Near the top! Christina Moore's performance paired with Lisa Lutz's writing kept me laughing the whole way through.
I've seen several reviews that mention a dislike for Christina Moore's performance. When I first began listening to this series, I was in the same boat. I initially thought her voice sounded well... frumpy, is the only way I can describe it. That is, until she began narrating the dialogue. She definitely gives voice to Izzy's dry sense of humor, and her performance of other characters in the series, like Izzy's mother, Olivia, and her previous love interest, Daniel Castillo. Anyways, after listening to Moore read The Spellman Files, she completely won me over. I unknowingly purchased the abridged version of Curse of the Spellmans (book two in the series) which happened to be performed by someone else, and I couldn't even get through ten minutes of the book. For me, Isabel Spellman = Christina Moore. Though I have to say, I'm curious to know if Lisa Lutz agrees with me.
Love Dunne's narration and the mystery is interesting, though this release is no where near as funny as the earlier books in the Meg Langslow series. If you haven't read/listened to We'll Always Have Parrots, then please, please, please give it a try. It's hilarious. There are funny moments in The Nightingale Before Christmas, but the focus definitely on the murder mystery. I wish the publisher would release ALL of the books in this series in audio because Dunne nails Meg's humor and like to hear her perform books 2-3 and 6-13.
This is a well rounded story. There's enough attention given to the Rannoch's tenuous marriage to satisfy my romantic heart with plenty of mystery/suspense to keep me listening and entertained.
A kick-butt heroine
A smorgasbord of supernatural creatures including many I've never read about before
A slow-building and entirely believable attraction between the heroine and the Brethren's Alpha
An ending that simultaneously satisfied and left me eager for the next book.
Normally I can get past old romance tropes and clichés enough to enough a well written historical romance novel. With a very weak plot and characters that are difficult to like (a complete lack of morals is not something to brag about, Noirot.), this one was big let down.
So many people had recommended this novel to me, and after falling in love with Lord of Scoundrels, I didn't hesitate to try this audiobook.Unfortunately, Ms. Chase's talent with storytelling couldn't save this one for me, even when paired with an excellent narration by Kate Reading.
Elijah Wood delivered the deadpan narration perfectly. He was fantastic and the story had me laughing chapter after chapter.
I read a review on Audible that claimed this book was funny. There were only a few instances that I found even slightly humorous, and I don't think that humor was the tone Bybee was going for. If she was, well, it missed the mark. That may have something to do with Monteath's grave and somber performance, or maybe not. It was a fairly decent story, certainly not memorable. A day after I finished listening to this book and I was already having a hard to time remembering the major plot points.
There are dozens of other time-traveling historical romances that I would recommend before this one. If you've already listened to Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and/or Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, then try starting Brenda Joyce's Rose Trilogy or the first book in Melissa Mayhue's Daughters of the Glen series.
Not quite as good as the first book, but still quite entertaining. The narrator's voice is a bit grating. I think this might be a difficult listen for anyone who isn't used to hearing a southern drawl.
Derik's Bane is the third book in MaryJanice Davidson's Wyndham Werewolf series, which follows different pack members through their romantic endeavors. This story takes place in the same contemporary fantasy setting featured in Davidson's Undead series. However, instead of vampires, this book features a werewolf from the Wyndham pack and the modern reincarnation of Morgan Le Fay. If you enjoy the comedy in Davidson's other novels, you'll enjoy this book too. If you have not read/listened to Davidson's novels before, expect a paranormal romance with a heavy dose of comedy.
Speaking of comedy, Nancy Wu nails the delivery. The Wu/Davidson team rivals Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi, in my opinion.
Dallas and Nikki's interactions were fun to read as they closer.
The story was entertain and quite funny at times, which I wasn't expecting. I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a humor and romance with a dash of mystery/suspense.
I liked Boyce's performance, and I might try another novel written by Jump but this book in particular was not particularly memorable. I liked the three nosy elderly ladies who charged themselves with the task of getting Luke and Olivia together. So I might read the next book in the series just to see what other lives they decide to meddle in.
I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a formulaic contemporary romance. I don't mean that in a bad way, as sometimes I reach for the comfort of these type of books. and I enjoyed the three nosy senior citizens playing fairy godmothers.
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