Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Review: THE LOSING GAME by Lane Swift

Lane Swift - The Losing Game

Author: Lane Swift
Release Date: August 8 2016
Length: 73,000 words

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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.

Carra's Review

The Losing Game is one of those stories where I'm not quite sure what I think about it now that I'm done.  It does have a heavy dose of suspense, and the story focuses primarily on the aspect of Lucas stalking Shaw as he waits for his chance at revenge while Dante tries to keep up with him to make sure he doesn't do anything stupid.  At times the pace felt a bit slow for me, but I was still able to finish this story pretty quickly.

As far as the romance between Lucas and Dante goes, I didn't really feel a connection between them like I'd normally expect given the intensity of the situation they were in.  It just felt a bit forced to me, especially with as short of a time that they've known each other.  I had a hard time visualizing them as well-especially Dante, who I didn't really warm up to at any point in the story.

I did like the secondary characters, especially Avery.  I thought all the women featured in this story helped to balance out the darker feel of the story with their more positive outlooks and personalities.

If you're a fan of the suspense and don't mind the constant unsure state of your main characters. The Losing Game will definitely appeal to you.  This story is meant for readers 18+ for the adult language and M/M sexual content, but honestly the concentration of the plot rests more on the side of the revenge angle, and not too much on the romance.   

Author Bio

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.

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