Vermont | Member Since 2009
I was mesmerized by this book, even though it was difficult at times not to be frustrated by the main character's self defeating inner monologue. What made the book work was the narration by Paula Costello. She was a revelation and kept me listening long past bedtime.
The reviewer who compared this book to 'Bared to You,' must not have read them back to back, as I just did. While sexy, this book is no where near 'Bared to You,' --- if only! It could have been very hot indeed.
I've been listening to a lot of HR's with a darker mystery component lately, and they're making me anxious when I want to relax! I've really enjoyed them, but lately I've been thinking about uploading my Lisa Kleypas collection for a change of pace. I still might, but Maya Rodale has given me exactly what I needed in this one.
The plot of Wicked Wallflower is clever, amusing and very well written, without the heavy drama or scary villains. The characters are original and the HEA is satisfying in a sweet and sexy way. I'm enjoying this respite from the tension of the darker books immensely, and plan to work my way through this fun series and anything else this author has to offer.
Carolyn Morris is awesome, as always.
FYI: for anyone who is interested, my rating system is based purely on whether or not I feel I've wasted my time and/or money. My Audible books are my Dragon Hoard, and I like to find the GOLD!
5 STAR: Happy dance!!! Goes in the vault so I can listen to it again and again. Love the author and the reader! (Highly recommended.)
4 STAR: Great read for it's genre, but no fireworks. Maybe the reader takes away from the enjoyment? Will re-listen and may enjoy it more the second time. (Recommended.)
3 STAR: OK read, but unlikely to re-listen unless plot inspires me or it's part of a good series. Or it could be a good book with a really bad reader. (Just OK Dog.)
2 STAR: Waste of my time. Usually a bad reader or silly plot. (You've Been Warned.)
1 STAR: This may as well be a 0 stars. Bad plot, silly TSTL Character(s) and/or a really bad reader. Usually returned for a refund, though I may keep just to review it, if it really inspires me to rant. (I'm disgusted.)
The characters in this one are one dimensional, and their inner thoughts are vapid. I found it silly and lacking any sort of depth.
Our h has just been sold to a vampire in a blood slave auction. She's been living on the run in the forest with a small band of humans who are resisting the Vampire overlords. Her new owner is the gorgeous prince vampire. He has the cleaning ladies take her off to be bathed -- she's smelly and dirty from living in the woods. She is scrubbed down, has her nails painted, dressed in a skirt and blouse, strapped into high heels and sent back to the prince.
What era is this supposed to depict? Why does she need her toenails painted in order to provide a meal to her new owner? She's supposed to be terrified of what's going to happen, but all she can think about is how he makes her tingle and feel things, especially when she see's his bedroom.
Really? There is bad, and then there is this.
There were a few things about this book that affected my enjoyment of it. The first was the reader, Ashford MacNab. She gives us the plummy baby-talk females, and the monotone male voices that are typical for her, but usually I can overlook it if the story engages me enough. Not so in this one. Here, the voices assigned to the various male characters change back an forth until you don't know who's talking.
Hannah Howell is a new author for me, and I'm going to assume that this book is an early one for her. The constant changes in POV from the H to h, back and forth, with digressions describing exactly what the other character is thinking or has just experienced of the same event, kept bringing the action to a grinding halt. Why would she do that? What is the point? It was repetitious and ruined what was otherwise a good story, with a great villain, and plenty of sex appeal. Bummer.
The digressions got so bad that I just went ahead and skipped the last three chapters to the really poorly written epilogue. (Why write an epilogue, and then make it so boring?)
I didn't miss anything -- I already knew what was going to happen because one of the characters has the "sight." Besides, I just couldn't take the long winded descriptions of why the cook didn't take the dog down to the safe room and why no one was watching the five year old who got out of the safe room to save the dog when the whole house was under attack. Really? No one saw the little heir running off into danger? No one? It was described as a small room, and his grandmother, aunt and five female relatives were all there with him. Yeah, that's where it lost me. Also, our TSTL h didn't have the sense to go with all the women to the safe room, but decided to look around the house for anyone who hadn't heard the gun fight outside the front door, even though the whole house was under alert. Really?
