Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Trick Roller
SERIES: Seven of Spades Book 2
AUTHOR: Cordelia Kingsbridge
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 295 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2018
It’s the height of summer in Las Vegas. Everyone believes the serial killer Seven of Spades is dead—except Levi Abrams and Dominic Russo—and it’s back to business as usual. For Levi, that means investigating a suspicious overdose at the Mirage that looks like the work of a high-class call girl, while Dominic pursues a tough internship with a local private investigator. The one bright spot for both of them is their blossoming relationship.
But things aren’t so simple. Soon Levi is sucked into a dangerous web of secrets and lies, even as his obsession with the Seven of Spades intensifies. Dominic knows that Levi isn’t crazy. He knows the Seven of Spades is still out there, and he’ll do anything to prove it. But Dominic has his own demons to battle, and he may be fighting a losing war.
One thing is certain: the Seven of Spades holds all the cards. It won’t be long before they show their hand.
Where I liked the first book I absolutely loved this second book in Cordelia Kingsbridges’s Seven of Spades series. Although both books follow the same characters they are very different. Book 1 was very much about the murders and was quite gruesome in places and although it brought Dominic and Levi together there wasn’t much depth between them. Book 2 concentrates more on the relationship between Levi and Dominic and their individual flaws and fears and also what each of them can do to help the other beat their demons.
It’s quite a personal look at two characters who I feel I know and understand much better after reading Trick Rollers. The Seven of Spades is still around, is still alive and kicking, but we don’t really delve into that too much until nearly the end when things suddenly take a darker turn. There are sides to both these characters that you didn’t necessarily see in Book 1 that now come to the forefront and it was refreshing to see a side of Levi which I would have never of guessed at. His current case is certainly bringing out hidden depths and emotions and in the face of that I think Dominic feels more able to show his vulnerability.
The biggest problem with this series for me is the fact that there are at least another couple of books to come before the grand reveal and I am going to be sat biting my nails not very patiently waiting for them to come. If you haven’t tried this author before then I would highly recommend you do and do so quickly!