Melissa reviews Trick Roller (Seven of Spades #2) by Cordelia Kingsbridge published January 29th 2018 by Riptide Publishing, 299 pages.
It’s the height of summer in Las Vegas. Everyone believes the serial killer Seven of Spades is dead—except Levi Abrams and Dominic Russo—and it’s back to business as usual. For Levi, that means investigating a suspicious overdose at the Mirage that looks like the work of a high-class call girl, while Dominic pursues a tough internship with a local private investigator. The one bright spot for both of them is their blossoming relationship. But things aren’t so simple. Soon Levi is sucked into a dangerous web of secrets and lies, even as his obsession with the Seven of Spades intensifies. Dominic knows that Levi isn’t crazy. He knows the Seven of Spades is still out there, and he’ll do anything to prove it. But Dominic has his own demons to battle, and he may be fighting a losing war.
One thing is certain: the Seven of Spades holds all the cards. It won’t be long before they show their hand.
Why I read this book: Because Kill Game (book 1) was soooooo AMAZING!! Check out my review of Kill Game here.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
OMG!! This is a phenomenal story!!! Phenomenal series!!! I just finished it and am just so excited I can’t stand it!!!!!! What an ending, I was waiting for it and I wasn’t disappointed. Come on time, fly by so I can get the next one NOW!!
Kill Game was the perfect introduction to these characters and Trick Roller picks up right where Kill Game left off. We join our hero’s 3 months after Kill Game and the Seven of Spades (SoS) killer is believed to be dead, but Levi and Dom don’t believe that. However, they can’t focus on SoS because they have a new case to handle, and old obstacles to overcome. For Levi, he has a high-profile murder case to solve which pushes his temperament boundaries, and Dom is training as a PI with a high rated firm. Dom’s latest case leads him right into the path of temptation on the Vegas strip, but with Levi’s help, he manages to fight those demons.
Their relationship is going strong, and neither of them is sure what to expect of the other, which is endearing because they are all awkward in their feelings. There are some really adorable moments with that. 🙂 It was sooooo wonderful and just so great to see them be kind and loving and supportive of each other. They still don’t know each other well, and are unsure of how the other will react to certain situations. For example, when Levi is hurt by a suspect, he is worried about Dom’s reaction because Stanton (his ex) always gave him a hard time about it. But Dom was all “I’d hate to see the other guy,” and Levi is floored!! And relieved. Dom knows Levi can handle himself in a fight and wasn’t worried in the least. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this dynamic between the MCs and can’t wait to see them again in the next book.
This book is action packed with several suspects flying around. It kept me guessing which is the best feeling in a mystery. I hate when I can figure out what’s going on before it’s revealed. This time I didn’t have to worry; I was kept guessing with every new piece of evidence.
Not only are Dom and Levi dealing with their current cases, they have a past case related to the SoS killer. So much action, so much romance. These guys are extremely talented and smart, which is of course a reflection of how amazing Cordelia Kingsbridge is. She is an extremely talented author who has created very realistic characters I never want to say goodbye to. Thankfully I don’t have to worry about that for several more books, since we already know more are coming.
Trick Roller does end on another cliffy, however the main murder case Levi is working is solved. It’s the SoS killer who leaves us hanging with a final act that leaves our hero’s shocked, and a message: ALL BETS ARE OFF
I give this 5 BIG stars/10 Pots Of Gold and am anxiously awaiting the next book. I highly, HIGHLY recommend you read this series. These are not standalone novels, and must be read in order.
Where to buy: Riptide Publishing
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