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Retro-Review: Murder Game by Christine Feehan

Posted September 20, 2017 by Casee in Reviews | 6 Comments

Retro-Review: Murder Game by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee
Murder Game (GhostWalkers, #7) by Christine Feehan
Series: GhostWalkers #7
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: December 30, 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 446
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four-stars

Return to the world of the GhostWalkers with “the queen of paranormal romance” (USA Today) as she raises the stakes in the ultimate game of love and death…

Games should be fun, but for two expert teams across the country, they’re murder – because the winning team is the one that gets the most kills. The participants in this violent challenge rumored to be GhostWalkers. And Kadan Montague isn’t happy about it.

Kadan is a GhostWalker and he’s determined to clear the GhostWalker name of the rumors. To do it, he’s going to need the help of psychic Tansy Meadows. But as soon as he sees her, he knows his mission will be more complicated than he imagined – and the “murder game” may not be at all what it seems.

*****As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews and posts that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.

Holly: Casee forced me to read introduced me to Christine Feehan forever and a day ago. She actually sent me the first 12 or so Dark novels and told me I had to read them. I remember thinking she was crazy after the first book, but by the 3rd I was hooked. I never really got into this series, but I know she still reads them.

This review was originally published on February 11, 2009

I’m a major Christine Feehan fangirl. The first paranormal I ever read was Dark Prince. I think I mention that every time I review a Christine Feehan book. I just can’t help it. I lurrrve her. Still I’m not sure how I feel about the couples in this series. They’re bona fide Lifemates, but without the blood and the chant/speech thing. There’s also no color-less world stuff. In actuality, the GhostWalkers are mortal. Still, each GhostWalker has been genetically linked to his/her “mate” by Dr. Peter Whitney. He reminds me of Walter Bishop from Fringe, but without the goodness. He only has the crazy.

Kadan goes to retrieve Tansy without any knowledge that she’s his genetic mate. I really don’t know what to call it other than that b/c it’s never really been specified. Anyhow, Kadan needs Tansy’s help in tracking down a group of GhostWalker killers. She’ll do anything to extract her, even if it means taking her by force. Of course that’s before he actually meets her and realizes who she is. After he realizes who she is, he’s determined not to use her, especially when he sees how using her gift affects her. Tansy won’t let Kadan shut her out, especially when he gives her a glimpse into the case.

Kadan has been around since the first GhostWalker book. I went back and re-read it. He was a bad mother-f-er back then and even more so now. Seeing his friends and colleagues die has made him harder (metaphorically of course) than ever. Suddenly he has this woman that for all intents and purposes, been made for him. Protecting her now comes before everything else, including finding out who is murdering GhostWalkers.

I liked Tansy. I really don’t like many CF heroines, but I liked her. When she ran head-first into danger, it was with the knowledge that what she was doing could kill her. And she wasn’t doing it b/c she was TSTL. She was doing it b/c she could save lives. The romance between Kadan and Tansy was hot, as CF’s romances usually are. I did get a little weary of reading 20 page sex scenes every 100 pages. Other than that, I have very few complaints.

This series is really good. I hope that she doesn’t continue it until it burns out.

4 out of 5.

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Review: Power Game by Christine Feehan

Posted February 3, 2017 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Power Game by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee
Power Game by Christine Feehan
Series: Ghost Walkers
Also in this series: Shadow Game
Published by Berkley Books
Publication Date: January 24th 2017
Pages: 464
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four-stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan is “one of the best storytellers around” (RT Book Reviews). Find out why as two lovers surrounded by greed and corruption discover there’s no telling whom you can trust—or who will come out on top...
When members of a United Nations joint security force are taken hostage by radical terrorists in Indonesia, Captain Ezekiel Fortunes is called to lead the rescue team. Part of a classified government experiment, Zeke is a supersoldier with enhanced abilities. He can see better and run faster than the enemy, disappear when necessary and hunt along any terrain. There are those in the world willing to do anything for power like that...
A formidable spy genetically engineered to hide in plain sight, Bellisia rarely meets a man who doesn’t want to control her or kill her. But Zeke is different. His gaze, his touch—they awaken feelings inside her that she never thought possible. He’s the kind of man she could settle down with—if she can keep him alive...

