Why did I listen to Aces Wild: A Heist?
I came across Aces Wild: A Heist on Netgalley and was immediately intrigued. A complete cast of asexual characters who are meeting for the first time in Las Vegas? Plus, there may be some sort of heist involved? Count me in!
What’s the story here?
Gambling is in Jack Shannon’s blood. His mother is a big time casino mogul in Las Vegas and it’s the only life has has ever known. When his mom is suddenly arrested everything starts falling apart. Jack knows his mom was sold out and becomes determined to clear her name. He recruits his closest friends and together they plan a heist of a high-stakes gambling club of his mom’s biggest rival, Peter Carlevaro.
How did I like Aces Wild: A Heist?
Aces Wild: A Heist was a story that had so much potential but ultimately left me wanting more. I enjoyed the representation of asexual characters and how each of them had different personality quirks. This is a really strong group of friends and I loved how they all met online through fandom forums and an asexual support group. It was such a positive look at internet friendships including the things that aren’t always revealed until you see each other in person.
While the friendship was such a strong part of the story, the heist was not. It is sprinkled through with moments of sneaking into the rival casino. Yet there was never really any buildup for the full out heist. IN fact everything felt packed into the last few chapters. I really felt like this could have been spread out a bit or at least make it feel more intense. I just felt like something was missing especially when it say it is a heist in the title.
How was the narration?
Aces Wild: A Heist is narrated by Robbie Daymond. It is 10 hours and 27 minutes in length. I listen to it at 1.x speed which was a good pace for the story for me. The narrators voice was pretty evenly paced throughout. I just wish there had been a little bit more distinction in the voices of the characters. Granted everything was being told via the main characters perspective, a little change in tone may help keep a listeners attention.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**