I am a huge Sandra Brown fan and I have read almost all of her books and I am rarely disappointed. Envy did not let me down. The story within the story was great. You can kind of foreshadow what's to come, but there are lots of little twist that you don't see coming. And I have to say, being a huge fan of Audible.com that Victor Slezak is a great narrator. He has narrated several of Ms. Brown's books and the way he can switch accents and voices makes you believe there are different people talking and takes you inside the book.
I saw some of the bad reviews so I was afraid Ms. Brown might let me down this time, but apparently those people were looking for a different kind of book. I don't like Sci-Fi so I know I'm not going to go buy a Sci-Fi novel. Sandra Brown writes Romance and Suspence novels, if you don't like those types of novels, this isn't for you. So don't write a bad review because you purchased a novel that you won't like to begin with. When you read Ann Rice, expect bloody vampire scenes and don't be offended when you read them. When you read Sandra Brown or Joan Collins, expect sex scenes and if that offends you, then don't read them. And certainly don't give them bad reviews because you wasted your money buying a novel that wasn't you're cup of tea in the first place. Ms. Brown, ENVY, was perfection as always!
I've bought several SEP books and love them for their wit and romance. Five hours of listening and I haven't encountered either. It's not necessarily bad, but it's not good either. It is NOTHING like the previous books in the so-called series (I have no idea why it's even listed as part of the series) and it's nothin like her Stars Series either.
There is NO humor like most of her books. Plus, the book randomly stops to play some 70's porn like music.
The narrator wasn't bad.
Cut out the first two hours of back story and add the humor we're use to seeing in SEP books.
Don't waste the credit. I saw some bad reviews and thought it couldn't be that bad, but yes, it IS THAT bad. And I'm only half way through it. Hopefully it will improve.
I love Sandra Brown, but I was bored to tears with the predictable story.
The HUGE secret that disgraced Sunny was to predictable to be believed.
Her accents were horrible, but I don't know that anyone could have saved this story.
Don't waste the credit.
Funny, heart warming and fun!
Gracie because she was determined.
Character voices and emotion
When Bobby Tom broke out of jail.
Another great Stars novel.
I'm not sure why this book has gotten such harsh reviews. I will agree it was not my favorite BDB book, but it was no different than the rest of the series. The main character was Payne and her relationship with not only the man she loves, Dr. Manillo, whom she calls "Healer", but also her relationship with her brother V. Since the relationship with her twin effects V so much, of course, much of the story is going to involve him, Jane and Butch. The story digs deeper into V's past because it involves Payne and what she did to protect him, which is what caused her to become inprisoned by their mother.
This book did not get completely engolfed in Payne's sex life, which maybe the disappointment in some of the other reviews, but it was no less of a love story. Between Payne and Manuel, V and Jane and between brother and sister. We also find out that Butch has a half brother.
Like all other BDB books, Lover Unleased is but a stepping stone for the next novel. Since we are running out of brothers, there had to be something to connect us to the next step. Introduce new characters and new possiblities. I love the fact that old characters come back again and again. Like when Wrath and Beth had to battle with his blindness. I don't like that we get one book and then never hear from a couple again, so although we saw V go VERY dark in this book, he came out a little more shiney and I liked that we got to revisit his story along with his twin. So, if you are a TRUE BDB fan, you will love this just like the others for what it's meant to be. Part of the brotherhood's story and the continued saga of what's to come.
God Bless Audible Sales!! I found J.R. Ward's work when "Covet" was on sale. I immediately fell in love with the fallen Angel, but I didn't think I would like any book about vampires, thinking they had to be just like every other vampire story on TV or the movie screen. However, when Lover Unbound came up on one of Audible's sales, I decided to buy it and check it out. Since it was at a lower price, I didn't have much to lose and I loved the Fallen Angel series so much, I wanted to see what else J.R. Ward could offer.
She did not disappoint me! Although V and Jane's story is the 5th of the brotherhood series, it seemed the perfect book to suck you in. It gives you just enough background to know what's going on with each character, but not enough to confuse you. The fact that Ward has vampires feed from their own kind and not from humans make this series more likable, so it's not creepy. The way each male vampire bonds with a female is so powerful and erotic. The way each character revolves around each other, so you know the story continues to build, not just around the two main characters but with future stories yet to come, is exciting. J.R. Ward is brillant!! Since's V and Jane's story did not dive into the lessers history, it was easy to start on this book and not get lost. However, I immediately used my next two credits on the first two books from the series once I finished Lover Unbound. And will continue to do so until I have heard them all. I have also gone back to read several of Ward's early book published under Jessica Byrd. I'm hooked and it all started with a Fallen Angel named Jim and a vampire named Vishous.
Although this is not the typical novel that I nomally read, I decided to check out "Covet", the first novel during a sale. I tend to read more romance and suspense novels, but I'm a fan of the TV show SuperNatural, so the subject of the Fallen Angel, Jim, trying to save seven souls for good over evil interested me. I did not anticipate the graphic nature of the novels since it's not my normal read, but I was so caught up in the exitement of the characters and Jim's battle with trying to lead his "soul" on the right path while keeping them safe from demons, that the graphic nature did not bother me. Don't think that because the book is about Angels that it will be G rated and about God. If that is what you are expecting, you will get the shock of your life. Crave is the second chapter for Jim, trying to save the 2nd of his 7th soul. Both Covet and Crave are R rated, with graphic language, sexual content and violence. Which is why I loved the characters to much, because they are so real. Jim, the Fallen Angel, and his two buddies Add and Eddie, are Warriors sent from haven to fight for the souls of seven people that will decide the fate of the world. Free will let's them decide to choose good or evil, but only Jim has been given the power to persuade them on which path to take. He has the past to satify Hell, but the heart to satisfy Heaven. Both novels make you fall in love with this wicked Angel, that keeps showing bit by bit why he is the Chosen One. Eric Dove as the narrator is PERFECT and his voice gives just the right tone to each character so you feel every emotion. I can not wait for the next chapter of Jim's adventure. If you are daring... neither can you.
Lisa Kleypas is addictive. I found Ms. Kleypas's work when the first Wallflowers book was on sale and I have been hooked ever since. But as you go back through her work, all her characters seem connected in a history that will make since to readers that follow her work but you don't necessary have to read them all to enjoy each novel. Then Came You seems to be the beginning of the history and is a beautiful love story that appeals to all romance lovers. And the story only continues in each novel that Lisa Kleypas writes. The only thing that makes her work better is the narrator, that gives every character a unique voice that is so amazing, it's made it impossible for me to read a book if I know there is a production out there that she has performed. I have yet to be disappointed by the combination of Ms. Kleypas and Ms. Landor's work. I have however, had sleepless nights since I can't seem to shut my IPOD off! If you love historical romance, you will love anything written by Lisa Kleypas, but I would start with Then Came You and then Dreaming of You. You won't be disappointed!
I had already marked this as a book in my wish list, but when it came up on sale, I went ahead and purchased it. The wit and humor between the Wallflowers made the book enjoyable just to follow the women's friendship. The chemistry between Annabelle & Simon and their love/hate relationship was just an added bonus. The narrator is wonderful, but I've always enjoyed her and I think she does a wonderful job. This story was so fun and romantic and was not just about the love between a man and a woman, but the friendship that was developed between four women. As soon as I finished listening, I looked to see if the story continued and was pleased to see that the story of the remaining Wallflowers are available, and I immediately downloaded the second book. What a delightful series! I'm glad I stumbled upon this book or I would have missed out on a wonderful collection of laughter and love wrapped up in one book!
I had already read this book years ago, but being a huge Sandra Brown fan I decided to get the audio version just b/c it's been a while since I've read the book. I am so glad I did! This is the first audiobook I've bought that was narrated by Dick Hill and he SOLD the story. This was not just a story, but a production. Mr. Hill brought every character to life and told the story with such excitement and passion. As soon as I reached the end I immediately started over from the beginning. Of course I am a die hard fan of Ms. Brown and I already knew I loved the story. It is a little brutle how Schaler falls for the bad boy that treats her like garbage, but it's also very realistic how a lot of women go for the wrong man. Schaler is out to prove she deserves her place in life and although it's not her fault she was brought up in a life of wealth & privledge, Cash blames her for living the life he feels he should have lived. The story itself is great, but the narrator is what makes this a great buy!
If you loved the TV series, you'll love the novel. Although the ending is very disappointing, which is the only reason I didn't give this five stars, the audiobook begins with a interview with the author's son that explains how the story is based on the true story of his grandmother. He also explains that the ending of the novel is not exactly based on the true story, but was changed to surprise the reader on purpose. Knowing that made it better. If the author had stuck to the her mother's true story, it would have made for a happier ending. Other than that, the story of Christy and her Mountain People is charming and entertaining. That fact that Kelly Martain reads it, who played Christy on the hit TV show, only makes it that much better. She get's the accents of the characters down so well, you feel like you are taken to the Mountains of Tennessee. Kelly's voice telling this story, really pulls at your heartstrings. It was worth the download!
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