Just as recommended this book was a really fast read. The main character Charley's voice is pleasant, funny, likable. As it often happens, these heroines sometimes tend to be too smart mouthed to the point of becoming irritating, but she keeps the balance very well and stays on the amusing side. Other characters, except for her step mother and sister, are a lot of fun, quirky and likable. Especially the banters between her best friend and her little helper "Angel" and others were nice.
What I didn't really get was her mysterious lover Reyes. I think there just wasn't enough time to get into it in the first book I suppose, cause I was hoping for more Garret since he was more developed character in this book! I am hoping for more of the same fun in the next book too!
Oh and as usual the narrator was excellent!
I'll start with the good... The narration is excellent, as many of us have come to expect from this narrator. The writing is funny. The main storyline is interesting.
Now for the rest... Look, I'm not exactly a bra-burning feminist. I like the heroes of my trash to be a little He-man- me Tarzan, you Janeish. But there's a pretty solid line between liking a hero who's a little dominant and having a heroine who's obsessed with a man with whom her only interaction was his threatening to rape her and then sneaking into her dreams and- in fact for him, while in dreams for her- having sex with her. That is over the line. It's creepy and disturbing and frankly a little gross. No. Bad.
Also, the funny writing gets old after a while. Yes, it's clever, but cleverness in every line gets boring and old and in the way of progress in the plot and any kind of actual character development. Maybe there could be something that would justify Charlie's obsession, but we never really find out because she's more interested in zinging one liners at us to in any way be self-aware enough to look into her own emotions. She acts and she talks, but she doesn't appear to think. Charlie would make an excellent secondary character, but I need more from a main character. I need to care if she lives or dies at least, and I don't get that from Charlie.
This book was really good...nothing like I've been listening to. A female heroine who is brave, sassy, and sexy and not afraid to show her own sexuality. It is okay for women to be sexy (not slutty). A very funny listen!!! I felt in tune with the lead character, as I have her same grace and sense of humor! I can't wait for the next installment!
I'm on my dads account writing this btw..
For starters at first i was doubtful because of the cover..I thought oh it's gonna be another one of those books with a great cover but a shitty story..I was like ohhh great..But from the begingnig i liked it..
I love Charleys quirks and her sarcasm it brought light to the story..I enjoyed the Mr. Wong in the creepy corner thing..But what kept me writing was this love with Rayus that she had..And how he's a creature not anything like she's seen..I def. had fun reading..The characters were witty and funny and had great comebacks..I noticed charley tends to get hurt a lot which is great because it adds ot the point why Rayus saves her..I loved uncle Bob and Garret..Though i sorta wish she had more with Garret than just a bruting friendship...I would def. recommended this book!!!!!
The author hasn't met an adjective she didn't like. Everything is described in detail from the bathroom to every freaking guy she sees. With the same narrator it makes it hard to remember this isn't a Stephanie Plum book. There's the same lusting over multiple guys and describing and thinking about them until I want to scream! By the time I'm ready to run my car into a tree from boredom she finally stops drooling over some guy and we get to some action. But it's not enough to make it worth the price.
wow! It has been awhile since ive been this pleased with a book. I will be anxiously awaiting her next!
So many things I want to say.. but don't want to give anything away.... I really ENJOYED this book.. Listened to it several time's in just a few days. Very entertaining, for me! This book was a recommendation and I wavered about getting it but figured if J.R. Ward liked it so much, why not try. Can't wait for the next one.
A wonderfully written book with clever writing and funny deliveries. Completely unexpected. I purchased this book among a few others in an Audible sale and so far I have been so disappointed with my selections that I did not even want to listen to this one. Until about 30 min into the book and then I was hooked. Just know if you purchase this book you will not have an ending. I hope this is not going to be one of those series where you have to read all before the hero and heroine finally end up together. For now I can not wait to read the next book in the series.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good story. I've always been a fan of these types of urban paranormal fantasy/romance series and have been wanting to start this one for a while. I'm pleased to say that I really liked the start to the series and plan to continue with it (this is my first book by this author).
Charley is the grim reaper and was born with a vision of the personification of death greeting her at her birth. Her mother died in childbirth and she was the first person that Charley helped over to the "other side". Charley's dad married another woman soon after and Charley's step mother was a cold witch who hated Charley for her unusual gifts. At the age of 5, Charley's dad started to believe in her gifts when started helping him solve cases (he was a cop). Now that Charley is grown she has her own private detective business but still uses her powers to help out the police on cases.
The story is very interesting...starting out with explaining Charley and who she is and what she can do as she's sucked in to a case where 3 lawyers are all killed on the same night. Charley helps her uncle (who's a cop) investigate but she does it with her (trademark it seems) sarcasm and attitude paving the way. Charley tends to be rather sarcastic and has an "I don't care" attitude because she's gone through hell most of her life due to her powers. No matter that some people accept them, most don't and tend to regard her with suspicion and anger because she can do things they don't understand. Charley faces the hate and distrust with a dry wit and attempts at levity which give the story a humorous feel at times. It's not usually a LOL humor but there's a definite undertone of humor in the story. There is a romance storyline with Reyes but he's a mystery when the story begins (even to Charley) so it takes a while to figure out how things will go between him and Charley. The story definitely shows a strong connection between them and I liked where things are going but the relationship is still in a state of flux at the end of the book. The action plot gets wrapped up nicely though and things are looking promising for Charley and Reyes so I was pretty happy with the end (even if it wasn't a HEA).
I really enjoyed this story. I liked Charley a lot and found her to be a very interesting and fun character. I liked the secondary cast of characters as well and the author's writing style so I'm looking forward to trying more of her work. Overall, this was a really good urban paranormal romance. I'd recommend it. :D
It was boring to listen to. The basic idea was interesting, the reading was not bad, but the overall book was a struggle not to put it aside. One third of the total, I surrendered and deleted it.
No, not all.
The sex scenes. They are unnecessary to the development of the plot, they looks like mere "fan services".
A waste of a credit, that's the feeling the book left me.