Viper Game by Christine Feehan – Dual Review and Giveaway
Ghostwalker series – Book # 11
by Christine Feehan
Genre: adult, contemporary, paranormal, romance
Release Date: January 27, 2015, Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / The Book Depository / BAM
GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead—or to whom.
The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she’s desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined—where desire is the deadliest poison of all.
Viper Game by Christine Feehan is the 11th book in her wonderful GhostWalker series. We have been waiting a long time to get Wyatt’s story, and it was worth the wait; even though there are many more Ghost Walkers we can’t wait to read about. This is a typical Christine Feehan story, with a bit of everything from romance, suspense, danger, action-packed excitement, hot hot men, and on top of all that a couple that sizzles all throughout the book. Make no mistake, Viper Game is sexy as hell.
Wyatt Fontenot is Gator’s brother, and though I loved Wyatt, no one can touch Gator. But this is Wyatt’s book and the story starts with him coming home to the swamp with his two friends to help his Grandmere. It seems that that something is going on nearby in a private building that is gated and tightly guarded.
When Wyatt returns with his friends after checking out the building beyond the swamp, he meets our heroine, Pepper, under difficult circumstances. Thinking his Grandmere was in danger, Wyatt makes a move that causes Pepper to get hurt trying to save him from an unlikely source.
What follows is an awesome story about another one of Peter Whitney’s devious attempts at creating super soldiers, and his using children, even babies to create poisonous vipers. It doesn’t take long for Wyatt to know that Pepper is his mate, even if she is too afraid to commit to anyone, knowing how dangerous she is. Pepper’s skill is different, and very lethal, as it did put an interesting twist into the story, especially effecting all the guys. The storyline with the babies also makes this a good story in a fight to save the baby, and the other two babies still at the compound.
I do not want to give spoilers, as a lot happens. Just know that Wyatt and Pepper scorch the pages. I thought Wyatt was a bit too rough, and angry with Pepper, which did turn me off at times. With that said, you need to read the story to understand why. The last half of the book was filled with so much action, and intense excitement. I really liked Wyatt’s team, especially Trap, who we know will be getting his own book, if not next, sometime in the future. I wish we could have seen Gator and Flame, but it didn’t happen. However, Wyatt and Pepper were great, and she is a worthy addition to the female GhostWalkers. Wonderful addition to this series.
VIPER GAME is the eleventh installment in Christine Feehan’s adult, contemporary Ghostwalker paranormal romance series focusing on an elite group of enhanced supernatural soldiers. This is Wyatt Fontenot (Gator’s brother –Night Game-Ghostwalker #3) and Pepper. VIPER GAME can be read as a stand alone but for background, history and overall enjoyment I recommend reading the series in order.
Wow. It’s been almost thirty (30) months (July 2012) since we last visited the Ghostwalker series and Christine Feehan welcomes a new team of supernatural soldiers. We are reintroduced to the newly enhanced Wyatt Fontenot-a man who purposely walked into Dr. Whitney’s labs in the hopes of gaining his super powers. With his feline DNA, Wyatt has become an exceptional soldier with over four hundred missions to date. But a call from his Nonny about mysterious happenings in the Bayou will bring Wyatt home, along with two fellow soldiers, Malachi and Ezekiel Fortunes, to investigate the who and the what of the swamp surrounding his boyhood home. What ensues is the discovery of a female Ghostwalker named Pepper whose story and connection to Wyatt will shake the very foundations of family and love.
Like most of Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalker storylines there is an instant attraction between Wyatt and Pepper. Dr. Whitney’s experiments pair up matching soldiers such that each will compliment or destroy the essence of what it means to be a super soldier with enhanced powers and psychic abilities. Pepper and Wyatt’s relationship is fused with the knowledge that Whitney has stolen from them something more precious than DNA -their future happiness and family. As Wyatt works with his team to infiltrate the latest test labs, Pepper is uncertain that her future is safe with any man. The $ex scenes are raw and intense. There is a necessity to their mating-one that does not go unnoticed by every red blooded male around- but one that will quell the mutual burning fires of need and want.
The secondary and supporting cast includes the many soldiers who guard and protect Whitney’s latest compound: Wyatt’s new team of genetically enhanced soldiers including Malachai, Mordichai and Ezekiel Fortunes; Trap and Draden. The only previous storyline character is Wyatt’s grand-mere Nonny. Gator and Flame are briefly mentioned but notably absent: we do not get an appearance by our favorite Cajun man. We are introduced to the latest female Ghostwalker-a woman known only as Cayenne-but a woman who starts to melt the frigid frost around Trap’s heart. Recognize where this team of female soldiers is heading?-SPICE GIRLS–and there are three more little girls whose names are as sweet as the flavors they enhance.
At times VIPER GAME fell closely into Carpathian territory with some of the enhanced psychic abilities especially Wyatt’s power to heal and Trap’s ability to …well you will see. I almost felt that I was reading a cross over storyline involving both series which was a little disconcerting because the comparisons were many.
VIPER GAME is a fast paced, action packed story of insta love, romance, suspense and mystery. Dr. Whitney has yet to be caught; he is constantly on the move; and Wyatt’s team are the latest ‘victims’ to fall under the spell of their genetically modified mates. Christine Feehan’s imagination knows no boundaries; she will pull you in and never let go. Her stories are heartbreaking, emotional and always with a love connection that goes beyond DNA.
My only concern is the number of previous storyline Ghostwalkers who have yet to find their happily ever after. With the introduction of a new team of enhanced soldiers and a glimpse at Trap and Cayenne’s possible connection, what happens to men without women to anchor them in the psychic world of DNA enhancement and destructive powers?
Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley
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