J.R. Ward has done it again...this is an excellent book. It could have been better, but it was good. This series has always been exciting, edgy and had alot of beauty in it. You're alternately breathless and anxious and rooting for the characters...I've wanted to see these two resolved for a long time...however we don't get to enjoy it...not really...alot of agony through this book...and you don't get any insights, thoughts...etc. from alot of the other characters. I've always liked when JRW mixes it up...and I guess that she had that in mind introducing new characters. I like that...it's good...but we need more thoughts/insights from the old characters she mixes in...we didn't get much of that at all...or maybe I'm just spoiled. Regardless JRW remains a cut above the rest in writing in this series (and the the Fallen Angels) and I'lll continue to wait with bated breath for all of them....What's next JR?
Outlander stands the test of time. Every book is an outstanding addition to the saga. Jamie and Claire as always are enthralling (but I find this is the one book there is not quite enough of them). The feeling of "you are there" in history and the feeling that you are experiencing these events with them is only part of Diana's talent. Bree and Roger are excellent in this book as well - Diana's ability to write parallel universes is just one of her great attributes. Outlander remains my number one series and with the advent of the so far accurate TV series these characters are brought to life. Better than i dared to hope. You can almost feel yourself in the presence of each of these people - she has given them depth, breath and life. I agree with others, while the Lord John books are fine - Lord John is at his best when he is in the Outlander series proper - and I find I so enjoy him in this context, but outside of Outlander I just don't like him as much or feel his depth as I do within it. Davina Porter continues to amaze with her ability to capture and fall into the rhythm of all of these characters - I listen again and again because of her wondeful interpretations! I hope those doing the Outlander series will listen to her version of the books as well as reading them (there are benefits to reading and listening - another dimension if you will) - they will gain much.Thank you Diana for your beautiful resonant saga - I count it as a treasure.
I loved Jane's Melody! This story is a good continuation of this - love this couple. Ryan brings a unique perspective to a love story and I enjoyed this very much.
I can't say enough about the Outlander Series - probably my favorite series of all time. This series has just the right amount of everyone - and I love that continunity. Davina Porter is the ultimate narrator - and it is a joy to listen to her! That said the book alone is amazing - almost lyrical - Diana transitions effortlessly between characters and their plots and you as an Outlander reader/listener will appreciate the artistry in this offering - I was thoroughly immersed in WMOHB from beginning to end, both reading it and in the audio - thank you, thank you and I eagerly await the next Chapter!!!!!
I thought this series had a little bit of Shades of Gray Wanna Be - but it continued to surprise me throughout - Jesse and Ava were both all over the place emotionally (Ava more than Jesse) Jesse was just Jesse in alot of ways from the beginning - both were spoiled and beautiful, but ended up loving each other more than themselves which is a must for me - I liked the first book, and each book was better, the last book was the best of the Trilogy (and as they went along got stronger and stronger) and tugged my heartstrings more than once - while I thought the narration started off shaky, I believe in giving each narrator a real shot and Edita Brychta pulled it off. This series is worth the credits/dollars.
I thought this series had a little bit of Shades of Gray Wanna Be - but it continued to surprise me throughout - Jesse and Ava were both all over the place emotionally (Ava more than Jesse) Jesse was just Jesse in alot of ways from the beginning - both were spoiled and beautiful, but ended up loving each other more than themselves which is a must for me - I liked the first book, and this book was better, the last book was the best of the Trilogy (and as they went along got stronger and stronger) and tugged my heartstrings more than once - while I thought the narration started off shaky, I believe in giving each narrator a real shot and Edita Brychta pulled it off.
I thought this series had a little bit of Shades of Gray Wanna Be - but it continued to surprise me throughout - Jesse and Ava were both all over the place emotionally (Ava more than Jesse) Jesse was just Jesse in alot of ways from the beginning - both were spoiled and beautiful, but ended up loving each other more than themselves which is a must for me - This book was the best of the Trilogy and tugged my heartstrings more than once - while I thought the narration started off shaky, I believe in giving each narrator a real shot and Edita Brychta pulled it off.
