The Losing Game (Steph’s Review)

Title: The Losing Game
Author: Lane Swift
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 8, 2016
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 230
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2.25 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Winchester Crown Court, October 2035: Richard Shaw leaves, a free man.

Grief-stricken and angry, Lucas Green is hell-bent on revenge against Richard Shaw, who killed his sister. Lucas has heard of a man who can help—the handsome and urbane owner of a boutique sex shop with a head for planning crimes. But Dante Okoro has a past he’s desperate to keep buried. Though Lucas piques his interest in more ways than one, Dante turns him away. Still, he wonders if he made the right decision….

An unexpected death brings Dante and Lucas together once more. This time they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. But courting a lover with lies is a dangerous game. Dante has been spying on Lucas, convinced he has plans to kill Shaw. Lucas has been spying on Shaw, waiting for the right moment to strike. If Dante admits his suspicions to Lucas, he’ll surely lose him. If he doesn’t, Lucas might do something reckless—and end up losing everything.

I have to say the moment I read the blurb I was very interested. I mean, who wouldn’t like a story that involves a killer, retribution and wrong decisions; right?!? Unfortunately, this book did not do it for me. I honestly should have given up finishing the book, but I felt the need to see it through. There were several reasons why I stuck it out, and here they are:

First, the opening to the book is written really well. The way she writes the break-in scene caught my attention, and gave me hope about what was to come.

Unfortunately, soon after the book hits a bit of a lull. This seems to be the pattern of the book. For me, the other scenes that kept me going were: Avery’s death, some of the surveillance scenes and at the 67% mark (sorry I am trying not to give out too many spoilers). Honestly, other than those few scenes the book seemed disjointed especially when it came to the timeline of the story.

As for the chemistry between the two characters, it seemed nonexistent. I just felt that Lucas and Dante were two troubled souls that had sex a couple of times. More so to not be alone than to actually care for one another.

Just a heads up there is a bit of British jargon used throughout the book. I’m okay with it because I like looking up the meanings and expanding my vocabulary. However, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea (yes pun intended).

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Galley copy of The Losing Game provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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