Three stories too short, lacking detail, and semi-bored narrator. Of course, the narrator didn't have much to work with, but still.... DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!
This is my first book by this author. The witty repartee of the H and h were the best. Listeners may disagree about whether their verbal sparring was always healthy or whether some of their disagreements and/or the amount of heat behind them were indicative of an unhealthy aspect in their relationship. But I didn’t read it like that. Though, it’s true that not all passion is positive, and this H and h certainly included some degree of force—mainly in words, threats—in their sex play, though not BDSM. Their sex scenes and sexual tension were a great combination of romance and eroticism. And the author did a great job of making them seem to be a perfect match for each other’s positive and negatives and each one having the ability to really know and appreciate the other. Though, by the time they got married, their barely controlled lust began to shift from cute and romantic to immature and irritating. Similarly, their after-wedding sex jitters and the H’s vulnerability was hard to buy, and, by the end, I tired of all of the clothes tearing and talk of hard sex resulting in the h’s walking difficulty, which seems too extreme to be sexy, much less desirable, especially when overused. So, overall, as the story progressed, I would’ve liked a bit more non-sexual romance as proof of their soul-mate-like connection. But I’m 43, so my wants on this point may be due to ageism.
There are two narrators, and I didn’t like that much. I didn’t like the male narrator’s storytelling. It might just be that, by the time he spoke, I had gotten accustomed to the female narrator successfully portraying both the H and h and didn’t like the change once the male narrator spoke as both. I don’t know why two narrators were necessary. I also think that I preferred the female narrator’s portrayal of the h so much more than the male narrator’s voice of Chloe, that switching between two narrators just didn’t work for me. Also, be forewarned, that there’s plenty of profanity used in this book. I don’t mind it, though it’s part of the juvenile flavor that began to appear and irritate. So steer clear if you do mind.
This erotic story didn’t work for me. The author failed to connect the past and present in a meaningful or purposeful way. The point of the romantic relationship’s timelessness was not substantiated. She would’ve done better just to situate the relationship in one time or another. It didn’t work at all. The sex scenes were not done well at all and were few. I think they may have had sex completely only once. Though talk of sexual arousal was constant. The author’s attempt to write about the h’s vaginal moisture from arousal—written about with more earthy language—as an erotic and desirous romantic aspect worked in the exact opposite manner, thereby making the h’s moisture an issue of concern and quite unappealing instead of desirous. And it’s not the issue itself b/c some authors do a great job at describing moisture from desire as a plus and use it to its erotic full effect. But not this author. It was but one example of how the author proved she does not know how to write erotica. As a result, it all came across as a 13-year-old’s attempt at writing about sex and thinking that certain words alone were what make some things sexy or erotic.
To me the worst of this story was the author’s continual and almost non-stop use of “once again” and “once more”. One example: “Upon entering the room, once more, Trea, heard what someone had come up with, a description of the ripper. Listening as she washed mugs, she noticed that everyone seem to think that he was a man of station....Trea thought of her gent once more and shivered….and just around dark, her uncle, once again, threw her out onto the street to work her ways once more. The fog wafting over the cobblestones once more….Floating in her own hazes, [yes the narrator said “hazes”]Trea relieved the chase once more over and over again as she fought to reach wakefulness once more….as she wiped the sleep once more out of her eyes…she saw it was going to be a beautiful day once more.” This passage lasted about 1 minute and 13 seconds and is but one small blip of the many, many times listeners are accosted with “once more” and “once again.”
And there were times that, b/c of the way the author put words together, I wondered about the author’s ability to write English. At times, the author’s syntax led me to wonder about whether or not English was her 2nd language and thus, the order of the words might make more sense in another language but be awkward in English. I will not pursue this author’s work again. There appears to be a reason why her short work is meaningfully cheaper than other authors' of erotic lit.
My overall score would be more like a 3.75. I'm a Rhyannon Byrd fan. And I largely liked this book and will likely read the next book in this series, which I hope is Alex's story. But, I didn't like it as much as I did her paranormal stories. And some of the problems with her paranormal story, especially redundancy, is the reason I don't read ALL of her books. Still I never regret purchasing one of her books.
