Title: One-Eyed Royals
(Seven of Spades #4)
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 10th 2018
Genre(s): Murder/Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Page Count: 366
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 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.
It looks like I’m in the very minority with my opinion about the forth sequel, but this book was a struggle for me.
It is obvious now that the concept of the series – to chase after a mysterious serial killer through all sequels – simply doesn’t work for me, especially without getting even a bit closer to the Seven of Spades during the investigation in all already released sequels (What investigation?!) In meantime the Seven of Spades have developed themselves from a trivial vindictive murderer to a technically highly equipped organization that is beyond ANY competition. As I already mentioned, neither the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, nor FBI can make any progress in resolving this case. That has nothing more to do with a reality, but reminds rather of a weekly episode from some comic strip. If you like comics, you can enjoy it, but it is just not what I expected after reading the first book in the series. I am not a fan of mystery novels that can be read as a a script for a third-rate cop TV-series.
My second HUGE complaint is the relationship between Levi and Dominic. THAT part becomes slowly but surely more than frustrating. I don’t want even to start to name all my issues here. But if the author plans a mystery romance novel and has nothing else to offer for the majority of the love plot than misunderstandings, conflicts and illogical behavior of the main characters that now and then are interrupted by excessive and detailed sex scenes that, for their part, give me a feeling the author is going through a grocery list, I’m done. I didn’t rate it less because I am still somehow feel invested in the story and in the relationship between Levi and Dominic, and because the start of the series was actually good, but my patience is running out.
After very disappointing two previous sequels, I’m not sure if I want to read the last book at all, even though I am curious who the Seven of Spades is.