I am a big Linda Howard fan, but I could only give this book three stars because the character of Jake was just a bit too alpha for my tastes. I just can't condone physical violence against a woman, no mater how provoked a person is or how sorry they are afterward. I don't know that I've ever read a romance story where the male lead was violent against his love interest (while knowing she is pregnant, no less) and then expected to be forgiven (and bedded) without much effort on his part.
I did like the spunk and courage shown by the lead female (Victoria), but the fact that she was so easily controlled by sex just didn't seem to jibe with her otherwise good judgment. Is it possible to have sex so good that it makes you forget that your lover slapped you hard enough to almost break your jaw right after you tell him you are pregnant? If that kind of sex actually exists, it should come with a warning!
Another great chapter in the Maiden Lane series. The male lead of the book is hot, hot, hot!
I really loved Sedric as a secondary character in the first book of this series and couldn't wait to read his story in this book. OC has a way of making these characters come to life that is entertaining and flat-out sexy! I love a hot book just as much as the next person but there were almost too many sex scenes in this one with overblown (no pun intended) descriptions. My only criticism for OC is that she learn to liberally sprinkle the book with hot scenes rather than saturate it. But the narrator is FANTASTIC!
The behind-the-scenes look in the music industry was a welcome change in storyline from the cookie cutter romance stories. I love that every character in the story was flawed in some way which made them believable and interesting. So much better than the "perfect people finding each other" that is the basis of most romances. Mix that with laugh-out-loud humor and scorching heat between the sheets (or any other available location) and you have a winner. Looking forward to other stories in the series.
I love AS's "House of Rohan" and "Ice"series so I gave this a try. Not that great. The two main characters would never be attracted to each other or be together in anything but a romance novel. I kept reading because at least Griffin was sexy with his obnoxiousness. Sophie was just plain obnoxious and irritating. The story was predictable and disappointing.
I have been bored to tears by the generic story plots with romance novels so I liked the fact that this book was a bit different. But the narration is about the worse I have ever suffered through! Too bad, because the story itself is humorous, if a little hokey.
This book is quite a step up from Nora's last couple of trilogies and is worthy of her reputation. The story is original, the characters are well-developed and likable, and its nicely balanced with humor and heat. The narrator would not have been my first choice (Susan Ericksen would have rocked it!) but she did an adequate enough job that it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story. Thanks, Nora, for giving the people (your fans) what they want!
I read this book years ago when it was first released and am now delighted it finally came out in unabridged audio! This story encompasses all the elements of a great read without having to rely on the trendy gimicks of most books today. The storyline, humor and just the right amount of heat makes this one of my LH favorites.
I wasn't drawn to this book for the story as much as I was the narrator. Phil Gigante is magic! He did an excellent job protraying Kilraven, turing an otherwise disagreeable and sometimes downright unlikable character into someone who was occationallly hot and sexy!
I often tire of Diana Palmer's archaic way of protraying the male-female dynamic (which was
ridiculous and often insulting in this story), and I know I would not have finished listening to this book had it not been for my appreciation for Phil Gigante's work. Catch him in the "Highlander" series by Karen Marie Moning. What he does to a Scottish accent is sinfuly delicious!
I reallly liked the character development in this book for the most part, although I think Jane's issues were drawn out a little more than necessary. The book dealt with some pretty serious family issues with a realism that drew me in and held my interest. I'm used to Julia London's regency era novels, and experiencing her writing in a contemporaty setting was a nice change of pace. This story is definitely credit worthy.
I agree with the other reviewers that this was a good story, albeit a little predictible. However, the narrator was simply atrocious! She had no idea how to differentiate between characters, so Marco frequently came off sounding like a whinny girl rather than a hot, Latin hunk. She occasionally tried to incorporate a couple of accents (British and Spanish), but they were even worse than her regular voice! If the narrator either makes or breaks the story for you, definitely go for this book in print. It is a shame that the screening process for audio-book narrators does not weed out people who have neither the talent nor the voice for the job.
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