Reckless Roulette, The Elite #1 by Alice Winters

Part of a multi-author series, Reckless Roulette kicks things off in style.

From the blurb:

Seven days until game over.


Kade has seven days left to live… unless I do something about it. I am one of the best assassins around, after all. But… I’m not sure I exactly care what happens to Kade. He’s rude, only cares about himself and his casino, and did I mention he doesn’t know a single thing about video games?

Okay, okay. Maybe that’s not enough of a reason to watch him dash headlong into danger while I kick back and enjoy the show.

It’s kind of fun though.

Now I know what you’re thinking… doesn’t that make me the selfish one? See, I don’t mind helping people—it’s kind of my thing. But the ones I help aren’t anything like Kade. They’re people who have nothing left yet are willing to go to great lengths to save those they love, even at the cost of losing themselves. Still, maybe Kade can show me that beneath his icy exterior is a man worth saving. A man worth loving. And maybe even a man worth risking everything for.

Issue is… he only has seven days to do it.

Jacquie's Review:

Reckless Roulette is a quick read with a grumpy/sunshine pairing, morally gray characters, and a whole lot of violence. No, really, there's a lot of bad guys fighting and being ended, so if that's an issue for you, then it might be best to skip it.

Honestly, it took me a while to warm up to Kade, he doesn't evoke a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings until later, when you get to see what is underneath that prickly exterior. 

Len, I liked immediately. I kind of see him as a less chaotic version of Leland, who I adore. Len has some serious issues, but he's also able to still be kind.

Slow burn with a satisfying ending. While there is some humor, there's not the same level as usual Alice Winters books, being that it is more subdued. It feels different from the others.

I'm interested to see where Anonymous ties in to the other books of the series and if these characters will make cameos, or if they are completely standalones.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Janet's Review:

Reckless Roulette is the first in an exciting multi-author new series, The Elite. Kade is given a week to sell his hotel or forfeit his life. His only friend recommends a hitman named Len. But Len needs to meet him first and unfortunately for Kade, he makes a horrible first impression on Len. 

Kade and Len make the perfect grumpy/sunshine pairing. I loved Len but Kade was kind of a jerk. The main and secondary characters are great. Len is a fun character. 

It’s on the shorter side, a quick fun read with some action, and quirky characters. Overall, highly enjoyable read. Well written with fast pacing that kept me turning the pages.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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