Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 29, 2017
Received From: NetGalley
It’s the height of summer in Las Vegas. Everyone believes the serial killer Seven of Spades is dead—except Levi Abrams and Dominic Russo—and it’s back to business as usual. For Levi, that means investigating a suspicious overdose at the Mirage that looks like the work of a high-class call girl, while Dominic pursues a tough internship with a local private investigator. The one bright spot for both of them is their blossoming relationship.
But things aren’t so simple. Soon Levi is sucked into a dangerous web of secrets and lies, even as his obsession with the Seven of Spades intensifies. Dominic knows that Levi isn’t crazy. He knows the Seven of Spades is still out there, and he’ll do anything to prove it. But Dominic has his own demons to battle, and he may be fighting a losing war.
One thing is certain: the Seven of Spades holds all the cards. It won’t be long before they show their hand.
TAGS: adult, contemporary, suspense, thriller, Jewish character, romance, queer romance, queer characters, interracial relationship, law enforcement, existing relationship
WARNINGS: explicit violence, drug usage, addiction, ableism, slurs, gendered slurs, mention of child abuse, mention of rape, cheating
The second installment of this series is just as engaging as the first! It keeps you on the edge of your seat, while also delivering tender and fun moments between the two main characters.
With the Seven of Spades supposedly dead, Levi is forced to move on with his casework and pursue other suspects, and the new case the book opens with is, if not as psychologically intense, just as interesting to follow as the SoS murders from book one. It’s fascinating to watch Levi and Martine run down leads, hit dead ends and other potential avenues, and ultimately come out on top. It was also exciting to watch Dominic pursue a career as a private investigator, while continuing to work his other jobs, and how that affects his day to day life.
And speaking of, I love the way in which Kingsbridge depicts Dominic as frequently in need of help with his addiction. Within the novel, he has a close call when a suspect he’s tailing is on the Strip and goes into a casino, and he is, luckily, able to stop himself from entering and talks to Levi on the phone until he calms down enough. Addiction is a rough thing that isn’t any easy fix, so I liked the way the author showed this. And I love that Dominic has such a good support system to help him when he’s near a relapse.
Another thing that I adore about this book is how well Levi and Dominic fit together. They are so supportive of each other in all aspects of life, and while neither of them are the best at communicating all the time, they are able to talk to each other and work through issues instead of fighting about them. Also, they are so sweet together. They clearly bring out the best in each other and the tender moments between them were enough to break me. I love this couple and I can’t wait to read more about them.
I think it’s safe to say at this point that Cordelia Kingsbridge has become an auto-buy for me.
Cordelia Kingsbridge has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh, but quickly discovered that direct practice in the field was not for her. Having written novels as a hobby throughout graduate school, she decided to turn her focus to writing as a full-time career. Now she explores her fascination with human behavior, motivation, and psychopathology through fiction. Her weaknesses include opposites-attract pairings and snarky banter.
Away from her desk, Cordelia is a fitness fanatic, and can be found strength training, cycling, and practicing Krav Maga. She lives in South Florida but spends most of her time indoors with the air conditioning on full blast!
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