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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  57 reviews
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 orc
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Published September 1st 2019 by Bold Strokes Books
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Lex Kent
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars. This is a new series that takes place in the Cain universe. While Cain Casey is not in this book, her name is mentioned and other characters from her books like Remi and Dallas are in this. Even with this being in the Cain universe, you don’t have to read the Cain books before you read this. This is the first book in Vali’s Vegas Nights series so you are fine to start here.

I’m a Vali fan. I love her Cain, Remi and Sept books. I love that she writes so many books in the Cain universe
Jude in the Stars
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 witho ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reed is a self employed assassin. Raised by an addicted and neglectful mother until removed by the Nevada State, she grew up forgotten in a foster system that spit her out at the age of eighteen. Reed ditched her previous identity and started working towards complete independence from everyone and anything. After all, no one had ever helped her in life.

Brinley Myers moved to Las Vegas with her one year old son. Her previous partner cheated on her and that made her turn to an ill advised night w
Carolyn McBride
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am huge fan of Ali Vali, and I'm not sure if I like Sept or Cain better, but along comes another character to charm us in the form of Rebel/aka Reed. A hitwoman/thief with a heart of gold. And Brinley...the luckiest woman in Vegas!

The two of them captured me right from their first encounter, right along with Oscar.

This seems like a great beginning to another engaging series. I enjoyed Sept's tale, and Cain's, and I hope this one will be just as intense. If this first book is anything to go by
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the start of a new series with mobsters, now set in Las Vegas, very similar to the Cain Casey Saga set in New Orleans also from this author. On this occasion, the protagonists are Reed, a contract killer and a thief, a woman with no past because she has erased it completely since she has nothing good to remember about her childhood in the foster care sistem. And the other woman is Brinley, a single mother that wants to start anew in Las Vegas, fleeing from her abusive partner and his mot ...more
Just so you know from the beginning, I am an extreme Ali Vali fan. I have loved every single book I have read of hers, and I especially love the ‘Cain Casey’ and ‘Sept Savoie’ series, so when I heard that she was starting a new series based in Las Vegas, I was over-the-moon happy. After reading Double Crossed, I am still just as happy, if not more so.

For all of us die-hard Ali Vali/Cain Casey fans, this is the beginning of a great new series. We meet Reed Gable, a woman with a horrid past. She w
Karin A
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love books by Ali Vali. When the reading experience is over, I'm always sad. In this case, I was sad the listening experience was over. This book is narrated by Paige McKinney and she did a great job.

The plot of this book is, per usual for Vali, exquisite. It's not simple, you've got to keep your whits because again: there is a big sideshow in this book. There are characters from another series of Vali. I love those cross overs. If you're not familiar with those characters that isn't a proble
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
2.75 stars - I have to say this missed the mark for me. I had never read anything by this author before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I supposed it's my own fault for only skimming through the summary. When my brain registered "assassin" I automatically expected Reed to be kinda like Black Widow, and well. Let's be honest, those expectations were unrealistic.

Reed, a hit woman and thief, is hired to kill Brinley, an accountant working for the Moroccan Casino in Las Vegas. Refusing to shoot a
Welcome back, Ms. Vali.  I've missed you.

I haven't had a lot of luck with Vali's recent books and have struggled to finish them for a number of reasons.  It bothered me to no end as I really enjoy the Cain series and some of her earlier contemporary romances.    With Double-Crossed, I'm back in the Vali fold and found myself devouring the book over less than 24 hours (the dog was not happy to have her morning dog park visit delayed to an afternoon visit because I wanted to finish the book).  Is
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad girl falls for damsel and her toddler in distress, with lots of violence and heavy action. I am a Cain Casey fan and this series is definitely in line to be just as enthralling with a large cast of characters and some character carryover. Brinley Myers, a strong women and protective parent. I like how she evolved as the story unfolded. Reed Gable, hit women and thief. She does what she needs to do to survive. But is it the only way. The bad girl with an unsettling childhood presented in such ...more
Ali Vali used to be one of my go-to authors but I've been pretty disappointed with the last few I read. I got burned out on Cain, never connected to Remi, loved Sept but the romance part of Calling the Dead didn't do it for me. And my last venture at a stand-alone romance, The Romance Vote left me unsatisfied with the rushed ending. But I can't seem to stay away from Vali's work and thought Double-Crossed sounded interesting.

I got into it pretty quickly and there was definitely the feel of early
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Lexxi Kitty
For whatever reason, Ali Vali has been an author I’ve always enjoyed, but not one that I’ve gone out of my way to buy (at least the back catalog). I’ve read 10 books by them (including this one) and one short story. Except for one book I rated 3 stars, and one I DNF’d (heh, I’d thought I’d stopped that one because of the formatting, but looking at it again just now, I see I stopped that one because the melodramatic babbling got on my last nerve and I stopped reading at 34.24%), I’ve mostly rated ...more
Aleana Harris
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

I was really into this story but then it fell flat to me I get that you had to get the main characters to meet.

Reed had a tough childhood but it gave her the means of survival along with her friend Oscar she became a hit woman and thief.

