This was a good story. I really enjoyed Reno and Jill's characters. But I had a problem with the narrator. While she did a good job with the Japanese, the narration between dialogue was robotic and SLOOOOW. Definitely not smooth and seamless. I had to switch my ipod speed up to 2X just to get through the story without quitting in annoyance.
I'm not sure what all the low ratings I've seen for this book lately on Goodreads are about. I loved this book. I love this series, which I sometimes read and sometimes listened to in audiobook format. My favorite part of the whole thing is the author's style of writing; very elegant, very deep and poetic. So the ratings baffle me. I can only assume that people are so caught up in what's "expected" that they don't like it when something veers off course in the romance world.
This book... no, this series is different. It's emotional, cerebral and thought provoking. It lingers inside your head. Poorly written books don't bother to hang around in your spongy brain matter or imprint themselves there permanently. Unless, of course they're traumatizingly awful. Books that are different stay with you. You ponder over them and think about them for days after you've read them; even if the story made you upset. That's the sign of a good book; when it can mash at all your buttons and stir you up in some way.
This series is not like most of your other typical PNR's. In fact, labeling it is difficult because it crosses genres. I think this may be what bothers people; that they don't know what to expect from it; that it's unpredictable; that it's different. I, for one, like different, like the unexpected, like unpredictability, like books that cross genres and take you on a soul searching or philosophical journey.
But I guess people are disappointed... since there are no vampires, werewolves, zombies or shifters. The heroine isn't some kickbutt, weapon wielding femme fatale; the hero (who is actually rather depraved and debauched in the first book) is not a warrior, alpha male with rippling abs and bulging muscles; and the plot and storyline are not cookie cutter. Go figure.
I have this author, series and narrator (Laurel Lefkow) on my favorites list and wholeheartedly recommend it everyone. Different is good people! It's the best! Step out of your comfort zone!
Such a sweet and sexy little novella. There is some turbulence that happens between Braden and Joss, but in the end it left me feeling happy-good vibrations inside my heart. Love it!!!
Very charming Victorian era story and everything you'd expect from a Charlies Dickens story. Jim Dale's narration is very pleasant and memorable. I'm going to have to replay this for my children.
I heart Nicholas Boulton. He's absolutely at the top of my list of narrators. In the number one spot. I also heart Laura Kinsale for creating such interesting characters and throwing them into the most creative conflicts. All her stories are full of adventure and are quite unputdownable. The two main characters in this story are so unique as is the situation they both find themselves in together. You will love it! I promise!
You cannot go wrong with any of Laura Kinsale's novels. This one happens to be one of my favorites though. I think the interactions the character has with all the animals is what endears it to me the most. As always, an epic and adventurous story by Miss Kinsale and brilliant narration by Mr. Boulton. Loved it!!!
I love Keri Arthur and this has been one of my favorite series of hers (second only to Riley Jenson), but I've found myself rather bored with this book. I can't really put my finger on it, but it just didn't grab me like some of the others in the past. For me, this time was just... meh.
I want to give this story a better review. The writing and narration is good. I like the authors choice of Irma Kent as narrator. The story is enjoyable. But the fact that the book is broken into many fragments is both frustrating and disappointing because the fragments are really small. It's like purchasing several excerpts. Because lets be honest, these fragments are small enough TO BE excerpts and in the end this really jacks up the price you pay to reach the stories conclusion.
I do know that the author does plan on releasing the full unfragmented version in one audiobook and/or kindle file at a later date when it's completed. I look forward to that time so that I can give this story an unbiased review based on the writing, story and narration without worrying about the excessive fragmentation that's currently affecting my opinion.
I'm not sure why I wasted my time and money on this one since I didn't care for the narration in the last one. But this one was just as much a disappointment. I usually LOVE Anne Stuart books. But this series, so far, has not worked for me in the least. I want to blame it solely on the narration, but with this story I am just not sure anymore. I'm thinking both the story and the narration is a failure this time.
THIS right here... is why Laura Kinsale is an auto-buy author for me. The pairing of her writing with the excellent narration of Nicholas Boulton is always beyond pleasing. I think they have to be one of my favorite (out of my top three) audiobook author/narrator teams. This story and the adventure it will take you on is so worth it! And seriously... is there NO accent that Mr. Boulon CAN'T do? The man is truly an artist. Love it.
THIS is why Miss Cole is an auto-buy author for me. I always know I'm going to be pleased. No complaints here. Just another fun and entertaining story, as usual. Plus, I really like Robert Petkoff's narration of the IAD series. He does an awesome job.
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