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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mind Games by Taylor Keating

Mind Games by Taylor Keating
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (356 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

River Weston thinks her problems are over. She managed to escape the virtual world of her video game—and the clutches of the Dark Lord who attempted to enslave her—with body and mind intact. But her return to the real world is anything but easy. Framed for monstrous crimes she didn’t commit, and hunted by members of a dark government agency, it is all she can do to stay one step ahead of her pursuers.

Guardian Chase Hawkins gained his freedom from the Dark Lord’s prison, but it came with a heavy price. Trapped in another man’s body, his soul slowly deteriorating, Hawk knows he must return to his world—and his body—before the damage is irreparable.

Racing against time, River and Hawk know that in order to have a future together, they must work to reveal the secrets hidden in River’s past.

They thought freedom was the answer. If they only knew...

The peril and romance of Game Over hasn't begun to climax...I had to grab a copy of Mind Games see what would happen next. I'm glad I did.

I have to say first and foremost, if you love urban fantasy, this book is the book for you. If you're new to the genre and want to try an urban fantasy book, then start here. There is plenty of action and a healthy dose of romance to keep everyone happy. Taylor Keating writes with dynamic, keeping the reader firmly in the seat. I had to know what would happen next for River and Hawk.

Now be it known, this is a complicated read. Taylor Keating has packed a ton into this novel. There were more than a couple occasions I had to go back and re-read what I'd read to make sure I understood and caught everything. I'd heartily suggest clearing your calendar for the evening when sitting down to read this book.

Another point of contention was the Hawk/Nick situation. That's a whole microcosm of struggle in itself. Hawk's in River's world to be free of the prison, but he's in Nick's body. Nick is her former lover. Both parts want her. I alternately rooted for Hawk while being frustrated with Nick. But really, it's kind of a fun struggle, two men wanting you.

I also want to note this book is part of a series, so the ending may not be for everyone. I got to learn that River was more than I'd expected, got to see into her lineage, but at the same time, there's a lot left open to -- you guessed it -- leave the reader craving the next story. Sign me up, I'm waiting.

The book is complex and we see the characters at their lowest and highest. It's an emotional journey and I'm glad I got the opportunity to read the book.