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Taryn, a small town bar owner is swept off her feet by the major movie star, Ryan Christensen.... Oh, this story had so much potential!
But... This was one of the most painful books I have ever read. It just drags on and on and on...
The majority of the book is spent talking about how poor Ryan is hounded by the paparazzi and how Taryn wishes she could protect him from his Hollywood lifestyle. If you are looking for hot and steaming scenes the book lacks this as well.
Once Taryn & Ryan are officially a couple the next part of the book is spent reassuring one another that they are indeed in love. Honestly, they said "I love you" so many times it almost became unbelievable.
I found the dialogue quite awkward and forced at times and the constant use of the endearments 'Honey' and 'Dear' made the characters seem really dated to me.
I'm glad I finished this book as it reaffirmed that I definitely do not want to read the sequel. But it does leave me asking the question, if there was always going to be a second book, why would you make the first one so long??
I don't understand all the great reviews this book has received. It was almost a DNF because of the narration. I think if, Mindy Kennedy from the Cyborg books narrated this book it would have been so much better. The best thing about this book is the new concept it brings to science-fiction and fantasy. It was wonderful to have a different theme and idea presented. That said, there were several things that got very old very quickly.
The male narrator attempted to use a different voice for each character resulting in a similar sounding voice as Grover from Sesame Street and Kermit the Frog from the Muppets with even some characters sounding like Shaft from the 60s. The actual narration was so bland and monotone it was hard to listen to. The female narrator sounded like a boring librarian. Also, for some reason the producer added background noise to all 12+ hours of the book! 12+ hours of birds chirping, doors sliding, and space ship white noise got really old.
I would buy the next in the series if the narrators are changed.
Now, I know that a romance wouldn't be a romance if the H/h came together happily from the very beginning; however, I become most exhausted when it takes 97% of the book before the H finally accepts that his one true love is right in front of him. I must let you know that it was not the h in this book which failed to keep me happy, it was the H. And yes - it did take him 97% of the book to realise that he could trust the h and keep her. Whew - I was exhausted and irritated and not feeling fluffy and happy about this book.
The story begins where there is an evil creature killing everyone at the castle and village. The Fae send in warriors to kill the creature and make everything right. The H falls for the heroic h right from the beginning, but feels that she is the reason why the creature came about and THE reason it cannot die. Now - you have the siblings of the h who are selfish, mean, nasty, and downright cruel to the h for most of her life - including every time the good guys are there to witness. You have these same siblings doing mean things and ACTING guilty from the very start. You can't help but love the h. She is kind to everyone, beautiful, heroic in her own sense, and the only one who is willing to try and kill the creature - unlike her mean sister and brother. But....over and over again the H thinks it's something that the h is doing - or that she is controlling the creature - it is the h's fault as to why the creature won't die and that there is something bigger and more evil coming.
Even though the creature tries to kill her countless times, even though the h is with the good warriors most of the time, even though the Fae likes the h and tries to help the H along with his thoughts, what do we get................the H not believing the h is innocent in all of this? Even when she is kidnapped once again at the end, the stupid H still believes the h is to blame. I got so exhausted from his lack of brains, that I got irritated the story.
It just didn't do it for me. There wasn't enough passion or commons sense for me to be interested.
Antony Ferguson's narration was OK but a bit bland
Elle Kennedy has delivered another winner with Feeling Hot! This is the seventh installment in the Out of Uniform. I hope Audible makes all the books available. However, this can be a stand-alone book.
Elle Kennedy writes novellas or novels, the ending result is the same: a great story. I was excited for Feeling Hot & I was not disappointed! I loved everything about the book. I loved Elle's development of her characters, Cash & Jen; they were well-developed & in-depth. They were also likeable characters with great chemistry. I happily cheered for them throughout the story. I liked that they didn't put up BS with one another when they both knew what they wanted.
