Cash Plays (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Title: Cash Plays (Seven of Spades #3)
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 4, 2018
Genre(s): Murder/Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Page Count: 339
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


The Seven of Spades is back with a vengeance—the vigilante serial killer has resumed their murderous crusade, eluding the police at every turn. But a bloodthirsty killer isn’t the only threat facing Sin City. A devious saboteur is wreaking havoc in Las Vegas’s criminal underworld, and the entire city seems to be barreling toward an all-out gang war.

As Detective Levi Abrams is pushed ever closer to his breaking point, his control over his dangerous rage slips further every day. His relationship with PI Dominic Russo should be a source of comfort, but Dominic is secretly locked in his own downward spiral, confronting a nightmare he can’t bear to reveal.

Las Vegas is floundering. Levi and Dominic’s bond is cracking along the seams. And the Seven of Spades is still playing to win. How many bad hands can Levi and Dominic survive before it’s game over?

Wow, we are three books into the Seven of Spades series, and it just keeps on getting better and better. Levi and Dominic are returning from their first vacation together and their relationship is going well, even though they kick the ever-living-crap out of each other occasionally at the gym to burn off steam when Levi’s anger gets the best of him. “He [Levi] tended not to handle emotional stress well – or at all – and his two main coping mechanisms were sex and violence.” Dominic meets the parents, and in watching his mother and Dominic cook together,

Still standing by the doorway, Levi sucked in a breath as the sharpest, sweetest pain he’d even known clutched at his chest and lanced through his core. The sudden swell of emotion was so overwhelming that he had to take a few seconds to catch his bearings before he cleared his throat and said ‘I’m home.’

But soon Dominic catches a missing person case that places him smack dab in the middle of his addiction, while Levi continues to spar with the Seven of Spades as they continue their killing spree, escalating into increasing violence. There’s a new FBI profiler on board – Rohan Chaudhary – and a new crisis involving the Las Vegas crime families and everything comes to a head in a dramatic conclusion that left me awed and amazed at Kingsbridge’s skill in moving her characters around this complex tapestry of murder and revenge.

Cash Plays is satisfying in so darn many ways. Kingsbridge strings us along with the illusive Seven of Spades killer, and introduces the possibility of a secondary character being the SOS (someone I had suspected from the very beginning) and then clears them … or does she? She adds a layer with the FBI profiler who seems very interested in both Levi and Dominic, both personally and professionallly. There’s a complex game of deadly activities involving the Slavic Collection, Los Avispones, the Parks crime family and a newcomer calling Utopia. And above all, there’s Levi and Dominic – both damaged, dangerous men who find a sort of salvation with one another – and a relationship that hangs by a thread. I highly recommend this series! 5 stars.

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Galley copy of Cash Plays (Seven of Spades #3) provided by Riptide Publishing via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


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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    • Agreed! I love how each reviewer finds something in this series that compels them to keep reading (and wildly anticipating the next book!)

    • Hey, thanks! Such a great series and now I”m waiting for the next book which is due out in September.

    • You and me both! I’m amazed how she manages to keep the story fresh and interesting by adding more and more tangents, yet the core story is still so fascinating.


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