Monday, 8 June 2009

Review – Night Games – Jude Mason

 

 

 

 

Back Of The Book

 

Johan is gay and has been interested in only one man for centuries, so why does this mortal woman pull at him so?


When a hooker on the stroll is kidnapped under his very nose, Johan's interest is piqued, so he follows. Joined by his lover, Petre, the two vampires find themselves in the midst of a mystery.


Once rescued, the lovely Miranda becomes a playmate for the two lusty men, but again, she vanishes.


Who is the luscious blonde woman, and who could possibly be so interested in a whore? And why do these mysterious someone’s want her dead?

 

Review

Characters

Johan – Not opposed to what nature has in store for him – he welcomes the challenge, but knows when to call it a day as well as when to fight tooth and nail for what he wants.

Petre – The other half of Johan, but still filled with enough insecurity to make him cute as well as so lovable. Petre is not only beautiful, but has an old world charm and propriety about him that is also very lovable.

 

The Plot

Johan is caught up in a pretty little baggage strutting her stuff, but seems to be going no where on the street across from him. When she is taken before he has a chance to know what she means to him – he knows he can’t let the chance of finding out slip through his hand, so with usual Johan style he takes matters into his own hands and gives chase.

The chase only goes so far, as he is easily sidetracked by the only person who can sidetrack him – his other, better half  - but before long they are both on the hunt for the woman who had piqued Johan’s interest.

Caught up in something that not only gets their blood pumping – but also filled them with righteous indignation that have them wanting to make it right. They are however placed in a position that rubs against everything they believe in – and are very much worried about the eventual repercussions.  

 

Maybe it was her lips that grabbed him. Plump and red, with a bee-stung look. That’s what they used to call those kind of lips, he recalled. Even from the distance, he could see that her eyes were pale blue and the lashes couldn’t be real. No one had lashes that thick. Her scent was thick, rich, filled with blood and the luxurious smell of a woman in heat. Perhaps it was that smell that attracted him.

Johan leaned back against the wall, sliding his full length leather coat back and exposed the growing bulge in the tight matching slacks. The only colour he’d worn that evening was the deep purple silk shirt. Petre loved it on him and had asked him to wear it.

Petre, his lover, his mate, how he adored the slender, golden man. Thinking about him brought a smile, and another stirring in his crotch. My, but he was horny.

Movement. A car—one of those low, expensive jobs with the tinted windows and too much horsepower—pulled up to the curb and stopped a few feet from his girl.

Nose in the air, she insolently flipped that luscious long hair over her shoulder and turned away. He thought he caught a frown wrinkle her brow, but he wasn’t sure. For a moment, she looked like she might walk away. But she must have thought better of it. Maybe rent was due or the fridge was empty—something made her turn herself around.

With a fake smile plastered on her face, she sidled on over to the passenger’s side door and bent forward.

Johan would have given anything to be standing behind her at that moment. Bad planning, he chastised himself.

A few words exchanged and the would-be client pulled away with a chirp of his tires. Johns, he thought. The guy must have thought he could have her for the price of a ride in his big fancy—car.

Chuckling, Johan listened for prey, and heard nothing. Quiet nights were tough on the grocery list.

He ran his tongue around the inside of his mouth, licked the sharp incisors.

Night Games © Jude Mason

 

 

Smut Ick Factor

The smut was off the charts in NIGHT GAMES, not only did Johan and Petre get their groove on – every chance they had – and believe me, it - was – every – chance – they - got – but they welcomed Miranda into their circle with ease and it was beautiful to see these three cementing their union.

 

Positive

Firstly this is not a sugar coated read – it’s gritty, it deals with the underbelly of society but it was nice in that there was a kernel of hope and faith to be found even out on the mean streets.

I have to admit i like the two male protags – i didn’t like Miranda much (probably because i didn’t know her) but Johan was all cocky and knew he was all the things he think he was  and stunning with it.

Petre was the fun one of the group and with an elegant grace in his mannerism  and his sense of classy dress – he was just beautiful.

Miranda – As much as i didn’t get her, she had some style about her – she knew what and who she was, made up no sorry ass story about it – she just was and i like that about her character. She also had a firm grasp of reality which wasn’t a surprise given where she was, but the ingrain integrity to go with it was very surprising.

I am not a ha-ha funny sort of person, i am as sarcastic as it gets sort of funny. There was a scene in the book that i am sitting on the fence with, as although i didn’t particularly find it funny – i had two people read the scene and they found it hilarious and laugh their  heads off. To be honest they felt it was the highlight of the book. There are moment of laughter in this book that  i liked – just one that have me thinking hmmmmmm too-much.

This was an evenly paced read – as much as time and the situation was against them at times – everything got done without a break neck maddening rush.

Petre and Johan are shifter vamps and i have to say when i realise Ms. Mason “back to the original ‘ take on these vamps – i was not only impressed, but it made me realised i have not read the like of this in a long, long time – Thank you.

