Goodreads Rating: 3.92 Stars
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In the new GhostWalker novel by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Viper Game, a trained killer meets his match in a woman whose very kiss can stop a heart.
The Cajun dive in the middle of the godforsaken swamps wasn’t exactly Trap Dawkins’ idea of fun. But the GhostWalker wasn’t there for a good time. He was looking for her. Cayenne. It’s where she found her victims. Poor suckers. Then again, who wouldn’t want to leave a place like this with a woman like her?
It’s not Cayenne’s fault. Locked up, experimented on and never knowing kindness, she was bred this way—with a heart of pure venom. Trap understands her. He survived his own dark past and he shares her desire for getting even. But now Trap’s greatest danger is Cayenne herself. Because what’s inside her is hard to control—especially when it’s aroused by a lover as reckless as Trap.
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Quick Reasons: THIS is much more the Feehan I fell in love with!; kickass, stubborn female; flawed but mostly redeemable love interest; much more action outside the bedroom; less focus on the hot and steamy, more on the story and characters; still a few small problems with it overall, but MUCH better than her recent
Perhaps it’s due to how HORRIBLE I thought the last book I read was (the most recent Leopard people)…but this one seemed much closer to the Christine Feehan I originally fell in love with, when I first started reading her novels.
Granted, I still had some problems with this—mostly to do with the male MC, Trap. While most of the time he was pretty tame compared to some of the last few men in her books, Trap still had a very domineering, at times bordering-on-abusive personality. I still wasn’t given what I was looking for overall—that sense of true connection between and to the characters, that sense of “yeah, THIS is what true love looks like.” While I connected to the characters individually—particularly Cayenne, who is the only reason I picked this book up (I fell in love with her at the end of Viper Game)–I didn’t really get a true sense of them together. I didn’t get the sense that they were really, truly IN love, which was disappointing.
“What are you doing here?” Cayenne demanded, her hands on her hips.
“Saving your pretty little ass.”
Her chin went up. Her eyes narrowed. That only brought his attention to the beautiful green surrounded by all those thick, luxurious lashes. He really wanted her eyes open when he was moving inside her.
She toed Pascal. “I didn’t need help.”
“I wasn’t saving your ass from them.”
There were, however, some redeeming aspects about this read that I didn’t find in many of her recent releases. She does seem to be attempting to get back to her original story-telling roots: there was more action outside the bedroom, the drama was kicked up a notch higher than it has been recently, and that old sense of camaraderie between the rest of the characters was tangible and easy to find.
There’s also plenty of moments when Cayenne herself is allowed to take over, instead of sitting in the background playing ragdoll to the hero. In fact, many of the moments I enjoyed most in this book put Cayenne center-stage, using her abilities against either the MC or the villains (admittedly, her using them against the MC had me chuckling and pumping my fist in the air at the same time). So while Mr. Cool and Confident still had some flaws in this book, I think Cayenne took a much firmer role in the front seat of her story than several of the other recent female leads in Feehan’s books. Which is a good thing, in my opinion—it means maybe, just maybe, we’re getting the OLD Feehan back.
The next lurch sent her sprawling forward. Malichai caught her, grinning at her with his devilish smirk. “Falling into my arms again, woman? I know you find me pretty, but seriously, Cai, I’m not for sale.”
So, overall? The hero still had some pretty huge, uncomfortable jerk moments…but Cayenne stands on her own fairly well, and doesn’t take shit even from him. I really enjoyed reading about her more obvious abilities, though I’d have LOVED to see more of all the abilities than we’re given. While this is MUCH better than her recent releases have been, Christine Feehan still has a ways to go to redeem herself in this reader’s eyes—and get back to her original roots in writing. Enjoyable, but there’s still a lot of work to do to get this series back on track. Here’s hoping the journey up continues.