Double-Crossed

Double-CrossedHit Woman And Thief Reed Gable Works For The Highest Bidder, No Matter Where The Job Takes Her An Orphan Of Circumstance, Reed Knows The Streets Of Las Vegas Better Than Anyone Growing Up Rough Has Gotten Her To The Top Of Her Profession, And She Plans To Stay ThereAccountant Brinley Myers, A Recent Hire At The Moroccan Casino, Discovers A Money Laundering Operation Orchestrated By The New York Mob And Suddenly Her Life And The People In It Become Collateral Damage Reed Has Brinley In Her Sights And Is Ready To Close The Contract When She Sees Brinley S Son In The Car With Her Even Hard Hearted Reed Can T Kill A Mother In Front Of Her Child Before Reed Can Come Up With A Plan To Finish The Job, She S Double Crossed It Ll Take All Her Street Smarts To Keep Herself, And Her Surprisingly Beautiful Mark, Alive

Ali Vali is the author of the long running Cain Casey Devil series and the Genesis Clan Forces series, as well as numerous standalone romances including two Lambda Literary Award finalists, Calling the Dead and Love Match, and her 2017 release, Beauty and the Boss Ali also has a novella in the collection Girls with Guns.Originally from Cuba, Ali has retained much of her family s traditions and language and uses them frequently in her stories Having her father read her stories and poetry before bed every night as a child infused her with a love of reading, which she carries till today Ali currently lives outside New Orleans, Louisiana, and she has discovered that living in Louisiana provides plenty of material to draw from in creating her novels and short stories.

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  • Double-Crossed
  • Ali Vali
  • English
  • 07 June 2017

10 thoughts on “Double-Crossed

  1. says:

    3.75 Stars This is a new series that takes place in the Cain universe While Cain Casey is not in this book, her name is mentioned and other characters from her books like Remi and Dallas are in this Even with this being in the Cain universe, you don t have to read the Cain books before you read this This is the first book in Vali s Vegas Nights series so you are fine to start here I m a Vali fan I love her Cain, Remi and Sept books I love that she writes so many books in the Cain universe 3.75 Stars This is a new series that takes place in the Cain universe While Cain Casey is not in this book, her name is mentioned and other characters from her books like Remi and Dallas are in this Even with this being in the Cain universe, you don t have to read the Cain books before you read this This is the first book in Vali s Vegas Nights series so you are fine to start here I m a Vali fan I love her Cain, Remi and Sept books I love that she writes so many books in the Cain universe since it s like seeing old friends And really no one writes such bad bad guys but also such likeable morally grey criminal main characters like Vali does This book stars Reed a fixer assassin and thief who completes a hit on someone and all hell breaks loose Can she and the people she loves get out of trouble in one piece I do have to admit I didn t like this as much as the Cain and Sept books I was completely entertained the whole time but I was not as invested as I normally am Having Remi in this book helped some but I didn t connect to the two mains as much as I was hoping I also found Reed to be a littlepassive than I wanted While Cain and Remi scheme like there is no tomorrow, they also get the job done themselves Reed was relyingon others to fix the mess she was in and for a hit woman that didn t seem badass enough I have my fingers crossed that I will growattached to Reed in the next book in this series.For your romance fans out there, there is a romance However, it is a slow moving romance that never builds up a ton of steam I understand why it is a slow romance, it had to be because of what happened, but I think it would have been better to let it developin the next book instead of rushing it at the end There are so many moving pieces in this book, Vali always carefully constructs a web of bad guys that she always does brilliantly, but there just wasn t enough time for the heat and chemistry between the two mains Behind every good Vail criminal is a strong partner to support and love them so again I m hopeful book two will help this couple get closer I do have to mention one of the mains is named Brinley I have to say I m not a fan of that name I was calling her Brinkley for all but the final two chapters when I finally noticed there was not K in her name I want to be clear, even with the issues I mentioned I still enjoyed this and was really entertained I m probably being over critical because I believe this book could have been at least 4.50 stars with some changes If you are a Vali fan I have no real doubt that you will enjoy this If you are new to Vali this isn t a bad place to start, just know that there are even better books of hers out there already An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

  2. says:

