Is It Possible For A Ghost To Help You Keep Your Dream House? The House Always Wins by Brian Rouff REVIEW/GIVEAWAY

Las Vegas isn’t all bright lights, slot machines and Elvis Presley preachers. There’s a lot more to the town and its history — good, bad and ugly — than the average gambling tourist realizes. Vegas author and long-time resident Brian Rouff knows all-too-well the local side of Sin City, one full of scandal, mystique and a rich past. It is this true version of Las Vegas that weaves deeply into all Rouff’s novels, including his latest, The House Always Wins: A Vegas Ghost Story (Huntington Press).

The House Always Wins follows a young reporter in a dead-end job. When she falls in love, the couple pulls up stakes and moves to Las Vegas, into a big fixer-upper. The couple soon realizes that they’re not the only ones living in that old, historic home — it’s haunted by the ghost of a famous Sin City racketeer. Despite this unusual and unexpected extra resident, Anna pours her heart and soul into renovating the home. So, when she receives a letter from a corrupt casino owner that he’s buying up all the properties on her street to make way for a parking lot, she digs in hard to fight the system – not the easiest of tasks in a city where bribery, mayhem, and murder are standard operating procedures. Can Anna’s tough-guy ghost provide the help she needs to prevail in this dangerous cat-and-mouse game? Or will Anna’s life be left in ruins — or worse?

The 411:

I LOVED THIS BOOK and read it in 2 days. It starts out as a romance story with Anna getting to stretch her journalistic wings and interview a band that is playing nearby. While Anna has trouble getting the attention of the singer she does make a quick connection with one of the band members. She is in love and thankfully it is mutual because she picks up against her families wishes and moves away with her new love. They find their dream house, find out Anna is pregnant and soon realize they are not the only ones living there. Is it all baby brain for Anna or is something supernatural going on?

This was a quick read because the story is so smooth. There are twists and turns, humor, history, and even a ghost and his dog. I said the book was supernatural right!?

The characters are well developed. You care about them and want them to keep their house among the corrupt Developers who are trying to take away their dream house for a parking lot.  I loved their relationship and the only thing that annoyed me was how they seemed to keep secrets from each other although the reasons are developed with the story.

You will not be disappointed.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

Support Fellow Mom Joy this Mother's Day with these Superstar Gifts + Video Review

I love JOY Mangano! Her story was depicted in the movie Joy played by Jennifer Lawrence but way before that I knew Joy from HSN or back when I watched Home Shopping Network when she was selling her Miracle Mop. When I saw the infomercial on HSN I needed to have the mop! You never had to get your hands wet and I was thrilled! After the mop I needed to have Huggable Hangers and NOW there is this bag! Oh..don't get me wrong there are tons of Joy inventions available but with Mother's Day coming I think this is a wonderful gift idea. 

The JOY Luxe Leather Lizard-Embossed City Collection Satchel with RFID and matching JOY Luxe Leather Lizard-Embossed City Collection with RFID are the perfect gifts for any mom. This leather satchel will not only keep mom organized with a spacious interior that holds various compartments, but also safe with built-in RFID protection. The chic matching wallet is a must and big enough to hold all of moms credit cards that you use to steal (or still do)!

JOY Luxe Leather Lizard-Embossed City Collection Satchel with RFID, $79.95 at

Pretty, protective and perfect for you, this leather satchel is designed to keep your items safe, organized and easily at hand. The spacious interior and various compartments boast ample storage while versatile carrying options ensure you're always perfectly on-point. 

Color Options: Berry Purple, Black, Cognac, French Blue, Mauve Blush, Navy, Olive, Pewter, Red or Sand

JOY Luxe Leather Lizard-Embossed City Collection with RFID, $44.95 at

Stay protected in style with this chic, just-big-enough-for-what-you-need wallet featuring RFID protection. It blocks thieves from scanning your credit cards, ID card and passport, and gives you peace of mind so you can really enjoy yourself. 

Color Options: Berry Purple, Black, Cognac, French Blue, Mauve Blush, Navy, Olive, Pewter, Red or Sand

 The 411:

This bag is incredible. It comes in 10 colors and helllloo has built in RFID protection in the bag and the wallet.

The bag is a great size and you can either use the shoulder straps or the hand grips. I am a shoulder strap girl.

What I love most about it besides all the hardware details is that it has two smaller, side pouches that are deep enough to hold your important things without fear they will fall out.  I can put my drink in one and my car keys and cell phone in the other so I never have to dig for them.

I have only used the bag for a week and LOVE IT!

The wallet is huge! There are tons of spaces for credit cards and a separate space for money, a change place with a zipper and so much more.

These are high end accessories and make great gifts. I love the lizard embossed look.

It fits everything I need. My iPad, a book, my mug, my wallet, phone, keys, notebook, gum, hand moisturizer, Chap Stick, and hand sanitizer.

Look for this and more on my Mother's Day Gift Guide.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.
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