Story was not what I expected. More a political battle between two communes/ cult that supposedly have big clout over the world. The chemistry between the two started off hot but there was no other action. The sparks were there, but I like more action between the sheets. The writing was good the story original but too short, I believe the story could have been extended for a better book. I didn't realize it was the beginning of a series until after I had listened to it, so I will be getting the rest. Narration was good. Defiantly worth the price.
I have enjoyed Amanda Quick for some time now. I usually like her older work better and this book is one of her better attempts. If you have ever read Amanda Quick you know most of her books are similar to each other. This book has quirky characters, romance, some mystery, and of course a scandal. This is one of those books you read when you don't want anything too serious. Narrator isn't my favorite but she is better than a lot who try for Regency English accent.
The story line had potential, even if it took forever to get anywhere. The second half was way better than the first half. I debated giving up on the story, but I stuck in there and the story turned out to be okay. I couldn't get invested into the character, I knew some events that happened in her life but I felt like she was just going through the motions. I felt that the story was missing vital details such as when did the story take place, was this the future or an alternate time/place? If it was futuristic it should have explained how magic changed things to the current world better. I felt like the story line jump some and I was sitting there trying to figure out what was going on. The narrator sounded like she was forced to slow down and make her voice sultry/dangerous which was annoying. It didn't work out instead I was nodding off wishing I had a better book. In a way this book reminds me of Jennifer Estep Elemental Assassin series, so if you liked that one this series may be for you. The story was interesting enough that I will try the next book, especially since other reviewers say the series only gets better.
I hunger for more Tina Folsom books. I love the characters in her books. Tina Folsom manages to create a new crisis in her books and make it believable without over doing the story line. I did feel like Oliver and Ursula were more like children than adults which a little more off putting. It might have been because everyone was treating them like children. But overall I was very happy with this book. I'm curious to see how she will write Thomas's book. Not a whole lot of gay romance stories out there. Next I will try some of Tina Folsom's other series. Narrator was good.
Another great book for the Scanguards, although not my favorite of the series it is still very good. My favs are still Gabriel's Mate and Zane's Redemption. This series is very much a romance/vamp story so look somewhere else if you're looking for something hardcore fantasy. But if you like sexy men, smart women, and good sex this is your stop, start with Samson's Lovely Mortal. Narrator has changed from the first books, but I thought the new narrator did just as good of job as the last.
Great fantasy book where good and evil is sometimes easy to spot, yet hard to define. Here we learn more about the Underdark and the creatures and monsters that live there. The book starts off 10 years later from where it left off in Homeland. Drizzt finds new friends and still has old enemies after him to contend with. Again the world building is excellent. The first book is has a lot of different character building, in the second the focus is more on Drizzt and his perceptions. Author leaves off with the promise of new adventures for Drizzt and anticipation for the reader in the next segment of this trilogy. Narrator has a clear concise voice and is pleasant to listen to.
What happened to chapter 1, it threw me for a few chapters until I realized it had specific meaning later. I love looking at everything with a literal eye and how the meaning of things change from minute to minute. Obviously this is fiction but there are instances / mannerisms that are described in vivid detail that makes the listener feel like they are in Christopher's shoes. Life in Christopher shoes is very difficult, stuff the normal person takes for granted is something that is can be a huge obstacle for Christopher. Annoying narration, British accent drove me up the wall, he sounded whinny. Overall I enjoyed the book and had picked it up for my sister who has a child with a cognitive disorder, although that is different from Asperger's I did see some similarities with both.
I read this trilogy a while back upon my brother suggestions and I am happy I did. I look forward to the next two books because they were my favorite of the three. Drizzt is a great character and I love how he interacts with Guinevere. The world created by the author is very vivid and I can imagine it with great detail. This can sometimes be the fall of a fantasy book, but I believe the author expertly pulled this off in his dark elf series. I have also read a few of the other trilogies written by RA Salvatore and I recommend this author to all those who love a good solid fantasy book. No need to have a clue about the role playing aspect that has been mentioned in other reviews. I didn't know about any of that when I read the books and I enjoyed them immensely. Narrator does a good job.
Another hit for Tina Folsom. I loved this book. Along with Gabriel's Mate this is up there as being one of my favorites from this series. Defiantly read this series in order. If you like romance, hot vampires, and a great story you won't regret getting this series. I personally think bald men are sexy, as long as they go for it completely and not partially. I am impatiently waiting for the next books. I know at least 3 more are written, just a matter of time to get to audio format. So tempted to buy on my kindle and read first. Other authors I recommend if you like Tina Folsom are Thea Harrison, Larissa Ione, Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Nalini Singh.
Jayne Ann Krentz is an author that is a hit or miss for me. This one I would classify more as a miss, although not entirely sucky. The first couple hours did have me doing the head bob, but once he got into her bedroom things started to heat up. But the whole time, I was thinking how did he get in there? I might be a minority here but I'm not a fan of the Arcane society books, even though I usually am all about the paranormal. This book felt like a rip off of those. I am also not a fan of JAK modern day books, her characters are too yuppie for me to believe, but occasionally I find one on sale and try it again. I do like the Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick books, but then she had to ruin those by adding the Arcane into those too. If you like Jayne Ann Krentz books then you will like this one.
I'm not into the bdsm stuff that is all the craze now, but I have to say it works if it is from both sides and in small amounts. Only one part towards the end that I felt could have been left out and I would have like the book better. Of course I love this series. This is not my favorite book in it, but it is still awesome. The book defiantly starts out with a hate/hate relationship. Thea Harrison has great character development and over time Aryal and Quentin come together perfectly. The Dragon Bound series is an immediate download for me. I have enjoyed the narrator, which is the same one as the rest of the series. Read in order for max enjoyment.
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