Pre-Release Book Review: “All In” – A Novel Written by L.K Simonds

An early free released copy of All In written by author L. K Simonds was sent to Samantha The Reader blog for an honest review. I was captivated by the main character and what a mess she was from the moment I opened the book. It was not disappointing. I truly did enjoy reading this novel. 5 out 5 Stars is what I give it. ♥

The journey the main character Cami goes through has me as a reader going all over the place on emotions. She is quirky, a little hard-Knox, and deep down isn’t happy; however, she is self-aware enough to attempt to find that missing piece of the puzzle in her life and it is exceptionally fascinating to be a part of that chaotic quest.

Simond’s novel All In will be released and available on Amazon starting at the end of August on the 27th.  Please read below for the full review and my honest thoughts of the book, characters, plot, and writing style. Thank you so much for reading!

The biggest message that L.K Simonds expressed throughout her novel is that of hope, inspiration, and ambition. Throughout reading this book, I continuously felt myself rooting for Cami despite her many faults because it shows how you can always find what you need and fix what you don’t like with your life. In the last few years it has been my mission to achieve my goals and get our act together so it was so easy to relate with the character. The connection was real and before I knew it there I was immersed in Cami’s story and genuinely enjoying the roller-coaster ride.

All the many bumps in the road made the story entertaining because that is what real life is and as a reader it does leave an impact when you find yourself completely sucked into the character’s drama. Without a doubt this story is not for the light hearted and is a bit of a heavy read with real deep human issues at the forefront. Cami is a train wreck but as a reader it is easy to chuckle at her and love the personality of this troubled woman. She is very difficult to describe but when truly searching what comes to mind is admirable, strong, and stubborn. Cami does have a lot going for her with the attitude and the want to succeed. The struggle is one I know all too well. Loved seeing it play out in Cami’s mind. This kind of character is one you don’t forget easily.

L.K Simond’s has a very nice writing style, one that isn’t too quick and also doesn’t drag on. The book flowed smoothly and the dialogue fit well. One thing I hate sometimes when reading books for review or just because I love reading is when the author begins at a crawl but before the reader knows it, the pace is now at a full run with no room to think or breathe. It is off putting but the rhythm of this novel was extremely fluid and well done. The surprises and twist of the novel were pleasantly unexpected. Going into this novel I wasn’t expecting such a dark tale and absolutely couldn’t get enough!


Cami Taylor: a blackjack dealer, a bestselling author, and a fraud.

Cami’s boyfriend, Joel, loves her in spite of her flaws. He wants to marry her, buy a house on Long Island, and raise a family–a life that’s a million miles from Cami’s idea of happiness. Her therapist suggests compromise and trust, but Cami bolts like a deer. She breaks off the relationship and launches on a new quest for happiness, not knowing that a nasty surprise waits around the corner. What follows is a fight to the death. Who will be the one left standing?

Thank you for checking out our book review. Readers can visit the novel’s facebook page here and also check out the author on her Instagram page




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