A different reader would have given it a chance. Why does Holloway keep getting work? I have to admit that the books are pretty thin to begin with, but the reader makes or breaks a book and Holloway's grinding delivery is painful to listen to. Sorry I bought this book -- couldn't bear to listen to it.
she could have chosen a different reader --
Gabra Zackman, Sophie Eastlake, Jessica Almasy -- pretty much anyone.
The basic premise was interesting, but there wasn't enough happening. And Holloway's delivery was too painful for me to concentrate much on the story.
I don't know how author's choose the readers -- or even if they do -- but someone should pay attention to the reviews the readers get because a bad reader will impact sales. I won't buy anything read by Cynthia Holloway or Emily Durante -- ever. And I'm not the only one who feels this way.
I really enjoyed these sexy light reads about aliens in New York. Unfortunately, the first two books are read by two different, but equally awful readers. Why do publishers do this? They destroy a books chances at being purchased when they pick bad readers. Are they just given a list of names and choose by tossing a dart? Doesn't anyone bother to listen to samples of the readers work -- or better yet, audition them?
I haven's listened to book 3 -- but I don't have high hopes.
Skip these in audio unless you love to be frustrated.
This was so much more that I expected. So well written in fact, that I was up all hours listening to it and immediately bought the sequels. I loved the narration as well.
The world building was extremely inventive. The vampires have taken control of the world, controlling the big cities and turning them into principalities run by the most powerful vamps. Humans are tagged and fed as long as they donate their blood. One human girl survives on the fringes, untagged and untapped as a blood donor. We follow her adventures.
This is or could be considered YA, but don't let that stop you. The plot and writing are ageless, and very entertaining. Therese Plummer does a great job evoking the darkness and fear. I loved it!
I'm not a prude. I loved the Siren series and numerous other D/s books available here. But I wouldn't have purchased this book after reading book 2, except that I'd already bought all three, so I gave it a chance. Since I really enjoyed book 1 for the emotional connection between the characters, I hoped this would be even a little bit like that one. But like book 2, there was no tenderness or love shown between the characters. This was just some guy saying "Hot damn! I've got this woman who will be subservient to me and let me do whatever I want to her, so it must be love!"
He used the 19 year old virgin heroine as one might a receptacle for his bodily fluids. He made it clear that he wanted a 24/7 slave to control, and he only loved her because she allowed it. I gave up when he started leaving teeth marks from biting her hard all over her ass. She made it clear that she loved him so much and the only way she could show how much was not to use her safe word.
I'm not sure if men like this exist or not, but if they do, there's something very wrong with them. That the author can invent this kind of sick abuse of women -- well there's something wrong with her, too.
I don't consider this a D/s book -- this is in a category all it's own -- one I won't revisit.
I just discovered this author and I'm already smitten! The choice of Nicolas Boulton really makes Kinsale's books shine.
Highly recommended for romance readers who enjoy a literate and sensual read.
When will authors realize that it matters very much who they choose to read their material? All narrators are not equal, and a bad one can really destroy a good book.
Waste of money and time.
I really enjoyed listening to this first book in the trilogy. The world building is skillful and the characters are quirky and alternately sweet and a little sinister. I love the idea that Callie is a Professor of Folklore and that much of the story takes place at a quaint college in upstate New York. Since I live in Vermont, it was easy for me to envision the environment and the change of seasons, adding to my enjoyment.
My only hesitancy was that the narration was done by Justine Eyre. I really enjoy her in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series, but her voice is so distinctive that I find it distracting in most other books. She read beautifully here, without being overly dramatic or emotive.
I LOVED the first book in this series -- it was sensual, tender, and sweet, while still being very hot. The chemistry between the characters was soulful, and it was a brilliant fantasy. I especially liked that although there was some menace, it was handled efficiently and wasn't a major plot point.
This book is the equivalent of slasher porn, if there is such a thing. The murders were savage -- and I regret that I now have those images in my head. I don't watch moves or read books with that kind of violence and I never expected to find it in an erotica novel. I'm actually pretty upset about it.
The sex is punishing, while the relationship between the h/h is all talk, with no real emotion, no chemistry. I actually felt sorry for Taryn and the way she was manipulated and used by Brice and his best friend. No matter how many times an author writes that a character enjoyed it, if the action doesn't support that, than I'm not buying. There was zero tenderness or affection -- just a slavering male high five-ing with his buddies over his acquisition.
I never expected a female writer to objectify a female character like this and frankly, this book read like it was written for a certain type of very maladjusted male -- not for women.
(Christian Fox was good i guess, but his New Yorker accident sounded like a parody and was distracting. I hate to say it, but he looses a point for participation. I can't help it.)
A Table for Three is an amazing hot and sweet erotic fantasy, (note the word fantasy). It's the kind of erotica that I appreciate, without all the melodrama and the excessive back and forth that really irritates me. Even the bit of drama here is satisfying without the need for a long drawn out violent scenario. Why is all that violence considered entertainment? Don't we get enough of that in real life and TV? I read to get away from that.
But the best part is that Lainey Reese and Christian Fox are a fantastic team. HIS voice is perfect for the narration, (Yes, despite a previous review, he's a man). His narration gave me goose bumps, he's amazing. And the story is worthy of his voice. Sexy, and hot are understatements for what they manage to create together.
I've already bought the next two, and I'll be looking for more from this team.
The less "realistic" the better.
Wow! This one really grabbed me from the start and didn't let go. I'm looking forward to more from this amazing author. Time travel scene was a little clumsy, but doesn't detract at all.
Julia Motyka definitely grew on me -- she's really very good.
I'd been re-listening to my library of romances and was keen to find a new series with Rosalyn Landor as the reader, when I found this series I was thrilled. What a great surprise!
This is the last book in the series and it's beautiful. With witches, a curse, Scotland, and mystery galore, what more could you ask for! And most of all, it had Roz reading it, and I loved every minute.
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