At the top...not only is JD Robb aka Nora Roberts truly an artist with her words, but Susan Ericksen makes the characters of Robbs In Death series come ALIVE. I'd been reading this series since the day the first book, Naked In Death, came out...then two years ago I was talked into trying them in audio. I loved them so much I now own them ALL, again, in audio, and even when reading them now, I hear the characters in Ericksen's depiction of them.
Hmmmm....that's tough. Nobody writes like Nora...but the closest series I'd have to compare it to would have to be Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isle's...as while there IS a romance in this series, the romance isn't the focus...the cases are. Eve Dallas IS. How she handles & solves her cases, how she immerses herself into the lives of the dead, and how she has gone from having nobody in her life to being surrounded by those that care about her...and those she cares about.
She brings the characters to life! Peabody & McNabb are two of my favorites. She gives Peabody that slightly naive, youngish, but far from dumb lovable voice...and McNabb that cute, funny lol voice...and Roarke! For a woman to be doing his sexy accent and pulling it off?? Kudos! And she does an excellent job.
YES!! And I almost did, lol. Took me 2, but I listened to 8 hours of it in 1 day!
This one seemed shorter than the last, but no less satisfying...it tackles a threat that we all know is up close and personal every day, terrorism. There were some things I wanted to know from the last book, but as this is a series, and we don't get to see each and every character in every book, hopefully we'll get more in the next. We got to the meat and potatoes of this case quickly, and Eve & Roarke were doing the digging themselves for the most part. So it was pretty awesome!
This is one of my absolute favorite series in Audio; It’s a winning combination of a fabulous author with an amazing narrator. I’d read every book in this series up unitl a few years ago, then I fell a few behind. So I thought what the heck, I’ll try one in Audio and catch back up. I wound up buying EVERY single book in audio just listen to Susan Ericksen breath new life into these characters for me! She’s THAT good! She’s built personality into the voices of each character and you can SEE their faces while you’re listening. LOVE it!
Nora Roberts, aka J.D. Robb, changes the tone of the In Death books often. If you’re a fan, you know exactly what I mean. While each book focuses on a case, some books will make you laugh, some will you leave you shaking your head at humanity, and some will really just make you sad. For me this was one of the Makes Me Sad cases.
Roarke has just purchased an older building that he has plans of restoring. Taking a personal interest he’s there when the demolition begins ~ and the bodies are found sealed into false walls. For he wife Lt. Eve Dallas the bodies of the young girls found are HER’s. She always takes a personal interest in the dead…they now belong to her. This case in particular touches her on a deep level, as these girls were orphans, abused, children who started life under the worst of circumstances in most of the cases; and Eve can so relate. She’d begun her life that, only unlike these girls she’d had the chance to build something else in her life. And she’s determined to find out who stole that chance from these girls…
This one focus’s hard on the relationship between Eve and Roarke, and Eve’s relationship with her bestie Mavis Freestone. It’s been great to see Eve open up and accept people and love into her life throughout the series, and we really get to see the contrast between the now and what once was in this one. While it left a lingering sadness on me for Eve, Roarke and Mavis, I loved every second of this story. Couldn’t quit listening!
I will say that if you’re new to this series this isn’t the place to start.
While I believe you’d totally enjoy the story you’d miss so much of the full series arc that runs through that you couldn’t possibly enjoy it as much as you SHOULD. There are some in this series that are stand alone. This isn’t one!
Werewolf Finn Stavros and Vampire Lyra Marius defied the confines of their races and fell in love – 17 years ago. Only Finn, scared for Lyra’s safety, cut the relationship off while he fought and won the Alpha position in his pack. He began searching for her as soon as he became Alpha, and has been searching ever since, with no luck…until she shows up on his pack’s doorstep, desperate for help.
Lyra has a secret she’s afraid to share with Finn, a secret that cost her her position in her Coven, and resulted in her building a life with her daughter in the human world. Now her daughter has been kidnapped, and Finn is the only person she can turn to for help.