I couldn't literally wait until I got to listen to this, I lost sleep!! Nicholas Boulton is an amazing narrator and this story - well, let's just say I'll listen to anything Laura Kinsale writes and Nicholas Boulton narrates.... Christian is a man with a problem, a big problem, he has a "stroke" and is committed to an asylum. He has shared a passion of mathematics with a Quaker. This Quaker's daughter discovers him at this "civilized" asylum governed by her cousin. She feels moved by God to make him her business. Let's just say Ms. Kinsale treats this problem with the harsh reality it would have in this particular time period (they thought he was nuts) when in truth, the stroke that did not show on the outside, had wreaked havoc on the inside. With Maddiegirls help and personal struggles with her faith...things come along. One of the most realistically written historical romances I have read in a long time. They exist, but they are few. Enjoy the ride. I will make it my business to read/listen to her other books as long as Mr. Boulton is narrating.
Don't listen to the naysayers who say there is too much going on - JR makes the plot shifts flawlessly and I loved every bit of it...the Audible version is amazing...I loved everything about this book, there was (almost) enough Wrath and Beth and there was alot of the rest of the Brothers and their Shellans (I'm greedy, I could have had more) and seeds for the future...I hope she writes another book - and I hope we see more of the Brothers in the future....my only critique in this book was the conclusion for Wrath and Beth - while extremely happy it was extremely compressed, I missed some of their inner dialogue which I would have appreciated expanded on. JR is so good at the brothers POV and the inner dialogue...it makes her books! Other than the compressed ending...this book was amazing
Thanks JR! Keep them coming!
Drew and Kate are Great! I LOVE the Male POV when done well and EMMA CHASE knows the male POV! Thank you! Loved this book, loved the smart-ass self-deprecating humor and cockiness that only a guy like Drew has. Yeah Kate for hanging in there and standing up for yourself! This (audio) made a Good book Great!!! I was glad when Tangled finally came out in Audible. I like my books both in ereader and Audio form. That said, I kind of dislike the females doing the male voices. NOW, that said, Sebastian York rocks (even if a feminine voice by him is ok)..... I could listen to him all day long. Listen up authors....Sebastian York and Jonathan Cole (and Jim Frangione) are voices the ladies can listen to all day long...yes there are good female narrators and I love when they switch back and forth too....but these guys are downright the epitome of sexy. Please Please Sebastian, narrate more books!
I have really liked this series. That said, I have other series I have liked more. That was until I stopped focusing totally on Bennet and Chloe. Beautiful Bombshell was a fun focus on Vegas, Beautiful Beginnings a great conclusion and Beautiful Player (AMAZING!) I dug them. Thanks for the Continuity! Please read: Beautiful Player and Stranger were left off my list because I didn't know if it would pay to step away from focusing on Bennet and Chloe (Did I like the series enough to pay for them??). I was wrong. After I finally listened to Beautiful Stranger (Max and Sara) , I realized I needed to Listen to Will's story. Both Stranger and Player go into Depth in their characters - I love the his and hers versions and the accents by the way on these narrations as well - this is one of the cases where the narration surpasses the written book. Perhaps it's the evolution of the series in my mind, but I prefer to think it's the evolution of the writing (getting better and better) and the redeeming qualities of the characters in this story that puts it on top. Yes Will and Max are/were man whores - WERE is the operative word. The bigger they are, the harder they fall - Love these books, give me some more! Beautiful Player is by FAR the best of the series, and next best is Beautiful Stranger - Bennet and Chloe need more personalization - don't get me wrong, love them, but what they're feeling is never as clear as it is with Will and Hannah and Max and Sarah - I look forward to your continued growth in writing and more books like Player and Stranger - Narration Outstanding!
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