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Dead Men Play the Game (The Dead Men Series Book 1) by [Jacoby, Jacqui]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4930 KB
  • Print Length: 588 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692475885
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Body Count Productions, Inc. (1 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01055EWEE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #965,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I am excited to read the next book! 21 July 2015
By Heather A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.

Jason.

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!
4.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad, and the Bloodthirsty 8 April 2016
By Susan Flett Swiderski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I don't usually read books about vampires, but the vampires in this book... at least the good ones... aren't like your usual run-of-the-mill blood-sucking evil dudes. They're actually good guys. Caring guys. Five of 'em, who share a home and help each other lead good lives as members of society. Sure, they have to take jobs that take place after dark, and yeah, because of that whole business of never getting older, they have to relocate every seven years and start all over again in a new town, so they can't form long-lasting relationships with any outsiders, but after so many years together, they're family. They're tighter than family.

Until one of them, Ian Stewart, falls in love with a detective named Ashley, who happens to be investigating a recent string of gruesome blood-letting deaths that have been occurring in the area. Because of the nature of the crimes, Ian and his pals are almost positive another den of vampires is responsible. And that den wants Ian and everyone he cares about dead. Including Ashley.

This is an interesting story with a bit of suspense, mystery, romance, and even a tad of humor. But for me, the best parts lie in the interactions between the good guy vampires, and how they all come to accept and care for Ashley, too. I mean, they're reeeeeally good guys. Good-looking, too. So what if they prefer their meat a little more rare than most of us? Nobody's perfect.

All in all, this is an enjoyable book. A little long, and it could have benefited from some additional editing, but it's quite entertaining.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Men Play the Game 21 July 2015
By Tammy Y - Published on Amazon.com
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From the back cover:
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.

I am not a paranormal fan, but I read this book with a open mind and I did enjoy it. The characters and the mystery kept me turning pages. Loved Ian and Ash together too. Looking forward to the next books in this series.
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Vampire Favorite! 12 July 2015
By Kelly Francis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What I truly appreciate about Jacqui Jacoby's engrossing Dead Men Play the Game is the unique vampire world she has created. Ian lives in a house with four other vampires who have all chosen not to drink blood or take human life, not since the 1950's when Ian and Travis walked away from a life of violence and bloodletting. Essentially outlaws among vampire kind, they keep a low profile in a small town, each working night jobs, Ian working long hours at neighborhood bar. These five vampires, each varying in age, have history, watch each other's back and are a family in all the ways that count. But when Ashley walks into Ian's bar, his entire perspective changes. Not in the habit of dating, especially not women from the bar, Ian is immediately drawn to Ashley. She's a homicide cop who works long hours, hates her job, and her current assignment is the investigation of a series of bloodletting murders which have the guys wondering if there's a new vampire in town. Despite the obvious risks of dating her, Ian finds her smart, funny and insanely beautiful. The chemistry flies between the two of them and they quickly fall effortlessly into a sexy but serious relationship, spending a great deal of time in bed. But Ian has not told Ashley he's a vampire or that his nosey, charmingly flirtatious roommates are vampires.

The last thing Ian wants is for Ash to live the life that was forced on him and his roommates and he struggles with his own urges to Turn her and his desire to protect her. But when the mysterious newcomer in town turns out to be an old enemy - a cruel, sadistic vampire with a grudge against Ian and the guys - everything the guys have built is thrown into jeopardy. Ash gets caught in the middle of this war, being ruthlessly used against Ian. What follows is both harrowing and dark, but the story is well-balanced by the warmth, humor and strength of the bond between Ian, Travis, Jason, Quinn and Evan and their protective affection for Ashley. For the first time, Ash -- who has been alone in the world and comes from a troubled childhood -- finally learns the meaning of family. Even if they are vampires.
This was a really engaging, page-turner for me and I found myself fully invested in the characters. Ian and Ash's relationship has it's ups and downs, but it's a deep, passionate and exciting love story. As for the rest of the guys -- they are each compelling and intriguing in their own way, their personalities well developed and their relationships with each other reflective of the long histories they each share. These characters stick with you and I am excited for Jacoby's future books where these characters will hopefully get their turn to find love. I was especially impressed by the even pacing of Jacoby's writing, weaving together elements of romance, tense drama and heart-pumping action into a fresh paranormal perspective that leaves most vampires stories in the dust. A great read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does he really want to subject Ashley to all that is involved but love is a strange thing 1 July 2015
By dropsydot - Published on Amazon.com
Ian Stuart has a secret , a secret that can affect any women that he decides he is interested in. One of his own rules is not picking someone who is a frequent customer at the bub where he works. This is one of the rules he wants to break when he meets Ashley Barrow because he takes one look and wants her. Ashley is a detective working on a case which could truly effect Ian but his feelings for her go deep and there are too many complications, one being one of Ian's enemies and the other his secret. Does he really want to subject Ashley to all that is involved but love is a strange thing. A great story and again I must say I don't read many mysteries but I truly enjoyed the author Jacqui Jacoby's book and I will be looking forward to more. She has a way of making you feel the deep parts but rejoice in the fun parts and especially the warm parts. truly enjoyed this one and all will. I am very thankful for the free copy of this book for an honest review because honestly it was a great read.

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