Bella has lived her life at the mercy of Peter Whitney. During a mission to discover if one of her fellow GhostWalkers is actually selling them out, Bella uncovers the unthinkable. Violet Smythe is trying to sell them out. Not only sell them out but eradicate them from the face of the earth. While that sounds laughable to Bella, Violet can certainly do it as Vice President of the United States. Bella knows that it is not going to be long before Violet is President. Then she will have access to almost all the GhostWalker records. With that knowledge, Bella escapes Whitney and heads to Louisiana, and the GhostWalkers that Violet wants to go after first.

Ezekiel Fortunes is someone whose temper runs hot. Literally. The only outlet he has is to fight. That and to keep his family safe. He is obsessed with safety. When he realizes someone has breached his security, he goes nuts. He has no idea how they have done it, but they have. He has no idea that it’s the very woman that he’s drawn to when he goes into the French Quarter for a fools’ errand by Nonny, the grandmother of their merry band.

Ezekiel is immediately drawn to Bella and he has no idea why. Then he does. She’s a GhostWalker and she is the one that has been circumventing his security. All Bella wants to do is help Ezekiel and leave. She wants to build herself some semblance of a life and keep out of Whitney’s hands. When she finds herself in a situation and has to help Ezekiel, he repays her by taking her captive.

That was heartbreaking. Bella truly believed that Ezekiel worked for Whitney. She gave up her potential freedom to help save his life. The sense of betrayal she felt was immense. You could literally feel it coming off the pages. Bella literally lived her life living in a cage and Ezekiel and his family captured Bella after she saved his life and threw her in a cage. It was heartbreaking.

Ezekiel was mad that she was put in a cage and immediately got her out (though the damage was done) and brought her into Nonny’s home. It was sweet to see how Bella took to being part of a family. Even though she had a family with her fellow GhostWalker sisters, it obviously wasn’t traditional. Ezekiel’s family isn’t traditional either, but Nonny definitely is and she tries to keep things as normal as possible.

Of course Violet comes after them again. Bella and Ezekiel have to work as a team along with their fellow GhostWalkers. Bella gets in trouble and she has to trust Ezekiel when she hasn’t trusted anyone in her life. It shows how far she has come in her relationship with him that she trusts him so much.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: Power Game by Christine Feehan

Posted January 17, 2017 by Casee in Promotions | 4 Comments

Power Game by Christine Feehan
Series: GhostWalkers
Also in this Series: Shadow Game, Mind Game, Night Game, Conspiracy Game, Deadly Game, Predatory Game, Murder Game, Street Game, Ruthless Game, Samurai Game, Viper Game, Spider Game.
Release Date: January 24, 2017.
Publisher: Berkley
Genres: Paranormal

When members of a United Nations joint security force are taken hostage by radical terrorists in Indonesia, Captain Ezekiel Fortunes is called to lead the rescue team. Part of a classified government experiment, Zeke is a supersoldier with enhanced abilities. He can see better and run faster than the enemy, disappear when necessary and hunt along any terrain. There are those in the world willing to do anything for power like that…

A formidable spy genetically engineered to hide in plain sight, Bellisia rarely meets a man who doesn’t want to control her or kill her. But Zeke is different. His gaze, his touch—they awaken feelings inside her that she never thought possible. He’s the kind of man she could settle down with—if she can keep him alive…

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He was a hunter first and always. That was bred in him. Enhanced in him. He could follow a trail better than almost anyone. Some said he had the eyes of an eagle and a sense of smell equal to a polar bear’s. It was close to the truth. Once he was set on a trail, few escaped him. Here, in the Quarter with the jazz players and the mimes and the street artists fighting for a small piece of the pie, it was more difficult to separate scents and spot the enemy.

Aromas from various small cafés and restaurants assailed him. Perfumes and the sweat of the street performers. The sweet smell of weed competed for space with tobacco. The river was close, and he could smell that and the ships that ran up and down it with their loads of cargo. The fish. The cars and horses. His mind processed it all, separating and cataloguing automatically.

The wind shifted minutely just as he was about to enter the store where Nonny bought all of her Cajun spices—at least the ones she didn’t make herself. The scent stopped him in his tracks and he whirled around, for the first time in his life losing focus on his primary mission. He had to track that scent. Turning away from the spice shop, he followed the wind up toward the street opposite the Café Du Monde.

