This is one of the very few times I have to write a bad review. The storyline is mediocre at best, the wording is waaaaaaay too flowery and laden with overly descriptive metaphors. The composition professors that I had would have ripped this apart. The heroine is not believable for the following reasons: She is supposed to be short and petite, which to me is around 5' 3" or shorter. She weighs 125 lbs, and she is supposedly soft and curvy, but thin and kittenish. Can we make up our minds here please? The heroine is also supposed to be some sort of enforcer, but see above. The heroine also puts her "tiny" fists on her hips a lot. She's sassy, sometimes, but not enough to carry the book. The hero is voiced by the narrator in a way that is like a really corny version of Count Dracula. And can we puhleeze bring up the fact that this book was published well after the Twilight Saga, and the main characters are Jacob and Bella????? Original much?
Not impressed. I may try one of her other books at some point to see if they get any better, but only if I can't find anything else. Those looking for butt-kicking paranormal, stick with Larry Correia, those who want the romance, stick with Christine Warren, and those who want a sassy, funny, and memorable heroine, stick with Molly Harper.
This book was just...meh.
I will avoid this author and performer in the future. The book was so simplistic, it was insulting. It was like this obvious thing means he's attracted to her, and that childish, caveman move from countless other books means he's possessive, and ooh, that in your face description means he's oh, so strong, and the handsomest thing in the world. Also, I 'm really sick of reading about some old ancient and some twenty-something who winds him around her finger. That really doesn't say much for his mentality, does it?
The performance was boring and annoying. Xe Sands sounded like she was singing. After the first chapter, I knew I was in trouble. I tried to hang in there, but I couldn't, and had to give it up unfinished. Another wasted credit.
The story was unimaginative. The interaction between the heroine and the hero was so one-dimensional, sappy and child-like that I found myself squirming through it the same way I squirm through internet news. This book contained the same dumb-down crap that has been put in other books a thousand times to make a quick buck. It really is shameful. Just because it is a paranormal love story doesn't mean it has to be dimwitted.
I can't see the performance getting better. The way her voice dragged and curled at the end of each sentence drove me mad. She has a nice tone to her voice, but that teasing sound only works for certain parts of love scenes. She used it all the time, which made danger and fight scenes sound like whispering sweet nothings.
I liked that there were people of various races in the world the author created.
Authors and publishers need to do better than this.
I suppose this falls under "romance" more than contemporary fantasy. The narrator is excellent, the story interesting and good EXCEPT for all of the over-the-top love and sexual innuendos. I truly believe this would be a greater story if the action wasn't stopped by the constant physical, steamy romantic, narrative. If you like steamy more than action or storyline, this is your audio book. Personally I like action and story with the right dash of steamy.
This book was painful. So much unnecessary, whiny dialogue. The whole book, I just wanted the both of them to shut the f*** up. There were hints of what could have been a fun book, but there was far too little action and far too much talk. You know you're in trouble when the sex scenes are so bad that you're rolling your eyes and hoping for it all to be over as soon as possible. I'm actually surprised I finished this one. It was that bad.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
Jacob offers an awesome twist to the typical paranormal romantic narrative. Story revolves around a hybrid Human-Druid who has a chance encounter with a justice-seeking Demon. They are destined to be mated though for centuries such was taboo. Isabella is no doubt a modern woman whose character is strong yet feminine. Jacob, though old fashioned, makes every effort to respect her differing cultural background. Well developed and fairly realistic good guys and bad guys.
The chemistry between characters is very well written, and Sands does an excellent job of narrating the key parts of the story. Time and money well spent!
This was a great first book... on to read Gideon, Book 2.
yes! she is a superb writer! so romantic! I love all her hero's .. not so much her heroins but the world she creates feels so possible. Fun!
Jacob was actually the very first paranormal/erotic romance book I ever bought. I remember reading it and thinking 'Oh my god, how does this book even exist?' My eighteen-year-old mind was blown.
Many years and guilty pleasures later, I decided to revisit to my old friend and buy the audiobook. While it's safe to say that my initial impression of this book being the best thing 'evar' was mostly due to inexperience, I can tell you that if you're into heavily erotic romance with more than a touch of fantasy, you should get this book.
While the plot exists mainly to set the stage for the subsequent books and to bring the protagonists together (in more ways than one) it's the narration that will leave you breathless. I wish I could hire Xe Sands to narrate all of my audiobooks. Not only do her male voices sound achingly -male-, her delivery of their eastern European accents made my heart melt.
Most people prefer the subsequent books in the series to this one, and I agree, it gets a lot better. Just look at this book as a very steamy romance and be prepared for a more defined plot later as more of the Nightwalker races come into play.
Honerable, committed and sexy.
The action and romance scenes are very detailed and colorful. It gives the imagination something to play with.
She gave the characters personality. She made me want to look for other books that she has narrated.
I'm not going to spoil it but there is a part where I did laugh when the main female character forgot something very important. I laughed right along with the other characters :)
I'm new to paranormal romance and just happened to come accorss this series. I liked it very much. There were great action scenes and "romantic" scenes. I was hooked after this book
I LOVED IT! I did NOT want it to end. There were so many emotions in the story that it just HELD my attention and for a NOVICE READER that is saying a lot. But my taste may differ from many other readers; but for me IF it does NOT grab me at the beginning it is very hard for me to get through it.I did NOT want to STOP LISTENING to this, there was thrills, fears, fantasy, erotic romances and lots more. When I did finish I was sad but came back here to see IF there were any more books by this Author....WOW I found BOOK 2 and immediately got it and read that all the way through as fast as the first.
ABSOLUTELY an awesome Narrator, she pulled you into to the story as IF you were actually there and experiencing all that was going on!
Yes the erotic romance between fanasy and human, AWESOME! Sent chills all over my body!
A must read IF you like Fantasy books.
character development was pathetic, main character came off whiney
for the calmer, more intimate scenes she was good. However, For the more battle rich scenes she sounded excatly the same. No emphasis on drama