Power Game (GhostWalker #13) by Christine Feehan

Series:
Narrator: Jim Frangione

Title: Power Game by Christine Feehan
Series: GhostWalker #13
Release Date: January 24th 2017 by
Format: Audiobook (12 hrs and 27 mins) Kindle: 464 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Military
Published by: Berkeley Romance
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When members of a United Nations joint security force are taken hostage by radical terrorists in Indonesia, Captain Ezekiel Fortunes is called to lead the rescue team. Part of a classified government experiment, Zeke is a supersoldier with enhanced abilities. He can see better and run faster than the enemy, disappear when necessary and hunt along any terrain. There are those in the world willing to do anything for power like that…

A formidable spy genetically engineered to hide in plain sight, Bellisia rarely meets a man who doesn’t want to control her or kill her. But Zeke is different. His gaze, his touch—they awaken feelings inside her that she never thought possible. He’s the kind of man she could settle down with—if she can keep him alive…

four-half-stars

This is one of the best books in this series. I have really enjoyed this particular Ghostwalker team because they are really a southern family with Grace Fontenot “Nonny” holding this crew together as the grandmother to all.

This story is Ezekiel “Zeke” Fortunes’ story where he is led to his paired partner Bellisia Adams. If you remember, the insane Doctor Peter Whitney paired his Ghostwalker soldiers with the orphan women intending to create super soldier babies. Bellisia escaped Whitney’s compound and ran to team PJ to warn them of Violet Smythe’s plan against them, and there she found what she didn’t even know she always longed for…family.

This author continues to be so creative and interesting. So Bellisia has Octopus DNA, excellent in water and Ezekiel has the sight of an eagle and sense of smell of a polar bear, which made him an excellent hunter. With the pair by the Doctor Whitney, Zeke and Bellisia were immediately drawn to each other physically. But what the doctor never considered was emotional and mental connections between the pairs.

The author laid a great foundation by developing the characters even entwining the secondary characters very thoroughly. The plot followed the chain of events set by the prior books and continued the narrative of Whitney’s devious plan to produce more super soldiers. There was consistent action, hot romance and touching family moments such as the cooking scene with Nonny that made this story charming. If you have enjoyed the prior installments, you will love this one as one of the strongest in the franchise.

Ezi

Shadow Rider (Shadow, #1) by Christine Feehan

Shadow Rider (Shadow, #1) by Christine FeehanSeries:
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Shadow Rider (Book 1)
Shadow
Christine Feehan
Romance; Paranormal Romance
Jove
June 28, 2016
hardcover
448

Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.

While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…

With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her...

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three-stars

I have taken a long time to think of what to say about this new series. It has potential to be better than it actually was. It has all the necessary tropes to make a great story, rich overbearing alpha male, part of a “powerful” family, damsel in distress, instant attraction, and a sociopath.
It added a new element of shadow riding, so instead of your typical mafia family, this family dispenses justice against the bad guys.

Stefano Ferraro and Francesca Cappello are the lead in this first book. They fall into the cliché relationship roles, the rich man and the poor as a church mouse girl. She needs his protection and he gives it because she is HIS! He is so sexy and confident, but she is virgin with almost no self-confidence/esteem. BUT she is the only one who can tame in the raging beast in him.

What I liked:
* The idea of Shadow Riding and the mechanism was new and interesting.
* Though the Ferraro family were “good”, they were still Mob. La Familia!
* Bad guys get the ending they deserve as the Shadow Riders dispense justice with no mercy.
* Hot and sexy scenes. Very steamy!

What I disliked:
* Too many hot and sexy scenes. Seriously, too much sex. Even with rapey villains.
* Francesca is just so weak until the end. She isn’t stupid, just constantly afraid. She was kind though.
* Despite, continual assertion by Stefano that he will “protect what is mine”, the bad guy still gets Francesca.
* Cool Supernatural Powers.

If you love Christine Feehan work, the characters are in the same vein as the Carpathians and Ghostwalkers. I will still read book 2 because now that the foundation has been set, there won’t be as much world building in book 2. This story felt really long because the author was establishing the characters so the sequels should move at a faster pace.

Review: The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) by J.R. Ward

Review: The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) by J.R. WardSeries: Black Dagger Brotherhood #12
on April 1st, 2014
Pages: 592 pages
AmazonNarrator: Jim Frangione
Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle--with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything--and everyone--at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response--or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?
three-half-stars

It was okay, but not great. The narration was the same if you have been listening to this series. It didn’t add or take away for the story. I have to admit I haven’t enjoyed the narrator, he just is…

It’s time for me to accept that this series will ever return to the glory days. As I reflected on why this series was my favorite, I was surprised to note that there are more “okay” books than “great” books in this series. Thus, I don’t think it makes sense to call BDB my favorite series anymore. The first 5 books were PNR at it’s finest, a complete focus on a particular couple, where as Books 6-12 have been more story-led and less captivating.

There is a problem when Assail has more lines than almost all the brothers put together. I am not sure why the author is choosing to move the focus from the brothers to fringe characters, but she has definitely changed the tone of the series and not for the better.

In a nutshell, Wrath and Beth lack of agreement on whether to have a young was dealt with in this book. We also got an opportunity to meet Wrath’s father and mother via flashbacks. There was an attempted coup and there was a change in the political climate, affecting the monarchy and the glymera. Assail and Sola made some progress in their relationship, as well as Xcor and Layla.
I must admit that I am baffled at how such an ambitious man like Xcor would agree to the deal with Layla, thus betraying his alliance. It seems selfish and self-centered, and proves that he isn’t fit to lead the BoB. I am sure that will be addressed in future books. It seems to me that Layla was the winner in that bargain too.

The one bright spot in this book was Trez and iAm. I feel like I understand both of them better and there has been some personal growth on their parts. I look forward to seeing Trez continue his journey to his chosen Selena.

For such a long book, I didn’t really feel like there was that much substance or real movement in the story. I continue to be baffled by the Scribe Virgin’s absence when her brother the Omega has clearly returned.

I am resigned to reading BDB for curiousity sake, but I cannot say that I will be waiting on pins and needles for the next book. My passion of the series is pretty much gone, we have now settled into a comfortable friendship