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Gaele

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  • His Forbidden Touch: Stolen Brides Series, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    She may never reach her royal wedding if she can't resist the rugged mercenary assigned to protect her. Disgraced ex-knight Royce Saint-Michel was banished from his homeland because of an impulsive act that cost him all he held dear. Now, he has the chance to reclaim his birthright - if he agrees to protect a princess on a journey that may prove deadly to them both.

    Amy says: "Give Me the Alps & a Hunky Man"
    ". I cannot, however, recommend this narrator"
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    A medieval setting is the backdrop for this romance, which starts with a bang in the center of a battle scene. My first introduction to this author provided plenty of excitement at the beginning, while we are introduced to the heroine in a curious and headstrong-ish princess Ciara. Quickly this introduction moves to a more sedate pacing, rife with descriptions that serve to set visual references for the listener/reader.

    I’ll be perfectly honest right up front and say that this was possibly the most difficult AudioBook to complete that I have ever had, considering I have reviewed over 100 titles. That is saying something, unfortunately it’s not great. The narration by Julia Motyka required quite a bit of getting used to, and the odd mispronunciations and affected delivery of her narration in “uncharacterized distinction’ was quite frankly, annoying. What instantly caught my ear’s notice is the feeling that her voice itself is a characterization: almost over-exaggerated in the enunciation and tenor of speech. It is difficult to explain but if you think about the voice of Jessica Rabbit with a dash of Marilyn Monroe delivery, it gives the same effect early on. I assumed once I had acclimated to the unusual patois I would be able to concentrate on the story and not find the narration dismantling my focus, yet that never quite happened. Her voice is facile, and she did competently adjust her delivery to emulate a more masculine tone, as well as provide variance within the female characters, but the overwhelming feeling I had far too often was to roll my eyes.

    Once the story does move into the romance, the pacing picks up, even though I felt there was some unnecessary back and forth between Ciara and Royce, and finding some moments of intrigue between the forbidden and the possible. The sexual tension started high, and moved to almost uncomfortable levels as the two danced about one another, their responsibilities and their own desires. Royce’s repeated self-recriminations about his duty versus desire wore on, losing effectiveness in both emotional impact and believability with each repeat. Both characters were victim to “unacceptable by oath and family’ love they cannot fulfill, yet enough of the twist with an evil brother serving as king to keep the rebels at unrest was mixed in to make their continued association after delivery to her betrothed to make sense. Yet, true love will prevail, and Ciara and Royce do, despite all the perseveration, have a connection that is palpable and caring, and visible to all who see them.

    What I’ve realized as I struggle through this review is that this book, originally released in 1997 has a very retro feel to it – and was probably very unique and fresh. In the near 20 years since, writing and the genre has changed, and what was undoubtedly modern and edgy then is less so now. That isn’t a bad thing: I love the retro early romance titles that were my entrée into the genre. Written – I think I would have loved the story and been able to lose myself into the world the author created. Unfortunately, the narration was distracting to the point of annoyance, and kept me struggling through to complete the story. I’m sad, because the words and writing are wonderful and I would happily recommend this author to a reader looking for a solidly built and crafted historic romance. I cannot, however, recommend this narrator: affected delivery, dramatic and distracting overacting and a series of mispronounced words are only a few of the easiest to define reasons.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Graven With Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicola Shulman
    • Narrated By Paul Fleschner
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    In this thrillingly entertaining audiobook, Nicola Shulman interweaves the bloody events of Henry VIII's reign with the story of English love poetry and the life of its first master, Henry VIII's most glamorous and enigmatic subject: Sir Thomas Wyatt.

    Gaele says: "engaging story that is only enhanced by narrator"
    "engaging story that is only enhanced by narrator"
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    I had the opportunity to review this title before it was released in print last year. I jumped at the chance to review the book in AudioBook form, while the 389 pages of text are layered with references, poetry and fact, I wanted the chance to see if hearing the words would be easier or more difficult to affix references and information than the easy flip-back a page or two which can be done with the book in written form.

    As with my first review, the book starts with a bang using poetry as it was used in the time of the Tudor court: information sharing, poking fun, setting alliances, all used very much in concert and context with the affairs of the court and courtiers of the day. Narration provided by Paul Fleschner is both mellifluous and crisp, providing nuanced recitations of the poetry that enhances the phrasing and provides structure and emphasis to lines that are further used to elucidate the author’s points as she puts the information into a context.

