Review: All In (Sin City Collectors #5) by Amanda Carlson

All In

By: Amanda Carlson
Genres: Paranormal Romance, urban fantasy
Pages: 145
Series: Sin City Collectors #5
Published on: November 17, 2014
Review: All In (Sin City Collectors #5) by Amanda Carlson

Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Ginger Elliot is a succubus on the run. She’s in danger of being Collected, but her first priority is to find her brother. Even though she operates the biggest spy network in the supernatural world, it may not be enough to free her from the crimes she’s been accused of committing. It doesn’t help that she hasn’t fed in months, and keeping her deteriorating condition from the sexy shifter who’s accompanying her is getting trickier by the hour.

Luke Jones is on a mission to save the succubus he’s fallen for—not only from her brother—but from herself. The two have been on the incubus’s trail for weeks and finally have him backed into a corner. Luke knows the succubus is in trouble, but he has no idea how to help her. In the end, letting go of his painful past is the only way he can save her.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...

*All Sin City Collectors Novellas are stand alone paranormal romance novellas, each with their own set of characters and happy endings, and are all set within the world of the SCC. Our goal is for you to sit back and enjoy the ride as each author presents their unique story. Places and characters will overlap, so be sure to look for your favorites and stay tuned for more novellas!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Also by this author: Aces Wild: Sin City Collectors, Ante Up, Red Blooded

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Melanie’s Review

All In is the 5th book in the Sin City Collectors Series. This series is collaboration between Amanda Carlson and Kristen Painter where they have both contributed separate books that can each be read as a stand alone, but all have some shared characters that are referenced.


All In has the usual high quality writing and character development that we have come to expect from Carlson. There aren’t tons of good quality Succubus stories out there. Many of the stories paint the succubus as being a heartless, sex obsessed, monstrosity that is hiding in every man’s closet, waiting to suck out his soul.


The Succubus in All In, Ginger, isn’t painted like that, and is actually a seemingly good person. She had a pretty crappy upbringing thanks to a self-hate filled father and nonparticipating mother, but she got through it. Her brother turned to a cult, for lack of a better word, and she just wants to save him from himself before he is “collected” for the things he has done. She is also up for collection, but is confident she can prove her innocence.


There are things about All In that I liked and things that just didn’t do it for me this time. Of the five books, All In is my least favorite. It just feels different for some reason. For me, it didn’t feel as intense as the other books. There isn’t as much action as we are accustomed to in an Amanda Carson book. The book definitely picks up in the second half, so that’s good. I love a good succubus story, so it wasn’t the subject matter. I think it has a lot to do with the lack of action at the beginning. I’m rating this as a 4, but it’s really more of a 3.5 for me, I just like to round up for these sorts of things.


Carlson does a great job of including characters of many different species. By doing this, I think she creates a diversity that you don’t always see in Paranormal or Paranormal Romance books. She is able to introduce the readers to different paranormal elements that they may not have intentionally read about before.


Although I don’t feel the same excitement for All In that I feel for the other books in this series, I still highly recommend this book to all fans of urban fantasy and paranormal or paranormal romance. The story meshes well with the other books in the series and only adds to the overall development of the world of the Sin City Collectors.


4 fangs


Sin City Collectors Series:

 By Amanda Carlson


By Kristen Painter



About Amanda Carlson

Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in both Speech and Hearing Science & Child Development. She went on to get an A.A.S in Sign Language Interpreting and worked as an interpreter until her first child was born. She enjoys playing Scrabble to an unhealthy degree, shopping trips to Ikea and has a great weakness for tropical beaches. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids.

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