I'll start these reviews off by saying that I've enjoyed Isabelle Gordon's narration job on this series. She does a great job with both the male and female voices. She has a husky yet silky voice that lends well to both genders. She also does a really nice country accent for the characters. I'm a little sad to see that the last book in the series about Swayer's son will not on audio. But I will be reading it. Ok now on to the stories.....
We've all read the story about the beauty and the geek or in this case the sexy country man and the geeky beauty. Lori Foster writes it with hot sexual tension with a touch of humor and one hell of an emotional ride.
Gabe is the lovable man whore of the family. He's been getting tail since he was a teen. But one day this pain Jane red head comes to town to interview him for her college thesis and he is turned upside down by how much he wants her.
Elizabeth comes to Buckhorn with business in mind instead of having fun on her summer vacation. But with the help of Gabe she learns how to have fun of the steamy kind.
A sweet and hot romance buds between the two over the summer and they both find themselves attracted to their total opposite. If you are looking for a fast sweet read in the contemporary romance genre you really need to give Lori Foster a try and I recommend starting with her Buckhorn Bothers series.
Jordan is the last brother in the family to get bitten by the love bug. After he has seen his other three brothers fall prey to love he wants nothing to do with it. But that's what they all have said and one by one they are grabbed by the balls by some sweet thing. And Jordan is no different.
Jordan being the quite brother with the sexy voice that can tame anything female wither they are furry or not (what? he's a vet; he's really good with animals) he finds himself falling for a dancer that he spots one night at a local saloon. She's sexy as hell and so not his type. But she is more than meets the eye and soon Jordan is loosing his heart to her.
One thing I've really enjoy about this series other than the smexy brothers is that for the most part each story is told through the men's POV which is different for me. The POV does which between them and their leading ladies but like I said we get most of the story through the guy's eyes.
Lori Foster has been added to my auto read list for the contemporary romance genre. I have put a few more of her books on hold through my library's ebook section. They have tons of books by her and they are ALL checked out at the moment which tells me that she is a popular lady and many enjoy her.
A mature Sex and the City.
If college age romances are call New Adult what would late 40s to early 50s be called, Old Adult? LOL
Anne Johnstonbrown does an ok job with the narration but her voice was a little off putting because it sounded too mature. Yeah sure the characters are knocking on the big 5-0 door but they are sexy men and women and I feel like Anne’s voice would be better suited for a sweet romance instead of a hot romance. It was almost like listening to my grandmother reading the book to me and it took me out of the hot moments.
What I liked:
I love Regina. She’s a sex therapist and that is very plan spoken. Anyone that shouts “holy shit” when she sees that the man she’s about to sleep with is well-endowed, is fun in my book.
I like that Donna McDonald shows women in their mid to late forties can still be sexy and looking for a HEA. It’s refreshing to read a romance in a different age group than me, that’s not YA or NA. I’m in my 30s and it’s nice to think that when I hit my 40s that I can still be dirty like the gals are. LOL
What I didn’t like:
The word notorious was used WAY TOO MANY times. If I heard it once I heard it a thousand times. Sure the word is in the title, Dating Dr. Notorious but come on. Who really talks about themselves and friends as being notorious? Try using some other words like infamous, scandalous, well-known, etc. There’s using a keyword from the book title then theirs beating someone over the head with it.
Will I continue this series:
Yes. Fun and flirty romance series but best read. I can’t wait to see the uptight, Lauren get her own HEA in book 3, Dating A Saint. But I’ll be reading it instead listening to the audio.
10 books into the Immortals After Dark series and the team of Cole and Petkoff is still knocking it out of the park!
Kresley Cole is paranormal romance at its finest. I don’t how she does it but she kinds the laughs and sexy times coming with each installment in the IAD series. She writes extremely entertaining characters and paints a vivid world surrounding her supes.
The Narration Performance:
I can’t call Robert Petkoff a narrator no longer, he doesn’t read a book he PERFORMS them. The man can do no wrong! He is the cherry on top of Cole’s writing. Seriously, if you think of audio books as experiencing the biggest epic/action movie in 3D then you not only get an outstanding story told through Cole’s writing but you get the added layers in-depth and texture of her characters through Petkoff’s performance. I couldn’t image anyone else bring this series to life the way he does. It’s magic to my ears! EVERY TIME!