    This really is a wonderful listen for fans of the Tudor Era of England, particularly the years of Henry VIII and his penchant and predilection for lopping off the heads of those who were once close confidantes yet later were to displease him. The use of poetry and repeated or excerpted lines to expand upon a specific point of history or a moment, and showing the changes to that poetry as it is repeated and shared by people with often differing agendas. While there is plenty of the poetic, we are also provided with text from Wyatt’s letters while serving as diplomat: far less rhythmic in pace but still interesting for the construct of what is said, against that left unsaid and filled in by the author’s diligent research and cross referencing.

    What is important to note is that Wyatt is a man whose more literary endeavors are not as well-known or referenced as his time in the service to the crown as his alleged status as lover to Anne Boleyn, the story manages to provide an interesting light into the lesser explored perspectives of Henry from a courtier, subject, sometimes friend and often puppet of the king.

    Far more smoothly constructed and easy to follow in the earlier chapters, the story does start to become more ponderous as the lyrical and often playful phrasing of the poetry takes a back seat to more ‘official’ information in the form of diplomatic treatises and the often convoluted notations from a man engaged in spying. Overall, this is an engaging story that is only enhanced by the smooth delivery and tone of its narration.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the publisher via AudioBook Jukebox. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility

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  • The Ladies' Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Lee Ann Howlett
    Overall
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    Performance
    (5)
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    Country girl Denise Baudu arrives in Paris hoping for a position in her uncle's clothing shop. However, her uncle's shop, along with other small shops in the area, is doing poorly. This is due to the large store across the street - The Ladies' Paradise - which is swallowing up the small specialty stores by offering 'one-stop shopping' at discounted prices. 19th Century Paris is experiencing the dawn of the department store. Despite her loyalty to her uncle, Denise is drawn to the progressive Ladies' Paradise and it's owner, the driven but charismatic Monsieur Mouret.

    Gaele says: "rich and layered use of description"
    "rich and layered use of description"
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    Prodigious barely can encompass the volumes added to literature by Émile Zola. In this, his eleventh book that dealt with various familial and societal relationships, Zola creates captivating characters that both serve as witness to, and participants in the great changes that are occurring throughout Paris in the post 1860's world. Now familiar to many as the genesis idea for the PBS Masterpiece Classic series The Paradise, it was an interesting listen as I was able to work out the direct correlations between characters and the more composite or ‘informed by’ in the television version.

    Having read excerpts in the original French several years ago, the one lasting impression from the writing of Zola is his rich and layered use of description. Long unused, to attempt this book now, either in written or spoken version would be daunting – I would understand little at first go, yet the beauty of the phrasing and descriptions do resonate, even if their meaning is lost.

    The audio version is narrated by Lee Ann Howlett, to mixed effect for me I must say. While I can appreciate the effort put forth, the mispronunciation of Monsieur, Madame, Mademoiselle (often shortened to Mill for Mlle.) served to take me away from the story at each turn. There were some affectations of pitch and tone to elucidate a ‘younger’ speaker that were little more than grating, and I was pleased to see that as the story progressed the variations in the pitch of the speech lessened in impact. Howlett has a wonderful voice that was well suited to the narration of the story, and it would have been a far smoother listen for me had she not adjusted to accommodate changes in characters during conversations.

    This is ultimately a story that focuses on changes, large and small, both to society, a city and to the people who inhabit it. Historically it was a tumultuous time with wars, political unrest, the advent of more industrialized options for manufacturing, and most countries were dealing with economic hardships and food scarcity that often resulted in migration from small communities into the cities to find work. Denise is no different, heading to Paris to help her uncle in his small yet struggling shop. The new thing, a full-service department store full of ‘ready-made’ goods and providing goods to entice every consumer is opening, and she soon secures a position in the ladies department. The story not only shows the growth and changes occurring in the country and the city, but inside the store and with Denise herself, as she learns to ‘polish’ her appearance, and uses her not inconsiderable sense and reasoning to rise within the hierarchy of the store. Like all young women, Denise has secrets and dreams, and we are fortunate to see her journey. Far from being a staid and boring story that only will appeal to fans of historic fiction, this story has a bit of everything: conflict, history, love, loss and even drama in varying doses as the characters from the store live their lives and serve their customers.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Master's Wife: Forced to Serve, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna McDonald
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Ania Looren would have chosen death over becoming a demon host, if she'd had a choice. But her mate Liam is master of the Demon of Synar, and made that decision for her in order to save her life. Her spirit now grieves for what she has become Ania fears the great harm she can cause using the demon's power. Unfortunately, Liam's reluctant embrace of being the demon's master, along with his refusal to discuss Malachi with her, leaves Ania facing her destiny alone.

