The Game

Laura Tolomei
The Game
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Publisher
eXtasy Books
Release Date
May 2010
ISBN
9781554875689
Series
Book 2 of Virtus Saga
Genre
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance

SUMMARY
After discovering where th missing pyramid has been hidden, Prince Duncan Caldwell goes to retrieve it, together with his lover, Christopher Templeton, and the woman whom they seem to have no choice but to bring along, Ylianor Meyer. But once they get to the hiding place, they'll have to play an erotic game of masters and slaves before they can ever complete their mission. And once they do get their hands on the pyramidůwell, they'll wish they never had.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Feb 19, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
238 people found the following review helpful
Once again I am amazed at the intricacies of the world woven by Laura Tolomei. This second installation of the Virtus Saga, THE GAME draws us more into a world ruled by sex and power and looks deeper into forces that may be controlling it. It's an exciting ride that leaves you begging for more.

THE GAME is the continuation of the story of Prince Caldwell and his lovers, Christopher Templeton and Ylianor Meyer. Picking up right where THE SEX left off, the trio has to find out what has happened to one of the important symbols of their land, the pyramid where they pledge to one another so that they can have children. With it gone, they don't know what the future may hold. They only know that Lady Cecilia Hurst, a long ago lover of the prince, has taken it. To find out what she's done with it, they have to go to her lands and play an elaborate game of Master and slave that is filled with debauchery and sex. While enjoying the game and all of its lustful pleasures, they also must find the missing pyramid. Working together, they do just that, but once they retrieve it, they unknowingly unleash devastating consequences throughout the land of Sendar.

This is the second book of the Virtus Saga series, and it's important to read the first book to really get an understanding about the second. We get more insight into the main characters' lives prior to where we first saw them in the first book. I think that helped endear me at least somewhat to Christopher, as I wasn't too fond of his character in the first book. I still don't think that either Christopher or the prince treated Ylianor much better than they did in the first book, maybe just slightly. And although I understand that it's due to their own issues, it still had me piqued. I think that this strife in their relationship is going to lead to something big, but I haven't a clue as to what that's going to be.

Although their mission was to find this missing pyramid, which they were told was the heart of Sendar, their planet, the book really centered around "The Game". It's an elaborate set up of rules and customs featuring Masters, slaves and guests. The Game is hosted by Cecelia Hurst, the woman who stole the pyramid. Ultimately this game is a serious "boinkfest". I can't think of any other way to describe it. Different Masters get to use different slaves in various ways and they just spend a day or two using each other's bodies. I felt like some of it was a bit much sex-wise (I'm sure no one can believe I am saying that), but I didn't think we needed so many pages of descriptive sex of Ylianor with several different people, the prince with different people as well, and then another set of different people for Christopher. Now, don't get me wrong, most of the scenes were very erotic (there were some that weren't, and I don't think that they were meant to be either), but I didn't feel like all of them added to the story. There were certainly some that did though, so I don't want to make it seem as though the book was just filled with gratuitous sex.

Now, although I have my complaints about how descriptive the Game was, I do feel that the whole process of how it worked lent to give us more insight into this world of Sendar. The world building done by the author in this series so far has been amazing. I really feel like I am there when she describes everything with such detail; it's almost as if I can touch the rooms, the characters, the lands.

I also thought that the story moved much more quickly than the first one because there wasn't as much development needed. It was exciting and alluring, watching the three of them navigate this strange territory together. None of them seem to know what they are doing, but when they do it together, working off on all of their strengths, it comes out fine.

There was one scene near the end of the book, where Christopher has been hurt and Ylianor has to go inside of him to unleash his healing powers so that he can heal himself, and the prince has to shield Ylianor from Christopher's powers because they are inherently dangerous to Ylianor. Seeing the three of them work together like that, gave me the sense that they have some bigger purpose and they have come together for a reason. I just can't wait to find out what that is.

So, yes, I have my complaints, but I truly enjoyed this story. This world is fascinating and the author really does an incredible job of making it so tangible. The characters are developed so throughly, I feel like I know them, and the eroticism is off the charts. I know that this story is not finished, so I can't wait to see what's going to happen next!
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