Out in the open, away from the shelter of the buildings, the wind was capricious, blowing in small eddies, stopping and starting from a different direction. One moment it seemed to be coming off the river and the next it was down from the Café Du Monde. He didn’t stop moving, filled with a purpose he didn’t understand and therefore was leery of, but he knew he had to catch the scent again.

A small restaurant right on the corner was tucked into the space between two shops. Tables were on an outside balcony on the second story as well as a few on the street and more inside. A waitress laughed softly as she served two women what appeared to be strawberry lemonade and some fluffy pastry. The waitress was small and slight. Her hair was pulled back away from her face, hidden under a rolled handkerchief. Her accent was very Cajun, as if she’d been born on the bayou and stayed there growing up. Soft. Sexy. A slow drawl that crawled inside a man and wrapped itself tight until he couldn’t ever forget that sound.

More, for him, it was the elusive scent he couldn’t quite name. She smelled—delicious. Sexy. Everything her voice promised. He didn’t know how to saunter. To be casual. He didn’t date. He didn’t show interest in women. What was the use when he was a soldier? He was gone on a moment’s notice, and his woman would never know where he was. Still, knowing that, his feet refused to move and he simply stood there, inhaling her, taking the scent of her deep. It wasn’t as if she was strikingly beautiful. She was . . . nondescript. Hard to describe other than she was small. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her. The more he took her in, the more he saw of her. Why hadn’t he noticed her bone structure? It was amazing and her skin flawless. Like silk or satin. More, her skin appeared dew fresh, as if the morning mist had enveloped her and left her skin looking like the petals of Nonny’s exotic flowers.

The rolled handkerchief covered most of her hair, but the sun struck her at an angle and he could see the shine, gloriously blond, so pale it appeared to be like the finest vintage of a fine white wine. He instantly had the need to touch her skin, to bury his fingers in that thick mass of hair peeking out beneath the triangle of cloth. When he found he’d taken a step toward her, he forced himself to halt, his hands curling into two tight fists against his thigh.

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Review: Shadow Game by Christine Feehan

Posted July 20, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Shadow Game by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee
Shadow Game by Christine Feehan
Series: Ghost Walkers #1
Also in this series: Power Game
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: August 26th 2003
Pages: 352
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three-half-stars

The classified experiment is the brainchild of renowned scientist Peter Whitney and his brilliant daughter, Lily. Created to enhance the psychic abilities of an elite squadron, it can transform their natural mental powers into a unique military weapon. But something goes wrong. In the isolated underground labs, the men have been dying-victims of bizarre accidents. Captain Ryland Miller knows he is next. When Dr. Whitney himself is murdered, Ryland has only one person left to trust: the beautiful Lily. Possessed of an uncanny sixth sense herself, Lily shares Ryland's every new fear, every betrayal, every growing suspicion, and every passionate beat of the heart. Together, they will be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of her father's past…and closer to a secret that someone would kill to keep hidden.

I do so enjoy this series. I decided to re-read the entire series because I haven’t read the last few books in the series and when I read the blurbs, I was lost. The GhostWalker themselves branched out to several different groups and I thought it would be a good idea to start from the beginning so I wouldn’t be lost. I’m glad I did because I remembered why I liked this series so much. These are a tight knit group of men that would die and kill for each other.

Captain Ryland Miller and his men volunteered for Dr. Peter Whitney’s GhostWalker program to become better soldiers. Nothing more, nothing less. They wanted an edge on the enemy so they could help their country. They didn’t count on becoming lab rats, yet that is exactly what they have become. Psychically enhanced then separated from each other, the only way they can communicate is telepathically and even that proves to be difficult. Then Ryland meets the Lily, the other Dr. Whitney who has come in to consult on the GhostWalker project. Ryland knows if he and his men don’t get out of the lab, more of them will begin to disappear. He is sure that Lily is his answer.

Lily is appalled by the conditions in which the men are kept, but she knows it is necessary to protect their minds from the psychic backlash they will feel if they leave. Lily and Ryland soon discover that she is an anchor–someone that can shoulder the burden of the outside world from minds that can’t shield themselves. Lily herself is gifted, can read people and their emotions and soon realizes how deep the rot goes with the people involved in this project. She knows that she has to get the men out or they’re all dead.