    Gaele says: "complex and rich with characters that are distinct"
    "complex and rich with characters that are distinct"
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    Picking up right where the first book left off, I think that the novella was able to present much of the background information that is integral to this story, without dragging down the pace and flow with too much information. These books will not stand alone: you are well-served by reading them in order as only a nod is given to provide information from the first book.

    Aria is dealing with her hosting of Malachi, yet Liam’s brother Conor is still a great threat. In a secondary thread, Dorian and Gwen are still struggling with their on again off again relationship and attraction, it’s quite funny to see Dorian: an enlightened being totally and completely flummoxed by Gwen’s independence, sharp tongue and guarded heart.

    It is interesting to note that even though things are rather curiously jumbled in the relationships, and the men are really no more able to understand their women’s needs, that the underlying conflicts are all really about communication and honesty with the couples.

    But, Conor is providing a serious threat to all: wanting to claim Malachi for himself, and not all is well in the universe: Dorian is in trouble, and an ambassador that should have been working for peace is tied to Conor and determined to cause upheaval in Liam’s life.

    Each story is treated with respect and pacing that fits the action, even as all of the subplots do circle back to revolve around Aria and Liam. We also see a growth and development for Malachi, from demon with a very jaded approach and outlook toward the humans he encounters, he starts to see that he is also an integral cog in the works: and that there are those who will deal with him as a being worthy of acknowledgement, not just an unwanted tool. If you are looking for pure sexy talk and erotic moments, the use of some strange phrasing keeps the steam levels down, even as reactions are described in detail, although the emotional components are well detailed and explained.

    Narration is again provided by Allyson Johnson: she again does a nice job of bringing the characters to light with her use of changes in pitch and tone. Unfortunately, there were several sections where it took a moment for her to get into the voice that I had come to associate with a particular character, as well as obvious moments of ‘cutting in’ phrases that perhaps didn’t make the editing cut. There were several of these fluctuations in the production, and sadly they did pull me from the story for the moment until resolved. Compared to the first book’s recording there were some misses here that I did not expect.

    This has been a fun ride through these two stories: they are complex and rich with characters that are distinct and unique, even as they have traits that are all too human and familiar. I’m curious about the next step in the series.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Of Synar: Forced To Serve Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donna McDonald
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Being captain of his own rescue ship is the life Liam Synar has always dreamed of living. Being master of a hereditary demon is not. Coveting Malachi's power, his exiled evil brother hunts him to capture the demon that Liam's life mate unknowingly hosts. Putting Malachi inside Ania two years ago had been an act to save her when she almost died saving him. If only the demon hadn't killed again.

    Robbie says: "A Series Introduction"
    "no lack of characters to enjoy."
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    Starting out with a scene that turns out to be completely necessary for the background information, we are quickly introduced to Liam Synar, his best friend Dorian, his chosen mate Aria and the central character for conflict Malachi the demon in servitude to the Synar family.

    Incorporating multiple races of beings, the story is consistently informed by the behavioral customs and approaches particular to the different races, some even creating moments of levity to break up the overwhelming tension emanating from Liam Synar.

    There are many different elements coming to play in this story: good versus evil, knowing your partner, being honest about your history and background and being careful to listen, not just speak. Both Aria’ and Liam’s sides of the story are clearly laid out: nether was 100% honest: partly trust, partly selfishness on both parts, the story is really all about consequences, rebuilding trust and learning to be honest with one another.

    Toss in several beings that are intuitive to precognitive, a smart-mouthed and cocky female human-mix and some flirtatious male crew members and there is no lack of characters to enjoy.

