Deadly Game by G. Bailey & Coralee June

The Deadly GameThe Deadly Game by G. Bailey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Actual rating of 3.5 stars.

Camila is cutting it close, today is Dia De Los Muertos, The Day of the Dead. The one night each year when the humans lock themselves inside their houses, under the shadow of a protection spell, in order to stay safe from the witches who flock together to play the Deadly Games. In order to participate, each coven MUST have a human with them, and it doesn’t matter how they get one. Camila finds herself in a terrible situation but is swiftly saved by another witch, Luca, who has shown up with perfect timing, stopping her from being enslaved by Natalia, a bitch if there ever was one. She reluctantly agrees to join the Hex Coven which includes Luca, and his coven brothers Matthias and Sebastian. They wish to see the spirit of their dead brother Stephan so they can finally prove who was responsible for his death, but in order to do this, they must first win the Deadly Games, and unfortunately for Camila, no human has ever survived. Having her world completely turned upside down in a matter of hours, will Camila make it out of the games alive and be able to explore the budding romances she is experiencing with the members of the Hex Coven? Or will this be her last night on Earth?

I really loved the idea of this book, I think it’s absolutely fantastic. I have a slight fascination with Dia De Los Muertos, and I love the respect and family bond and love that this festival represents. So having a story that revolves around this was sure to catch my attention and potentially win me over. I loved the premise for the Deadly Games and thought that it was executed brilliantly.

This is a reverse harem romance, so of course it’s going to be pretty heavy on the romance side of things. However, as much as I enjoyed the characters, the whole insta-love thing still irks me a little bit. I would have absolutely loved for this world to have been expanded, which the authors have said is a possibility, and to have the romance grow over a longer period of time and books. Much like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series – there is no sex up until book 6, which yes was frustrating, but I felt that it also added to the characters depth and their relationships as well. I would have LOVED for this story to have been executed in a similar way, give the characters a realistic amount of time for their bonds to grow stronger, give them time to find the little quirks they love about each other and for the love itself to grow. Having the relationships become so serious in stories tends to have a rather rushed feel, in my opinion. This story has a very strong foundation and I would love for it to be expanded upon.

I loved the Hex brothers and how contrasting they were to each other. Luca the sweet one, Matthias the bad boy, and Sebastian the seductive one. Their characters complimented each other beautifully and I felt complimented Camila as well. Camila is a typical human which worked well for this story, though I’m still wondering what happened to her cat? I’m sure near the start of the story she mentioned that she lived with her cat, yet nothing else is ever mentioned about it. I’m guessing a possible oversight by the authors.

One thing that annoyed me a little, (even though it’s petty, it’s just a pet hate of mine and one of the reasons that the book was marked down in stars even though I thoroughly enjoyed the story) was the mix up of tense in the writing, a few times I noticed that it jumped from past tense to present tense, which again is probably just an oversight by the authors and something that could easily be fixed with another round of editing. As well as two words that stuck out like dog’s balls for me, as they don’t exist in the way they were being used – rid (which should have been ‘rode’) and drug (which should have been dragged). They are so small and insignificant but I found myself just staring at these two words when I came across them and my brain shutdown. Once again, nothing that can’t be fixed with another round of editing, but irritated me all the same.

All in all, this was a great story to me, I sincerely hope that the authors will revisit this world and these characters because I’d definitely be up for going back and seeing what all the characters are up to. I think there’s definitely more to explored here.

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