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    What Are You Reading? by Marisa O’Neill
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  • Published: Feb 27th, 2009


I just finished reading First Sin by Cheyenne McCray, and Murder Game by Christine Feehan. Let me tell you, both books have some very, very, very damaged heroines and some very wicked, evil, monstrous villains. There were times when I questioned if an HEA was anywhere in sight. Of course I got my HEA, and the journey was an interesting one that kept me turning the pages long into the night.

firstsin1.JPGFirst Sin is a Lexi Steele Novel and the heroine, Lexi Steele, is all sorts of damaged. However she is not a victim – she’s one of the strongest heroines I’ve read. First Sin was violent and hard hitting. The characters are strong and determined, and the story is not a pretty one. As a top agent for a deep undercover government agency Lexi teams up with Nick, a former SEAL, to bring down a group of seriously deranged people who kidnap and sell woman into slavery. It was a hard story to read, violent and filled with torture, action and the seedier side of life. Yet, I have to say,  I kept turning the pages, I wanted to know more. This heroine has a complicated history yet a straight forward approach to life – she’s the hero of this book, in every sense of the word. The characters stayed with me long after I finished reading, and, yes, I’m looking forward to the next Lexi Steele novel. 4 stars

Christine Feehan’s Murder Game is the latest edition to her GhostWalker series. I think its one of the best in murdergame.JPGthe series. I loved the mystery – it was clever and well executed. There are two groups of men playing a game. The rules are easy, the group with the most kills wins. However the Ghost Walkers are believed to be behind this Game of Murder. In order to clear their names GhostWalker Kadan Montague has to illicit the reluctant help of Tansy Meadows.   Kadan is the kind of alpha we’ve all grown to love in a Feehan book and Tansy is an interesting addition to the GhostWalkers. One of the hightlights for me was getting to re-visit characters from other GhostWalker books. The camaraderie between the men of this series is endearing and Feehan hits all the right notes when it comes to this group  and how they interact and work together. The relationship between Tansy and Kadan walks the fine line of “I am Man – You are Woman”. But Feehan pulls it off with just the right amount of humility coupled with “I would walk through broken glass for the woman I love” in her hero. This is tempered with a heroine who is smart, resourceful, determined and independent. I’m looking forward to the continutation of this series . 4 stars


15 Responses to “What Are You Reading? by Marisa O’Neill”

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  1. Kati
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 8:54 am

    I’m almost finished with As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason which I’m SPEECHLESS over. To say it’s a worthy ending to the series is an understatement.

    And there this one scene that I had to write Colleen a thank you note for last night. Heh!

    I have two books to buy at Borders today: Promises in Death and the first in the new Mary Balogh series. But then, I’ll be hording those books and my review books for next week when I’m in Denver for business.

    I recently finished Robyn Carr’s Temptation Ridge, and I think I need a little break. The stories are almost TOO sweet for me. I know, I know, sacrilege, but I just think I need to space the books out a bit. I enjoyed the story, but I wasn’t totally in love with it, you know?

  2. Joy
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 9:00 am

    I am a fan of Feehan’s Ghostwalker series and have read all of them. I agree that Murder Game is a good one.

    I recently finished Promises in Death (J.D.Robb), Montana Creeds: Dylan (Linda Lael Miller), Stone Cold (David Baldacci), Scavengers (David Morrell), and Kissing Game (Suzanne Brockman). The great news for me is that I enjoyed all of those books. The new In Death book (Promises in Death) had me giggling, crying, and rooting for the team. I thoroughly enjoyed that book.

    Next up for me is the new Nicole Jordan (To Romance a Charming Rogue).

  3. Karin
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 1:04 pm

    I have heard good things about the Lexi Steele novel, but haven’t had a chance to pick it up. Same thing with Feehan’s Ghostwalkers, though I’m slightly more intrigued by them now after your post.

    As for what I’ve read recently, I’m reading Then You Hide of the Bullet Catchers series by Roxanne St. Claire. I’m really enjoying it and looking forward to Now You Die, which is next in the series and sitting at the top of my TBR pile.