    I ll be the first to admit, I haven t always been the biggest fan of Ali Vali s works I ve never quite been able to put my finger on it, but after I got a few books into the Casey Cain series, I started to get burned out I never really connected to any of the characters in here latest stories either, and they ve just left me feeling blah I can t seem to stop trying though, and I m glad I gave her work another shot.Double Crossed seems to be the first in what will be the start of a new seri I ll be the first to admit, I haven t always been the biggest fan of Ali Vali s works I ve never quite been able to put my finger on it, but after I got a few books into the Casey Cain series, I started to get burned out I never really connected to any of the characters in here latest stories either, and they ve just left me feeling blah I can t seem to stop trying though, and I m glad I gave her work another shot.Double Crossed seems to be the first in what will be the start of a new series for Vali, but bits of it are set in the same universe as her Cain books, and has the feel of her early Cain books Tough bad girl falls for damsel in distress, lots of violence and action, etc For me, that s both good and bad While the early Cain books are some of the novels that I ve enjoyed most from Vali, the large ensemble cast of the Cain series and what I think this new novel is already becoming , is already starting to bother me, even in this first book in the series Unfortunately, with the introduction of numerous secondary characters, all with long and drawn out stories, really drew my focus away from the mains who are supposed to be at the center of the novel About halfway through this one, I already felt my interest starting to markedly drop and actually had to put down the book down for a bit and come back to it later so I wouldn t start skimming I personally read novels all the way through in one go, and since I read at a rate of about 1 book a day, when I say I have to put a book down, that s a pretty big deal That s a telling sign that I m likely not going to like the rest of the series.With all that said, there were elements of this that I truly enjoyed Vali has a knack for creating a bad girl main who you can really get behind and support If you re an avid Ali Vali reader, or you loved her Casey Cain stories, you ll like be very happy with this book since it appears to be in the same universe For Vali fans, I m sure this will be well worth the read For me, I can t rate it higher than 3.5 stars, and I m rounding down because I can t bring myself to hit the 4 star button.I also have to mention, I was a bit surprised to read a somewhat graphic m m scene in this book Not your normal inclusion in a f f story, and it wasn t something I wanted to read Personally, I prefer zero penis in my f f stories, even very little of the silicone kind Many thanks to Bold Strokes for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review

  3. says:

    Reed Gable is a thief and a hit woman but when her next contract would entail the death of a child, she just can t do it The next few days spent with the little boy and his mother lead her to rethink her life, a life she has chosen for no other reason than it allows her to survive There s a lothappening a war between Mob families, for instance, which is not surprising since the story is set in the Cain Casey universe but you ll need to read the book to find out I can t summarize witho Reed Gable is a thief and a hit woman but when her next contract would entail the death of a child, she just can t do it The next few days spent with the little boy and his mother lead her to rethink her life, a life she has chosen for no other reason than it allows her to survive There s a lothappening a war between Mob families, for instance, which is not surprising since the story is set in the Cain Casey universe but you ll need to read the book to find out I can t summarize without spoiling.A few pages in, I was convinced it was time to admit that Ali Vali s books are not for me I ve read a few and, apart from Carly s Sound, I haven t been able to relate to her universe Her writing is good, she s great at creating complex characters, it just doesn t work for me.Usually.I realized mid way that Reed was growing on me There are still some things I didn t entirely enjoy but I got rather invested in Reed s story and how she would deal with Brinley and her child I really liked Brinley s relationship with her mother, Reed s path to redemption in a twisted but believable way , Brinley s strength despite the tears And who wouldn t cry when faced with the situation she found herself in So I guess I m not ready to give up on Vali s books after all I m already looking forward to the next one in this new series I received a copy from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

  4. says:

