I've read all SEP books and LOVE this reader. After you get past the ugly duckling aspect and fact that the hero at one point even refers to the heroine as a mercy f**k, the heroine becomes more interesting and the story becomes very enjoyable.
I expect this won't be a popular opinion - but it's an honest one from my point of view. I think Ward's powerful romances between the brothers and their love-interests in the first novels are a strong factor that drew me in to this series. While there was sexual attraction, there was a distinct lack of romance in the relationship between Tohrment (sp?) and Autumn (No'one). In fact, there were a few uncomfortable scenes where Thor treated her poorly, shows her his disdain, and repeatedly stated he wasn't in love with her. So much so that when he finally declares his love for her, it's unconvincing. I missed the posessiveness ("MINE") and the "bonding scent" that was such a big part of the other brother's bonding with their mates. The motivation for the relationship between Tohr and Autumn (which I can't describe without spoilers) is another depressing aspect of the "romance" between the two.
On the plus side, Ward is highly talented at writing fast-paced, multi-faceted stories and you will certainly be entertained for the 20+ hours of this recording. There is a secondary relationship story between John and Xhex that will keep you riveted as well. Many newer characters are being developed (Band of Bastards) and while I'm not yet emotionally invested in them, Ward has established some interesting teasers/plants that I expect will be nicely developed in future novels. And, as always, the narrator is fantastic!
No, but definitely enjoyable for one read.
All of Molly Harper's female leads could be interchanged. All are extremely witty/funny in a dysfunctional way.
Laugh, yes. Lacks emotional depth or chemistry amongst the characters.
Recommend for a quick, light read! The narrator is perfect for this book!
I found the book to be highly enjoyable until the end. I hate cliffhangers. If I buy a book, I want the WHOLE story! In my opinion, a good character driven series doesn't need a cliffhanger to get you to buy the next book. This book was very good but I feel ripped off. Fortunately, the 3rd in the series is alreadyavailable and I don't have to wait a year for the next one. But, I will check reviews to see if book 3 also ends in a cliffhanger before I buy.
If you're expecting the level of writing that Brockmann displays in the Trouble Shooters/Navy Seals series - you'll be very disappointed. Otherwise, it was an easy read, good enough to keep your attention - albeit a little slow in a few parts.
The narrator is a good story teller and competent with both male and female voices.
Nice romance, mild suspense with time-travel historical basis. The male narrator is fabulous (I mean "wow" fabulous) with hero's voice, but it took some time getting used to his female lead's voice. I enjoyed the general time travel and romance story line, but the heroine's initial motive for romance was somewhat irritating (she wanted to get her "cherry plucked" - repeatedly noted).
Although part of a series - this story could easily stand alone. It was certainly good enough that I immediately purchased others in the series!
SEP is remarkably talented in developing characters, even those who are flawed, in a very endearing way. I like that both lead characters are very strong individuals and enjoyed the very witty dialogue between the two (most notably after their 2nd meeting).
Anna Fields (Kate Fleming) is the most enjoyable narrator I've ever listened to. I highly recommend listening to anything she's narrated! I grieved when I heard she died in a rain/flood related accident in Seattle, and will forever miss hearing her narrate new books.
I think I keep buying Krentz novels because I loved her early work. The key characters in this novel supposedly have high level paranormal powers, which are talked about frequently, but when demonstrated they are very ho hum. Krentz's heroes have been so formulaic with the arcane novels that they're indistinguishable. I could live with that - but they're so mild mannered most of the time that they edge on boring, so I don't understand the repetition. The key to the supposed chemistry between the hero and heroine seems to be "we're both so wierd, there's no one else we could match with".
On the plus side, the narrator is good!
Weak romance with lots of waffling about whether or not the characters are attracted or want to pursue a relationship. The narrator is fine but didn't have much to work with.
Great book - ties up lots of loose ends in the series. I really missed Marguerite Gavin as the narrator though. If this one had taken the time to listen to a previous audio version to at least get the pronunciations correct - it might have been acceptable.
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