Ruthless Game

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Ruthless Game

A GhostWalker Novel

Ghost Walker Kane Cannon volunteered for an experiment with the military to enhance his psychic abilities. He didn’t know that his DNA was also messed with and he was given some animalistic attributes. Then, he volunteered to work at a top secret compound where the experiments made him sick. Several women who had also been experimented on were now in a forced breeding program. One of the other attributes Kane was given that he would match up to one of these women and have no choice but to breed with her. Shocked, Kane helps another Ghost Walker team to free the women but not until after her had mated with Rose.

Rose was one of the original orphans that had been selected for the initial experiments. As the women were deemed not acceptable to create a super soldier, they became breeding stock. Rose hated it and had fought off several men that had been sent to her. Finally given a choice, she chose Kane. Though she regrets involving him, she’s glad he’s the father of her unborn child. She never planned on contacting him again but when she becomes aware of some kidnap victims by a drug cartel, she contacts US authorities hoping for help. She didn’t expect a Ghost Walker team, much less Kane’s. Why would they be sent to Mexico?

Once Rose is spotted, Kane knows he won’t leave her. However, he didn’t expect that they would miss their rescue helicopter and be forced to run for their lives. With a baby due in just weeks, can they stay alive long enough to keep it safe? And what does either of them know about delivering a baby? It’s not like they can walk into a hospital with people trying to kill Kane and kidnap Rose or at least, the baby.

This is the ninth book in Christine Feehan’s Ghost Walker Novels. While it could be read on its own, much of the background material would not be in this book though an overview is always given. There is enough information that you would get a rough idea of what Ghost Walkers are and what they can do but not the initial experiments, the realization that there are more than one team and how expansive this project really is. Plus, really understanding why Rose would run at all costs to keep her child away from the man how adopted her isn’t explained in detail.

The characters of Rose and Kane were excellent. Rose has been raised to trust no one and she continues that trend with most people. Though Kane thoroughly trusts the Ghost Walker team he is on as he grew up with most of them, Rose doesn’t automatically trust them. She refuses to put her life or her baby’s life into anyone’s hands she doesn’t know and she doesn’t know them! This frustrates Kane who can’t understand why the trust Rose has in him doesn’t extend to those he trusts. Just working through this one issue gives each character their time to shine and gives the reader a good idea of what kind of person they are.

The secondary characters such as the rest of Kane’s team are also done well. Each has strengths and weaknesses that they bring to the table. Rose isn’t sure about any of them and feels they need to earn her trust. Allowing that many people into her circle is hard. Yet, each team member approaches this in a different way allowing her to see the real them. When her baby’s life is at stake, she doesn’t dare make a mistake. This team has a lot more to show her though than she first realizes and it’s not all about their enhancements.

Considering that this is a romance novel, you will find lots of violence and high speed chases. These characters were developed to be super soldiers and they make use of those skills. Weather it’s guns blazing or underwater fighting, they are deadly. So, when similarly enhanced men attack, you know that it’s going to get messy real quick. Don’t leave out that drug cartel. They want Rose too and while they might not be enhanced, they do have a lot of people that work for them. So, who do you trust and who don’t you trust?

I enjoy the Ghost Walker series and gladly recommend it for those that don’t mind a little violence with their romance. Though some of the theories are a little far fetched and there have been some evolution to the stories, they are still very good. Though these books are a series, each can be read separately from each other. Characters from previous books are mentioned or are part of the book though. This series is unique and each couple’s story feels fresh. I’m not sure where Ms Feehan is heading with this series and why some of the changes but I plan on being right there to read each book and have no plans on missing a single couple’s joining.

Book Blurb for Ruthless Game

GhostWalker Kane Cannon's mission plunges him into a hot zone more personal than he anticipated: the hiding place of Rose Patterson-hunted fugitive, ex-lover, and a fellow GhostWalker desperate to save the life of her unborn child. Kane's Child.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2010 5.00