The Story & Character:
Malkolm is a vemon (I know you’re thinking WTH is a venom), a demon that has been turned into a vampire. Malkolm was forced into the turning by his enemy many, many years ago. He hates vampires due to his childhood as a blood slave to a vampire his mother sold him to. (Great childhood, right? Mother of the year award goes to…)
So Malkolm has characteristics from both his demon and vampire sides. He also lives alone because no one likes or wants a vemon around.
Carrow is a witch and has been kidnapped and blackmailed into bring Malkolm back to her enemies. She thinks the task will be easy and agrees to do it because hey, she has no choice. But once she meets Malkolm she realizes that her task of bring him back won’t be as easy as she thought.
And of course Cole adds in the fact that Carrow is Malkolm’s mate. Things start to heat up between the two and they develop feelings for each other (duh, it’s a romance of course they do). But Carrow holds back because she has HUGE guilt over lying to Malkolm about why she is there in his realm. Especially since she has learned of his past and how everyone that he had loved betrayed him in some way.
Demon from the Dark is easily one of my favorites in the series. Malkolm grabs your heart and doesn’t let go and Carrow is the perfect mate for him. If you like your heroes on the strong and silent side with a heart of gold underneath you should pick Demon from the Dark. It could be read without reading the other books in the series but I highly recommend starting with the first book, A Hunger Like No Other or even the novella that started it all, The Warlord Wants Forever. The IAD series has characters and plotlines that overlap one another and it’s much better to experience this world in the layers that each book brings. And if you are an audio fan do this series on audio!! If you’re looking to give audios a try start with this series. It a faultless example of what a great narrator can do for an already awesome book(s).
Hounded is about a “boy “and his dog… Urban Fantasy style.
Why I listened:
After listening to Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey and The Asylum Tales series by Jocelynn Drake, I’ve been looking for another series told from a male’s POV. Then I saw how much Carmel (Rabid Reads) was enjoying The Iron Druid Chronicles on audio I knew I had to give it a try.
Oberon! Sometimes there’s a secondary character that steals the show and Atticus’s Irish wolfhound, Oberon is the one for Hounded (and I’m sure for the whole series).
Atticus is a druid and he has a magical connection with Oberon that allows them to talk to each other telepathically and their conversations are so funny it had me snorting while listening to them.
Don’t get me wrong it’s not all about Oberon (even if he is the best sidekick I’ve read in a long time). Atticus is a 2,1000 year old druid that looks like a college student. He runs a bookstore where you can get special teas. He knows how to swing a sword and he’s very good at using magic. I love that he can change shapes into different animals when the need calls for it. I’m sure that will make for interesting times in the future.
As much as I enjoyed Hounded, I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed as much if I had read it. Luke Daniels does an amazing job with bringing Atticus and especially Oberon to life. Truly, I could picture a dog every time Daniels spoke his lines. Some had me thinking “Which way did he go George?” and “I’ll pet him and squeeze him.” (If you grew up watching Bugs Bunny then you know what I’m talking about. LOL)
Luke Daniels also did the female voices very well and that’s one thing I look at when listening to a male narrator.
Kevin Hearne has created a complex world with entertaining characters that sucked me into the story within a matter of a few chapters. Hearne peppers his world with pop culture references like Oberon quoting South Park,”You will respect my authoritah.” And nods to Star Wars.
“You don’t even know if she really likes you,” Oberon said as we exited and I unlocked my bike.
“She could be doing her customer service routine and stringing you along in hopes of a big tip the next time you come in. With dogs you just go up and smell their asses and you know where you stand, it’s so much easier. Why can’t humans do that?”
Will I continue the series?
YES! I have the rest of the series on audio from different sales and gifted credits. I’m ready to binge on more Atticus and Oberon. I highly recommend Hounded to any Urban Fantasy fan. And to the audio junkies you should try it on audio, you won’t be sorry.
The Asylum Tales by Jocelynn Drake
I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, I really enjoy it when the couple has a history instead of falling in love/lust after only knowing each other for a day. Mine to Possess is the first combo of Changeling and human mating. Clay is a leopard that joined the DarkRiver pack after growing up away from other Changelings. He didn’t know anything about his animal side and it made his younger years hard. Tally is the human in the relationship and Clay thought her to be dead for about 20 years.
Tally has been scared of Clay every since the day he killed her foster father but not in the way Clay thinks. Tally finds herself lusting after her childhood protector even after their 20 years of separation. But she must fight it in order to get Clay’s help with a missing teen she is over seeing.
