"Rock 'n'Roll history, with a new twist of vampire lore will have you singing I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
In Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready, former con
artist Ciara Griffin takes an intern position at the local
radio station. Her job is to bring more money into the
station so they will not be bought out by the media giant
Sky Wave. However, when she accepted the position, she had
no idea the DJ's were actually vampires, each one stuck in
the era in which they were reborn. Hesitant at first,
Ciara decides to help the vampires because, without a link
to the station, the vampires will fade into mindless
ghouls. Ciara doesn't want to see this happen especially
since she has a new love interest in the grunge DJ Shane
McAllister. With a new scheme under her belt, Ciara decides
to promote the business as WVMP; the Lifeblood of Rock 'n'
Roll where all the vampires can come forward into the
public eye. Although Ciara never expected the public to
take the vampire gimmick seriously, a few ancient vampires
are not so happy to be exposed. Soon Ciara's life is at
stake. Can she con her way out of this one?
Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready is simply put,
amazing. First, I love the way she blends rock 'n'roll
history with the vampire lore. It is very well written and
the author's knowledge of rock 'n' roll is right on the
button. I actually walked away learning something from this
book. I would recommend this book to anyone, not just
paranormal romance readers. My only is hope is that Ms.
Smith-Ready continues with this style of writing. It offers
readers something different then the norm.
Reviewed by Beth Senters
Posted April 30, 2008
A novel of sex, blood, and rock 'n' roll.
Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, 60s psychedelia, 80s Goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers how the DJs maintain their cred: they’re vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.
Ciara’s first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WMMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station—and the link it provides to their original Life Times—the vampires would “fade,” becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover becomes a matter of life and un-death.
To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara re-brands the station as “WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll.” In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs’ vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around—next to Ciara’s complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the “gimmick” enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren’t so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher—and the perils graver—than any con game Ciara’s ever played…