It was a typical Linda Howard, it has plenty of sex and suspense as well as a rugged and reserved hero and a strong and sexy heroine.
Susan Ericksen does such a good job engaging the reader that I had trouble putting the book down.
No but certain parts were so suspenseful I was anxious for a character and the first sex scene was . . . hot especially for Linda Howard.
This book is definitely worth a download.
I loved this book, I really liked the first three novels in the series and this one in particular is just so . . . sweet. If you are familiar with the series you are already familiar with our heroine Lillian Bowman, a spirited and tempestuous American that is out of place in the English countryside. Westcliff is a staid and bit stodgy lord that doesn't stand a chance against her. You probably already have a really good idea about how the story progresses but Kleypas's storytelling is so engaging that I found every minute of the mildly predictable plot enjoyable. I really enjoyed the relationship between the four women, especially between the two sisters. There is one scene in particular that made me giggle out loud. I really recommend this series and I especially encourage people to listen in order.
I continue to feel completely polarized by this series. I loved the first story and is still in my mind the best, each subsequent installment I have liked less and had a harder time grasping the connections and explanations the authors uses. I still enjoy the plots enough that I will see the series out and with only one more book that is not much of a commitment. In this story Aisling's relationship with her demon, lover and mentor all progress with a heavy does of hijinks thrown in. Parts of the story were a little dramatic for me but I wonder if I would have had the same issue if I were reading the books instead of listening. The Aisling in my head does not speak the lines the way the narrator reads them.
Which brings me to my main issue with this series. The narrator is awful. I really don't mind the way she voices every other character but the voice she uses to read Aisling is that of a heavy smoker and old lady. If that isn't bad enough she has this habit of swilling mucus noisily around in her mouth, you can hear her sucking it through her teeth and swallowing, I find it not only disgusting but distracting. Also in this installment there are some really weird pauses, long enough to make me check if my earbuds had become unplugged. I don't know how this was ever approved of the finished product. It saddens me that such a promising series has been torpedoed by terrible performances.
First of all this book contains self-harm triggers and if you are sensitive to those you should choose another book.
I understand the comparisons to 50 shades and the Crossfire trilogy, oh wait now it's not a trilogy, the similarities are overwhelming and maybe I would care if I had downloaded this book looking for literary ingenuity that would blow me away. Instead I got what I expected a sexy and thrilling listen that kept me engaged and wanting more until the very end. I did feel connected to both protagonists but I am glad there are more books because I feel that there is more to both of them that was presented in this novel. The "likability" factor for both Damien and Nikki is high and for me that is important.
I really like this series, that being said Ice Storm is my least favorite novel in the series. The narration was OK, I really enjoy the job Ms. Sands does in the later books and just don't enjoy the other narrators as much. This is the problem with picking a different narrator to preform different books in a series. She really had a difficult job, Killian's accent is a conglomeration of every accent ever and Isobel has an British accent except when she doesn't, like I said not an easy job.
The storyline had some minor issues with me. Going into the book I was unmotivated because I didn't feel connected to Isobel like I had with previous characters. She is complex and emotionally compartmentalized and although her background was explained in detail she didn't seem as mulch-dimensional as the other committee members had, to me. Killian also I don't feel like I really got to know, which in a weird way fits with his character. There were times in this book where it just didn't make sense to me that characters would do what they did and the motivation just didn't make sense, I had never felt this way during previous books. I did really enjoy how this plot pulled many of the other characters back into the spotlight, I really appreciated that. I would still recommend reading this book if you are following the series.
I want to start off by saying I love this series but the biggest drawback is the switching of narrators. My personal favorite is Ms. Xe Sands who voices the last two books and although Ms. Zackman does a passable job it just doesn't stand up to Sands especially when it comes to Reno and Taka. And most bizarre was the narrator giving Genevieve a British accent, this makes no sense.