Tally and Clay have a lot of things to work out from their pasts in order to reach their HEA. Both had a hard childhood and they were the others rock during that dark time and sometimes a claiming can take place at a young age. They were each others before they knew what a mating was and now they are all grown up and their heat is consuming them both.
I’ve got to say this series is not my favorite but each couple is better than the last IMO. And the story of Tally and Clay is both heartbreaking and beautiful. So far they are my favorite story in the series.
I’ve been waiting for Dorian’s story but I have to say that Hostage to Pleasure was a little disappointing. Sure it has a hot alpha and a head strong heroine. But really this series as very predictable formula like so many PNR books do.
I’m just not feeling this series at the moment. It’s not the writing I just this it’s my mood. I think I just need to take a break from it. And come back to see if it can get my attention again when my reading mood has changed.
But in any case Dorian was hot and his Psy woman was like the others, cold until he melted her panties. Meh. I don’t have anything else to say about the book. But I think I enjoy the wolves in this series more than the cats.
Elisabeth Rodgers brings Georgina Kincaid to life again in the 3rd book of the series, Succubus Dreams. This time around Georgina takes us on an emotional ride through a flashback about one of her past relationships while trying to make things work with her current love, Seth.
Like the last two books, there’s a mystery to be solved and this time around there’s something draining Georgina’s powers while she sleeps. Oh and something is making people all over town kill themselves or others out of the blue. Could it all be connected? That’s what Georgina and her group of hellions have to figure out. But this time around there’s a group of out-of-town angels helping.
As if Georgina doesn’t have her hangs full already she is now tasked to mentor a newbie succubus. A really bad succubus, this chick can’t get a date to save her life. Really! Georgina has to share some of her power with her to keep her going.
The ever mounting sexual tension between Georgina and Seth peaks to an all time high leaving the two even more frustrated than ever. Can they survive on love alone? You’ll have to read to find out. All I can say is that after the second I finished Succubus Dreams I started the next book, Succubus Heat.
The team of Richelle Mead and Elisabeth Rodgers continues to reel me in and never fails to entertain me.
“I figured even the most jaded and cynical inhabitant might report a bloody girl in a party dress carrying a severed head by its hair.” ~ Jane
I’ve read few shifter/were books where the person has an inner monologue with their beast and I love it when it happens. Faith Hunter does a fantastic job at showing the two different being that share the same skin. Skinwalker doesn’t have one heroine but two, Jane the woman and her big cat.
Jane is a shifter which means she can shift into any animal but her true beast is a large cat and when Jane picks a different animal, to add her in hunt for a rogue vampire, her big cat is not happy. Jane’s not sure how she and her beast became one because she doesn’t remember her childhood before age 12 where she was found wandering out of the woods. There are jokes through the book that she was raised by wolves.
Skinwalker takes place in New Orleans where Jane has taken a job to hunt down and terminate a rouge vampire. The only vamps that Jane has really interacted with are the ones she kills as part of her job. So when she is hired by and has to work with the local vampire council she has to change some of her thinking about vamps. Like not calling them vamps, it’s a racial slur. She also starts seeing that they are not all monsters. Some of them can even be kind of sexy….
Jane also find her self working a with a local “Joe”, a human by the name of Rick and like the vampires he is more than meets the eye.
In true UF fashion there’s no hot sweaty monkey sex but there is a potential for a love triangle set up. Jane is attracted to both the human and the vampire. Her cat is also interest in both men for different reasons. I’ll keep reading to see which guy wins the attention of both woman and cat.
If you’re looking for a well written story about an Über kick ass heroine that can land on her feet as her out look on the “enemy” is changing you will love Skinwalker.
Narration Note: Khristine Hvam does an amazing good with the narration of Skinwalker. Only after a couple of chapters I could not picture anyone else bring Jane to life. She also does a great job with the male voices.
Another great snarky and funny book by Harper. I didn’t even miss the fangs and fur.
Why I listened:
I can’t say no to the team of Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi.
And One Last Thing is about a marriage on the rocks in a small town in true Harper style. Who else can a real life issue like a cheating husband and make it funny like Harper can? Lacy finds out that her high school sweetheart turned husband has been cheating on her with his assistant. Does Lacy handle it quitly? Well no, she lets the whole town know in a very funny way. I’ll have to remember Lacy’s move if I ever find myself in her shoes.
