Title: One-Eyed Royals (Seven of Spades, #4)
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 9, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary/Established Couple/Suspense
Page Count: 366
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Shattered by their devastating breakup, Detective Levi Abrams and PI Dominic Russo find themselves at war right when they need each other most. While Dominic is trapped in a vicious cycle of addiction, Levi despairs of ever catching the Seven of Spades. The ruthless vigilante’s body count continues to climb, and it’s all Levi can do to keep up with the carnage.
When Levi’s and Dominic’s paths keep crossing in the investigation of a kidnapping ring with a taste for mutilation, it feels like history repeating itself. Thrown together by fate once again, they reluctantly join forces in their hunt for the mastermind behind the abductions.
But the Seven of Spades hates sharing the spotlight, and they have an ace in the hole: a new batch of victims with a special connection to Levi. Their murders send shockwaves through Las Vegas and change the rules of the game forever.
The Seven of Spades has upped the ante. If Levi and Dominic don’t play their cards right, they’ll end up losing everything.
Relationship angst, anyone?
It’s my catnip. And after what happened in Book 3, I couldn’t wait for this book. It hurt so good.
Book 4 opens approximately 3 months after Book 3 ended. Dom and Levi have broken up. Dom is still in an active relapse for compulsive gambling and in complete denial about it. He’s got in under control.
It doesn’t stop Levi from loving him. From doing everything in his power to stop Dominic from gambling.
Dominic was his bashert, his soul mate. Without him, Levi felt like he’d been gut-shot and it was taking months to bleed out.
Dominic believes compulsive gambling isn’t so much an illness as a weakness. Willpower alone will get him through. And it’s not his fault is Levi won’t believe him.
Levi is at a low point too, and not just because of the break up. Seven of Spades ramps up his agenda by multiple degrees in this story, causing Levi to spiral closer and closer to that dark place inside him where his anger will win. Exactly where the serial killer wants him to go. And he doesn’t have Dominic there to support him.
This installment of the series was definitely more of a mind fuck than the others. This serial killer is damn good as being elusive and brilliant. And I’m still no closer to knowing who it is, dammit!
The secondary characters shined bright in this one too. Martine, Stanton, Carlos and Jasmine…..even Jonah Gibbs made me like him more. They rally behind Levi and Dominic and offer some of the best friendships.
As for where Levi and Dominic are left…….they both do a lot of damage to the other in this book. But power through folks. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
But just as you think the Seven of Spades can’t think of Levi as a favorite any more than he/she already does…….the twist happens.
This author is brilliant. That is all.