-just wish I had known that before I wasted a credit! To be fair, I only got about an hour into the book before I just couldn't take the accents any longer, so I don't know if the story improved or stayed blah.
First and foremost-I must say I love Jeaniene Frost and Tavia Gilbert-they are excellent at what they do. I, like many others, have been waiting with bated breath for Jeaniene's next book and Vlad's story. I listened to it twice over the last week. Obviously, I really enjoyed it.
However, I do have three main gripes. First, is it just me or does Leila sound a lot like a young Cat from Jeaniene's Night Huntress Series? In both Tavia's verbal delivery and in the way Jeaniene wrote Leila's voice I kept thinking "Wow, Leila sounds just like Cat." I found it very distracting. That and the repeated use of the word "loins" in reference to Leila's girly bits. Please stop that! Finally, there was not enough of Vlad's famous one liner humor. More please.
Other than that I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of the their story plays out.
I did like a few of the stories but had to stop reading after the 2nd serial killer story. I get that this genre invites a horror element due to the supernatural aspect of the main characters but geez it is the Holidays people. Do you have to kill Rudolph and chase serial killers? I guess I'm just a sissy but I don't want to read serial killer stories in general and especially ones set at Christmas time. Yuck. The narration did nothing to enhance the stories and distracted from Sookie's in particular.
This was a very sweet story about a very sweet, sheltered and naive young woman. I can not remember a time when I was ever this naive--even as a teen--maybe as a 7 year old. No not even then. It was a fun short read but I didn't find it compelling in any way.
The story was fine-not great- not as interesting as the Vampire Academy series but interesting enough to want to finish. Georgina gets a little whiny and the story a little repetitive but over all a fun read. However, it was not a fun listen. I believe Ms. Rodgers got the inspiration for her narration from one line in the book in which Georgina says "My words all seemed long and drawn out like I was swimming in Molasses." Ms. Rodgers consistently and almost constantly purred out words in a painfully drawn out way so that any word ending in "ing" or "sion" seemed to take an eternity. Sometimes even simple words went on way too loooooonnnnggg. It was very, very, veeerrryy distractiiiiinnnggg.
As a woman I find it difficult to find erotica that is more than just grunt grunt, big boobs, bigger d--ks and crass descriptions. Not that that can't be fun occasionally. However, it was a real treat to find this little compilation. The stories are thoughtful and very well written. I think most men would enjoy them and I'm very sure most women will.
I enjoyed the first book in this series and so, purchased this one. I liked Scandalous much better. In this one Ms. Robards gets pretty redundant in the telling the story. e.g. yes, yes I know, even though Hugh just shaved Claire can see the beginnings of stubble - he is such a manly man. I got it the first couple of three times I heard it. I found myself telling my iPod "I know, I know already. Let's move on!" Unfortunately, I tended to do it out loud and my dear hubby kept laughing at me. As for the story itself, it is pretty far fetched even for this genre which I usually adore so that wasn't disappointing overly much.
However, the narration was incredibly disappointing! Ms. Flosnik sounded breathy, overly excited and dramatic through out which I found irritating and distracting. I very much enjoyed her narration of To Beguile a Beast so this was really a disappointment. I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and blame the producer/director of this recording for it's overly dramatic style.
Dr. Fiore's information is good but the narration is indeed, well, just bad and therefore very distracting. Still the information is worth the pain of listening to the good doctor's timid and spotty reading of his own work.
Publishers really need to explain that while authors are professional writers they are not professional narrators and do themselves and the listener a huge disservice reading their own words.
Maybe it's because these are abridged versions of the three books or that the narration is cringe inducing. But in the end, I think it is that the writing is just an example of really BAD high school creative writing class writing. Painful, just painful!
And please keep the same narrator, Tavia does a wonderful job. I can not wait for more of this series. Hurry Audible, hurry!!
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