Review: Game Over by Taylor Keating

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Review: Game Over by Taylor Keating

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.

Title: Game Over
Author: Taylor Keating
Published by Tor Books
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: November 2 2010
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 405
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: two-half-flames

Game Over

This week’s blast from the blogs past is the 2nd review I ever posted. That was November 18, 2010.


Game Over takes place after the Great War that has left Earth devastated and mostly destroyed. A mutated virus has wiped out a lot of the population. The main characters are River and Hawk. They are both trapped in the game that River created. To survive they have to defeat the game. There is plenty of action and adventure in this book. The romantic aspect of the book is lacking. There was no relationship development with the characters, nor was there any relationship pursuit. Hawk or River never showed any attraction to the other. They fell into pointless sex. The way the book abruptly ends leaves me questioning is there is a Happily Ever After.

The book was good enough that I kept reading. It is a very interesting concept & world that Keating has created. The first thing I must point out is the spine declares it as a Paranormal Romance. This book would best be classified as an action adventure, perhaps fantasy. There is one sex scene in the book. River and Hawk definitely have a romantic connection, but the romance never drives this story.

The book flows quickly and is easy to understand. I was concerned with having issues understanding some of the content due to the fact that I am not a gamer. I am also not very techy. This is not an issue. The author has created a futuristic/alternate type world where other beings lend knowledge of technical gadgets.

The main conflict wrapped up and ended rather abrubtly in my opinion. Hopefully some of these questions will be answered in the next book. I most likely will not go forth with the series. I was just left with too many questions. I can understand a few that leave readers curious about the next book, but this had an overall unfinished feel. I did not like that at all.

Taylor Keating


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