The Losing Game by Lane Swift ~ Book Review by Karen

losing-game-coverTitle: The Losing Game

Author: Lane Swift

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/08/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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.

My View:

There is a review template here at Prism, and for every other review I have written I’ve gone through it logically, so that before I’m typing in my thoughts on the book I’ve already added the star rating and group.

Not today. Its been 3 days since I finished reading this book, and one many levels I thought it was fantastic, and on some others it frustrated me.

The writing is really good, the scene is set early very early on and there is a tension in the plot that works really well. The female characters are brilliant, diverse and not just add ons, In fact they all enhance the central relationship between Lucas and Dante beautifully.

Lucas and Dante, as individuals and as a couple had real depth, and this was mainly to do with how they interacted with the others in their lives. in particular Dante’s relationship with his adopted daughters really emphasises the kind and humane person he is, Dante has a very strong emotional life with friends and family although he has not had a lover for a long time. Lucas on the other hand  had his sister, Avery and Lily a work colleague. Lucas is very internalised as a character, and it is terrific to see him slowly come out of his grief.

All of the above made this a 5 star read for me.

But…the pacing of the first part of the book, which is delicate, scene setting and haunting versus the rather abrupt ending  was disconcerting, which alone was not a big thing.  Because of Lucas’ circumstances this was always going to have a sad feel, but at times for me the melancholy was too much. And just as it lifts, the book ends !

Now, while  I think that its testament to the quality of the writing that I felt so emotional reading this book, and it had such a powerful affect on me, personally I needed a little more happiness.

But overall a really beautifully written and different love story/ thriller, that perhaps may be balanced out by a sequel or coda ?


The Losing Game on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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