I really like the Argeneau Series, and have purchased them all (up to #18, to date), I like to listen to them in order. I like this story too, except that, out of all the narrators Victoria McGee, is the worst for This Series. It seems to me, that Lynsay Sands just can't find a steady narrator to commit to her series. Despite the too many different readers of the series, I do find her stories interesting and worth the credits. Regarding this story, the editing of this book seemed to be faulty, and made me wonder if a ghost writer was used because there were a couple of times that the storyline did not match within the story itself. And as a fan of the series, I did have some trouble with Linsay's depiction of Marguerite as a "strong-willed airhead" who is too stupid to see past her own selfish desires." I couldn't find any sympathetic "female/motherly commonality" with her and found it hard to believe in light of her other descriptions of Marguerite in other books. This, coupled with the poor narration of the book, led to my noticing absurd things like; the use of the word "adorable" in every book, and the ridiculous number of times the word "peered" was used! LOL. All in all, though, I like the book and enjoy the series. I do recommend it.
This book reads like Suzanne Wright was either very rushed or just filling space to fill hours. The constant wordy rehashing of "how you made me feel, you didn't claim me, I did it for you, I'll never leave you, I'm lost without you" dribble got to be so-o annoying! I felt like I was being nagged at or in a therapy session throughout the whole book. These same basic sentences were repeated in so many different environments that several times I found myself rolling my eyes upward in exasperation. A couple times I even found myself saying in my head, "Alright! I heard you the first time!" I literally sighed in relief when the book was over! No kidding, I Really, did!
The story is just okay, strong wolf/boy meets pretty wolf/girl, boy forsakes girl, girl gets a life, boy wants her now, girl in danger, boy saves girl, yada yada, and the ride begins. For the first time I think I can honestly say, here is a book with just too much sex! By the last two encounters, I was so over the domination submission stuff, that I was just simply bored. Frankly, there is about an hour or two of those rehashed repeated lines, and a couple sexual encounters that could easily be eliminated, to make this book a joy to listen to. I can't believe I'm going to say this, because I am not a fan of them, but I think an - abridged version of this book would be better.
I do hope SW's next installment on this series will be better and reflect that her head is back " In the writing game!" Because if the next book is similar to this, I'm afraid I will be forced to end my fascination with her series.
Some of the other paranormal authors I like are: Kresley Cole, Jim Butcher, Jeanine Frost, JR Ward, Colleen Callahan, Kevin Hearne, Laura Wright, and Molly Harper.
I do recommend this book with reservations, only because it is a part of the Phoenix Pack series, and characters in each book build upon one another.
Before purchase I didn't read the customer reviews, the book teaser, nothing! I just saw: New From: Kresley Cole, and bought all three books at the same time!
So, I'm listening, and OMG! I was not prepared for what I heard. It's another tie me up, spank my butt, hurt me, f---k me book! I was NOT expecting that from Kresley Cole! She did it well, and I do recommend the books if you like that sort of thing.
But, personally, I have a very hard time finding enjoyment in the idea of pleasure through slave pain. I mean really - Whipping, shackles, gagging, commandments, punishment, bruises, and pain in the bedroom? To a woman like me, is unthinkable. If I had known what the trilogy was really about, up front, I wouldn't have bought them. Why? Because, I see the current - white woman's FSOG fascination as propaganda, the new form of feminine seasoning.
But, I would have missed out on an interesting ride, because if anyone can make slavery and sex, sexy, Kresley can. :)
This story was much improved over the previous one. The mystery was fairly simple to figure out ( I read it in 2014 ), but the journey to it was engaging. I still have to give Dick Hill's narration effort a low score due to his habit of yelling in unnecessary places, but he has improved from 1 to 3 stars. So I do recommend this one. If you are looking for another engaging series try: Karin Slaughter's Will Tripp Series, and of course John Sandford's Prey Series.
This story reads like a fledgling Lee Child effort. I couldn't help thinking: "wow, what a let down!" I admit that I read all of the negative reviews before I purchased it, but I like to make up my own mind. The story could have been so much better with just a few simple tweaks. As is, I do not recommend it if you enjoy a good "who don-nit" that keeps you engaged. But, if your like me; a committed Reacher fan, (because I already bought the next 2 books :)) then you gotta have it.
So, if you buy it, enjoy your rant cause that can be fun too!
Unfortunately, the crazy, raspy, often too loud voices this narrator chose for the men, coupled with the" never matured" voices she stuck with for the main female characters were silly and distracting. However, I did enjoy the story, and do recommend the book, because I was able to get into the story enough to ignore Susan's take on Julie's characters.
I do recommend this book for the story, but Dick Hill's "decibel performance" coupled with the sound production of this book takes away from the individual enjoyment of listening. On the other books I have enjoyed in which Dick Hill was the narrator I was able to lower the volume to my earpiece and set it a little more outside of the "nook" of my listening ear in order to finish. But, with this book my trick didn't work. I was forced to use my computer to listen to it. Unfortunately, that turned what is usually a personal listening experience for me alone into an invasion of the "shared decibel space" of any other person within the listening area. That, I did not like!
I had a very hard time staying engaged while listening to this book. I was expecting much more. The narrator is a good fit, but the story rambled along with a "laundry list" of characters and events that left me feeling exhausted and confused. .There were some funny parts that made it a tiny bit entertaining, but overall I found it to be very weak, with little substance. I can not recommend this book.
Some of the writers I do recommend are: Diana Gabaldon, Sara Donati, Molly Harper, Robert McCammon, Kevin Hearn, George R. R. Martin, Susanna Sandlin, and Deborah Harkness just to name a few.
Ok, overall this book is not as bad as the 4th, but it is not as exciting as the first 3, but that's because GRRM pretty much killed off, maimed, or imprisoned everyone of interest.
I am convinced that the mind of GRRM is sick. We have five books of proof that this man's mind works contrary to all reasonable thought.
And we are even sicker than he is because we are loving every word of it!
J D Tyler did an excellent job showing us a view of the broken mind of Kalen Black.
I did like the book, but there were two things that led me to my decision to say "I could take it or leave it" and give only a 3 star rating.
1. I think the frequent on again, off again, thing with Mac, did too much to take me out of the enjoyable read zone. Between that, and Kalen's "wakeup" ending, I felt the story was a bit flat, felt rushed, and left me frustrated.
2. I found the numerous sex scenes to be irritating, and an interruption, rather than an addition to the story. It seemed J.D. took the lazy way out (imagination, and dreams) rather than developing natural story progressions to sexual scenarios, to keep one engaged with the characters.
I listened to this book straight through! I actually had fun listening to it. The dual narration added to the enjoyment of this one. It is definitely worth the credit, and I highly recommend it if you like sex with a story.
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