Nalini Singh is up there as one of my favorite authors. This book did not disappoint. Dimitri's story is very tragic and it really helps you understand who he is today. Honor's story is horrific as well.
I love the idea of these two broken people finding each other and making a life together. The twist at the end did not bother me as it is a great way to give each of the characters a second chance to get it right.
I've heard some complain about the lack of sexual tension between Dimitri and Honor. I think this is a story in which it will build over time. This is a tentative dance between them and if there were overly romantic at the beginning, I don't think it would be true to their characters.
I'd love to hear more about their developing relationship in future books. I think another book on them would provide the opportunity expand on their story. Most of this book was about settling old scores and renewing their love. It was a terrific read and I've listened to it several times.
On the narrator, I love Justine Eyre's voice. I can't imagine anybody else reading Singh's books so well.
I'm rarely critical of narrators but these two have no vocal chemistry and it sounds like they are reading it separately and then it is spliced together. Unfortunately it's the female part which is stiff and lifeless. Really makes it hard to enjoy the book which is pretty good. I'll have to think twice before using a credit on these two again.
Overall the book wasn't bad but it just didn't have that great drama that I loved about Wards books through Lover Mine. I've heard others say that it feels like a transition book. I agree but then again I thought the same thing about the last book. Payne's story underwhelmed me and I was ready for hard hitting emotions and BDB fighting. Tor and Autumn's story was painful, painful, painful and then just not much. The real love story here was Thor and Wellsey and what he was prepared to do send her into the Fade. Lassiter and his journey out of the Fade was funny and poignant. Autumn was just kind of there as a prop. However, I will say the Autumn and Xhex scenes were quite good.
JM and Xhex storyline wasn't bad but it seemed a little quick off the draw to start with the problems. Then they don't really communicate for months and finally JM has a revelation. Eh, whatever...
Tor and Wrath.. I thought this friendship was well portrayed. It really gave us more insight into the relationship the king has with his oldest friend. Very well done.
Blay and Quinn...they only had a few scenes but I must say they packed one of the most powerful emotional moments of the book for me. Layla and Quinn didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. Kind of anticlimactic at this point in the series. Ward's been telegraphing that one for several books.
At least we got a little more of the humor of the BDB back. But we still need more of the wives although it was better this time. Doc Jane and Marissa but where is everybody else. Has Mary disappeared off the planet? Elena scurries out of the OR every once in a while but has no meaningful dialogue.
The BOB are promising as well as the drug dealer. Lessers are just background noise without the Omega. I keep waiting for him to show back up.
For me the real test of a book is whether I want to read it again. I finished this book about 3 weeks ago and really haven't had the desire to pick it up since. Read it, moving on and hope the next one is better.
From the audible perspective, I love Jim's narration. He's the voices I hear when I actually read these books. He's just amazing.
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