    Reed is a self employed assassin Raised by an addicted and neglectful mother until removed by the Nevada State, she grew up forgotten in a foster system that spit her out at the age of eighteen Reed ditched her previous identity and started working towards complete independence from everyone and anything After all, no one had ever helped her in life Brinley Myers moved to Las Vegas with her one year old son Her previous partner cheated on her and that made her turn to an ill advised night w Reed is a self employed assassin Raised by an addicted and neglectful mother until removed by the Nevada State, she grew up forgotten in a foster system that spit her out at the age of eighteen Reed ditched her previous identity and started working towards complete independence from everyone and anything After all, no one had ever helped her in life Brinley Myers moved to Las Vegas with her one year old son Her previous partner cheated on her and that made her turn to an ill advised night with a man, leaving her pregnant with Finn and hounded by the man s family for money Getting a fresh start away from them took her to the Moroccan Casino s accounting department Soon, her life is upended when her employer takes out a contract on her Reed is in eventrouble as she struggles to eliminate an innocent person while getting caught in a war between the powerful mob families in Las Vegas Double crossed is a mob story with romance at the side Thirty percent into the tale, and the mains had not met yet There was a lot of mob family related dynamics that made this feel like a Joe Pesci movie Interesting if you are into it, but not so great for romance fans If you enjoyed the movie Casino , this will be enjoyable as well.I have to say, this book moved me in a few different ways It made me shake my head at how a child had to endure so much in life and get by with so little support It also made me question what I was reading when Reed simply committed a double murder The author even managed to evoke some sadness when Reed left an escort behind Ms Vali did a great job of conveying feelings, whether it was anger, greed, sadness, regret or loneliness.Reed isn t an easy to love character There was something about her not making excuses for her choices that made her a likable character in the end She openly admitted to Brinley how damaged she was How she was no better than the people who hired her to eliminate other individuals On the other side, Brinley falling in love with the person hired to kill her was crazy, but somehow Ms Vali makes it sound credible in some twisted way Still, the romance was lacking for me and while the ending clearly sets this as just the beginning of a series, I was not crazy about the choices the mains made However, I will read the next book and just accept the premise of the story and enjoy it for what it is, an intrigue thriller book Overall, a good mob related novel 4 starsARC generously provided to me by BSB via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    I am huge fan of Ali Vali, and I m not sure if I like Sept or Cain better, but along comes another character to charm us in the form of Rebel aka Reed A hitwoman thief with a heart of gold And Brinleythe luckiest woman in Vegas The two of them captured me right from their first encounter, right along with Oscar This seems like a great beginning to another engaging series I enjoyed Sept s tale, and Cain s, and I hope this one will be just as intense If this first book is anything to go by I am huge fan of Ali Vali, and I m not sure if I like Sept or Cain better, but along comes another character to charm us in the form of Rebel aka Reed A hitwoman thief with a heart of gold And Brinleythe luckiest woman in Vegas The two of them captured me right from their first encounter, right along with Oscar This seems like a great beginning to another engaging series I enjoyed Sept s tale, and Cain s, and I hope this one will be just as intense If this first book is anything to go by, hold on to your hats I will say this thoughthis book makes the Cain Casey series look like Romper Room There is violence, there is creative death and the streets might run with bloodwear gloves

  6. says:

    This is the start of a new series with mobsters, now set in Las Vegas, very similar to the Cain Casey Saga set in New Orleans also from this author On this occasion, the protagonists are Reed, a contract killer and a thief, a woman with no past because she has erased it completely since she has nothing good to remember about her childhood in the foster care sistem And the other woman is Brinley, a single mother that wants to start anew in Las Vegas, fleeing from her abusive partner and his mot This is the start of a new series with mobsters, now set in Las Vegas, very similar to the Cain Casey Saga set in New Orleans also from this author On this occasion, the protagonists are Reed, a contract killer and a thief, a woman with no past because she has erased it completely since she has nothing good to remember about her childhood in the foster care sistem And the other woman is Brinley, a single mother that wants to start anew in Las Vegas, fleeing from her abusive partner and his mother in law As is usual in this kind of plots, there are a lot of characters going around the story, several mob families with dark interests and with a lot of pending issues between them And when a simple case of removing some loose ends with an unexpected twist, tempest unleashes.In addition to the new members of the Las Vegas clans, some characters from the Cain Casey series also appear Somehow this new series will be tied with that of New Orleans, taking into account the way this chapter ends.As for the romance between Reed and Brinley, it seemed to me a little forced, really Not very chemistry between them and low intensity in their interactions.So this has been a good underworld action story, with a lot of bloody situations and vendetta, entertaining An advanced reading copy has been sent to me by the publisher Bold Strokes Books through Netgalley for my honest review

  7. says:

