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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Bluff by Julie Dill

Book & Author Details:

by Julie Dill
Publication date: February 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it’s no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on.

With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she’s quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her.

Chelsea’s life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler’s life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her bluff?

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3 out of 5 (good)

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This review wasn’t an easy one to write. I’ve just finished the book and am processing my thoughts.

As much as I want to say I enjoyed what I read, I can’t quite do it. I didn’t hate the book, I didn’t hate the write style or details. I didn’t hate anything about the story but I didn’t necessarily enjoy the story. I did expect a little more to happen, for the lead character to do more. It’s really a sad story about gambling addiction and that addiction is never satisfied nor overcome nor really addressed.

The writing was great and the details were written well. It was easy to visualize exactly what happened and what was happening. It was easy to visualize her home and the casino. The writing style does keep you reading in hopes something more is on the next page. There is promise in the authors writing.

While the story line wasn’t my favorite and felt kind of let down at the end, if the story sounds like something you might like, give it a shot. It was an entertaining story, I will definitely give it that. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t put this story on my re-read list unfortunately.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. * 

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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL) - ends 16th March

A Bluff-themed box (incl Amazon gift card, signed book, among other items related to the book)

Julie Dill lives in Oklahoma City where the wind always comes sweeping down the plains—literally.

As a young girl she always wanted to be a teacher, so she went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and taught in elementary schools for ten years. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor and loves helping students achieve success. One of her greatest professional accomplishments is earning her National Board Certification.

She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Oklahoma City University and continues to work on various writing projects. From hiking in Colorado, to playing poker in Vegas, she’s always up for a new challenge. Julie is a busy mom of two teenage daughters, and any extra time that she may carve out is spent reading, writing, and rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Her debut novel, Bluff, is scheduled to be released on February 7th, 2017.
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Tour Organised by: Xpresso Book Tours


  1. Thanks for hosting today, Amy! :)

    1. You're quite welcome Giselle, Thank you for the opportunity!

  2. I liked the synopsis, sounds good.

  3. What a neat cover! I'd love to read this!