Review: All In, The Bridgeport Social Club, Book 2 by Shelley Shepard Gray

Title:  All In
Series: The Bridgeport Social Club, Book 2
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Black Stone Publishing
Release Date:  February 5, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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Meredith Hunt is content with her solo life. She owns and runs a successful Pilates studio, volunteers at the high school every week, and recently bought a house. She can take care of herself, which is good because she has a hard time relying on other people. When she’s mugged and a handsome man comes to her rescue, she doesn’t know how to accept his help—or how to stop staring into his chocolate-brown eyes.

Ace Vance moved to Bridgeport to offer his fifteen-year-old son, Finn, a better life. Here, Finn has a chance to play football for a good team and maybe even earn a college scholarship. And Ace scored a job at a top-notch garage, where he gets to fix up classic cars. Plus, they could both use some distance from Finn’s toxic mom. The last thing on his mind is falling in love, but he can’t help offering assistance to a gorgeous redhead in need.

Thrown together by a careless criminal, Meredith and Ace can’t deny their attraction. But can they open their hearts—and their lives—to make room for love?

Shelley Shepard Gray’s Bridgeport Social Club series explores how communities can come together to support each other, whether it’s around a poker table, in a Pilates studio, or anywhere in between. Get ready to fall in love with a group of men and women who, even when they feel lost, refuse to lose hope.


The Bridgeport Social Club gets better with the second book, All In. A sweet romance that takes center stage in this story, which typically gets too mushy for me. However, the process of this romance makes this one interesting, because it allows readers to immerse in the development a relationship between two adults, with one being a single parent.

I also find the character Finn a highlight. There's an emotional development with this high school character definitely made All In a story worth reading. The underlying premise of using the tools of a poker game to elaborate on the theme and message of life is an interesting one. However, what makes it more relevant is the idea of a social gathering that isn't about a game, but friendship.

In all honesty, I'm looking forward to Hold on Tight, the next book in the series from All In alone, but after I saw the cover, I know for certain it's on my list of reads! 

For my clean readers, please note there are slight profanity in this book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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