I love this writer team. I love the series. They call this book a spin off because it does not feature the main romantic couple from the other books, but for those who have read any of the books after book 1, these are characters who have constantly been there and have independent, unique, and non-flattened personalities. This book is simply another great example of the solid writing style I expect from this author.
As for the reading, I enjoyed the entire performance. I love the consistency of having the same reader throughout the series. There is a wholeness, a consistency, with the performances that makes it easy to want to listen to the whole series everytime I think about listening to one of the books.
The first time I listened to the book, I was unthrilled by the plot line. In a lot of ways, it felt like this book was a passive plot line to link together sex scenes with none of my favorite characters from the rest of the series. It left me thinking "when does Jaun Claude get Anita again and what about the new and improved Richard and can we get rid of Asher yet." The reading was enjoyable, but the plot wasn't what I wanted.
Of course, then I had to go back and listen to the whole series from book 1 onward and realized that the book fits with the series. If you are looking for violence, sex, and violent sex the series is great, and this book continues the tradition. It brings in characters the come and go throughout other books without the shadow of the more central men. It continues to work toward developing the arcing conflict. It ties in some of the theories from the previous book. And while it will probably never be my favorite in the series, it was a good book as one installment in a great series.
That being said, I would said this is my number one series to recommend except the lack of an unabridged book 10. If you don't mind stopping half way through the series to read a paper book, get the whole series.
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