Ace of Shades
Publication Date: 23rd April 2018
Harlequin Aus – Imprint of HarperCollins
RRP: $19.99 AUD
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 a 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.
I received an advanced copy of this novel from Harlequin Aus in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Ace of Shades was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 – I had seen it all over Instagram and Twitter and was dying to read it. I squealed when the ARC arrived in the mail – yes, I squealed – and it did not disappoint.
Ace of Shades is written from two POV – one from Enne, the well mannered young lady who would never get her hands dirty and the second POV is from Levi, the street Lord who is quite the opposite to Enne in every single way.
Enne and Levi are brought together in Enne’s search for her mother Lourdes who has gone missing in the City of Sin. Enne is in for a real surprise when she lands on the shores of the City and begins to learn she never really knew her mother at all.
A few times throughout the novel I found myself wanting to yell at both the main characters, they were equally immature in some of their choices and idiotically headstrong – however it did provide entertaining events.
What follows is an adventure, full of deceit, danger, the mafia and a little hint of romance.
I really liked that the romance was not a forefront theme within the book, we really don’t get much and I didn’t mind at all – I am a huge romance fan so this was surprising to me.
The book takes place over several days and it is a quite large book at over 400 pages, however it doesn’t feel it. Whilst it does take quite some time to get to the main focal point of the novel – I didn’t mind because I know there are to be two more novels to this story. Ace of Shades is only the beginning of this story.
There were definitely a few things I saw coming within this novel - the predictability of them was a bit of a bummer, but I am glad they occurred because it does provide an interesting set up for the next two books.
I however found myself pleasantly surprised by some of the events that occurred at the end of the novel. Enne and Levi surprised me and showed me that I don’t have them pinpointed down as correctly as I originally thought.
I thoroughly look forward the next two novels within this series, I am attached to the characters within this novel, not just Levi and Enne but also the friends they have and the ones they made along the way.
The game is far from over.