I will say on a positive note that I had already purchased the next book in the series and I'm enjoying that one much more. The digressions and changing POV's are gone.
MacNab is still the reader, sigh, but you can't have everything.
This started out fun, but unfortunately got bogged down in the details. Too bad. The Parisian setting was really great.
What to say. This really didn't hold my interest. I thought the world was silly, with the typical compound full of men on a mission. The women they love are tough and bitchy and lacked both common sense, and the gene that promotes self preservation. I was bored.
The bad guys didn't make sense to me. What were they trying to do again? Why go to all that trouble to catch shifters, only to leave them in a knarley basement with dead bodies, to die of disease and starvation? They have this secret, expensive, highly secure facility, and the best they can do for their prize subjects is leave them to rot in a basement?
I gave it a try because I hear that book 2 is better.
I listened to this to the end, but I listened to it a chapter at a time, like a comic book. It too me over a period of about a year, picking it up only when I wanted to be mildly entertained in preparation to fall asleep. The story itself is very comic booky in style. We have heroes, a beautiful girl, a creepy brother and sister, a castle under seige, and of course, a monster. There is nothing very original, or even very interesting here. It's not horrible, but it's far from great, or even fun.
I love Anthony Ferguson's voice. It's deep, resonant, and has a lovely British accent. Unfortunately, he reads each sentence as if it will be his last. I wonder how good he could be if only he would read without so many melodramatic pauses and a more natural delivery.
I wish there was a way to get an email to him -- the guy has the potential for greatness if only he'd relax a little.
and I still don't know what it's about. It's been sitting in my to read pile forever, but it just won't hold my interest.
Maybe it's the world it's set in. If you like mythology you might be drawn into this. I like mythology, but I don't love it -- so maybe that's the problem.
The story doesn't feel like a cohesive whole, and the world feels too vague. For me, this was a forgettable read. I just hope I didn't use a credit to buy it -- I've had it so long that I don't remember.
Lauren Sweet is an AKA for another name, but the performance is just as bad as previously heard. Her forced cheerfulness and hesitant performance shows that she has absolutely no idea where any given sentence is headed when she begins reading it. This failure to understand the material accounts for her weird inflections, strange emphasis, and roller coaster tone. Listening to her makes me edgy because I have no idea what to feel at any given moment. If I was going to perform any book, I'd at least read it first so I'd know what emotions to convey. I guess she thinks as long as she reads with conviction we'll be lulled into thinking she's good at this. She's wrong.
The two stars are for fairness to the author since I can't judge material I couldn't force myself to listen to past the first chapter. I'm assuming the publisher listened to this and that's why they changed readers on the next installment, though why they hired this chick in the first place is a mystery.
As an aside, the same people like to review books like this and give them glowing recommendations. I'm starting to wonder why their standards are so low.
Dull, flat, one dimensional characters, laughable dialogue, and a very unpleasant female protagonist made this a dull, flat, one dimensional read.
The hyper melodramatic narration didn't help either.
Although others are buying into this, I couldn't get past the first seven chapters.
Sydney is a tough female cop. We know this because she says it over and over again. Kade is a vampire called in on a supernatural serial murder case where another vampire is suspected. They meet at a vicious crime scene where a young woman, who has been tortured and drained, has been tossed into the river. Sydney simultaneously falls into insta-lust and insta-hate with Kade.
Sydney is incredibly rude and unpleasant to Kade and gets in the vampire investigators face, telling him he isn't going to take her case -- even though he has automatic jurisdiction. (I'm thinking, ok, she has a problem with vampires, or supernaturals. That could be triggering her reaction.)
Sydney leaves the crime scene and decides she NEEDS sex with her werewolf boyfriend- with-benefits, and needs it NOW, to feel better. (What? Why was she such a bitch to the vamp she just met if she's cool with supernaturals? That doesn't make sense. And what's her psychological damage that she uses sex to feel better?)
