Book: The Losing Game
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: August 8, 2016
Length: 247 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Winchester Crown Court, October 2035: Richard Shaw leaves, a free man.
Grief-stricken and angry, Lucas Green is hell-bent on revenge against Richard Shaw, who killed his sister. Lucas has heard of a man who can help—the handsome and urbane owner of a boutique sex shop with a head for planning crimes. But Dante Okoro has a past he’s desperate to keep buried. Though Lucas piques his interest in more ways than one, Dante turns him away. Still, he wonders if he made the right decision….
An unexpected death brings Dante and Lucas together once more. This time they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. But courting a lover with lies is a dangerous game. Dante has been spying on Lucas, convinced he has plans to kill Shaw. Lucas has been spying on Shaw, waiting for the right moment to strike. If Dante admits his suspicions to Lucas, he’ll surely lose him. If he doesn’t, Lucas might do something reckless—and end up losing everything.
The Losing Game is the first time I’ve read Lane Swift. Always interesting and a little scary to read a new author. The synopsis and cover of this book were intriguing and it immediately pulled me in. I wanted to read this exciting story.
From the prologue we get a good idea about Dante and the skills he has along with one of his daughters. I instantly was on board with the whole thing. I was so eager to see where it was going.
When we are introduced to Lucas he’s a shattered man hell-bent on revenge for the careless murder of his sister. When a mutual friend of Lucas and Dante’s thrusts them together it’s with a great misunderstanding. Lucas wants to murder a man and wants Dante’s help and Dante is so confused as to why he was sent to him.
So, we follow this story of these two guys and Avery, and all the people in their lives. Building toward what exactly I’m not even sure. At least for a while I wasn’t. The story took a little long to get moving for me and I felt it dragged in a lot of places. I was well into the book before it actually picked up. It was 50% in when things started to manifest into what was going to happen and how the ending will be defined.
Not that it’s a bad thing. We get a good inside look at Dante and his life along with Lucas’s as well. Things that, at the time, I felt were weighing down the story. I found it valuable when the book picks up. It basically gives you better insight.
I did enjoy it once I got really into it I just wish it didn’t take me as long and I’m not sure if it’s a personal issue or if it was the flow that was the issue for me.
It’s a deep and quite emotional story which surprised me as well. I was so sad for a good portion of this book so there is absolutely angst in this.
If you are a fan of angst and deep characters then this is absolutely for you 100%. Lane didn’t falter at all with the characters and the emotion!
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