Double Down by Alessandra Torre ~ Sarah A’s Review

The stunning conclusion to the All In Duet…

In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man… and I fell for him.

I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way.

I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death.

*Note, this book is the second and final book in the All In Duet. It should be read After Even Money.*

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If I thought Even Money was an intense thrill-ride, I have no idea how to classify Double Down. The book picked up right where book one left off and ran full-steam ahead. The action continued to ramp up until there was nothing left but for the entire thing to fly off the rails and leave no one unscathed. The fever pitch with which this book moved left me reeling when it was all said and done.

Bell and Dario and their seemingly mismatched dynamic continued to fascinate me in this book. They were so different; Dario, ordered, in control, dominating, while Bell was more of an independent free-spirit. I loved how they challenged one another when it was appropriate, but still knew when to acquiesce to each other’s insecurities.

While Even Money showcased the shine and polish of Vegas, with subtle hints to the seedy underbelly of the city, Double Down lived in that underbelly, with little concern with the façade Vegas presents to its admirers. It unraveled decades of treachery and lies, exposing the horrors that laid waiting to be unearthed.

Double Down was such a compelling ending to this fabulous duet. I was swept up in the suspense and trying to tie all the loose ends into a finished product, but there are still some ends that refused to be bound, which gave the book a feeling of reality. I am wholly satisfied with the story we got and the state of Bell and Dario’s relationship, but I’m sure I’ll be thinking about the unfinished parts for a while. I feel like I could live in this world for several more books and still have a desperate need to know more, as it’s just that intriguing.

The only wish I had for this book was what seemed to be a pretty significant continuity error. All mentions of Claudia’s disappearance by law enforcement said she’d been gone for two years, but when she spoke of it, she said she’d been put in a cell by Robert four years earlier. I’m sure the two years is right, and I have no idea where the four years came from.

Double Down is the second and final book in Alessandra Torre’s All In duet. These books form one complete story and must be read in order. Double Down is written in both first-person and third-person limited perspective. Bell’s passages are written in first-person, while all other voices are written in third.

Alessandra Torre has won herself a reader for life with this duet. I was so drawn in by her writing, enamored by her storytelling, consumed by her characterizations, I can’t imagine letting another of her releases pass me by.

Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes.

I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless sex.
He owned half of Vegas and had the reputation to match.

I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer.

Then, the lies started.
Rumors spread.
Stalking commenced.
And someone died.

None of it stopped me from falling in love.

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Her new release, The Ghostwriter, is available now!
Additional pseudonym: AR Torre

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