Friday, June 1, 2018

ARC Review: Cash Plays (Seven of Spades, #3) by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Cash Plays (Seven of Spades, #3)
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?

Jewel's rating:

Just when you start to relax with a few things, Cordelia Kingsbridge decides to turn up the intensity. Going into Cash Plays, everything felt relaxed and happy. Levi and Dominic are in such a good space. Their relationship is progressing in a very good direction. They're tender and loving and dirty with each other. For the latter half, though, I was filled with a sense of dread until I broke.

Going into this book, I had a fair idea of how it ended, at least relationship-wise, because I read the blurb for book 4. If you want to avoid spoilers, you really should avoid reading the book 4 blurb until after you read Cash Plays. Knowing though, did not diminish the intensity of watching the events unfold, however. Still -- don't do it. Just let it happen.

I'm not even sure where to begin with this review! Along with a ton of action, there were so many feels - good feels and rip your heart to shreds feels and all the feels in between. I'm feeling kind of shredded and raw right now as I try to write this.

Plot-wise, a whole lot happened. Between an escalating gang war and the activities of Seven of Spades, everyone is on high alert and all that intersects with a case Dominic is working on that sends him off the rails of recovery, and everything into a tail-spin.

The Seven of Spades series has become a favorite so quickly and even though I know the author is going to shred me (probably some some more) and make Levi and Dominic suffer immensely, I know everything will be ok - eventually.

My suspect list of one, as to the identity of Seven of Spades, has not changed. Could it? Oh yeah, definitely. We still have 2 books to get through, yet. After this book, I'm not sure I'll survive the wait, but I must.

I definitely recommend this series.


ARC of Cash Plays was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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