Ante Up & All In by Amanda Carlson

Posted May 21, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ante Up & All In by Amanda CarlsonAnte Up by Amanda Carlson
Series: Sin City Collectors #3
Narrator: Emma Wilder
Published by Amanda Carlson Inc on 05-11-16
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
Source: Author
Audio | Goodreads

Diesel Jones is a shifter with moon issues. His dream of becoming a Sin City Collector has lingered in the shadows because of his inability to control himself. But when Louie Fiore decides to test his merit, Diesel jumps at the chance. When he finds he has to come up against an incubus, painful issues from the past resurface, and he has only one thing on his mind: kill.

Sofia Cabrera is the new witch in town, and she's more than anyone bargained for. She finds herself drawn to Diesel, the sexy shifter, the first moment she lays eyes on him. When she finds herself the target of an organization of incubi, Diesel comes to her aid unexpectedly, and they end up fighting the threat together.

I’ve had Ante Up on my TBR list since reading Aces Wild, and the Sin Collector series is on my list to finish up by the end of the year. I’ve enjoyed the two novellas I’ve read so far (the other by Kristen Painter) so when I saw that Amanda Carlson’s novellas in the series were now available on audio I thought it was a perfect time to finish up her stories in the series.

While Ante Up features a new couple, Diesel, and Sofia, they weren’t new to the series. They made cameos in Aces Wild but now it’s their turn to get a HEA. Diesel is a hot wolf shifter who had troubles controlling himself during the full moon. Sofia is a sexy witch, who has been mooning over Diesel since they met. A dangerous enemy from Diesel’s past puts the two closer together as he has to help protect Sofia. One thing leads to another and the couple is making their attraction known to the each other, but they have to put the sexy times aside to take care of the bad guy.

Ante Up might be novella sized but it’s full-sized on the action and romance. Carlson gets the job done in a few pages that some can’t do with a full novel. It was fun getting a look at the first couple in the series, Neve and Jake. We also get a glance at the next couple for All In, Diesel’s brother, Luke and Sofia’s best friend, Ginger. While you can read Ante Up as a stand alone I recommend reading Aces Wild too, it helps set up the world and characters so you don’t have the instant-love thing going on.

Emma Wilder did a good job with the female characters but like many female narrators, she didn’t do some of the male characters justice, but she hit the snark and sexy levels just right. While she didn’t blow me away with her narration I’ll give her another try with the next book in the series before I discount her totally.



I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ante Up & All In by Amanda CarlsonAll In by Amanda Carlson
Series: Sin City Collectors #5
Narrator: Emma Wilder
Published by Amanda Carlson Inc on 05-11-16
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
Audio | Goodreads

Ginger Elliot is a succubus on the run. She's in danger of being Collected, but her first priority is to find her brother. Even though she operates the biggest spy network in the supernatural world, it may not be enough to free her from the crimes she's been accused of committing. But keeping her deteriorating condition from the sexy shifter who's accompanying her is getting trickier by the hour.

Luke Jones is on a mission to save the succubus he's fallen for - not only from her brother but from herself. The two have been on the incubus' trail for weeks and finally have him backed into a corner. Luke knows Ginger is in trouble, but he has no idea how to save her.

All In is the cream of the crop in Carlson’s novellas for the Sin City Collectors’ series. Luke and Ginger’s story just hit all my paranormal romance fan buttons.

  • No instat-a-love
  • No instat-a-lust
  • No love triangle
  • Low-level drama
  • No alphahole


I mentioned low-level drama – – Luke hates sex demons, Ginger is a succubus, but Luke isn’t the one with the issues over her being a succubus. Ginger’s dad was a self-loathing sex demon and it took a toll on the family. Ginger has a major hang up about being a succubus and doesn’t think anyone could truly love her. So when Luke starts to flirt with her, she freaks out and thinks that she had used her sex demon magic on him.

They get close when Luke helps Ginger find her brother and clear her name at the same time. Ginger’s bro has been under the influenced by a monster that was responsible for killing Luke’s dad. Ginger is hoping to bring him home and get her family back together.

Luke is a great leading man. He’s strong but not pushy. Sexy but not sleazy.

Ginger is a great leading woman. She’s strong but not bitchy. Sexy but doesn’t really know it.

While their attraction was there when they met, their relationship was a slow build, like a pot set to simmer on the stove. Once it gets hot enough it’s going to start boiling.

When I listened to Ante Up I was about 75% sure that I had listened to Emma Wilder narrator under another name, but because the speed was faster I thought I had set the audiobook speed to 1.25 then I checked and nope it was set at the normal 1.00 speed. I rarely change my listening speed but while listening to Ante Up I thought about changing it to 0.75 to slow Emma’s voice down. I stayed true though and when I listened to All In I didn’t notice the faster speed of her reading. I guess since I’ve listened to her narrator other books (I’m 95% sure I have now) at a slower pace, the faster pace threw me off a bit. I don’t like new listeners will notice but the next time I listen to her narrate under her other name I’ll think she’s reading too slow. LOL

So long story short, I enjoyed Emma’s narration of All In and will continue to listen to her work.

All In felt me wanting more! I hope that Amanda Carlson writes at least one more story featuring the were-panther Raoul that works with Ginger and Cassie, the elemental that’s mentioned at the end that is assigned to find him.


About Amanda Carlson

Amanda is a Minnesota girl, born and bred. She started writing stories about teenage girls and their social missteps while in high school. She’s been writing for over ten years, but began writing fiction in earnest after her second child was born.

Her books are face-paced, filled with action and adventure. Her Jessica McClain urban fantasy series is published by ORBIT US & UK, a Hachette book imprint. Her Sin City Collectors series is her foray into paranormal romance, and they are hot and action packed. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids.

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Overall: three-half-stars
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3 responses to “Ante Up & All In by Amanda Carlson

  1. I enjoyed this novellas. I thought about getting the audios, but I have so many books on my TBR, I didn’t since I had already read all of these. At least I didn’t miss a phenomenal narrator. Great reviews. 🙂