Brinley is accountant with a one year old son name Finn she came to Vegas to get away from her ex when she get a job at Moroccan Casino where she and her emplo
2 Stars. This book was just okay, it dragged a lot. This book is about Reed Gable, a woman who works as a thief and assassin for the highest bidder in Las Vegas. When she is sent to kill Brinley Myers, an accountant for a casino, she cannot complete the task. Reed cannot kill a mother and decides to go against her employer and protect Brinley and find out why she was sent to kill her. They work together to try and take down the people trying to destroy her.

I found this book a little confusing.
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Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ali Vali could well be crowned the Mario Puzo of lesfic since she has a special affinity to Mob/Mafia series and admittedly does them really well. This one is the first of a new series.

Read the full review @
Colleen Corgel
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, f-f-romance, mystery
This one took me a while to read, which surprised me a bit. It doesn't really focus a lot on thief and hitman for hire, Reed, and her mark, Brinley. Instead Vali works hard to set up the movers and shakers of the Vegas underground, before a ton of action actually goes down. Of course, Reed's actions on a job sets off a domino effect that has the Mob families in charge of Las Vegas reeling. We see what the heads of families are doing in reaction to the killing of a prominent mobster, and the sche ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Stars

This is the first book in the Vegas Nights series by Ali Vali.

This book was pretty complex in reality. The whole money laundering storyline was top notch. It was the back and forth between the families as they put out hits on each other in retaliation which made this book sing. You can tell this book is female focuses since a lot of the important positions in it were filled by women instead of men. I could totally buy that scenario but what I found lacking was the whole lesbian romance.

Cathy Geha
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 fro
Woohoo! Ali Vali does it again! She has crafted another mind-blowing and captivating novel that has the perfect blend of new and beloved characters from her other books and I'm already a huge fan of the Vegas Nights series. By now, I'm pretty sure that everyone had to know this was coming but if you didn't, well here's my confession—I'm completely smitten with Reed and I feel as though I've cheated on the one and only, Cain Casey. Just when I thought that I would never have another fictional wif ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Tony Hisgett
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: review, thriller, lgbt
This book isn’t quite what the publicity blurb promises, it is really a vicious ‘Mob Soap Opera’ and the described relationship between Reed and Brinley is only a small part of the book. There is a tenuous tie-in with the Cain Casey books, but the Las Vegas gangsters aren’t nearly as interesting.

There is an intriguing, but difficult start to the book. During the first two chapters the author introduces what will be the two main characters, but she also mentions dozens of other people, there are
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reed Gable, thief and hit woman, is contracted to take out Brinley Myers, who happens to have just started a new life in Vegas to get away from from the druggie father of her one year old son. Brinley has been employed as an accountant at one the casinos when her manager asks her and her fellow colleague to audit the books, this leads them to discovering some anomalies in the ledgers and now that they've had access to the books potentially uncovered the casino's money laundering business, Brinle ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feelings about this one, I loved the early books in her Cain Casey series. But the last 2 or so I haven't even read cause I lost interest. I cannot even tell you why cause the storyline is interesting and I have a connection to the Cain and Emma, but maybe it was the over-exposure of other characters?

Which is also what put me off in this one as well...I expected to get a nice romance between bad girl hired contractor Reed and unsuspecting innocent single mom Brinley, but I got a story abou
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gambling, drugs and a hit woman sounds like a pretty big novel, and Ali Vali does well in delivering an interesting story.

Reed is the best hit woman in Vegas, but is this latest contract too much? Brinley is a brand new accountant thrown into the dirty books of a casino and finds herself in a tonne of trouble. Double crossing is just a part of a regular day.

What I liked was the attraction between Reed and Brinley. It seemed genuine but a bit light in developing the relationship.

As a con, it was
Miss R
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 sigh
Dr E
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Killing a cheating husband, you can agree with (in fiction), but the 19 year old, I found that hard to get past. This made it difficult to engage with one of the main characters of the book. I know it was integral to the plot development and the whole point of a contract killer is not being nice, but still it held be back from enjoying the story and the burgeoning romance. Likewise with the other character, starting an affair with a killer didn’t feel like a proper reaction to a death threat, es ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Guys, I just finished this book last night and I am going through serious withdrawls. I have to say, I am never gave this author a chance. I listened to two previous books on audio and I was underwhelmed. But!!! I am not re-evaluating my take on this author after this book.

First I sincerlery HOPE this is a series and that we do not have to wait ages for the next one to drop.

Now the book:

Crime families, mob wannabes, drugs, sex, theives, and my ultimate favorite, assasin (I have a soft spot fo
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
An honest review thanks to NetGalley. This was a great read by Vali, I loved Reed and it was amazing being able to walk into her life. I would recommend reading the Cain Casey series before this one as there are a lot of characters in the previous book. The only issue I had, which I have in a lot of Vali's books is that there was a lot of pages of dialogue with the mob characters. I found myself skipping through these pages to get back to Reed's story. If there was more of Reed I would have rate ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Double Crossed is a crime thriller and the first book in the Vegas Nights series. This is a great book with plenty of action set in “Sin City” Las Vegas.

The two main characters are Reed Gable and Brinley Myers. Reed is a thief and part time assassin for hire. She was a product of a broken foster system and had a very rough childhood. While part of the foster system, she met her best friend, Oscar, who becomes her partner in crime. Reed grew up on the streets of Vegas and knows the ins and out o
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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, and her 2017 release, Beauty and the Boss. Ali also has a novella in the collection Girls with Guns.
Originally from Cuba, Ali has retained much of her family's traditions an

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