Hit 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 there.
Accountant 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 those 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 both her, and her surprisingly beautiful mark, alive.
About the Author
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. 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Double-Crossed was a crime story about the dirty and dangerous business of the mob and all those that were involved with them. Respect and loyalty were rewarded while betrayal and being double crossed were punished in a rather swift and permanent manner. Rebel Jones was only five years old when she was placed in the foster care system after her mother overdosed. When she was 18, she was released from the system but soon found herself doing 4 years in prison for robbery; prison taught her how to become a better thief. After her release, Reed became a very successful thief in Las Vegas and an occasional hired killer if the price was right. Brinley was a young mother with a one year old who took a job as an accountant at one of the local casinos and unbeknownst to her controlled by the mob. She started to put her life together after a difficult past few years, but found her and her son’s life in danger by the same people who employed her. When Reed and Brinley’s worlds collided, the outcome was not what either one of them expected and the danger for both of them intensified. With a slew of characters in this story, there was always something going on and initially it was hard to keep track of these characters and how they were connected either by association or family ties. But once the story evolved, the connections became clearer with who was involved in the usual mob related crimes like money laundering, revenge killing or killing to silence someone, drug trafficking, and mob wars. There was also the softer side of the mob life where family was concerned and some tried to maintain a semblance of normalcy for their children. There were some parts, however, that were difficult to read especially when innocent lives were taken, but it was the reality of this world and couldn’t be ignored. I liked how the author slowly allowed Brinley to see the real Reed and come to understand her life choices and the circumstances that made her that way. It was also interesting how the author developed the relationship between Reed and her friend from foster care, Oscar, and how they too bonded by circumstance and the will to survive. These relationships were well executed and written and gave the storyline a compassionate element in an otherwise violent and stoical environment. If you enjoy anything mob/crime related then Double-Crossed will definitely be worth the read.
Double Crossed by Ali Vali Las Vegas Nights #1 Reed Gamble and her friend Oscar had a hard childhood. They have stayed together through it all and established a lucrative business taking things. Sometimes those things are the lives of people but usually take things instead of lives. One day Reed’s moral compass is tweaked and she makes a decision she then needs to deal with. What was that decision? Not to fulfill the contract to kill… Brinley Myers…. Brinley is a single mother who has just moved from Louisiana to Las Vegas hoping to make more of her life while getting away from the biological father of her son. Landing in a plummy job that will provide well for her and Flynn she settles in and begins an audit for the casino she just started working for. Little did she know that the job, the audit or something else would put her in the cross hairs of… Reed Gamble… This was an intense action-packed story that might have some questioning what Reed and Brinley could possibly have in common or find to admire in one another. And yet, I could see how the two might gravitate to one another. Reed was a person true to her friends and evidently had hard boundaries she learned about in this story. This book had more than one mafia family, plenty of intrigue, a succession of murders and eventually a HEA for Brinley and Reed. I now wonder if Oscar or someone else will star in book two of the series. Thank you to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
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 lot more happening (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.