As always, I enjoyed the author's storytelling and writing style. I was drawn into the story right from the very beginning which made this a very hard to put down book. Other factors that also made this read enjoyable were the well-crafted plot & storyline. The pacing of the story was what also kept me invested in the story. Without the story dragging, I never once got bored or found myself scanning pages.
Overall, Feeling Hot was a highly entertaining & satisfying listen with lots of hot sex, fun, sweet, and emotional moments. This is another great addition to the series & I cannot wait for the next one. So yes, Feeling Hot is a highly recommend from me!
David Benjamin Bliss was really good with the delivery of the story.
Never Kiss a Rake, is an engaging romantic suspense novel set within a historical backdrop. It starts with finding Bryony Russell and her sisters right after they were left destitute by their father's demise. The sisters weren't convinced he was an embezzler and that his death was accidental. To find proof, Bryony has set herself up as housekeeper in the Earl of Kilmartyn's home. Convinced the Earl was involved, Bryony instead finds herself falling for his rakish dark charms. Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, knew that his housekeeper was a spy. Instead of firing her, he decided to let her stay.
The attraction was mutual and however much they fight it, they eventually give in to the forbidden. I loved this book. The tone was definitely dark, the writing deft and successfully kept the pace that built the tension so tight you didn't really know what to expect.
The characters were well developed. Both Adrian and Bryony were not perfect heroes which adds uniqueness to the novel. The dialogue between Bryony and Adrian were witty, rapier sharp and the sexual tension palpable within. Adrian was not your usual gentleman hero, in fact he lives up to the title of rake. He had no compunction about seducing Bryony and toying with her initially. He thinks himself not a good man, "a liar, a cheat, a shallow, conscienceless cad." Bryony's feelings were also a dichotomy, she hated him for his trifling and his seductive ways and his probable involvement in her father's death. And yet she also could not deny that she was so very much attracted to him.
The way the words were used puts emphasis on what feelings these two have for each other which is a testament to the author's talent. The ending, although somewhat happy for our couple , was still in a cliffhanger way with regards to the motives for the murder of Bryony's father. Overall this was still a great listen that fans of romantic suspense should not miss.
Xe Sands did a good job with the delivery of the story.
We meet up with Payton Turner and Valerie Jordan 13 years after they separated when Payton left Night Sky in the dead of night. Payton's working for Doctors without boarders and Valerie is running her families cattle ranch with her cousins and daughter. Their lives are so different now than when they came together in a fever that summer night. What will happen when Payton finds out the secret that Val has been keeping for 13 years?
Ms. Bennet writes the lives of Payton and Valerie before they see each other after 13 years, beautifully. They're each so content (from the outside) with the choices they made and the path they took. So when she introduces Lucy you almost don't know where this is going to go. The progression from that moment of meeting his daughter in the children's wing of memorial hospital the the very last word in Texas Redeemed was very organic. I mean that it took on a life of it's own. Parts were not pretty to read but it was real. Or it had that real feeling which is often missing while reading contemporary romance.
Now nothing is perfect and I did roll my eyes at the fact that Payton Turner's family is made of money, but he doesn't need their money nor does he want it. Throughout the book, Valerie is very persistent of Payton, wanting the relationship to grow. I liked that Payton wanted to have a relationship with his daughter before starting up his relationship to Valerie. Thus, Ms. Bennet spent most of the book working up to this moment, where they're finally revealing how they feel about each other only to later take that away. I guess, I just wanted more time with Payton and Valerie together.
This book is in the style of Nora Roberts but with a little more steam
In conclusion, I was pleasantly surprised at my admiration for Valerie and Payton. I felt the progression of their relationship was real and believable and also how Lucy reacted to seeing her father for the first time. This is a great first novel by Isla Bennet and I hope to read more from this author.
Natalie Ross as always is very good with the delivery of the story
On a business trip to Vegas, Holli meets rock star Jack Dalton (aka Johnny Outlaw). When a night of passion turns into more than a one night stand, they have to find a way to make a relationship work despite the odds stacked against them.
