I love the Kressley Cole and Jeanine Frost series and was looking for a similar supernatural , romance vibe. This wasn't it!
There was little to no action and vampires in didn't wield the supernatural strength or power associated with the fictional species. The narrator didn't 'take me there'. Her narration had no flair and she often empty long seconds of silence which made me wonder if my app had shut down. I don’t know if the rest of the series if any better but I do know that this first installment didn't peek my interest enough to find out.
This is probably the worst paranormal romance I've ever read. The story is slow and fragmented. Worst of all I did not care about the characters, particularly the heroine. The stumbles through the story with no motivation or view of the future she wants--strange for the central character. I finally gave up to the disbelief and frustration. I hope Lyndsey has another job.
I am not sure but thought I heard the narrator taking breaths, almost as if she was turning pages as she read. I have never experienced this while listening to a reading on this service.
Done with this author.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: Toronto, present day
Genre: paranormal romance
This is my first full-length book by Lynsay Sands in this genre. My first exposure to the Argeneau family was in a novella I listened to while I was in my all-anthology phase. At any rate...
I enjoyed this multi-layered story very much. I couldn't go with 5 stars because there were a couple of instances of "oh come on! Can't you see what's going on here?" in the mystery. I did say multi-layered, didn't I? There's a big problem with Lissianna fainting at the sight of blood, which would be a problem for a vampire who is supposed to get her nutrition via blood bags. So, as a birthday gift, her mother kidnaps Greg, who is a therapist specializing in the treatment of phobias. Finding him tied to the bed in her old room, Lissianna takes a sample, thinking that he is her special birthday treat. Greg is understandably upset with the situation until Lissi starts kissing him and finds that he's attracted. And she's attracted to him, beyond his tastiness and purpose. There is the romance, the problem with her phobia, as well as a mystery involving a plot to kill her. The mystery is where I get eye-roll syndrome. Maybe it isn't supposed to be a mystery for the reader? But please! If the reader gets it, why doesn't she? It sort of made me want to grab her and yell, "can't you see what's going on here?" I could see it from its introduction into the plotline.
The biggest problem with this audiobook is the production. Notice I didn't say narration, because Victoria McGee did a fairly good job with the voice and inflection of the characters. It would have been great if there hadn't been huge gaps where there shouldn't have been. I don't mean chapter breaks, which were over-long, but intra-paragraph stops. No, it was that there were breaks within many of the sentences. It dragged me right out of the story. That made me sad. 😭
I do wish this could be re-recorded, which would make it worth a full credit. Otherwise, try to get it on sale and grit your teeth though the production problems.
Love to read and I am really enjoying audible. Fantasy and sci fi are my faves but I also enjoy period novels and historical fiction.
Terrible narration. Weird pauses stupid storyline. 100 s of years old but they all forget how to mind wipe or change memories despite that has been "drummed" into their heads since birth. the pronunciation of French names is atrocious. how is it a vamp with hemophobia has no problem biting two people in the first 20 min of the story but it's such a terrible affliction she is near starving? It's just dumb
One thought that is not conflicting in my mind is that the narrator is absolutely horrible. She is all breathy and high pitched. She totally killed this book. So that is why I am on the fence. I think there was a lot of potential for this book but am not sure if I was just too critical due to the narrator or my expectations. I have never ready Lindsay Sands before but heard lots of positive talk about her books so thought I would give it a go. I think it was a really unique idea to have a fainting vampire. I do think that the humour in the story was lost in translation by the narrator. I also agree with other reviewers that the love at first site was a bit too fast and over the top. It is hard to fully buy in. However, I think that there is room for positive improvement so am willing to give the next book a try before I cast judgement on the series. Overall it was just ok for me. I have certainly read better.
The narrator was so blaze, she didn't add in any life to the characters and I found myself disliking the story and finding it boring. That's when I realized it was the narrator who seemed to slog through it. Couldn't finish the audio book and will get the book at a store now.
No. I couldn't get through it because of the narration. The voice was boring and lifeless and had a weird saliva sound to it that annoyed me too much to continue.
I hope the book is re-recorded with another narrator, Amanda Ronconi would be brilliant for this series!
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
I got the first book on a whim, and now I can't quit getting more. I just love this family. There is just something that draws me in.
"Vampires as regular people with a condition." This premise annoys some people but I believe Lynsay Sands pulls it off quite well. Each story is a love story, and each story has its own idea, some with a fun twist at the end. A vampire that faints at the sight of blood is a wonderful way to start. Give this series a try.
There are different narrators for each book. So far this hasn't been a problem for me, but I'm only on book 4.
I do love this series! I have them all in book format and have been randomly adding the audible versions. I don't usually check the reviews as I already know I love them but wow did I make a mistake with this one. She has these awful pauses and in between each word/sentence you can here her mouth make like the dry mouth sound. No more books narrated by her for me I'm afraid.
What's worse is that I usually listen to my audible books over and over when I am driving or just need some white noise...this book will never be listened to again, once was one time to many. What a waste of a credit and such a disservice to a great book!
This story seemed solid but the narrator was awful! I was honestly wondering if they'd just used one of those robotic computer readers - because that's what it sounded like.
Once again I can't get a refund for the book I can't finish because of bad narration.
I did enjoy this book. This whole series is a little hit or miss with me but I think this book is a good representation of the rest of the series. These books are a "sweeter"vampire romance they don't have the zing of, say, The Black Dagger Brotherhood but definitely fall in the adult listens category. Ms. Sands has a unique sense of humor and I find her books quite funny but they are situational funny and verge on slap stick or silly at times, and the dialogue verges on corny. These are easy listens, for me.
As unlikely as the plot of this novel is I do find the characters believable, well rounded characters. Greg and Lissianna make a good team and although flawed lack the predominantly present alpha male and willing submissive characteristics often found in similar listens. Their journey from strangers to happily ever after is sweet and corny with a little action, a little suspense and plenty of loving along the way.
The narration fit the story and wasn't distracting at all.
This novel is definitely worth a credit but seems to be included in many audible sale lists, so it might be worth waiting to catch on sale.