Thursday, February 8, 2018

Trick Roller by Cordelia Kingsbridge

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.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/M Romance, Thriller
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Levi and Dominic continue on with their newish relationship. This is a relationship that is full of potential. They are kind and gentle with each other and, despite their obvious differences in personality, they simply mesh.

Dominic struggles with his addiction and despite being sober for two years, the constant temptation is there. When he is helping Levi with the Seven of Spades case, Dominic comes to a few realizations about his addiction – he needs to be careful in his new endeavor, but he doesn't want to give it up.

Levi is still considering the possibility that the Seven of Spades killer is still alive and well. While working a case, it becomes more and more clear that someone else is pulling strings in the department. Even his partner isn't convinced that Levi is correct and so there is tension in that relationship.

This story was less about Levi and Dominic's relationship and more about the people surrounding their lives. Everyone is a potential target and when things start to become more suspicious, both Dominic and Levi must ensure that everyone around them is safe. What little we see of the relationship in the book and the quick interruption of Levi's first love were minor in terms of what I felt was the heart of the story. It seemed that this was more about Levi needing Dominic's support and Dominic knowing that Levi would do anything or everything to make sure that Dominic wouldn't let him drown in his addiction ever again.

The book most definitely ends in a cliff hanger and I can't wait to read the next one!

So it is three months on from the end of the Seven of Spades case. Levi and Dominic have been dating and taking things slow so Levi can deal with his breakup from Stanton. On the professional front, Dominic is interning to become a PI and Levi and Martine are investigating a murder.

I was pulled into this story from the very start and with so much going on I was never bored. I didn’t want to put the book down even when I had to – I just wanted to stay with the story. I love the way the romance is developing between Dominic and Levi and I’m pleased their love story isn’t being rushed. I also loved following Levi and Martine’s murder investigation and trying to figure out who did it.

Trick Roller is an exhilarating read. All through the book I felt like the story was leading up to something and wholly wow was it ever! When I finished reading Trick Roller, my heart pounding and I was on a book high for hours. I can’t wait for the next book, Cash Plays, which is due out on 30 April.

I love this series! In this second book, Levi and Dominic are finding their feet as a couple. Levi is investigating a new murder while Dominic trains as a private investigator. But the Seven of Spades hasn’t forgotten them, and things quickly get complicated when their cases overlap.

There isn’t quite as much action in this second story, but it is still fast paced and exciting. I found the investigations easier to follow this time. I liked the way that the overarching Seven of Spades case plays against the current investigations in this book. So far, neither of these books has been a cliffhanger but the Seven of Spades remains a constant threat – and a source of vigilante justice.

Three months on from the first book and Levi and Dominic are a committed couple. There is less romantic angst here and I really enjoyed the character and relationship development as Levi and Dominic settle into each other.

After two books, I am completely hooked on this series. I love the mix of action, suspense, and romance and I really love both Levi and Dominic.

Also Available in the Seven of Spades Series

Book 1
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B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Riptide Publishing

For reviews & more info, check out our Kill Game post.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Trick Roller (Seven of Spades #2) by Cordelia Kingsbridge to read and review.

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