Kill Game (Seven of Spades, #1)Kill Game by Cordelia Kingsbridge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book is exactly what I was hoping for and missing when I picked up Cut & Run by Abi Roux. It has edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting suspense, a lovable angsty main character, a BOUNTY HUNTER ffs, and twists and turns that left me reeling.

Before I began reading almost exclusively MM romance, suspense/thriller novels were my go-to. I find this genre can be written really well or not so good. It’s disappointing when the suspense is lackluster and the twists are easily anticipated. I had no issues with either when reading Kill Game.

Levi is a detective with the Las Vegas PD assigned with his partner, Martine, to a rash of murders across Vegas that have been linked to an individual dubbed the “Seven of Spades.” Dominic is a bounty hunter and part time bartender who ends up entangled in Levi’s investigation. The chemistry between Levi and Dominic slowly builds as the story progresses. Chemistry was the one thing I didn’t get from Cut & Run, and I was super pleased that the MCs in Kill Game worked for me. I was rooting for they from their first interaction.

They are each dealing with their own demons which adds to the depth of the characters. One of Levi’s complications is his long-term boyfriend, with whom he lives. Levi’s relationship with Stanton feels wrong from the beginning, and even though Dominic is the complete opposite of Levi, not only in personality but also in physical size, Dominic is a better fit. I, however, feel sympathy for Stanton and hope he gets his HEA.

Kill Game ends perfectly on a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to read the next in the series. I am confident the author will continue with the momentum and keep readers on their toes.

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