I enjoyed this story but the voice of the female narrator is whiney and grating. I found myself wanting to listen but cringing at the sound of the voice. I'm definately looking forward to the next story and thrilled its not the same narrator.
Linda Howard used to be one of the best romance authors in contemporary fiction. However, she had moved into the "chick lit" area and she doesn't do it very well. The premise of this book had potential yet the plot left something to be desired. The heroine was annoying and the hero just didn't ring true.
The reader did a good job with the material that she/he had but tey didn't have a lot of material to work with. I am not a big fan of books with 2 different readers - man and woman - so I am slightly biased as the this audiobook.
As a first book in the series (the other 2 book have different authors), it was a fair beginning but not a great beginning. If I didn't want to find out about Gideon or Mercy, I wouldn't have continued on. Hopefully, the sequel is better written than this.
I don't fault the audio version for inadequate writing but buy this book with a caveat emptor warning.