    Narration in this story is provided by Allyson Johnson and she manages quite competently to present the voices of the characters with slight distinct changes in tone, pitch and delivery. Particular favorite of mine was her use of a whispery growl for Malachi, even in his conversation with Aria as she was demanding answers. Polished without great distracting moments, she kept the flow of the story without overdramatizing the author’s words.

    As a start of a new series this is one that is full of characters to give everyone a favorite. Stopping with plenty yet to be sorted and solved, I am looking forward to the next installment.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sirenz

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bennardo, Natalie Zaman
    • Narrated By Amanda C. Miller
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when the fashionistas find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes - with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades, Lord of the Underworld himself. To make them atone for what they've done, Hades forces the teens to become special-assignment Sirens, luring to the Underworld an individual whose unholy contract is up.

    Donna says: "Cat fight turned friendship w/ mythological twist"
    "Loosely referential to the story of Persephone"
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    A fun urban fantasy with elements of Greek mythology, fashion faux pas, and the unique voicing of two high-school girls who are suddenly thrust together as roommates and co-workers and you just start to scratch the surface of this story.

    Shar and Meg are roommates for a unique high-school program: they are polar opposites, and fight about every single thing. Meg is the vegan, gothic chick: quietly obsessed with music and causes, and not really at all impressed with fashion or Shar. Shar is pink obsessed and fashion forward: at the center of attention and judgy as only a woman can be. The two have a volatile relationship, but underneath it all they both do understand that getting along is going to make their time in New York better. A Christmas break shopping trip ends up with the two girls coveting a pair of red shoes. When they tussle over the shoes, and a particularly hot boy, on the subway platform, the formerly hot boy falls onto the track and is cut in half.

    While the girls truly didn’t push him, Hades steps in and offers these two a proposition. Already familiar with their manipulations, determination and single-minded ability to focus on an end result, he convinces the girls to work for him as Sirens – minions to do his bidding and bring those who would barter their souls for some immediate advantage.

    From the first to the last – these two are really funny: their banter is clever and while they are often fighting over ridiculous things, there are hints that show the grudging respect that the two have for one another as their friendship does start to blossom during their new duties.

    Loosely referential to the story of Persephone and Hades, this retelling adds several clever twists to present a fresh perspective, as the girls rush to complete the tasks set before them and stay one step ahead of the gods that seek to thwart their progress.

    Layered with fashion references, descriptions and some truly laugh out loud moments, this story was an enjoyable listen that had me giggling frequently. Narration is provided by Amanda C. Miller, and while it took me a bit of time to get accustomed to her style, her voice in pitch and tone is perfectly suited to the characters of Shar and Meg. She does adopt a slight accent and adds some bass to voice the character of Hades, and while it was distracting at first, it soon felt right to fit his rather metrosexual presentation. Pacing was steady and there was a distinction when she voiced a particularly emotionally charged scene: you could feel the emotion that the writers wished to convey.

    As the first in a new series, this was a fun story that is appropriate for teens to adults: there are some more slapstick moments, but the language, scenes and fun of the plotting will appeal to many.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • First Surrender: The Serafina: Sin City Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Ryan Hudson
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Sierra hit it off with Hayden from the moment they met. The dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends she’s ever had - and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin. When an attacker targets Sierra, Hayden’s protective instincts go into overdrive. With the attraction between them burning out of control, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and convince her they’re meant to be together.

    Kelly says: "Great start to a new series"
    "perfect tone and presentation"
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    The first book in the Serafina, Sin City series is a wonderful novella and one of the better introductions to an author’s work that I have experienced. My first option to review a Katie Reus title starts in a Las Vegas casino and features characters that are familiar (I am told) from her Red Stone Security Series.

    Sierra is the head chef at the casino’s restaurant, and over the past year she and Hayden have formed a great friendship, although both have a closer relationship in mind. When she is attacked leaving work one night Hayden feels the need to step in and take care of her. Security is ramping up, and the questions about the ‘who’ and ‘why’ are on everyone’s mind.

