I've been indulging in a lot of Lisa Kleypas lately. I find her books soothing and a great escape. Especially as read by Rosalyn Landor. This one was very much like the others, though it didn't stand out for me. I think the problem was the female protagonist. She was independent enough to become an actress to support herself at a time when that profession was scandalous, but not strong enough to realize she was in love . . . ?
That was just weak. A woman like that would know what she wanted and go for it. So much time was wasted with her in denial that it kind of ruined the whole book. And the male character was a neanderthal. Period.
Dear Ms. Kleypas: You have a good thing going. Stop making your female characters so stupid, and your male characters so one dimensional. Thank you, a loyal fan.
Monroe Stonecrow is the alpha, and he has a vision for his species' survival that revolves around their procreation. He will do anything to save them, and this often includes manipulation. He's very single minded, and believes the ends justify the means. There is a strong motivation to his plan: his people are being hunted and killed by a secret organization, and he wants to save them before it's too late. Therefore, he lacks sensitivity and subtlety, and most of all, patience. This is crucial to understanding the series, because if you don't get that, you won't get the whole point of it.
I'm not a big fan of shifter books (with a few exceptions: Patricia Briggs comes to mind) because their usually pretty formulaic with alpha males that are often just bullies. Why authors don't recognize that this is not a sexy characteristic says more about them than anything else. A really strong, smart man doesn't need to bully anyone. Ever. And they are the sexiest men in the world. There are so few authors who know how to write men like this, unfortunately for us women. Sigh.
I started this series on kindle over the weekend, and I enjoyed it without being aggravated, which is saying something for me. Most of the male characters are not this bad, but some are (Gauge). Monroe is the worst offender of the bunch though when it comes to being a bully. Ultimately, he has a soft side for Eden, but he continues to push buttons on everyone else throughout the series -- which, if nothing else, makes him and the author who wrote him, consistent, which I do appreciate.
Other than the standard formula, it is an entertaining series, and the set ups that bring the H and h together are original and interesting. I've spent a lot more money and time on a lot less entertaining storylines, so I'd say give it a try.
I agree with those who don't like the reader. She grew on me, or rather, I was able to ignore her after a while. I would say give it a read on your Kindle instead though. I'm not sure I'd buy another audio version because of her breathy, breathless style of reading.
I've wondered whether or not the Daily Deals here on Audible were picked by random, and now I know a computer is definitely involved.
Todays wonderful deal at $3.95 is actually free if you buy the $.99 book on Kindle first.
Audible -- I can't respect your "big bonanza" Daily Deal if you're not paying attention to what's going on. Buyers beware!!!
This one was a more intense than the first two books in this awesome series, but still very entertaining. If you're up for something deeper and more gritty than the usual, you might enjoy this.
Jess Whitby's father, the owner of a shipping company, is accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, but she is determined to discover the real traitor and save her father from the gallows. Having spent her early life on the dangerous streets of London as a thief, she has skills that most young ladies do not. She sets about using those skills, and her network of old connections, to ferret out the truth.
Capt. Sebastian Kennett has his reasons for wanting to see Josiah Whitby hang. But when he meets Jess, he finds himself falling hard for her.
The British intelligence gang is all here, and I loved seeing those characters again.
The players in this one felt more real and the stakes were higher than the first two. I'm very glad to have experienced it, but it wasn't an easy romance. This is a novel of complexity, and there were times when it got so intense I wanted to put it down, but I couldn't.
Joanna Bourne continues to impress me with her creativity. I'm a big fan.
One of the best (perhaps only?) perks of getting older is a challenged memory. Given enough time, rereading my favorite books again is almost like new. This is possibly my third time reading this series over the past 4 or 5 years and I'm having a great time! Definitely more entertaining than 75% of what's out there.
Tavia Gilbert is amazing reading this fantastic series, so I'm dipping into the Mark of the Vampire series for the first time because she's the reader of that too.
