This book is TOO LONG. The heroine whines, and this became tedious quickly. The hero's behavior is not in keeping with the author's projected persona. I have other books by Shayla Black, and this one was a disappointment to me.
Bookstore hobby-jobber, mom, gardener and former copywriter. Eclectic taste in books and audits.
Loaded with puerile mind-chatter, absolutely yawn-worthy smex and a limited storyline, this is a marketing ploy with no substance. The plot is so thin in between, graphic and boring sex scenes, I forced myself to finish the listen. Sophomoric vocabulary, crap research ( when does a hospital release someone from surgery and 20 minutes later say the person will be 'fine?') and one week after a gsw, pacing, able to strap into a seatbelt and accept full hugs. Not worth credit or sale.
I am always excited to find a steamy romance with great reviews. I simply can't get into this. I can see that bondage might be fun, but "Yes, sir." "May I speak, sir?" in the bedroom? Forget it. The whole idea turns me off. I'm sure its great if you are into that kind of thing. I prefer a Lisa Kleypas or Nora Roberts.
The detailed description of their relationship. 99% talk about sex
There should have been a better storyline in this book
yes and no
It was nice to listen too but even me who loved 50 Shades of Gray and other similar books was a little surprised about all the detailed sex scenes. Dont give me wrong i love to hear about those details too BUT not 80% of the book and 20% storyline!
UGH. This narration was SO BAD it was distracting. At first I found myself mentally wandering off and then ripping my headphones off. When the narrator mutilated the male voice(s), which I expected to be tolerable if not likable, I developed an eye tick and the urge to stab pencils in my ears. Hoping for a seductive voice? Not with this narrator. Imagine an old & pissy Louisiana alley cat holding its breath while choking on a fur ball. Now imagine that sound as the voice of the main male character. Not sexy or good. Essentially, the narration is awful. I cant even tell you if the story is interesting after listening too half of the book (and that was only because I paid for it and FORCED myself to listen to at least half).
In fairness to the Author, who I am not familiar with, I will READ the book and put out another review and this might prove to be a whole different story, lol. I came across this book while seeking something that would "tied" (haha) me over after the awesome (and favorite) Crossfire Series (by Sylvia Day) and my ultimate fav audio Series obsessions; The Fae Series and Highlander Series (by Karen Marie Moning) & Immortals After Dark Series (by Kresley Cole).
Eve Silver "Sins of the Soul"
Will read the book - this narration was awful and I can't give a fair review on the story because of it.
This book is exactly the reason why I quit reading romance/erotica long time ago.
I could not finish this book. It made me sick to my stomach, not for Jack’s lifestyle but for his mind set. He is exploitative and has no respect for Morgan’s repeated, direct refusals. He justifies everything as he knows what she “really” wants and is “helping” her recognize it. “No” means nothing to him because he only believes what is in his head. Frankly, he has the same mentality as many rapists’. Regardless what she “really” wants inside, it is pretty scary and disgusting when a man does not take it serious and is forceful when a woman repeatedly expresses direct verbal refusals. He even restrained her to get his way when she was unconscious. Relying on a woman’s physical “signs” to judge a woman’s “true” answer is just a way of self-convincing. When I first started reading romance/erotica, I encountered so many similar stories of exploitative dynamics, and I quit reading this kind of books, until sold by the 50 Shades’ marketing and reviews, and then I was interested again.
I do not practice BDSM and am not an expert of that topic, but according to my curious online research, Jack’s exploitative and forceful way is what the BDSM society condemned. His “I am a dom and I know you are a sub (while you don’t think so) so I am entitled to force myself onto you even though you have repeatedly refused sex with me” is not justifiable by the BDSM lifestyle. Someone like Jack would have been given a bad label in the BDSM society and the story of this book could not make any sense. I think what makes the infamous 50 Shades so successful, despite the widely criticized writing skill, is that the relationship between the main characters is full of mutual care and respect, never forceful, (and that is stressed and stressed in the BDSM guidelines) so that even someone who knew very little about BDSM could enjoy the story and even relate to the characters’ internal dialogue.
If I had known that this is another book justifying and romanticizing an exploitative relationship, I would not have considered this book.
This book is the best erotic thriller that I have heard - more erotic that thriller but great book non-the-less. It is intensely erotic.
Great listen, great read, good plot, intensely erotic
High school teacher; cat & horse lover; jewelry maker
This was my first try at a BDSM/Erotica book and the reviews said it was HOT! ALL the reviews! So I figured it couldn't miss. But what a dissappointment!
Seems like all the supposed HOT was in the "yes sir" and "I'm going to tie you up" dialogue. The sex itselft passed so quickly I actually slept thru the first one. So I replayed to see what I'd missed and realized I hadn't missed much at all. I finally got too bored to even finish it.
The story was slow, the guy (strong, silent type) was into playing his silly game and the poor girl was just so young and horney she was willing to put up with his nonsense. I kept wondering how long it would have taken the guy to say "ok" if she had just said I'm not doing all the stupid stuff and if you want me then you need to get over your silly dominance sh*t. I wouldn't have put up with it for 5 minutes and only that long because I would have been laughing in his face for at least three minutes first. Ideally the older you get the less intrigued you are by silly, egotistical men - at least I know I haven't had any patience for that type in years.
My victorian romance and vampire books are SO MUCH HOTTER AND SEXIER!! Hey the Twilight Books had hotter sex scenes. I'm really hoping the other 2 titles I bought aren't as tame and boring. Sorry to say this will be the first book that I take advantage or the return policy with.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
The steamy sex, LOL.
I enjoyed ALL the characters.
This was my first listen to Lexi Maynard and she did a very good job.
This is well worth your credit if you don't mind steamy, kinky sex.