Review: Spider Game by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #12)


Spider Game by Christine Feehan // VBCSpider Game (Ghostwalkers # 12)
Christine Feehan
Published: Jan. 26, 2016 (Jove)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: purchased

Reviewed by: Krista

Rating (out of 5): 2.5 stars

Ghostwalkers are military soldiers who were genetically enhanced mentally, physically and psychically. But these tortuous experiments were not limited to the military. Dr. Whitney, the mastermind behind everything, also experimented on young orphaned girls. Even as far as to genetically match, the now grown, women with the enhanced soldiers he created, hoping to create an even more powerful next generation. Even though the Ghostwalkers have since separated themselves from Whitney and the government (for the most part), they still face danger on various fronts.

Trap Dawkins is hunting his prey in the deep bayou. But his prey is not his enemy but the woman who he has been genetically matched with. After he rescues her from one of Whitney’s facilities, Cayenne escapes, though never straying far from Trap, as if she is as drawn to him as he is to her. Trap has secrets of his own, secrets which could destroy their future. Although Spider Game is farther along in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

I’ve been reading Christine Feehan for a long time, and the Ghostwalker series have been a favorite of mine. Or at least it was in the beginning. I loved the military/action thriller mixed heavily with the paranormal and romance. They were the type of books I would recommend to people even if they weren’t a fan of the genre. But I have to admit I was disappointed with Spider Game. Actually I was more annoyed than anything.

As evident by the cover this book was highly sexualized. At times I questioned whether or not I was reading a Christine Feehan book, as it was unlike anything I had read from her before. Not that her books aren’t hot and intense, but I have never found that they objectify heroine or that they were filled with male fantasy clichés. For example the cover, the French maids apron he purchases for her to wear around the kitchen while she is naked or the fact that Trap is attempting to get her pregnant from the first time they sleep together without talking to her first. Really the examples are numerous. There is alpha male and then there is a-hole. For me Trap came off too much as an a-hole and the fact that Cayenne enabled him, I could never enjoy the book or the relationship between the two characters.

Even though the action sequences were expertly crafted and a couple of secondary characters I couldn’t help but love, my entire enjoyment was diminished by how much I didn’t care about our hero and heroine.

Sexual content: sex

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