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Video game designer River Weston is ready to sell her soul to smooth out the glitches in her latest project. When she unwittingly taps into a parallel dimension via cutting-edge technology, a Dark Lord is quick to take her up on her inadvertent offer. Trapped in the world she thought she’d created for her game, River finds herself in a very real alternate dimension that she must escape from before her soul can be used to unleash evil--upon ...
Video game designer River Weston is ready to sell her soul to smooth out the glitches in her latest project. When she unwittingly taps into a parallel dimension via cutting-edge technology, a Dark Lord is quick to take her up on her inadvertent offer. Trapped in the world she thought she’d created for her game, River finds herself in a very real alternate dimension that she must escape from before her soul can be used to unleash evil--upon this dimension and many others.
River’s only ally is the sexy and mysterious Chase Hawkins. A prisoner of the Dark Lord, Hawk is a man adrift—literally. His body safe at home under the watchful care of the Guardians’ scientists, his astral-traveling spirit has been enslaved by his people’s worst enemy, the Dark Lord. Clinging desperately to his sense of self, Hawk is determined to turn the tables on his captor before the connection to his body is lost. When the beautiful, achingly familiar River enters the picture, he vows he will do everything he can to save her from her bleak fate.
Drawn together with an inescapable force, Hawk and River must wrest her soul from the Dark Lord’s grasp before it’s too late.
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Posted November 29, 2010
River Weston game designer and geek extraordinaire is in the final stage of creating her newest interactive game only she can't defeat the evil Soul Man and win. Against her teams wishes she goes back to the lab to tweak it alone only she's far from alone. In his prison provided by the Guardians The Dark Lord watches River and dangles just the right carrot to entice her farther into his trap and if his theory is right she's just what he needs to escape. Guardian Chase Hawkins has volunteered for his soul to be separated from his body for an experiment only to find himself too close to the Dark Lord's prison and being snared into it with him. River and Chase have only themselves to rely on to get them out, but can they both get out and if not who will sacrifice who.
In this era of new and exciting genres we have many readers who are genre jumpers, me included. I love dipping my toes in all the proverbial genres, but where have you seen an author who successfully jumps genres in one novel, well look no further because it's right here in Game Over. You get the interplanetary techno action of Sci-Fi, the characters of fantasy and paranormal the heat of a romantic suspense and the downright great storyline of all of the above in one read. The author(s) give us a heart pounding, blood pressure rising, action packed plot with Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal thriller written all over it. They will delight their reading audience with animated and provocative dialogue as they take us through the levels of the game describing scenes and creatures, and they're not afraid to throw out a few expletives when needed. The characters are all way above average and every one of them has their own essential place in the read. The hero Chase and heroine River are exceptional examples of thinking outside the box when it comes to dreaming up protagonists as these two are complex and confounding characters who are constantly challenged and still always rise above. The romance is heartbreakingly poignant while not being cheesy or one-dimensional. The love scenes are few as the author(s) obviously want to focus on more than sex, but the few there are, are sensual, earthy, visceral and edgy.
Believe me when I tell you that you cannot go wrong with this novel, it has all the bells and whistles that any fans of Science Fiction, Fantasy or Paranormal would want in one neat little package. And yet the best thing about this read is that it's the first in a series, a series that will be first on my wish list. I can't wait to find out what perils Chase and River will face in their next adventure. To the authors Ms. Verge and Ms. Fox you two have hit the nail on the head. Kudos to you for your exciting new series.
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Posted May 18, 2013
In spite of not being a gamer, the premise of this story intrigued me; I wasn't disappointed. Action-packed, great world-building, excellent writing. Rather than Romance, I would definitely shelve this under Urban Fantasy. Though it is not (thankfully, for me at least) written first-person, everything else about it fits UF. While it does have a strong romantic element, I found the development of the relationship insufficient to be a truly satisfying Romance. This is the first book of a trilogy involving the main characters, so while you can expect some resolution, there are more than enough loose ends to fill the next two books. Hopefully, there will be more romance, too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2010
this was definately a different sort of book to reaad but it kept me interested throughout the hours that i sped through it. i cant wait for the next one in this great series to come out!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2010
A thrill-ride you won't soon forget.
