When I first started listening to this book I struggled with the constant changes in time, but as the book progressed and I relaxed into the story I revelled in all the twists and turns. Mariana is a book that you can't multi-task with - it demands full concentration - a lapse of a few minutes will leave you wondering just what happened and how you missed it. It is a book that needs to be read a couple of times to fully understand and appreciate its underlying intricacies. The narration of the book is excellent and flows easily around each character.
There were no Audible reviews available and so I downloaded this one on the reputation of the authors other books. BIG mistake. The story in this book is slow, the characters are poorly developed and the narration is ordinary. In future if there isn't an Audible review I will check out the reviews for the print editions on Amazon.
These journals are integral reading with the Inside Out Trilogy. Journals 1 - 4 give the background to Rebecca's life and a greater understanding of what was going on in her life at the time she wrote the journals. Journal 5 is written from the Master point of view and for me to review that journal would spoil it for all listeners. I read Rebecca's Lost Journals on my kindle before I listened to 'If I Were You' and 'Being Me'. I would recommend listening to Journal 5 after 'Being Me'.
Rebecca's Lost Journals are the story of Rebecca's journey into the life of a Master and submissive. They share her thoughts, her triumphs and her regrets. I don't know what books I would compare them to - they were a much more in depth read than Fifty Shades.
I wouldn't call it a favourite scene but for me it was the most telling. It was when Rebecca finally decided not to sign another contract. Rebecca knew that while she loved her Master deeply he was unable to give the same back to her. It was only ever going to be a contract - never a relationship.
Not every book series should be made into a film and I think this is one of them.
The narration by Grace Grant and Sebastian York was brilliant as always. I was pleased to see that these novellas had finally been released as an audiobook.
Would I recommend this book - absolutely. Even though Drew Evans was the type of man that most clear minded women would flick to the kerb I must admit that I really enjoyed this book. Sebastian York's narration was superb as always - listening to his rich gravelly voice is like being immersed in dark chocolate and red wine!
My favourite character would have to be Drew Evans. Other reviewers hit in on the head when they called him a man whore - but then he fell in love. Listening to him trying to come to terms with that love felt like karma.
Apart from the first scene that gave the listener a true insight into Drew Evans, my favourite was when Drew's family were sitting around the table talking and Drew's niece innocently dropped in one of Drew's favourite sayings. So funny!
I would love to see this made into a movie but I can't think of an appropriate tag line.
This book is romantic with a happily ever after. It does have a sequel but it doesn't finish with a cliff-hanger. Worth the time and effort
I need way more than three words to sum up Out of Turn. But if I had to try I guess it would be 'Love Them Both'. Kathleen tries so hard to not come between Blane and Kade but in the end she hurts both herself and the men who mean so much to her.
This story was all action. At times I wondered how Kathleen would survive. As in the other books in this series Blane was his usual pompous, arrogant, self-centred self. Still blind to the dubious intentions of some of those around him. Kane on the other hand, though still full of self-doubt was more willing to show his soft and vulnerable side.
I have listened to many of Angela Dawe's performances and I think this series is one of my favourites. The voice of Kathleen Turner suits the character so well - the presentation is almost clinical. It is like 'well this is me and my life - I may not be much but I like who I am'. I guess if I have any negative comment if would be that Blane always sounds like he has a sore throat - but then I guess that's how I pick his voice.
I got so frustrated with Kathleen with her blind faith in Blane. Thank goodness she recognised her real feelings for Kane by the end of the book - saved me throwing something!
I am really enjoying this series. I see the next instalment won't be available until May 2014. Hopefully Tiffany Snow will give Kathleen a Happy Ever After - even if it is one that involves one women and the two men she loves!
The Firebird, as with all Susanna Kearsley's books, is a work of art. It is beautifully written and interweaves characters from both the Shadowy Horses and Sophia's Secret (AKA The Winter Sea).
I am not going to spoil the anticipation of the book by reviewing the storyline but for those who wept for Sophie and Anna, this is a must read for you.
Sally Armstrong's narration was wonderful as always.
I enjoyed this book and it is well worth your credit.
