I loved the ensemble cast and feeling of family and connections between characters. The main love story was well developed and worth the wait for the very hot love scene. I often get bored with characters that are too perfect, but the perfect men in this story were just too good to get bored with. I can't wait to hear more of this story in previous and later books.
Elizabeth Hart is a great narrator. This audio version is sooo much better than reading, because I feel like I am in the room while Nora tells her story. It is so much more enjoyable to hear the accents and voice inflections than imagining it from words on a page. Also I can listen while driving, walking or doing repetitive work around the house. A good audio book makes mundane tasks so much more interesting and tolerable. Besides, no one knows what a great BDSM scene I just listened to while picking up veggies in the frozen food section. They probably think my sly smile is for the peas.
I love everything about this book, but I loved Nora's speech near the end and the whole way Ms Reisz structured this book between past and present. She ended this book without ending the story brilliantly. Ms Reisz is a talented writer and is getting better with each book. I should be sick of these characters by the 5th book or the plot should be waning or the conflict contrived. But Nora and company just get more interesting, the plot more engrossing and the conflict so intoxicating that I can't wait to read/hear/know more. I must say it again - BRILLIANT.
Yes. Especially the at the end.
I want to hear more of it all.
With a dialog driven story like Scandal Wears Satin and other Loretta Chase stories, a good audio performance makes the printed words come to life. Overall, a funny highly entertaining book to enjoy in audio. I laughed out loud frequently and couldn't stop smiling hours later.
I love all Loretta Chase books and this "dress maker" series is similar to her others with great character insight and highly entertaining dialog. If you read her previous books in print it is well worth the price to hear them in audio as they become available.
Especially when multiple accents are involved and words less familiar to the modern vocabulary, the distinct voices and proper pronunciation featured in dramatic narration help keep the plot rolling as well as enhancing the listener immediate understanding and subtle insights often only descernable through vocal inflection. With phonetic writing the reader is forced to slow down to imagine how the accented dialog sounds losing the pacing of the conversation and some of its meaning and impact. This narrator is great with accents and distinctive female voices. Her male voices are passable but sometimes sound alike. Even so, her dramatization is excellent and brings the story to life.
The romance is heartbreaking, sensuous and satisfying. All the I-team books are fantastic, but this one has the most emotional extremes of happy and sad, fear and fantasy, good and evil, passion and penance. I love Pamela Clare's novels because she knows how to craft her characters to be exceptional but sympathetic, the plots extreme but believable, and really tell the story. But even the greatest literature can be butchered by a bad narration and I have to compliment the author for choosing one of the best audio book performers in the business, Kaleo Griffith, to make her books even better in audio book form. Bravo!
I liked this love story because it didn't have the usual "hate each other" or contrived misunderstanding conflict that is prevalent in most romance novels. The couple seams perfect for each other from the beginning and after some witty and fun dialog, they fall in love and fulfill their desires. It is perfect romance that works. The author does a good job of making you feel the excitement of saying the words "I love you" for the first time even though the characters have no doubt they are coming. It just feels good and made the fairy tale real for me.
The story ended too soon. I wanted at least two more chapters and an epilogue to fulfill expectations of the plot.
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