Playing the Witch’s Game by Zoe Forward

March 22, 2016 Book Review 0 ★★½

Playing the Witch’s Game by Zoe Forwardtwo-half-stars
Playing the Witch's Game by Zoe Forward
Series: Keepers of the Veil #3
Also in this series: Protecting His Witch, His Witch to Keep
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 21, 2016
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 212
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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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.


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By SparklesAfter 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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