Lethal Game (Ghostwalkers #16)

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When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force–a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless…until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive.

Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai’s rough exterior, but he can tell there’s something she’s hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker–albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn’t think their crossing paths is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running.

When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won’t be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her too..

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*** There are going to be some spoilers in this review! Please do not keep reading if you would prefer a spoiler-free review.

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I have a love / hate relationship with this book. I really fell in love with Malichai and Amaryllis immediately and was super interested in their relationship. The tone of this book felt a little different than the last few which was a welcome change.

As the book progressed however, I had this niggling feeling that wouldn’t go away. The plot felt forced. It didn’t make sense to me at all that Malichai wouldn’t call in his team, or one of the other teams, for backup when he was so clearly unwell, and underwater. He was essentially running two unconnected missions off the books while seriously – life threateningly – ill.

In doing so, he risked everyone’s safety. When his team finally arrived and had Jack and Ken Nolan from team 2 fly in to back out, I was excited. Finally, a bit of a reunion! Alas, it was not meant to be. They weren’t trust by team 4, and relegated to fringe security detail or ignored for the remainder of the book. They weren’t brought into provide relief or help plan, and were missing for the entire end of book climax … yet Malichai who was deathly ill with an unexplained condition was in the field.

The whole idea of Malichai acting like a hero actually made him less so in my eyes and undermined the Ghostwalkers teams. Had this been a real scenario, his actions would have put tens of thousands of lives at risk.

In the end, he ends up losing his leg, which at that point is partially his fault, considering that he consistently ignored medical advice and acted like a fool. As a romance novel though, I wasn’t expecting this to happen as Ms. Feehan usually ends with HEAs, and this was not exactly a perfectly happy ending.

It was unfortunate that I took so much issue with the plot line considering that the romance aspcet of the book was great and I loved Amaryllis. I loved Malichai too, just not in his professional capacity …

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