Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Cash Plays
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Series: Seven of Spades #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 339 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 4, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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?
Review: This series continues to be an interesting, on the edge of your seat, can’t wait for the next one with every installment. The Seven of Spades is escalating and evolving with each killing, and Levi is getting more frustrated by the day. Dominic is beginning his new job as an official private investigator and things are otherwise going well for them. If you haven’t read the previous books, stop right now and go back. You won’t want to miss how this all started.
As if things aren’t confusing enough with trying to find the identify of the SOS, there is a gang war brewing and while they don’t seem connected, everything is tied together by various threads. Dominic is off chasing down a missing girl and finds himself in a bit of a pickle or I should say casino. As you can easily imagine, things start to crumble fairly quickly as he hides his relapse from Levi. I always felt it was a matter of time with him continuing to live in the worst possible place for someone with a major gambling addiction.
Levi and Dominic go from one end to the other in this segment, from saying I love you to what seems like the end. Levi promised to stand by Dominic no matter what it took, but how much can he actually take before it becomes too much for him? The emotions are running full blast and so clear you can just about feel them yourself. I love that about these guys. Their relationship seems so genuine, and while I’m saddened by what’s happening with them right now, I’m also glad to see them facing these struggles. I just know they will come out stronger in the end.
As for the SoS, he/she has really stepped up their game with the vigilante killings. It’s driving me nuts trying to figure out who it could be, and I really feel Levi’s frustration. He’s on the edge, and it seems like it won’t take much to push him over. Thankfully, the SOS still seems to have his best interests at heart, and continues to look out for Levi, right to the very end. And what an end it was! Finishing this installment with a personal visit/note for Dominic that made me catch my breath, scream a little and send some silent begging the wait for the next book will be a short one. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out! Highly recommended!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*