I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
As the very young, very beautiful Iris comes into the handsome, rich and successful forty year old Author Alasdair's life you could understand his hesitancy, vulnerability and hope filled desires after all life had bestowed on him a wife (now ex) from Hell who had given him nothing but low expectations and disillusionments. Then, like a moth to a flame, he is drawn in by this beautiful creature who shamelessly seduces him and awakens the sexual beast in him and the more he has the more he wants of her and only her.... his Iris.
But she is an enigma, his lover but a stranger, a mysterious puzzle that he just can't understand or trust because she gives him nothing, nothing but secrets, lies and disappearing acts but still he longs for her touch, her body and the all consuming connection they have formed for each other which borders on obsession but he doesn't care. Alasdair is tortured about the age difference, the mystery and suspense surrounding Iris and the words of love she gives him over and over again but his ever growing curiosity to know the real Iris, and his suspicions that she was an unwilling pawn in an unknown game, made him desperate and desperate men do desperate things..... but so too does desperate women.
Wow, this is a book like no other book I've listened to, it carries you along in their obsession for each other, through their sexual escapades and your mind is constantly whirling as to who Iris is, what does she want, why is Alasdair doing this to himself, who is the stranger that is always around. So many questions then the mystery and suspense takes an even deeper more sinister turn which still leaves you clueless but glued to every unfolding Chapter, Chapters of lies, drama, wild and frantic sex, disappearances, reappearances and, despite it all, the feeling that they deeply loved and deserved to overcome it all. But you, like Alasdair, are clueless and are swept up and carried along in the unfolding story just waiting for answers to all the questions that have built-up until finally, finally you reach the beautiful end of a spectacular ride.
Told strictly from Alasdair's confused POV, there were a few other characters but the spotlight shone directly on Iris and Alasdair's affair and the narration was spot on..... in the depths of Hell one minute then in orgasmic Heaven the next Jason Clarke nailed and rocked it.
Worth a credit? If ever there was a book that was worthy of a credit it's this one.... the writing skills of RKL, the build-up, the suspense, the love story (hot sweaty sex an all), the reveal and the heart stopping HEA were all just perfect. So yeah, worth a credit and I'm eagerly looking forward to her next book relating to characters from this Trilogy.
If you love a hot PNR with a sexy, charismatic, confident Alpha Master Vampire in it, a feisty equally confident Heroine and a superbly written original plot that'll blow your mind then this is it. The imaginative world building and descriptive scenes allows you to graphically picture each intense scene and each character as the Chapters all too quickly whizz by.
Corbin is a drool worthy handsome 400 yr old Master Vampire and, in this new dark paranormal world, Vampires have to get stars tattooed around their eyes for every century they've been undead so Corbin has 4 sexy stars. He owns his own Vampire Bar where willing 'exchanges' (blood and orgasms) can be met and enjoyed but they have to be policed so everything must comply with the VAB (Vampire Auditing Bureau) who monthly send in specialized Auditors who, for some reason, cannot be glamoured and that's when Corbin first sees and yearns for Addison. Addison has to go to gruesome crime scenes where the horrific bloody evidence of Vampires having sex with Humans results in bloodlust, frenzied sex and brutal deaths which is why it's against the law. She hates Vampires and yet something unwanted stirs when Corbin keeps perusing her, making sexual advances and lets her know just what he'd like to do to her (he's got a very dirty mouth girls) and how very interested he is in her however Addison knows sex between them would be illegal and, in her eyes disgusting.
But her Vampire best friend Taylor (there's a story there) desperately needs her help when she is loaned out for the Inquisitor's twisted use and he's a 600 yr old evil and sadistic Master Vampire and the only person Addison can think will help is Corbin. Unfortunately his help comes with a deal.... a deal that'll have her devastated, humiliated, terrified, spanked and glamoured but she's also captivated, mesmerised, lustful, awe struck, sexually awakened and satisfied but so confused. However, she walks away but the Inquisitor is about to make demands, to manipulate and threaten with deadly, painful and heartbreaking results which forces Addison to rethink her beliefs, her career, her desires and her heart.
Worth a credit? This was just an outline of the very intense plot where there's a lot more nail-biting drama, sexual tension, character anxiety, angst with a Werewolf and a Witch and, weaved through it all, is a beautifully romantic and hot love story where both the Hero and Heroine are willing to pay the ultimate price to save the one they love. And a fantastic narrator makes this a practically perfect listen and oh so creditworthy.
Stella is independent, motivated and runs her own successful PR Company alongside her best friend..... she's about to make the pitch of her life to get a Sportwear Company called JOS out of some negative press which has badly damaged and impacted on their reputation as well as their finances. She's dressed for it, has a good Presentation ready for the appointed Executive and is mentally prepared to give it her all to get the business..... but all her thoughts (and speech) escape her when she's stopped in her tracks by the captivating eyes, body, power and charisma that is Maxwell McCoy the CEO and majority owner of Hurst & McCoy the Company that owns JOS. Time stands still as heated stares pass between them and, for a few moments, an intense connection was made but the spell was broken, they both snapped out of it and Stella regained her thoughts and powered on.... she was there to impress.
Jaded frustrated and deeply concerned, Maxwell knows someone is messing up his late Father's business but all he can do at this moment is reputation recovery and they need a good PR company but the Executive that was tasked with the job of finding a company is, for some reason, stalling so he decides to 'sit in' on the next interview. But when the beautiful and curvy owner of Sullivan PR walks in their instant connection alerted all his senses and woke up his dormant heart. And when she starts to give her brilliant strategy ideas he knows it isn't only paperwork and ideas that he wants to share.
However, the handsome Billionaire has some painful secrets and he knows he has to tread very carefully but he's determined that he isn't going to let the feeling and Stella slip away and Stella is equally as impressed with the real man behind so many Gossip Columns and the title of Most Eligible Batchelor. So..... he offered, she accepted and, over business dinners and meetings, their chemistry grew into sizzling touches, passion-filled kisses and lust-filled thoughts. But, as Stella and Max were trying to salvage the Company, there was someone hiding in the wings trying to destroy it.... and Max and Stella's relationship too - no matter the cost - and they are willing to do anything to do it.
This instantly addictive listen has a full cast of great characters, a hot and sexy romance with plenty of passion, a drama-filled suspense as corruption, deceit, greed, jealousy and revenge heats up resulting in bloodshed, kidnapping and heartache and I found myself mentally pointing my finger at who I thought the villain was.... which constantly changed. There's also a very likeable, strong and sensible heroine together with a possessive, caring, understanding, passionate, loving and very sexual Alpha hero who's got a dirty mouth and he knows just how to use it. Their feelings and raw desire leaps out at you and their struggles, pitfalls and pain swallow you up until the very end.
Worth a credit? It's a very entertaining and captivating dual POV romantic/suspense story which was made even more pleasurable by Kai and Wen's narrating style where they each stick to their own gender's voices which means the chapters flow smoothly like realistic conversations and that's where the magic's found. It's also got some very witty parts because of the banter between the main and secondary characters. Yes, worth a credit or buy..... and yes worth the dark circles and bloodshot eyes because I stayed up till dawn listening to it.