Review: Kill Game

Kill Game by Cordelia Kingsbridge
Series: Seven of Spades #1
Release Date: October 23, 2017
Genres: M/M romance, mystery
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Homicide detective Levi Abrams is barely holding his life together. He’s reeling from the fallout of a fatal shooting, and his relationship with his boyfriend is crumbling. The last thing he’s prepared for is a serial killer stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Or how he keeps getting thrown into the path of annoyingly charming bounty hunter Dominic Russo.

Dominic likes his life free of complications. That means no tangling with cops—especially prickly, uptight detectives. But when he stumbles across one of the Seven of Spades’s horrifying crime scenes, he can’t let go, despite Levi’s warnings to stay away.

The Seven of Spades is ruthless and always two moves ahead. Worst of all, they’ve taken a dangerously personal interest in Levi and Dominic. Forced to trust each other, the two men race to discover the killer’s identity, revealing hidden truths along the way and sparking a bond neither man expected. But that may not be enough to protect them.

This killer likes to play games, and the deck is not stacked in Levi and Dominic’s favor.

This. Was. Addictive. 

Oh my god, what an amazing start to the series! This was the perfect mix of romance and mystery.

Going into this, I thought this would be another M/M romance where the romance is centered around everything else, but nope! You get an exciting mystery about a serial killer, with a side of romance.

This book follows our two main characters: Levi and Dominic. Levi Abrams, a Jewish homicide detective in Las Vegas, who is struggling with a fatal shooting he was a part of and his crumbling relationship with his boyfriend. Dominic Russo comes from the traditional big Italian family, he’s a bounty hunter, and a recovering gambling addict.

“Everything okay?” Dominic asked.

“Fine. My mother just gets a little…. You wouldn’t understand.”

“Right,” said Dominic. “Because Italian American mothers are famously chill and hands-off.”

They both find themselves tracking down Las Vegas’ new serial killer, the Seven of Spades. Who has taken an interest in both of them, but mostly Levi.

I won’t say too much about the plot because I want everyone fully immersed in the mystery. But this is a continuing series, with a bit of a cliffhanger. Thankfully, all the books have been released though! I will say there is some blood and gore in this book, nothing too extreme but I need to make sure everyone knows that.

really enjoyed this. The author kept me on my toes and made my stomach twist with the mystery and villain. The plot was engaging and fast-paced. I loved the relationship between Levi and Dominic. It’s a bit of a slow-burn since Levi is dating someone else at the beginning of the book. But their chemistry was scorching and some hints of an enemies-to-lovers trope.

“This isn’t how it happens, you and me… Not like this.”

I can’t wait to see what happens next!

four stars

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