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Peek Inside A Game of Chance

Jack Richards made his first million when he was a nerdy teen. Now, he stays out of the limelight by using an alias, Jack Chance. As CEO of a billion-dollar tech company, Jack thought he had everything he wanted. Until she came storming into his office...

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Jack Richards made his first million when he was a nerdy teen. Now, he stays out of the limelight by using an alias, Jack Chance. As CEO of a billion-dollar tech company, Jack thought he had everything he wanted. Until she came storming into his office. With her electric blue hair and voluptuous curves, Meg Marlowe’s a video game fantasy come to life.

Computer genius Meg is convinced that X-Tech has stolen her work, and she breaks into its headquarters to confront Jack Richards. Who she finds instead is Jack Chance—all bulging muscles and hard planes, he couldn’t be further from the nerdy CEO she expected. A misconception that Jack is happy to go along with.

Their attraction is instant, sizzling, electric… But all is not what it seems at X-Tech, and their red-hot relationship could be headed for a wormhole of doom. In the game of love, Jack plays to win—but he may have met his match.


A Game of Chance was an incredibly fun romance which had me smiling throughout the novel. I found that I genuinely liked the characters and was emotionally invested in seeing their story play out. I would really recommend A Game of Chance for anyone looking for a romance story filled with pop culture, deception, and playing til the boss level.” -Ally’s Appraisals

“I loved this book. I was invested in Meg from the first page and absolutely loved Jake. A really great book!” -Crystal P., Goodreads

A sexy nerd hero and a scintillating romance? Yes, please!” -Erika C., NetGalley

This was a very well written and enjoyable story. It is a nail biter and is more about the thriller aspect of who is stealing other people's work but it also features a romance. If you like a little mystery and dramatic story then you will love it!” -Sharon M., NetGalley

“This was my first time reading an Emma Shortt book, and I really enjoyed it. The computer-geek nerd character type is one of my absolute favorites, and Ms. Shortt does an excellent job of developing both Meg and Chance into funny, quirky nerds that we can't help but love.” -Dawn H., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637061
Release Date: Oct 8, 2018
Page Count: 296
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary, mystery & suspense
Tropes: fake relationship, mistaken identity, overcoming odds

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By Jayne November 07, 2018

First some confessions - I am a real life friend of Emma Shortt's and she sent me an arc to read, so I have to thank her for that. (Yes, I do have friends despite my authorly-reclusive nature). Secondly, I am no tech/maths geek and a lot of what she talks about on a daily basis makes my large and t ...more

By Bec December 10, 2018

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Jack Richards is determined to get to the bottom of what’s going on with his company since it seems his tech company is benefitting from other’s people ideas. However, when he discovers the enigmatic Meg Marlowe has broken into his company’s headquarters, he figur ...more

By This_Ginger_Loves_Books October 06, 2018

Publishing Date: October 8th 2018

Author: Emma Shortt

goodreads rating: 4.23

My rating: 4.5 stars

Where do I even begin with this book? I love a good geeky romance, I’m a sucker for them to be honest. Before coming across A Game of Chance, I had never read or heard of Emma Shortt or her books. I had lit ...more

By Allyce October 06, 2018

This review first appeared on the blog Ally's Appraisals:

A Game of Chance was such a fun read! The novel follows the story of Meg and Jack Richards/Chance as they try and discover who from the X-Tech company stole Meg’s groundbreaking research.

Ever since his popularity and s ...more

By Ella September 21, 2018

**An ARC was provided to me in exchange of an Honest Review**

Well where should i start with this....

It was a fairly sweet read. A guy meeting a girl, falling in love, having a secret that makes every geek girl on the planet want to have him like.....

All the while me going

You know the kinda feels ...more

By Sara October 06, 2018

A Game of Chance by Emma Shortt a five-star read you need to take a chance on. This was my first read by this author, but it won’t be the last, this was a great story that the nerd in me rejoiced over. My love of Blue and Jack just made this a brilliant story, the chemistry and comedy between them w ...more

By LadyTechie October 11, 2018

So many books, so little time. Computer genius with his own company and a good looking nerd, a perfect combination which makes for a fun read when you combine another computer genius out to kick some major butt when the culmination of the last 4 years of her work which puts her on the cusp of a life ...more

By Pelusa October 04, 2018

Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) We have two geeky nerds who have evolved and are perfect for each other. We meet Meg as she goes on a search to who stole her idea, and while on this mission she meet Jack and I have to say I loved them. This was the first time that I have read from this ...more

By Maranda September 20, 2018

Jack Chance, CEO of a billion dollar tech company, is on a mission to find out how his company seems to have stolen work on its main frame. Meg Marlowe is a computer genius who's work has been high jacked. This couple team up to find answers and along the way a bit of romance. "A copy of this book w ...more

By Deborah September 30, 2018

Wow, wow, wow! This book was so well written! It's the first book by Emma Shortt I have read, and I definitely will read more!

