Book Review: The Killing Game by The Black Rose

9780997947410Title: The Killing Game
Author: The Black Rose
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

A seductive story about corruption, sin, lust, and redemption. The series opens as Ives Andrich, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the FBI, is confronted with investigating the woman he has waited a lifetime to find. Because of her more than accurate novel about an Italian crime lord, the Bureau, against Ives’ wishes, asks for her help in infiltrating the internal organization of the nation’s most nefarious Mafia don. When the Bureau’s plan fails, and she becomes dangerously entangled in the private life of the United States’ most wanted criminal, Ives tolerance for Bureau mishaps vanishes. No holds barred, he puts everything on the line to save the woman he loves in the first book in The Killing Game Series, a suspense thriller series by The Black Rose.

The Killing Game is the first book in a crime / detective series, and it starts off the series with a bang. Ives Andrich, Special Agent of the New York Division of the FBI, is forced to investigate the woman who he has fallen in love with, Allina. More so, the Bureau asks her to infiltrate in the internal organization of a crime lord / mob boss, and when she does and becomes dangerously entangled in the web closing around her, Ives puts everything on the line to save the love of his life.

The book was quite long, at about 500 pages, so I had to read it in a few sittings, but nevertheless, it never felt like a long book. The pacing was fast, the writing excellent, the characters engaging, and I was drawn into the story from the start. The author did a stellar job turning Allina and Ives into well-rounded, three-dimensional characters with actual personalities. While each character, even the secondary ones, is crucial, has an unique personality and brings something of their own to the table, Allina and Ives are the two most intriguing characters.

There were so many twists I couldn’t even begin to describe them if I wanted to – which I don’t, because I don’t want to spoil things for you. But let’s say, this book has a lot of surprises! I’m looking forward to reading the second book.


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