Trick Roller (Crabbypatty’s Review)

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Title: Trick Roller (Seven of Spades #2)
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 29, 2018
Genre(s): Murder / Mystery, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 295
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

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.


Trick Roller is the anxiously awaited second book in the Seven of Spades series, and omigawd it is more than worth the wait. But, please note this book is NOT a stand-alone and you will definitely want to read Kill Game first.

It’s been three months after the action in Kill Game, and we hit the ground running as Levi and Dominic investigate the murder of a prominent researcher and sort through a bevy of suspects. After the slow burn of the first book, we get a gymnastic sex scene (about 4-5% in) that positively burns up the pages (“Dominic stared at the rippling muscles in Levi’s abdomen … Levi was supporting most of his own body weight, holding himself up with his shoulders just barely grazing the mattress like he was in the fucking Cirque du Soleil”).

Levi and Dominic’s relationship deepens throughout the book and we get a glimpse at what truly motivates each man. Levi carries “that little kernel of rage inside … every second of the day” while Dominic deals with his gambling addiction:

For me, that constant nagging voice in the back of my head, that emotion that has its claws in me all the time – it’s not anger. It’s fear. There’s a dangerous part of me I can’t control. I wake up every morning afraid that this will be the day I slip up again and ruin my life. I live with my own worst enemy inside my head, and I’m never able to set that aside completely.

I don’t want to spoil the murder / mystery, but let’s suffice to say that the plot will hold your interest to the very last page, and you’ll start counting down for the next book in the series – Cash Plays – on April 30th. Recommended Read – 4.5 stars!

 

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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2 comments

  • Now I know why this was a recommended read. Just finished Kill Game and Trick Roller and I cannot wait for Cash Plays to be released. Love this author and her great characters. Can’t get enough of Levi and Dominic 🙂 What a great series!

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