I hate it when the narration of an audiobook ruins the whole experience for me. That's what happened with "Don't Make Me Make You Brownies." If I had chosen to read it myself, I would have been able to appreciate the humor and the romance Nina Cordoba created. It sounded like a really bad actress reading lines at an audition without any practice. Her performances were exaggerated and melodramatic. If you listen to the audio sample, you'll understand what I mean. Unfortunately, I didn't.
But I really did enjoy the story. So, I would just recommend buying the ebook on Amazon instead.
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.
Somewhere in the top half.
If you've listened to MacAlister's Aisling Grey series, then you'll be familiar with the humor in this book... it's just in an entirely different setting... and no dragons.
This is one of many books I've listened to that Alison Larkin has narrated. She does a good job with the historical romances in particular.
This series has potential. I was really drawn into the "entwined realms" concept and I can see this series getting better if she switches protagonists in the next book. I think one book is all I can handle of Larissa Miller. She wasn't the kick-ass heroine I love to read about in urban fantasy novels. I think I would have been fine with that if this "scholarly" protagonists flexed a little more brain power. I liked her in the beginning. But, as the story progressed, her decision making made my opinion of her plummet.
Larissa aside, I really do recommend you give this book a try. I was thoroughly entertained, even when I was annoyed with the main character, and from the way the book ended I am eager to read the next book. Let me make myself a little clearer, my annoyance with the main character did not lower my opinion of the novel. There's too much awesomeness to let one character bring it down. There are elves, gargoyles, werewolves, necromancers, dragons (and dragon slayers?) all living in the same world in an urban environment after the worlds were entwined (hence the series name).
Oh, and Tavia Gilbert does an awesome job at narrating the story, as always.
This was a fun ghost story about two people who can see ghosts and work together. I liked the characters and the mystery behind the woman haunting Dr. Cal's office kept me interested.
The narration was decent. Nothing spectacular, but more importantly it wasn't distracting, which earned McNamara a solid 3 stars.
90% of the time, if I don't like a book it's because I don't like the characters. I actually liked the hero and heroine of this story and I definitely enjoyed the secondary characters. The reason I didn't like Lord the the Isles falls into the other 10%. The premise of the story was promising, but the plot was poorly developed. The scenes that didn't have Ali and Rory heating things up were rushed and choppy, and the solutions to all of the problems they faced were far too convenient. Even the romance between Ali and Rory felt abrupt, which was unfortunate since I liked them both so much.
Caroline Guthrie's narration would have been awesome if it weren't for the accent she uses for Ali. I'm almost certain that Guthrie is a native of the UK, because she does a fantastic job with her Scots accent. However, Ali is from the US, and Guthrie's American accent is truly awful. But, since Ali is the main character in the book it was a major drawback for me.
Amy Rubinate does a fine job of narrating. Unfortunately, Honor just isn't as likeable as her younger sister, Faith, whose story was featured in the first book of the Blue Heron series. I was skeptical about Honor having her own book, since book one did not paint her in a very favorable light. I still didn't much care for her character by the end of this book either. But, If you haven't read the "The Best Man", then you might be more receptive and sympathetic to Honor's situation.
With the exception of a melodramatic ending, this was a great historical romance. The two main characters, Eada and Drogo, were engaging, and remarkable in that they remained devoted and loyal to each other as they faced one conflict after another. It was surprisingly refreshing not to have to suffer a couple bent on path of self-inflicted angst, as seems to be so commonly used to create conflict in other novels of this genre.
I hadn't listened to a book performed by Lulu Russell before this one. I think she did a great job, the only drawback was that she was that she read a bit too slowly for my taste. It wasn't a big deal, because I listened to it via my phone's Audible app, so I just sped up the playback. People who don't have the app, or another means to speed up the playback, might start feeling a bit impatient with her narration.
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