    Hayden didn’t want Sierra to be alone, so he brought her home with him. While his intentions were leaning to seduction, his absorbed claiming of her, the comfort he feels with her, and the desire to share thoughts, feelings and his past with her have him confused. Always attracted to her, he was more than a bit broken when he retired from his military service, and she was the only one to call him on his bad behavior. Unknown to him, she was also fantasizing about him, and wanting to get closer, the only thing stopping her was her own issues with self-esteem. Growing up she was in the shadow of her older sister, always feeling chubby and less, and still believed that men would want her sister, not her, for romance.

    While there are a couple of steamy scenes, the more heartwarming moments are the honest communication and Hayden’s willingness to try to answer questions that are not easy, and his obvious desire to claim her for his very own.

    Narration is provided by Ryan Hudson, and he manages to balance soft moments with the harsher responses or action scenes without over-acting or overly emphatic expletives, tone changes or voice manipulation to indicate the different characters. It’s the perfect tone and presentation for a story told predominantly in Hayden’s point of view, and feels natural.

    My first Katie Reus book, and it will not be my last – she may even convert me from my lack of interest in ex-military stories, a trope that has never really stirred me to read.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • The Reluctant Bachelorette: A Romantic Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rachael Anderson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town's charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers - not her - to decide which bachelors stay or go.

    Gaele says: "for listeners who want a light, fun easy listen"
    "for listeners who want a light, fun easy listen"
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    Curious about the title, I thought this would be an escapist sort of romance, a bit different from my normal. Rachael Anderson has penned a cute story that is heavy on the pop-culture references, with the inclusion of the best friend’s little sister all grown up to add some romance.

    Taycee is a woman with a grudge: fairly childish in her reactions and responses actually. We start the story in her point of view, and then as the story continues it flip-flops between the two. Taycee was immature and a bit over-reactive for my taste, she does grow up and see that her perspective isn’t quite correct, but it took me a long time to warm up to her.

    Luke isn’t as bad as we are lead to believe early on: he’s not great at keeping in touch, that you can get, but his casual teasing manner and the way that he treats all of the women on the small town reality show is portrayed with a sense of believability. He’s working to revamp his image: although the small town reality show – in a dying farm community just doesn’t seem plausible to me.

    Now, Taycee has her own reasons for being such a pill – but her deliberate attempts to undermine Luke in the hopes to have him thrown off the show are weak and transparent. They do finally realize that the chance to see one another once again, and to act on the attraction that has Taycee acting like a 9 year old boy is too good to pass up. Their romance is sweet, not sexy, and the tentative steps they take toward together are enhanced by the glimpses into other contestant’s relationships as they too search for a happy ending.

    Narration was provided by Jennifer Reilly: while not distracting, her voice managed to carry the female characters with subtle distinction in pitch and tone, without great difficultly. There were some issues with the male character portrayals being less delineated, but not overly acted or presented, so the listen was smooth. Pacing in her narration is steady, perhaps a bit too steady: I tend to feel that conversations have a slightly quicker pacing, which would have helped to enhance the funny moments, and the steadiness did not really impart a great sense of emotion, which made the narration feel more like a read and less a performance. I experimented with the speed of the playback, and didn’t find a setting that wasn’t either too fast or too slow for my preferences.

    I think this is the perfect audio version for listeners who want a light, fun and non-challenging listen to pass the time.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Let the Wild Out

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Madelyn Porter
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
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    (8)

    Rachel Dunne thinks she's safe from the politics of her people by keeping a low profile in America. When she comes face to face with one of the clan chiefs in search of a mate, she's stunned yet incredibly turned on. There is a catch - one queen to two opposing clan chiefs. It's hard enough fighting off the advances of one sizzling hot piece of alpha man-flesh, can she possibly resist two?

    Gaele says: "Full of quick switches in action and location"
    "Full of quick switches in action and location"
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    A shifter romance unlike those I have read before, the insertions that brought a giggle were many. Porter starts the story with a nod to her publishing cohorts Mandy M. Roth and Michelle Pillow, at a book reading/signing as we are introduced to Rachel, the heroine.

    Rachel was raised by her aunt, a bird shifter with a penchant for keeping two lovers handy, growing herbs and other bits in her garden and the occasional arrest. Although as a bird shifter Auntie Elvie was arrested quite often, Rachel thinks she just enjoyed being in handcuffs. Alone in the world now, all of Rachel’s family has died, and she is hiding under the ‘shifter radar’ by not shifting.

