Not waisted time, but I wasn't dying to get back to it. Pretty much finished it because I'd paid for it.
Not really into Bellmore's reading style - He has a nice voice but too many long pauses in the middle of thoughts and sentences. The dialog sounded fake and read, not spoken. Intonation all wrong in most cases. The cadence overall was abnormally slow.
I may give one more book in the series a try, but not in audio as the narrator just doesn't quite do it for me
Harlequin Romance lovers will love this book where every sentence is full of women trembling at the sight of men they dont know exclaiming
The endless stupid trembling prose.... I am sure this is true to the genre. I didnt know it was a Harlequin romance so it make me want to puke. I tried to wade thru a few hours to get to the story but I couldnt do it.
What a ridiculous portrayal of interaction between men and women. Does anyone really believe and enjoy this trash??
I WISH I could get my credit back. Lesson learned. Check the publisher.
Oh yes, If you love the supernatural and fantasy stuff this is a good book.
No, but I now have this complete series.
I'm a huge fan of Nailini Singh's paranormal romances and was looking for another author to enjoy. So far I am very, very unimpressed with this one. The premise is fun, but I find myself bored silly, five chapters in. It has four problems:
(1) The narrator, though he has a very lovely voice, is sl-o-o-o-o-o-ow. I'm listening to this on 2x speed and he...still....talks very....very...slow. Dude, this is a dramatic reading, yes, but that doesn't mean that the words require the gravitas of a serious speech! It's kind of funny, actually- to give this story that extra layer of seriousness and drama when the storyline's so "meh" and, well, breathlessly romancey...well, it doesn't help rescue it. It really needs a breathy female narrator. If this guy narrates the rest of the series, forget it.
(2) The slow development of the plot. The story has not yet taken off. It's five chapters in and they're behaving totally inexplicably. Their physical perfection and their supernatural abilities seem to be the most interesting aspects of their personalities- otherwise they act like high school kids. I'm willing to give him more of a pass than her, living in Isolated Castle Bachelor with his possessed testosterone-laced buddies for 400+ years, but they're both a little painful to read. The dialog is also rather stilted. A Maddox line: "I have something to do before the touching can commence." Bwah?
(3) The predictability of the plot. Ok, so all romances have the same plot: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. The "boy loses girl" part of the plot is already clearly visible on the horizon this early on in the book. I'm not sure I care enough about the characters to care that they're in for such an ego-blow, and I'm also annoyed that it's something the heroine did in ignorance so she's not really culpable. That makes for a misunderstanding that is both easily avoided and easily forgiven--frustrating and boring and not requiring much in the way of character growth.
(4) The romance! Sure, attraction is fun and sparks can fly at a first meeting, but the literal sparks (or in this case, supernatural tingles) are going a bit overboard. This is a very straightforward "boy and girl are supernatural creatures inexplicably drawn together" plot and their attraction appears to be based on predestination rather than actual, you know, romance. So it kind of fails even in the romance category so far- I kind of like my hero and heroine to find each other attractive on more than a physical level. And there's also the presentation of the heroine as a lost, helpless, weak woman, still very childlike in her naivete, physically frail (twisting her ankle in the second chapter, poor little thing!). So we have a little girl looking for a big strong warrior to care for her. Great, if that's your romance preference, but I prefer stories with a stronger heroine.
But if you go in expecting the fast pacing, humor, complex world-building, and unique personalities that Nailini Singh imbues her characters with in either of her series, you'll be disappointed. I'll give the rest a listen and see if it redeems itself, and if it does I'll be happy to eat my words and rave about the wonderfulness like the other reviewers. (If you're still reading this review as is, I didn't change my mind.)
I love the narrator in this story. His voice was captivating in both male and female roles. The book was good but I'm not sure if I'm going to continue on with the series.
I purchased this book during a $4.95 sale and it was not worth it. The story was forced and seemed to run on and on. I feel asleep during the day listening to this audibook. Don't waste your credit!
I like the idea behind this book, but the execution didn't live up to the potential. I found the characters to be very flat with little chemistry between the main ones, and little sense of cohesion between the secondary ones. After listening to the entire book, I couldn't describe a personality to any of them. The female lead was very weak in that she did very little but play the victim. The male lead was overbearing and felt like a cro-magnon who barely understood language much how to think his way out of a paper sack. Everyone was confused as to why they were falling for each other.
As for all the male characters, if you live for thousands and thousands of years, it seems like you'd feel more like you've been around forever, but alas, they don't really seem to understand each other. If they'd called each other by the wrong names or questioned who each other was in their own castle, it wouldn't have felt out of place.
As for plot, the first three quarters of the book seemed to be the male characters over-explaining what their lot in life was, broken up by the interaction between the male and female leads woodenly flirting. The action felt token and underwhelming and not much of a wrap-up to the book.
The narrator did a passable job with poor starting material, though the voices were a little Tarzan-ish. I don't envy his task.
Some people really seemed to like this book, and I'm glad for them, but I wasn't one. Maybe I'm expecting too much from the genre, but other authors have pulled it off just fine. I'm not looking for a 10 of 10, but something more than a 2 of 10 would have been nice.
The storyline is great. While the characters are a bit hot-headed and immature, I always enjoy a good bad boy story - keeping their city safe, their way. The characters are interesting and the story original. It was just too much Halequin when it came to the love scenes.
This is a really good book. It has a great plot and good story progression. I read a review saying that there was steamy sex in this book and I am one that loves a good sex scene. I was disappointed that there was really only one sex scene in this book as well as the others but the story is really great and worth the $ or credit. I have already listened to the first 3 books in this series and will be getting the others soon!!!
The Dragon Mother
I have heard a lot about this series and seen the abbreviation LOTU so much that I decided everyone must have read this series except me. So I decided to take the plunge.
This story is about some immortal warriors that opened Pandora’s box and released demons into the world. As a punishment, the Gods decided that each warrior would have to host one of the demons.
This book sets up the groundwork for the series, so there is a lot of information given out and then some story telling. The main characters in this story are Maddox (who is hosting the demon Violence) and Ashlyn (a mortal human with the ability to hear voices of the past.) And of course they fall in love … this is a paranormal romance after all!
I really enjoyed how Maddox was portrayed as fighting his demon. Especially when he had to really look into what he was feeling and decide if it was what he was feeling or what the demon was feeling. I enjoyed the steamy romance between our two main characters.
Things I didn’t like were the mono-syllabic responses from Maddox when he was with Ashlyn. I think those dialogs the first time were okay, after that … not so okay. Also, Paris having to find at least one different woman everyday in a remote isolated place. How many women were there and how long had they lived in that place? Don’t see that. They had people delivering stuff to their house, yet Ashlyn couldn’t find the road to their door? Hmmm.
Overall, I think it is a great addition to anyone’s paranormal romance collection and I am looking forward to the next in the series.
The Narration Review
I really must ask if it is alright just to put down … holy smokes! And have that cover my narration review? No… hmm. It could be because I have not listened to a male narrator for a long time, but Max Bellmore’s voice was very enticing. When it came to the intimate scenes between Maddox and Ashlyn, listening to Max made me feel like I was eavesdropping on a love scene in the next room. He inserted just the right amount of emotion to drag the words off the page and whisper them gently into my ear. Great job!