Melanie Vanderpool wants to change her
lifestyle from conservative to wild. To that end, she visits a
Tarot card reader to see whatís in store. The reader pulls the
Devil card, and Melanieís not too sure how she feels about
Melanie works in product development at
Professional Massage. After her reading, her boss informs her
that business isnít good, and that if she doesnít come up with
some new ideas, sheís out of a job.
Melanie and co-worker Tommy Joe Harriman
fly to Las Vegas to attend a conference that might give her
some ideas. It just so happens there is an adult industry
convention taking place in the same hotel.
Rob Black is the CEO for LeatherWorks, a
sex toy company. The business is owned by his grandfather,
who is known as the Whipmaster, and who even posed for the
marketing of one of the companyís most popular items. Rob sees
Melanie at the convention and is interested, but things donít
seem to fall into place at first. Until they both get back to
There, corporate intrigue pushes the two
together. Melanie is not sure Rob is the devil from her Tarot
reading, but she does know that heís gorgeous, and that sheís
Cards Never Lie is an
interesting story. I enjoyed Ms. Hiestandís sense of humor,
which had Melanie facing several problems, including being
mistaken for a porn star. Parts of the story were very
intriguing in that respect. Having said that however, I
thought the plot was a little busy, with so many different
characters flying around that it had me confused at times.
There were also several point of view changes that threw me
for a loop.
What saves this story, though, is the
strength of Melanie and Rob. Both are very take charge
characters that donít allow themselves to be taken advantage
of. I loved the fact that Melanie didnít back down from a
villain, but instead stood her ground. I also loved the fact
that Rob stood up for her, and listened to what she had to
say. These two characters work well together, and gave the
story the backbone it needed to keep me interested.