Someone is releasing Akkadian demons, and Lyra is fearful they’re trying to use her daughter to fulfill an old prophecy…a prophecy she’s not told the full truth about. But it only takes their eyes meeting for them both to realize feelings are still there, the WANT is still there.
I really liked Lyra – she’s built a life as a single mother for herself and her daughter, and she’s done it with no help from family OR friends. She comes across as a strong, likeable woman whose goal to this point has been raising her daughter. Now the very center of her world is being threatened and she’s willing to ask for help from a man she believes didn’t want her. I liked the way Lyra and Finn interact – while this isn’t a long story, I felt like the past relationship worked perfectly for them to fall for one another so quickly. Not once did Katie Reus lose the perspective of Lyra’s daughter being the focal point of the story.
Finn’s focus has been his pack – and finding Lyra. He’s never been able to find another woman who even tempted him…Vampire or not, she’s the woman for him. And he’s all in to help her find her daughter, no matter the cost. He’s strong, sexy and more than willing to show his pack that Lyra is the woman for him. There’s lots of sexy, smokin’ moments!
This was a great sexy shifter story!
LOVED the narration – I’m not always a fan of a male narrator, but he does a great job with the female voices AND the male voices. And WOW, Katie Reus teases us with a brief glimpse of a sexy Dragon shifter…Grrrr…can’t wait for that one!
This was a total WIN for me for on both the story front and the narration. Tanya Eby is a fabulous narrator ~ I wish she'd done this whole series! There have been 4 stories in this series so far ~ Chilled, Hidden, Buried and Alone ~ and all 4 have had different narrators. That pretty much drives me crazy, lol, as we see cross over characters.
Dr. Victoria Peres is a forensic bone Doc ~ she's with the medical examiner when he's called out late to a chilling scene where 5 girls are dead, and 1 barely clings to life. She's appalled ~ and surprised when the first love her life shows up on scene, Seth Rutledge. She's surprised to find that he's trying for her retiring boss's job...and that he's going through a divorce fromt he woman he'd left her for so many years ago.
The detail of the crimes in Ms. Elliot's books are eerily real to read about ~ and her characterization is so life like you KNOW the people you're reading about. I loved the interaction between Seth and Victoria ~ it was believable and had you rooting for Seth, who'd done what he thought was the only right thing there was to do, and Victoria who's guard has never quite went down since their relationship was over.
Ms. Elliot threw a few red herrings in there to fool me and make me think I knew whodunnit ~ and even when you DID know who it was to doubt it, lol.
Just an all around fabulous listen I'd recommend to any suspense fans!!
I love the Red Stone Security Series, and this short just added to my love. Katie Reus did a fantastic job packing a ton of romance and action in. Porter Caldwell is one of brothers that runs The Red Stone Security Agency; he's been crazy about Elizabeth Martinez since he met her, and they'd actually dated ~ until he dared to question her support of her brother, who through his addictions & habits has put Lizzy in danger on more than one occasion. Lizzy showed him the door fast; there'd be no questions or comments about her brother.
Until once again Lizzy becomes the target of a ruthless drug dealer through her brother ~ and this time Porter is having none of it. As Porter and Katie dodge gang members hunting her down, shootings & threats it quickly becomes apparent to both of them they are meant to be together ~ and to Porter no cost is too high. Or is it?
GREAT novealla ~ action packed with sizzling love scenes, this one has it all!
The narration was excellent, and left me wanting more ~ I'm looking forward the next installement of The Red Stone Security Series in audio!!
I feel like I've been waiting on this FOREVER! And it was so...bittersweet to be back w/ Jim and the gang in this one. No deets from me, but I'll just say this wasn't my favorite Angel book so far ~ I finished this book worried about Jim, not fully satisfied w/ love story, and felt like it REALLY ended on an abrupt note. Yup, I get it ~ it'll keep us coming back for more. But like w/ the BDB this one just wasn't as satisfying for me as they used to be. Davina was even a little dissapointing in this one, seems like she's softening up ~ or is just so distracted by her obsession w/ Jim that's she's losing focus on the War.
The narration was EXCELLENT! I adore the way Eric Dove does Jim, AD, and in this case Duke.
