Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow 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, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and 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.
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The more time Enne spends in the City of Sin, the harder it'll be for her to leave. The city has a way of ensnaring you with street lords and gangs. She holds on to her mother's rules about being a lady, but even Enne isn't impervious to the change New Reynes forces upon you.
Secrets about Enne's true identity start popping up and Levi finds himself being pulled towards her. She's a mystery and that intrigues him more than anything, but there's more to it than that. When the legendary (and believed to be only a myth) Shadow Games reveals itself, Enne and Levi realize how much they're going to need each other.
ACE OF SHADES is up there as one of the best of 2018. I really enjoyed the mysteriousness of everything and that it also alternates between Levi and Enne's POV. I love the innocence that Enne represents and how it doesn't make her weak. Instead, it makes her stronger. I really enjoyed watching Enne and Levi get closer and was intrigued at the day-by-day parts.
Final Verdict: This book is perfect for fans of fantasy, casinos, gangs, crime, and mystery. This is one to not miss out on.