Wicked Game

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Wicked Game

Vampires, contemporary, suspense

Ciara (pronounced kee-ra) Griffin is on the hunt for a job. She lands an internship at a radio station with an unusual line up of late night music and the DJs to go with it. It doesn't take long to figure out that the DJs aren't just pretending to be really into their musical era. They are vampires that must stay in their time era or they will go insane. To save the vampires and the station from a buyout, Ciara comes up with a new marketing strategy using her con artist skills. This ticks off a group of old vamps. Will Ciara be able to save the station, her friends, her possible vamp boyfriend, and herself?

I really liked this book. It was really easy to slip into her world. The dialogue is so believable, I could so hear it being said by real people. It was an unusual take on vampires, stuck in the era of their vampire birth. The DJs were all interesting characters as well as Ciara's other co-workers. Ciara is really easy to relate to. It was also a refreshing setting, not too much is set in a radio station. I will be picking up her next book in this series as soon as it is available. Ms. Smith-Ready has done something that I believed to be almost impossible: make vampires new and interesting again. Thank you for renewing my faith that it all hasn't been done before.

Book Blurb for Wicked Game


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....

Night Owl Reviews May, 2008 4.50