I don't mind brevity as long as I'm still getting a legit story so this set of novellas was an extremely satisfying read. It was great to hear how Tamsin and Nate got together, as well as getting more of Walker and Lara. I found myself wanting to hear more about them than Hawk and Sienna in Kiss of Snow, so I was in heaven getting to focus on them for a few hours.
Walker - even though my own honeypie is the most gregarious person I know I am SUCH a sucker for the strong and silent type. I also love Judd, so yeah. Kaleb too, after Heart of Obsidian, who am I kidding?!
I'm not going to go looking for books she narrates, but I'm also not going to pass on a book because she narrated it. Take from that what you will.
These are GREAT novellas! Even though I missed the bigger plotlines, etc. that you get from the rest of the series, I feel like these are a perfect example of how a solid love story can be developed and executed in a short span of pages. Each one was different, and I enjoyed them all. I was jonesing for more Walker and Lara, so I read these immediately after Kiss of Snow, although technically the stuff in Walker and Lara's story sets that novella after Tangle of Need, but I don't think it really matters.
Singh is by far one of my favorite authors. Both her series are great. I'd read two of the stories in this book previously but that didn't block my enjoyment of getting to listen to them again and getting to listen to two new ones.
Angela Dawe does a wonderful job as always.
Teacher, avid reader/listener, yarn-fiend, romantic cynic.
Dawe's narration is once again wonderful. She does such an amazing job keeping the various (and MANY) voices in this series distinct enough.
I bought this on the strength of the two stories originally published in other anthologies ("Beat of Temptation" (BoT) and "Stroke of Enticement" (SoE)). However, the other two stories ended up becoming two of my favorites. I've listened to them multiple times now -- and I enjoy them just as much as BoT and SoE.
BoT gives us Nate and Tamsin's story - we know them from the main series and is a solid romance, although I got frustrated with Nate's inability to see how his actions were hurting Tami and in many ways wished she put her foot down earlier. He comes to his senses (as we know) and the ending is sweet.
SoE is one of my favorites of Singh, even counting her full length novels. There is just something about Annie and Zack's story that clicked with me. Annie is stubborn and strong, self-protective. And Zack - I love that he just "knows". It's a fun look into the power of a mating bond and what that would look like in two non-sentinal/lieutenant personalities. Simple, lovely story.
Cooper and Grace stole my heart in "Declaration of Courtship", despite their story following the traditional romance storyline -- he's tough, silent and determined to have her, but suffering and she is sweet, stubborn and determined to take care of him despite his protectiveness of her. This one is a fun repeat listen for the coaxing and convincing tactics that Cooper undertakes trying to convince Grace and her wolf to trust him.
With "Texture of Intimacy", Singh shows she can seamlessly write a story about a couple (Lara and Walker) who are still getting to know each other *after* the "fairy tale" has ended. This is a wonderful bit of writing which shows very clearly that the romance and the learning of each other doesn't end when the mating bond has snapped into place and that love has to be paired with understanding and compassion in a successful relationship. Also, Singh gives us a great peak into the lives of the Pack as they recover from recent battle and insight into some of the other primary and secondary characters we've fallen in love with throughout the series.
If you have not heard the other books in this series, you will not really understand why these 4 stories were needed to be told. I was very glad to hear Tam and Nat's story, I have wandered about them since book 1. Zach and Cooper's stories are a lot of fun as well, but it was Lara and Walker's story that I really liked. I was hoping after book 10 that more would be written about them. It was also nice to hear alittle more about what happened after the "War" but there is still alot more to be written on that and I really hope Ms. Singh does write about it. I also hope to see more about the "Arrow's" some of them seem like they would have very interesting stories as well. If you liked this series, then I think you will like hearing these 4 stories as well.
These vignets fit right in with the series. I can hardley wait for a new book to come out, You'll recognize all of the characters and their continuing stories. it's worth the credit to listen to the short stories of their continuing lives.
Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired
I love books that make me smile these short story were great just enough drama not a over load like some books. I love overly confidence men who love their women I am totally hook on this series keep them coming Nalini and do not ever ever change the narrator Angela is awesome.