    Just so you know from the beginning, I am an extreme Ali Vali fan I have loved every single book I have read of hers, and I especially love the Cain Casey and Sept Savoie series, so when I heard that she was starting a new series based in Las Vegas, I was over the moon happy After reading Double Crossed, I am still just as happy, if notso.For all of us die hard Ali Vali Cain Casey fans, this is the beginning of a great new series We meet Reed Gable, a woman with a horrid past She w Just so you know from the beginning, I am an extreme Ali Vali fan I have loved every single book I have read of hers, and I especially love the Cain Casey and Sept Savoie series, so when I heard that she was starting a new series based in Las Vegas, I was over the moon happy After reading Double Crossed, I am still just as happy, if notso.For all of us die hard Ali Vali Cain Casey fans, this is the beginning of a great new series We meet Reed Gable, a woman with a horrid past She was put in the foster care and group home system at the age of five, where she quickly learned that she could count on no one but herself As an adult Reed became a hit woman, stealing and killing for those who hire her She relies heavily on her sidekick and back up, Oscar, her only friend from her childhood She kills without mercy until the day she finally reaches the one line she will not cross That s the day she meets Brinley Myers, the woman she has been contracted to kill When she sees that Brinley is the mother of a young son who is with her at the time of their first contact , she balks, but Brinley has already seen her and realizes what she is there for But Reed s past might be Brinley s only chance for a future Thus begins a complex and compelling tale that had me on the edge from the first page to the last.This is also the story of mobsters, several family groups loosely connected to a major New York mob, with each family group trying to capture as much Vegas territory as they can We also get to see the Jatibon family from the Cain Casey series again since they are in Vegas with their own business Though they are secondary characters in this book, it looks like we may seeof them in this series I hope so, anyway.There is violence in this book, and lots of killing, but there is also romance, love, and the beginning of a great new reading adventure I can t wait to readof this intriguing story.I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review

  8. says:

    2.75 stars I have to say this missed the mark for me I had never read anything by this author before, so I wasn t sure what to expect I supposed it s my own fault for only skimming through the summary When my brain registered assassin I automatically expected Reed to be kinda like Black Widow, and well Let s be honest, those expectations were unrealistic Reed, a hit woman and thief, is hired to kill Brinley, an accountant working for the Moroccan Casino in Las Vegas Refusing to shoot a 2.75 stars I have to say this missed the mark for me I had never read anything by this author before, so I wasn t sure what to expect I supposed it s my own fault for only skimming through the summary When my brain registered assassin I automatically expected Reed to be kinda like Black Widow, and well Let s be honest, those expectations were unrealistic Reed, a hit woman and thief, is hired to kill Brinley, an accountant working for the Moroccan Casino in Las Vegas Refusing to shoot an innocent woman in front of her child, Reed fakes their deaths and keeps them safe until she can be sure nobody s going to come finish the job Reed was hired to do.The thing is, I really enjoyed the storyline and the writing is good It could have been a really fun, action packed novel, but there were so many characters with detailed backstories and all related to different mob families, that I kept zoning out Halfway through, I starting skim reading whenever Reed Brinley wasn t in the scenes Maybe that s because I wasn t familiar with the universe this book is set in, but it definitely impacted my enjoyment of this novel.I have to mention, if you don t want to read about m f and m m sexual activities, I d definitely skip this one I was given an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

  9. says:

