This book reminded me of Memoirs of a Geisha Girl, but with a complex Urban Fantasy plot and kickass heroine. This review is based more on the story, and not on the narrator, who had some weird pauses, but was essential okay. She didn't add to my enjoyment of the story, and I got through by looking that my e-book at some parts.
It began with Chrysabelle, a comarré (a special race of humans bred to feed and attend vampire nobility) on the run, after her patron noble vampire, Lord Algenon was found murdered in his bedroom. Lord Alegnon was the Dominus of the House of Tepesh and an Elder (part of the ruling class of the Vampires) . Thus his death with a weapon used only by comarré could only mean one thing. In even more damaging evidence, Chrysabelle was the last person seen with him, and she had motive as he just refused to give her freedom after her faithful service of 100 years.
Chrysabelle runs for refuge to her Aunt because she needed help in clearing her name, especially since she has took the signet ring of her patron, which is rumored to have some magic. One of Algenon’s heirs, Tatiana took on the task to bring Chrysabelle to stand trial because she wants to prove herself. Tatiana also needed Algenon’s ring and it’s magic, in order to make her claim for the Elder spot vacated by the dead dominus. So, Vampire Tatiana hunts Chrysabelle, to bring her to justice as well as retrieve the ring, and show the comarré that they won’t get away with murdering their masters.
Chrysabelle’s aunt sends her to an anathema named Mal (anathemas were former noble vampires, cursed and outcast for committing a crime against their own kind). Chrysabelle offers to help Mal with his curse, if he helps her clear her name. Thus begins their uneasy partnership and journey to stay one step ahead of Tatiana.
Initially, I listened to the audio book, but the world was quite complex necessitating the use the glossary in the e-book to get the definition of some of these creatures. Regardless, I found the pace of the story enjoyable and the characters interesting. No one was quite what they seemed and they all excelled in the art of lies by omission. This is a story where the reader has to play careful attention to detail so one can quickly get lost. The author also alternated the point of view, so I can see how other readers got annoyed. That didn’t bother me because I was really engaged and was riveted by the story. I liked the heroine and hero because they were both strong and feisty. They were both likable, in that damaged hero kind of way, so I was rooting for them to get justice. I didn’t see the twist with killer, and I should have as it made a lot of sense. I like that the author kept me on my feet. I do hope the author allows Mal and Chrysabelle to be less guarded with each other because there is definitely something there. I also look forward to seeing Doc and hopefully Fiona in book 2. The House of Comarré is a series that I want to continue. I plan on listening to book 2, but I will also buy the e-book for reference
The narration was okay. I don't feel like added or detracting from my enjoyment. It got the job done.
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. It has great potential as a book one of the series as the writing was pretty fast paced. Constant action and an interesting mix of mythology made the novel interesting. I really liked Theron, but I liked the sister Isadora more than I liked Casey. I didn’t want Theron and Isadora together, but I liked Isadora’s inner fortitude. Both sisters obviously had the capacity for self-sacrifice and get love, so that was really cool. I never quite understood King Leonidas and his fascination with humans when he didn’t really care about humans either. I also had a hard time with “Eternal guardians” who were more human acting, eating sandwiches and wearing jeans. But there was a clear sense of duty and what was right, and the guardians strived to do their duty. How they could spend time on earth fighting demons but be clueless about Misos, half breeds, was beyond me.
I actually enjoyed Hades, who was kind of a villain, and his wife Persephone. They brought a special kind of mischief to the table and it was entertaining. I also enjoyed having a woman, Atalanta, be the villain because of the discrimination she suffered. I felt her pain, though her means of exacting retribution was too extreme. I look forward to her next plan to slaughter the Argoleans. I am hoping book 2 will fill in some more background and tell us more about Isadora’s deal with Hades and Persephone.
Again Robert P nails the narration of this book! Loved it!
Occurring concurrently with Book 6, the fallen King Rydstrom Woede was on this way to meet his brother Cade, as they attempt to make a trade with Groot for a sword forged with the expressed purpose of defeating Rydstrom’s archenemy Omort the Deathless.
