I'm totally in the minority here. I look at the sea of reviews, and I am practically an island on this book. The beginning, I was there. My heart was aching. I wanted to root for the couple.
Then, I listened to more (it was the audiobook version.) *Sigh* The beginning was the highlight, it only went downhill from there. Let me first start this autopsy by naming the subject, Lanie- from this point on in the review she will be named Doormat. She's supposed to be this eager marketing intern trying to get her foot in the door to land her dream job. Now, I always thought of a marketing rep to essentially be a salesperson for the masses. In theory, if you are to 'land that dream marketing job' you should be a good salesperson. Doormat even thought it herself. I'm sorry, but Doormat was not a salesperson. She had no backbone, she was so naive that her ears much have been constantly wet behind them, and she was an absolute doormat. I guessing you can tell how much I 'like' her.
Now, enter broody, bipolar rock star. He was her first everything, and she broke his heart in high school. There's some more standard rock star background... blah blah blah. OK, so she broke his heart- in high school. I've heard of people finding 'the one' all the way back in high school, but it's far from the norm. So he's a grade-A prime horse's rear end trying to scoop out her heart at the beginning. Not swoony. Not attractive. I don't care how talented and rockin' and rich you are, he went above and beyond to be a cold hearted snake. Then, true to form for the whole book, he flip-flops back and forth. Hot then cold - Don't run away from me but stay here while I take off and don't tell anyone where I am - Double standards out the wazoo - No. Just. No. I didn't see anything to swoon over. He was running when he should have been talking, seducing when he should be laying it out with an honest conversation, just plain being a dick about the way he does anything... and I'm supposed to swoon when he does a few sappy songs? I'm not even attracted to the guy. He's an *bleep*. Not an alpha character that pisses me off but makes me melt... no, he just gives off douchebag vibes, has a double standard for Doormat and just - ugggg! He's an *bleep*hat. A douchecanoe of the highest order that needs to be made to sing soprano with a swift kick in the nads.
What did he see in Doormat? I think a peek into his head could have really, really helped this book. We have no idea why he's all contractions all the time. I am just SO PISSED at the characters and the story. Finishing the book, and ESPECIALLY finding out everything behind all the brouhaha, I was in a bad mood and muttering, "Bullshit" every few minutes. I wanted it to end, just to put me out of my misery. I'm on the fence as to continuing the series at all. Is it just this story, these characters, that I am loathing? I sure don't know. Many have read a loved it, but not this island. My island far, far away from that drama llama couple... but I didn't hate Riff, so maybe there is a chance for trying out another book.
I wish I could blame it all on the narrator, but she wasn't bad. Not great, but not bad. Instead of a book hangover, I got book rage. I need a glass of wine just to get my mood out of that Doormat funk. Maybe even a shot of tequila.
I finally sucubbed to the the entreating invitation of this book to "Come Away with Me"... and I did not regret it one little bit. The narrator, I'll admit took some getting comfortable with. At first I was rubbed the wrong way by the higher pitched tones... but by the end I was logging onto Audible to see about book #2.
It's like taking Love Unscripted and chopping at least a third out of the book, and adding maybe like the family interaction fron Fifty Shades (I'm NOT saying this is 'like' 50 overall, so get your panties out of a bunch), maybe adding a little dash of Abbi Glines... OK, I'll stop with the comparisons and mix-and-match analogies. If you like hot, steamy, a *tiny* bit predictible, female with normal everyday body issues, and dozens upon dozens of flowers - I'd recommend giving this romance a try.
I will eagerly be listening to book #2 sometime in the near future, and plan on continuing the series. I don't know why I waited so long to give this a chance.
I've listened to this narrator before, and I like her well enough. Not outstanding, not horrible, gets the job done in a pleasant way. This is more of a mystery/thriller/romance, which I don't really have a problem with.
Now I'm not overly familiar with 'cop' stuff, and investigations... but it SURE seemed like 'civilian' people were given TONS of 'sensitive' information, and overall I was just left with a *Meh* kind of feeling.
I also think part of my problem is the number of characters and how some characters are referred to by first name, then in the next chapter by their last name. I was having to 'work' to keep people straight, and I don't think it's a narrator issue. Will I listen to it again? Likely not. Like a kiss, it was serviceable and warm, but no toe pop, no fireworks, no tingles down to my hips. It was like an awkward first kiss. OK, but could have been better.
So, I had mixed feelings on this one. It's a ROCK SOLID 4 ♥'s, maybe even a smidge extra... but I didn't love it as much as book #1 in the series. First of all, for some bizarre reason (my fault totally) I thought this book would be about Taylor's sister. Can't fully explain why I thought that... but I was TOTALLY lost at the beginning trying to figure out who the main character was! Granted, I shouldn't blame the book for my misunderstanding, but I am so there.
Second, I'm getting a little burned out by virgins. Really I am. It's a novelty to find a college 'New Adult' female that is also a virgin, and with how often I'm seeing it in books... I'm just ready for a break, let's say.
I also wanted more banter. With these romance books, especially when the couple is fighting their attraction for whatever reason... there was much interaction and banter, but I still wanted more. I'm greedy like that.
