I received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Covert Game by Christine Feehan
Also in this series: Shadow Game, Murder Game, Ruthless Game, Street Game, Samurai Game, Viper Game, Toxic Game
Series: Ghostwalkers #14
Published by Berkley on March 20th 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Psychic Abilities, Suspense
Source: Berkley Publishing Group
The GhostWalkers deal with the explosive fallout from Power Game in the lastest suspenseful novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
Despite the death of a traitor and key conspirator, the plot to use the GhostWalker experiments to undermine the security of the U.S. by foreign interests still exists. The GhostWalkers themselves must race against the clock to neutralize the danger.
Covert Game is the most recent installment in the Ghostwalker’s series and what a stunning book this turned out to be. I won’t say that I have loved every single book in this series however I did enjoy this one more than I have the others for the most part with exception to the first 6 books of the series.
Our heroine, Zara Hightower, is one of the girls that has been kept a virtual prisoner to be experimented on. Zara, has incredible talents with computers and is a computer on her own. She is sent on a mission to steal secrets away from a Chinese Crime Lord, but while on the mission she is caught, interrogated and tortured with no hope of ever being rescued.
Gino is a Ghostwalker, capable and cold when he needs to be. When their team receives a request to rescue her and Gino will have two choices to make, if the woman proves to be innocent, he plans on protecting her and bringing her to their home in the bayou but if she proves to be an enemy….she will have to be killed. But Gino may be a hardened killer and a trained soldier, but he envies the love his brothers have for their women and craves that for himself.
He was searching for a woman who made his world light up when she smiled.
So Gino and the rest of their team goes into the fortress to rescue one of their own, and the moment Gino sees her he knows she is his and he will do anything to protect her. As the healer of the team, he sees to her injuries and brings her back to the Bayou where she can be surrounded by women who are just like her including one of her closest friends …Bellisia. But there are two groups of men that are hunting her, Will Gino and Zeke and the rest of the team be able to protect her…
What a joy this book was and I had such a blast. I loved the relationship between Gino and Zara and it felt more like one of the earlier books too which I found very refreshing. Our heroine isn’t tough and ready to kill like her two other friends. She is more gentle and more focused on matters of the mind and could never do what she was ordered to do by Whitney. She knows that she should be scared of Gino, but all she feels is safety and peace when she is with him. I really found their dynamics so endearing. Its been a while since we had a heroine that had a more gentler side. I liked how spirited she could be when she believed in something strong enough, but I also loved how Gino never pushed her. He pretty much let her control things in the relationship. He is so gentle and kind and very patient. I found their romance to be so sweet yet HOT too which is the perfect mix and Feehan does this blend so well. I fell so hard for Gino and Zara. They truly were just perfect for each other.
She told me she loved you. That you were her sister and you had a gentle soul. She asked me to protect you and I will, with my life. It isn’t necessary for you to be a fighter. We have them. I’m one. You be the calm in the eye of that storm for me. I could use that. When I lose my mind, and I will, you can center me.
The plot line of the Chinese crime lord was a intense twist and there are some dark elements in this book that won’t be for everyone because this villain is truly evil and cruel and we see what he is capable of. So its not easy to read this at times. So fair warning that elements of rape, whippings and caning violently are involved in the story.
However I loved the way that this team of Ghostwalkers just come together and fight and protect each other and their families. I was impressed with how well Feehan handled all the various elements to deliver a well written kick ass romance that was full of life and suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat!! RIVETING FROM BEGINNING TO END!