I love the story and setting. The characters are awesome and fun, lots of laugh out loud moments and the story moves right along.
The main character, Eugenie. If you read the VA books, she's like Rose, a total badass...with a good heart, snarky attitude, potty mouth...only older...and um, a bit promiscuous. Dorian is completely awesome. I also love Jasmine, she made me laugh a lot.
At first, I was surprised at how mature she sounds for a character of this age, but I got used to it. She does a good job with the other world characters. Some of the accents were thicker than I had them in my head [I always read a book before I buy it on audible.com...I only buy my favorites, that I will listen to over and over, on audio.] but overall, she was good.
There's a lot more sex in this book than I was prepared for, having only read Richelle's VA books. I can only imagine the Succubus books are way worse. Not saying the sex is written badly...it's not. But it is, um...often and a bit dirty. I would have read them anyway, but it would have been nice to be warned.
Sent to Tantor via their website contact page today:
"It's really crummy to only take 2 books of a trilogy. Those of us who LOVED the first two and WANT the same narration, etc, are really disappointed to race to buy the third book on audio, only to find IT'S NOT THERE. Then to research and find there's NO PLANS FOR IT. Case in point - Struck by Lightning series by Cecilia Tan. Doesn't make me happy. So, I AM a customer. I am NOT a happy one at the moment. Can you explain? Or better yet, let me know when the third book in the series, hopefully with the same narrator, will be out?"
That said, I am willing to SIT and read if I have to, and of course the kindle version is always way cheaper, but I REALLY loved the audiobook. I wasn't sure about the narration at first, but it was actually very good. I'm not "into" BDSM, but lots of erotica goes there, so for me it's about the story and the relationship. I loved James and aside from all the secrecy, I'd totally be his sub!
I have listened to it many times. It's well done and a fun listen.
Such big expectations for the movie, but omg so bad. So sad. But glad I have the book and the Audible performance. They are great.
Not as bad as the first book in this trilogy, but not great.
Why didn't they have the second books narrator do all three? She was so much better than the other two and the third is not nearly as bad as the first, but still It RUINS a book when the voices are just wrong. If a guy can't do a woman's voice without it sounding like a comedy routine, just don't.
Marie Caliendo should have read the entire series. It is so much more enjoyable when all three books in a trilogy are read by the same person, even if the book is from a different characters perspective or focus. Her voices were so much more believable and easy to listen to. I wish Brilliance would consider having the other two reworked. I am one who listens to my books, especially the Nora Roberts trilogies, over and over, but it will be hard for me to do that with these.
I usually listen to Nora's triologies over and over. There is not going to be any way I can listen to this one again. The voices are horrific. The main characters, the boys at first, sound unlike any actual boys, but I could bypass that, since it's a small part of the book. The men sound stupid, especially Gage. The women sound like gay men in a sitcom. I swear to God, they do. I can barely listen to the "romance" talk between the characters. So bad.
The most realistic sounding character is Cal's granny. And still. Ugh.
His main narration sounds like he's selling something. His characters are awful.
Hard to have that.
I am usually not that fussy about narration, but this guy needs to stick to non-fiction or self help. Maybe technology books.
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