Hell on Heels by Victoria Vane

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

It was while visiting Las Vegas for the Romance Novel convention of 2013 that I first came up with the idea for Hotel Rodeo. After seeing the strip for the first time, I thought how cool it would be to create my own Western themed hotel and casino. The Hotel Rodoe series came to life in my mind very quickly after that as a series of inter-connected stories set in and around my fictional Las Vegas hotel. The first three books are coming in January, February and March, and I have five more planned for this series. Here’s a taste of book #1, Hell on Heels.  


PLACE YOUR BET...The Hotel Rodeo in Las Vegas has seen better days, but managing partner Ty Morgan has come up with a way to return it to its former glory. His plan looks promising until the unthinkable happens. Suddenly Ty is working for the boss’s daughter. And Miss Monica Brandt, hot as she may be, doesn’t share his vision…  

ROLL THE DICE...She left a fabulous career and a frustrated fiancé in New York to move to Vegas and save her father’s investment. But now Monica is locking horns with a sexy cowboy-turned-businessman. What does Ty think he can do that she can’t? All Monica knows is that she doesn’t dare trust him—or is it herself she doesn’t trust...

AND WIN...The battle lines are drawn. The stakes are high. And the attraction can’t be denied—especially the more closely Ty and Monica have to work together. Some odds are just meant to be played, and with chemistry this electric, it may be time to grab life by the horns.

Ty didn’t know what possessed him to offer her dinner when he’d sworn off Monica Brandt. Maybe he couldn’t stand the guilt of seeing her eating cold noodles out of a take out carton while sitting on a luggage trolley. It was a shitty thing to lock her out like he had without notice. She deserved better than what he’d dished out to her. 

Instead of hitting a burger joint and heading west out of town to his place as he’d originally intended, he drove her up the strip, pointing out all the best sights, the Eiffel tour, Caesar’s, the dancing fountains of the Bellagio, all the while trying to defrost her, but she remained beside him in a stony lip locked silence. 

Shit. This wasn’t any good at all. They needed to get back on level ground…or maybe not. Suddenly inspired he asked, “How are you with heights?” 

“Heights?” she repeated blankly.

“Yeah, you aren’t acrophobic are you?”

“Not at all. As a matter of fact I love rock climbing and zip lining.”

Her remark took him aback. “You?”

“Yes, me. There’s a lot we don’t know about each other, Ty.”

“There’s an easy remedy for that, you know.”

“What’s that?” she asked.

“It’s called conversation,” he quipped, watching her out of the corner of his eye. “You should try it sometime.” 

Her mouth twitched. A small triumph, but at least he’d cracked the outer layer. It was enough encouragement to move forward with his idea. He whipped out his phone. She watched him with a scowl as he made the call. 

“John? Hey! It’s Ty Morgan. I need a table for two. Can you squeeze me in? I’m ten minutes out. Yeah? Great. Thanks buddy. I owe you big.” He stashed the phone and turned off Las Vegas Blvd at The Stratosphere.

“What are you doing?” she asked. “I like zip lining, Ty. I never said anything about jumping off eight hundred foot skyscrapers.”

“That’s not why I brought you here, but if you change your mind after dinner, knock yourself out.”

“Dinner? Oh.”

“Yeah, this place has a revolving restaurant that offers the second best view in the whole Las Vegas Valley.”

“Only the second best? Don’t I rate high enough to get the best?” 

“The place with the very best view is a closely guarded secret, Ms. Brandt, but if you can stay on your good behavior tonight maybe I’ll show you that one too.”

“Friends in high places?” 

“A few,” he remarked. “Or at least in the right places. I generally try to cultivate more friends than enemies.”

“I know someone who could take a few lesson from that playbook,” Monica said dryly.

“Yeah? Who’s that?”

“My ex-fiancé,” she replied. “He has a great deal of influence in New York but mostly because people are afraid of him.”

“We have plenty of that kind out here too. The city was built by the mob.” He slanted another sidelong glance at her. “I find it hard to believe you were involved with someone like that.”

“He’s not a mobster! Evan’s more of a corporate raider type.”

“Is there really much difference?” Ty grinned back at her as he put the truck in park. “I think you’re splitting hairs.” He actually got a full blown laugh out of her that 
time. Score another for Ty.

“Maybe so.” Her smile suddenly faded, replaced by a frown. 

“Something on your mind?” he asked.

“Yes actually. I got a text from him earlier. He’s is in Vegas.”

“Your ex is here?”

“Yes. Said he wants to see me.”

“He’s not some crazed stalker type, is he?”

“No not a stalker,” she replied. “Just a bullying bastard.”

“You aren’t going to see him, are you?”

“I don’t know yet,” she replied, her gaze narrowing. “Why should you care?”

He shrugged. “It’s your life. You can see whoever you want. I just know ex’s can be a royal pain in the ass.”

“And how would you know that, Mr. I–Don’t-Do-Relationships?” 

He reached for his door. “Perhaps you’ve heard the expression once bitten twice shy, Ms. Brandt? Try getting bitten by a rattler. That’ll make you real damn shy.”

Victoria Vane is a #1 bestselling award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations including: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (Slow Hand), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best Ebook Romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

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