This was my first book from this author, and it will be my last. The mystery did not captivate me. I could care less who ends being the culprit. And there were parts of the mystery revealed about the murdered person's life that just didn't add up.
Though the one sex scene was hot, with a degree of explicitness, it was fast and had no level of romance or sensuality. And I like hot erotica. And that one scene happened in the last 16 or so minutes of the book. Then the book ended with no reference to the mystery but some unrelated info about the female main character's past love. I know the mystery will continue, but it didn't leave a cliff hanger about the mystery but, instead, some obscure past act. I guess it might refer to an incident in another book; I don't know, but it seemed out of place. So the book just didn't work for me at all.
Overall, my score is more like a 2.75. Still, this story was okay to me. I listen to plenty of romance and erotica, and this story seemed to be an attempt to straddle both lanes. And the attempt wasn’t an utter failure. The setup of the romance was plausible and worked, though it wasn’t a new plot—a brother in love with his brother’s wife/widow. Still, it didn’t come across as stale, but it also didn’t shine anything new on that idea either. And it’s been done better elsewhere, I’m sure.
What I liked: (1) the attraction between Taylor and Jace and their struggle to admit and express it were done well; Taylor’s constant fluctuating between “we can’t” and “I will” became tiresome at times, but Jace’s sort of calling her on it and being steadfast in his desire helped to sell her action as part of the story; (2) the author made good use of the mysterious and fatal family incident to keep the story moving and to require me to continue with the story to find out exactly what happened; and the answer worked and wasn’t too little or too much; sometimes the build-up leads to a big letdown, but not here; (3) and the sex scenes were somewhat hot and plentiful, though they were also very fast and short and not sensual, which is hard to write; they were primarily just sexual and barely romantic.
What I disliked: (1) the phone sex was sort of inept, sort of juvenile; (2) the combination of Jace’s prudishness and rawness didn’t work for me; he could say p*ussy and f*ck but then said “You are so pretty down there,” as though he was uncomfortable giving “down there” a name; too, he said “tush” instead of a** when referring to Taylor’s butt against his c*ck, which he also had not problem saying in that exact same reference; it made Jace’s character inconsistent and hard to buy completely; (3) the narrator’s voice for Jace’s parents were irritating, especially for the father; and (4) the story wrapped up a bit too easily for me, especially in light of the very tight family unit described herein.
I don’t regret purchasing this story, but I’m unlikely to try this author again. It was a short story, which may or may not have contributed to me not being vested in either character or the larger extended family. And the ending was no surprise. I don’t mind stories that are essentially all about sex, but I expect a bit more when they are trying to bring romance and a HEA into the mix as well, which was this author’s attempt in this story. And, if it’s all about sex, then the sex scenes need to be more than 5 short sentences.
Okay, I had to try this author and narrator combination again to see if my first and previous impression was just good luck. I’m happy to say that this combination is the best thing since chocolate and peanut butter or, better yet, strawberries and chocolate. And this combination is calorie free while being oh-so-delicious!
Once again, we have a historical romance with immense sensuality and erotica. And the sex part of the story, like most, if not all, brief erotica, covers one sexual encounter. I dare you to find one thing this narrator says as the male character that’s not sexy. A smile or smirk sits on my face during the entire story. And this one, unlike Just One Night, has a bit of wit and deceit and more seduction, which just upped the yumminess factor. Also, like Just One Night, we are left with only the possibility of a HEA but not the certainty, which I enjoy. I think it’s more realistic.
Though I loved almost every aspect of the story, there are some things that would’ve made it even better for me. I know the story is short, but I wish that Grace struggled a bit more before acquiescing. And I never like it when the uncomfortable aspects of anal sex for a woman, especially the first time and most especially for a virgin, go unacknowledged. This time, the h, Grace, asked if it would hurt, and Simon, the H’s response was, “I’d never hurt you.” That’s not an answer to the woman’s question; so just acknowledge this aspect of anal sex, at least. Finally, I wish the listeners/readers were privy to how Simon’s deceit was overcome after his tryst with Grace ended.
Still, the absence of these items on my wish list does not detract from the story and my thorough enjoyment of it. My $3 has never been better spent on Audible. So I eagerly await more of this author and narrator combination.
This story is good erotica with a bit of romance, which I liked. The story was quite plausible, and the sensual nature of the story oozed as a result of the great work of the narrator. He really made the story. I also liked that it was historical erotica. The story is a good combination of sensuality and some rawness, which showed up primarily in the rare use of p*ssy and some reference to sexual/ arousal fluid, so to speak. I just wish the story was longer. I will be on the lookout for a continuation of this story and/or more from this author, as long as the same narrator is used too.
This book was too similar to Madeline Sheehan’s Undeniable, book 1. Still, there were some good and bad aspects to this biker and average-girl-with-a-great-body love story, but, for me, there were more things I disliked than liked. I liked the bit of Tyra’s, the h’s, wittiness, though I wasn’t sure, for a long time, whether or not the parts that I thought were very mildly smile-worthy were intentionally that way. I’m still not totally sure.
