This is my first book by Jeaniene Frost and I am not really sure what I think coming out of it. My overall impression is that the story is generally good, interesting premise and the action moves along. There were a few things, however, that grated on me and make me question the overall experience.
I will start with the narrator as I think that may have had the greatest negative impact on me. I was not impressed with Tavia Gilbert at all. I gather from her accent and some of the slang in the book that Jeaninene Frost is British. That is not a negative in any way, but I was irritated by Tavia's accents. The heroine, Denise had a very Southern US accent for no real reason which drove me nuts. The worst, however, was the hero, Spade, who's high pitched British accent made him sound girly and totally not like a desirable hero. The narrator also frequently spoke so slowly and deliberately I often thought... just get on with it would you.
Then the book, as I said, overall I liked the story, however, I did not like Denise. She was just way too stubborn, screaming and running and carrying on like a baby half the time. If I were Spade I would have ditched her. I understand she went through a very traumatic experience, but that does not excuse her constant, and I mean every single time, misinterpretation and jumping to conclusions about everything Spade did. I just wanted to smack her constantly. The only other real thing I disliked about the book was Spade's name...I mean just yuck! I understand where it came from but it was not a good name for a hero...I think the author could have come up with something else.
In conclusion, I think I probably would not have had the reactions I did to this book if I had read it in print. I tend to be pretty generous with my stars, leaving 1 and 2 stars for really bad books so I give this an overall 4 for story but 3 for narrator...she was decent just not for this story. I will look to read in print some of the author's other books but will likely avoid the audiobooks with this author.
Great side story to the Night Huntress series. Love Spade as a character and it was great to see a happy ending for Denise. Highly recommend finding where this fits in between Night Huntress series and reading this.
The story is wonderful, amazing, terrific, but when Cath sgiws up is very funny
Everthing is perfect, is impossible choose only one moment
All of them.
No, nto very extreme. I laugh, but was a normal reaction.
This book is very good. I didn't know the previous series, but after I listen this one, I get very excited to to know what happen is "Night Huntress Series"
Love that Jeaniene Frost writes using other characters from the Night Huntress series. This book is is a pleasant addition to the Frost universe.
I loved this, well written as always. I did find it a little off putting for Bones' "voice" to sound different from how it sounds when read in the other Night Huntress stories, but still great story.
I enjoyed this book well enough. I listened to it to fill in plot holes in the Night Huntress series. Denise is not my favorite character. I don't dislike her, but she's a very soft character compared to most others in the associated series. Overall worth the listen, but not mind blowing.
Never live your life by committee...
No, not that it's a bad book, but the suspense is what keeps you engaged and that can only be captured once.
Halfway to the Grave, another Jeaniene Frost book, both involve a confused young lady trying to figure out what's taking place in their life and body, while death and violence is all around them.
She bring the book alive, I believe she's one of the most talented narraters I've heard.
Nothing extreme, but the book's plot did keep you engaged with the story...
I can't really compare it to anything else.
The first time Spade and Denise are intimate.
I loved it all. I can't really pick one.
This is a story set in the world as the"Nighthuntress World". If you listened to any other of Frost's books you will recognize these characters immediately. I recommend that if you haven't you go back and listen to her other books first. It will help you to understand the back story and enjoy the characters more. Denise is Cat's best friend and she's being stalked by a demon. She is afraid to call on Cat because she turned her back on all things supernatural when her husband Randy was killed in a supernatural attack at Cat and Bones house. Now she's in trouble, she calls on Spade. Spade is one of Bones' best friends, and he feels drawn to Denise, has since he first laid eyes on her. Now he has set quite the task for himself, helping Denise find a family member who made a deal with the devil and then welched on it. If they don't produce him then the demon will kill every member of Denise's family.
I love Frost's books, her characters are wonderful. I won't go on and on because hopefully you've already listened to several and have the same opinion. I will give my usual for adults only rating, excellent narration, and worth the cash or credit.
AUTHORS RECOMMENDED READING ORDER
HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
AT GRAVE’S END
DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE
FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON
ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS
THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE
ONE GRAVE AT A TIME
UP FROM THE GRAVE
Okay, so I like the original Night Huntress series. It's the kind of entertaining listen that you can do while gardening or laying on the beach. The characters are decent, the plot lines are fun, and there's enough gratuitous violence to keep it entertaining. Sure, there's some sex and over the top displays of testosterone driven stupidity but the heroine (Cat) is strong and likeable so it can be overlooked.
None of that is true with this book. Denise (our heroine) is the most pathetic, whiney, stupid, self loathing, weak, and unlikeable character I have come across in a long time. As for our master vampire hero, Spade, he inexplicably drops everything he is doing to help this damsel in distress, becomes besotted with her in about two minutes, and changes his entire persona. The worst part is that both of these characters appeared in the first series and I really don't remember them being this annoying.
Regardless of what the plot line is supposed to be about it's secondary to the disgustingly sappy sex/ love tension going on between Denise and Spade. The "I shouldn't", "He can't really love me", "I will never let her go" made me want to throw my phone at a wall. I can't fathom why I listened as long as I did. I guess I just kept hoping we would get past it and then the plot would emerge. So did not happen!
The final disappointment was the reader, Tavia Gilbert. She usually does a pretty good job and I like her use of accents but in this particular book she perpetuated the whininess of Denise and it really grated on my ears.