Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Kill Game
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Narrator: Wyatt Baker
Series: Seven of Spades #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 56 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 23, 2018
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Homicide detective Levi Abrams is barely holding his life together. He’s reeling from the fallout of a fatal shooting, and his relationship with his boyfriend is crumbling. The last thing he’s prepared for is a serial killer stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Or how he keeps getting thrown into the path of annoyingly charming bounty hunter Dominic Russo.
Dominic likes his life free of complications. That means no tangling with cops—especially prickly, uptight detectives. But when he stumbles across one of the Seven of Spades’s horrifying crime scenes, he can’t let go, despite Levi’s warnings to stay away.
The Seven of Spades is ruthless and always two moves ahead. Worst of all, they’ve taken a dangerously personal interest in Levi and Dominic. Forced to trust each other, the two men race to discover the killer’s identity, revealing hidden truths along the way and sparking a bond neither man expected. But that may not be enough to protect them.
This killer likes to play games, and the deck is not stacked in Levi and Dominic’s favor.
Review: This is a great start to the new Seven of Spades series, and there was really no time wasted getting right into it. From the get go it just grabs the reader and sucks them in. I started this one thinking, let me just listen to a few chapters, and ended up nearly halfway through the audiobook before I’d put it down. That’s almost four hours of non-stop listening. What really made this story for me was the narrator, Wyatt Baker. He did a stellar job performing all aspects of the police drama, including the lovey-dovey and sexy times. Mr. Baker is a well-rounded performer and he kept me totally invested in the mystery that is the Seven of Spades, and the slow-burning attraction between Levi and Dominic.
Levi is a homicide detective dealing with a serial killer and a bad breakup, simultaneously. In addition, the killer seems to “like” Levi. The killer, in this case, is more of a vigilante and it makes it very hard to feel too bad for his victims. But regardless, the guy must be stopped and Levi is tasked with getting it done. At the same time, Dominic, a guy who bartends and hunts down bail jumpers, is unfortunate enough to find himself in the middle of the case, and left dealing with the not so cuddly detective…who just so happens to check every one of his boxes. Even though this story is quite the slow burn, with most of the focus on the investigation and police work, Wyatt Baker’s performance lets you know that the steam factor is bubbling just beneath the surface and when it blows, it is going to be hot…and it was, it totally was, and worth the wait.
Considering this is book one in the series, and the series is called the Seven of Spades, and the killer is known as the Seven of Spades, it should not have come as a surprise to me that the mystery was not solved at the end of this installment. But it did, and I was. I totally thought it was going to be all neatly packed away and solved, getting us ready for the next adventure, but instead we are left with a small cliffhanger and I was left looking out for book number two. Read this folks, you will be dragged in by realism in the story, and if you prefer to listen to the audio, by the tenor of the narrator’s voice. Both the story and the audio are a solid four stars and I highly recommend this to everyone.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*