This story hit all the points of a fine story but nothing more. Overwhelmingly, it was just uninspiring and without any degree of intensity. The author tried to create angst and included aspects that would normally deliver on some intensity, but for some reason, they didn't add any bang to this story.
This was a good paranormal, vampire story essentially about Aidan (a vampire) and Krys/Krystal (a human medical doctor) getting together as mates. But it was a bit mild, too straitlaced for my taste. There was no rough language (Aidan said s*it & hell once), very little gore or explicitness in the action, the fights, the blood feeding, and the narrator was as ho-hum as the story. I’m not sure which contributed to the blandness more—the story or the narrator. I think it was, primarily, a bad combination of the two. Some stories would work with this degree of sterility, but a story of battling vampires isn’t one of them. A vampire who enjoys draining humans and is more than willing to kill his brother would not likely be one who used pristine language. Over the 8+ hours of the story, there were two sex scenes that included some detail but only enough for you to know that sex was occurring and for you to get the gist of what was going on. I think the goal was more romance than eroticism or sensuality, and to some listeners that goal might have been attained. But it was too little to me. The passion revealed was a 4 on a 1-10 scale.
The author did a god job of showing the relationship’s progression, even though there was immediate attraction between Aidan and Krys. And they didn’t jump to talking about love, though it was muttered w/in a month. And the characters were ok, but Krys did two dumb things near the end of the story, about 2 hours until the end, that detracted from the story and her character as a smart and strong woman. They were manufactured dramatic moments that weakened the story. And Krys accepted knowledge of vampires a bit too easily or quickly. She had questions and was curious, and there was a bit of a struggle but very little. And there was little struggle in coming to terms with her feelings for a vampire too. The author also didn't have everything in the story turn out well for everyone in the town, which added some realism to the story. That was good. But the drawn out fight between Aidan and Owen, which was a 2nd major theme in the story, didn't quite make sense. It could've been over with at their first encounter. The author tried to explain this, but the justification was a weak one and continued to weaken as their battle lengthened.
The narrator did not do the voices as described. For instance, Owen, Aidan’s brother & enemy, was described as being about 2 months out of Dublin, Ireland. Yet, there was no obvious Irish brogue in the narrator’s depiction of Owen. And all of the males essentially sounded the same. It was impossible to distinguish among them. This was also true for the females.
I'm reviewing this before I've finished the book because the narrator is so annoying I can't seem to let it go. Angela Dawe speaks every sentence in the same cadence, as though each one is a melodramatic tension point. Her character voices sound very much the same.
I'm going to bull through and see if the story is any good, but for anyone considering this audiobook, I'd recommend listening to as much of the sample as you can. I'll come back at the end of the book and try to review the story itself.
Really good book and I plan to get the second in the series. This series does just suck you in and keeps your interest. The narrator is the best, Angela Dawe. I really enjoyed her. Can't wait to get to the second book so I'll cut this review short. Believe me, worth the cost.
Angela Dawe should not narrate
The narrator put me off from all other books
Her poor performance distracted me from content. she puts u to sleep.
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No only because its not a book that will stand out in my mind.
Starts off a little slow, but makes up for it later on . Good series. Have read the first two. They actually have an engaging plot, where the protagonists battle something worth fighting for a cooperative society. I'd give a re-read for sure
What a nice surprise! I will be getting the other books in this series. Good story and narration. Worth the credit!
In general the story is engaging and suspenseful. The performance is just alright. Romantic scenes are read like a recipe - boooring! And I've just started the second with an even less than adequate narrator. A few minutes in and absolutely no differentiation between characters. So annoying! Don't know why a female narrator was selected since most characters are male. Sheesh. Who makes these decisions and do they read the books first???
I don't know what I think of this book. I think the story had a good plot and I enjoyed that but the book in its entirety was just so so. I have listened to this narrator before and although she is not bad she just lacks some spark to her narration. I guess I just did not by into the whole Aidan & Chrystal romance. It just sort of happened and there was no build up or real reason for them falling in love. I bought the next book as it was on sale so hopefully it will get better. Overall I am not completely disappointed but I do think the book needed some more substance and spark to the character's romance. There is potential so don't let my rating stop you from trying this one out.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
I guess I don't really see what all the hype is about with this book. While the concept of having a "scathe" in Penton was interesting, there wasn't to much else that was.
I was really disappointed with the choice of narrator. She was a pain to listen to. Like there was no emotion. It kind of felt monotone. I am sure I would have enjoyed it much more had she been replaced with someone else. Also, the story just seemed to trickle by, like watching paint dry. And Aiden Murphy drove me crazy! He just gives people to many free passes. He doesn't really have a masculine, territorial leading personality.
Sighing....this just didn't do it for me.