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 just 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 WVMP 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 is a matter of life and undeath.
To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara rebrands 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.
Am I the last person to pick this book up? Really, I am a huge fan of Jeri Smith-Ready and have been ever since I picked up Shade. At that time I had no idea that she also wrote an PNR… *hangs head in shame* The good news is that I know now and am prepared to more than make up for my lapse.
WVMP Radio is a series for anyone who thinks that vampires have been over done. The author has taken the WVMP vampires and made them her own. Yes, they drink blood and no they can’t survive in the sun but there is so much more to the vampires that Jeri Smith-Ready has created than the typical cliche. I loved her twist on her vamps. 😉
The humans in Wicked Game are great too, especially Ciara. I love that she doesn’t automatically swoon. She approaches the vamps with a very realistic attitude. As much as I love reading about vampires and other supernatural beings, I’m not so sure I’d love meeting them. That’s where Ciara was. She was actually kind of put off by them all at first. Her attitude toward them made it seem more ‘real’ in a way. She was smart, strong witty and very logical in her thinking despite her background and the circumstances. I loved watching her come around and realize that she needed them as much as they needed her.
I also loved Shane. He was sweet and realistic about his existence but he was also broken in a very big way. Watching him come around, even when he didn’t realize it was great.
Wicked Game was full of action, surprises and a healthy dose of romance. The fresh take on vampires made it a really fun read and the wit, sarcasm and depth of the characters kept the pages turning. I think I’m going to enjoy my time with WVMP Radio. 😉