Note to Kevin Hearne fans: Just found a great new (to me) series by John Conroe called the Demon Accords. It's amazing! Check it out on Kindle cause it's not on Audible yet. I plowed through the whole series in a week and loved it!
I really enjoyed this one. Its a paranormal with a lot of mystery, and the reader was perfect.
I'm waiting patiently for the last book in Deborah Harkness' trilogy, and this was a great discovery to tide me over.
Looking forward to the next book in this series as well.
Lord Dane is a bitter rake hell who meets his match in the beautiful Lady Jessica Trent. She is an educated spinster whose intellect is every bit a match for his. Her attraction to him is in direct opposition to everything he believes himself to be, and that's the crux of the conflict between them. He does some very nasty things to her, but for some reason she see's through his hateful behavior and self loathing to the man beneath, and uses all of her wits to show him he is worthy of love, and not the monster he believes himself to be.
The plot was clever, particularly in the first half. I loved the Bertie character and found him very funny. Still overall the story always seemed to be just short of romantic for me. Why would any woman find a man with two busty whores on his lap worth her time? He was nasty, insulting and cruel by turns, yet she hung on like a barnacle. Sometimes I just didn't get it. Even when the big showdown occurred, it was hard to believe she didn't make the pig work for it. Animal attraction can only go so far when you're being psychologically tortured by a man. And even after they married, he continued to take out his self hatred on her. I hated that.
The first 2/3's of the story is engaging, though I felt it went distinctly over-board at points along the way and should have ended sooner than it did. Still it was a decent listen and the main characters were interesting if you didn't insist on logic or emotional believability.
The best part about Lord of Scoundrels is the narration by Kate Reading. Any other reader and I probably would have lost interest.
I gave the first book in this series 3 stars. It was fun if not fabulous.
This second book is so ridiculous that I worried that my eyes would roll permanently up in my head.
It would not have taken much effort to make this a fun book. A logical plot would have done it. I can only conclude that the author never bothered to reread what she wrote. The male lead in particular, behaved in ways that were so bizarre that it felt like his actions and reactions might have been put together with the use of mad libs.
I really resent this author for producing such a poorly constructed hunk of junk that it's insulting. The publishing house should be ashamed as well. I put more thought into this review than they did in the plot of this book.
Apparently they think Romance readers are morons. Whatever I paid for this, it was too much.
This series is wonderful. Romantic, suspenseful and so beautifully performed that it is a jewel in my dragon's horde of audible books.
Start with the first one as some of the characters carry over in the series.
I can't wait for the next book, Rogue Spy, that comes out November 4, 2014.
This is an amazing story of heroism and romance during the aftermath of the French revolution. I don't want to give a single thing about it away, and the description tells enough. I will say that there were times when I was so anxious for the characters that I had to laugh at myself. This is a book, I'd say. They aren't real. They are not actually in danger!
So romantic, so well written, and so beautifully performed it took my breath away.
I've been dancing around purchasing one of the BDB books for a while. Maybe I picked a bad one to start with, but wow. I should have just kept dancing.
This was so campy and unintentionally silly, it was hard for me to take anything about it seriously. WHAT AM I MISSING HERE?
The stilted and contrived macho dialogue between the so-called manly characters was beyond bad. Why do I need to know about their detailed necktie selections? Why do they live together in a place described as a "frat?" These are tough, sexy vampire men? They can't afford their own places? I suggest the author read other books to learn how to write male dialogue. Or how to write full stop.
Jim Frangione is hailed by many of the fans of this series for his performance, but again, I don't get it. He sounds over-the-top info-mercial to the point of farce. I've never listened to him read anything else, but after this, I won't be seeking him out. The so-called sexy parts were cringe-worthy.
There are some women that I follow, who love this series. I usually respect and seek out their recommendations. Maybe it's me, maybe the books are just dated. But for me, this was a waste of time and money. There are many, many books out there that are worlds above this one.
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