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.
I've held off reading this book as recently Ms Feehan's style tends to be much more full on than previously. I'm used to her demanding males who totally try to control their women but the recent trend for stories featuring dominant and submissive traits seems to have landed in the author's work with a bang! I know we don't all enjoy the same books but frankly, guys who seem to bully are, to me, not sexy. That being said, Ms Feehan can write with ideas that constantly surprise. This world she has created just keeps building and the abilities her characters have just are just crazy imaginative and downright scary at times!
So what did I think of this story? Well, if like me, you've read all the books in this series then you will fondly remember Gator and his grandmother Nonny. This book features Gator's brother, Wyatt, and his closest friends. Nonny needs help as there's something strange happening in the bayou but when the guys arrive it's to discover a beautiful and deadly woman who turns out to be enhanced just like the GhostWalkers but she's not alone, Pepper has a child with her and that little girl is the 'spitting' image of Wyatt!
Well pairing Wyatt, who seems to have trouble controlling his temper, with Pepper, a sexual predator certainly had its moments. I won't lie, I'd hoped for a more jovial type but Wyatt seems to have had a sense of humour bypass at times. My fault, I guess for comparing him to Gator (Night Game) but at least Nonny doesn't disappoint. Nonny may lack stature but it's sure easy to see where her boys get their spunk from!
Pepper is our heroine and she is so full of self-doubt. She knows how dangerous she is but hates what she has become. Her devotion to those held captive with her is a beautiful thing and as more is revealed I just wanted her to stop shillyshallying and leap into action. Vulnerable, naive but she's been trained as a soldier so I just wanted to see more from her.
Then of course it would be remiss of me not to mention the supporting characters which although new are very intriguing with shady backgrounds that are crying out to be explored!
I think I did enjoy being back with these psychically/genetically enhanced soldiers and although there wasn't much action until near the end, when it came it was fast, hard, and exciting. These super soldiers/warriors sure do pack a punch and Ms Feehan's imagination is working overtime with the abilities we read about in Viper Game.
I'm afraid I've stopped buying the author's books and now get them from my library as the sex scenes just dominate too much at times but who knows maybe the next book Spider Game will be back on form.
My final thoughts are I am glad I read Viper Game and Ms Feehan truly writes a fabulous story, but I kind of miss the original books and the characters we met there.