Just when they were starting to get busy on the dance floor, Sydney and her were-toy are interrupted by Kade (who gets jealous -- really? They just met and she was a stone cold bitch to him!) Then we hear his thoughts where he 'feels' she is meant to be his. (Huh.)
After Kade puts a damper on the sexcapades, he and Sydney decide maybe they should just go do some investigating of the murders. They go to the morgue, check out the vic's tatoos, go to a tatoo parlor and get a tip from the owner that not only did the guy who did the tatoo used to work for her, but she has his name and address!!! Got it in one!
Kade and Sydney go to the guy's house, but when they get there, she tells Kade this is her case and she's a cop, and she's going in alone. Kade reminds her that the killer is a vampire and she's no match for him, but despite this sage advice, and his vow to protect her with his life, she of course, is determined that he isn't going to take her case away from her because -- wait for it -- she's a cop.
He caves to her stupidity with little resistance, I guess because he's blinded by his attraction to her. She goes in the front door, while he goes around the back. But just in case anything goes wrong, he tells her to scream if anything bad happens and he'll come in.
Of course she's immediately attacked in the house, and falls into a big puddle of blood, but being too stupid to live, she doesn't scream. She has time to talk to the guy after he hits her on the back with a club and pulls out the duct tape, but being a tough cop, she still doesn't scream for help.
Instead, she shoots wildly into the dark and ends up killing the guy, their one and only lead.
But nobody thinks this is a problem. There isn't a moment of self reflection on her part that maybe, just maybe, her pride cost them a witness. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. (This is the point where I'm thinking maybe the reviews were wrong.)
The worst part is, she then leaves the grisly, blood-coated crime scene, where young women have been ritually murdered, and offers Kade "coffee" in her apartment. It's made clear that both of them know this is a euphemism for sex. He declines, deciding to continue the investigation. There's no explanation given as to why she doesn't feel the need to investigate as well. All we're told is she needs sex, NOW. To feel better.
She stops long enough to shower the young women's blood off, and hurries back to the supe club, for a second time, to have sex with the werewolf. He feels her need, he knows what she needs, yada, yada. But the much talked about hot and heavy sex scene that we've been told repeatedly is something she desperately needs in order to feel better amounts to a quickie hand job (on her) and a blow job on him. It's furtive and silly and takes place in his room which is described as being "painted royal blue with a cherry desk and a black leather sofa." That's it. That's all the description we get. No wait. We know there is a rug on the floor because that's where they have "sex." After she tells him that that was what she needed -- (Really?) -- they go back downstairs to the club where she sees Kade and is immediately drawn to his side. He smells the were on her and goes ballistic.
Really? This all happens in one or two chapters, but the other five are just like this.
I don't get it. Admittedly, I'm also reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which is a classic, so perhaps my standards are a bit on the high side. Still, there are things one expects in any kind of good book, such as a plot that makes sense, characters whose actions are plausible and driven by understandable motivations -- not just random words strung together where we are TOLD who a character is simply by declarative statement, but shown, through action, who they are, what they feel and why they do the things they do.
In this regard, this book is an absolute failure. Five star reviews notwithstanding.
I really enjoyed this, but I wouldn't call it a light read. It's gritty and sometimes violent. It's also sexy. I found it very well written for this genre. It held my interest to the end.
Elise is a demon, or at least she was made into a demon when she was drafted into the war between Heaven and Hell. She has a good heart, despite her powers and inclinations, and I liked her. She works as an exorcist and has been invited by law enforcement to investigate a paranormal murder. People in the town are going missing, and at least one has been found ripped apart by werewolves.
There are witches, sorcerers, werewolves, and others. Reference is made to organizations that populate other series written by Reine -- books I haven't read, but I wasn't lost. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, and in fact, I hope Audible gets the whole series, and that Kate Udall narrates them all. She brought a dark tone to the story that made it even better.
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