I didn’t like the narrator’s voice for the H, Tack. I also didn’t like the form that Tack’s alpha-manness took. Too often he told Tyra what she wanted and what she liked and rarely listened to her when she said he was wrong. I also didn’t like the hands-iness of Tack. He grabbed Tyra often. I like alpha male characters, but that aspect of his character was problematic for me. But I liked that Tyra complained about it at times, and I liked her not always acquiescing and acknowledging, at times, that his man-handling wasn’t always good. But, in the end, of course she believed he was right, and she was grateful that he really knew even when she didn’t. Egads! So, in the end, her strength was just a sort of ruse. Give me a break! So overdone! Too, the relationship disagreement between Tyra and Tack seemed manufactured in order to have conflict in the story.
I also didn’t like what the author deemed a biker-gang way of speaking. It was too reminiscent of what the early cavemen might have sounded like when first constructing and learning language. There were sentences that were more like phrases, and a lot of repetition in the sense that the author all-too-frequently uses the writing technique of having the character repeat a phrase or statement in succession. It’s quite irritating and seriously overused. It went from the bikers to some of the other characters, like Tyra’s Uncle Marsh, briefly. Arrrgh!
In general, I don’t like stories that are based on what amounts to the male chasing the female, tossing her over his shoulder, carrying her to his lair and living together happily ever after. I get a person being pursued, and even enjoying the pursuit, but I really dislike stories based on that type of engagement being taken to the extreme. I mean, how many times in one story is it enjoyable to hear the h say “let me go” or “get off me” and the H respond with “no”, of course, or the h say “you’re scaring me” and the big, macho man respond with “I’ll cut my arm off before I ever hurt you” or “you’re not scared”? I’ll tell you, not many, and, on some days, none. And an entire story based on this back-and-forth is truly un-enjoyable.
Be warned that p*ssy is used occasionally, just in case that’s a problem for the listener. I decided to give this author a try, falling for the great book reviews like so many others, I’m sure. Initially, I managed to ignore the good reviews because I really felt more inclined not to buy one of this author’s books. I wish that I had stayed with my first mind. But oh well; live and learn. Now that I have learned, I will not be returning to this author.
This story is not erotica. It had 2 vague, semi-explicit, very brief sex scenes & only in the early part of the story. Instead, the story spent way too much time on a talking-cat. Then it skipped to another land, presumably “wonderland,” and I was lost until several minutes later. And by then, I didn’t care. So I struggled to even follow the story. More than once, I wondered if this story was a combination of tales. This take on Alice on Wonderland failed utterly. And, to make things worse, the narrator’s over-pronunciation of T’s was excruciating, otherwise he was okay. I listened to the entire story in hopes that it would improve and to have my review be of the whole story. And yep, it was bad…consistently.
This book is so good I struggled to know where to begin to talk about it. As the opening of the story indicates, an important and wonderful theme throughout the story is the role of Killian’s ethnic history and folklore. If you don’t like that sort of thing—though I dare you not to like it in this story and told by this great narrator with the engaging lilt—then you will likely not enjoy this story as much as I did. Another great aspect of the story is the characters and their full development interpersonally and intrapersonally. You get a clear picture of the world, of what’s going on, and are able to answer some “why” questions, to understand. This book is a moderate thriller combined wonderfully with an aspect of drama at its best. That’s what makes the so good. It’s a combination piece just like real life is. And the balance of the two genres really works. Also, there are no big coincidences that authors so often use to tie things together. This book is entirely plausible and therefore, enjoyable. And the narrator only adds to the great experience of this book. I don’t really have a complaint, but I will say that this is a story that doesn’t really jump out of the gate. It’s a story that improves as you get into it. So it takes a bit of time to see how good it is. I think that’s both good and bad about the story. And, be warned that the ending is unbearable, gut-wrenching and superb. I could go on, but I won’t. You get the gist. Get the book.
This story is more a sensual novel than an erotic novel IMO. No sexual encounter occurs until half-way into the 2nd half of the story, though sex is talked about as lessons. But the talk is not explicit and uses more euphemisms and implied statements to maintain some respectability for the h. I tired of the H’s (Ramiel) Arabic nickname for the h (Elizabeth). And I tired of everything the H said being spoken in a slow, sensual, languid rate. Even though seduction was most of this story, and thus, the languid vibe was appropriate, it seemed overdone after a while. No one talks to their lover like that all of the time; do they? It could just be me. The surprise conclusions were good and not completely foreseen, at least not in the way or to the degree that the author reveals it. Overall, it’s a good story; it’s plausible and written well. But I didn’t rush to the story each day, nor did it stay with me afterwards. So….
Overall, it's really more like a 2.5.
