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

Cash Plays by Cordelia Kingsbridge

 

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

 

CASH PLAYS is an outstanding third installment of a series that is delivering a great mystery plot, keeping the reader guessing and on the edge most of the time. It was a perfect mix of action, love and a serial killer who is taking justice in his hands.

Levi is trying to keep his rage under control but the constant inability to stop the Seven of Spades and the increasing disputes between the bigger names in the underworld crime scene keeps giving him more frustrations than he can handle. The comfort he could find in Dominic has been taken away from him as Dominic starts becoming more and more secretive and the distance between them begins to risk their relationship.

I had an amazing time reading this book. I just couldn’t stop reading. It was thrilling. I loved every bit of it. One of the things that I found more interesting was getting to know little details about The Seven of Spades, not enough that the mystery is gone but also not too little that we are in the shades about him. I was surprised although pleased to see a little weakness in him.

The mystery is again the strongest part of the story and even though it didn’t lack romance, this has been, sadly, the less romantic of the installments, but the relationship between Dominic and Levi keep being an important part of the plot and I enjoyed so much the moments they share. As much as I loved their moments together, I also loved the struggles they had. I love their flaws, they’re so far from being perfect, that makes them the kind of character I like to read about, one that can make mistakes and learn from them.

Overall this was a magnificent book. The more I get myself into this series, the more in love I fall with it. The author’s writing is amazing and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the book to any reader who enjoys reading mystery.

 

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Audiobook Review: GhosTV (PsyCop #6) by Jordan Castillo Price

 

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For the past dozen years, Victor Bayne has solved numerous murders by interrogating witnesses only he can see – dead witnesses. But when his best friend Lisa goes missing from the sunny California campus of PsyTrain, the last thing he wants to find there is her spirit.

Disappearing without a trace in a school full of psychics? That’s some trick. But somehow both Lisa and her roommate have vanished into thin air. A group of fanatics called Five Faith has been sniffing around, and Lisa’s email is compromised.

Time is running out, and with no ghosts to cross-examine, Vic can’t afford to turn down any offers of help. An old enemy can provide an innovative way to track Vic’s missing friend, and he enters into an uneasy alliance – even though its ultimate cost will ensnare him in a debt he may never manage to settle.

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REVIEW

This book was unsurprisingly good. I had such a great time listening to Victor and the mysteries he had to solve in this instalment. He’s such a charismatic character. I loved everything about him.

 

The mystery is the most important part of the story. I did miss a little bit of the romance I love between Jacob and Victor but I love the way their relationship is going. They seem so comfortable with each other. I also enjoy the secondary characters who are always very entertaining. One of the things I like the most, not just about this book but every book in the series, is the humorous tone it take at times.

 

The narration is great. I’m not really a person who likes audiobooks that much, but I start the series in audio and now I don’t want to switch to ebook because I feel so captivated by the way the narrator tells the story. It is so easy to understand the change of characters. I do have an issue listening to it because English is not my main language and there are times when I missed some important things but that’s on me, the story is really well narrated and overall very enjoyable.

 

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Release Blitz: Nights Without Night by Marina Vivancos (Excerpt and Giveaway)

Title:  Nights Without Night

Series: Fox Lake Series #2

Author: Marina Vivancos

Publisher:  Self-published

Release Date: 18th June 2018

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 60,000 words

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Childhood Friends, Mental Health

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Synopsis

Isadoro and Iván have known each other since before memories were memories, when they were just the imprint of shape and sound pressed inside your head. They were raised together in La Portera, between the orange trees and water reservoirs, under an endless blue sky. Where they grew up is where Iván’s love for Isadoro grew, too. There, from the earth and the water, organic and helpless.

Iván had grown used to this love. He’d grown used to absence, too.
Isadoro left for the military when they were both eighteen and took a piece of Iván with him. It was as inevitable as the baking sun and sandy winds of those lands. Iván didn’t know how to fight it.

A thread between them remained. Phone calls, Skype sessions, rests between tours. But it was never quite enough.

After eight years, Isadoro comes back. At his core, he is the same man Iván has always known. But life has transformed them both from the malleable shapes of childhood and into the stiffer skin of adults. The situation is complicated further when they rekindle the ‘benefits’ portion of their friendship. The heat between them has always been undeniable, and now it scorches through them.

In the beginning, all seems well. But there are creatures under calm water. When they breach the surface, both Isadoro and Iván must learn how to help each other, but also to save themselves.

