All In: High Stakes #1 (Printed Copy)


by Simona Ahrnstedt
ISBN: 9781496706195
Publish Date: 6/28/2016
Format: Hardcover
Categories: General, Women's Fiction, Kensington, Fresh Voices, New Series



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Staff Pick & Review by Jane Nutter

An international bestseller by a fresh new voice, escape into this summer’s most-buzzed book, ALL IN, where beneath Sweden’s midnight sun the elite prowl parties for conquests, trade secrets like currency, and the cat-and-mouse game of seduction between two lovers is poised to change the power balance forever...Luxurious, fun and escapist, ALL IN really does have it all!


Trust is the most precious commodity of all…

In the cutthroat world of Sweden’s financial elite, no one knows that better than corporate raider David Hammar. Ruthless. Notorious. Unstoppable. He’s out to hijack the ultimate prize: Investum. After years of planning, all the players are in place; he needs just one member of the aristocratic owning family on his side—Natalia De la Grip.

Elegant, brilliant, driven to succeed in a man’s world, Natalia is curious about David’s unexpected invitation to lunch. Everyone knows that he is rich, dangerous, and unethical. But she soon discovers he is also deeply scarred.

The attraction between these two is impossible, but the long Swedish nights unfold an affair that will bring to light shocking secrets, forever alter a family, and force both Natalia and David to confront their innermost fears and desires.

“A compelling story that has heat and heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown

“All In is sexy, smart, and completely unputdownable. Breathtaking, from start to finish.” –New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

“Everything a reader could want!”—New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James

“I've been searching for this feeling all year: this book left me absolutely breathless.” --New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren

Praise for ALL IN by Simona Ahnrstedt:

“Ahrnstedt neatly balances lusty romance and the tension of corporate scheming at the highest level. Fans of strong women and powerful men will gladly buy stock in this story.”– Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“The author’s ability to skillfully fuse a luxurious lifestyle, a refreshingly different Swedish setting, a plot riddled with revenge and financial intrigue, and plenty of steamy romance means All In will be the must-have leisure read everywhere this summer.”– Booklist

“A stylish tale of corruption, revenge, and hard-won love.”– Kirkus Reviews

“One of the most exciting new projects is the July 2016 publication of Swedish author Simona Ahrnstedt’s ALL IN.” – Library Journal

“Trailblazing Swedish author Ahrnstedt offers readers a satisfying game of high-stakes corporate intrigue and scandalously illicit passion. The romance between her strong, well-matched protagonists is engaging…There is plenty to enjoy here, particularly in the subplots, and fan interest will surely remain high for the rest of this trilogy.” – RT Book Reviews

“This passionate love story set in the cutthroat world of big business and venture capital was a bestseller in Sweden. Notorious corporate raider David Hammar doesn’t count on falling for Natalia De la Grip, the brilliant but unappreciated daughter of his chief rival. Drawn together by sexual sparks and their mutual outsider status, the two become lovers but must make a series of deeply difficult choices.” – Publishers Weekly, Best Books of Summer

"Given the popularity of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo, the idea is to introduce American audiences to another kind of Swedish commercial fiction. . . . I’m grabbing this one when it comes out in summer 2016." —BookRiot

“Perfect for readers looking to shake up their usual romance reads.” – Bookish, Best Books of Summer 2016

“Everything a reader could want!” – New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James

“A compelling story that has heat and heart.”– New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Fast-paced, sexy and smart!” – New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

“I’ve been searching for this feeling all year: this book left me absolutely breathless.”– New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren

“Sexy, smart, and completely unputdownable. Breathtaking, from start to finish.” – New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

“Full of Shakespearean drama, scheming families, hot sex, and gorgeous clothes…a sexy swirl of passion, tension and excitement, old money clashes with a new generation of upstarts, and corporate intrigue goes hand-in-hand with illicit passion.” – The Daily Express (UK)

“This fast-paced story is one you’ll finish in a weekend, but won’t stop thinking about for quite a while thereafter.”- PureWow

“Smart and Smoldering.” – Tue/Night

“I was fascinated, riveted, stunned, horrified, enraptured and involved.” – The Reading Chick

“Recommend giving All In a read.” – Harlequin Junkie

“An exceptionally fascinating story…Strong, compelling and powerful.” – Romance Reviews Today, Perfect 10 Review

“This sexy and suspenseful page-turner aims to do for Swedish romances what The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo did for Swedish thrillers.” – In Touch

“Perfect for readers looking to shake up their usual romance reads.” – Bookish, Best Books of Summer 2016

“This passionate love story set in the cutthroat world of big business and venture capital was a bestseller in Sweden. Notorious corporate raider David Hammar doesn’t count on falling for Natalia De la Grip, the brilliant but unappreciated daughter of his chief rival. Drawn together by sexual sparks and their mutual outsider status, the two become lovers but must make a series of deeply difficult choices.” – Publishers Weekly, Best Books of Summer