    Douglas and William are chiefs of their clans, and their traditions require they share a wife, with the children from the unions being raised with each clan’s traditions and lore without regard to parentage. The eldest of the two chiefs gets the eldest child, the second goes to the next, and so on. It is time for them to choose their wife: preferably young, pretty and full-blooded shifter.

    When she is confronted with Douglas, a powerfully potent shifter, chief of a clan, and bearing the crest on his hand, her first instinct is to run: far away. When William arrives at her doorstep and she is hit with his animal magnetism, it is almost too much to bear. Whisked away to the clan chieftan’s home in the UK after a fire destroyed her lodge, she is slowly coming to grips with her feelings for the two, and the security that she feels when with them.

    There is a massive clash of wills: as clan chiefs both William and Douglas are used to being obeyed: but their revelation to Rachel that she can make a request and they are obligated to obey gives her a unique power that is far beyond her omni-shifter nature. It’s funny to watch the two as they angle for supremacy with her, and Rachel’s very matter of fact manner and way of putting them in line. In fact, several moments in this story will have you laughing at the dialog and the odd situations.

    Full of quick switches in action and location, while the story isn’t always smooth, it is always well told and depicted. Rebecca Cook’s narration is super, adding a gruffness to William and Douglas, some stealth and disdain into Magda, a touch of wonder underlaid with steel for Rachel. Her voice never interferes with the story, but moves smoothly from one situation or character to the next with precision.

    Above all else, this is a story of shifters and the animal desires that they all have are never far from the surface. Super hot sex scenes, some in ménage, some hot and frantic: the sexual tension and action is enough to fulfill every erotic romance fans needs, and the story will feed the romantic in you, even with the fur.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Before the Edge: On the Edge, Book 0.5

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kallysten
    • Narrated By Todd Waites
    Overall
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    Performance
    (1)
    Story
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    For Lisa, The Cliff was just one more bar to visit, one more competitor to gauge on her way to opening her own club. The verbal abuse unleashed on her by a patron is unexpected, but not entirely unusual: As a vampire, she has been called worse than "killer" or "thing" before. What is new, on the other hand, is the intervention of the bar's owner. Lisa isn't used to humans trying to protect her, and she finds Brett strangely endearing. For his part, Brett isn't all that comfortable being around a vampire, but now that he has thrown out the lout who was insulting Lisa, he can hardly ask her to leave. After getting to know her a little, however, he starts seeing the woman beyond the fangs, and when she returns the next night he's ready to share a dance with her…or even a little more….

    Gaele says: "Kallysten has chosen well. Waites’ narration"
    "Kallysten has chosen well. Waites’ narration"
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    The introduction to Kallysten’s On the Edge series is now in audio form. I’ve read this in eBook form, so I already was familiar with the story, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to relax and listen to the story again.

    Enter the world where vampires are citizens, and like many places, prejudice and discrimination against those who are ‘different’ runs rampant. Brett owns a local bar, and while he doesn’t personally know any vamps, he isn’t willing to allow anyone to be belittled in his establishment.

    Lisa is a leggy blonde with attitude and confidence. She also happens to be a vampire and while not in need of rescue from an angry patron who is looming over her, Brett’s quick response to the situation in defense of her was surprising.

    I enjoyed the interplay between Brett and Lisa: Kallysten brings you characters that arrive formed, and through their interactions and actions you see them develop and fill out. While both have some issues and reservations, they are well-matched and paired, and their chemistry is steamy and sexy: there are no sparkles here unless it’s in a lame dress or a piece of jewelry.

    The narration for this novella is provided by Todd Waites; with a Midwestern-feeling accent his delivery is smooth and rhythmic without great modulation in pitch or tone to delineate character differences. His delivery was neither too fast nor to slow, and he manages to add a touch of emotional nuance that deepens the impact of the words.

    For her first foray into the world of audio, Kallysten has chosen well. Waites’ narration is well-suited to the story and the novella format of this series gives listeners and readers lots of options without great time investment. If you want an entrée into a ‘different style’ of vampire story, that mixes characters, emotions and sex with equal abandon this is a great one to investigate.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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