If you’re looking for a bit of a mystery/suspense with a romance mixed in, this is a good choice! The Losing Game was an enjoyable read that kept my attention between the mystery of the story and the romance side!
Release Date: August 8 2016
Length: 73,000 words
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.
3.5 – 4 Stars
The Losing Game was a very different read for me, but it was one that I enjoyed. There are a lot of layers to story, there’s mystery and revenge and yes romance too. The characters are deep and I found myself attached them right from the start.
Lucas Green is a man still struggling with the loss of his sister, who was a victim of a hit and run where the driver got off easy. The pain of losing her is a big part of his life and he wants revenge. A conversation with a friend points him in the direction of Dante Okoro. Their meeting doesn’t go as either man planned and involves misunderstandings, but there is something between these two right from the start. A revenge plot, secrets, and a budding romance all follow for Dante and Lucas.
There is a lot of push and pull between these two and as their relationship grows so do the secrets between them. While they are attracted to each other and they know there is that something between them, they still struggle with the reality of the situations they find themselves in. (While the blurb does a good job setting up the story, I’m trying not to reveal the real mystery in the story)
I loved the protective nature Dante has towards Lucas, even right from the beginning. That was one of my favorite things in this book. He wants to protect him, physically and emotionally. Again, I say this was a bit different as the heat in this book is very low, but the story is strong and the connection is strong. It’s more about the journey to what could be and the reality of the choices these men make, is revenge worth it, how far is too far to protect someone. I enjoyed that very much while reading
The Losing Game was one of those stories that captured my attention and kept it throughout the whole story. I enjoyed the different levels of this book and surprises that got me too.I definitely hope there is more for Dante and Lucas, I would love to see this story continue!
Lane Swift is a fiction writer, mainly of contemporary romance, sometimes featuring a mild dash of paranormal.
She lives by the sea in Hampshire, England, with her husband, two children and two guinea pigs, and can often be found at her beach hut, imbibing coffee and dreaming up happy-ever-afters for her heroes and heroines.
Over the years, she’s worked as a waitress, a lab technician, a science teacher and a telecommunications consultant. She’s also played women’s rugby, climbed one mountain and run one marathon, but has never managed to learn how to whistle.