I am in awe of what Jax Garren has created in this new series. Especially her great idea for a sexy male hero. Both main characters are fascinating and I have already purchased the next book.
I especially enjoyed the combination of this story and the reader. Therese Plummer has the ability to do great male voices, and makes them sound sexy and sweet. I fell in love with Hauk.
This is a hard review for me because while I enjoyed it for the most part, it definitely jumps a shark at one point and after that, well you have suspend reality and hang on until the end. I don't want to give any spoilers because it is a fun listen.
Moira Quirk does a good job. And I loved the dog.
I really enjoyed my 2nd listen to this one. Beauty is a lovely young lady who finds herself suddenly ruined because of a poorly designed ball gown. The beast, well he has to be experienced. Unlike many other books of this type, both of the characters in this one have no difficulty speaking their minds, but the conversations between them never become strident or cliche.
Very enjoyable, and Susan Duerden does a great job.
So lovely. A romance in the best sense. I especially love the insight (so to speak) into what it feels like to be blind. It's such a beautiful story, and Rosalyn Landor breaths life into it like magic.
This is a yearly re-listen for me, and each time I find things and feel things as if for the first time. Love it.
This one was a treat. I loved the damaged taciturn lord and the lady he happens upon down on the isolated beach. The dialogue is fantastic and the reader, Rebecca De Leeuw, is perfect. I enjoy this one every time I listen to it. The whole Survivor's Club, and what they represent, is moving and original.
If you haven't tried this one, I highly recommend it.
Hmmmm. I love Holter Graham. And because I love him, I listened to way more of this book than I would have if he hadn't been the one to read it.
The first half is torture -- the hero is tortured, abused, beaten, raped and betrayed -- repeatedly, and from a very young age. It was pretty grim. I got 3/4's through the book before I realized he wasn't going to be redeemed, rescued or in some way made stronger by having been through the first half. He continued to be insecure and damaged, and that just bummed me out.
Why? Sherrilyn Kenyon could have written anything she wanted -- why did she write this book?
I guess the last quarter of the book might have offered something uplifting, but by that point I was looking for something else to read.
I won't be continuing with the series. I'm asking for my money back.
I love vampire stories, especially when they offer a different spin. This one is set in London and Cambridge shortly after the end of WWI, and the setting and era are quintesentially British. It's also an era we don't often see outside of a "cozy." (Think Downton Abbey.)
This, however, is a monster cozy, if I can coin a phrase. All the drawing room, stiff upper lippi-ness one expects from a British mystery, only the mystery is about vampires. Our hero is a world weary vamp who's fallen in love with a human woman, and this results in a tangle involving her family, and his family of monsters. What's clever is that the characters are dignified and properly attired while their world unravels. Of course, this doesn't prevent them from serving tea, or even brandy, if the day has been very, very trying.
And there is a complex villain who gave me the willies. I loved it!
Freda Warrington has created a cool mythology that is very different from what we're used to. Oh, the fanged ones still drink blood, but they also exist part-time in a parallel reality, (the description of which is amazing).
Jane Copland did a great job bringing everyone to life, and she's an important reason I'm continuing on with the series. She sets the perfect tone.
Note: This is not a book I listened to from cover to cover. I found I had to be in the mood for it. But when I was in the mood, it was awesome.
What a wonderful ending to the trilogy! I was blown away and cannot wait to start the whole thing over again in a year or two. Wow!
I could try to describe the story, but it's futile. The books are so much deeper than anything I could say. In fact, it's amazing to me how the descriptions of all three books simply do not do them justice, even though they are factually correct.
Nicola Barber is brilliant as the reader. Her characterizations are spot on and swept me away into the story.
If you love fantasy, you have to read these books. If you have kids over the age of 14, they must read this story. Books like these are why I'm a reader and if I'd read this in school, I would probably have become a writer. The prose is so beautiful, the relationships so real, the problems faced by the characters so compelling that I was captivated from the first book to the last. I'm sad it's over, but excited to see what Kassy Tayler writes next. She has a lifelong fan, and a vocal cheerleader in me.
Do not miss this beautiful adventure, no matter how old you are!
After Mystery Man, which I loved, I was expecting great things from this second book in the series. I was vastly disappointed.
I can't fault the reader -- she did what she could with the material. It was the endless stream of consciousness narrating on the part of the h that brought me out of the story at the midway point. And it was narrating. Repetitious non-stop inner monologue narrating. If a real person's thought processes worked this way, they would be completely unable to function, and would be left deaf, dumb and blind to the verbal and physical cues that are a necessity when it comes to negotiating real life. (Girlie Aspergers? If so, it's a severe case.)
I'm giving it 3 stars for the many great touches that made me chuckle and also made me wish for a better book to go with them.
This was a great read/listen. Lissa Beth Workman is a dumpy, sobbing drunk in a local bar when two vampire walk in and take an interest. They make a wager and proceed to turn her just so they can time the turn. Then they planned to make her dead dead.
What happens next makes for one action packed adventure that takes place all over the supernatural world.
Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
Don't miss this one. Can't wait for more.
I dont' know if this is a good book or not. Romy Nordinger's reading was so distracting that I couldn't focus on the story. She reminded me of one of my aunts' who always thought she was so sexy, but with her smoker's voice, she sounded old and kind of nasty.
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