In this book, there was a lot of redundancy. Things stated too many times in essentially the same way included talk about how Ben loves performing cunnilingus on Reese, how "sexy" Ben and Reese find each other, and how their kisses were "raw and explicit". It got old pretty quickly but didn't completely detract from the story, but that's likely because I give this author a lot of latitude because I'm a fan. And I like sex in my story, and there a plenty of raw sex in this book. And the sex scenes weren't as redundant in their total descriptions as were other aspects of the book. So that was good. And I really liked Reese. The journey to love was not too easy and made sense, though the ending was a bit of a push, an extreme, and not needed, IMO. And the entire relationship, practically, was based on great sex. Of course, this isn't the first book to base romance and forever after on sex. But I'm never a fan of and find it hard to buy HEAs based almost entirely on great sex and great pheromones. So I'm hoping that the stories in this series improve.
My experience of this book was only okay because it seem to be—both the story & the narrator’s depiction of it—at the highest level of emotional and mental intensity without end and not in a good way. Life generally works in ebbs & flows, and I just didn’t experience the book in that common and, apparently, at least for me, desirous way. One positive is the author’s verbal style; it added to the extreme nature of my experience of the book, but the high degree of explication & explicitness—not just sexually—was also a minor source of beauty. Though some might experience it as just wordiness or unnecessary descriptiveness. As a result of the level of intensity, what was depicted was less love and more an unhealthy interdependency. Plus, I quickly grew tired of hearing the dominating “endearment” Pet. Things improved some in the second half b/c it focused a little bit less on sex and much more on character development and answering questions about Marcus’ past, but this improvement was not enough to sustain or meaningfully ignite my interest. And Marcus’ history was pretty predictable just b/c, unfortunately, it happens too often in real life. That’s the last positive; the book is very plausible. I will likely not be returning to this author.
Yes, the book is hot and includes m/m, f/m, & f/m/m sexual encounters. But the story appropriately flows thereby not including any sex before the 1+ hour mark, which is saying something in a story so short. But once the sex starts, its presence is somewhat continuous, though I wouldn’t say that it was gratuitous. On the otherhand, I would say that the sex scenes were somewhat explicit than but also pretty short, with the exception of maybe the 1st and 2nd sexual interludes. I think there were 3 sex scenes altogether in the book. Those parts I enjoyed; it wasn’t a sex-with-no-plot book. However, I did find the story a bit implausible in its treatment of the h’s and her mom’s reaction to the m/m relationship during that historical time period and doubtful about the quickness with which the kids bonded with the two Hs. So I’m not sure if I’ll pursue more by this author, but I don’t regret the purchase. Finally, the book ends in about 4 hours with the last 23 or so minutes used to give the listener a preview of the next book; book 4 of the Brothers in Arms Series.
This is another retelling of an older boss’ attraction to one of his younger female employees, but he—the boss—is fighting the attraction, so his employee—who is also attracted to him—is unaware of her boss’ interest and the knowledge that he knows of her attraction to him. Though it’s not a new plot, the author does a good job with it. A sex club plays a part in this story, though there’s no BDSM. Instead, there's m//m/f sex & voyeurism.
I liked that the h is described, in part, as having attributes not commonly associated with female attractiveness; but I repeat that this is only in part. In other ways, it’s the same-o-same-o. I like that the h is strong and maintains that mental and emotional strength, which is also part of her appeal. The story is also plausible, which is good, and there are several times when the witty dialogue is smile-worthy, not laugh-aloud funny but definitely smile-worthy. The narrator does a good job with the characters’ voices, though nothing special. Generally, I always like this narrator.
But the story started to wane once I got past the half-way mark. The various sex scenes were somewhat repetitive and just got boring, and, don’t get me wrong, I like my sex scenes. I didn’t fully buy the ultimate loving relationship between the H & h, the boss & employee. I can’t put my finger on why. Plus, the angst and internal struggle of the boss begin to get old for me, and I lost interest in how the HEA would happen. The ending was good and made sense, but nothing more. So, altogether I was just underwhelmed. Not that I expected to be moved or have a transformative experience as a result of listening to this book, but it’s good when, even with romantic fiction, I’m left still smiling or thinking how yummy watching the story unfold was. And I just had nothing at the end. I didn’t regret buying this book, but I also wasn’t stirred to pursue this author again.