I LOVED this book! What a beautiful, tragic, moving story. Marie Force truly knows how to play on your emotions, taking you to the lowest low and bringing you back to pinnacle. This is a love story with a HUGE whodunnit, but it also covers the impact that the wreck (the tradgedy that spurns the whodunnit) has on not just hero/heroine, but the community, the families of those involved...but in such a great way you're contstantly immersed in the story. I didn't want to turn this one for a second, I just wanted the story keep going. The narration was fabulous!!
Nothing about this wasn't a WIN!!
I'd read the Chase books before, but it's been a few years ~ and Oh, I SO enjoying getting to know the Chase brothers again in Book 1, Giving Chase! I'm not even going to go into a whole drawn out review, but what I AM going to tell you is that one of the reasons I love Lauren Dane's writing so very much is because of the sticky situations, tough circumstances, and just plain hard choices she chooses to tackle in her book. In this book Maggie starts out dating and starting to fall for one Chase brother, Shane (who has been totally burned) who leaves her swinging in the wind, and ends up falling for another brother, the adorable and oh, so sexy Kyle. She's totally not a ho, but we all know that's running through your head, right? Ms. Dane totally takes it on, and aces it! And after Maggie gets attacked, Ms. Dane AGAIN tackles the tough subject of how women feel after this, if on a small scale. I just overall love that her heroines are not in your face, but they ARE up front and real about life.
And I really loved the narrator for this book, she totally brought the characters to life for me!
I'm thrilled to be getting to know the Chase's again, and if you're an audio fan and you haven't picked this series up before, let me recommend you get it!
I see that all the books are slated to come out pretty quickly, and I can't wait to get them ALL!!
I loved the story, but the narration was OK, and there was some kind of back ground going on...it was SO distracting!! Drove me nutso, and so took away from the book, which was too bad because it's an excellent book.
I cannot TELL you guys how much I've enjoyed this series!
I adore the narrator Therese Plummer, actually bought the 1st book because she narrated it, and WOW did Jax Garren just suck me right into the world of the Underlight, and make me fall in love with Hauk!
A Steampunk Beauty & The Beast ~
it doesn't get much better than this!!
In this, the 2nd book in the series, we pick up weeks after book 1, How Beauty Met The Beast, and Jolie, our heroine who comes from REAL money & the kind of corporate greed the Underlight stands against, has joined forces with The Underlight. Jolie has always been a rebel in her family, and she's proven to Hauk and the rest of the Underlight she can be trusted, and depended on.
Hauk's feelings for Jolie have only gotten deeper, but they pretend as if neither of them is aware of the tension between them. Hauk has been training Jolie to fight with the Underlight forces ~ and while training in the gym, they kiss, and sparks FLY. But they are inturrupted so Hauk's bestie, Bowen, can tell him he has a visitor...
Jolie finds herself becomming jealous when Hauk's sweetheart from high school shows up, and begins to push at Hauk...trying to push him into making a move. But Hauk, even though he's such a big, strong, SCARY guy, is so totally unsure, and almost scared of his feelings for Jolie...so it takes quite a bit to push him into finally making his move...
In the background of the fireworks flying around Hauk and Jolie we have The Hand of Atropos, the opposing forces, trying to take Hauk out...but they don't want to kill him. No, they want to turn him into a killing machine for THEIR side...
This book was great, but I wanted it to be LONGER, and I wanted MORE of Hauk & Jolie...it's a 3 book series, and I'm already mourning the fact that there aren't more books, lol.
These books are so GREAT, ya'll. Hauk is just an amazing character, and I'm so enjoying getting to know the people of the Underlight, and worldbuilding Jax Garren has going on.
And for you audio folks out there,
Great story, amazing narration ~ it's a total WIN!!
GREAT story. I couldn't quit listening...narration is awesome, too!
A Karen Rose book...it's that GOOD
She's great at doing multiple characters voices...I love the way she GETS the nuances of books, like I'd read them. I just truly enjoy her narration.
Several, but just overall a great listen.
I'll be buying more Rita Herron...waiting for new books in audio!!
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