The main female character Ciara takes a job at a radio station ignorant of the vampiric attributes the employees possess until she reads it in the stations manual she's given as homework. Fearful of what it all means she decides to look for another job. When she's informed another business wants to purchase the station, thereby threatening the other's livelihood, she comes up with a plan to bring in listener interest and $$'s to save the radio station.
Shane, a vampire DJ, and Ciara have a natural attraction to each other and their relationship is in question many times throughout the story. There are a lot of issues to work through when the affair concerns a full blooded human and a vampire! Jeri Smith - Ready does a nice job of guiding the reader through their turmoil. There are quite a few integral characters in the Wicked Game who are portrayed as striking individuals making the Wicked Game more complex by exposing their nuances.
The story - told in first person - rock and rolls with a plethora of dialogue. There are good guys and bad, bad, guys set in a rock "n" roll, romantic, vampire venue. What more could any reader thirst for?
LATE NIGHT RADIO YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO
Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, '60s psychedelia, '80s goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers just how the DJs maintain their cred: they're vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.
Ciara's first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WVMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station -- and the link it provides to their original Life Times -- the vampires would "fade," becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover is a matter of life and undeath.
To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara rebrands the station as "WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll." In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs' vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around -- next to Ciara's complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the "gimmick" enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren't so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher -- and the perils graver -- than any con game Ciara's ever played....