I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
This is a spinoff from the Night Huntress series so I highly recommend you listen to at least the first three books of that series before turning to this one. This is as interesting and engaging as the NH series. Great story and romance but not nearly as hot as Bones and Cat stories. In this series you get vampires, demons and shape shifters a la True Blood.
Narration: Tavia Gilbert is an ok narrator. In the Night Huntress series my issue was the voice she used for Bones. In this series her characterization of Spade is a gazillion times better but Denisse (our heroine) sounds like a fifteen year old from the deep South (a la Sookie). All in all this series feels like a mild version of True Blood, still enjoyable but less intense.
I agree with some of the other reviewers here who commented that the character of Denise was not as involving or interesting as Cat. And although I really liked Tavia Gilbert's narration, I agree with other reviewers that at times the male characters sounded female. So these are the only reasons I gave it four instead of five stars.
One other comment is sometimes Audible doesn't clearly indicate the correct order of books in a series. Often it will be a reviewer who will explain the order the books should be read. I would sincerely appreciate this information.
But I really enjoy this series and I certainly will listen to more.
I adore Frost's writing and have read each of her Nighthuntress offerings more than once. . .and was consequently thrilled to purchase the audio version on Audible. It was so disappointing to hear the narrator choice, I decided to submit my very first "customer review". All I can say is Wrong, wrong, wrong, for both Bones voice in the first book (the cockney high toned voice makes me actually cringe) as well as Denise in FDOC (is the reader TRYING to make her sound blonde and clueless)??? One only has to compare narrator's within this same genre to understand how critical the choice of narrator is to the successful presentation of a truly terrific series such as this one. Nalini Singh's Archangel audiobooks have accomplished that perfect match of writing/voice. . ."Cat and Bones" deserve the same chance when listening to their stories. . .
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
This story is almost as good as the Night Huntress books 1 and 2. It is set in the same world, with overlapping characters, and the story is independent of the others in this world, but... I think you'd enjoy this a bit more if you were already familiar with the characters. Denise is not quite as interesting as Cat, she's a lot "weaker", and her "torment" is a bit on the lame side (i.e. get over it already sweetheart).
But the bad guy here is different and interesting, and the plot is pleasantly complex for this type of story. There is some detailed sex which is okay, not great (like Cat and Bones) but won't make you roll your eyes either.
I'm pleased with it, overall, and am waiting for the release of another book set in this world, by this author... Hopefully with a better narrator though (this one isn't bad - she just doesn't seem to have a mature enough voice to carry off the male characters to their full potential).
All of the books by Jeaniene Frost are amazing, especially those with Kat and Bones and their friends. I am in my second rotation of reading these and they are just as good this time as they were the first time. I really do like Tavia Gilbert as the narrarator too -- she brings the characters to life!
I loved that a few of my favorite characters were mentioned and/or popped into the story.
I loved the way Tavia did Ian's voice.
I felt a little sad from time to time but not enough to make me cry. I did laugh, though.
After the excitement of the previous book in the series, it took me a bit to really get into this one. It seemed slow at first but picked up about halfway and moved quickly from that point on.
I'm going to keep it simple I believe that this book was very boring not interesting and narrator made it it's a horrible, terrible experience. I couldn't even bring myself to finish the book but I made sure I got my one credit that I spent on it back.