Please note: This story contains themes of affected mental health following the return from military combat. However, the ultimate focus of the story is on hope and recovery.
This story also contains very explicit scenes of a sexual nature.

Excerpt

The summer before Isadoro was finally deployed had run on borrowed time. I hadn’t applied to college but had gotten a summer job in La Portera while I figured out what to do with my life. After work, I would go to the beach with Isadoro, pretending this was any other summer and that adulthood wasn’t looming in September for both of us.

One night, we went down to the beach when it was late and dark. The sea was a pool of ink, the sound of it washing in and out a secret call. On Isadoro’s dare, we’d stripped our clothes and ran into the water, the coolness a relief from the thick summer air.

The half-moon had been a bowl of rice perched on the black. We’d swam around, free in the salt and the waves, pulling each other under in a familiar game. We’d been our child selves, free of the ties that tugged at us beyond the water.

When we tired and let ourselves drift, I remember Isadoro swimming close to me. Remember the moon in his eyes. The way his wet skin had felt against mine. It had almost been a kiss. Almost. But I couldn’t do that to myself. Not again. Not when he was leaving and he wasn’t in love with me back.

Who would have thought that I would be able to resist the pull of the moon at eighteen, and cave so many years later, caught completely in its tide.

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Meet the Author

When Marina was a child she couldn’t sleep. Night after dissolving night she just couldn’t sleep. Nothing much worked – until she started making up stories in her head. Suddenly, the transition into unconsciousness was a smooth dive into calm waters.

Marina is currently in a period of sleepless upheaval, and she hopes writing down the stories in her head will cast the same spell it did decades ago.

Marina hopes to write in a variety of romance sub-genres, from contemporary to supernatural to sci-fi. Her style, however, tends to focus on character-centred stories that explore different facets of the human experience, such as mental health. She also enjoys writing explicit, drawn-out sex scenes, so expect those to be a prominent feature of her stories.

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Review: Lost in the Echo by Jack L. Pyke

 

Lost in the Echo

 

Three days. Three questions. Three answers.

Kidnapped, blindfolded, and bound to a bed, running away isn’t an option any more for Will Chambers. Despite being a linguistic tutor and having every conversational tool at his disposal, all Will wanted to do was fade into the background, become lost in the echo of wild heath and harbour. But now someone wants to put his body and mind on full display, force Will to find his voice—answer three questions, over three days. All Will has to do is provide three… simple… answers. (M/M)

 

REVIEW

 

I remember reading the first edition and didn’t really liked it. This time, in an expanded version, I change so much my mind. It was so interesting. It was very emotional. I really liked it.

There were a few moments when I felt a bit confused. There are lot of changes between the past and the present and, at the beginning, I really felt liked I couldn’t keep track of what was going on. But the more I read, I started realizing what was happening and I start getting more interested and a bit more in love with the story. I blame translation in my confusion because looking back I think the story was totally understandable and the constant changes in the time make it better.

My favorite part of it were the relationships, I can’t say which one because it was all of them, every interaction and emotion between all the characters was so beautiful. Even if it was a bittersweet book, it was also so full of love. I really liked it.

 

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Review: A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra

 

A Tiny Piece of Something Greater

 

Reid Watsford has a lot of secrets and a past he can’t quite escape. While staying at his grandmother’s condo in Key Largo, he signs up for introductory dive classes, where he meets Joaquim Oliveira, a Brazilian dive instructor with wanderlust. Driven by an instant, magnetic pull, what could have been just a hookup quickly deepens. As their relationship evolves, they must learn to navigate the challenges of Reid’s mental illness—on their own and with each other.

 

REVIEW

 

A book that includes mental illness among its subject has always been one that has my utter attention. Unfortunately this one didn’t quite make me fall in love with it, but I was very pleased with the way the subject was addressed, being not only an accurate portrayal but also keeping the romance I was looking for without creating false expectations.

When Reid signed up to a diving class, he wasn’t expecting to fall in love with his dive instructor, but the chemistry between him and Joaquim makes the relationship evolve quickly. Reid’s multiples secrets and his struggles with mental illness makes it hard for Joaquim to understand him and being able to give him what he needs, but the feelings they got for each other makes the challenge worth it as they try to make this new love work.

There were a lot of things that I liked about the book. The writing was good, I really enjoyed the dual point of view. I loved trying to understand what they think and feel. I also liked the way mental illness was portrayed. I think it was very illustrative and I liked that it included not only what others see but also what Reid was feeling at certain moments. I guess that’s what I liked the most about the book.

