Tuesday, January 16, 2024

The Wild Card by Dylan Allen Release Blitz

In a game of second chances, will their messy past be a winning wild card or their downfall?

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Dylan Allen continues the Rivers Wilde series with a neighbors-to-lovers second-chance romance.

A billionaire with family secrets looking for a fresh start.
A reformed jewel thief.
And a choice that changes everything.

Leo has two priorities: putting down new roots and making up for his mistakes.

He doesn’t have time for a blind date with his new neighbor.

Until he finds out she’s the woman he let slip away… but never forgot.

Cassie has finally paid her debts and is living the life she’s always wanted.
Her new neighbor sounds like he could be Mr. Right.
Only, he turns out to be the man who promised her the world then disappeared without a trace.

In another time and another place, he was a playboy who made her believe in miracles.
Now, he’s a danger to everything she’s worked hard for.

He wants to pick up where they left off.
She wants to keep her distance.

But when they’re together, their chemistry is undeniable.
The heat between them burns hot and fast.
Until a secret whips up a fire that threatens to engulf them all.

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The Wild Card by Dylan Allen

Book 3.8
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I drop my phone into my pocket and grab my suitcase’s handle to turn around.

“Hey, watch—” I hear him too late and crash into the man trying to warn me with a thud that knocks the wind out of me and pushes me back onto my heels. I windmill my arms to try and correct my balance but cry out as it proves in vain and my body teeters backward. I brace myself for a fall.

Instead, an arm wraps around my waist and I find myself staring into the mirrored lenses of a dark pair of Ray-Bans.

Even with his eyes hidden and his face covered in sweat he’s easily one of the most handsome men I’ve ever seen in person. He’s got a mouth most women would envy and a nose that belongs in a museum. His pores are amazing. I need to find out what he uses on his skin.

“Are you alright?” he asks, still hovering over me, still holding me up as if I weighed nothing.

“Yes.” I cough to clear the husk from my voice. “I’m sorry I wasn’t watching where I was going.”

“I was,” he murmurs.

“You were… watching where I was going?”

“No. Where I was going. So, I saw you. Caught you.” The heat from his hand seeps through the thin fabric of my sundress.

I can’t see his eyes but I swear I can feel them on my face and I don’t like that I can’t see him.

And that’s my cue to end this little… whatever it is.

“Can you let me up?” I press my hands to his chest.

“Oh.” He starts as if he didn’t realize he was holding me. “Yes, sorry.” He straightens and lets me go. But the heat from his touch doesn’t.

“Thanks for breaking my fall. I’m Cassie.” I give a lame wave.

He flashes an unfairly perfect grin. “Nice to meet you. How long are you here?”

“All week. I’m working at the resort. You?” I ask as he starts to jog in place and glances at his watch.

“Two weeks. At least. So… maybe I’ll see you around?”

“Sure. What’s your name?”

“They call me Wild Card.” He winks and runs off.

Oh shit. I’ve already fucked up. Well at least I know who to avoid.

“I glance over my shoulder and watch him run away, his back muscles a thing of art and perfection, and sigh. "What a waste.”



My survival, my future, all of it, depends on the one thing I can’t seem to do.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Second-Chance Romance

This story spans a decade. Leo and Cassie have complicated paths behind them and in front of them.

Cassie needs this one last job to finally be able to be out from under debt. Leo is trying to live up to the family name that he was not truly allowed to belong to. Both are trying to find a connection, without losing what they’ve worked so hard for.

I really enjoyed Cassie’s character. She’s strong without being mean, sensitive when it matters, and fierce when it comes to those she cares about.

Leo’s life has been privileged but challenged. He is a complicated character. He wants to do right by his dad, but also knows that he’s kind of chasing ghosts.

These two together were steamy, but quick. It’s kind of an insta-love story, but it seems to fit these two.

You will want to both kiss and pound faces in this story and it is a fast-paced, sweet story of love, forgiveness, and family.



Luck has never been kind to me. I’ve always had to force its hand.


Author Bio

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling 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 find a love worth fighting for. When she isn’t writing or reading, eating, or cooking, Dylan enjoys planning her next globe-trotting adventure.

A reformed lawyer, Dylan lives in Texas with her amazing husband and two sons.

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I’m the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Wild Card (Rivers Wilde #3.8) by Dylan Allen to read and review.

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