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
I love Michele Hauf's books and this one is no exception. It had a good storyline - Ridge an Alpha Shifter went to Las Vegas, saved Abigail, a witch, from burning at the stake, they celebrated by getting drunk and ended up getting married by Elvis. Unfortunately, he accidentally shifts into a wolf while consummating the marriage and she freaks out by blasting up the electrical appliances and wounding him in the process.
They don't speak for 12 years then he wants to find a new wife to increase the pack numbers which is dwindling so he finds Abigail to get a divorce. However, she's just received a phone call saying that her 13 year old son has been kidnapped and so she asks for his help in return for a divorce. Love is rekindled during the struggle to get her son back as they learn to trust each other again and some questions are answered.
Good romantic story with action between wolves, vampires and witches. Not a wasted credit.
It's not because they are brilliant unpredictable passion filled stories, written by a very talented author, nor because each chapter is packed full of great characters - including hunky vampire types, and not even because KC paints such a visual fantasy world for us to picture and get lost in and finally it's not even because these books are definitely 'adult only' listens....
But put them all together AND THEN finish it off with RP's talented, flawless and gifted narration then you have a paranormal/romance lovers dream listen. This is a 'just one more chapter' type of book - "I'll listen to just one more chapter then get dinner ready..... or start the ironing.... or go to sleep (you get the picture)" all the while knowing that you just can't stop at just one - finally you become a hungry insomniac with nothing to wear
Worth a credit? Well fellow P/R listeners - that would be a big fat YES.... and then some.
Kim has had a terrible time after being kidnapped by the smelly, hairy and cruel Ganglian's who abused and raped her (no scenes) and so her rescue by Emperor Wray came just in time to save her life. As Wray slowly cleaned and looked after the unconscious female his protective side surfaced and so too did his attraction to the tiny frail looking redhead. But Kim was thankfully unaware of everything because her problems weren't over as they crash landed and were stranded, alone, on a desolate Planet. So, when she finally woke up, it was to see the huge handsome Alien Warrior who rescued her and he was lying nestled next to her.
Wray wanted this brave female to see the tender Tornian rather than the privileged Emperor so he kept his status back while they slowly learnt about each other and the deep chemistry between them grew along with their desire for each other. However, their rescue brought some shocking acts and revealed that the Tornian culture was anything but perfect..... and the strong-willed and determined Kim was about to shake up their beliefs, their expectations and the Tornian world. Unfortunately, she made some cruel and vindictive enemies along the way who thought their lives would run much much smoother if she wasn't around..... but a Goddess had some bountiful plans for this Human woman.
In book 1 (Grim) we've already met the Emperor and his Empress so we know the couple have a strong loving relationship, are happy together and, in the Prologue, it gives away something important which, IMHO, I would've loved to have experienced and shared in the 'event' towards the end instead of it being skimmed over in a sweet, but too short, Epilogue. However, apart from that, this was another wonderful glimpse into the lives and loves of the sexy Tornian Warriors, their loyalties and their need for females..... even when they come in the form of a tiny, opinionated, stubborn yet loving Earthling.
Multiple POV's, a great cast of characters and narrators who made the Chapters flow like actual conversations, there were sound effects which was unusual at first but became just a normal part of the listen and a loving sexy romance that had it's full share of angst and dramas as well as highs and lows. There were a few loose ends but hopefully they will be dealt with in the next book.
Worth a credit? Some might think that Kim and Wray's relationship developed too quickly but it did leave plenty of room for all the challenges that awaited the couple as they desperately struggled to meld two cultures together. And along the way they encountered surprises, animosity, resentment, anger, hostility, bitter sly enemies, discrimination, prejudices, danger and culture clashes. However, they also developed friendships, created a family, gained respect, welcomed Wray's teenage son and changed lives. Lucky for me all this made for a great Sci-Fi listen that was highly enjoyable, entertaining and rewarding and I'm glad to say it made a very creditworthy listen.