ALL IN is a high-stakes romance…Ahrnstedt has given American readers a romance they won’t soon forget…ALL IN grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go until the very last word.” - Bookpage

"Given the popularity of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo, the idea is to introduce American audiences to another kind of Swedish commercial fiction. . . . I’m grabbing this one when it comes out in summer 2016." —BookRiot

“Full of Shakespearean drama, and scheming families, and hot sex, and gorgeous clothes, but also some importing things to say about how the world is functioning.” – Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Grade A

“This is a tale where the stakes are high…A surprisingly heartfelt and authentic romance…The Glittering, entrancing world of Sweden’s uber-rich provides a scintillating background for their addictive affair…Reminiscent of the sweeping sagas of the past, but wholly contemporary and modern, ALL IN is a tale of risking it all for love.” - Heroes & Heartbreakers

“Terrific.” – Bobbi Dumas, Read a Romance Month, Kirkus Reviews Blog

About Simona Ahrnstedt:

Simona Ahrnstedt was born in Prague and is a licensed psychologist, a cognitive behavioral therapist, and most importantly, a bestselling author. As her novels have swept bestseller lists in her native Sweden, she has become a spokesperson for books by women, for women, and about women. Her provocative women’s fiction has been sold in multiple languages as well as audio format. She lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden, with her two teenagers.

Photo Credit: 2014 Fotograf Anna-Lena Ahlström


Average Customer Review

Based on 2 reviews


Customer Review

A real page-turner, steamy romance (Monday, August 1, 2016)
Reviewer: Liz Gavin

***I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review***
Ms. Ahrnstedt’s short bio states her concern and active interest in women’s issues so I had a lot of expectations when I started reading All In. After all, being a licensed psychologist and a cognitive behavioral therapist certainly should make her character building quite interesting. And her novel doesn’t disappoint in that aspect, except for Natalia’s family’s views on women’s role in society.
Reading the concepts that Gustaf and Ebba - Natalia’s parents - and Louise, her sister-in-law, professed felt like I was reading a Regent era novel. But one written in that era because the modern ones I’ve read have more forward-thinking characters. However, in the whole scheme of things, it made sense for the author to created them to be so obnoxious. At the same time, their attitude clashed with my preconceived ideas about Sweden. I always thought they were a liberal and progressive society; but I have no direct contact with it, much less the Swedish high-society circles to be able to judge. Like I said, I had an image of that society that the story deconstructed; but it didn’t affect my rating of the book.
Honestly, I would have rated it a shining 5-star read, if it weren’t for a rather annoying aspect of the story. The way David kept referring back to his big revenge plans. I think it was clear enough that was an important part of his life, that there was some kind of past bad-blood between David and Natalia’s brother, Peter, and their father. I even see why David needed to remind himself of that as he fell fast for the enemy’s sister and daughter. But I didn’t see why I needed to read again the details of his hostile takeover so many times. That was the tedious part for me; so much so I skipped some paragraphs. I’m sure people who are into high-finances will disagree with me. LOL
However, as I said, that was the only glitch in an otherwise great book. It has a lot going on for it, which makes it a real page-turner. There’s a mystery involving the hero’s past, the female lead seems to have issues of her own to solve, plus hints at problems between two supporting characters – who I just loved, by the way. Asa and Michel’s story sounds quite interesting. I also enjoyed the way Ms. Ahrnstedt scatters the clues and the bits of information around so that we can put them together like a puzzle. I always enjoy reading books with this trait.
As for the plot, she builds it up very well, engages the readers, and before you know it, you can’t put the book down. Also, I appreciated her choice of POV. Although she uses third person, the author alternates the characters’ POV without making it into a head-hop, which is an accomplishment in itself. At the same time, the reader has a chance to get inside their heads and understand them better. I love this in a book.
Finally, my area of expertise: the sex scenes. As an avid reader of romance and an erotic romance writer, I know how challenging it is to write believable, moving, and creative love scenes. I like the way the author builds up these scenes, as well. They start tepid and gradually grow in intensity and heat until you’re squirming for a comfortable position and fanning yourself as you read them: My kind of sex scenes. LOL Also, that makes them more realistic as the couple get to know each other better, their relationship progresses, and they get more passionate. It makes total sense.
I recommend this book if you’re looking for a new talented author.

Will the Third Time be the Charm? (Saturday, July 23, 2016)
Reviewer: Kathy Jund

4.5 stars! Is third time the charm? Meet 35 year old David Hammar, a highly successful, charismatic venture capitalist who has proven he can excel in a profession normally ruled by older men. David and his company Hammar Capital, the rising star in Sweden are on the cusp of the biggest takeover in history which was 15 years in the making. But will a seemingly strategic move turn out to be his downfall and foil all his life-long plans? This edgy contemporary romance which contains treachery, secrets and lies and some very (hot scenes), will leave you not wanting to trust anyone as find find a hidden agenda at every turn. The first in what has been confirmed a series by International Best seller Ahrnstedt will hold you in its high power grasp.


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