One-Eyed Royals (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: One-Eyed Royals (Seven of Spades #4)
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 10, 2018
Genre(s): Murder/Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 366
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 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.

If you haven’t read “Cash Plays” yet … Stop, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200. Here be spoilers.

This latest addition to the “Seven of Spades” series deftly keeps a lot of balls in the air. There’s relationship angst and agonizing heartache as Levi and Dominic are three months post break-up, plus a series of gruesome murders the Seven of Spades is not involved in, AND a series of equally gruesome murders committed by the Seven of Spades. “One-Eyed Royals” has it all in …. well, spades.

This whole series is so deliciously complex I don’t want to give a lot of details because unraveling all the action, the heartbreak, the gore, and the developments in the case as well as Dominic and Levi’s complicated relationship is what makes this series so engrossing. The plot is superb and the pace of the book is breathtaking (even at 366 pages, it feels just too short!) Dominic and Levi’s relationship is on hold, but they still desperately love one another and ultimately they have each other’s back. Even after four books, there is so much more to learn about them as individuals and as a couple.

We are (finally) given an important clue about how the Seven of Spades may be connected to Levi’s past … but we are still no closer to figuring out his identity. All the twists and turns keep the central mystery intriguing and I anxiously await the next book in the series “A Chip and a Chair.” 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. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader
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