This is the third time I am reading this series and it is better each time. I actually planned on just skimming through it but found that I couldn't make myself push the fast forward button. I'm not a fan of in depth descriptions since I like to form my own pictures in my mind, but Mr. Goodkind does it so well that I am enthralled. His characters are incredible and I love the way he builds each one and gives them backgrounds to make them feel so real. I also love the way he deals with the politics of the different lands and how the people behave in each realm. I would definitely recommend reading the entire series. As for some of the comments about the terrible writing here...I don't get it...IMHO it is outstanding. I don't even like this genre, but The Sword of Truth series found it's way to my CD player a few years ago from the library and I've been hooked ever since.
I have read all of PC's books. This book seems to be so much more from her heart. All of her books feel this way, but, SD, is a couple notches above.
Ms Clare doesn't simply write a book. She creates characters and scenarios that are complicated, powerful, compassionate and most of all believable. I found myself wanting to add them to my extended family. She weaves characters from previous books into each addition to the I-Team series, keeping them all alive and active. They fit into Striking Distance seamlessly without taking away from the main characters.
The heart and soul Pamela Clare put into this, no matter how difficult it was dealing with issues she herself survived, was insightful and heart wrenching while taking the reader through the struggle both main characters have to move on.
Ms Clare is diligent to distraction with her research. Places, people, cultures and circumstances become so real due to her fine attention to detail.
I have read and listened to SD. Kaleo Griffith brings the depth of emotions to life. His appreciation for Pamela's work is very apparent. I read a review that commented on his portrayal of women's voices being less than acceptable. I have to say that this is true of most every book I've listened to performed by a man. The same is true for women portraying men. HOWEVER, that doesn't distract me from the story or the performance. Mr. Griffith truly gave me much more appreciation for the story. I certainly didn't put the heart into reading the book as I felt from Kaleo's performance.
There are so many. When Laura first saw Javier at the BBQ. This is hard without spoilers. I will simply say that at the end of the story when Javier gave Laura her heart's desire and the decision Laura made when she got it.
I will start out by saying that before you read Striking Distance, pick up First Strike, a novella prequel. SD is a stand alone book, however First Strike enhances the emotion and understanding you will have for the characters. First Strike is much more erotic than Pamela Clare's norm, yet it felt so right.
Now, for my giddiness over the release of this book. It was long awaited. I've counted down the days. I savored it as I read it. I love this book, it exceeded my expectations. I have hard copy, digital and audio.
Drop everything. Buy the book now! It's that good. Then go out and get all of her books, including her historical books, they will knock your socks off.
No, I can't say that I have heard this performer before, but I really enjoyed it.
As always, Mr. Crais delivers a well planned, thoroughly researched and compelling story. I don't write many reviews and hardly ever discuss the content. I'm just here to say...read the book, you won't be sorry.
I've given this book 4 stars. This means I really liked the book and will read more from this author. If the author proves true to herself and her work future ranks will be higher. I simply like to compare authors to their own work and their progression and ability to keep their characters moving and interesting. I have no interest in comparing, I want each book to stand on it's own merits.
I don't like to compare books, authors or performers. I don't even like to write reviews. However, for the sake of this review I would have to ask why this is being compared to Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series? Perhaps we need to break paranormal genre into many, many sub-genres if we are going to do comparisons. I would have to put this book in the Vamp/romance/Humor sub-genre. And if I were going to compare authors it would have to be with Mary Janice Davidson's Queen Betsy series. I'm sure there are others out there, but I haven't read them. I only became enthralled with the paranormal genre a couple years ago when I was looking for my own genre to write in (my hobby). I love the freedom of this genre to create characters that are of a different nature. I hate when reviewers make comments about what a vamp or shifter can or cannot do. It's fiction, these creatures/beings are figments of our imaginations, there are no rules or guidelines that must be adhered to.
So, after all of my blathering, I would have to say I enjoyed Harper over Davidson because the humor was of a nature that anyone could understand and laugh with the character. She dealt with things mostly in the way any intelligent, level-headed and caring woman would...overwhelmed, accepted she needed to deal with her new life and hilarious in her thought process while dealing with chaos.
Queen Betsy on the other hand was just as true in her character...I suppose for me I wouldn't have had her as a human friend, whereas Jane and I could have been great friends. Betsy is OCD over silly things, loud, and abrasive.
Amanda Ronconi performed very well. Characters were clear and distinguishable without going too far overboard. My criteria for a good performer is that they don't have a constant whiny voice, especially for main characters or overly gruff voices for the males.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it gave me exactly what I needed at the time I read it. I believe I listened to it between book 3 and 4 of the Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin. Definitely needed a little humorous reading at that point. ???
First, I have to point out the publisher's summary quote: "When I solicited him to model for my erotic photography book, I didn't expect such a heated, passionate photo session.".That is NOT what happened. Did they read the book? That's all I'm going to say, no spoilers.
I read this book based on reviews and I had already read Tempted. I also realized there was a brief recap of the story from Alex's point of view and bought it ebook form. I love getting all character's POV Loved Alex's POV in the short. I felt very strongly about Alex in Tempted, but felt cheated in character development. It was even more so in Naked. I suppose this is because I don't like first person narrative stories, they are so limited.The women in these books got all the attention. We did find out a smidgen about Alex in Tempted but it was glossed over and unexplained in Naked. If you haven't read Tempted be sure to read it first.
The religious issues in the book were annoying and Olivia's mother was not a nice person IMO. If the intent of the book was to accept people for who they are then momma needed to go back to school.
There were some very hot scenes, especially the ones where they don't actually have sex, oral or otherwise. The studio scene was very erotic and well done.
The issues with Teddy and Patrick were left unresolved. I thought there should have been more light shed upon Patrick's deceit. It was totally unfair that Olivia was left holding the blame for all of Patrick's problems and that she never defended herself. That was wimpy, not gallant.
I didn't understand how Olivia got so upset about Jamie and Anne. Sure he didn't give her a head's up on the situation, but way over the top on her reaction. I suppose a conflict to end the book was needed. The end was very abrupt. A bit unrealistic that after her silent treatment and self-righteousness she did a 180 and we had a HEA.
I hated the voice used for Anne!
A very good erotic story, just read it and enjoy, don't over-think it.
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