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review 2019-03-23 23:26
Let's play cards...
Trick Roller (Seven of Spades #2) - Cordelia Kingsbridge,Wyatt Baker

I'm a little late to the party with this series but that's a situation of my own making. I'm not sure really why but I got a notion in my head that I wanted to listen to this series on audio. So I held out...and held out...finally 'Kill Game'  was released on audio and I pounced on it like a hungry cougar...a really long in the tooth cougar...but that's another story for another day. 

 

Anyways, I loved listening to 'Kill Game' as an audio book. For me there's just something about hearing a mystery book on audio that makes it all the more enjoyable. In general I've discovered that if it's a mystery and I liked the e-book, if it's on audio chances are I'm going to love it...I'm going to say that's a me thing, but who knows maybe there are others who feel the same.

 

So here I am listening to book #2 in Cordelia Kingsbridge's 'Seven of Spades' series and you know what...I mean aside from the fact that I loved it, this is an exercise in determination because damned if I don't want to got read every freakin' review out there but I've been refraining because sadly I've also learned that everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a spoiler so I've been restricting myself to checking out ratings only and then I move on but once I get done here I'm going to go read my friends reviews for this one and see what they're thoughts are because a lot of my friends read this one quite a while ago and if their ratings are anything to go but...which they usually are they loved it just as much or more than I have and I'm curious to find out why.

 

While I really, really liked this one...I have to admit I enjoyed 'Kill Game' just an isty, bitsy, teensy, weensy bit more....like an almost negligible amount but that's ok it often happens with series and it's such a marginally small amount that I'm not even going to try and define it. I'm just going to talk about how much I loved seeing Levi and Dominic's relationship grow, how much I enjoyed the way the mystery unfolded in this one and the inevitable out come of what unfolded...oh, and there was the court scene...Dominic's so awesome I'm giving him some serious brownie points for that one.

 

Levi and Dominic are becoming more and more committed to each other but it's not an easy go and neither of theses men are rushing to the alter they've both got their own jobs and friends to deal with and their own issues and some days it's just harder than others to juggle it all, but hey, it could be worse right 'The Seven of Spades Killer' could still out there but thankfully he's dead and gone right? or is he? If you ask anyone in Vegas they'll tell you yes...if you ask Levi or Dominic they'll tell you something else entirely.

 

I am so loving the mystery in this series I have to admit I do not have a freakin' clue whodunit? Seriously I got nothin' and I want to keep it that way until the bitter end...and that's a few books away for me. 

 

Wyatt Baker is once again the narrator for this series and  while he's no longer a new to me narrator this is only the third book of his that I've listened to and I think he's definitely growing on me. I know his voices for both Levi and Dominic are firmly entrenched in my brain and I'm honestly hoping that I get to enjoy the rest of the series with him. I've found his narration to be solid and consistent which may not sound like much but for me it's an important thing I need my Levi to continue sounding like Levi and not suddenly turn into Mickey Mouse on me, or for Dominic to suddenly sound like Popeye or even worse to suddenly have everyone sound the same or monotone...nothing spoils a good story quicker than listening to a voice that's so uninspired it puts you to sleep, right? Thankfully, that is not the case here.

 

I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series on audio so cross your fingers for me that release day comes soon...if not I might have to break down and read the e-book...not that this would stop me from enjoying the audio book when it's released... because maybe I've read the book and then listened to the audio once or twice or a dozen or so times. It's another thing I do and I know I'm not the only one who does this because as well all know a good story needs to enjoyed more than once just so you can get all the details.

 

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An audio book of 'Trick Roller' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-03-04 11:57
Review: "Trick Roller" (Seven of Spades, #2) by Cordelia Kingsbridge
Trick Roller - Cordelia Kingsbridge

1st read: September 19th, 2018

1st reread: March 4th, 2019

 

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My initial rating was 4 stars, but I’m bumping it up to *5 stars* and put this book on my “favorites” shelf. This series just gets better and better with each reread.

 

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2019-02-26 18:35
Goalies aren't suppose to score much less get a 'hat trick'...
Hat Trick (Harrisburg Railers #8) - V.L. Locey,R.J. Scott

right? Well no one told this to Stan and he's about to score the 'Hat Trick' to end all 'Hat Tricks' but honestly it's not on the ice.

 

I adore Stan and Erik, along with Erik's son Noah and Stan's mom and sister the family they're creating is so much fun to spend time with but now with the ringing of a phone things are about to change in ways that neither Stan or Erik had anticipated...wanted but hadn't quite anticipated yet.

 

Stan's heading back to Russia to collect his cousin's orphaned children and bring them back to America to become a part of the 'someday' family that he and Erik want to have...only, someday maybe wasn't suppose to be quite so soon.

 

I loved how Stan and Erik just did this...there was no should we? shouldn't we? this is family and they need a home so yes, there were logistics to deal with but doing it, giving these two children a home was never a decision to be made but that's not to say that there weren't concerns...Stan's gay and he's in a relationship with a man...it's not a secret and Stan's heading back to Russia...not a great place to go if you're gay...but he knows people.

 

So while it's stressful for Stan having to go back to Russia and for Erik having the man he loves travel to a place that's maybe not the safest place for him to be on his own no matter how big of a bear he is. What there isn't is a lot of unnecessary drama...me likey! 

 

The focus of this story was Stan and Erik and while each man had their own pressure to deal with to make this happen they did it and they did it as a couple...no added drama or 'miscommunications' just a couple working together to make something that needed to happen...happen. Actually it wasn't even just a couple because Stan's mom was right there to do her part and Stan's sister totally stepped in to help as well because hey, this is what family does.

 

I adore this series it's just so easy to get into and as much as I love Stan and Erik or Ten and Mads, I'd love more about the other characters we've met as well...like...Layton and Adler, Trent and Dieter, Max and Ben or one of my other personal favorites Bryan and his tattoo artist Gatlin...more about any or all of these men would not be amiss in my world.

 

Sometimes it comes down to screw the angst and conflict and extra drama I just want something with characters who make me smile and stories that keep making me smile and leave me feeling like my world's a little bit of a better place and the 'Harrisburg Railers' do that for me.

 

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An ARC of 'Hat Trick' was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-09-22 16:01
Trick Roller (Seven of Spades #2)
Trick Roller - Cordelia Kingsbridge

Bumping this one to 5 stars too on the reread. Fantastic and I still have my theories but only time will tell if they are accurate!! Can't wait.

 

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Getting better and better. Loving this couple and these mysteries. ❤️

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review 2018-09-19 18:00
Review: “Trick Roller” (Seven of Spades, #2) by Cordelia Kingsbridge
Trick Roller - Cordelia Kingsbridge

 

~ 4.5 stars ~

 

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