Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Game of Skills

Title: A Game of Skills
Author: T.C. Blue
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-257-2
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

It’s dangerous working as an agent for the Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club, an organization whose services are offered to the highest bidder. When his latest mission goes awry, Simon doesn’t expect to be rescued by a man he doesn’t know and a child who seems to know things she shouldn’t, but he is. He also doesn’t expect or want the sizzling attraction he feels for his male rescuer, Morgan, either.

Morgan has his best friend’s child, Rico, with him and they’ve been on the run from a group of people bent on taking the unusually talented young girl captive and they’re willing to kill to get her. He doesn’t need the complication of helping a dangerous stranger but Morgan can’t deny their chemistry and developing feelings for Simon is the worst thing that could happen.

Between Simon’s life as an agent and the group of crazies chasing them, Morgan’s life is totally screwed up. Can he and Simon keep Rico safe and make a life together, or does he keep running and hope he can stay ahead of their pursuers?

A Game of Skills is book two in the Farmingdale Gentleman's Club series. Be aware that while it would be helpful to have read the first book, you can read this one as a standalone.

There’s a lot going on in this well-plotted action suspense book and it all starts off with a bang when Morgan discovers he’s being followed and he, Ellie and Rico end up in the middle of a shoot out, fighting for their lives. This is one example of the fast-paced over-the-road adventures of Morgan as he struggles to stay ahead of the people determined to turn Rico into some kind of lab experiment. I loved how much Morgan cared for Rico and the extremes he was willing to go through to keep her safe. He’s a great primary character—he’s ex-military, strong, smart, loyal, dedicated, determined and he’s devoted to and willing to kill for this special child that he loves like his own.

Morgan and Simon have an undeniable chemistry from the first moment they meet, but it doesn’t stop them from going their separate ways and then spending weeks apart, thinking of each other, either. I loved the extremes Simon is willing to go through to find Morgan and Rico and of course, he and his team do it just in the nick of time. The rescue allows the author the time needed to develop the relationship of the reunited lovers into something they want but are both scared to death of. They’re plenty hot together, but don’t count out cute and endearing too.

Rico’s a great character and is truly the glue that pulls the plot together—and not just between Morgan and Simon, but later with Patrice, the head of the Gentleman’s Club. Allowing Patrice to develop feeling for Rico changes her personality; it makes her human and likable, causing her to make out-of-character decisions. Ms. Blue did a nice job with the paranormal aspect of Rico’s personality and made the special child she is, even more special when the extent of her psychic talent is revealed.

Yes, the passion and growing love between Morgan and Simon is horribly important to the ongoing story, but the paranormal twists and finding the people responsible for tracking Rico ultimately turns into the backbone of the story. And it’s here that that the unexpected turns just keep coming and coming. (And no, I’m not telling you anything else!) Let’s just say that the villain is someone you’ll find reprehensible, cold and calculating, and like most bad guys, will get their just desserts.

By the end of the story, it’s seems like the author will be making changes at the Gentleman’s Club and I for one can’t want to see what’s going to happen in the next release in this thrilling adventure series. I hope to see more of Morgan, Rico and Simon in the future.

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