I love the story. I have listened to it several times. But I am not fond of Victoria McGee's narrations. Her voice is a bit whispery, she lacks the ability to do accents that resemble the characters background, and everyone comes off a bit prim and overly English.
My only criticism of the story us that Lynsay needs someone to check her stories for consistency over the course of the series. Though the most glaring inconsistency in this book is that Julius tells Margorite about Christian's musical interests in one scene, and cannot even remember the style of music in a later scene.
However, the story is compelling enough to overcome the narration and inconsistencies.
Marguerite, the consummate matchmaker, finally meet her lifemate after enduring an awful, seemingly endless time with her now deceased husband. Obstacles on the path to true love make the story more interesting.
I really liked the story,but the narrator, with the terrible "Italian" accents almost made me switch to the ebook. Narrator didn't do much better with Marguerite's voice and worse with Tiny's voice, Story deserves 5 stars but performance prevents me giving it.
It's amazing how Lynsay Sands brings several books all together in this one book. how pieces from several others neatly fit together once you read this. they all can be read separately of course but it's fun to see characters evolve and Margurite is my favorite character. I love paranormal romance books with a great sense of humor! . This one does not disappoint!
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: England and Italy - contemporary
Genre: Paranormal romance
This was a fun little paranormal romance, with lots of sex, mystery and suspense. The characters were close to fully fleshed out, and the plot was intricate without being confusing. This story is taking place at the same time as the book preceding. Marguerite Argeneau is on her first case as a trainee private detective with her trainer Tiny. Christopher Notte hired the pair to find out about his mother because his father won't tell him what he wants to know. There are murder attempts, and the mystery becomes who is trying to kill them and what is the connection to Christopher's mother. Margeurite and Tiny are joined by Christopher and his father, Julius. Julius wants to stay close to Margeurite because she is his true life-mate. The romance develops as the group follow the mystery. The mystery was interesting and compelling. I didn't figure it out until the last little bit of the story.
This was a fun story, and worth the time and money if you are reading the series.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
The story - is GREAT. I was not suspecting this plot at all, and the little hints the author dropped at the beginning got past me until I stopped for a while and thought, "now wait, what was that?" I also love how Marguerite is able to accept what has happened, and not be bitter. I'm not sure I could be so kind, but it is in the nature of this woman, as evidenced by all the previous stories, to react this way.
One thing I really like about this whole series is that even though bad things happen during the book, the story always ends with me smiling. Perfect escape from real life.
I read other comments about how this narrator "ruined" the book, and I must say she is difficult to listen to. She spends so much effort at "sounding sexy" (or something) that she looses continuity in reading. This will occasionally bring me out of a story enough to glare at my iPod and say "just read, woman!", but not enough for me to stop listening.
I decided to give it a try anyway as I really wanted to hear Marguerite's story, especially as the previous story was pretty much a set up for this one, and she is such an integral part of all the stories. I figured if it was too awful I would just return the book, but I was not disappointed in the story. The narrator is distracting but not horrible, and sounds like she does in all the other books she's read. She has a good control of her voice, so the different characters are easy to distinguish, she just needs to relearn breath control. Actually, when she is reading the lines as a character, she is wonderful. However, when she drops back to "narrator" mode, it's like a cheap vampire/sex goddess person took over. It's weird.
So I listened to another book in the series first, read by one of the male narrators so I wasn't already annoyed by this woman, and got through the book just fine. I just know I can't listen to 2 books in a row, read by Ms. McGee.
Also, I would like to emphasize this series really needs to be read in order.
A better plot would have helped the book.
No because I have loved all (or most) of the Argeneau Novels.
I really like the Argeneau Series, and have purchased them all (up to #18, to date), I like to listen to them in order. I like this story too, except that, out of all the narrators Victoria McGee, is the worst for This Series. It seems to me, that Lynsay Sands just can't find a steady narrator to commit to her series. Despite the too many different readers of the series, I do find her stories interesting and worth the credits. Regarding this story, the editing of this book seemed to be faulty, and made me wonder if a ghost writer was used because there were a couple of times that the storyline did not match within the story itself. And as a fan of the series, I did have some trouble with Linsay's depiction of Marguerite as a "strong-willed airhead" who is too stupid to see past her own selfish desires." I couldn't find any sympathetic "female/motherly commonality" with her and found it hard to believe in light of her other descriptions of Marguerite in other books. This, coupled with the poor narration of the book, led to my noticing absurd things like; the use of the word "adorable" in every book, and the ridiculous number of times the word "peered" was used! LOL. All in all, though, I like the book and enjoy the series. I do recommend it.
It continues the story from the other books in the series. I have enjoyed the other books. It just continues the story, of the Argeneau family.
It flows and continues the story line of the series.
Marguerite has been my favorite. She always knows who would fit together.
The twist that Marguerite was the person they were looking for.
I am ready to read the next books in the series.