It just didn't do that much for me. I'm a heterosexual female who loves gay erotica. But this story didn't work for me, and I used it as my trial for this author. So I won't be going back for seconds via any of his other stories. I found this book to be mediocre, and the narrator did what he could with what he had. It's not much I can say about it. It's a story with a little meaning, which is great; there's some substance there. And sex certainly occurs. But the sex acts weren't romantic enough for my taste, which I guess would be my main critique. But someone else might find the way the sexual encounters were written as great. Enuf said. Take it or leave it.
This story was slow to build to a good all-around story, where the romance took a backseat to the revenge tale. I bought it for the romance, so it took longer for me to really get into the story. But it was written well throughout, especially if romance is secondary for you. Having the romance be sort of secondary was a plus because the romance between Eva and Jack, two mature and experienced people, then seemed understandable, slow-moving, and based on, not only lust but also understanding and respect. Prior to the actual act of sex, which didn’t occur until after the 9hour mark, there were looks and longing and finally a little touching and some kissing. Altogether, I think there was really only 1 full sex scene, maybe 2. Whatever the amount, it was sensual and romantic. But it all took a bit and was spaced out, but in a very appropriate way. The appropriateness stemmed from the fact that the two main characters, Eva & Jack, were unlikely romantic partners, which made their getting together great. And love was not spoken of until it made sense, until it was believable and not in the heat of sex.
The only negative—though mild—was that the author was redundant at times. More than I like she included the statement, “her heart contracted,” when referencing Eva’s reaction to varying aspects or behaviors of Jack.
The narrator did a very good job, and the ending of the story has no cliffhanger. Whether there’s a HEA can only be revealed if you get the story. I will be looking for other books by this author.
I had really high hopes for this story based on the reviews and the listening sample, and I wasn’t totally disappointed. But it didn’t live up to my expectations, and maybe that’s a bad thing about high hopes.
The story is made-up of several different parts and the lives of varying characters. I enjoyed that aspect, it not just focusing solely on one pair. In it there’s new romance, heart-break, betrayal, personal growth or change, and many, many unanswered questions at the end. And the author takes a somewhat new slant on Greek gods and vampire battles. With the romance, there are a few sex scenes, though not explicit in my opinion. Still, characters do say “cock” &, less often, “pu**y.” That’s all any degree of detail during the sex scenes entails. The story doesn’t focus on sex, which was also great. I have no problem with sex in stories, but it’ s nice to have a balance & this story has that. But the good stuff isn’t enough to make me continue the series, though I might try this author—under either name—again. The story fails, somewhat for me, because it doesn’t hold together well enough IMO. For instance, some of the things Ramiel says don’t seem to match with the way he is portrayed and described in the story, making it inauthentic and unbelievable. Similarly, I was unsure whether ALL of the vampires had teleport ability, since it wasn’t used by some of the enemies some of the time when it would’ve been greatly advantageous. And there was no explanation for this. And I wished that Ramiel’s romance included, explicitly, an interest in his mate beyond sex. He says this but doesn’t act in that way whenever he talks about being with her and is with her.
The narrator did fine, especially with the multiple male voices. But I didn’t like his voice much when he portrayed the females. But the female narrator of the 2 short stories at the end, did a good job. And I really liked the short story, “His Love.” So listening to this story is not a complete lost, and I’m willing to consider this author again. But the story just didn’t live up to my expectations, but maybe, after the great listening sample, they were too high.
My overall score is actually more like a 3.75.
This is my first taste of this author, but it might not be my last. This book is nothing but an intro, a short picture of what might be ahead if you continue to the next book. It’s the ultimate cringe-worthy cliffhanger book. I don’t know how interested I am to continue to the next book, but this book got me interested enough to investigate the next one. This very short story provides foundational aspects of Logan’s current love-life and pursuits and some info on peripheral characters in his life, like his sister and his friend, Caleb.
And the narrator did a good job, enough to also make me consider continuing to the next book. But this book is not for you if you don’t like an incomplete story and practically no answers.