    Welcome back, Ms Vali I ve missed you.I haven t had a lot of luck with Vali s recent books and have struggled to finish them for a number of reasons It bothered me to no end as I really enjoy the Cain series and some of her earlier contemporary romances With Double Crossed, I m back in the Vali fold and found myself devouring the book over less than 24 hours the dog was not happy to have her morning dog park visit delayed to an afternoon visit because I wanted to finish the book Is Welcome back, Ms Vali I ve missed you.I haven t had a lot of luck with Vali s recent books and have struggled to finish them for a number of reasons It bothered me to no end as I really enjoy the Cain series and some of her earlier contemporary romances With Double Crossed, I m back in the Vali fold and found myself devouring the book over less than 24 hours the dog was not happy to have her morning dog park visit delayed to an afternoon visit because I wanted to finish the book Is the book perfect no Did I enjoy the heck out of reading it hell yeah.In Double Crossed, Vali is back to what I think she does best bad girls This isof a suspense crime novel than a romance although, there is a romance that is kind of inevitable but doesn t have the sweeping intensity of the Cain Emma pairing As the title suggests, this is a book full of conspiracy and double crossings So much so that at times, I found it a bit exhausting to keep up with all the shenanigans who was plotting what with who and planning to screw over which family for what reason There were a ton of mobsters and their families in this one and I think if the plot and characters were tightened a bit , this would have hit a five star rating for me as it was, things got a bit convoluted as I tried to keep too many characters who kept popping up and their motivations and end games straight.Reed Gable, a thief and contract killer, is hired to dispose of a philandering husband in as humiliating a way as possible by his angry wife and mob daughter From this point on, a number of seemingly unrelated events involving money laundering, corrupt casino managers and several mob families conspire to put Reed onto another contract to dispose of an auditor who may have dug a little too deep into the books Faced with the task of having to kill a young mother, Brinley Myers, and her one year old son, what s a hardened contract killer to do Vali seems to have a particular talent in making bad girls into heroes Reed is a great example Unlike Cain, who inherits the top spot of a crime family and manages to expand it through some pretty ruthless tactics , Reed has a pretty shitty past and isof a self made woman that gets the job done just as ruthlessly She s good at what she does and doesn t regret the choices that she s made and despite what she does at the start of the novel with the cheating husband and his girlfriend, she does have a limit which is lucky for Brinley Brinley, is a pretty resourceful person in her own right she s made some bad decisions but has moved on, making the best of things There s just the right amount of backstory for both Reed and Brinley Vali doesn t go for over the top angst as she gives a bit of rationale for Reed s actions and decisions and even Brinley s character doesn t dwell obsessively over the past I liked them both The romance is almost secondary to everything else that is going on it could easily be put down to Stockholm Syndrome as Reed has Brinley stashed away in a hideout while she tries to sort out the mess, but I think there s enough there to make the relationship believable or maybe there s just so much other shit going on that you are desperate to latch onto anything that doesn t have corruption and greed at the heart of it.Remi and Mano Jatibon make an appearance which makes sense as one of their assets is the Gemini casino in Vegas They seemed to be the only rational mobsters in the city It was nice to see them out from under the shadow of Cain and working on their own business dealings and I m kind of hoping that weof them and Reed and Brinley At one point I had a sinking feeling and a little bit of anticipation that this was going to be an ongoing series I was horrified that I d come up the end with a massive cliffhanger, but also really happy to anticipateof Reed and Brinley and the goings on in Las Vegas Happily, the book buttons up most of the loose ends and can stand on its own no cliffhanger that will have me waiting a year orto find out what comes next Evenhappily, I can easily see Vali writing another book with either these characters or at least set in Vegas It will make a nice counterpoint to the New Orleans based series, give Remi and Mano a chance to stretch their influence and give readers a new setting and great new cast of characters This is a good crime and suspense story with a little bit of romance to offset things There s a pretty gritty undertone and there s no shortage of violence, corruption and greed and stupidity when it comes to greed By the end of the book, there s a pretty high body count and one of the protagonists is a contract killer with a fair bit of blood on her hands Despite that or maybe because of that it was a fun read and a very welcome addition to Ms Vali s bad girl oeuvre Recommended especially if you liked the Cain series

  10. says:

    Bad girl falls for damsel and her toddler in distress, with lots of violence and heavy action I am a Cain Casey fan and this series is definitely in line to be just as enthralling with a large cast of characters and some character carryover Brinley Myers, a strong women and protective parent I like how she evolved as the story unfolded Reed Gable, hit women and thief She does what she needs to do to survive But is it the only way The bad girl with an unsettling childhood presented in such Bad girl falls for damsel and her toddler in distress, with lots of violence and heavy action I am a Cain Casey fan and this series is definitely in line to be just as enthralling with a large cast of characters and some character carryover Brinley Myers, a strong women and protective parent I like how she evolved as the story unfolded Reed Gable, hit women and thief She does what she needs to do to survive But is it the only way The bad girl with an unsettling childhood presented in such a way that it is difficult to not cheer for her I look forward to reading the next book in the series.ARC provided by Bold Strokes Books, Inc via NetGalley with thanks

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