Review: Shadow Game by Christine Feehan (paranormal romantic suspense)

Review: Shadow Game by Christine Feehan (paranormal romantic suspense)Author: Christine Feehan
Title: Shadow Game
Series: GhostWalker #1
Publisher: Jove
Pages: 352
Release Date: August 26, 2003
Genres: Romantic Suspense

The classified experiment is the brainchild of renowned scientist Peter Whitney and his brilliant daughter, Lily. Created to enhance the psychic abilities of an elite squadron, it can transform their natural mental powers into a unique military weapon. But something goes wrong. In the isolated underground labs, the men have been dying-victims of bizarre accidents. Captain Ryland Miller knows he is next. When Dr. Whitney himself is murdered, Ryland has only one person left to trust: the beautiful Lily. Possessed of an uncanny sixth sense herself, Lily shares Ryland's every new fear, every betrayal, every growing suspicion, and every passionate beat of the heart. Together, they will be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of her father's past and closer to a secret that someone would kill to keep hidden.
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Jen’s Review of Shadow Game

I was a little apprehensive about reading a paranormal romance with military men heroes, because they are often written as cocky jerks. I was pleasantly surprised by the male characters in Shadow Game. They were alpha-types, but not arrogant or misogynistic. The male lead, Ryland, is bad-ass, but still sensitive to Lily’s wants and needs. He never makes her do something he doesn’t want to do. He was the perfect hero for me–sexy, sweet, and protective without being over-bearing.

The beginning of the book grabbed my attention immediately. My only complaint was that I felt I was being hit over the head repeatedly about the strong attraction between Ryland and Lily. I was like, “I get it already!.” Otherwise, the story sucked me in, and I was glued to the pages.

I thought Feehan did an excellent job of evoking emotions in the reader to either love or hate a character. She also had wonderful imagery and setting details.

Lily was a likable character as well. I appreciated that she resisted and didn’t trust the attraction because it didn’t seem natural. I also enjoyed her determination to help Ryland and the other men, while also trying to figure out what happened to her father.

Shadow Game was a hot and intense read with action, sexual attraction, romance, and danger. To me, it falls more under romantic suspense than paranormal romance.

There were only a couple things I didn’t like. One was the head hopping. I would have preferred if it had stayed in a third-person limited perspective rather than becoming omniscient at times. I also didn’t like that the main character had to be rescued by Ryland, despite having powers of her own.

These minor complaints don’t sway my opinion much. I still think that this book is worthy of five stars. I am looking forward to reading more books in the Ghostwalkers series.


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