Title: Kill Game (Seven of Spades #1)
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 23rd 2017
Page Count: 297
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Homicide detective Levi Abrams is barely holding his life together. He’s reeling from the fallout of a fatal shooting, and his relationship with his boyfriend is crumbling. The last thing he’s prepared for is a serial killer stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Or how he keeps getting thrown into the path of annoyingly charming bounty hunter Dominic Russo.
Dominic likes his life free of complications. That means no tangling with cops—especially prickly, uptight detectives. But when he stumbles across one of the Seven of Spades’s horrifying crime scenes, he can’t let go, despite Levi’s warnings to stay away.
The Seven of Spades is ruthless and always two moves ahead. Worst of all, they’ve taken a dangerously personal interest in Levi and Dominic. Forced to trust each other, the two men race to discover the killer’s identity, revealing hidden truths along the way and sparking a bond neither man expected. But that may not be enough to protect them.
This killer likes to play games, and the deck is not stacked in Levi and Dominic’s favor.
If you ‘re a fan of Cordelia Kingsbridge’s older online stories, like Close Protection and Control, you don’t even need my review. Add this book to your list ASAP! For the rest, here’s what you should know:
When this book ends, everything is still up in the air, the mystery AND the romance plot. In my mind, though, I can’t exactly call it a cliffhanger, considering that this is just the first part of what is meant to be a series with the same (probably) ongoing theme: a serial killer, the Seven of Spades, is stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Levi Abrams, the lead investigator, and Dominic Russo, a bounty hunter, find themselves in a situation where they must work together to find the killer. And then sparks fly…
The mystery is top notch. For some reason I love serial killer stories (I don’t know what it says about me), so this was right up my alley. The Seven of Spades keeps the characters and the reader on their toes during the whole book. Right until the last moment.
Up until 60% Levi had a boyfriend. Despite his misgivings, I couldn’t hate Stanton even if I wanted to. He was not the evil ex caricature, just a man who tried to make his relationship work, but made mistakes while doing so. I appreciated that a lot, as I appreciated the fact that Levi was genuinly hurting when said relationship came to an end.
The characters are very well crafted and very far from perfect. We get both POVs and a lot of background for both of them.
There is a lot of slow burn but we only get one kiss and one sex scene between Levi and Dominic. But trust me, that sex scene counts for ten. No joke. The chemistry is crazy.
This is pretty much all I can say without spoiling everything. I have a suspect in mind but I’ll be really surprised if I’m right because it’s too early. Either way, I’m really looking forward to seeing where the author takes this.
-Levi practicing krav manga to take the bad guys out (hot!).
-Levi seeing Dominic shirtless for the first time.
-Levi seeing Dominic’s dick for the first time.
-Levi breaking up with Stanton (because I’m weird like that).
-The scenes where the Seven of Spades strikes again (because I’m weird like that).
Cordelia Kingsbridge is a relatively new to me author, but I click so much with her words, I went through her backlist in less than a month. Read this now, or wait until the next books come out, but whatever you decide, you really need to add it to your list.