I must add that the sleaziness of the main character, Logan, is contributing most to my doubts about continuing the series. The other side of that is that he has some good qualities too. He appears to be a great father, mature even though he’s a sleaze when it comes to his romantic entanglements or the lack thereof, since he only pursues sex. And he’s a good businessman, honest with the women he has sex with by not leading them on, and the sleaze factor is somewhat explained, though other options, less sleazy were also an option. Finally, he seems to be considerate of his family and supportive of them.
This story is short, so, in my opinion there’s not a LOT of sex. There’s some, but they’re all pretty quick and little detail is provided. Most of the sex words center on the male parts. “Pu**y” is used only once I think, but other terms like, “moist center” or used instead. And I think there were only 3 sex scenes. One was fellatio, one was a wall quickie, one was some finger and breast play on a woman and that’s it, I think. So it’s not very erotic or sex-laden to me, especially with it being listed in erotica and, thus, being compared to other books in that genre.
The story was not common or predictable, necessarily. That’s not to say that there were any big surprises, but it wasn’t simplistic or too obvious in its direction. The dialogue was not juvenile either. There is a certain edge to the story; everything is not coming across easy or overly warm. That’s a plus in my book.
This love story about Luci (a divorced physical therapist) and Reid (a MMA fighter) in Nevada was a repeat of much of what’s in the contemporary romance book. Almost all of the plot devices were too similar to so many other stories: long-time interests in big brother’s best friend + protective big brother, friend agrees to help other friend become love machine or sex pot, one no longer seeks love but only compatibility, and lil’, good girl and big, bad guy, down to the clichéd tribal tatoos. There were other common devices that I won’t share, since they would give away too much of the story. To add to this, the way the devices were used were also too similar. So, within an hour of listening to this story, I began to get bored and look forward to “getting it over with,” as in, the story ending. If you’re someone who hasn’t listened to enough stories with these devices, then this story might interest you more than it did me. It was all very predictable. There were also several attempts at humor or wittiness. They didn’t work for me.
And I’m really, really not a fan of guys who end most sentences spoken to women with “sweetheart,” “darling,” or “doll” spoken, not as an individualized endearment, but as a way to downsize or minimalize females. Reid might not have meant it that way, but his constant use of “sweetheart” only at particular times came across that way to me. It’s not like it was used during sex or some romantic scene. Other problems included the reason for Luci and Reid reestablishing their childhood friendship being all-but forgotten during the story. At one point, it seemed crucial to Reid, and then it was barely addressed in the story. Similarly, there wasn’t any attention given to Reid being a MMA fighter beyond referencing as a fact. And Reid’s attraction to Luci came out of nowhere and seemed to have no basis. So his affection for Luci all seemed more about his ego and jealousy, not love.
The author’s attempt to add depth to Reed fell flat and seemed to require too much effort; it was not believable. Likewise, Luci’s “change” was too fast and too easy, thereby making her come across as fake and that aspect of the storyline as false.
The narrator fulfilled the minimal level of acting techniques, but with little inflection or passion when it seemed most needed, expected or required. So she sounded bland or bored much of the time. She also had an audible breath sound between the end of a sentence and the start of a new one that was a little bit irritating at times, primarily due to its frequency. And there was some kind of weird growl or something in the background occasionally.
I liked that Luci was not a va-va-voom girl. And I liked the last 40 minutes, but they were not good enough to make up for the other lost minutes. And there’s an especially cheesy statement at the very end that almost ruins those good 40 minutes. The second best part about the book is that it was mercifully not long and, since it was so shallow, common, and predictable, it didn’t matter when I fast-forwarded during parts of the story. I didn’t miss a thing.
