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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Game On is a psychological thriller by A.J. Aaron. Brent McCaster's job as a telephone customer service rep took a decidedly dark turn when he began working with the newest occupant of the Tully Mansion. As the man described the type of phone he was looking for, the clairvoyant service rep was seeing chilling images of a smartly dressed man whose suit was covered with a plastic coverall and a wine press that seemed to be brimming with blood. When he envisioned gloved hands removing skin and bones from that wine press, his pulse raced and he began to perspire. And when that customer demanded Brent's name and personal cell phone number, there was no way that he wanted to give that information out, but he could think of no way to avoid it. When Duncan James finally rang off, Brent needed to stop working just to calm down. His best friend and roommate, Stan, instantly noticed Brent's haggard appearance when they were at home later that afternoon. Stan didn't believe in Brent's paranormal abilities. After all, if he could really see into the future, why didn't he pick the winning numbers in the lottery and make them both rich? Later, at the sports bar they liked to hang out at, Brent's sister, Byrdie, mentioned a meet and greet she'd be attending at a local church that evening. She too dismissed her brother’s eerie premonitions and was focused on meeting the newest member of the church, a dashing Brit with loads of money and a successful financial investment firm. His name was Duncan James, and he and Byrdie seemed to hit it off very well that evening.
A.J. Aaron's dark psychological thriller, Game On, is an exciting and suspenseful tale about a charming psychopath who seems like the perfect gentleman -- if only he didn't have that strange affectation of adding blood to his wine and keeping an abattoir in his newly renovated mansion. Duncan James, however, has met his match it seems in the lovely and ruthless, Byrdie McCaster. A dominant and powerful man who views himself as the ultimate predator, Duncan is alternately delighted and alarmed at his new assistant's easy ability to take charge and turn off all empathic responses at will. Is she his ideal predator partner or is she ultimately doomed to be yet another prey animal? This tightly plotted and tense tale will keep readers up at night as they wonder who will win this deadly psychological game. Game On is terrifying and as sharp as those special knives Mr. James and his partner, Mario, use for butchering their prey. It's one of those books you just can't put down lest you miss out on what will happen next. Game On is most highly recommended.