On some level the union between Johan and Petre is so solid that once Petre knew Miranda was important to Johan there was never a doubt that he would do his all to make Johan have what he wants – I like that Johan did not abuse the love Petre has for him to do as he wishes – without Petre, Johan knows he couldn’t go on.

There was a mystery that range from scary to hilarious and it was not only a welcome balance to Petre and Johan getting their groove on, but it lend a realness to the entire scenarios that the author created.

Bottom Line.

A fun read, that i think might be a favourite of the author as can easily be identified by how much care and attention she gave her protags. She made it not necessarily easy for them, but she makes them have fun with something outside of their nightly routine.

Ms. Mason has a knack for gelling unions of three – taking the best of these people and making a solid whole, without them even realising that they have gravitated towards each other as only true soul mates do. A whole lot of this book was different for me from Ms. Mason – but not unwelcomed, i would love to see what she could do with a full length novel with the same basic principles of this plot.

I had fun with NIGHT GAMES   

 

Negative

This is a short read and as such, there is limited character development – I would have however  liked to have know more about not only the characters but the area they were in.

As mentioned before – some of the comedy i loved – however some i am still no the fence about, feels a little like overkill in the fine print. 

 

Cover

I keep looking at it and keep looking at it – but not liking it. Johan and Petre are really classy men – just not getting it with these two guys on the cover. Don’t even start me on Miranda (LOL).

 

 

16 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 8 June 2009 at 18:15 said...

Not sure about this one, first I was yes, but then afterwards...very unsure

eyre32 on 8 June 2009 at 20:10 said...

You've convinced me to try this one! At first, it was a definite "no." I have trouble getting my brain around the prostitute as heroine situation.

Jenna Byrnes on 8 June 2009 at 20:42 said...

For anyone who's unsure, I highly recommend giving this one a read. Jude is a great storyteller and she does wonders with prostitutes, LOL

Seriously, this is a very enjoyable read that I thought was great. I don't remember any rolling on the floor funny spots, but that could just be me. *G*

Nice review EH!

Jenna

Jude Mason on 8 June 2009 at 21:06 said...

E.H.,

Thanks so much for an awesome review. I'm really tickled you enjoyed the book. Not sure which part you found too over the top funny, but I hope it didn't distract from the story too much.

Blodeuedd and eyre32, the girl was definitely a hooker, but that wasn't what the book was about. As for her being the heroine, well, possibly in a strange way she was. But, it was the two guys who really took care of business.

Jenna, thanks so much for your kind comments. Yeah, me and whores... gulp... LOL

Hugs

Erotic Horizon on 8 June 2009 at 22:39 said...

Hey Blodeuedd..

you'll find the one you like one of these days...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 8 June 2009 at 22:40 said...

Hey Eyre32 ..

A read i think you will definately enjoy..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 8 June 2009 at 22:41 said...

Hey Jenna..

Couldn't agree with you more..

My friends are mad -i tell you mad....
As long as they enjoyed it, that's all I wanted to know..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 8 June 2009 at 22:44 said...

Jude

Congrats on a sweet read - There were moment there - that you had to smile, but I know my sense of humour is so not funny - glad I got a second opinion..

I think it was just the picture of how Jake looked after all was said and done - I have to admit - I had a little smile as well..

E.H>

Munk on 9 June 2009 at 15:24 said...

I love checking out your reviews! Think I'll give this one a try soon!

Yvette Kelly on 9 June 2009 at 19:53 said...

Hey E.H.
I do love your reviews but you know that already.You have introduced me to the world of ...
Yes I am still here.Not gone to bookshop yet but I had to tell you this.Hope you read this.I originally come from the Seychelles(little island in the Indian Ocean)and they are still a little behind the times.To cut a long story short about a week ago an aunt(by marriage) got her first laptop.First of all we had to explain that the internet does not just appear you have to get it.Then this happened.My relatives noticed she was always cleaning the desk where the laptop is.Eventually they asked her why she kept on doing this over and over.She explained indignantly that that the laptop keeps on showing the message "You have unsused icons,please clear your desktop".I swear this is a true story I can give you phone numbers if you want to confirm.Can you believe it?(lol)

Erotic Horizon on 10 June 2009 at 08:34 said...

Hey Munk

Thank - this was a fun read..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 June 2009 at 08:36 said...

Hey Yvette

I thought the little man in the back room with the ladder was bad, your aunt is something else.. that was a laugh...

I hope you set her right...

What a funny week you are having...

E.H>

Book Junkie on 10 June 2009 at 13:30 said...

Great review, I am hooked. I love the short spicy reads! Great review!!!

Yvette Kelly on 10 June 2009 at 19:02 said...

Hey E.H.
Apparently the family is having too much fun.She cleans and then checks if laptop still says"please clear your desktop".Just found out from ur other post you were sick.Missed you and hope you feel 100% better soon.

Erotic Horizon on 10 June 2009 at 23:01 said...

Hey Book Junkie..

This is a spicy read... i had fun reading it..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 June 2009 at 23:03 said...

Hey Yvette...

Your aunt will get it - eventually

Thanks for the well wishes - I am most definately on the mend..

E.H>