Lacy is much like other heriones in Harper’s books. She’s smart, funny and sassy. I was behind Lacy 100% of the time and she had me laughing my butt off.
Mike is the walking parody of a man having a mid-life crisis.
Monroe is the hunky, Wovlerine look-a-like that helps Lacy get her mojo back. Even though he doesn’t want to be that cleshay.
Molly Harper has cemented her spot on my auto buy list, no paranormal required.
If you have not read Widow’s Web there will a SPOILERS in this review.
Red is definitely Gin’s color! In each book of the series we see how deadly Gin can be but since she took out Mab in Spider’s Revenge she gone a little soft IMO. But she is in full assassin mode in Deadly Sting!
Deadly Sting is different from all the other books in the Elemental Assassin series. The main plot takes place in one night at one location. I’ve talked the book over with some of my reading buddies and some have said they didn’t like this change but I for one enjoyed it.
True we didn’t get to see as much of the secondary characters that I’ve come to love just as but I feel like DS was more about Gin and getting some of her mojo back after the events that have happened to her personal life. And reminding the “crime bosses” in Ashland that the Spider is not someone to mess with.
Gin reluctantly goes to a fancy art showing with Finn. But it’s not just any art show but it’s a showing Mab Monroe’s personal art collection and her will is going to be read at this shindig. All of the big names in Ashland is going to be there, including…..Owen Wilson. But Gin doesn’t know it until she is blind sided by seeing him…..with a date.
Oh Owen, Owen, Owen. You cut us, cut us deep.
Just when the party is looking like a boring run of the mill art showing the wait staff start waving guns around and in true Gin fashion she can’t go anywhere without having to put on her assassin knives, luckily she has a place or two to hide them under her new red party dress that Finn made her buy.
Gin moves throughout the museum like the deadly, bad ass assassin that she is taking out the bad guys and trying to save her family and friends at are in attendance. For the most part of the action Gin is alone but she’s the Spider after all and she can handle it.
One thing I’ve enjoyed throughout the series is getting flashbacks from Gin’s past with her mentor, Fletcher. And we get another one in Deadly Sting. Gin always pulls from the memories to help her when she is in a hard place.
The Clementine, head bad guy, has plans for using Owen in her scheme. Gin works fast to free him before they kill him once he’s done. The 1/2 half of the book has Owen and Gin working together to help the others.
“No, we didn’t really get a chance to talk about anything. There was just blood, dead giants, and a lot of awkward pauses.”
I want Jane to stake a certain vamp! I don’t know why she didn’t and after the ending I don’t think she will.
Jane has her hands full with a sickness that is attacking the vampires. And it seems to be man-made. She needs to fill out who is targeting the vamps and how to stop them. It appears it could be a mystery vamp that keeps chanellging masters vampires and winning. Leo sends Jane in as his enforcer to help and flesh out what’s happening and who’s behind it.
Jane is alone after loosing her best friend Molly. Jane was forced to kill Molly’s sister in the last book, Raven Cursed, after she went bat-shit crazy and tried to take over the supe world. And apparently Jane and Rick broke up at the end of Raven Cursed. I was a little confused by that. I don’t remember them making that choice. I don’t know if it’s because it’s been a few months since I listened to Raven Cursed or I just completely missed it.
Jane is emotionally depressed by loosing two important people in her life and she’s mourning those relationships. But there’s still George aka Brusier and the two are just as hot for each other. Even when Jane shouldn’t be hot for Brusier (see spoiler above).
There was events that happened in Death’s Rival that had me thinking of early Anita Blake. NO NOT PORN ANITA. Jane is not that kind of girl. But the guys are lining up to be Jane’s next beau. And the fact that Jane use to hunt vampires with one thing on her mind…. they are monsters and need to be taken out. Now she is working with Leo, the Master Vampire of the South much like Anita did with Jean-Claude and it seems like their working relationship has taken on a new level that Jane swore she would never cross.
I’m hoping with the addition of two new characters, the Younger brothers, Eli and Alex will help Jane keep some of her humanity and not go completely over to the dark side. Only time will tell. Speaking of Eli, I really liked him and I hope that their attraction will help Jane get over Brusier and Rick. It’s time for Jane to pick one guy and a guy that will put her 1st like she deserves. But if Beast has her way, there will be many mates in her life. If Jane got busy was much as Beast wanted her to she would defintely be heading to being like Anita with the man harem. LOL
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