Trick Roller (LenaR’s Review)

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Title: Trick Roller (Seven of Spades #2)
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 29th 2018
Genre(s): MM Romance Mystery
Page Count: 295
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4,3 stars out of 5

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.

If you haven’t yet read the first book, I’d recommend you to wait for the book#2 (and maybe also the book#3) to be released and then to read the whole series in one sitting. I know, for some real passionate fans of the author it could appear as a silly advice, but I think you will enjoy it much more if you read all three books one by one.

The reason #1:

    It is not THAT often in the genre that a serial killer will be hunted through the whole series. Normally a mystery series has a separate case for every single installment. In Seven of Spades you have to wait up to the very end to know who is this mysterious serial killer. I didn’t know it when I picked up the first book, but at the latest after the book#2 there is no doubt that you have to wait for the final installment to prove your detective skills. That doesn’t mean that no crime has been committed, quite the contrary – our boys are pretty busy and have their hands full, it is why you have to remember many small details that at the first sight are not actually relevant to the BIG case, but don’t be very careless: EVERYTHING is important here. If you can recall every small details you read about three months ago, go ahead and ignore my advice.

The reason #2:

    If you a slow burn-fan you should read the second book immediately after the first book. The book#2 started with a VERY intense SEX scene. My problem was – I needed some time to re-entry into the story, to be reminded of a great chemistry between Levi and Dominic. This scene caught me cold, without a foreplay. The guys came straight to the point, after a three months period of sexual abstinence and I had to force myself to stay with them and not to start to skip the book already from the first pages. I’m glad that it was actually my only complaint.

I like that the case that Levi and Dominc work through in Trick Roller (Seven of Spades #2) is thrillingly complicated. And I liked how they do it together. I enjoy to observe how their relationship develops and how they become not only lovers but also confidential partners. I think that Cordelia Kingsbridge has succeeded in creating a sensitive romance that is perfectly combined with a well-done mystery. And this promising ending!
I can’t wait for the next book!

Very recommended.


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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I’m sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I’m a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.

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