Omort, who got wind of the plot, sent his half-sister Sabine, queen of illusions to intercept Rydstrom before he got to Groot. Omort planned to have Sabine seduce Rydstrom, since she was his fated queen, so she could become pregnant his son and thus have one of their own continue to rule the Kingdom of Rothkalina. Sabine managed to capture Rydstrom and locked up in his own dungeon, and thus began a battle of wills. Sabine tried to seduce Rydstom, and Rydstrom fought to resist her nefarious plot. This dangerous dance brought both of them closer and closer their foretold fate, as king and queen.
This book was just as good as the previous book. Rydstrom was the serious and super principled brother, so he lacked that hilarious wit of Cadeon. But Rydstom was strong and respectable, so I enjoyed him in a different way. This story has a lot of sexual tension. Oh man, it was fun to see them fight each other with all they had to win. While Sabine would appear just evil and ruthless, her relationship with her sister Lanthe revealed a softer and more loving side, so I knew there was good there too. I loved her swagger and her arrogance, but soon due to Rydstrom, I began to see the vulnerability as well. I loved what the author did with these two characters and I am glad they worked out well. I am getting into the groove with this series, and I don’t know if I will wait a month to read the next book.
I would have enjoyed this book more if it was 2-3 hours shorter. It was an interesting story, but just so wordy.
Amun, the keeper of secrets, has just been rescued from hell where he had endured the awful thoughts the demons harbored, which was too much for Amun. He basically shut down to where he is catatonic or he is going berserk to where no one can soothe his demon possessed body. Well, no one except Haidee, a hunter sworn to take out the Lords. She was the very one who lured and murdered Baden, so the idea of her with a Lord wasn’t easy to swallow.
Haidee thought Amun was her old boyfriend Micah, and that he was a prisoner of the Lords, so she planned to rescue him and avenge Amun for his suffering at the hands of the Lord. The problem was that Amun’s touch, kisses and everything seem to turn her on more than Micah used to.
What will this hunter do when she discovers that the man she is in love with is not her beloved Micah, but one of her sworn enemy, a Lord of the Underworld?
I liked this story, but it was too long. I was trying to figure out how Strider & Micah would fit into this love triangle/quadrangle. I did like them as a couple and I liked that Haidee acknowledged her attraction to Amun as being much stronger than Micah. I am not enjoying this series as much as I used to and I am a little hesitant to read the next book.
Rosalyn Landor made this book a 4-star because the story was a little slow.
Minerva Lane was hiding a secret. She isn't who she says she is and she has been passing in the ton as the niece of two old spinsters. But now someone is investigating her.
See someone has been writing and circulating scandalous pamphlets trying to encourage workers to unionize against their betters and Mr. Stevens thinks that rebel rouser is Minnie Lane. The only thing Minnie can do is figure out the real author of the pamphlets so she can throw Mr. Stevens off the scent of her past before he discovers what she is really hiding.
Minnie's investigation leads her to Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, whom we met in the prequel as the legitimate heir of Clermont. In the prequel, Robert was so miserable to his illegitimate half brother Oliver at their boarding until Robert decided he wanted a brother and they became close.
Robert admits to Minnie that he is indeed the author of the letters, but he tells her that no one will believe her since he is a duke and it's not in his best interest to get the lower class to unionize. But Robert offers her a deal instead--to marry him and become his duchess and they both will be covered.
What's a girl to do, give Mr. Stevens a new suspect or accept the offer of marriage to a man who is doing something that will call attention to her and her past?
This book was good though it took a while to develop. I liked Minnie and I didn't think the past scandal was that bad. What made this book a 4 star for me was Robert's thoughtfulness and need to fix some society wrongs. He was brave and I am glad he stood up for those unable to fight for themselves.
I wish the author told us what became of Minnie's aunts that took care of her despite the secret. I am also glad she reconciled with Lydia, the heroine of the next book as I just started audiobook 1.5.
It was okay, but not great. The narration was the same if you have been listening to this series. It didn't add or take away for the story. I have to admit I haven't enjoyed the narrator, he just is...
It's time for me to accept that this series will ever return to the glory days. As I reflected on why this series was my favorite, I was surprised to note that there are more "okay" books than "great" books in this series. Thus, I don't think it makes sense to call BDB my favorite series anymore. The first 5 books were PNR at it's finest, a complete focus on a particular couple, where as Books 6-12 have been more story-led and less captivating.
There is a problem when Assail has more lines than almost all the brothers put together. I am not sure why the author is choosing to move the focus from the brothers to fringe characters, but she has definitely changed the tone of the series and not for the better.
In a nutshell, Wrath and Beth lack of agreement on whether to have a young was dealt with in this book. We also got an opportunity to meet Wrath's father and mother via flashbacks. There was an attempted coup and there was a change in the political climate, affecting the monarchy and the glymera. Assail and Sola made some progress in their relationship, as well as Xcor and Layla.
I must admit that I am baffled at how such an ambitious man like Xcor would agree to the deal with Layla, thus betraying his alliance. It seems selfish and self-centered, and proves that he isn't fit to lead the BoB. I am sure that will be addressed in future books. It seems to me that Layla was the winner in that bargain too.
For such a long book, I didn't really feel like there was that much substance or real movement in the story. I continue to be baffled by the Scribe Virgin's absence when her brother the Omega has clearly returned.
I am resigned to reading BDB for curiousity sake, but I cannot say that I will be waiting on pins and needles for the next book. My passion of the series is pretty much gone, we have now settled into a comfortable friendship
Ok. Believe the hype about Robert Petkoff. I didn't, but I do now! He was awesome, he was funny, he breathed life into this book!
Cadeon Woede is on a quest to help recover a mystical sword which was crafted to kill a specific immortal, who stole Cadeon's brother Rydstroms kingdom.
Everyone blames Cadeon's for the loss and he has spent the last 900 years trying to atone.
Imagine Cadeon's dilemma when he learns the price for the sword is his fated female Holly Ashwin. To get his Rydstrom's kingdom back, he would have to trade his female for the sword. What's a demon to do?
This was one of the most straightforward IAD books I've listened to in a while. I wasn't confused by many various characters in the Lore, as this was mostly Demon and a Harpy, with special appearances by a few other sups, but not enough to need a diagram.
Cadeon was funny, sarcastic, rough around the edges and sweet at the same time. Holly's OCD made for an interesting read, but I loved how everyone made allowances and worked with her quirks. I really loved how Holly said she finally found a place where she fit in, and she also discovered her inner strength. She took everything that Cadeon's taught her and fought to save herself.
Very impressed with her...and Cadeon.
I look forward to finding out why Rydstrom has That Woman in chains:D
Not quite a 4 because the heroine was a bootleg reporter. How can Sophie be an I-Team reporter when she was so naive, dense, unobservant, passive and just slow on the uptake?
Great narration. This guy has done a great job telling this story.
Sophie Alton and her brother grew up with her grandmother after her parents died in a car crash. In a spontaneous act when she was 16, she had sex with her high school crush, a senior guy she only knew as Hunt. Hunt left for the military the day after, and Sophie never heard from him again.
12 years later, Sophie worked as an I-team reporter and she was working on a story with drug addicted inmates and the pregnancies behind bars. One of her subjects Meghan went missing with her newborn baby and drugs were found in her cell. A man hunt ensued for the missing convict and the newborn baby. Meghan's brother decided that this interested reporter, Sophie, would be his key in finding his sister. So the convicted murder Marc Hunter set up an interview with Sophie and then held her hostage and escaped.
During this hostage situation, Sophie found out that Marc Hunter was her "Hunt". He told her his story and she had to figure out if she trusted him enough to jeopardize her career and get to the bottom of who framed him, Meghan and what was going on in that correctional facilities.
What I enjoyed about this series is the author tackles pretty serious topics. And the author goes all in. Not the fluffy stuff. The series is also well written. The heroine was a bit slow, but I loved Marc. He was a stand up guy.
Very Disappointed. This one was just meh!
This one was kind of boring to listen to. She was a great narrator for the House of Commare series by Kristin Painter. Her male voices in this book were awful. i have book 2 and I think I will read the ebook instead of listening to it.
It started with Ali Morgan being mugged and followed by someone. She turned to Nate “Ghost” Weller and the Black Knights Inc, her late brother's co-workers. Ali had a suspicion that whomever was after her had something to do with her brother's death and the Black Knights were the best equipped people to protect her.
Black Knights was a covert military ops team posing as a motorcycle club. They do jobs that the CIA or military wanted plausible deniability on.
Of course, Ali has had a crush on Ghost for ever but he always kept her at arms length. Well, except for that one time on the beach (a phrase repeated over and over and over again till I thought I would just scream), Ghost had tasted of her nectar but since then he barely acknowledges her existence. Very cliche stuff because it was quite clear Ghost was nursing a similar crush on his best friends little sister.
Anyway, Ali was in possession of some files that her brother sent her before his last special ops job where he was killed. And someone was willing to kill in order to get those files back from Ali. What was on it? Who in the government was conspiring with the enemy? Nate was going to find out before they got to his Ali.
I listened to it and I am cringing because I bought books 1-4 on both audio and e-books. I will try book 2 before I give up, but the writing was very average, the story has been done and done much better than this. I didn't really feel the connection between Ali and Nate.
It was not what I was expecting and it wasn't the usual, run of the mill romantic comedy. What a pleasant surprise. The narrator made all the difference...took this story to the next level.
This books starts off with Julie Seagle, leaving home in Ohio, arriving in Boston Massachusetts to attend Whitney College. Upon arrival, she found out the apartment she rented on Craigslist, didn't really exist and she had no where to go. Luckily, her mother's college roommate Erin Watkins lived in Cambridge, so Erin offered Julie a place to stay until she found accommodations.
Erin's son Matt came and picked her up, and thus began Julie's introduction to the Watkins Household.
This family was definitely a circus and it takes the entire book to unravel. see Erin was an attorney and also a scholar. Her husband Roger was another scholar who researches ecosystems involving algae etc. Oldest son Finn wasn't there but was supposed to be gallivanting the globe during humanitarian work. Matt was a double major at MIT and youngest sister Celeste carried around a cut-out of her older brother Finn because she missed him so much.
This family was really smart and really strange, and soon Julie's arrival began having profound changes in the family dynamics and forced the family to confront issues long swept under the rug.
This book was layered yet so enjoyable. It seemed that Finn was the family connector when I started the book because he was the golden child. But as the book progressed, it became clear that Matt was the glue that held the Watkins family together. I loved the individual as well as the family growth as everyone had to face the issues they were running from. By the end of the book, everything made more sense and I was blown away. I loved it. The narrator was awesome. This was definitely YA-NA with a bite.
If you want a YA book with some substance and was more about familial love than romantic love, then give this book a whirl. It has romantic love but this book was about personal growth and continuing a journey.
I loved it as much as book 1. I felt like I was watching a movie in my head as the narrator took me on this ride. A lot of drama but I loved every minute. As in book 1, the narrator gave Carmine a sarcastic quip and Haven a vulnerable sound. Great job.
Corrado's voice was edgy and just right. You know what, Corrado stole this show. He stayed consistent and was true gangsta to the end.
This book picks up after Carmine DeMarco pledges loyalty to Salvatore (salamander to those who don't respect him) and La Costa Nostra in exchange for Haven's protection. When it's time for him to report to work (from Durant, NC to Chicago, IL), Carmine decides it's best for Haven if he lets her go. That way she won't be tainted by what he knows he will have to do for La Costa Nostra, and he will be giving her freedom to live her own life on her own terms.
This book details their individual journey to make peace with the choices others made for them, and the ones they made for themselves. Of course, in the background the puppet masters continue to maneuver the pieces making individuals think they have control of their own lives and choices, when it is clear higher forces are at work.
The truth about Mara DeMarco's death has a profound effect of both Vincent and Corrado, as we see those men attempt to get justice for what what stolen from them. Dominic and Tess and Dia stay the same, but in this book we see the wear of the crown isn't necessary the most powerful player. No, it's behind he scenes man who is truly the Don of La Costa Nostra.
I hate to say it but Carmine doesn't grow up that much, but Haven truly comes into her own. She restores him like he restored her in book 1. There was never a doubt in my mind as to their future, it was only a matter of how they got there. I loved the names Carmine called her "la bella ragazza" or "Tesoro". I also love Corrado calling Celia "Bellisima". It had a sweet sound and one thing I found out about the DeMarco-Moretti men, when they love, they go all in! It's Sempre for them.
Great story, great audio. I felt satisfied with the conclusion of this one. Carmine and Haven were just meant for each other.
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