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Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice

Elle Cosimano delivers another winner!

Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Elle Cosimano

Pub Day: March 5, 2023

Hijinks, humor, henchmen, high-rollers, and heat! This one has it all!

I look forward to each new Finlay story, and this one did not disappoint! This is the fourth book in the series, and they do need to be read in order as parts of the storyline continue from book to book. This one picks up right where book three left off and sees Finlay, Vero, and the regular characters trek to Atlantic City to locate Vero's crush, Javi, who has been kidnapped, cut a deal with a loan shark, and locate a stolen car.

Finlay and Vero are two of my favorite characters across any genre, and their strong friendship, banter, and ability to roll with the chaos are unmatched. They are relatable, fun and funny. Cosimano writes witty dialogue for these two, and Vero always makes me laugh. They are quick-thinking and quick with one-liners, and I adore spending time with them!

Cosimano is an engaging writer whose bingable books are brimming with hilarious scenes while delivering solidly plotted mysteries. The comedy is a mix of silly and dark humor and laugh-out-loud funny. I enjoyed the Atlantic City setting, how the whole cast ended up there, and the ensuing misadventures from everyone being in such close quarters. This one also dials up the romance between Finlay and Nick.

The mystery is action-packed, suspenseful, and entertaining from start to finish. The resolution was satisfying, but then, oh my goodness, that very last twist! I cannot wait to see how that plays out in book five! I absolutely loved this!

Thank you to St.Martins Press and Minotaur Books for the free book!


My steep was Lemon Velvet from Sterling Tea

A rooibos with lemongrass, I drink this both hot and iced, and it's delicious either way!

Happy Leap Day, friends!



Finlay Donovan and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero are in sore need of a girls’ weekend away. They plan a trip to Atlantic City, but odds are―seeing as it’s actually a cover story to negotiate a deal with a dangerous loan shark, save Vero’s childhood crush Javi, and hunt down a stolen car―it won’t be all fun and games. When Finlay’s ex-husband Steven and her mother insist on tagging along too, Finlay and Vero suddenly have a few too many meddlesome passengers along for the ride.

Within hours of arriving in their seedy casino hotel, it becomes clear their rescue mission is going to be a bust. Javi’s kidnapper, Marco, refuses to negotiate, demanding payment in full in exchange for Javi’s life. But that’s not all―he insists on knowing the whereabouts of his missing nephew, Ike, who mysteriously disappeared. Unable to confess what really happened to Ike, Finlay and Vero are forced to come up with a new plan: sleuth out the location of Javi and the Aston Martin, then steal them both back.

But when they sneak into the loan shark’s suite to search for clues, they find more than they bargained for―Marco's already dead. They don’t have a clue who murdered him, only that they themselves have a very convincing motive. Then four members of the police department unexpectedly show up in town, also looking for Ike―and after Finlay's night with hot cop Nick at the police academy, he’s a little too eager to keep her close to his side.

If Finlay can juggle a jealous ex-husband, two precocious kids, her mother’s marital issues, a decomposing loan shark, and find Vero’s missing boyfriend, she might get out of Atlantic City in one piece. But will she fold under the pressure and come clean about the things she’s done, or be forced to double down?

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