This is a very nice double collection of short stories, very well written and so very interesting. The first collection Sin City Collectors Boxed Set: Aces Wild, Ante Up, All In by Amanda Carlson matches up with Sin City Collectors Boxed Set: Queen of Hearts, Dead Man’s Hand, Double or Nothing by Kristen Painter. Both parts of collection are written in a similar style, set in the same world and with great characters. I recommend them both, although each story can be read as a standalone. I believe this is the first collection of short stories from Kristen Painter, as well as Amanda Carlson, and they do not disappoint. I am generally not a fan of short stories, but these I liked a lot because they are so well written. Characters are well developed and likeable. All characters are strong and come with dark secrets from the past. Ms Painter managed, yet again, to resolve seemingly unsolvable situations and provide us with good endings. As you read on, the stories get darker and more complicated. Still, my favourite remains the first story – Queen of Hearts.
Similarly, Amanda Carlson, wrote her characters in a very attractive way that draws you into the story. The best part about this collection is that with six stories it leaves you as satisfied as a full length novel.