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AK

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  • Thorn Queen: Dark Swan, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (370)

    Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire, paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld. But after her last battle, she s also become queen of the Thorn Land. It's hardly an envious life, not with her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and Eugenie eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind. And now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one--except Eugenie--seems willing to find out why.

    Dharma says: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely"
    "All Hail the Queen"
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    This entry takes a decidedly darker tone from the previous novel. You really start the actually admire Eugenie now. In the first book I was interested enough in the story to see it through to the end, but Eugenie's reluctance to accept her heritage was tiring. In this book you finally see her come into her own as the queen of her people.

    I have to hand it to Richelle Mead, this is one of the few fantasy romance series in which the sex is just an added bonus to the plot and not the other way around. I really felt for the characters and the book's climax took my breath away. I had the next installment purchased before I was even finished with the last chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Fire: Dragonfury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1171)

    A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.

    Teresa says: "The good, the bad and the ugly."
    "Keep Your Expectations Low"
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    Too much modern slang for my tastes, and the leading lady was annoying at times. I truly will never understand why all of these beautiful single women abducted by stunningly gorgeous supernatural males are so determined to go back to their mundane lives. I'm happily married and I'd be hard pressed to deny Bastian, even with the whole I-need-to-impregnate-you-with-my-killer-dragon thing he has going on.

    But I digress. If you're bored and or not yet jaded, it's ten bucks. Get it, keep your expectations low, and it's actually not too bad. I'll probably even read the second one.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob: Nightwalkers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1021)

    Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers....

    Dorothea says: "Awesome!"
    "Holy Narration, Batman!"
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    Jacob was actually the very first paranormal/erotic romance book I ever bought. I remember reading it and thinking 'Oh my god, how does this book even exist?' My eighteen-year-old mind was blown.

    Many years and guilty pleasures later, I decided to revisit to my old friend and buy the audiobook. While it's safe to say that my initial impression of this book being the best thing 'evar' was mostly due to inexperience, I can tell you that if you're into heavily erotic romance with more than a touch of fantasy, you should get this book.

    While the plot exists mainly to set the stage for the subsequent books and to bring the protagonists together (in more ways than one) it's the narration that will leave you breathless. I wish I could hire Xe Sands to narrate all of my audiobooks. Not only do her male voices sound achingly -male-, her delivery of their eastern European accents made my heart melt.

    Most people prefer the subsequent books in the series to this one, and I agree, it gets a lot better. Just look at this book as a very steamy romance and be prepared for a more defined plot later as more of the Nightwalker races come into play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (2477)
    Performance
    (2289)
    Story
    (2284)

    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    Hassan says: "LOVED it from the beginning"
    "Oh, Vlad, Where Art Thou?"
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    I've read a LOT of vampire/lycanthrope/fey/demon romance and your mileage may vary, but I think Vlad is, by far, the hottest male lead I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. I'm vaguely aware that there was a plot to Once Burned, but I mainly just kept rewinding the audiobook over and over to relisten to Vlad's interactions with Leila. Any bellyaching I may have had over Gilbert's delivery of Bones' grating cockney accent was instantly soothed the first time I heard Vlad's husky, patronizing Romanian "Lei-la".

    Get this book at your own risk, because you're going to be quite depressed when you realize the next one doesn't come out until next year.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of Midnight: The Midnight Breed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (776)

    He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night---or this man---is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed---a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

    Stacy says: "A Whole New Take on Vampire Mythology"
    "I Really Enjoyed It"
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    I liked the main characters a lot. Lucan was sexy and his reluctance to take Gabrielle as his mate was understandable if not frustrating. Gabrielle was a tough protagonist who offered just enough confidence and dominance to compliment her warrior mate.

    The vampires were a bit modern for my more classical tastes (think LOTU and BDB without being too overblown) but it didn't stop me from enjoying the story. The plot pretty much existed to progress the relationship of the two main characters, but that's okay because it was a fun ride. The only thing I really didn't care for was the narration. Hillary Huber just seems to keep popping up in a bunch of fantasy romance novels and I always realize it too late. She sounds as if she's on a few too many painkillers and I feel like it detracts from the overall immersion into the story at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (921)

    All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Keep Trudging..."
    "I can see the appeal but..."
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    I toyed with the idea of getting this book for a while. According to the reviews it is in the same vein as JR Ward, whose books I just can't seem to get into.

    I don't regret getting The Darkest Night. I read it from start to finish and enjoyed it for the most part, but it really didn't suck me in like so many other fantasy romance novels. The story was cringe-worthy at times, the chemistry between the two main characters just seemed forced and unnatural.

    Still, the book is worth a read if only for Max Bellmore's sexy narration. Once you get past your cringing you can accept the book for what it is, a guilty pleasure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Born: Dark Swan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (686)

    Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy - one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

    Leesa says: "Good Listen."
    "A Refreshing Concept"
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    I loved this series. The first book was the hardest to get through. I'm the same age as Eugenie and it was hard to wrap my head around Jennifer Van Dyck's much older voice. Still, I'm glad I stuck with it because the book was a lot of fun.

    Right off the bat Eugenie meets Kiyo, a rather unique magical being. Their instant attraction is hot and realistic. Still, I've always been more partial to Dorian, the sexy fey king, who pushes Eugenie to embrace her destiny. And frequently ties her up.

    Usually love triangles make me want to claw my eyes out, but this book does it right. I think it's a combination of Kiyo's lack of total commitment and Dorian's lack of possessiveness that make it so that Eugenia can kinda test the waters with both instead of spending the book locked in turmoil over who to be with.

    There's a pretty good plot, too. If you read the entire book and it appeals to you then you may as well save your credits because each book will make you compelled to buy the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2106)
    Performance
    (1852)
    Story
    (1866)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    V says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Oh. My. Gosh."
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    What made the experience of listening to Dragon Bound the most enjoyable?

    This book had everything I could ask for in fantasy romance. The main characters were fantastic. Pia was strong with enough vulnerability to make her endearing and Dragos was the epitome of sexy. The only reason I would not buy this book is to avoid the emptiness in my heart when it was over.


    What about Sophie Eastlake’s performance did you like?

    A bad narrator can make it really hard to get into a book, especially one with graphic sex. Sophie did all of the voices exceedingly well, switching effortlessly between Drago's husky male voice to Pia's lighter, feminine one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not put my iPod down!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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