This story is hilarious. Be warned that much of the humor centers on vagina talk in many, many, many forms in almost all situations from both the male and female characters, and in reference to theirs and others; there is no end. And the f-bomb is dropped constantly. But the story’s joviality began to wear thin for me eventually. Everything in life is not funny or joke-worthy. So I wish there was more of a balance between humor and seriousness and that everything coming together didn’t happen so easily. An example of the former is when Gavin, a 4-yr-old, consistently said very inappropriate things; that quickly went from funny, the first few times, to concerning when it was presented as his natural way of reacting and behaving continuously with little-to-no consequences. And the attempts at humor were, many times, juvenile, frat-boy or college-party-girl type of funnies, so it didn’t always work for me but might for someone else. An example is how so many of the topics and issues in the story were boiled down to and connected with the act of intercourse, as though it was the lens through which almost everything in these characters’ lives was viewed. It was disconcerting and tiring after so much of it. This occurred while watching “Finding Nemo” and discussing concern over the issue of loss in kids’ movies, but it turned into how to have sex with a mermaid. Really?! And the 4-yr-old’s funny episodes focused on him saying sexual things or connecting with it somehow (i.e. asking to see his mom’s breasts and other statements about breasts, asking if he has a vagina, spreading diaper rash cream all over and trying to do the same thing with sex lube, playing with his mom’s vibrator while thinking it’s a toy). Enough is enough, but the other didn’t seem to even try to find a balance away from juvenile humor. Other things I struggled with in this story included my view that some of what Carter—the H in the story—said did not ring authentic for the vast majority of 20-something, heterosexual, “all-American” males. And the narrator did a poor job with Carter’s voice. Very often I was confused and didn’t realize she was speaking as Carter b/c the narrator used more of a feminine voice, especially when voicing Carter’s inner dialogue. Similarly, I thought the narrator’s voice didn’t match well to the story’s h, Claire, whose age ranges from 19-24, or so, in the story, is a very frequent “social” drinker and party girl of sorts, and jokester. The narrator sounded much older. Still on the narration, the narrator did a mediocre job with the voice of Gavin, the 4-yr-old male, and varied in her characterization of him as though she was aware of her struggle to do him justice too. I liked that both Claire and Carter’s views were given throughout the story and, often, on the same issue. So I got both sides. And the sex scenes, about 3 altogether, not including dreams, were okay. The scenes were detailed but not explicit and without “earthy” terms.
As an aside, a word to the narrator, learn how to pronounce Kanye, as in the author’s important reference to Kanye West when talking about rap music. I almost called the book quits after the narrator failed to pronounce his name correctly, which completely and utterly destroyed the author’s point. I hate when narrators’ mispronounce critical words in story. It also brings into question whether the narrator is the right choice for such a story with many youthful and culturally diverse references.
I was happy when it was over and have no plans to seek out this author again. It just became too much; no balance.
This erotic story is only for those who require no plausibility with your erotica. For me, the coming together of the h and all of the Hs happened waaayyy too easily. I would’ve preferred some degree of plausibility or explanation for the easiness with which this woman said yes to being with 4 men previously unknown to her and a previously unknown part of the U.S. They all fell into domesticity too easily to even be imagined.
And the immediate, special connection between Rayna and Jamie, one of the 4 males, didn’t make any sense either. Soul mates, really?! Really?! Unbelievable. Literally. Similarly, the h, Rayna, told all of her business to these strangers faster than is safe or smart for anybody, which diminished her character. She appeared more diminished, too, when the author, after days of sharing herself with 4 men she recently met, tried to convince the listener/reader that Rayna didn’t usually jump into bed easily or often. Yet, she didn’t really hesitate to have a ménage with 4 men. It all holds no water.
The author managed to create only a façade of emotional depth and care. It was sad, which was worse than if the author had just explained all of the sex as just a quest to get off. Acting as if it was more, especially in less than 24 hours, and especially when only sex has occurred, no real learning each other, was just sad.
Moreover, the sex-talk was another sad aspect. The author showed no uniqueness or sincerity in this arena. The author also barely acknowledged, and didn’t, in any meaningful way, that continuous vaginal intercourse impacts a woman’s body. Can you say sore, at least? The story just didn’t hold together, and the author failed to maintain continuity in the characters’ actions and views. The best thing I can say about this story is that it was short but still, not short enough.
The story, naturally, focuses around sex. Though the story implies that there will be some sort of ménage a trios, a f/m/m tryst, and that really never happens. Though there is a very, very small bit of m/m on action, brief, non-detailed oral and hand session, but not worth buying for that. It amounts to little of nothing. And the f/m sex was nothing special either; it didn’t seem to even rise to the level of erotica. The narrator tried to spice the story up through his sound effects and dragging on every, every, every word almost, which wears thin soon. But the narrator’s attempt didn’t help the lacking story. And the story had some confusing parts as a result of inconsistencies. Even in fantasies, that’s bothersome. Also, it would’ve been great if the author was able to have her characters move beyond the exclamation of “f***.” I agree that it has multiple uses beyond a verb. But it was so tiresomely overused in this brief tale. I’m done with this author. There’s nothing special at all and not even worth $4.86. Apparently there’s a reason why I never bought this author’s tales before. I should’ve stayed with that option.
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