I'm a lover of books, both read and audible.
I’m all about a hot PNR book. I have read and listened to a lot of them. So for me to say this book rocked my PNR world is an understatement. I have never read anything by Aline Hunter before but I will be sure to keep her on my authors to watch out for list. Omega Mine delivers a new twist on an old theme. Usually the Omega is the weakling of the pack, but is this book Diskant Black, also known as Omega, is the most powerful shifter in the city. Not just wolf shifter either, Diskant can shift into any and all shifter races plus he wears leather and rides a bike, YUMMM. Ave Brisbane, known by Diskant as Pinky, is a human but there is nothing ordinary about her. She is a telepathic and just so happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Diskant meets Pinky and instantly the sexual attraction is scorching. Diskant will have to break down Pinky’s defense if he wants to claim his mate and maybe growl a couple of times too. This book contains a decent amount of action with religious fanatics trying to rid the world of anyone different than them, fallen vampires causes trouble and barely controlled shifters. Oh yeah, let’s throw some magic users into the mix to round everything off. The smex scenes are rocking hot, steamy and OMG downright scorching. WHEW!!!!
Should you purchase this book, yes please. It’s will captivate your interest from chapter one and never let you go. Half way through the book, I was already downloading the second book, Enemy Mine.
New Species, sounds like a really bad movie on the Syfy channel but it's actually a decent book. It's contains just enough action to keep the listener interested without it dragging out the story. Yes, it does contain a lot of sex scenes but if you know anything about Ellora's Cave books, this shouldn't be a surprise. Fury is a new species male that has been held in captative since birth. He is a male that had his genes spliced ,along with countless other males and females, with that of an animal to make him and his kind into something other. They were tortured for decades until Ellie, the heroine, risk everything to smuggle medical document out of the secret facility to the authorities. Now free, the New Species Order or NSO are trying to find their freedom in a world that has conflicting issues about their presence. Of course you have those anti groups that are determined to give them hell every step of the way, not to mention the emotional turmoil every NSO faces now that they are free.
Fury is just that fury. He is vengeance, patience, possessive, dominant and mmm he growls. I love it when they growl. Although at times in the book, I wished Ellie would grow a spine, she isn't completely pathetic throughout the entire book. She defends the New Species with everything she has in her. She just doesn't have an opinion about her own self worth, frustrating.
The narrator was decent. I have heard better and I have heard worse. I like her voice she used for Fury but the voices for the other males lacked that depth.
Would I recommend this book, yes. But be warned, LOTS AND LOTS OF SEX. HOT STEAMY PASSIONATE SEX. You have been warned.
Now that I have read Grabbed by Vicious, I wish I could change my review for Saved by Venom because I absolutely loved both books. Vicious is a scrumptious Sky Warrior General that is participating in the grabbed to “grab” a mate. He thinks he knows exactly the type of female he would prefer to be his mate until he spots Hallie studying the map of the area with deep intensity. Vicious thought Hallie would be an easy grab because of her smaller statue but the little sprite gave him a run for his money. Hallie desperately tired to out run the sky warrior and make it to the safe zone. With the area in her sites, she knew she was going to make it. Until she felt big, rough, hands wrapped around and grab her. Now she is the mate of a terrifying sky warrior and wonders if all the rumors she had about them were true. But slowly Hallie understand that the rumors are not only false, but the pleasure Vicious excites within her sets her body ablaze.
Vicious is a jaw dropping, drool worthy alpha male. He commands any room he enters but is speechless when he is alone with Hallie. Their moments alone are full of passion, romance and unbridled smex. MMMM! Hallie allows him to command her actions in public but in the bedroom, she is the one that brings Vicious to his knees. This book has everything that is needed for a great romance. Some action, CHECK. Hot alpha male, CHECK. Strong-willed heroine, CHECK. Hot steamy romance scenes, CHECK and CHECK.
My opinion, purchase the book. It’s definitely worth the credit. I’m off to read Caught by Menace.
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Some of the books in the Rough Riders series have been a lot more sexually graphic than this book. Chasin' Eight focused more on the story and the characters (although they definitely had some really hot sex going on, too). So for this reason, I would say that Chasin' Eight was a bit more balanced than some of the other books in this series. I didn't feel like I was being constantly bombarded with one sex scene after another.
I liked how Chase and Ava grew as people throughout their relationship. Their internal conflicts didn't feel manipulative or overly angst-ridden. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it was a "believable" romance, but it definitely was not a Cinderella story like so many contemporary romances are. They were both at a crisis point in their respective lives, and their relationship was basically the catalyst that got them both to move on to better things.
I also liked the introduction of an unexpected relative in Chase's life towards the of the story. It felt very real to me, and I hope to find out what happens with that relationship if Audible ever gets the rest of the series on board.
So all in all, I liked the story. It wasn't as over the top as some of the other ones were; wasn't so all about sex; actually felt like real people dealing with real issues.
As for Vanessa Caine's narration, the first hour or two was very, very bad. Somewhere along the way, though, her voice mellowed out, and she did a much better job. Sometimes I don't know if it's the recording/engineering/sound people who screw up the audio, or if the narrator is really just that bad, but Vanessa Caine started out bad and ended up halfway decent.
Prior narrator, Rebecca Estrella, is just too flat and boring. Plus she mispronounces words all the time, which drives me crazy. For example, she pronounces "pinged" (think "ping pong") as "pinjed" (think "hinged"). I had to stop and rewind the first time she said that, trying to figure out what the heck that was all about. Thereafter, I understood what she meant when she said "pinjed".
Of course, the best narrator for Lorelei James's books is Scarlett Chase, but she seems to be only on the Blacktop Cowboys series so far. Wish she could have narrated this series as well.
Anyway, I liked Chase and Ava's story. The price of it was just about even with the cost of a credit, so I just put it on my credit card rather than use a credit. However, if you're not in a big hurry to go from Book 7 to Book 11 (since #8 through #10 are not available at this time), then wait for a sale or drop some big hints to friends and family that you'd like Chasin' Eight as a gift! :)