Monday, June 4, 2018

Cash Plays by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Title: Cash Plays
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: Seven of Spades #3
Main Characters: Levi and Dominic
Release Date: June 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The Seven of Spades is back with a vengeance—the vigilante serial killer has resumed their murderous crusade, eluding the police at every turn. But a bloodthirsty killer isn’t the only threat facing Sin City. A devious saboteur is wreaking havoc in Las Vegas’s criminal underworld, and the entire city seems to be barreling toward an all-out gang war.

As Detective Levi Abrams is pushed ever closer to his breaking point, his control over his dangerous rage slips further every day. His relationship with PI Dominic Russo should be a source of comfort, but Dominic is secretly locked in his own downward spiral, confronting a nightmare he can’t bear to reveal.

Las Vegas is floundering. Levi and Dominic’s bond is cracking along the seams. And the Seven of Spades is still playing to win. How many bad hands can Levi and Dominic survive before it’s game over?

My Review:

The middle book of a five book series with an ongoing storyline...I should have known this story was going to be devastating...and it much so. Gah.

The book starts out with everything amazing in Dominic and Levi's relationship. They're in the best place romantically, meeting one another's families, and more committed to one another than ever. Seriously, the beginning of this book starts out with all the happy feels. 

I should have known that the author couldn't let that stand. OMG...

In this book both Dominic and Levi are dealing with difficult cases. Of course the Seven of Spades is still out there driving Levi nuts with the fact that he simply can't catch a break to catch this guy. But he's also watching the mobs/gangs of Las Vegas get manipulated by some unknown entity that's trying to start an all-out mob war on the streets. As the evidence piles up, so does the stress for Levi and he's paying less attention to what's happening at home. 

And what's happening at home is that Dominic has gotten caught up in his own case searching for a missing college coed and that's led him into a very, very bad place. 

This book is heartbreaking on so many levels. Both these guys have shades of brokenness to them and those all came to the forefront in this book. The bad thing is that when a person is hurt, they tend to lash out at the person who loves them most. God, this book sucked...emotionally. As a reader, it was completely engaging and riveting. I could not put it not being able to look away from a car wreck even when you know the outcome is going to be devastating. This book was in every sense of the word. 

So, when's the next book out? I cannot wait. 

I have my suspicions about who the Seven of Spades will be interesting to see if I'm right, but there are at least two more books, so I will count the days between releases. 

If you're not reading this series, you need to be. It's phenomenally good. BUT you need to read all the books as the story is very intertwined and builds throughout the books. These are not stand-alone reads. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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