Release Review: Spider Game: Christine Feehan

Spider Game
Christine Feehan
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Expected January 26, 2016

In the new GhostWalker novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling 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.
After meeting the newest Ghostwalker team and Trap Dawkins and Cayenne in the last book Viper Game, I was really excited to read Spider Game. Viper Game was one of my faves reads of 2015 and I was easily immersed back into the Ghostwalker world and all of the new characters. But for some reason, I did not enjoy Spider Game as much. 

Trap is the Iceman. He is highly intelligent, filthy rich, a brilliant scientist and analyst. He has several skills that make him a force to be reckoned with and a dangerous enemy. He is usually aloof and calculating. He does not have any family attachments and his past marked him negatively, but he has formed bonds with his Ghostwalker family. But even with them he borders on anti-social and rude.

Cayenne is another one of Whitney's female experiments that was set for termination. Trap saved her when they were saving Pepper and the triplets in the first book. She is part woman and part arachnid. She's seen as a deadly black widow with seductive deadly enhancements. But she has lived her life in a cage and is just now free, vulnerable, and  frightened of her new surroundings. 

She and Trap ended up with that psychic mental pull to each other and intense physical need engineered to mate them. But both have dangerous reasons to resist being together. They can telepathically communicate and both are deadly in their own way. She has the ultimate of defenses, feeling a need to be independent, scared of relying on anyone, and afraid to get close. She strikes out when cornered or afraid. But he is not afraid to push her and demand she be his. It begins as war within themselves and each other.

Trap is determined to win her at all costs despite her intense fears and lack of  experience in the real world. As they begin to navigate the world together, they will both have to face their fears, threats, and learn how to manage their enhancements. And this time there are multiple threats and players that could be coming for them.

I was disappointed that I did not love this one too. I just felt a disconnect with these characters and this story for some reason despite the fact that all of the characters I loved from Viper Game are back. I felt like the story dragged and was repetitive. I usually like when an author recaps the previous book because I generally need the refresher, but this one seemed to go overboard. And some of the other scenes like the sex scenes and even a cooking scene went on forever. I mean the cooking scene actually had all of the steps and measurements for the whole dish so I could probably take my kindle to the kitchen and make the dish myself. I just really struggled trying to push through it and there was of course some drama and suspense, but it just did not keep my attention like the other books. Maybe it was just my mood, but it took me three nights to get through it. 

Cayenne's skittishness and fear annoyed me at the beginning, but she grew on me as she had such a voracious appetite for learning and wanted to be strong, equal, and his match in every way. I liked that she was adaptable and could hold her own with him in the bedroom, in the lab, and intellectually. And most of the time I liked Trap but there were times when his ice cracked and his inner hot anger came out that I would literally cringe at the things coming out of his mind or mouth. He was bossy, demanding, and very protective, but sometimes he was very moody and could even rage. Basically this was a story of two enhanced individuals that had lived their lives in a void with little or no feelings touching them for so long and their journey towards connecting, adapting, protecting each other, and thriving in the safest environment they could create together.

I like that the Ghostwalkers are trying to build them a new compound to protect each other from their enemies that just seem to be growing. I expect we will continue to see more from this team. The flirty and funny Malichai seemed to be spotlighted in this one, but there are also Mordichai, Zeke, Draden, and Gino still available.

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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This new Ghostwalker team and the heroines were introduced in the previous book:

Viper Game  (GhostWalkers #11)
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Hailed as "the queen of paranormal romance" by J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author “Christine Feehan continues to amaze readers” (The Eternal Night) with her phenomenal novels. Now, from the author of the Dark Carpathian series, comes the newest in Christine Feehan's explosive GhostWalker series…

GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead—or to whom.

The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she’s desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined—where desire is the deadliest poison of all.

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards. 


I am a mother, first and foremost in my life. Family is very important to me. I have several children all of whom drive me crazy on a daily basis. And I have four Maltese that are even worse. LOL! I love living in the country and I find that it continues to inspire my writing.. which is my ultimate passion in life.

I am a writer and have been almost my entire life. I have to write every day or I'll drive my family crazy. I first became a published author in 1999 with the release of Dark Prince. Before that I had a wide variety of jobs including being a full time mom, a martial arts instructor, a telephone operator, and I even worked for a newspaper. Now I’m able to write full time. I usually have four new books released per year. (www.christinefeehan.com)


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