Playing the Witch's Game by Zoe Forward
Series: Keepers of the Veil #3
Also in this series: Protecting His Witch (a Keepers of the Veil novel), His Witch to Keep
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 21, 2016
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Pleiades witch Jennifer Marcos is certain that the host of Extreme Survivor is her soulmate. All she has to do is find a fake boyfriend, get on the show, and voila! She'll have her destiny. Unfortunately, she has to rely on ex-Russian spy Nikolai Jovec's six-foot-something of gorgeous, infuriating hotness. To make matters worse, the electric attraction between Jen and Nikolai is hotter than ever. But the only way Nikolai can protect Jen is by hiding the identity of her true Destined...him.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Sometimes a series catches your eye and the Keepers of the Veil Series did just that for me with the first two in the series. Unfortunately sometimes no matter how much you like a series, not all the books are going to work for you. This was the case for me with Playing the Witch’s Game. This one was a huge disappointment for me. Nothing about this book worked for me except for the brief glimpses of characters I’m fond of.
The heroine quickly hit TSTL territory. For example: A witch accepting gifts of jewelry from a relative stranger and promising to never take it off…seriously? Refusing to acknowledge all the signs someone is evil, refusing to listen to everyone who cares for her, and then putting not only herself and Nikolai in unbelievable danger, but Shannon as well. Don’t even get me started on the whole putting them in an international spotlight thing by letting them participate in a fake reality program much less the fact that Matt and the Druid protectors let this insanity happen. Nothing about this book made sense.
Towards the end, after a tragedy where someone important loses their life because of this craziness, a lame excuse was thrown out there as to why this entire scenario was allowed to happen. This was too little too late for me as I’d spent the entire book thinking this whole thing was whacked.
As for Jenn and Nilolai, Jenn’s selfishness, the lack of communication and refusal to acknowledge the pull and feelings for most of the book drove me up a wall. Why should I believe in them as a couple when they didn’t believe in themselves?
I finished it only because I like the first two in the series and am hoping this was just an anomaly.
Spice’s Rating: 2 Better Luck Next Time Stars
After reading the two previous stories in this series I was spoiled by kickass heroines so I was expecting another great leading lady for Playing the Witch’s Game. Unfortunately for me, Jen just didn’t quite meet my expectations.
Jen is convinced that some famous guy hosting an extreme survivalist show is her Destined. She’ll get the chance of going on a date with him if she gets on his tv show… is this sounding fishy to you yet?
Disregarding what everyone who loves her is telling her, she insists that this is the only way to be with her one… Only that guy is not actually her destined; Nikolai, the brother of the previous book’s H, recognized her as his destined match the very first time they met, but to keep Jen safe, he had to tell her otherwise.
Now she’s roped him into being her fake boyfriend and Extreme Survivor partner in national television, putting both their lives in jeopardy.
Even though Jen was not quite herself at the beginning of the story, I never completely warmed up to her. She was judgmental and seemed a bit scatter-brained at the start, and although she toughened up during their adventure she was not cool under pressure, nothing like you’d expect from a witch with magical powers and some fighting training.
Nikolai was the definition of a Martyr. Yes, a hero being the protector is one of my favorite traits in a leading man, but this guy took it a little to the extreme. So while yes, he was sexy, hot, bossy and possessive he also kept pushing Jen away so she wouldn’t get too attached to him if anything bad happened…
While not a bad book, Playing the Witch’s Game in my opinion was not in the same league as the first two books, which I had loved. There was lots of adventure, but the ongoing plot for the series felt kind of flat and unconnected to Protecting His Witch and His Witch to Keep.
I’m aware it’s ridiculous to expect every book from an author to work for you, but I was kind of bummed by this book not working. I’m just hoping the next installment in the series brings back the kick ass witches and hunky protectors with the usual dangers and no more venomous snake infested jungles.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3 Ho Hum Magical Stars
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