda was slow and realistic; the supporting characters added depth and humor to the plot. There were explicit sex scenes but nothing violent or degrading.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • ma
  • USA
  • 11-17-16

Really good

I loved the characters and the story line. I was cheering the whole time for Luke and Miranda. And as cliche as it sounds money cannot buy you happiness or love. Good read highly recommended😊

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QB almost tosses girl instead of football!

Star quarterback Luke Archer sees the handwriting on the wall after his best friend marries and announces his retirement and the handwriting becomes even clearer when he's injured during a game. Sidelined he pursues Miranda Tate, a small town girl trying to make it as a concierge in Luke's NYC's high rise apartment building.

This book is a little more serious than I thought it was going to be. Luke is a complicated man just trying to figure out where he belongs in the world after his football career ends, and if he can find someone who loves him for the person he is and not the superstar that people see. It's interesting to see Luke and Miranda build upon the instant attraction they feel towards one another, to something deeper and real.

This is the first audiobook from Nancy Herkness I've listened to, but it won't be the last! As a matter of fact I have to download the first book series because All Star is the second.

I've listened to a couple of audiobooks from narrator Lauren Ezzo and I put her right in the middle range as a narrator but I feel like she's getting better and I would definitely buy a book that she narrates.

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LOVE THIS SERIES

This is not a stand alone novel so I suggest if this is your kind of book you need to START with "The CEO Buys In". All three books in this series is what I call Not To Be Missed ..... so if you decide to purchase this book, purchase all three, set aside a free weekend or even better, a week at the beach, a Do Not Disturb tag to hang on your door (if at the beach a big beach umbrella), then start listening/reading.

Sorry this tells you nothing about the storyline of the book but.... the author is great..... the narrator makes you feel it, see it, smell it .... AND if you miss this book ..... you've missed a pleasant experience.

This is what I call a NOT TO BE MISSED novel.

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Excellent!

Loved narrator and all characters. on to next book can't wait. You must read series.

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Love this series!

“No strings, no rings.” That’s Luke Archer’s motto. As the champion quarterback for the New York Empire—not to mention a self-made billionaire—Luke has given up on serious relationships. Women only want him for one thing: the thrill of being with a superstar. And he can’t risk love distracting him from his next Super Bowl victory. But when his best friend announces he’s retiring from football to spend time with his wife and kids, Luke feels like he’s missing out on something much bigger than his career.

The assistant concierge in Luke’s luxury high-rise, Miranda Tate fled her family’s dairy farm to come to the bright lights of New York City. She works hard to move up and sends her spare earnings home to her brother. When she and Luke meet, there’s an instant attraction, but they’re in completely different leagues. Could Miranda be just the woman Luke needs to win the most important game of his life?

I was given this book for an honest review. Now with that said...book 2 in the Wager of Hearts series did not let me done! I really enjoyed reading Luke and Miranda's story. The characters were well developed and I was able to feel what they felt. I found this series by chance but I am enjoying it! I can't wait for book 3!

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The author delivers again

I'm seriously in love with both the author and narrator. The stories flow well and the very acting pulls you into the scenes and the writing makes the characters your friends. I highly recommend these books and others written by Nancy.

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Inner feminist still having a tantrum

When I read the first book in this series, I was at war with my inner feminist who kept telling me to dig deeper in literature for meaningful stories. I fought a valiant battle, listened to the 3 books and enjoyed each.

This is the star athlete, financial guru who wages something irreplaceable if he does not find love within a year. It's even corny when I write that - but it's entertainment, not brain surgery.

Nancy Harkness develops characters whom you like, grow to understand their complexities and even though you know that happiness is going to be the end result, your inner Cinderella cheers for them.

My inner Gloria Steinem needs to get her own audible account.

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Tough to listen to

I found the story slow and uneventful, I listened to it all hoping right up until the last minute it would improve, but not.......

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Billionaire has a Heart

What made the experience of listening to The All-Star Antes Up the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the person who narrated the story. Her voice seemed perfect for this story.

What other book might you compare The All-Star Antes Up to and why?

I love reading romance books but this one was a little different. I really don't have another book to compare with it. I thought the book was good.

Have you listened to any of Lauren Ezzo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time listening to Lauren Ezzo's and felt she did a great performance and would listen to her again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the main was is when the whole football team helped Miranda out. She was so surprised that a Major league football team would come to her rescue.

Any additional comments?

I loved listening to this book and felt that the performance by Lauren was done well and l loved the story.

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  • Leigh UK
  • 08-01-17

A feel good read!

I really enjoyed this audio book. id5read the 1st in the series a while back and then found this on Kindle Unlimited with audio included.

Luke and Miranda's story is sweet and not laden with silly miscommunication and misinterpretations. They have moments of confusion but for the most part they resolve the issues quickly by asking questions to clarify. The main misunderstanding happens at the end but Luke can take the blame for that!

The family vibe with Miranda's family balance out the angst with Luke and Trevor.

Really, this is an enjoyable read.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 04-25-17

Throwing away love isn't a quarterbacks best tactic

Pleasant enjoyable read. Not a mind bending story line but interesting enough to keep the readers interest. Written at a good pace, without any side padding, was one of the books best features.

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  • Sophie M.
  • 04-14-17

Loved it! Even better than the first!

I loved the first but the second seemed even better. Can't wait to listen to the 3rd installment!

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  • Misty
  • 06-17-16

Great second book

This was as good as book 1 which was a nice change as lately I have been reading series's with a strong first book but a weak follow up. I loved the part where you had all these big strong footballers on the farm. Roll on book 3

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  • Simon
  • 06-01-16

Oooh another great story by Nancy Herkness

As this is the second book in the Wager of Hearts series by Nancy Herkness and the second book I've tried by this author.
I'm totally hooked, not to mention the refreshing vocal talents of Lauren Ezzo.
A brilliant combination bring on the third.

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  • Joan Davis
  • 06-01-16

just brilliant

Yet again another wonderful storyline,I can't wait for the third book in this series. Nancy PLEASE PLEASE don't make us wait to long.

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  • Cas
  • 06-02-16

Brilliant

Wow, this was better than the one before, had all the ingredients as I like to say to hit 5 star plus. Can't wIt for the next one! Truly brilliant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful