I started Unholy Ghost in October on my Nook. I could not get past chapter five. Either I wasn’t in the mood for it or it was the slang that got me.
"You won't talk to me, you don't talk to anyone else, you just hang around here in your precious ghetto with all these f-ing crazy people who talk like they've never heard a proper word spoken in their lives...."
But some blogger friends keep raving about the series. So I decided to give it another try but this time around I did it in audio book format, thinking it would help me get into the slang that is used by so many of the characters. BINGO.
I’ve read other reviews where people had a hard time liking or connecting with Chess because she is an addict. But I love the fact that Chess is not your typical heroine. Her world is dark and gritty and she’s had a crappy life growing up. She talks about bouncing around from foster homes. How the dads or even the moms would sexually abuse her. And since she has no support group to help her out; it kind of makes sense that she would turn to prescription meds to numb the things done to her.
Even though I personally can’t related to someone with an addiction, I believe reading it through Chess’s eyes gives me a little bit of understanding why someone in her position would live the way she does. But with as much as she takes I don’t see how she has not overdose by now.
Her addiction is what brings Terrible into her life. He is the muscle for Chess’s drug dealer, Bump. (I just love the names that Kane has come up with her for characters.) Bump informs Chess that her debt to him has doubled because of interest which is BS and she calls him on it. Bump tells her if she helps him with his problem with ghosts at an airport that he plans to use to bring in drugs that he will clear her debt with him.
After Chess reluctantly agrees to the deal she is teamed up with Terrible to complete the job. We first see Terrible the way Chess does, big guy with little thoughts. But has the two work together Chess’s view (and mine) of Terrible changes when see she how he truly is. He is self taught, the helps out weaker people in the city like kids. And he becomes someone that she can trust, which is a first for her. You can see a romance building between the two which is something that Chess doesn’t do. She is more into one night stands so that she doesn’t get hurt.
Over all Unholy Ghosts is a great start to a very dark Urban Fantasy series. But it’s not all dark there is some humor mixed in with Chess’s sassy attitude.
“If Mrs. Morton would stop verbally jacking off her husband and son, this would all be done so much more quickly, but then Chess figured it was just about the only sex the woman got.”
Unholy Ghosts is a MUST READ for Urban Fantasy fans! After hearing that each book is better than the last, I can’t wait to jump into Unholy Magic.
I loved seeing Hailey get her HEA with the sexy ranger, Matt. These two prove that opposites do attract.
Lauren Fortgang does an outstanding job as usual with the narration. I enjoyed every minute of TAKEN WITH YOU and I can't wait to listen to FALLEN FOR MAX when it's available on audio.
Stacey and Fortgang is a winning author/narrator combo!
The team of Elliott James and Roger Wayne was not a one hit wonder with me. I enjoyed DARING almost as much as CHARMING. There was only a 1/2 star difference in the ratings between the two books. Why? DARING was a little slow in a couple of places and that's really the only reason for the lower rating.
I can't wait for book 3, FEARLESS to release August 11, 2015.
But in the mean time I'll read more about John Charming in the short stories that take place before CHARMING.
YES! Just when I was drowning in romances and needed a great urban fantasy listen, CHARMING came into my life.
CHARMING has a full cast of supernaturals from werewolves, vamps, Valkyrie and more.
I've not read many books told from a male protagonist POV's and I must say I'm really enjoying them. They are great for when I'm burn out on romances. I love the fact that CHARMING is written in first person so when Roger Wayne narrates John Charming's story it's like he is talking to me when I'm listening.
I told someone that I thought John Charming is like a cooler Atticus from Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles. I'd love to see these two guys hang out sometime.
Roger Wayne can out of no where for me. I was hooked on his narration of CHARMING within 20 minutes of listening. He has made it to my list of favorite narrators and I don't have many male narrators on that list. He did an outstanding job with everything.
I was about 40% into CHARMING when I purchased book 2, DARING on audio. Bring on more Elliott James and Roger Wayne!
If you're a fan of author Kevin Hearne you'll enjoy Elliott James as well.
Fan of Luke Daniels' narration you also enjoy Roger Wayne.
I really enjoy Jill Shalvis' brand of contemporary romance; funny and sexy.
After a near death experience Katie now has the attitude that she's going to live life with her "balls out". Never mind she doesn't have any balls. Cam has been away from home for a year, licking his wounds from a failed relationship and an accent that cost him, his sports career. The two meet when Cam finds Katie (aka Goldie Locks) in his bed after he returns home from his time away.
Katie and Cam has chemistry and a lot of sexual tension through out INSTANT ATTRACTION. There are a few times when they think they're about to get lucky, only to have something or someone stopping them. Neither wants to fall of the other one since Katie is only in time for a few weeks. Cam is afraid that Katie will want more if they get too close. Katie is afraid that she will get her heart broken when it's time for her to leave town for her next adventure. But they over come their issues in sweet and funny ways to have a HEA.
There's a secondary romance happening in INSTANT ATTRACTION. Cam's aunt, Annie is trying to get her husband Nick "to see her". The couple have been married for a few years and have lost that spark. It's fun to watch the older couple try to work out their issues and see if they can make their marriage work.
It took me a while to get into Liisa Ivary's narration. While Liisa does a great job narrating INSTANT ATTRACTION I'm not 100% sold on her voice for this series. She has an "older" sounding voice and with Katie and Cam are in their late 20s or early 30s. But Liisa does an excellent job with the male voices and she manages to change her voice for the females characters where her non-dialogue voice is different, instead of it being the same as the heroine's which it is nice.
Give me more of the Wilder bunch!
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge is the 4th full length book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series that is set in a world with all kinds of paranormal creatures from vampires and demons to werewolves and now ghosts.
We meet the unlikely hero, Conrad in earlier books about his older brothers. Now we get to see what the missing younger Wroth brother has been up to……battling blood lust and becoming one of the most feared assassins in the lore (paranormal world). One thing that has push Conrad into the assassin jig is his hatred of vampires. He has sworn to kill his brothers before killing himself.
Not knowing his plan to swipe out the family; Conrad’s brothers kidnap him after their long search to find him, in hopes of helping him over come his blood lust.
The Worth brothers hold Conrad up in an abandoned house that once belonged to the beautiful 20s dancer, Neomi.
Neomi has been stuck in her home after her ex-fiance murdered her. She longs for companionship but being a ghost no has seen or talked to her in the 80 years of her afterlife. Until a group of strange men enter her home.
Neomi is filled with hope when it appears that one of the men can see and hear her. But he’s not man at all. Neomi is shocked to find out that vampires are real and that she is falling in love with one.
Neomi and Conrad have pasts to over come and trust to build before they get their HEA. But it’s a sexy, fun and heart breaking ride from being to end.
I love this series and how we get to see past characters pop up and no IAD book is complete without a cameo from the ever knowing Valkyrie, Nix. She is a great secondary character and I can’t for her to get her HEA.
There is currently 12 books (including a couple of novellas) out on shelves with more to come. They are slowing recording the series on audio Robert Pektoff does a great job with the narration and I can’t wait for the next book, Dark Desires After Dusk to be released on audio in February.
If you are looking for a fun and sexy paranormal romance read you should try the Immortal After Dark series.
WOW. Just WOW. Um where to begin. It's going to be hard to talk about BROKEN SOUL without spoiling so I'll try to keep it short.
Let's the narration out-of-the-way. Khristine Hvam is Jane and Beast. NO ONE else could narrate Jane Yellorock any better! Hvam's delivery of Faith Hunter's characters are flawless. She nails it every time and is the reason this series is on my audio only list. Hunter's writing is amazing, there's no doubt but Hvam is like putting chocolate sauces and a cherry on top of the goodness that is Jane Yellowrock.
The series is very detailed and you really must focus on what's going on. I made the mistake of zoning out for a few minutes while I was listening at work and ended up totally lost. Things were moving so fast I had to back up the audio to pick up the details I had missed. The whole novel is non-stop action from beginning to end.
BROKEN SOUL starts out as one kind of book and with all the twists and complex plot lines ends up being something I didn't see coming. WOW Jane and Beast keep evolving into this unstoppable team of two souls in one body. Well, is that really one body since Jane can physically shift into Beast's form? Mmm...
I've read other UF series where the main characters are weres, shifters, skinwalkers, etc and none have been done as well as Hunter's Jane and Beast. The way they communicate is original. They really are two heroines sharing a space. And with the events of the previous book, BLACK ARTS and with what takes place here, neither has an idea where they are heading.
And for those who've been wanting some ON PAGE romance for Jane... you get it. It's not smutty because this is Jane after all but we get details that are satisfying. And I can't wait to see how that part of Jane's (and Beast's!) life changes. I think she's finally ready for a true mate!
EVER AFTER is currently my favorite book in The Hollows series. We get a lot of Trent and Al and very little Ivy which was the best part for me. LOL
With EVER AFTER Rachel has to deal with some issues that happened in PALE DEMON and A PERFECT BLOOD. As far as Pale Demon, Rachel has to work her magic to save the ever after because of the ley line she made while she was over there. And try to find a way to take down Ku’Sox (or as Jenks calls him, Cut Socks). So you have plenty of demon hijinks going on, which is always fun.
Then you have to moment that Trent and Rachel shared in A PERFECT BLOOD and Rachel is dealing with personal issues as well. Oh boy is there some personal stuff going on with this one. But I can’t talk about it without spoiling but just know it’s good and can only get better (I hope).
The main focus is saving the ever after and stopping Ku’Sox. Rachel gets help from old friends and new ones. New as in gargoyles, I love these creatures. Kim Harrison is a great writer that I have a clear picture in my head what all of her characters look like and I want a gargoyles on my roof.
Harrison is slowly weaving what will end up being a great ending to the series I can just feel it. She makes sure to keep past issues clear and present with each book. We are slowly getting more answers to old questions while she hooks us with new problems. The issue with the Rosewood Syndrome is back in full force when a group of babies go missing. Another thing I love about Harrison is that she’s not afraid to let characters die. I just wish the next character to go would be Ivy. I’ve not liked her from the beginning and just when I thought we would get an Ivy free book she pops up for a couple of chapters. The Hollows is the only series where I don’t like the vampire race. I hate their politics and their very way of life.
I love that Rachel Morgan is a character that has grown during the series. She’s had some really TSTL moments in earlier books but she’s realizing that she has made of some the same mistakes over and over in the past and is working to correct that behavior.
Marguerite Gavin continues to rock this series! She will forever be Rachel Morgan to me. I’m off to listen to THE UNDEAD POOL.
I LOVE it when the girl gets the guy she’s had a big crush on. Love it! And Jill Shalvis writes this romance trope well!
What do you get when you take a 2nd grade teacher and an ex-Special Ops soldier and put them together? A hot (not sweet!) romance in RUMOR HAS IT.
Everyone in Sunshine calls Kate sweet and it drives her nuts when Griffin, who happens to be her BFF’s big brother and her all time crush, calls her sweet. She doesn’t want Griffin to see her as sweet because if he does then nothing will happen between them. Griffin is a known bad boy when it comes to the ladies and after Kate has spent the last few years taking care of her dad and two younger siblings she wants a little something for herself. That being a hot night with Griffin because she knows he won’t stay in Sunshine for long. He’s only here for his little sister’s wedding after all.
Kate has been putting off going to California for a masters program she keeps getting invited to take part in. She’s a 2nd grade science teacher and she loves her job and would love to do the program. But she feels she has to stay in Sunshine to take care of her family. Her friends and family have been telling her to go, the program is only a year-long and they can manage without her. But Kate won’t listen.
Griffin is back home in Sunshine for the wedding between his little sister, Holly and his BFF Adam. He might be out of the military but he had jobs offers coming in and he will only be home for a week or two, tops. But then he runs into Katie but she’s not just his little sister’s BFF, she’s all grow up and calls herself Kate now.
Kate and Griffin have off the page chemistry. They are just what the others needs. Their HEA has a few bumps along the way and it was fun to take the ride with them. RUMOR HAS IT is now my 2nd favorite in the Animal Magnetism series by Shalvis.
Karen White continues to work her narration magic with the people of Sunshine, Idaho. Karen really does have the right voice, timing and sass to bring these fun heroines and heroes to audio book lovers.
Ricky Bo is a bag of dicks!
The action. The story. The writing. The narration.
I love this series and Faith Hunter has built a great world with a kick ass heroine with Jane and her Beast. I might now always like the romance parts of the series but everything else is stellar.
What did not work (for me):
Molly, Jane’s best friend, someone like a sister to her is missing and possibly in trouble/danger and yet I felt like for Jane that Molly was an afterthought. She spent more time worrying over the current vampire issues than saving Molly. Oh sure Jane’s new team of the Younger brothers was working to save Molly but Jane should have been more involved.
I’ve never liked Leo and I wish Jane would just stake him already.
Khristine Hvam continues to make this series a real enjoy to listen to. I love her voices for and one I really enjoy but don’t get to hear a lot of is Angie Baby I was so happy that Angie was around in BLACK ARTS.
I can’t want for BROKEN SOUL.
I don’t usually jump on books that are so hyped up as Wallbanger has been. I like to let them settle for a while before I give them a try. I kept seeing other bloggers say it was a must read. That it was funny. I was in the mood for a funny contemporary so I decided to listen to Wallbanger.
I thought that Wallbanger was going to be a hard-core erotic romance but it’s not and I was glad it wasn’t. I loved that Caroline and Simon didn’t sleep together until about ¾ of the way into the book. They don’t have an instant-a-love which is really refreshing. Sure there’s an instant-a-lust but they don’t give into it. They become friends then lovers.
Caroline and her group of friends reminded me of a younger Carrie Bradshaw and her gal pals from Sex and the City. They have dating wows that is just plain funny. They have each other’s backs and are quick to “bitch” each other out. They find themselves in a unique place where they are all single at the same time. But poor Caroline has taken herself off the market after losing her “O”. That’s right she’s missing her “O” as in orgasm. And how did she loose it? The last time she had sex was with a guy she calls the machine gun fucker. You know the kind that bang-bang bangs you. Which reminded me of the episode where Carrie (Sex and the City) has sex with the “jack rabbit”. LOL
The way Caroline goes on and on about her missing “O” liked it’s a person and it’s her best friend was so funny. Yeah it sounds cheesy but it really worked the way Alice Clayton wrote it.
So what’s the worst thing ever for a gal that’s lost her “O”? A neighbor that is hanging out “Os” to what seems like a different woman every night right next door. How does Caroline know what her neighbor is up to every night? The apartment walls are really thin. And that’s also how she knows her neighbor’s name is Simon without even meeting him.
Apparently Simon is a god in bed because Caroline hears the women’s screams, giggles and meows. That’s right MEOWS.
I woke up faster this time, because I knew what I was hearing. I sat up in bed, glaring behind me. The bed was still pulled safely away from the wall, so I felt no movement, but there was sure as hell something moving over there.
Then I heard… hissing?
I looked down at Clive, whose tail was at full puff. He arched his back and paced back and forth at the foot of the bed.
“Hey, mister. It’s cool. We just got a noisy neighbor, that’s all,” I soothed, stretching my hand out to him. That’s when I heard it.
I cocked my head sideways, listening more intently. I studied Clive, who looked back as if to say, “T’weren’t me.”
“Meow! Oh, God. Me-yow!”
The girl next door was meowing. What in the world was my neighbor packing to make that happen?
“Oooh yes, just like that, Simon….Mmmm…meow, meow, meow!”
Clive is Caroline’s male cat and the meowing drives him nuts which just adds to the funniness of the situation.
Heather Smith’s narration of Wallbanger adds to the craziness. She does a really good job with Caroline and her inner monologue. Like so many female narrators she wasn’t masculine enough with the guys but still did a good enough job with them. Her narration of “giggles” was really funny. And she did a great job with the few characters that had foreign accents. Smith is definitely suited for Clayton’s writing.
Between Alice Clayton’s writing and Heather Smith’s performance you get a great romance with funny dialogue, engaging characters and one saucy kitty. I already have the next book; Rusty Nailed loaded on my phone to listen to. I can’t wait to see what Simon and Caroline are up to next.
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