This book started off pretty slow but I finally got into it about half way through. The premise is cool and I really enjoy the taste of the south that's brought to light very well throughout the story. The narration is pretty good.
The part that I found frustrating was that by the time I got to the end of the book and she was putting all the pieces together to figure out 'who-dun-it', I couldn't remember who the people she was talking about were. Some of the most important people in the end of the story were only mentioned a few times here and there and remained mostly on the periphery of the rest of the book.
I also wasn't terribly impressed with the romance part of this book. The male main character seems like he could be a good fit for the female, but I didn't 'feel' much chemistry between them.
This book had great potential but the narration was just awful. The woman sounded like a robot being super careful to pronounce every single letter in a word. It was like she was either talking to a child or someone who didn't know english very well. I had it on 1.5x speed and her speech was still too slow. The man sounded more like a teenager than a 28 year old billionaire. I don't mean his voice, I mean the the character was portrayed. Anything remotely sexual brought out the high pitched 'I can't believe this girl wants to touch me there' type of voice that just was not alpha or masculine at all.
Aside from the narration ruining the book for me, the story was decent. The conflict was different than others I've seen and I've read a lot of romance. I felt like there was a bit too much self doubt in each character and that they caused more problems then they needed to by simple lack of communication and listening to what each was really saying.
I love, love, loved this book. I cannot come up with a single thing about this book that I disliked.
It starts off somewhat touchily as we're dealing with a female character that is believed to be crazy. That's not a normal starting point for a romance novel.
I did a lot of sad & sappy crying during this book. The fact that it sucked me in so thoroughly and brought out such strong emotions, to me, makes it even better. If you're not into the emotional read then maybe this isn't the best option for you. As emotional as it was though, it wasn't a heavy read at all.
But I'm not happy with it at all at this point. I don't think it can be redeemed with only 2 hours left to go.
I've really enjoyed the previous 3 books for the most part. My biggest problem with this series has been a couple of constants. First, 'typical' submissive women are portrayed as spineless, sniveling, doormats. The strong, sharp tongued, bratty women who wind up as submissives in the series are way more typical of submissives I know. Second, the insistence of the men in the series that the woman of their choosing is really a submissive and she just doesn't know it and if only the big strong Dom would come in and show them, they will (or should) jump straight into the lifestyle with no qualms. Not only is this incredibly unrealistic, but also chauvinistic and insulting.
Having stated those two generalities, this book in particular has gone so far above and beyond the pushy Dom that it's moved into bullying. The woman only 'gives in to her submissive side' during sex and only after being pushed passed her 'no' point. Admittedly, she's written to really enjoy some of the aspects of submissiveness and she never uses her safe word. But, it's just too much for me and I've become frustrated to the point that I wish she'd kick him to the curb and find an actual caring, loving Dom who trusts her as much as she should trust him.
I'll get off my soapbox now.
But, still worth the read. This is a very erotic story, just like the previous 2. I like that the female character was strong but feminine. She was a bit too ... openly sexual(?) for me, but it makes for a good erotic story.
The male character was just a bit too tortured and determined to resist a relationship all the while continuing to sleep with her. It smacked of objectification.
Also, while I complain of her 'open sexuality', he takes it too far. Constantly thinking about how she must be sleeping with other people.
If this review seems disjointed, it probably is. There was a lot of flip flopping and frustration and stringing along in the book. It was still good, but some of the more negative things could have been handled better.
This is historical & paranormal and it's pretty good. The historical part only really distracts (at least for me) in the language used.
I was very happy with the narrator's accent, but didn't like his female voices.
The story its self is pretty good. There are things that made me stop and go ... wait... what? but those were easy enough to get past and just enjoy the overall storyline. I'm somewhat concerned about where future books in this series might go. They've set up a very powerful 'bad guy' and if they don't get the 'good guys' up to speed in a fast but believable way, the storyline will go downhill fast.
I'll definitely be reading the next book though and have added some other 'Highland' type series to my wish list after listening to this one.
Seriously, this is not where I thought I'd be at this point in the series. Everything was going so well.
Beware that the beginning of this book may make you hesitant to keep reading. It does go somewhat implausible (more implausible, considering it's a paranormal romance?) in premise.
That said though, the story between the two main characters is good. I did like that they'd met each other so long in the past and that their chemistry lights right back up as if they hadn't been apart for 200 years.
I've really enjoyed this series, but do think that it needs to be wrapped up soon. Jacquelyn Frank has kind of written herself into a corner by the end of this book.
This book actually started at the end of the first one. Though the first part of this book recaps what happened during the last part of the previous book, I'd encourage you to read them in order. It'll give you a better idea about what's happening, why and who the characters are.
Regarding the actual story, it's good, but not as good as the previous. This one starts to go in depth on some of the side characters and organizations that are involved and it kind of all gets muddled. Or it did to me. I'd rather focus on the main characters and worry less about the machinations of separate entities that are only somewhat relevant. However, by the end of the book, I did see the tie in to all the side stuff and that will lead us into the 3rd book nicely.
For me, the taste of the 3rd book was the most enticing part of this book. But again, it's worth the read just not my favorite.
They're an amazing combination for this series. I don't think a better narrator could have been found. The voices, accents, and emotions portrayed make a great book & great series even better.
I'm sad that this is the next-to-last book. Hopefully other books from Jacquelyn Frank will be as good and I can content myself with them.
I highly recommend every single book in this series. Be sure to read them from book 1. They're all exciting, fun, funny, sweet, romantic and sexy.
Still enjoying this series and looking forward to continuing to listen to them.
Despite what some have said in their reviews, I enjoy Jim Frangione's narration. I'm finding, oddly to me, that I like male voices narrating romance novels. It's not something I'd have thought I'd enjoy.
Rhage is the topic of this book. When he gets mad, his demon takes over and... it's not pretty. So, the book was good in general, the plot was good, etc. The best part, though, is when Mary meets Rhage's beast and totally tames him, bringing Rhage back to sanity and accepting him as he is, ugly beast parts and all. It's very touching and really puts this book over the top as a definite must read.
This was definitely one of the best of this series so far. It had been so long since I'd read one of these books, that I thought it might take me a while to get back into it and remember the world. But, it sucked me in and I found myself not wanting to do anything but listen. It twas like coming home.
The two main characters here are both so believable and real. The 'formula' for most romance novels is of course, that some flaw or outside influence comes between the two characters and they have a serious argument that threatens their relationship. This book somewhat goes against the normal formula though. While there is an outside influence that threatens their relationship, they don't fight or split up willingly.
I found myself so emotionally invested in this couple by the end that I was crying and then laughing and crying at the end. Normally, I'm mentally 'glad' for a couple when it works out, but this one was like watching my best friend or favorite cousin fall in love.
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