This tale about the love triangle—of sorts—between Anne, Sir Guy, and Sir Nele started out okay but quickly became more about sex, either by doing it or talking about it, than anything else. Too much seemed to center on the sex. In some way, it was understandable because it played a role in describing who all 3 of the main characters were. But, as a result, it made all of them appear to be very shallow characters, when there was a hint of greater depth in Anne and Sir Nele which would’ve been great to explore. As a result, all of the spanking—just basic butt whopping with threats of more-–and the sex became boring eventually. And I generally love plenty of sex in my stories. Also, Sir Nele was really the only semi-likeable character. I appreciated having a guy that was likeable. In the story, it worked well being juxtaposed against the “bad-guy,” Sir Guy, since both engaged in the same sexual act, thus being very similar in some ways, including another important way that won’t be revealed here.
One negative is that the author’s sentence structure was unnecessarily confusing, though her attempt at being historically accurate in speech is appreciated. I’m assuming that was the reason for the convoluted and overly-complex way of stating things. But it didn’t work for me and was more of a distraction than a benefit. And the narrator did ok, though his deep voice took some getting use to when he performed the female characters.
Still, overall, the story made sense and held together well, though it felt too much like a fairytale for my liking. It wasn’t that it was all too easy or that everyone was perfect, except for the villain, of course. It was more the way everyone acted at such extremes, the way everyone was portrayed and how everything focused on extremely limited aspects of all of their lives and the world they lived in. It lacked any degree of complexity. I guess that’s encompassed in the significant degree of predictability of the story, which is largely how fairytales are. Sometimes that’s what we like about them. And I didn’t hate this story. I guess I just wanted more and saw how it could’ve been more.
2.5 overall score.
This story is primarily about temptation and the very human trials endured by Sonia, an unfallen angel and one who watches over a married woman, Hannah and, by the marriage link, her husband, Jude, an unbeliever. At the same time, Sonia battles with Nimbus, her past friend and a current fallen angel/demon who has no soul, who also refers to himself as an incubus. It's all a bit confusing. It’s also a story of an ill-fated romance. Other characters include Kasil, an archangel and Nimbus’ friend, Jude, a soul-devourer/soul-vampire. All of these beings live primarily, or engage with each other, in human form The story has a lot of sex. The sex includes multiple partners and some spanking, though not really in a BDSM way. Sex is a tool in the story. Therefore, it’s not exactly gratuitous. Still I got bored with it after a while, and, generally, I LOOOVE sex in my stories. But the stories has to be better too.
Another being referenced in the story are black angels. I absolutely hate the author’s concept of this, the black angels, which Nimbus believes is worst than what he is; Sonia disagrees. Black angels are also called Kruzniecks (questionable spelling). They seem to be repentant demons/fallen angels. They live off of vampires. They are half angel and half demon, 50-50 of each. The other part of the story that I didn’t like was Sonia’s consistent naiveté. The whole story, really, is based on it. The narrator was fine and read the sensual or sexual parts of the story really well, which is saying something since there was so much of it.
To enjoy this story, you need to have an alternate idea of HEA. And the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, since the story continues. But I won’t be continuing it.
This story between Alec and Kiera is a short supernatural romance, though w e don’t learn what each supernatural being is initially. We learn that Alec is a “life-driinker” or vampire but not what Kiera is, though we know early on what she “does” to survive. They have an unexplainable kinetic connection upon first meeting. Most of the story is about Alec figuring out what Kiera is and them getting together in spite of what she is and her reaction to him knowing. Kiera knows what Alec is immediately upon meeting him in his nightclub. They are both centuries old. It’s a story between 2 mature adults, especially since they have lifetimes (i.e. Alec is about 800 years old) of experience.
Overall, the story creates interesting supernatural mythology. There are other supernatural being referenced but not explained, including a Bender and a Garoul (if that’s spelled correctly). And Alec, as a vampire, seemed to have some new tricks. For instance, he could “shadow step,” which I never quite understood. They used uncommon—at least to me—slang for taking blood from humans, like “an interview.” Alec’s vampire version was one who didn’t have a soul, could influence humans and had super strength and extra healing ability, which are more common among vampire lore. And they—the various supernatural beings in that community—referred to humans as “norms.”
