Title: One-Eyed Royals (Seven of Spades #4)
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 9th 2018
Genre(s): Murder/Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Page Count: 366
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Cash Plays, book three of Seven of Spades.
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.
This review (and this book’s blurb) contain massive spoilers about the third book in the Seven of Spades series. Don’t read any further unless you’ve read Cash Plays.
Without trying to sound like a creep, I freaking love the ground Cordelia Kingsbridge walks on. I adore her writing style, her characters, the way she weaves the plot, the romance, the mystery, EVERYTHING. Absolutely brilliant! Dominic and Levi are one of my favorite MM couples ever. Everyone is obsessed with Levi Abrams including myself. And of course, so is the Seven of Spades.
Cash Plays ends with Levi and Dom breaking up. Not much has changed since then. There is no doubt that they still love each other, something that they ‘re not afraid to admit openly. But Dom is still gambling and still in complete denial. And Levi doesn’t let Dom call him baby any more.
“It’s too hard, Dominic. It hurts too much to be around you and not…[…]
“Levi, you know I still…”
“I know.” Levi couldn’t bear to hear Dominic say the words aloud, not now. “So do I. That’s why it’s so awful.”
I happen to love relationsip angst, which was actually break up angst here, so I ate all this with a spoon. Brace yourselves; Levi and Dom get pretty nasty. They hurt each other (heed the tags), they ‘re pretty mean to each other. But the love never stops shinning through. It’s there every time Dom worries about Levi taking care of himself, or Levi using rather…unorthodox measures to keep Dominic from gambling everything away. And it’s definitely there in the end.
But they come out of all this stronger, or at least strong enough to face all that’s coming: Dominic’s battle with his gambling addiction and going after the Seven of Spades.
And by the way, who the hell is the Seven of Spades? I had theories Ms Kingsbridge. Theories and suspects and stuff, which all went out the window! The killer is creepier than ever and I can feel things escalating. I don’t know how mach longer they can stay in the shadows all while obssessing with Levi. Like in most books, there is another mystery unfolding at the same time but in the end the two plotlines become almost one.
The secondary characters are amazing and their role very integral to the plot. Martine, Gibbs, Sawyer (OMG!), Stanton (WOW!).
I LOVED this book ending! It was somewhat different than the previous installments. Levi has had enough!
Needless to say, you cannot read this as a standalone. But I highly recommend reading this whole series!