Friday, December 10, 2010

Gunnar’s Game


Title: Gunnar’s Game
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-853-2
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal Shape-shifter
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

As a genetically manipulated super-soldier, Gunnar Tersch and the other members of his team, Dawn Endeavor, work under the authority of the scary and secretive Mrs. Alicia Sharpe. Their job is to travel the globe for the United States government, putting life and limb at risk, cleaning up the messes made by scientists out of control. Mrs. Sharpe is good at her job but has more than patriotism on her agenda; the team just doesn’t know what.

Gunnar is the strongest member of the group and when the team needs a little extra muscle, they can always depend on him and his ability to unleash his inner berserker. But lately he’s having trouble controlling his inner monster and it’s only gotten worse since he learned the truth about Ava, the woman he and his beast want to claim as their mate.

Due to a tragic event while a teenager, Gunnar’s convinced he’s a danger to Ava, but she refuses to keep her distance. She’s determined to use every trick in the book to get Gunnar in her bed. Unfortunately for him, she’s not the only person in their compound he has to worry about. There’s someone out to put an end to Project Dawn Endeavor and if they don’t find the culprit, they could all wind up dead.

Gunnar’s Game is the fourth release in the Dawn Endeavor series by author Marie Harte and it’s my new favorite. I’ve been anxious to read Gunnar and Ava’s story since it became apparent they were going to be a couple and I’ll say upfront that Ms. Harte didn’t disappoint.

It’s an action packed, fast-paced book from beginning to end and the simmering sexual tension and blistering hot passion between Gunnar and Ava is nicely done, leaving little doubt how these two verbal combatants feel about each other. It’s intense, physical and demanding, but they also give each other understanding and tenderness. There’s also plenty of interaction from all the other characters of the team that were introduced in the previous releases, making for continuity and a good sense of caring and family.

There’s a villain at work in the background, intent on destroying all Gunnar holds dear, and he and other members of the team must discover the person’s identity and stop them before its too late. This is where Ms. Harte excelled. She skillfully integrated the love story of Gunnar and Ava into the intense and dangerous suspense aspects of betrayal, hate, threats and deceit and did it without either storyline suffering. Here she also manages to introduce a new group of genetically manipulated men—this time psychics and the next series will be Power Up with the first release entitled The Lost Locket.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Ménage / moresome (m/m/m/m), sex in shifted form.

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