Her father’s disappearance has left Lily adrift, but knowing that she has to protect these men from those who want them dead. The only safe haven for them is Lily’s home. It is there that Lily begins to discover that Peter Whitney is not the loving father that she’s always thought he was; in fact he’s not her real father at all. Nor is this his first experiment to test psychic abilities. Together, Ryland, Lily, and the other GhostWalkers start to unravel the true evil that is Peter Whitney while Lily tries to reconcile that man with the father she knew.

This is a fast paced read that will leave you wanting more. I thoroughly enjoyed this book the first time around and liked it even better the second time. If you like Christine Feehan, you will enjoy this look into a new series.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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Review: Ruthless Game by Christine Feehan

Posted December 23, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Casee‘s review of Ruthless Game (GhostWalkers, Book 9) by Christine Feehan.

Ghostwalker Kane Cannon is pure male—animalistic, sexual, protective, instinctive—and his past missions have prepared him for anything. But his newest assignment, to rescue hostages in Mexico , plunges him into a hot zone he never anticipated: the hiding place of Rose Patterson—fugitive, ex-lover, a fellow Ghostwalker pregnant with his child.

Rose is in flight from the insidious experiments that still live in her dreams, and from the madman who’d do anything to take her child. Of all the Ghostwalkers enlisted to hunt her down, Kane is the only one she can trust. But as their passion reignites, the stakes are raised. Because Kane is now a wanted man as well. And together they’re about to face the most desperate challenge of all: staying together and staying alive.

I just finished this book today and wanted to review it first thing. That is somewhat unusual these days because I tend to procrastinate when it comes to reviews. Usually I let it stew for a few days and something that really bugged me didn’t really bug me when I look at it from another perspective. That’s not going to happen in this case, so I thought what the hell? I might as well get all my bitterness out in the open.

Back in this WAYR post, I mentioned that the GhostWalkers are basically Carpathians, but they’re humans with psychic ability. The only thing we haven’t been informed of yet is that they live very long lives because of Peter Whitney’s experiments. I’m sure that will be coming any day. They’re hunted. They’re genetically matched with someone of the opposite gender against their will. They have to keep the differences about themselves a secret or they would be persecuted. They have spechual powers. The men are overbearing arseholes. The women are strong, but the sex is good so they stay. Are you catching my drift?

Rose is a special breed (haha-pun intended) of GhostWalker. She was put in Whitney’s breeding program because he’s a sociopathic weirdo who wants to breed the perfect super-solider. The man is completely off his rocker. He pairs Rose with Kane, letting Rose think it was her choice when in actuality he was pulling the strings the entire time. Rose didn’t realize it until later which makes the guilt she feels even worse. I don’t believe it was ever made clear exactly how Rose got away from Whitney, but she did escape. Pregnant with Kane’s child and determined to protect her baby.

Several months go by. Kane knows Rose is somewhere in the world, but doesn’t know where. He has been looking for her with no luck. When he goes into Mexico to retrieve some hostages with his team, he’s shocked to find that Rose is the informant. He immediately decides to take charge because that’s what men do. Kane had a serious hard-on about Rose doing anything other than what he considered appropriate for women to do. Probably knitting and wringing her hands while waiting for him to get home.

The woman he finds is not the same woman that he expects. Rose has been on her own for a long time and is used to protecting herself. Kane finds that utterly unacceptable while Rose finds his arrogance overbearing, but her happiness at seeing him again is overwhelming. So is the guilt since she knows that she is the one that is responsible for attaching him to her. She hasn’t figured out that it was all a part of Whitney’s diabolical plan.

This review is already too long as it is and we’re not even halfway through the book yet. Eventually Kane has to concede that Rose is capable of protecting herself and is a solider just like most GhostWalkers are. I just found his attitude intolerable. Insufferable. I don’t know how Rose could stand him. Yes, he was the father of her children. And there was the whole genetic thing. And the sex. Other than that, I would have kicked him to the curb.

One of the good things about the book (there were good things) was seeing Rose surrounded by Kane’s ragtag family. They all looked out for each other and they didn’t hesitate to take Rose in once they knew that she wasn’t going to kill Kane. That was really beautiful to see especially since Rose was such an outcast and not used to such closeness.

3 out of 5.

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