I'm one of the reviewers at the Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I am always reading - I don't go anywhere without an ebook or audiobook!
These highlander books -especially on audio- are decadent, delicious and very, very indulgent. You haven't experienced the ultimate in audiobooks until you hear Phil Gigante read Moning's Highlander series.
i liked the people and the reactions my reactions would be different but thats half the point right?
I am a reader and a Librarian--Personally I find all of Karen Marie Monings books an escape that I look forward to reading. I fly through each book only wishing it wouldn't end. Her books have a balance of plot, character development, adventure, action, and sex to keep you interested and wanting more. Excellent!
Karen is an awesome author!!! I wish she would write more highlander stories....the Highlanders that she writes about are just so um.....RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
And Phil has a very delicious voice for the Highlander..YUM! even though i have read all the highlander series...i had to listen to them because of Phil....again YUM!
To compare this author's books to Gabaldon's Outlander series is like comparing pulp fiction to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The story line is poorly developed, predictable, and pared down, devoid of historical references, and the kind of detail that brings the people, places, processes, politics, and beliefs of the period to life.The characters are uni-dimensional and never evoke feelings of empathy. The prose is so simplistic that it was difficult to finish listening to this book. Gabaldon, on the other hand, has written another 5 star book, An Echo in the Bones, wonderfully narrated by Davina Porter, worth every minute of the 45 plus hours, wanting it not to end.
The narrator's "Scottish burr" was more than pleasant listening, and I found myself wishing they'd had a Scottish narrator for the entire book, not only for the spoken lines -- the more because his irritating, unbelievably high-pitched heroine's voice (and inconsistent twang of an accent) further belittled her one-sided characterization. Though other characters referred to her intelligence, there was not ONE LINE she spoke which made her sound anything but credulous, immature and girl-like.
In the end, I enjoyed The Dark Highlander. It was hot at times and finally drew me into its tale.
HOWEVER, since I rarely read/listen to romance novels, the utter formulaic set-up was predictable and unintentionally funny.
And it was rather dispiriting to have enjoyed a novel perpetuating ALL the myths couples have to battle to be happy in the real world. Including the "bad boy" changing for the right woman, meeting one's (only) true soulmate and being in love happily ever after.
This book did not dissappoint it holds suspense, humor and passionate true love. I am looking forward to another book in this series!
There are steamy novels that revolve the sex around the main story line and then there is the Dark Highlander. The steamy was really everywhere overwhelming the story line. Phil Gigante is absolutely brilliant when he's the male characters but is disappointing as the female voice(s). Females come across as whiny and just plain old dumb. I really liked the actual story line when it manages to emerge from the "big huge hunky male" blah, blah, blah...
If you're looking for yet another Gabaldon equal - NOT even close!
Some books you never want to end and you long for a sequel. This is NOT one of those books. It didn't take me long to figure out that it wasn't quite what I was hoping for with too many "sex" and "sexy" words being repeated and more fantasy mixed in than historical fact. I think the author would do well to expand her vocabulary in order to paint a more detailed picture of events and setting. The narrator has a lovely male voice but the way he portrays the female voice is quite annoying. It reminds me of when my husband is making fun of me. I decided to stick it out and listen to the whole audiobook and could kick myself for it! It was for the most part a waste of my time and not enjoyable. I think the author could have redeemed herself a bit for providing some detail at the end about anything that might have been fact, about Scotland and Druids, myths, more about the standing stones.