The sex scenes are very short but somewhat detailed, though not explicit. It’s hard for me to explain the difference between detail and explicitness, but if you’re an erotica reader, wherein very raw, explicit, earthy descriptions are sometimes provided then you get the difference. There are several sex scenes, since they are an important part of Kiera’s life. But, again, they are nowhere near erotica. Still, they could be a problem for you if you don’t like any detail and prefer sexual matters to be left to the imagination. And there is really no sexually explicit language. The sexual terms were pretty much limited to “groin,” “cock,” “climax,” “core,” “nub,” and, “sopping” and “wet.” There are also 2 voyeurism scenes and a male very briefly grabbing another male’s penis.
I liked the narrator fine but didn’t like the ding sound on the audio that occurred between chapters, though I get its usefulness in making it clear when there was a switch in position in the story. Sometime this switch was between characters and other times between centuries/timeframe or days.
Overall, it’s an ok story that holds together well. It just didn’t do anything more for me. It was all a bit too easy. And there is a morality aspect to Kiera’s “need” and Alec’s assistance in it that wasn’t dealt with sufficiently for me.
It ends abruptly but not with a cliffhanger. There are other stories in this series. I won’t be seeking them out, but this book was ok enough that I might consider another tale by this author. Maybe.
This story was not for me primarily because I really didn’t like Drew Evans, the male protagonist in this story. Though I really liked Kate Brooks, the young woman he pursues. Drew was a scummy guy. If you want to meet the guy who says the following about himself, then have at it: “I was the little prince. I could do no wrong. There was nothing I wanted that I couldn’t have. I was the most handsome, the most brilliant. There was no one kinder, no one sweeter than me. I was loved beyond words, doted on and catered to. So if you think I’m arrogant, selfish, spoiled, you’re probably right. But don’t hold it against me. It’s not my fault. I am a product of how I was raised.” Drew also made himself the perfect guy by saying, “Sometimes a guy can’t become a man until he meets the right woman.” Really?! So it’s a developmental process based on something so external as meeting a certain person instead of manhood, male maturity being about becoming self-aware and caring about how you treat others or what kind of guy you want to be. That explains a lot. Yet another thing that’s up to a woman to “fix,” yet another woman’s responsibility. Great. If this is a guy you’re interested in, then this is really, really the book for you.
And Drew referred to his mom as “that bitch” because she planned family movie night when he was growing up. Similarly, Drew referred to his sister’s childhood best friend who performed fellatio on him when they were young as a “bitch” and his older sister (by 5 years), Alexandria, as “THE bitch.” I should’ve listened to the comment about scummy “guy-talk.” In fact, Drew said, “I’m just being a guy.” So playing the stereotype is an excuse for his immature, sex-laden, crudeness and one-track mind that Drew uses; it's not just a listener’s perspective. In fact, there’s a lot of stereotypical info Drew provides about “how guys are,” as though he’s being helpful and doing females a solid by teaching us about males. If the goal was to make Drew as scummy as possible, so that the listener/reader could then be enthralled by his transformation, then the author achieved one part of the plan. Drew was quite scummy. But by the time he had his comeuppance, I could care less, especially since it was of his own making. If I were a dude, I’d be mad at the picture of all guys Drew puts forth in this tale.
To add to the great picture of Drew, he frequently engaged in conversations with his penis. I am not a fan of stories with a male’s penis as a character. Here the dialogue centered on talks about his penis as a controlling aspect separate from himself and the like. I also don’t like when the narrator of a story—in this case it’s Drew—talks to the listener/reader as though we can engage in a dialogue. It was more like a movie script. And the analogies, metaphors and similes were sooooo overdone, often starting with, “You know when you…” and “It was like when you…” And some of the metaphors and similes are so poorly done. Like Drew saying, “If the poison in the gas chamber smelled like Kate, every death row inmate would die with a smile on his face.” Seriously?! So it’s the smell that’s the major issue for people being put to death by the state? Geez!
