I've been wanting to read something by Christine Feehan for years. Her Dark Carpathian series always came highly recommended in the paranormal romance genre, even by some of my favorite authors, I just never quite got to them. When the opportunity to read 'Phantom Game' came up, I jumped at it. As another long-lived paranormal series, I figured the Ghostwalker novel would be a good chance to finally see what her writing was all about. The premise is interesting enough. Genetically enhanced soldier, Jonas 'Smoke' Harper, has such a heavy mix of predatorial dna that he struggles to keep it under control.. even with his team. Though he's seen many of those similar to himself meet their perfect mates and start relatively happy lives, it's not something he thinks is in the cards for himself. Along comes Camellia. Part of the same brutal program, she's one of the original females that were designed to pair with a specific soldier. She's got plenty of her own deadly skills, but the two are overwhelmingly drawn to one another. They know why and that only makes her resist harder, while he just wants to give her every reason to give in. Structurally, the story is fine. The concepts are interesting and the characters have lots of potential. I think the writing style just wasn't for me. I feel like a large portion of the past/present is just being told through conversation and I didn't feel invested. All that aside, there's plenty of tense scenes here and there, a creative ability system, and I definitely felt like I could have liked it with just a different approach. But.. obviously this author has a ton of fans and they can't all be wrong. So, I still intend to check out that other series. Maybe I'll feel differently about it. It's still a solid read though. If you're looking for something quick and light with military romance themes and a couple that's a bit resistant to the pull of one another, this might be the book for you.
Feehan knocked it out of the park again!! It’s been a long time since we visited the original Ghost Walker Team. I’ve missed them. After being away for so long it was like hearing from a long lost friend. Jonas “Smoke” Harper has always felt like he was way to different than his other teammates. Always alone in a crowd. He was a phantom, unseen. He’d disappeared into thin air, and he could outwait anyone or anything. Camellia Mist has escaped the nightmare that was her childhood. She’s been betrayed before so she doesn’t trust anyone. Who knew that when he’d set out to find the source of the threat to their team, he’d find his other half? Together they join forces to fight against the evil that wants to wipe them out. He didn’t know how she managed to fill every dark, ugly crack and crevasse in his mind with something beautiful, as if she made memories of the two of them and inserted them where he had been ripped apart. Great character interaction with sexual tension through the roof. Everything that made me fall in love with this author and more. I’d advise we’d just leave your stubborn, knife-wielding a”right here in Creepy Hollow.”
Despite being the eighteenth book in the series, it's actually the first one that I've read! This is a paranormal series, where men and women have been experimented on by an evil doctor so that they have abilities and talents that make them extra and above, the purpose of which was originally for use in war. There was a lot of time spent in the first part of the book with the world building and giving the extensive history. For someone who hasn't read any of the previous books, this is incredibly useful, but it was also extensive so I did do some skimming of this. I'm a reader that can be dropped into new worlds and I tend to figure it out as I move through a story. Jonas and Camellia are both survivors from this evil doctor but are only meeting for the first time now. They have a predetermined bond- arranged via the experiments that were done to them. Jonas is in awe upon meeting Camellia, learning all about her and her talents. Camellia has spent the last several years completely alone and is not one to trust easily. Their story is intense, action-packed and I found myself turning pages just to see what would happen next, and how everything would come together. There was a lot going on in this book with an array of secondary characters that most likely had their own books earlier in the series, and I became invested in those storylines, so want to now go back and read those.