Garbled storyline that can't decide if it is action/mystery/gothic thriller/or romance with a little bit of Gollem's "my precious" thrown in for good measure. It is a mess. The primary and secondary characters are more or less undeveloped and two dimensional and actually become less engaging and attractive as the story unfolds.
I tried one other and it wasn't much better. Returned a third title unread.
It needed a complete overhaul.
Less repetition and a more empathy developed main character.
The repetition of the word death without an explanation for the fascination for the same, except that he was seductive.
Nothing. The failure of this endeavor was not hers.
It needs a complete rewrite with more character development.
Is it possible to get a refund?
A book lover with a romantic soul, but willing to take a leap of faith. I LOVE to get sucked into a story and live there for a bit.
The book is WONDERFUL. I got these out of order (this is the first in the series as far as I can tell). The story is captivating and so full of characters and plot and intrigue. It is really a good book. The Narrator does wonderful male voices, which is rare because women often end up sounding like count chocula when they try to do the male voice. The issue I have is with the heroine's voice, she sounds like she is from the streets with a cockney accent. It's not at ALL how I imagine she would sound. All the other voices are wonderful, but the accent she uses for Isabella is distracting to put it mildly.
Read from July 19, 2012 to July 30, 2012 and from June 11, 2013 to June 19, 2013
While Featherstone needs a better editor to eliminate repetitive words/phrases as well as those that don't quite make sense, she's an excellent storyteller, and this was a fabulous introduction to her--and to the world of the Brethren Guardians. Such a good introduction, in fact, that I immediately downloaded the second book!
June 2013: Re-Listen Update
I enjoyed this book almost as much the second time around as the first. Featherstone's need for a better editor was much more noticeable this time around, but at least this time her tendency to repeat a word multiple times in a sentence/paragraph amused rather than annoyed me. Narrator Helen Stern is fantastic, especially giving different accents and tones to help differentiate the characters. Overall, still a 4 star book for the second time around.
Seduction & Scandal is the first book in this series. It's not as good as the second one, but is still pretty good. If you are listening to the beginning of this novel and think to yourself, "Wow, this is really weird," don't worry about it. That's just the intro, and is explained pretty quickly. There is a piece of jewelry that plays a really important role in this story--sort of like a romanticized Lord of the Rings. There is a paranormal aspect to this series that initially comes off as strange. Nonetheless, the story of Isabella and Lord Black is an intriguing one. They both wrestle with their past and finding a way to not let that past get in the way of their relationship.
I felt like the main characters story just keep going round and round and didn't move forward I was bored with it and couldn't finish tha narrator was good at least.
I listened to Pride and Passion by the same author before listening to this story and thought it was good. When I purchased this this one I didn't realize it was a different narrator. What a huge difference it made. Even though I really want to know how this ends, I may just need to pick up a copy on my kindle because I can't trudge through this anymore.
I just can't finish this boring book. There's soooo much filler and I just kept skimming AND worse than that is the awful narration. Everyone sounded alike. During sex it sounded like 2 women, and that's ok if I'm reading a lesbian romance, but I'm not. Even though the reader was an ok reader she did nothing to change the tone of her voice when changing whoever spoke. The men sounded just like women, even when the book described the hero's voice as deep and husky. I finally skipped from page 112 to 375 just to see how it ended. And it didn't really end if you wanted to know what happened to the "magical" items. It was real close to being a cliffhanger. I will not be reading anything else from this author since her books are too wordy.