Sadly, there were more things that I didn’t like about it. I found it very hard to get myself into the story, I lost interest so many times. It was really slowed paced which seem appropriate for the story but made it harder to read. I couldn’t quite love the characters as much as I expect to. They had some nice scenes together but I didn’t find it as romantic as I hoped. I also thought there were some inconclusive subjects in the story, I was left with more questions than answers about Felix and I didn’t quite feel I really got to know Reid that well.

About Reid, I guess it was fine not getting to know him that well, I get that even he is struggling with that. I loved that Joaquim struggled too, he wasn’t perfect and that’s great. He was trying and was very supportive without giving up everything he was for Reid, but being there for him. I loved that the book didn’t try to give the false expectation that love will conquer illness. The illness was a part of Reid and it was going to be always a part of his life without it limiting his ability to find love.

Overall it was okay. I wasn’t able to like it that much but others may enjoy it. I would definitely recommend it to understand mental illness better.

 

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Review: Loving the Master by Lynn Kelling

 

Loving the Master (The Manse, #1)

 

Novel
Genres: Gay, BDSM, Erotica, Romance

Billionaire Dominant David Davenport needs a break from the loveless isolation imposed by wealth, responsibility, and the stress of running the Manse, his private gay club. While at lunch with an old friend, David finds himself enchanted by the charming and submissive nature of Shea Whittier, their young waiter. David offers to help the young man out with his personal troubles, never suspecting the danger he’s putting them both in. (M/M – See publisher’s website for content labels.)

 

REVIEW

 

I had a good time reading this book, but I can’t say I loved it as I expected to. I did loved Shea so much, he was a lovely character.

The plot and writing style was nice. I sis struggle a little bit with the story feeling a little distracted at times and other times I couldn’t read fast enough. It had some high and lows but I did enjoy the way the story went.

What I liked the most about it was Shea. He was a beautiful character and getting to know him was my favorite part of the book. I also liked David, he was nice. I was amazed by some decisions he made that I just didn’t see coming and, even though I couldn’t love him as much as I did Shea, he was a really nice character and it was easy to care for him. Their love story was very sweet, they seem so different and I loved it. I had a little bit of an issue with the way their romance started because I prefer slow burn relationships but I end up believing they love each other.

The BDSM part of the book was rather light which was perfect considering Shea’s lack of knowledge about it and I guess I prefer it that way at times. Overall it was a really nice book, I know is part of a series and I’m guessing this might not be my favorite of them all but it was definitely an inviting first book that is going to keep me hook to The Society of Masters. I decided to read it on the right timeline from the author’s page so I’ll be reading some short stories soon.
 

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Cover Reveal: Nights Without Night by Marina Vivancos


Nights Without Night

Fox Lake Series, Book Two
Marina Vivancos
Release Date: June 18th, 2018
Genre: Romance
Tags: Contemporary, Childhood Friends, Mental Health

Isadoro and Iván have known each other all their lives. They were raised together in La Portera, between the orange trees and water reservoirs, under an endless blue sky. That’s where Iván’s love for Isadoro grew, too. From the earth and water, organic and helpless.  

Isadoro leaves for the military when they are both eighteen, but a thread remains. Phone calls, Skype sessions, rests between tours…it’s never quite enough.  

After eight years, Isadoro comes back. An already complicated situation is tangled further as they rekindle the “benefits” part of their friendship. The heat between them has always been undeniable, and now it scorches through them.  

All seems well in the beginning, but nothing is ever so simple. Iván’s love cannot simply banish the insomniac shadows of the past, but perhaps they can face what the night brings—together.   

Please note: This story contains themes of affected mental health following the return from military combat. However, the ultimate focus of the story is on hope and recovery.

This story also contains explicit scenes of a sexual nature.

Meet the Author

When Marina was a child she couldn’t sleep. Night after dissolving night she just couldn’t sleep. Nothing much worked – until she started making up stories in her head. Suddenly, the transition into unconsciousness was a smooth dive into calm waters.

Marina is currently in a period of sleepless upheaval, and she hopes writing down the stories in her head will cast the same spell it did decades ago.

Marina hopes to write in a variety of romance sub-genres, from contemporary to supernatural to sci-fi. Her style, however, tends to focus on character-centred stories that explore different facets of the human experience, such as mental health. She also enjoys writing explicit, drawn-out sex scenes, so expect those to be a prominent feature of her stories.

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