Overall, if you enjoyed Chelsea M. Cameron's other books, then you will likely enjoy this one, too. I doubt it will replace your favorite title, however. Solid read, and even re-read potential... and I do have to give a tiny extra bit of love for the redheaded character. OH- and the BEST 'sex' line ever: (I'm paraphrasing) "He wants to put his basilisk into your Chamber of Secrets!" And the multiple Buffy watching in the book. Hat's off for those, and they kept a smile on my face.
I received a free eBook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, but also purchased an audio copy myself because I had loved the first book in the series so much.
So, so sad. No more Cat & Bones....
Now, in general I've given the entire series (and spin-off) 4½-5♥'s. Yet the final book I only gave 4. Well, it's the last book, and that bums me out, and I can't help but let that affect me. But... while it wasn't bad by any stretch, and going into the book I hadn't really 'guessed' what this would be exactly about... but I guess the plot curve balls WAY in advance. WAY in advance. Like saw them coming a freakin' mile away. Like I said, not bad, I did enjoy it... just wished it wasn't so transparent.
Also, there is ALOT of previous minor character crawling out of the woodwork. Not as many as Dead Ever After (for example)... but there are more than one face you've seen before and it was nice to see them again. However, I was missing some of the 'gems' from the past that didn't make the cut into this story. So, it's both a good, and disappointing part of the story.
The narrator was the same throughout, and while I enjoy her performances (I don't think they detract from the books) it seemed like as we go further into the series she (Tavia Gilbert) seems to get a little more melodramatic with her performance. I'm all for drama in narration, makes for some good 'reading', but it was reaching epic heights. Can't say I'm upset about getting a break from that particular narrator, though I won't avoid her performances in the future.
Overall, if you're a fan of steamy, vampy urban fantasy with a helping of romance and drama... I'd say pick up the Night Huntress series. If you're already a fan, I'm guessing you've already gotten your hands on this last installment of the series- enjoy it! Can't WAIT for the final Night Prince book- LOVE me some Vlad!
No, no I would not- unless I knew they adored 'cheating' romances. I also have no intention of ever listening to this book ever again.
There are moments that I connected, and I was drawn into the book- but it's more like a car wreck you can't help but drive slowly and gawk at. The timeline bounces around, so part of the 'end' isn't really even the 'end'... I've read other books that use this technique that I liked but I feel it wasn't necessary in this case. I feel keeping some of the major revelations within the time frame that they happened would not have negatively impacted the narrative.
There were some conversations I had trouble following. I don't feel the narrator separated the voices for Kyle, Em, or Luke enough (in some instances, at least) and I was left confused. 'Who said that? Who is talking right now?' ran across my thoughts more than once.
Her voice 'worked' for the main character, and she was easy to listen to overall, but Serena being the narrator didn't help the book either. Some books, even if I'm not completely won over by the story- I'll be won over by the narration. Not so in this case. She wasn't 'bad' but was far from 'great'
Umm... I don't know that there was anything that could be done to 'fix' this. I just didn't care for the characters or the story. I was frustrated a majority of the time I listened. So... I guess the only way it could be irresistible is to pick a different book?
Just when I think I can like different characters for different reasons... *Gah* I can't even properly communicate this. OK- there is a quote in the book, where one character calls another a "dirty penis head". Well... for me, everyone, and I do mean everyone (yes, Luke too) is a "dirty penis head" in this book. I know I'm probably going to have some hardcore Luke lovers going after me on this- but I call them like I see them, and even he became a douchebag more than once. Repeatedly.
Surprisingly enough, yes. I listened to the first book and fell in love with the narrator (especially as the voice of Zuzanna) and tried to read a signed hardback I got... I still 'heard' the narrator's voice in my head and just couldn't continue with just reading it in black and white. Although, the one down side... I still have next to no idea how to spell some of these funky names!
I like all the voices the narrator does- it really makes it easy to know who is speaking and following along with the story. The accents are lovely, and just the writing is so vivid with imagery. It's beautiful but almost frightening.
The near 'bladder tea' incident. Seems odd just saying that, but when you get there, you'll know. It was funny as all get-out. And there was another moment... all I can say is I was chanting "Die! Die!" and I am NOT generally a violent person. I was like a demented cheerleader.
It's DARK, it's emotional, it's sad, it's frustrating at times... it made me laugh, it made it tear up, it made me scream in frustration, and cheer on a murder. It's like a manic roller coaster ride, and I loved it.
My one issue... I was sick of the angels. Weird, right? But I was... all that background, I was getting bored a time or two.
I haven't read the print version, only listened to the audiobook, so I don't have a comparison. I do, however, feel the humor may haven fallen a little flat without the narrator's raspy voice. I enjoyed her performance and I think it added to the overall entertainment of the book.
The voice of Jim was a hoot, very funny.
She sounded kind of like Kathleen Turner from Romancing the Stone and I really enjoyed the accents.
More of a 'fluffy' middle of the road 'happy place' book.
I will definitely be checking out the other books (and possibly audio books) in this series...
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