Game Over is one of the more involved books I've read in a while. Once I grabbed the book, I couldn't put it down, for fear I'd miss something. The writing is fast paced and tight, which kept me involved with the story for the full four hundred and five pages. The characters are intriguing and there are plenty of plot twists. I must admit, I'm not a gamer, nor do I get the whole video game genre, but in this book, it worked. Yes, there were times when I had to go back and re-read to make sure I hadn't missed something or confused myself, but it was worth it.
River is a conundrum. She has created a nice little overworked space for herself. She wants loved and has a secret obsession with Sever. Although she could've taken the path of shrinking violet when she's thrust into her game, she doesn't and it's a nice change.
Chase "Hawk" Hawkins is a man with issues. He belongs to the Dark Lord and it took me a bit to figure him out but I enjoyed it. He's strong, capable, and what I want to wake up to in the morning. He's got a connection to his body, as he's a virtual player as River is, but when he sees her, the connection is more than a passing fancy. i liked that he needed to protect her, even above his own welfare. Nice trait in a mate.
If I have any complaints with this book, it's that its very intricate. You have to really pay attention. That's not a bad thing, but if you're looking for a breezy read, this one might not fit your bill. Still, I liked the book and would recommend it to those who love a good sci-fi story. I give Game Over 3.5 books.
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Posted October 23, 2010
River Weston created a game that enables people to experience adventure, but has some snafus. The brilliant game designer is also unaware that she has drilled into a parallel universe where the Dark Lord resides. He manages to fool with the levels. Soon River finds herself trapped inside her game that is not a game; a place that is constantly changing. In this virtual realm, River meets a Dark Lord prisoner Hawk.
In her real world, River fears her friend Nick is hiding some dark secret from her. At the same time Kaye investigates River hoping to learn her secrets to use initially against her and then others. In Hawk's real world his body remains dormant under the alert of the Guardians, but like River's spirit, his remains trapped by his people's enemy the Dark Lord.
Readers will enjoy this exciting science fiction-fantasy romantic thriller due to the strong cast. River and Hawk prove that the sum is greater than the parts as the skillful duet from this different universes team up against a very formidable opponent. Fast-paced from the moment River and the Dark Lord "meet", readers will wonder who will be left standing where once Game over occurs. Obviously the plot pays homage to Tron as a loosely sort of daughter of the movie, however be aware the Legacy of the son is soon to be released on film.
Posted October 20, 2010
GAME OVER is a high-adrenaline blend of fantasy and science fiction with a soul-stirring love story at its core! I especially enjoyed Taylor Keating's voice -- its sharp, dry wit gives even the villain of this amazing story a kind of twisted appeal. I highly recommend this book but caution readers that once they start reading, they may not be able to stop!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2010
What an awesome book! The world building in this clever novel is extensive and inventive. There are worlds within worlds in this amazing furturistic fantasy. Imagine it is our world but after the earth has been ravaged by a number of forces including disease and war. Video game designer River Weston is working to create a virtual world where anything can happen, including experiencing action and adventure outside what a person may have in their real life.
The difficulty comes when her game touches the virtual prison of a demon. Here the paranormal world of magic rules. River's virtual adventure becomes all too real and dangerous. Entrapped by the demon's prison is guardian Chase Hawkins. Pulled into the game by the Demon's machinations, Chase doesn't know if he can trust the beautiful River or not. Trusting could mean his or her souls could be at risk, just what the demon would need to escape his prison.
Loved the characters in this novel and the action, I couldn't put it down! The attraction between Chase and River is undeniable, even though it is something that shouldn't exist. They match each other and make an incredible team. As trust grows so does love. Without giving away any spoilers I would have to say this is one of the most inventive stories I've read in a while. Go buy the book, 5 stars!
Posted May 13, 2011
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Posted September 22, 2011
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