I really wanted to like this book. It had all the makings of a good story but there just some ingredients missing. In Vegas, Holli and Dalton just didn't click as much for me as the author wanted. They had a lot of (very poorly written) sex but the snappy dialogue wasn't really all that snappy. Most of what they said throughout the book read more like inspirational poster quotes than real life conversation. And the quotations at the top of every scene were the same--unoriginal and awkwardly written.
Also, I found it hard to believe that, toward the end of the story, Dalton could recover from a devastating blow after all the craziness, simply by spending a week in Hawaii, getting drunk. It seemed unlikely. Now, if he was getting drunk in Hawaii with a psychiatrist, THAT I might believe.
Their relationship was seriously volatile and Holli was so waffley--does she want to be with him? Or not? I also felt that socializing with Danny was a stupid thing to do. Not because Dalton would be jealous, but because she knew Danny was into her and all of these encounters were just leading him on. It was uncool IMO.
I did like that they tied up all the loose ends at the end of the book. Although the scenes with Dalton's Dad really rang false. His reasons for being so dismissive and rude to Dalton just didn't hold up--there just wasn't enough real backstory there to make his hollow words seem true. And then, for no reason, all is well at the end?? Really?
There was alternating POV between the two characters but it only happened a few times. Mostly the book was told from Holli's POV. So when they switched to Dalton, it felt forced. By the end of the book, we're supposed to believe that he loved her from the moment he saw her and it's shown by the way he remembers to buy her favorite soda. IMO there should have been WAY more moments, both bigger and smaller than this one, illustrating his feelings for her. Just wanting to punch people who spend time with your "girl", doesn't mean you're in love. And for Danny to have whitewashed Dalton's violence, even slightly--like wanting to hurt men who spend time with your girlfriend is a valid expression of your feelings--really annoyed me. This is why so many women stay with violent men. We shouldn't be championing this behavior. It should be considered wrong. Period.
In any case, there was potential for this book to be much better but it never reached it IMO.
Alexandria Watts was just OK with the delivery of the story.
An intricate maze that starts with a single person accused of a heinous crime at the beginning of this mystery but soon branches off into a labyrinth of directions that wind down to the center of the truth leaving a wake of collateral damage.
Nine years ago Jeb Cullen was convicted of crime he didn't commit. A multitude of people testified against him including his best friend who was also the only woman he has ever loved.
When Jed gets released early based on some discrepancies brought to light he vows to return to Snowy Creek and prove his innocence even knowing he is going to get strong opposition from everyone in the small town most of all from all of those that testified against him.
Rachel Salonen thought she and Jed would be together forever until he was arrested for the murder of one girl and the brutal rape of another. Rachel's testimony about what happened that night and about something dark from his past helped put in him jail. Since then she has moved on and is engaged but when her sister and her husband are killed she is suddenly made guardian of there 9 year adopted daughter and her life takes a different turn.
The author gives us some clues right away as to who some characters are and how they came to be and for the rest little by little she unravels a intricate web with a large cast of characters and many POV's until all points intersect at the end with insidious effects.
The intricate plot kept me turning the pages and wanting to see how all of these lives that were affected by one night nine years ago were going to collide and what the outcome would be.
Tanya Eby , Alexander Cendese were good with the delivery of the story. However, I thought Alexander Cendese was muchh better than Tanya Eby and would have preferred the story to be narrated by him alone.
This book was a bit of a toss up for me. There were a few points where I couldn't put the book down, and then there were quite a few lulls where the story seemed to drag. There were also a few unrealistic elements of the plot that were a bit hard to overlook, like why Cade and Ever never called each other on the phone...or texted...or emailed each other. I think it is a far stretch of the imagination to believe that teenagers today would carry on a friendship without the use of modern electronics or social media.
I was willing to overlook that though, because I really loved how they wrote back and forth to each other over the span of several years, and how the author took her time developing their relationship. Jacinda Wilder wrote the emotions of the characters extremely well. I could really feel what they were feeling. Although the story seemed to move slowly at times, there was definitely enough going on with both characters to keep me interested.