If I never hear “Christ” or “Christ almighty” as an exclamatory statement ever again in life, it’ll still be too soon after listening to this book. And the coup de gras was the author using the term “hermaphrodite,” which I thought everyone knew not to do now. It was actually always wrong because, scientifically, it was never meant to refer to human species, but folks were given a break in the past. Admittedly, Drew uses it to refer to a room, but it’s in an anthropomorphic way b/c he says that the room got a “sex change” and is “more of a hermaphrodite now.” What was supposed to be another witty remark was offensive and showed great ignorance, at the least, and disregard for others, at the most. And, to top it off, he called the movie, “The Notebook,” “so gay.” And these offensive words were used by Drew, internally, during what’s supposed to be a very heart-felt moment, making himself completely vulnerable and being utterly sincere with Kate. So, for me, it’s a heart that I find incredibly distasteful. The only good part is that these offensive terms were used w/in 30 minutes of this tale ending. I don’t need or even want my characters to be perfect. But I couldn’t find anything redeeming about Drew AT ALL! Nothing!
I don’t have much to say about the narrator. He was fine as Drew, but his voice was too deep to do female voices well. But, the male voice was the predominant one, so, whatever.
Finally, though I liked Kate because she was not a fluff female and not completely the cliché picture of beauty, and the sex scenes were plentiful and hot, this book and, as a result, this author, is not for me. Be wary of your taste before you give it a try as well.
This short story was long enough for me because the narrator pretty much ruined this mediocre story for me. The narration had a constant muffling sound surrounding the entire production. And the narrator put on an exaggerated accent, a very heavy brogue that combined with the muffling sound to make the whole production hard to understand and significantly suppressed the level of clarity. Too, she spoke a bit too fast and seemed unable or unwilling to show passion or pleasure during the 3 sex scenes. The whole thing was so bad that I almost gave up, but the story was, thankfully, short. So I struggled through it. But I had to work too hard to understand what was said.
Two of the sex scenes were relatively graphic and descriptive and very sexual m/m encounters, and the last one was m/m/f between the main characters Marcus, Liam, and their mate, or as they put it “their lady,” Katerina. Different from other werewolf mating stories I’ve heard, knotting was a part of the sex act, as well. Marcus was the wealthy (family wealth) alpha from Irish royalty. And Liam was his mate. Their “marriage” was easily accepted within their community, but them finding another mate was also ordained and viewed as the norm. Finding their mate was based solely on scent of one-another and was done at a sort of mating ball. Their mating resulted in a werewolf/werewolf/human (female) mating, which also didn’t seem uncommon or abnormal. I liked that, once the 3 of them found of each other, they courted Katerina before jumping into sex. And she initiated the sex when it happened.
Two other aspects that detracted from the story for me was when, upon meeting each other, all 3 of them told each other what their college degrees were and then Katerina equated the degrees with being “highly intelligent.” Considering the meaning of intelligence and how it’s measured, that statement was dumb. And them sharing their educational background, even without the intelligent comment, was quite weird and out of step with the rest of the story. Also, first Katerina was described as not “classically beautiful” and then later described as “very beautiful.” I would’ve preferred greater continuity and smarts in this story. It had a very abrupt ending but not really a cliffhanger. It just left it where another story could follow if the author chose. But another story is not necessary to know the outcome of the 3 of them coming together. It was all just very blah and even lower when the narration is included in the assessment.
In this brief story, Daphney, a 29-year-old married (initially) female artist & Ryan, a 42-yr-old intentionally isolated, male, medical doctor accidentally meet in rural Alaska. The story touches upon rape and torture and other violence, but these aspects are not included for drama factor nor are they gratuitous, overdone or harped upon. They are treated as just part of the story.
Like those aspects, when Daphney and Ryan eventually get together it’s done in a very considerate way that could make sense to a person. It did to me but might not to someone else. And there was nothing graphic or explicit in the sex but a degree of romance and care. I liked that the story seemed “adult.” Though Daphney was 29, she came across as mature and thoughtful. And the paths that Daphney and Ryan chose for their lives made sense and were not easy. There was a HEA but at a cost. So, overall, the story was good though with low-resonation.
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