It was unique compared to most romance novels in the sense that the heroine's storyline was based on her search for her missing child. Given how saturated the genre is, it was refreshing to listen to something that wasn't a total cookie-cutter romance.
The heroine felt very real -- very flesh-and-blood -- but widely relatable. And she wasn't a total pushover.
This is a romance, so, yes, there are sex scenes in it. But I thought they were well written. The extremes in the romance genre are totally cheesy and utterly depraved. In this book, they reached neither extreme, but still contained plenty of steam.
I tell my book-reading friends about Oberon's obsession with Ghengis Khan, especially the pork chop scene. I laugh everytime I read/hear it. I've even read it to people a few times because it's so funny.
I read an e-book version first and then listened to the audiobook. The biggest difference was hearing the performance. I especially enjoyed hearing the pronunciation of the more difficult names and titles. My only criticism of Mr. Daniels' performance is that he sometimes make Oberon sound like he has a slightly Asian accent.
I first read "Hounded" when I picked it up on a whim for some lighter fantasy reading after having made my way through a traditional high-fantasy series. Books in the modern fantasy genre are usually entertaining, but I rarely fall totally in love. With "Hounded" I was in love before I got to the end of the first chapter. The author's sense of humor is fantastic and he blends it seamlessly into the story. I wholeheartedly recommend the series to anyone who loves a good laugh, even if you don't typically enjoy fantasy.
Davina Porter's narration is what I liked best about this book. In my opinion, it's hard to say anything negative about Ms. Porter -- she's a very versatile, female narrator. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I'll listen to any other books by this author. The story was very cute and I laughed out loud in more than one scene. Overall, the story felt kind of slow and just didn't quite succeed in totally sucking me in. I want to read books that are so engaging, they make it hard to go about my daily life because I just want to keep reading/listening. Lady Fortescue didn't inspire that degree of engagement from me.
The ending was good, but I don't think all of the plot points were totally resolved. It's obvious the author is setting up the architecture for additional books in the series. However, there is one particular plot line relating to a certain necklace that doesn't get resolved even though it feels pretty central to this book.
Yes, I have and this performance is on par with the other one I've listened to (The Outlander). I will definitely listen to other books narrated by Ms. Porter.
It's a very G-rated romance. When I discuss books with my friends, we use "marital inspiration" as one of the measurements of a good romance novel. This book had very little of that. So, if you choose romances because you're looking for a few good, healthy sex scenes, this book will not fit the bill. If you're looking for a light, humorous read with very tame male/female tension, then this is the book for you.
I downloaded this book with a bunch of other romances that cost $7.95 or less in preparation for a 700+ mile solo road trip, overnight after having worked a full day (family emergency). I tried 3 or 4 of the others before settling on this book for the bulk my trip. Why? The author starts developing the sexual tension between the hero and heroine in the very first scene (what can I say? There is nothing like a steamy romance to keep yourself awake!). Since it engaged me and was a fun listen, yes, I'd recommend this book to my friends who enjoy reading romances.
Every scene involving Brady and Twinkles.
There are many reasons why a narrator can pull a listener out of a story, but only one of them is good: a performance that's so exceptional, I can't help thinking about it (i.e. "Wow! This is a really good narrator" or "Wow! I really like how the narrator does that accent.")
Ms. White's performance didn't pull me out of the story because her narration was exceptional, but it did enable me to totally lose myself in the story, which, after all, is one of my main reasons for reading -- to escape from reality for just a little while. I'm sure her other performances would follow suit, so I'd have no misgivings about purchasing other books narrated by Ms. White.
Yes, without a doubt. I'd go so far as saying that the Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Revelations series should be required reading for anyone who considers him or herself a fan of the fantasy genre. The author is a master storyteller and his ability to weave multiple plot lines together across the entire series totally amazed me.
Maybe, and that's saying something for me. I'm a voracious reader, but I very rarely re-read books, regardless of format. In over 30 years, the only books I've ever read more than once are "The Hobbit" and "LOTR" by Tolkein, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte and "A Discovery of Witches" and "Shadow of Night" by Deborah Harkness (and I only re-read these last two for the sake of a book club discussion.) The character of Zhadist is what might lead me to re-read "Lover Awakened". He's very unique, and his story is one of absolute ruin to absolute redemption.
It's par for the course in fantasy romance. I've listened to 4 books by this author recently. The world she creates is vivid, but I need a break from the foul language and The Brotherhood's catchphrases.
Yes, I have. This performance of his is as good as the others I've listened to.
I enjoyed when Butch learned the truth about his ancestry. I knew The Brotherhood would find something, but I did not expect what that "something" ended up being.
It's pretty darn good. The narrator is spot on and the story is relativley unique. Those two things combined make it a 4 out of 5 for me.
No, I haven't listened to any others yet.
No extreme reactions.
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