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New Release Review! THE MASTERMIND by Dylan Allen (A 1001 Dark Nights/Rivers Wilde novella)

The Mastermind, a standalone novella set in the Rivers Wilde World from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Dylan Allen and 1,001 Dark Nights is now available!

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This time he’s playing for keeps.

He lives under a golden spotlight.
I’m shackled to a past that must stay hidden.

Omar Solomon is the king of the comeback.
Ten years ago his career as a star athlete ended in injury and scandal.
He may have traded in his cleats for Gucci loafers, but he’s been as victorious in the boardroom as he was on the pitch.

He returns to London, wealthy, influential, and powerful beyond measure.
And he spends every weekend in the pub where I work.
A law student with a night job and a dark past,
I’m hardly the type of woman a man like him would notice.

Or so I thought.

When he offers me a no-strings-attached affair,
I forget all the reasons I should say no.
He’s straight out of my dreams—
with a body and a mouth made for sinning.

Our passion turns my gray existence into a vibrant, colorful life.
But it has an expiration date.

When his time in London is over, we will be, too.
And it will be for the best.
Because he can never find out who I really am.
But my Mastermind has set his sights on a new goal: me.
And this time he’s playing for keeps.

**Every 1,001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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Omar Solomon, a former footballer, has a one-night-only, love-them-and-leave-them reputation. But when he meets Jules Quint, a law student/bartender with a secret, he’s ready to leave his playboy days behind him…or so he thinks. But Jules has a secret, and it could change things forever…

Jules and Omar’s story seemed a bit longer than the usual 1001 Dark Night novellas that I’m used to (there’s no way it was just 125 pages, I would have had that read the morning I started) but it definitely didn’t disappoint for those who are coming into it looking for a steamy story. This one has it in spades! There are twists and turns too, including one major OMG moment (which I did figure out, but not until it was practically revealed–pay close attention as you read, is all I’m saying ;)) I did feel like the pacing was a bit off at times–maybe this would have worked better as a full-length book?–but overall this was a story that should work for both series fans and newbies alike. Though the bulk of the action takes place overseas, Omar and Jules do visit Texas near the end so series fans will get glimpses of at least a few series favorites along the way.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust.

A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings.

When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.

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