This book has action and heat and quite a bit of sweetness to it as well. I really enjoyed the development of Taka's character. The plot is totally implausible an international man of mystery sent to eliminate a demure and innocent young lady but the characters seemed real. Ms. Stuart does such a good job developing these characters that situations that are off the wall and unrealistic seem explainable and make sense in the perspective of this novel. The interactions between Taka and Summer range from hostile, to sweet and innocent to passion overload to humor.
This book is worth a credit and if you have not read/ listened to the whole series they are all wonderful.
STOP before you listen to this book you need to know that Ms. Duvall COLLABORATED on a collection of novellas called "Predatory" and you need to LISTEN to that before you try this one. This made me kind of mad especially considering that the novella isn't even classified as part of the Immortal Guardian series but contains major plot developments for the series. I hate it when authors do that. I started listening to this story and it just didn't make sense the characters kept referencing a battle and there were unknown characters that were never explained and then I finally realized I had missed a story. I am really not happy about this.
Potter did an excellent job narrating this story, she really does an excellent job voicing all of the characters in the series. I enjoyed this book, perhaps not quite as much as the first three but I still really enjoyed it. Etienne is pretty predictable for a 200 year old french immortal guardian. His one quirk of using slang to make him seem not as old to his love interest was endearing. Krysta was a great character, a strong and funny heroine I really enjoyed her story. I think maybe I will give this story another listen after I have read the novella, I think I will like it more.
The narration was fine. There was noticeable differentiation between different characters, I could always tell who was talking. The voices Fortgang uses play into the characterizations Ms. Dahl has set up.
I was unable to really connect to this story but it was an entertaining enough first time listen, although I don't think I will go back and play it again. I found the characters to be predictable. Bad boy gone good cop/ lover, good girl/ little sister, hyper-responsible/ hyper-mature oldest brother and last but not least goof ball/ care-free middle child. This would be fine but there wasn't a whole lot more to these characters to set them apart from the stereo types they are made out to be. The story was cute and it had it's funny parts and it was racier than I had anticipated which I found to be a plus. I do appreciate that although this novel is part of a trilogy it was a stand alone story that had a nice resolution at the end and didn't result in a cliff hanger ploy to sell subsequent novels.
I'm not sure I would recommend paying full price for this book but if you happen to catch it on sale I think it's worth it.
If you liked the first novel, which I did, you will like the second one, which I did. I have to say the main plot, the one that she needs to resolve with her private investigation skills, to be contrived and a little predictable. But for some reason it really didn't bother me. I was so fascinated with what was going on with Reyes and Charlie's family and her cast of kind of assistants that there was plenty of other things to entertain me. By far my favorite parts of these novels are the chapter titles and Charlie's internal dialogue both of which have made me laugh out loud, even while running uphill which is really saying something.
I love Jennifer Crusie's novels, I just hate how short they are. Prior to getting into my critique of the story I want to address Stauffer's narration. This is the first time I have heard her narrate and within the first 15 seconds I was convinced she would butcher nit, her voice sounded scratchy and very young, in the next thirty seconds she had me hooked and kept me on the line the whole time. She really did a good job treading the humor in this book, she was able to deliver every punch line, I was very impressed.
I really connected with the characters in this novel. I don't know any other authors who can imbue every single person, as well as the animals, with depth, personality and wit (yes, even the dogs were witty) in 6 hours. Crusie is really very gifted. At one point one of the characters mentioned typing on a type writer and that really jarred me, that is how effortless this story is I didn't even realize it wasn't immediately contemporary. This is a wonderful story, and so so sweet, I wish I could listen to it for the first time again.
I want to start out by saying I love Linda Howard, her books are for the most part an automatic download for me. The only reason I have held off from listening to this series is the fact that the other books are so short, I hate the idea of wasting a credit of a 5 hour listen even if it is a Linda Howard. I took a chance and downloaded this one and loved it. You do not need to have listened to the other books in the series although it mentions some character I assume were previously featured this can definitely serve as a stand alone novel. I really enjoyed both Chance and Sunny. Everything about them and their story was an easy listen for me. While the obstacles standing in the way of their happily ever after are nothing innovative or unique I really enjoyed the entire listen. This download was full of passion and humor and I will definitely be listening to it again.
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