vrijdag 7 januari 2011

Christine Feehan – Ruthless Game

The 9th book in the GhostWalkers series, published in december 2010.

Ruthless Game

GhostWalker Kane Cannon is pure male – animalistic, sexual, protective, instinctive – and his past missions have prepared him for anything. But his newest assignment, to rescue hostages in Mexico, plunges him into a hot zone he never anticipated: the hiding place of Rose Patterson – a fugitive, an ex-lover, a fellow GhostWalker, pregnant with his child.

Rose is in flight from the insidious experiments that still haunt her dreams, and from the madman who’d do anything to take her child. Of all the GhostWalkers enlisted to hunt her down, Kane is the only one she can trust. But as their passion reignites, the stakes are raised. Because Kane is now a wanted man as well. And together they’re about to face the most difficult challenge of all: staying together and staying alive.

Ever since she escaped from Whitneys breeding program and his female prisoner camp, Rose has been on the run. Pregnant and nowhere to go, she desperately needs a place to be safe to give birth. Trained from her own birth as a soldier like the other orphan girls Whitney bought all over the world, she has no experience living in the real world. Having a family, of being part of one is something she knows nothing about. But she wants this child and vows to keep him safe. She will never give him up to Whitney for his evil experiments. Of course, she is an outstanding soldier, with her enhance psychic and physical abilities and she can certainly take care of herself and her unborn child.
But now she has been found by the father of her child, a man forced to have sex with her, forced to make her pregnant. But after that, he helped her escape. Of course he has been looking for her ever since, as they are mated together. He cannot help but want her, need her desperately. But still, he wants to give her a choice, not knowing she already had chosen him as the father of her unborn child. He was after all the most honourable man of the lot Whitney had her choose from.
Before he can take Rose home with him, Kane and his GhostWalker team have to finish their mission: rescuing some hostages from a Mexican drug lord. Something unexpected comes up, and Rose and Kane get separated from the rest of the GhostWalkers, and have to fight their way to a secret desert house Rose knew to find. She believes it is safe, but Kane just smells a trap. It is all too convenient, he is certain Whitney has set her up. After all, he wants to get his hands on their child. The supersoldier he is trying to create by enhancing man and woman who already have some paranormal powers, and certain characteristics. And now he is pairing of the man and woman he has selected, making them crave each other, and making babies for him. But so far, he has not been so lucky in that last part. All the couples have eluded him so far, and their children are still safe and out of his reach.

To his horror, Kane will have to help Rose give birth to their child, as it arrives way too early. But together they manage, and fall in love even more with each other. Two lonely people, never learned to trust a stranger or depend on anyone but themselves. Well, Kane did have his family of GhostWalkers, but Rose was alone. It was safer not to bond with the other girls in the compound, to stay aloof and keep your abilities a secret.
Not only Whitney wants Rose and her child, also the drug cartel is after her, knowing Whitney will pay handsomely for the both of them. But Kane’s family arrives just in time, saving them from all the bad guys. Of course, neither will give up on catching her, so she will have to be careful where ever she goes.
So now Rose has her freedom, living with Kane and his family of GhostWalkers. Training with them, so she will be able to go on a mission with them. Which is not something Kane likes. He needs to protect her, to keep her safe, he cannot get used to the fact she is an excellent soldier herself and can take him out if necessary.

This was a really great story again. Full of action and suspense. I loved Kane and Rose, and how totally the big guy fell for her. For Rose it was especially difficult to learn to trust his family, and the fact they would always be there to protect her and little Sebastian. Everything in this new life is strange to her, she never had a family, a relationship, a child. But she manages, and she tries to manage Kane as well.
I loved the promise of Sebastian and his abilities, as well as those of the other GhostWalker babies we meet in the end. Will they be the ones to take out Whitney at last? He is not the only one they have to be careful of, there is also this political faction that is afraid of them, and wants them all terminated.
The love scenes between Kane and Rose are hot and great, and totally fit the storyline.

For the most enjoyment, you should read this series in order. The plot around Whitney keeps evolving bit by bit.

And I am very curious about the next couple ..

9 stars.

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