Melissa reviews Cash Plays (Seven of Spades #3) by Cordelia Kingsbridge Published June 4th 2018 by Riptide Publishing, 339 pages.
The Seven of Spades is back with a vengeance—the vigilante serial killer has resumed their murderous crusade, eluding the police at every turn. But a bloodthirsty killer isn’t the only threat facing Sin City. A devious saboteur is wreaking havoc in Las Vegas’s criminal underworld, and the entire city seems to be barreling toward an all-out gang war.
As Detective Levi Abrams is pushed ever closer to his breaking point, his control over his dangerous rage slips further every day. His relationship with PI Dominic Russo should be a source of comfort, but Dominic is secretly locked in his own downward spiral, confronting a nightmare he can’t bear to reveal.
Las Vegas is floundering. Levi and Dominic’s bond is cracking along the seams. And the Seven of Spades is still playing to win. How many bad hands can Levi and Dominic survive before it’s game over?
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this: I am in love with this series and there is no way I am not reading every last morsel. 🙂
This book was so intense!!! I could hardly stand to read about what Dominic was doing. I was always so afraid he would relapse but I didn’t know what the circumstances would be. This wasn’t by any means a good reason, however it can be understood because Dom was put into a situation because of a client he was NOT anticipating and gave in. He told himself it was to save his client, but we all knew that deep down once Dom gave in, rational thought left.
Dom and Levi’s relationship takes such a beating, literally!! The Seven of Spades isn’t giving Levi a rest, and now the FBI has become involved. With things not going well between Levi and Dom, Levi is under a tremendous amount of stress. It was really hard to see Levi start to fall apart. Things between Levi and Dom are on the outs at the end of the book, and of course it ends on a cliffhanger all the way around. I have always looked forward to the next book in this series and I can’t wait to see how this all ends, who the Seven of Spades is, if Levi and Dom will be ok in the end, because as much as I want to believe they will, it’s not a guarantee.
The writing, holy moly, this was wonderful writing. The action scenes, the crime and detecting, the giving in to temptation – it was all written in such a descriptive and clear way, it was frankly just brilliant. When a book can bring me to the edge of my seat in anticipation and fear, that is an amazing talent to possess. I can’t recommend this book or series enough, and I guess it goes without saying but I will anyway – this is not a standalone series and they must be read in order.
5 big stars/10 pots!
Cordelia Kingsbridge has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh, but quickly discovered that direct practice in the field was not for her. Having written novels as a hobby throughout graduate school, she decided to turn her focus to writing as a full-time career. Now she explores her fascination with human behavior, motivation, and psychopathology through fiction. Her weaknesses include opposites-attract pairings and snarky banter.
Away from her desk, Cordelia is a fitness fanatic, and can be found strength training, cycling, and practicing Krav Maga. She lives in South Florida but spends most of her time indoors with the air conditioning on full blast!
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