I love to read but with my busy schedule I barely get a chance to. However, audiobooks allow me to "read" while I manage my crazy life.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
This book got better as it progressed through. It has the classic KC construction in that the main male character is uncontrollably drawn to the main female while the main female struggles and defies the less intense pull towards the male. These uneven surges then creates the entire basis of the story, with lots of action, humor, death, and lust adding color and depth to the tale.
At first, I was disappointed because I felt like it was the same story with different character names and a different backdrop. Although there is some truth to that, KC is a skilled writer in that she is able to spin the tale with new aspects that, after all was said and done, I really enjoyed the romance. The surrounding events are also very intriguing because Cole does a great job of connecting all of her tales and characters in both a subtle and evident way. Before reading this book, I have read up to book four so there were a few things that I wasn't privy too, but I figure it will make sense once I finish reading them.
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Petkoff is perfect for this narration because he has such a strong and powerful voice. His rendition of the female characters were pretty good as well, not making them sound vapid.
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It may have been exacerbated by the fact that I didn't care for the narration, but this book really got on my nerves. I thought all of the characters were really one-dimensional and not very likeable, and Bettina was just annoying. I also thought it was about 3x longer than it needed to be. There were a couple of bright spots with the humor -- the mundane world references to things like Rocky Horror and Cracker Barrel were kind of funny, but they seemed very random and out of place. The sylph Salem was the only character that I really liked, but he still seemed like a caricature. There were quite a few sexy bits, but something about the language seemed too crass to me and the Dracula-style accent that the narrator gave to Trehan was really disconcerting. I also really dislike the romance novel tropes of "Oops -- I had sex with you by accident, thought you were someone else!" and "Well, since I can't have sex with who I really want I'll just practice with you." Overall, bleh.
I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.
For paranormal romance lovers you must Eat, Breathe, and Live for Kresley Cole's written word and the way Robert Petkoff reads it! I rarely find such a fantastic pairing or author/narrator and Cole/Petkoff are a match made in heaven! I have listened to all of the Immortal After Dark series available on Audible, I'm seriously addicted to living inside The Lore. The first installment of the Dacians just left me panting and begging for more of the high volume action and scorching sexual heat! Cole's novels really have everything you are looking for if this is your thing, if it isn't you should still try it to see if you may be converted. USE THE CREDIT NOW!
This is full of gladiator action, great romance and a wonderful story line! I could not put my iPod turn off! Narrator did a fantastic job.
I think it was simply the whole story, how it is easy to see yourself in the character when you learned what real love was about and how to differentiate from deep love for a friend.
The way "Vampire" wouldn't give up and I loved having Lothaire make an appearence.....I could really do with out his so called mate though LOL.
I liked the sarcasm and the bits of comedy in the story it made it much more real and thewhole book was moving one way or another.
Yes Hurry up and write the Next ONE LOL
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.
From beginning to end it's a great paranormal listen. I've had it on my wish list for awhile but kept passing it by. I'm glad I finally got it. I enjoy KC's books and this is another fine example of why I keep getting her books. This is a very creditworthy book for the paranormal fans.
This series is wicked and I can't wait for more. Also I'm soooo glad Robert is doing the narration, it gives great continuity between the series. I hate it when narrators are chopped and changed. His accents are great and he does the female voices really well. And his rendition of dear old Nix is great, seriously quirky and out there, the Lykae Scottish accent and the Dacian one is knee melting. The British accents Cockney and otherwise are really authentic. The story was great full of emotional twists and turns - Kresley Cole is awesome. Shy placid heroines usually annoy me. But I loved Bettina - her godparents may have tried to undermine her but she outdone them and got what she wanted. The girl has serious potential I hope this pair pop up again. Their passionate byplay is entertaining.
I swear I have not listened to a better matching of author and narrator on audible and I have listened to quite a few books on here. I could listen to Robert Petkoff all day long.....The book wasn't to shabby either. I love how she tied in The Dacian book series with The Immortals After Dark Series. Keep up the good work.