Reading Assignment Challenge: Viper Game by Christine Feehan
GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead--or to whom.
The swamps hold many mysteries, but few 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.
Wyatt feels guilt that he let himself believe he was heartbroken by a woman he thought he loved since he was four...in his desperation to get away from the bayou and all of its bad memories, he allowed himself to get involved with the GhostWalker project--something he should have known better than to do based on his brother's experiences. It is too late to reverse the changes in his body, but it isn't too late to go back to the bayou and help his Nonny. He brings with him friends who are more like brothers after the experiences they have shared. I loved the newest members to be introduced as Ghostwalkers, especially Malachai with his bottomless stomach!!
Nonny has called Wyatt back to the bayou because of some strange doings centered around a plastics plant situated on the site of an old asylum. When Nonny is accosted by a guard while harvesting plants for medicine, she decides to get reinforcements. Wyatt is PISSED that any man dared lay hands on his beloved Nonny and he makes it very clear in a hands on way that the guards will not make that mistake again. It is after this altercation when he returns home that he meets Pepper and one of the three babies she is desperately trying to protect from elimination. The other two are still being held within the confines of the plastic plant which is a front for another of Dr. Peter Whitney's experiments.
There are, as always, a lot of machinations happening on the part of Dr. Whitney, but he seemed to take it a whole nother step further in this book. I was both surprised and not by the revelation about the babys' parentage. This book seemed to take a step back from the start-to-finish, action-packed plot lines of the last couple of books and instead focused a lot of time on the developing relationship between Pepper and Wyatt as Pepper recovered from injuries sustained during their first meeting. I loved the relationship between Wyatt and Pepper up until one particular scene when Wyatt just went WAY TOO FAR in his possessiveness over Pepper. His over the top reaction to a scene that just didn't even seem to be that romantic or sexy really affected my feelings for Wyatt over all, especially as this scene takes place close to the end of the book and he never really is given a chance to recover all the points he loses during that incident. He all but calls Pepper a whore and it really jarred me and colored my overall enjoyment of the HEA. I just don't know that I feel sure he won't jump to outlandish conclusions again in the future and he never grovelled much at all when MAJOR grovelling was called for. I still liked the book, but don't know that it will be one I reread often as so many others in this series are.