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Viper GameViper Game (GhostWalkers # 11) by Christine Feehan

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Synopsis:

GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead—or to whom.

The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she’s desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined—where desire is the deadliest poison of all.

Review:

I loved it. I love the series and this installment didn’t disappoint. I loved the chemistry between the two main characters; they had some really great lines between them. I like how Wyatt fought to keep Pepper, and how he wasn’t afraid to jump in with both feet.  He knew what he wanted, he understood why she was a afraid to commit andhe worked to prove to her that he wasn’t like all of the other men that were in her life, that he was strong enough to stand by her and love her. The action was adventurous, suspenseful, and passionate. The fight to get Wyatt’s other two daughters, he has triplets that he didn’t know he had, thanks to Whitney meddling again, was detailed and had great description. It had a great storyline.  Wyatt comes home after being injured in an ambush attack and he brings two of his friends with him back to the home he grew up in and back to his grand-mere, Nonny. I liked seeing Nonny again, she is such a great character. While home, he finds out that his grand-mere had been bullied by some military-typed men, and he goes out to teach them a message, that you don’t mess with Nonny.  While there, he finds out that Whitney is up to no good again in his backyard. He meets Pepper and a little girl named Ginger. He is drawn to Pepper and he realizes that Ginger is his daughter (she was made in a lab and put into a surrogate, along with her two other sisters Thyme and Cannelle). Once he meets them, he begins his adventure to rescue his other two daughters and win Pepper’s trust and love.  This one ends with the introduction of Ceyanne and Trap, who has their story next, Spider Game. I am excited about the next one. Wish I didn’t have to wait till January for it, but it will probably be worth it.

Favorite Quote 1: This scene happens in the beginning when Wyatt goes off to find the guy who bullied Nonny and to get back her knife the guy took.  At this point, he has beat Larry up pretty badly, but Larry just won’t quit trying to take Wyatt down. I call this “Too Stupid To Live.”

“I want Nonny’s Knife. That knife is important to her, you thief.”

Larry rolled over, glaring with his one good eye. Blood bubbled around his split lip and inside his mouth. “You want her knife?” He yanked the knife from his boot and stood up, staggering a little. “Come and get it.”

“Oh, now that’s just downright stupid,” Wyatt said softly. “Real stupid. How do you think we killed the food we ate? Do you really think we had the money for bullets? I cut my teeth on knives, killin’ game, fightin’ with my friends and protectin’ our property. You really don’ learn, do you? That’s called bein’ too stupid to live. You don’ choose a man’s weapon and then expect to live through the fight.”

Favorite Quote 2: This scene shows some of the chemistry between Wyatt and Pepper.  She is talking about how she watched him fight Larry out in the swamp near the compound she has escaped from with Ginger. I call it “Mail-Order Bride.”

“It was a serious beating,” Pepper said. “You weren’t kidding around, and I could tell you were going easy on him.”

“So you were watchin’ me all along,” Wyatt said, giving her a grin that spoke volumes. “Likin’ what you saw. You just had to come here and show me that knife, didn’ you?” Before she could answer he frowned. “You and Nonny didn’ cook this up together, did you? She’s been wantin’ a woman and babies outa us boys for a while now.” He poured suspicion into his voice.

“Now that you say that, she did mention it a time or two that you were hopeless at finding a woman yourself and she was thinking of buying you one of those mail-order brides to help you along your way.” Pepper delivered the revelation with a straight face. “We ha a lot of time to talk while she was fixing up the bullet wounds.”

“I wouldn’ put it past her,” Wyatt said, sobering instantly. “Don’ you enter into any conspiracy with that woman. We’;; end up married with ten or fifteen little ones runnin’ around the bayou. If she had her way, this house would be filled with children.”

Favorite Quote 3: This is another moment between Wyatt and Pepper. They are talking to each other psychically. I call it “You Are In My World Now.”

If Ginger doesn’ understand and wants to, sign for her as best you can. I want her to know I want her here and so does Nonny.

Pepper scowled at him with a quick shake of her head. “You can’t take her away from me. That’s not right.

Who said I was? Pipe down for a minute and think logically. You can’ handle all three of them alone as they’re growin’ and you know it, nor can you run with three babies in tow. Seriously, woman, you’re enough to make a man crazy. I’m keepin’ them and I’m keepin’ you.

But

You’re in my world now, babe. Go with the flow.

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