Jack is a millionaire. He is a genius who sold his first company as a teenager. Now, he's deemed a recluse because he doesn't want to be in the spot light. He felt his life ...more

By Shelby September 25, 2018

***ARC was provided to me for a fair and honest review***

Overall rating: 4/5 It was a romance novel framed by an amateur detective type story with a CEO.

Heroine (Meg Marlowe PhD): 5/5 Meg has blue hair, a love of sci-fi and all things nerdy (except Star Wars) and while actively trying to solve one o ...more

By Wendy Irving January 05, 2020

Quick romance to read featuring computer whizzes

I read this in one go, and I kept expecting some computer espionage plot to emerge more than it did, didn’t happen. The characters are mostly drawn to each other based on hormones, and they later discover more about shared interests. There are ...more

By Dawn September 17, 2018

This was my first time reading an Emma Shortt book, and I really enjoyed it. The computer-geek nerd character type is one of my absolute favorites, and Ms. Shortt does an excellent job of developing both Meg and Chance into funny, quirky nerds that we can't help but love. And Meg is a strong, indepe ...more

By Tracey September 27, 2018

This was my first experience reading this author's work and I have NetGalley to thank for giving me the opportunity to read and review this ARC. The blurb caught my attention immediately because it sounded different than most of the contemporary romances I've read lately. I liked Meg's character as ...more

By Lori October 06, 2018

This is definitely a great story for the uber smart nerdy lovers. I loved Meg. She is vibrant, all in, quirky and feisty, and super smart. Her first interaction with Chance was hilarious. They instantly clicked despite his trying to hide his true self. I felt for him throughout the story as he tried ...more

By Samantha September 26, 2018

This book was good but I feel I struggled with it for some reason. Chance is a genius and because of it his life is really sort of in limbo. Being smart isnt easy and being a nerd too well every woman wants him and nerds want to he him. When his company shows advances not possible he will have to in ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review October 08, 2018

A Game of Chance by Emma Shortt is the story of Meg Marlowe and Jack Richards.
Meg is a nerdy computer genius who is sure that the high tech company has stolen her work. Meg sneaks into the building to follow up with doing something about it when she meets Jack. Jack is the owner of the company but ...more

By Bette October 07, 2018

A little mystery, a little romance, and a whole lot of fun. Meg and Chance are very likeable fun characters, each a little geeky in their own oddball way. They team up to find out who is stealing work from small independent developers like Meg all the while Chance has a secret.

The story had a littl ...more

By Janet June 02, 2019

I really was entertained by this novel. Emma Shortt writes with humor and her dialogue was witty and sharp. It seemed to fit both the characters and situations. A Game of Chance is a quick sexy read. The characters are fully dimensional and layered, and I cared about their happily ever after. I woul ...more

By April January 02, 2019

Meg, that girl has some lady balls and damn she is just fierce and perfect for this book. I loved that Chance doesn’t just sit around doing nothing but is actively working on finding a solution. Put these two together and magic happens! The storyline is original and really keeps you interested in wh ...more

By Heather September 17, 2018

Chance sometimes just points out the obvious, “and you’re wearing the tightest jeans I’ve ever seen.” blue is jist always surprising her man, even if she doesn't mean to, "...***k hardened. Was she planning to go out dressed like that? “Blue…” I liked this book, I liked how Blue and Chance balanced ...more

By Michelle December 23, 2019


I have never read this type of story before -not ever! I really liked it....😊 really the only thing that I did not care for was... Should I tell her should I not. At one point I said(come on-enough already) other than that-it's a good read. Do I think others should take the time to read.. ...more

By Suzette October 08, 2018

An uproariously funny story. Meg aka “Blue” and Chance are just adorable. There first meeting will be a story to be told to the grandkids; “hey when I first met your grandpa I kneed him in the groin”. That was a master tactic. Aside from the blossoming love story there was also the mystery to solve ...more

By Gwen October 08, 2018

This is my first time reading a book by this author and I enjoyed it. It was a little hard for me to get into the story at the beginning. There were just a few things that were a little too quirky for me but that's just me. ...more

By Erica September 17, 2018

I thought this story was really cute. Who doesn't want the hot bumbling nerd guy and Meg's confidence has me wanting to dye my hair pink again. I will be on the look out for more from this author. ...more

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Emma Shortt

About the author

Emma Shortt

As a kid Emma wanted to be an astronaut, or maybe Captain Janeway. Because she didn't really think her career choices through very well she ended up in an everyday geek job, crunching numbers and sighing over syntax. It seemed a long way from the stars and in an effort to escape Emma decided to get serious about her other passion. Writing. Several years later and Emma has yet to walk on the moon or sit in the Captain's chair, but she is still writing. She scribbles stories in all sorts of genres, contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, historical, sci-fi...if she hasn't tried it yet she will before long. The only common theme is the romance. A hopeless romantic everything Emma writes has a love story in there somewhere.

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