The author has kept the people in the books consistent and their voices strong as they progressed book to book, and the narrator is excellent! This story doesn't have excessive violence- though there is some regardless, but no sexual abuse.
I'm hoping that she gives Ben a book one day- I like his personality and PB gave us just a little teaser of his tender side.
I look forward to listening to the next one and hope they continue for a long while. Thanks, Patricia!
I like the characters that LS has developed in this series- I haven't read her other series, so can't speak to those. I love the Southern Girl in the Big Apple back story that goes along with the main story with Dragons, elves, shifters, demons, medusa', etc. No spoilers, but this is a great summer listen, I liked it and am looking forward to the next instalment.
LOVE Johanna Parker- she always gives a great performance and has certainly done so in this book.
Yes, but truthfully, I feel that way about most books. :)
NO, it was just not up to LJ's usual expertise. I've read and listened to all of LJ's western themed books- they have dominant men, wonderful character development, lots of smoking' hot sex and EMOTION! There is a cultural representation and familial development in those books. I will give her credit for a different approach to all the BDSM books that are coming out since FSOG (which were flawed as well). In this series, LJ is using Japanese rope bondage( an ancient art- and it IS an art) to provide the structure of the 'kink'. The thing is, the way the lead male is portrayed- he is 'dominant' but not a Dominant, per se. So if that is what you are looking for you will not find it in this book. A book that better portrays the D/S experience and psychology is 'Honor Bound' by Joey W. Hill- sadly it doesn't come out in audio. The female in the story annoyed me- she was supposed to be 'city-smart' after living in Denver for many years despite a small town fundamentalist Christian upbringing- but too naive to know that if you are getting jacked by four guys in a street on the seedy side of town- you are probably not going to get out of it unscathed even if you cooperate. The whining really got on my nerves.
It provides a segue into the next book, which is what many of the writers are doing these days. Though to give LJ credit- at least her book is a full sized novel at over 8 hrs and not two or three novellas that eventually make up a whole book.
The narrators did the best they can- Luke Daniels is always a professional and this is the first time I've heard anything by Rachel Vivette, but thought she did a good job on an odd accent.
I liked the narrators voices- well done. Also, the female lead wasn't whiney, going on and on ad nauseum. She had interesting friends that give s**t because they give a s**t about their friends. I'll explore this series further.
Valerie Gilbert is awesome! Love the British accent on the Gin. :)
I would recommend this whole series- the compassion and empathy with which Debora Geary writes is inspiring. She is a sensitive soul and gives that trait to the characters in her books. It is so well written.
She captures how hard it is for someone that is high functioning Asperger's- knowing that they are not getting social cues, and wanting to fit in so badly.
When Beth is complaining that the other witches eat like children and try to get them to eat more protein.
All of Debora Geary's books are ones I'd like to listen to in one go, but of course, life intervenes.
Martha Harmon Pardee is a wonderful narrator.
This is a new series from one of my favourite authors. I have read/listened to EVERYTHING she has written( both as Laurenston and Aiken)- many times over and this story will be no different. I love the Viking mythology that is incorporated into the story. The Crows and the Ravens are awesomely contentious and the different personalities make a ton of friction and interest. I'm trying hard not to do a spoiler. :)
Well, the women in this story are strong, mouthy and battle ready. Like our beloved dragons in G A Aiken and the shifters in Laurenston's Pride/Smith stories. Hmm... other authors....Lorelei James writes strong cowgirls but no shifters, Jeanine Frost writes strong women but with Vampires. There are others, but no one does it like Shelly Laurenston.
When Kera took the hammer from the old Raven in Asgard, and after he watched her systematically kill a Frost Giant with it- he told Vig 'good luck with that'. ;)
Yes! But I had to go to work! So it took about three sittings. But I'm doing it again this weekend. I can tell that this will be a book I will listen to at least twice more this year.
This might be good to someone 18 or 20 yrs old that is just getting into adult books, but not for someone that is well read.
The story is just too trite. Painfully trite.
Phil Gigante is an excellent narrator and did the very best with this story- but even his mighty efforts couldn't redeem it.
This put me off of Diana Palmer. I wouldn't be willing to spend a credit on a book from her again. Until I read something better from her, I won't spend the money on audio.
I've already listened to it several times- it's a great story! Before I bought it on audio, I read it from the library. This is primarily a great story about an older heroine- and how great passionate love can happen when you are older and be just as fulfilling. For an extra spicy facet- it also introduces the problems that comes with falling for an OCD artist with a younger couple centered around Carter McKay- one of the brothers we haven't heard much from yet. Awesome story!
There was amazing balance and sweetness in Gemma and Cash's story and it would have gone too smoothly- Hey! They are older and wiser, have loved and know who they are! But by adding the story of Carter McKay and Cash's daughter for spice and rough patches, it made this story a 5/5 for me.
She is always great, consistant and a joy to listen to. Thank you Rebecca!
Hard to without spoilers, but when Cash relates why he can't look at Gemma while they make love is very sweet. Many of Carter's explosions moved me to want to smack him up along side the head, but then I remember 'this is a story' :)
I love LJ's western books. Her men are alphas, the women no fools and the stories are credible( especially regarding what goes on behind the chutes in rodeo- don't let anyone tell you differently).
It was a well designed story. Unlike the other contributors, I didn't find the heroine whiney, etc. I found her just fine and certainly practical considering she has no practical experience in monster hunting.
She is a great narrator, I've always enjoyed her storytelling.
This series is a great middle of the road story- it doesn't reach out and grab you and make you want to stay up till 4am so you can finish it- but it is compelling enough that I look forward to the next one in the series.
Absolutely! G A Aiken always delivers awesome heroines with sassy mouths, lots of backbone, all the back story in place- she writes awesome stories! And now I have to wait FOREVER for my next fix! Groan!
The other series that G A Aikens alter-ego Shelley Laurence writes. This would include the shifter series as well as the Crow and Raven novel. I love this woman's books no matter what she calls herself.
I have listened to the recordings of the other two books in this series- and I enjoyed them- but in this one she dropped the ball in the pronunciation of some of the Gaelic names- which she had pronounced properly before. For instance Gleanna is pronounced 'Y-lana' not 'Glee-ana'. There were other similar errors. Her Slavic accent could have been more definitive and consistant-though perhaps it was done so that it was easier to understand. She is still a pretty good narrator, though.
Yes, but life insists on interfering with my plans.
I love anything written by G A Ailken/Shelley Laurence. I'd love to see more audiobooks written by her and would buy them in a heartbeat.
Better story, better dialogue, better narrator.
She couldn't make up her mind if she was going to be raunchy or not. No commitment to a style.
Get rid of that narrator altogether. She was horrible.
I would have revamped the entire story for better continuity and a commitment to a style.
I'll never read or listen to anything from this author or narrator again- particularly the narrator. She is the kiss of death to a story.
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