Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.
Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…
And she’ll need to play.
When I saw the book for the first time, it was before the cover was even revealed. I was unsure if I wanted to read it. Once the cover was revealed and I read Take a Card and Stake Your Soul, it told me that I had to read it. There was something telling me that it was going to be worth reading. However, I don’t believe I found what I was looking for even though the story was still interesting enough.
Although the story was interesting, I always felt there was something that wasn’t just clicking with me and I couldn’t figure out what it was. There was just something that felt a little bit off for most of the book. Regardless, there was something in the book that also kept pushing me to go forward. It was a bit of mix somehow.
The only part I really liked in the story was the world building and the bits of magic. It was pretty interesting and I kept wanting to know more about how everything works. The different jobs and gangs and items were different and not usually seen in other books and I hope to see more of it in the next book as well. All in all, I felt that Ace of Shades missed something, but it was still pretty good overall.