This story is more like a 3.75. It's HOT, so it's only for those, like myself, who don't mind explicit language. Though it's not chock full of sex scenes, nor or they gratuitous or repetitive, IMO. The sex scenes are also sensual and not just raw. So there's a level of romance that's yummy. Another good aspect of the book is it's thoroughness and depth within the storyline, which created a significant degree of realism and logic in this paranormal tale. Also, though I've listened to other books in this series, I don't think it's necessary to in order to enjoy this book. The narrator did a good job, especially with the British & Scottish accents, but there was little difference among the male voices and among the female voices. Still, it didn't detract from the story. It's just that the story was good but not memorable. You are left with a bit of a cliffhanger to spur us to get the next story, but you do know what happens in the end to the main characters in this story. So that's good.
To enjoy the book, you need to be interested in bloodletting or knife play as part of the process of arousal and climaxing. The main sexual relationship is not limited to female/male. The book consists of several, interconnected stories over several lifetimes; it’s the same people who are reincarnated with memory of their past encounters. The narrator didn’t work for me either. She had no male tone or voice, so it was very confusing. I generally could never tell who was talking. She also had little-to-no variety; essentially she used one voice during the entire book. And I hated the music in the background.
On the positive side, the author’s descriptive ability and her intriguing, and sensual way of phrasing provided a degree of listening enjoyment in spite of the aforementioned dislikes. And that’s really saying something considering how much I disliked this narrator’s performance for this book. She seriously detracted from my engagement with this story. Also, watching the H’s transformation was good, and the story was plausible, which was good. So things flowed well. Finally, returning to the negative side, this author should never, ever, ever, never use the word “Sweetie” ever again. Goddess knows I cringe at just the idea of hearing it again. This book is a lesson in overuse of a word.
With all of the explicit sex in the book, I certainly don’t mean that this book is for young people AT ALL! But, even though the H & h are in their mid 20s, they act very immature or very young, not centered and with wisdom that comes with age and experience. So the book isn’t bad, but, as a 40+ year old, it didn’t work for me. The angst and drama were of the very early adult sort. It’s likely because they were still undergrad students, though they were older. Another problem was that the immediate love was supposedly based on a “connection,” but that connection was, generally, only stated never shown. So it was mostly unconvincing and ultimately ended up being all about the sex which, again, is immature and not actually love at all. The book is broken up into 4 parts; it’s long. So, once the rosy part of the relationship shifts, some of the immature nature recedes. The one good part about it being so long is that you get a chance to see most of the relationship develop, though the book still could’ve been a bit briefer. I ended up fast forwarding a lot during the last two parts and didn’t seem to miss any critical part. It was good that there were two narrators, but I think the female narrator, b/c of her easy pacing, did a better job with all of the drama. The h’s mystery, once revealed, was not surprising, at least not most of it, given the hints we get along the way. The ending worked well.
Now I like sex in my book choices, but the H & h jumped into hard-n-heavy sexy within 40 minutes of the start of the book. Making an immediate connection & immediate attraction or totally reasonable, and even a one-night stand is. But all that went on in that first night of sex, before they even knew each other and knew what each one was down for, seemed implausible unless one is hooking up on Craig’s List or something. At least then, I assume folk know they are hooking up to get down and dirty & each person is down for whatever. That scenario just didn’t seem to work for the H & h. So a poor start to the book caused me concern. Add to that the h’s dialogue with her dog, and their ability to read each other’s minds, and I was tempted to stop listening before getting an hour into the book. More bad news is that all of the dialogue between the H & h center on sex but is suppose to exemplify a deeper, more meaningful connection, which it does not. There is no balance of the sex with romance, with courting, with wooing, with the unveiling of each other to the other. It’s all so superficial, and therefore, unconvincing of it representing a connection, much less love. Too, the h was presented as a woman who added insight and strength to the H’s team, and I just didn’t buy it. The examples used to make her appear as an added benefit were things that any person would know or see; no insight was necessary. Little worked in this story for me. I forwarded through much of the last part and was just happy when it was over.
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