This book scared the life out of me and yes I will listen to it again - but just not yet. I am a great fan of Robyn Carr and I hope she writes more books of this genre. This book was nothing like the other Robyn Carr books I have read but it was so well written that I am surprised it has taken this long for it to be made into an audiobook.
The book was always on the go - I really didn't find any flat spots. The plot kept twisting an turning. I guessed early on that Tom was not who he appeared to be but the way his previous life was woven into the story made this book compelling listening.
I have always enjoyed listening to Christina Traister. Some of her male voices can be hard to differentiate but her voice inflection, timing and fluidity always make for excellent narration.
When Jackie heard them say that Tom AKA Jason was still alive. I thought no!!! what does she have to do to kill him. And knowing that he has survived means that I will always wonder if he escaped again. Is he back out there? Will Jackie ever be able to sleep again!
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys being just a little bit scared!
Now that Audible has grouped many diverse books under the Contemporary Romance banner I have found myself straying off into genre's I would not normally preview.
I read Rough Canvas because of the recommendation of other reviewers- it was a leap of faith because until FSOG (which I know most of the female population have read) I would never venture into the section where the books are usually kept under the counter. But after discovering this series I know I will be reading many more of Joey Hill's books.
Rough Canvas is a book of many levels - BDSM , the D/s lifestyle, family love and dynamics, friendship and commitment, violence and misunderstanding, and the most surprising for me - God and faith.
I would recommend this book because it is harsh and loving, brutal and beautiful, full of hope and despair but ultimately of completed by love and acceptance.
It is really hard to choose between Marcus and Thomas. Marcus is the Dom and the Master and yet Thomas is the strength and the power.
I can't possibly put it down to one scene. This book was complex - each scene relying on the next to bring us further intrigue, frustration, tears, love, anger and finally acceptance.
To be able to take on all that was going on in this book it would be impossible to read/listen to it in one sitting. In some places it was so confronting that I needed to walk away and regroup. This is a book I will need to listen to again because I'm sure there are parts that will become more clear the second time around.
This book mentions Josh and Lauren from Holding the Cards (first book in the series) and so I guess I will need to download that book which I know in turn will lead onto the reading the whole series.
If you want to read a really thought provoking book then this is the one for you. If the BDSM scenes are too much - just skip them - no foul in that!
Captive in the Dark is a truly disturbing story and so the book isn't one you love but just like the proverbial train wreck, you just have to keep reading.
I was so pleased that Livy fought for her freedom - even though it didn't work out for her - at least she tried.
Emily Durante's narration gave Livy's character an intensity that was necessary to convey the desperation, elation, frustration and terror that was Livy's life.
There is no way I could listen to this book in one sitting - it was way too intense.
Be warned that this is not a feel good romance - but if you are able to separate yourself from the story it is an excellent read.
I apologise to the author for rating this book at one star but I didn't realise this book was a gay romance when I bought it. There was no mention of its genre in the book's promotion blurb.
I don't usually read this genre. The plot sounded great just not my type of book.
Narrator sounded OK on the sample piece.
Audible needs to ensure that books are promoted to the intended audience.
After reading some of the reviews I was reluctant to purchase 'Revealing us', but in the end I had been waiting so long for this book to come out and really wanted to know if Chris and Sarah overcame all the was behind/ahead of them.
I am really glad I didn't take too much notice of the other reviews because this book was so good - it was well written and further expanded on the lives of those we have come to know over the past two books - or more if you have read Rebecca's Journal's.
Yes - Chris's secret may have not been what people were expecting but then for him it was a heavy burden to bear.
I won't go too far into the story because that would spoil it for others but I will say that the book is worth listening to - make your own assessment and don't be put off by the views of others.
I don't know of another book I have read that is too much like this one. I guess the closest would be the Blackstone Trilogy.
Grace Grant was excellent as always.
I wouldn't like to see this made into a film - so much is lost when a book is made into a film. I have my own interpretation of the characters in these books and I'm sure that they wouldn't be the same as how they would be portrayed in a film.
I noticed some reviewers were upset that there is another book to follow what they assumed was a trilogy. For me - I can't wait for Ella's story!
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