  4. Jody F.
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 1:44 pm

    Love Feehan’s Ghostwalker series and this book was exceptionally good!

    I’m just starting Dream Warrior by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is another series I can’t get enough of. I’ve enjoyed every book so far.

  5. heidenkind
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 3:15 pm

    Last week I read The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King, which is a great, great mystery series about a 15-year-old girl who become an apprentice to Sherlock Holmes.

    This week I started a book called The Vampire Diaries–The Return: Nightfall (catchy title, eh?). It’s from LJ Smith, who was one of my favorite authors when I was a teenager; this is the first book she’s written in over 10 years (!). I kinda decided last night it was going to be a DNF for me. 🙁 I had really high expectations, natch, and the book is really way too meandery. I haven’t given up on her completely, but this book just didn’t do it for me.

  6. Buffie
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 3:43 pm

    Right now I am in the middle of two books.

    First, I reading Julie James’ newest (Practice Makes Perfect) for review. And boy am I just lovin’ it. The heroine is sarcastic (but not overboard) and I am really enjoying it!

    I am also reading the anthology Give Me A Cowboy by Jodi Thomas, DeWanna Pace, Linda Broday, and Phyllis Miranda. Jodi’s story (Silent Partner) was just fabulous! I’m now reading DeWanna Pace’s story — Luck of the Draw.

  7. Kati
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 4:31 pm

    First, I reading Julie James’ newest (Practice Makes Perfect) for review. And boy am I just lovin’ it. The heroine is sarcastic (but not overboard) and I am really enjoying it!

    ::turns green with envy::

    I have to keep reminding myself that I’ll get to read it too on Tuesday of next week.

  8. cyclops8
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 4:32 pm

    I just read Sydney Somer’s “Waitin’ On A Hero” and Samantha Gail’s “Guarding the Coast.”

  9. Buffie
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 5:56 pm

    Kati — it’s a really great book so far. You are going to love it too! At least Tuesday is not too far away 🙂

  10. Andrea
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 5:58 pm

    I’m reading TEMPTED AT MIDNIGHT by Jacquie D’Alessandro for review. I’m loving it so much and think it’s her best yet! Logan is absolutely YUMMY!!

  11. Jan
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 9:02 pm

    I love Feehan’s Ghostwalker series.

    I am reading Janet Evanovich’s Plum Spooky. I love the Stephanie Plum series. They are light and fun and I always laugh at the outrageous behavior of the characters.

    Next up for me is Suzanne Brockmann’s Into the Fire.

  12. orannia
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 10:19 pm

    I just finished the first book in Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer series – Touch the Dark. Next on my list is Melusine by Sarah Monette. It’s been described as ‘dark fantasy’ and I’m really looking forward to it. After that is Christina Dodd’s Into the Shadow (yes, I’m very behind with my TBR list).

    I’m almost finished with As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason which I’m SPEECHLESS over. To say it’s a worthy ending to the series is an understatement.

    And there this one scene that I had to write Colleen a thank you note for last night. Heh!

    GULP! Should I be worried about the future of Team Sebastian? I know where things left off at the end of When Twilight Burns, but I live in hope 😉

  13. Jody F.
    on Feb 28th, 2009
    @ 3:08 pm


    This is a great series too! Lots of lol moments.

  14. Stacy ~
    on Feb 28th, 2009
    @ 9:42 pm

    I just finished LuAnn McLane’s “Redneck Cinderella” and now I’m re-reading “Lord of the Fadng Lands”. I’m ignoring Kati’s comments about Colleen’s book…la la la….

  15. DeWanna Pace
    on Mar 4th, 2009
    @ 12:00 pm


    I’m excited to hear you’re enjoying GIVE ME A COWBOY. Jodi and I have been long-time friends and grew up in the writing field together. To have one of my novellas in an anthology along with hers is a real honor for me. I’ll look forward to hearing how you felt about Linda, Phyliss and my stories, as well. As we like to say here in Texas, “Saddle up and enjoy the ride.” –DeWanna Pace

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