Sunday, September 9, 2018

ARC Review: One-Eyed Royals (Seven of Spades, #4) by Cordelia Kingsbridge

One-Eyed Royals (Seven of Spades, #4)
Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Cash Plays, book three of Seven of Spades.

Shattered by their devastating breakup, Detective Levi Abrams and PI Dominic Russo find themselves at war right when they need each other most. While Dominic is trapped in a vicious cycle of addiction, Levi despairs of ever catching the Seven of Spades. The ruthless vigilante’s body count continues to climb, and it’s all Levi can do to keep up with the carnage.

When Levi’s and Dominic’s paths keep crossing in the investigation of a kidnapping ring with a taste for mutilation, it feels like history repeating itself. Thrown together by fate once again, they reluctantly join forces in their hunt for the mastermind behind the abductions.

But the Seven of Spades hates sharing the spotlight, and they have an ace in the hole: a new batch of victims with a special connection to Levi. Their murders send shockwaves through Las Vegas and change the rules of the game forever.

The Seven of Spades has upped the ante. If Levi and Dominic don’t play their cards right, they’ll end up losing everything.

Jewel's rating:

Note: One-Eyed Royals does not stand alone. This series must be read in order.

​Delicious delicious relationship angst!! One-Eyed Royals has it in ... SPADES. ​heh​

As ​​One-Eyed Royals starts, Levi and Dominic are not in a good place. Not individually, and definitely not as a couple, since they're broken up. They can't quite stay apart, though, and the resulting angst is just so damn sweet!

Dominic is gambling again and refuses to see that he has a problem. He sees his compulsion as a weakness, rather than an illness, but at the same time has convinced himself that, unlike last time, he's got everything under control. But does he? No, not at all. Everything in his life is suffering some amount of neglect because Dominic can't, in fact, control his compulsion. What will it take this time to make him see​ it this time​?

Levi isn't faring much better, either. His stress is at an all time high, not only because of his break-up, but also because of the Seven of Spades killer still hasn't been found​ and is ever focused on him​. His anger issues already threaten to dismantle everything he has worked for. So when the Seven of Spades finds a way to make things even more personal, Levi finds himself being crushed under the weight of it all.

There is a parallel suspense plot in this installment that guarantees that Levi and Dominic have to work together, but rest assured that Seven of Spades can't stay out of that, anymore than they can stay out of any other aspect of Levi and Dominic's lives.And do not worry, our guys are in a much better place at the end of this book than they were at the start.

​ ​One-Eyed Royals is fast paced, full of relationship angst, and will make you question who you think is behind the Seven of Spades - though I have not wavered from my suspect list of one.​ I can't wait to find out who is really behind the curtain.​

Bring on book 5!


ARC of One-Eyed Royals was generously provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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