A Chip and a Chair (Seven of Spades #5) (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: A Chip and a Chair (Seven of Spades #5)
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 11, 2019
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 382
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Detective Levi Abrams and PI Dominic Russo are reunited and more committed to each other than ever, but they can’t truly move forward with their lives until the serial killer who’s been tormenting them is behind bars. When a secret burial site is discovered in the desert with the remains of the Seven of Spades’s earliest victims, that goal finally seems within reach.

But just as the net is tightening, the Neo-Nazi militia Utopia launches their master plan with a devastating act of terror that changes the landscape of Las Vegas forever. As Levi and Dominic scramble to prevent the city’s destruction, they’re opposed by treacherous forces that propel them toward catastrophe. In the end, Levi’s fate may rest in the hands of the very killer he’s been hunting.

The race to save Sin City is on, and these players are going for broke. No matter how hopeless things seem, as long as they’re together and they’ve got a chip to play and a chair to sit in, they’re still in the game.

Okay, color me surprised. I really didn’t have a clue about the Seven of Spade’s identity and I find it amazing that once it is all laid out there, the motive and the means all fit and it seems so logical. Yet, wow. And I’d just like to say again … WOW.

It took me a while to get back into the swing of this story but I think the author does a stellar job of getting everyone back up-to-speed on this twisted tale of murder and mayhem. The final extended fight scenes are tightly choreographed, giving the reader a very clear picture of some intense graphic events. And the ending? Christ, it was sappy, sexy, sweet and just about perfect.

I never like to say much about the actual plot elements here because I think most of the fun of reading this series is just being blown away by what’s going on. I loved just about everything here – the intense well-structured plot, the oh-my-gawd romance and relationship between Levi and Dominic, the highs and lows of their relationship and the way they are so perfect for one another, the way this convoluted story grabs a hold of you and keeps you on the edge of your chair the entire time, and then an ending that is immensely satisfying. 5 stars for “A Chip and a Chair” and this entire series.

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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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