But then it just seemed too much. People were dying left, right and center and I did not feel like it did much for the story. It didn't move it forward or strengthen the plot.
And once Ever and Cade get together, I felt that more information about their love, their relationship, their day-to-day life was missing. Instead they were at it all the time like rampant bunnies. With the style of the story, the sex scenes were too drawn out. I think I know more about Ever's nipples than about my own.
I don't know why - but it just seemed like too much of everything in the story. I missed a balance. It just felt too forced for me.
I doubt I am going finish the remainder of this series.....I was really invested in the relationship of these two characters until the last 25% of this book, but now I feel like the rest of their story is just going to be some overly dramatic teen soap opera!
Piper Goodeve , Gabriel Vaughan were really good with the delivery of the story
If you saw my review of Reckless, you know that I fell head over heels in love with the Renegades. In Reckless we got glimpses of Wes and Rubi's flirtatious nature and I was instantly intrigued. Well... Rebel upped the game in the Renegades series and absolutely blew me away. As in, if I had jumped on the bandwagon to name my favorite books of 2014, Rebel would have made it in the top 10. Easily. Rebel solidified this series as strangely unique and mind blowing. Skye Jordan wraps up freaking hot chemistry with an intellectually stimulating story and throws in continuous laugh out loud moments in one amazing little package.
When we catch up to the Renegades, Rubi and Wes have become best friends but, with a quirky dynamic. They are not above flirting to that dangerous edge that separates friends from lovers. But, that's as far as Rubi will let it go. With no basis for having a functional and long-lived relationship she refuses to muddle up what she has with Wes. Losing him would devastate her more than anything. Wes, however, is a head-strong country man who can't give up on trying to push for more when he know they would be combustible together. With neither one willing to back down it is a push and pull game that will drive you crazy until it makes you fan yourself, because when these two give in... it's hotter than hell. Aside from the raunchy, orgasmic bliss Rubi and Wes find in one another they have also found another common ground. Rubi is a genius when it comes to technology and Wes, a genius when it comes to engineering. So they put their heads together to come up with a solution for Wes' brother who has just underwent surgery and may have trouble walking again. Along the way, they end up meeting each other's family and see just how different they were raised. It is a constant battle for Wes to convince Rubi they could have a future together, and a heartbreaking journey for Rubi to come to accept that.
Rebel is one of those books that's worthy of sitting on my iPod as well as my Kindle. The overall concept may have been told before but, the real meat of the story is refreshing and completely captivating. Wes stole my heart with his charm and dirty mouth. And Rubi had me has her "Yeah! girl" from the first page. They both show so much passion and love but, still have a perfect blend of quippy remarks and real emotions, as well. Skye Jordan weaves an irresistibly seductive web around her readers and there will be no denying your love for this book or its characters. Rebel is a must listen for anyone who loves a fantastically written, steamy and engaging story!
Piper Goodeve was outstanding again with the delivery of the story.
The English Daughter," by Lindsay Townsend is a beautifully written romantic suspense novel.
The scenes well crafted I can see the characters in my mind's eye. Flowing movement of the players in quiet desperation to escape an evil force that is not fully identified until the very end.
"The English Daughter," is about life and death with a tender romance that heals Val's self-image. The love scenes are tasteful, not explcit and allow for imagination - they are not the focus of the tale. The mystery of Val's dreams and the unknown killer is the purpose of the telling.
Beautiful landscapes, towns and intense sunlight is the backdrop where the crime was committed. Lindsay also uses Val's vocation of piano restorer in the narrative. She weaves the intricacies of restoring wood to its original unblemished state into the healing of her cast.
I recommend this book to all that enjoy romantic suspense? The account of Val's life and travels in the here and now and in her dreams brings fulfillment to me as a listener.
I enjoyed the audiobook production of this story. The narrator, Michelle Ford, does an excellent job of telling the account. Her voice is very melodic keeping me absorbed in the descriptive tale.
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