Dead Men Play The Game by Jacqui Jacoby Review @JaxJacoby

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dead men play the game

Dead Men Play The Game by Jacqui Jacoby

What its about

For a hundred years, Ian Stuart has fought the monster controlling his life. Living as a human among humans, he wants to fill the void that has followed him from one empty, lonely relationship to another. Ashley Barrow is working the worst murder case in Davenport, Oregon’s history. She needs a drink to forget the detailed images in her mind. When she walks into Ian’s pub, Ian knows their lives are about to change, if only for a short while. Vampire and human, their relationships can only last so long. But an enemy from Ian’s past has his own agenda about their future. His sadistic revenge changes Ashley forever, leaving Ian and his long time friends – Travis, Jason, Quinn and Evan — desperate to ease her into her new life and find a way to defeat their enemy.

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I shared Dead Men Play The Game on my Facebook page the other day as a good free read to grab. Jacqui Jacoby commented and said she would be interested in hearing who was the favorite of anyone who had read it.

That pushed it up to the top of my TBR. 🙂

I am going to answer that question before I even get into my review.


That was a tough choice but Jason was the guy I was drawn to the most during the whole story. The other 4 come in a very close second. Don’t make me narrow it down any further. I’m interested to see if Evan has a story where that one goes and who he finds for him.

Back to my review. I didn’t even really read the blurb, just skimmed it a bit. The cover and the title are what had me 1-clicking this and sharing with my own followers.

Dead Men Play The Game has over 500 pages and I finished it in two days. I was completely engrossed in this story, the different twists and turns and how all of the characters would come together.

I really liked Ashley and all of the guys. Their personalities all went well together. There was a bit of instalove going on but in this setting I was ok with it. Ian isn’t your average guy, I don’t expect him to have the average relationship. 😀

His (and Ashley’s) relationships with Jason, Quinn, Evan, and Travis were perfectly written. The humor and camaraderie rolled easily through the book. Each had the other’s back as a family should and I really enjoyed this family (as they are to each other).

The bad guys were twisted and played their roles perfectly. The action and drama kept flowing constant through the book, it held my interest from beginning to the last word and when I finished I was wishing that the next book was out already. (No cliff hanger, it’s just this one was just released and now I have to wait. *sniff sniff*)

Great book and I am excited for the next one!

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