I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
I am going two buy book 2 and book 3 after this review! That should let you know how much I like the book :)
I really like the character Charley, although I was not too sure of Reyes "son of Satan". At first I wanted the love interest to be Greyes (?), but "Bad" is growing on me. Can't wait to listen to the next book!
Reading the other other reviews I feel like I must have listened to a different book! I found many of the attempts at humor stale. The story line was mildly interesting but seemed more an excuse for erotica than a real story. I felt the reader could have improved it but her timing was all off which made the whole experience more tedious. I finished this book only because I started it and I will not read another in the series!
I couldn't put down this book I finished it in two days, didn't want to go to sleep just so I could keep listening. It was funny and well written, I can't wait for the sequel to come out in august.
Darynda Jones is an amazing writer hope to read many more books from her.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
This was often a side-splittingly silly book. It was totally unbelievable but that didn't matter. The plot was convoluted and difficult to follow but that didn't really matter ...much. The romantic hero was totally unappealing because he was either dead, Satan or nothing but grey smoke and it is hard to make any of that sexy. It is just creepy.
But the snappy writing, the quick one-liners and the silly naivete of the heroine made all of those faults totally unimportant. And the whole book was written so tongue-in-cheek that those really weren't faults. They were part of what made the whole package so fun to read.
Because of who the characters were, the story could have so quickly gotten bogged down into philosophical discussions of good versus evil, spirit versus soul, etc. The author could have easily pulled an "Anne Rice" on us. But she didn't. She kept it light, fluffy and entertaining.
Her secondary characters were well written and strong enough to not wilt away in the glow of the main character. I loved her best friend, the various apparitions in her life and especially, Rocket.
The narration was great
My only complaint is that the bits of information that actually moved the plot forward, that explained what was going on and ultimately, what would lead you to read the second and third books in the series were so buried under the pithy one-liners and double entendres, that if you blinked you missed them. I finished the book not sure I had a clue about what actually happened in the plot. And wishing she had focused more on certain traits of Charley, like the fact she had perfect memory of everything that happened from the second she was born. But this might have been a timing problem on my part. I'm not sure I was up for quite so much humor in my current read when I sat down with this book. And if you are not in the mood for good-natured silliness, the book can be unfulfilling. Like eating your favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry's when all you really wanted was toast. But that is not the author's fault.
I love the narrator, but that is the only good thing about this book. I am at a loss to understand all of the positive reviews. While some of the elements of a good story are here, they are not woven together into anything remotely resembling a plot. It is almost like the author wrote a series of short passages that someone later pieced together. Coupled with the lack of character development, this makes it almost impossible to care about the assorted individuals and events presented. So, unless you have a credit to burn, I???d pass on this one.
If you want to listen to a book about a very one dimensional character who doesn't seem to develop or change, then this book is for you! Oh and if you like played out "sass" - in other words acting like a recalcitrant child - then yep, this book is for you.
One of the thinnest plots with one of the most basic undeveloped characters I have ever seen. Add to that the scenes of soft core that seem to creep out of nowhere (didn't realize I was picking up a romance novel), and the entire thing is a mess I regret ever purchasing.
The narration seems forced, especially when she does the voice overs for characters other than the main "heroine". The main character's voice doesn't seem very convincing but I'm not sure the narrator could have done much with the dialogue she was handed.
Anger. Anger that a book I was expecting to have mystery with a touch of the supernatural ended up being a set up for a few overly descriptive and unneeded sex scenes.
Unless you're into Harlequin romances with a touch of the supernatural, pick up something else.
Just a book fool.
While this book is quite charming (in parts) and occasionally "laugh out loud" funny, at the end of the day we just didn't click. The actual plot line is a little weird and sometimes difficult to follow.
I have zero interest in book two or three or any other book that might be related to this one. NO, I did not hate it, and I might even recommend it. This book just wasn't my thang.
The story sounds interesting, woman who can talk to the dead, etc. after about 20 min into the story, starts the sex scenes. it almost seems like the author just threw it in to have a sex scene, it didn't really add to the story. I love a great sex scene, however, this story felt like all of the innuendos and lustings were just added for the effect, but didn't add to the story itself. I think that the storyline would have been great to follow the dead, the crime investigation, etc without the main character having to indulge us with her continual lustings. I felt as though the main character was immature and not that interesting. She made cynical comments that also didn't seem to always fit the story, I felt like those things were just put in later to try to make the novel more interesting to the consumer. I always try to read the ratings and the reviews before buying an audiobook, and this one was less than what I expected. Not one I would listen to again or recommend when there are too many great novels out there...
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.
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!