Street Game by Christine Feehan
Series: GhostWalkers #8
Also in this series: Predatory Game, Ruthless Game, Shadow Game, Power Game, Murder Game, Covert Game, Toxic Game, Phantom Game
Publication Date: December 29, 2009
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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For Mack McKinley and his team of GhostWalker killing machines, urban warfare is an art. But despite a hard-won knowledge of the San Francisco streets, Mack knows from experience that too many things can still go wrong. Danger was just another part of the game - and now he's come face-to-face with a woman who can play just as tough.
She's Jaimie, a woman with a sapphire stare so potent it can destroy a man. Years ago she and Mack had a history - volatile, erotic and electric. Then she vanished. But now she's walked back into Mack's life again, as a spy with more secrets than are good for her. Against all odds, she's hooking up with Mack one more time to take on an enemy that could destroy them both, or bring them back together in one hot, no-holds-barred adrenaline rush.
It’s official. I’m done with Christine Feehan. By done I mean that I mean she’s gone to the “Get at Library” list. Her Carpathian series has gotten repetitive. Really, at 20 books how can you keep it fresh? The GhostWalker series has stayed fresh for the most part. Until Street Game. She’s turned this series into the Carpathian series without the Carpathians. The GhostWalkers can do everything Carpathians can do plus they can be out in the sun. They can talk telepathically, teleport, see through walls, etc.
Good Lord was this book wordy. 448 pages and 150 of them were about encryption, fail safes, virtual back doors, and hacking. It read as an ‘IT For Dummies’ manual. Even if I wasn’t an IT analyst, I’ve seen Hackers. So I mostly skimmed those parts. Holly said that CF has always been wordy, but it was her sex scenes that were wordy. Now she just puts crap in there as a filler that isn’t even necessary.
Jaimie (who doesn’t have a last name as far as I know) left Mack b/c he loved his work more than he loved her. Mack was filled with manly pride and didn’t go after her. He thought that she would realize that she couldn’t live without him and come crawling back. What is it with CF’s heroes? They are all such asses. Mack is no exception. He unabashedly uses Jaimie for her psychic talents. He knows the affect it has on her, but is arrogantly certain that she will be fine if he’s watching over her. It was ridiculous.
Jaimie is really no better. I do give her props for leaving—and staying away—from Mack for as long as she did. She wouldn’t even have been back in her life is he wasn’t led there. Other than that, I found her lack of spine inexcusable. She let these men back into her life when she tried so hard to make a life for herself. In her own way she continued to help the people she considers her family, but that was the extent of it.
The bottom line between these two is that Jaimie wants Mack to be someone he’s not and Mack wants Jaimie to be someone she’s not. But the sex is really good so it’s worth it.
The overall storyline didn’t really advance either. Peter Whitney is still evil and mad as a hatter. He thinks of the GhostWalkers as his own personal puppets. No one but him can hurt them. The only thing I found remotely interesting about this book was getting to know more about the GhostWalker Violet. Is she good? Is she bad? Honestly, I don’t know if I care enough to find out.
Rating: 2.75 out of 5.