An eye-popping and hilarious joyride through the underworld of sports betting. Beth Raymer arrived in Las Vegas in 2001, hoping to land a job as a cocktail waitress at one of the big casinos. In the meantime, she lived in a $17-a-night motel with her dog, Otis, and waited tables at a low-rent Thai restaurant. One day, one of her regular customers told her about a job she thought Beth would be perfect for and sent her to see Dink, of Dink Inc. Dink was a professional sports gambler—one of the biggest in Vegas. He was looking for a right-hand man—someone who would show up on time, who had a head for numbers, and who didn’t steal. She got the job. Lay the Favorite is the story of Beth Raymer’s years in the high-stakes, high-anxiety world of sports betting—a period that saw the fall of the local bookie and the rise of the freewheeling, unregulated offshore sports book, and with it the elevation of sports betting in popular culture. As the business explodes, Beth rises—from assistant to expert, trusted and seasoned enough to open an offshore booking office in the Caribbean with a few associates, men who leave their families up north to make a quick killing, while donning new tropical personas fueled by abundant drugs and local girlfriends, and who one by one succumb to their vices. They lie, cheat, steal, and run, until Beth is the last man standing. Beth Raymer is a natural storyteller: funny, charming, and fully awake to the ironies around her. But she is also a keen and compassionate observer of the adrenaline-addicted, rougish types who become her mentors, her enemies, her family. Raymer brings to life a world that teems with pathos and ecstasy in this wild picaresque that also tells the story of a young woman’s crazy, sexy, most unlikely coming-of-age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phoebe Zimmermann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002311/bk_rand_002311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He wasn´t looking for love. Two years after the death of his wife, Sergeant Blake Kline is still hurting. He isn´t ready to date, but whenever he stops by his local diner and sees the friendly smile of his favorite waitress, he feels a spark of true happiness again. And when her life is unexpectedly threatened, Blake discovers his feelings for her might not be as platonic as he thought. She was holding out for the hero of her dreams. Bookworm Hannah York has always been a hopeless romantic - preferring book boyfriends to blind dates - and she´s been daydreaming about Blake since the moment he came into her diner. She´s convinced they´ll never be more than friends until Blake kisses her, and ´´weak in the knees´´ becomes more than just a line from her favorite romance novel. The closer Blake and Hannah get, however, the harder he fights to keep her at a distance. But forever has a way of sneaking up on you. When their blossoming relationship takes a complicated turn, Blake will have to face his past or risk losing Hannah forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Will Damron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005747/bk_harp_005747_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Struggling with both PTSD and the trauma of his ex-wife´s infidelity, retired marine Wesley Holt seeks a simple civilian life. His favorite waitress at the Perfect Diner secretly stirs his heart. Yet Wes - scarred by betrayal and racked by guilt over his fallen comrades in Afghanistan - stays quiet, convinced he can never love again...or be loved. Waitress and single mother Carlie Stewart hides fear behind her smile. Her ex-husband has escaped from prison and wants their son - and revenge. When the fugitive arrives to wreak havoc, Wes insists Carlie and her son stay with him for protection. Finally daring to let her guard down, Carlie divulges her dark past to Wes, and, to her surprise, Wes appreciates her strengths and longs to trust her with his tattered heart. The safer they feel with each other, the more trust and passion grow. But can they overcome the demons in their pasts - and the heartbreak they´ve carried into the present - to build a lasting future together? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric G. Dove. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/007664/bk_brll_007664_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jimmy Quinn is delivering a bribe for the infamous racketeer Arnold Rothstein when a bomb goes off on Wall Street, killing 30 people and scaring every banker in the city down to his spats. Twelve years later, Rothstein is dead, and Jimmy is doing his best to stay out of trouble, running a quiet Manhattan speakeasy. At a bad moment for him and his favorite waitress, a blast rocks the alley outside and draws him right back into the madness of 12 years ago. That morning, a strange package came in with his liquor shipment: four plain books filled with cryptic numbers. The incident sets Jimmy off on a mad race from the heights of the Chrysler Building to the depths of New York´s underworld. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Qarie Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/001637/bk_drms_001637_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With the double murder of his wife and child, Jake Sands gave up his lucrative career as a ´´recoverer´´ of stolen or missing objects and people. Hoping to escape his past ties to Los Angeles, he has moved to Santa Barbara, spending his days trying to avoid past friends and future decisions, and his nights awake with his memories. Jake, however, is not the sort of man who can stay retired for long. When Julie Price, a beach volleyball groupie, not to mention his favorite his favorite waitress, turns up dead, Jake ventures into the East Beach volleyball culture to get an inside at her friends and her life. Soon enough Jas has traded in his jogging sweats for neon shorts and finds himself matched against the king of the beach, Collin Fraser, an Australian who is popular with the women as he is ruthlessly cruel. A loose 40 million dollars and a string of prominent businessman who seem to have trouble staying alive add spice to the game. Jake soon discovers there is a deadly undercurrent as he gets closer to finding answers - someone is after him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Ely. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000339/bk_pnix_000339_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A waitress in a favorite restaurant of Mason´s runs out in the middle of the lunch rush, leaving behind her pricey mink coat. But this is only the first question in a cop-killer case that traps Mason´s client with both an impossible story and the murder weapon. With Perry as a prime suspect with a blazing gunpowder trail that leads straight to the heart of the police department.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Cendese. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008694/bk_brll_008694_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey´s favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who´s skipped bail. With the help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman. Then again, with more mishaps than there are exits on the Jersey Turnpike, including murders, firebombs, and Stephanie´s arch-rival bounty hunter chasing after the same fugitive, Stephanie better watch her back big-time if she wants to live to crack this case. 1. Language: English. Narrator: C. J. Critt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000473/bk_aren_000473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . . Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn´t exactly have a life plan. She´s perfectly happy being everyone´s favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it´s time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover. Yet what happens in Vegas doesn´t always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn´t take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he´s been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .