YES. The characters and world are awesome. Narrator goes a great job of bring characters to life.
The sexual tension between these two are off the charts. And I love that they are one of those couples that doesn't get together in the first book. It keeps you hanging on to see if they will or won't make it. And you just know if they, do it will be explosive and life changing for the both of them.
“I figure you really wanted me you'd say. Like now, maybe, if you dig. I'll f-in carry you down your place on a run, you tell me aye, get you on your back afore the next word comes out your mouth. But you oughta have yourself certain, causen I ain't lookin for charity, an I ain't lettin you go after. Once...once ain't enough for me, dig?”
O.M.G. Just reading that quote again makes me what to re-listen to the book again. Terrible is such a great anti-hero. I was told by friends that he might replace Jericho Barrons (Fever series) on the top of my list. He is very close; he and Barrons might have to hang out at the top together for awhile.
Chess and Terrible
The WHOLE book!
Seriously, if you have not started this series get off your butt and do it! FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC.
For all you Urban Fantasy fans that has not started this series yet I highly recommend that you put down what you are reading and start this series TODAY.
1. no millionaire / billionaire
Bennett and his family are well off and yeah they might be in the millionaire neighbor or at least their marketing company is but it never comes up. And I was grateful for it.
2. no torched hero / heroine
Neither Chloe or Bennett has a torched childhood or a f’d up romantic pass. Nothing wrong with that kind of troupe but I liked that it wasn’t present here.
3. real life angst
The angst between Chloe and Bennett was plan and simple. He was her boss and she was afraid that people in the business would see her in a negative light if their relationship got out.
All three of these reasons were very refreshing. You get all the sexy times with less drama and a real romance between real people.
Grace Grant did a great job with Chloe and a pretty good job with the male voices. She truly performed the story, not just reading it. She made me feel the emotions of the characters while I listened.
THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS!
If you are not up to date on The Hollow series then read this review at your own risk. (But really who reads a review on the 12th book in a series they’ve not read?! It’s your own fault if you get spoiled on the series.) And there will be spoilers for The Undead Pool. This is less of a review and more of my gushing about the book and what happens in it.
WE’VE BEEN WARNED!
If you can’t guess by the title, THE UNDEAD POOL installment deals with the vampires of Cincinnati. The vampires are my least favorite species in The Hollows series. I’ve just never warmed up to them as a whole and Ivy just gets on my nerves. I thought that maybe we would finally get the answer to the question if Rachel could save a living vampire’s souls when they die the first death. Nope. No answer.
Instead we get a new weird plot this late into the series. Seriously, this is the next to the last book. There’s no time for new stuff. We need answers to old questions.
THIS IS WHERE THE REAL SPOILERS START!!!!
Ever since Trent walked onto the pages of The Hollows series we’ve all wonder “will they”. Well they’ve danced around it with a few kisses here and there…
In THE UNDEAD POOL I’m reminded that female witches have an extra muscle in their lady town that grabs hold of their male partner’s penis when they orgasm. And better the orgasm the longer they hold on. And boy does the itchy witch hold on to the cookie maker.
So since the vamps are not my favorite supes in The Hollows for me the best parts of THE UNDEAD POOL was all the Rachel and Trent parts. And the few demons parts with Al and Newt. Speaking of Al I wonder how things will end with him and Rachel after the way their last talk went.
With 12 books under Kim Harrison’s belt, she still writes an outstanding plot and characters. I’m both excited and sad to get my hands on the last book, THE WITCH WITH NO NAME. I already have the audio pre-ordered and my tour tee-shirt in my closet. Now I just have to figure out which book tour spot to visit. It’s going to be hard to let Rachel, Jenks, Al and Trent go.
I don’t know what difference, if any was, about the production of this audio verse the first book on audio but the narrator did a much better job with the male voices this time around; helping me enjoy the listen more.
While the narration was MUCH better this time, the story level was about the same in Visions of Heat as it was in Slave to Sensation. By that I mean, I enjoy the concept of the Psy-Changeling world but the main characters that have been introduced so far are just lacking something. There are some secondary characters I am more interested in, so I can’t wait to get to their respective books.
I liked the couple well enough but I wanted more. Faith was a little more damsel in need than Sasha was in the first book but that’s only be she lived a more sheltered life. The Psy keeps their F-Psy “locked” away from the rest of the world because they are more imbalanced mentally and emotionally. A high percentage of them go crazy by the time they hit their 50s. Also the F-Psy makes tons of money for the Psy world with their predictions so they are seen as property.
Vaughan is your average good guy, dark alpha that has a hard time letting people get too close to him. Yes, he is sexy but I’ve seen this character type too many times to be really impressed with him as a lead.
I don’t know if it’s truly that I’m not loving this series or if it’s just that I’m having a PNR burn out. I do plan to continue this series but I’m going to take a little break and come back and maybe have a fresh ear when I listen to the next audio.
I'm not a big YA read/listener but the team of Jeri Smith-Ready and Khristine Hvam made this non-YA fan very happy!
I’ve had this series on my TBR list for a long time. So when Audible.com was having a sale I grabbed books 1, 2 and 4, 5 (yes I don’t have 3 in audio but I have it in ebook). I really wish I had only used one of my credits on this series. I didn’t love the narrator. IMO she didn’t change her voice enough for the male characters and I found myself a little confused from time to time about who was speaking or thinking. But since I have the others I will continue to listen to them. But I can’t help but think I would have enjoyed reading Slave to Sensation more than I did listening to it.
While I didn’t love the narration of the book I did enjoy the story and the idea behind the world that Nalini Singh built. It felt like a mix between Lora Leigh’s Breeds Series and the Matrix.
Within the Psy-Changeling world you have three races; human, Changeling (weres/shifters) and the Psy. The Psy are engineered beings that have over the years learned to live without any emotions. They only live by what is logical. (Think Vulcans from Star Trek)
PsyNet made me think of the Matrix where people plugged into each other but as where a person that dies in the Matrix will die in real life; a Psy will die without being connected to the PsyNet. Their brain will not work without.
So when Sascha starts feeling emotions she is afraid that her shields in her mind that she has made over the years will break and the rest of the Psy will learn that she is “broken”. And because the Psy believe they cannot leave the Net, she knows that her days are numbered.
After Sascha is paired with a Lucas, the alpha of a Changeling Leopard pack, her emotions really start to take off. Lucas shows Sascha the ways of lust and passion. After she learns what it’s like enjoy the feel of Lucas’ touch she learns what it means to be pack and to get a different kind of touch through the other Changelings.
Over all the plot and characters were descent, I’m hoping that Slave to Sensation just fell into the first book in a series trap and that I will enjoy book two, Visions of Heat, more.
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf takes places a little time after How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf and some of the events that happened in HFNW has brought Dr. Nick Thatcher to town. He is a nerdy yet sexy and lovable scientist that has made it his mission in life to prove that supernatural creatures like werewolves exist.
Maggie Graham is the alpha of the local werewolf pack in Grundy, Alaska and Nick being in town causes all kinds of problems for her. She can’t let a human come in and expose her family and pack. Not only is this human a danger to Maggie in the “business” sense but he also a hazard to her heart.
Maggie and Nick are instantly attracted to each other but Maggie tries to fight it. Since Maggie is the alpha it is expected that she will mate with another wolf to continue the werewolf bloodline. She tries to do what she thinks is the best thing for the pack instead of making herself happy.
But the few choices that Maggie has in the male werewolf department is not appealing to her. There is Lee from a distance relative pack that is trying to get Maggie’s paw in marriage. Sure he’s easy on the eyes but he’s dumber than a box of rocks. Then there is Clay; a Canada wolf that joined the pack about a year ago. On paper he is the perfect mate for Maggie but she just doesn’t have those things of feelings for him.
So we have a tug and pull of emotions and love interests going on in The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf but there is also a mystery going on. Someone keeps trying to hurt Maggie; first her brakes on her truck are cut and then someone sets a fire to her office. Other odd things keep happening through the story.
But by the end of the story everything is nicely tied up on all fronts. I’m not sure if there will be more in the series but if you enjoy smart ass characters and light funny romances with a paranormal twist you should check out this series.
Narration Note: I love the narrator (Amanda Ronconi) but because she also narrates Harper's Jane Jameson Series, I had a little hard time switching gears and remembering "This is not Jane" for the first few chapters.
The sassy PI is back. In Third Grave Dead Ahead Charley is trying to deal with the fact that Reyes doesn't want to see her. But can you really blame him after the events of Second Grave on the Left?
Charley is running around all over time hopped up on coffee and days without sleep trying to solve another missing person's case. While Charley tries to find out what has happened to the missing wife of a doctor she has run in after run in with Reyes when she falls asleep. Which is why is she tries to void falling a sleep. Although the encounters are sexy, she can also see that Reyes doesn't really want to be called to her.
More emotional tug of war between Charley and Reyes. They want each other but don't like that they want each other because they still do not trust the other one 100%.
Charley is slowly starting to see what she is capable of with her powers. Things are a brewing and I'm not talking about all that coffee that she and Cookie drinks. As a bigger picture starts to develop through out the series it only brings up more questions. And I can't wait to read/listen to the next book, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet.
Only time will tell what the fates have in store for Charley and Reyes. And if you are a fan of snark filled mysteries with hotter than sin anti-hero you need to check out Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series. I highly recommend it on audio. Lorelei King does an outstanding job bring the sassy Charley to life.
Kate and the gang are back and it's bloodier than ever with the war between magic and tech in full swing. Kate really tests her magical power in Magic Slays. You thought she was bad ass before? She is only getting better with each book.
"Hell was driving a blood-soaked van listening to two children dying in the backseat, while Grendel whined as if something were killing him."
What would Kate Daniels' book be without blood, gore and someone trying to kill her? Please that’s just another Tuesday for Kate.
Kate is dealing with a lot of changes in her personal and professional life. She is no longer working for The Order; she and Andrea open up a P.I. business together. Then there’s the whole learning how what it means to be the mate to Curran and helping him run the pack. And let’s not forget Kate’s daughter-like teen, Julie.
Things start of slow in the P.I. department until Kate and Andrea get their first case. Danger is around every corner solving that one.
Kate finds herself being a full time mother to Julie since her school kicked her out.
I love the fact that Kate and Curran doesn’t act like some old married couple. They are still kicking each other’s asses when it’s called for. They are a true team; they don’t back down from each other but they totally support each other.
“Yes I can,” Curran snarled. “Listen: this is me telling you what you will not do.”
I raised the cookbook and tapped him on the nose. Bad cat.”
Magic Slays is in true Kate Daniels form; it a must read for fans of the series. If you have not tried the series you really should if you like Urban Fantasy series with a really strong heroine. Andrews has built a very interesting world and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
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