The Review of Christine Feehan’s–Street Game

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Now, I am an avid reader of Christine Feehan and have enjoyed the Ghostwalkers from the beginning, although I will admit that I enjoy some more than others.  This installment is the 8th in the series and has opened it up for several more.  Here’s the blurb:
For Mack McKinley and his team of GhostWalker killing machines, urban warfare is an art form.  But despite hard-won knowledge of the San Francisco streets, Mack knows from experience that too many things can still go wrong.  Danger is just another part of the game–and 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 connection–volatile, erotic, and electric.  Then she vanished.  Now she’s walked back into Mack’s life as a spy with too many secrets for her own good.  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 together again in one hot, no-holds-barred adrenaline rush.
I found Mack the typical Alpha male that took on burdens that were not exactly his and couldn’t find it in himself to listen to Jaimie, who was a woman to take care of and protect, not consider as a valuable source of information.  Jaimie, however, was easily led and very trusting.  When she wasn’t getting the answers and contact she wanted from Mack, she left him, left the team, and fell into the pattern of falling for the easy opportunity.
They were seperated for a few years when Mack and the rest of the team of Ghostwalkers invade her warehouse on accident, but once they’re there, they stay.  They buy furniture, set up a watch schedule and get into a routine, all the while figuring out the puzzle of Whitney’s end game, how Jaimie could have been led around so easily, how Mack was so pigheaded, etc.
Jaimie was a female I couldn’t all together grasp.  She was strong and fragile, brilliant and utterly stupid, but I liked her all the same.  Although when it came to Mack I had lots of mixed feelings on that as well.  She managed to stand up for herself, although sometimes through other members of the team.  The conflict between them seemed to get resolved in a long, drawn out manner instead of a clear conversation.  But then again, how many conflicts ever get resolved in such a manner?
My own personal review of this story is this: regardless of the interpersonal relationship between the main characters being kinda strange, I enjoyed the story and the fact that we learned there are four kinds of Ghostwalker teams, and there are a few individuals that I can’t wait to learn more about and read their stories.  I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see more from characters from previous books but I embraced the new ones.  I liked the book, the story, and the future possibilities.  Although you can read this book as a stand alone, it would be benificial to start from the beginning to understand it all a little easier.

Lydia Dare- Wolfish Trilogy

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More often than not, paranormal romances involving Lycans are set in a contemporary setting.  I recently read some ARCS by Lydia Dare, who bravely tackled Lycans in England during the 1800’s.  And why not, Lycan mythology goes back centuries so it only makes sense that if there truly were Lycans on this Earth, they would have been present over the course of history.

These three upcoming titles are a must read for any Lycan fan. 
"A Certain Wolfish Charm"-  April 2010
     Lilly has had it!  She has been seeking the help of her nephew’s guardian and all he does is send some bloody money!  She’s worried about the drastic changes in her nephew and is desperate for some help. Duke of Blackmoor, Simon Westfield, has little time to deal with his guardian’s aunt.  He has sent her money, time and time again!  What more does she want?  With every moon waxing, Simon becomes more unpredictable as does every Lycan and he has little time to deal with the nuisance!

"Tall, Dark, and Wolfish"-  May 2010
     Ben Westfield is torn from events that have recently left him without the ability to change.  While most may think this would be a blessing, to lycans it is pure torture.  Ben runs to Scotland in search of a witch who can heal him and put him to rights.  What he finds is a little more than he can handle.  Not one witch but five and each willing to do battle to keep him from the one person who can make him whole again.

"The Wolf Next Door"  June 2010
  Prisca has lived next to the Westfields her whole life.  Her brothers and the Westfield boys were as close as family.  Now grown, Prisca, knows all too well how someone could have a broken heart.  She loved William and thought William loved her.  But as they grew closer William suddenly changed and threw himself into a lifestyle of debauchery and scandal, leaving Prisca to mend her own heart.  Her brothers, however, had different plans for the couple.  It’s high time for Prisca to marry, and who better to be her husband than their close friend William? Can Prisca forgive Will for breaking her heart or will she accept the advances of a visiting stranger who is more dangerous than anyone could have imagined?

These three novels delve into the lives of three brothers who are Lycans just outside of London.  What I love about these stories, is the fact that the males are strong alpha males and the women are strong and independent.  No simpering women looking for a man to rescue them from a fate worse than death (like marrying someone they find horribly ill suited for them.)  In each story a brother fights for control over his baser instincts.  As the moon waxes, those instincts become harder and harder to control.

My only criticism is toward the end of the 2nd and 3rd novels I found myself thinking that the story should have ended a few chapters before.  I also found that the males some times fell out of there alpha character to suit the story.  But overall the books were enjoyable.

I quickly read them in a week and if you like historical novels and lycans, give these a try!  You won’t be disappointed!

My views on Shiloh Walker’s Hunters Need

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Now, I have read most of Shiloh’s Hunters series and found this book to be a solid contribution to the series.  Duke was the tortured hero and Ana the troubled heroine played well off of one another and with each other.  The story took us from Virgina into the wilds of Alaska in the summer where Ana found that the area was plagued by a serial killer once she started talking with a tortured soul and his former love (who happened to be in the form of a ghost).  Duke is a natural shifter and Ana is a psyhic who have a tragic past together.  They work through the drama and come together stronger to defeat the badness in Alaska. 
I enjoyed the story and how the relationship developed and the crazy mystery part of it.  If you’ve read the series you’ll enjoy a few of the supporting characters a little more, but you won’t be missing much if you haven’t read the others.  I recommend that you pick it up and give it a good read.  As far as Shilohs books go, I haven’t been disappointed in any that I’ve read, and I’ve read lots of them. 
That’s all from me for now, until next time.

Hunter’s Need by Shiloh Walker

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This month the Sugarbook club read "Hunter’s Need," by Shiloh Walker.  I have always been a big fan of Shiloh’s paranormal romances, and I love the fact that when you meet her, she is so personable and friendly.  She always has time to talk to ya and I love that about her.  

Now, about this new book.  It is definitely different than her previous hunter novels.  While most of her hunter novels in the past have focused on shifting, relationships and romance(cause duh, these are romances!) this novel has a definite focus on the suspense/mystery aspect of it.

Here is a small rundown on the plot:

Duke is a hunter betrayed by the woman he loves.  Ana is a psychic who is need of the hunter she betrayed.  Ana has no choice but to seek help when she finds herself  being haunted by a local murder victim.  Unfortunately, the desperate spirit is not the only victim….as sparks fly between psychic and hunter, neither can shake the spirit that demands their help.  As clues pour in, no one could have guessed the evil that was living nearby.

I absolutely love serial killers, thrillers, and a good naughty romance (not in that order, of course!).  I found this title to be a great combination of all three!  I think Shiloh did an excellent job of suspending the reader to the very end.  

What did you think of it?