Disappointed! Disappointed! It may just be me, but I'm clueless as to why there's so much fuss about this book. I fell for all of the hype and purchased this book. But I could barely finish it, was so happy when it was over, and quickly removed the two sequels from my wish list b/c I don't care what happens next. The only reason I finished it was to find out more about the history of the main male character, the reason for the book title--which I do with all books--and my unflinching hope and belief that the book had to get better. Apparently it didn't. The author repeatedly and without fail refers to female sexual parts as "down there" while also repeatedly referring to sex using the f word; this makes no sense. It felt and sounded like the only dialogue that the main female character included "oh my," hot," "my inner goddes," and "so bossy." She sounded like a very young, immature child doing very adult things and, supposedly, engaged in an adult relationship. That pseudo adult relationship was a one-sided adult experience. I don't know if the immaturity was just the writtend dialogue or the narrator's take on the dialogue or both. I'm leaning towards the latter. But the dialogue is where I put most of the blame when I think of how disappointed I was in the book. It was hard to understand the main male character's attraction to the main female one other than seeing her as a submissive. Considering she sounded like she was 11, his assessment might be understandable. But he confused immaturity with submissiveness. If I never hear another girl refer to anything sexual as "hot" or a female say "oh my" it'll be too soon! To refer to a male sexual dominant as "bossy" seemed dumb and too obvious. Duh! And the same female main character seemed to be unconvincing in her fear and concern about BDSM. The book was too long and not worth all of the hype. The sex scenes are explicit but the language didn't always coincide, so it's difficult to really call it erotica. Though it's certainly past the general romance genre. I don't know. Overall, if I had any idea, if I knew before what I know now, I certainly wouldn't have purchased it. If you can get it free, from a library or something, save your dime, IMO.
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.
This story of the gathering romance between Kobe, a male alien, and Zuri, a female earth person, takes place out of space after weather-related causes end most of the population on earth. Zuri and 2 male comrades are saved by Kobe and his people, since they are the remaining humans after others in their group are killed on the planet they landed on after escaping destroyed earth. There’s never an indication of date or time in history or the future. And planet names are not given, only names of different alien groups.
And, unfortunately, there is great monochromatic thinking in the author's perception of all things good vs all things bad in her very limited scope and imagination of the alien habitats and inhabitants. This was the worst aspect of the story. The second worst aspect was that—though the story was good, generally—small things didn’t hold together. These detracted from the story. Like, once Zuri and Kobe are alone on his planet, following a harrowing near-death experience, issues of them finding water, bathing, using the bathroom, and other basic necessities, beyond eating, or not really addressed at all. By the time water is addressed, they have been on the planet 2 or 3 days. During that same time, food is addressed, but not water. Not addressing bathing was strange since issues of Zuri smelling under her arm had been addressed by Kobe earlier while they were aboard Kobe’s spaceship. And, apparently, they never had to relieve themselves or deal with other bodily functions. I don’t mean that the author should've dwelled on these aspects, but those are some of the small things that would significantly contribute to someone’s experience of living off the land and trying to escape an unknown place. The author tried to address different struggles but almost totally ignored some of the basic struggles anyone would have to deal with and be effected by. Another example of the story not holding together was a point in the story when Zuri and Kobe were on land, at Finn’s (I can’t say who that is b/c of spoiler issues) friend’s house and then, all of a sudden, they were aboard a spaceship. I rewind the recording thinking I had missed a part of the story; at one point they were on land at a house and then they were aboard a ship. There was no indication regarding this change, this shift in their physical placement. Similarly, Zuri had a psychic power revealed early in the story. Later, near the end of the story, her power was shown to be much more than was ever hinted at or obvious prior to that point. And the change and increased psychic ability of Zuri was so huge that it appeared to come out of nowhere and be an addition to the story to meet a goal of the author. Therefore it was forced, false, unbelievable, and very contrived. Finally, the last negative is that Zuri’s two male comrades, the only other surviving humans, were basically forgotten until almost the end of the story. She was totally out for herself, and, until the ending of the story, they were barely even mentioned or shown any concern.
A good thing was just the general story, when you ignore the gaps, that is. And the romance was not forced and seemed organic; it was believable. There were 4 sex scenes. They were not remotely erotic, so I don’t know why this story was listed in the erotic section. It was basic intercourse with 2, I think, acts of brief fellatio. And there was no earthy or erotic language, nor was their great sensuality. The first sex scene was pretty quick and emotionless; the other 3 were a bit more but not by much. So it was nice to see Zuri and Kobe find their HEA. But it was not nice enough for me to seek out this author again.
This is another story of immediate sexual attraction. It happens between 26-year-old, recent MBA graduate and bartender, Alayna/Lainy. and 29-year-old ultra wealthy business man, Hudson. Hudson is also a consummate manipulator of his female partners, and it is done solely for kicks and giggles. And, of course, Hudson has grey eyes.
This story might be to your liking if your flavor of love is the quick, lusty, almost-entirely-based-on-great-sex kind. I quickly tired of all of the continuous references to Alayna’s wet vagina and/or her wet panties. I liked the very brief glimpses of Alayna and Hudson connecting at a level beyond their lust. But they were very, very, very few and far between. There is some sexual language, dirty talk, and sexual descriptiveness used in this book, but it didn’t seem too much. But it might be for other listeners.
This story is another retelling of a woman being propositioned to pretend to be a man’s girlfriend with the benefits to her being financial and sexual. Hudson professes to be a man who can’t love, and Alayna professes to be a woman who loves too much. Hudson has a history of manipulating his romantic partners for kicks, and Alayna has a history of obsessive behaviors focused on her romantic partners. She says she has an obsessive disorder. And some consider Hudson to be sociopathic. So the story is them figuring out whether or not they can “fix” each other, in the characters’ words. Adding to their dysfunction are their families. Alayna’s parents died in a car accident when she was 16. It was caused by her father driving drunk, which left her in the care of an older brother who she doesn’t’ connect with and vice versa. And Hudson has 2 younger siblings, one that’s questionably of the same 2 parents, and parents with a loveless marriage. It’s also a story of unveiling secrets.
The one plus in this story was the complexity of the characters. Including challenging, identified mental health issues in this story makes an old story [frame, plot] somewhat new or different. There was a bit more depth as a result of Alayna’s struggle to learn the difference between feelings and expectations of love and the associated common behaviors compared to her past obsessive behaviors that were also part of her romantic relationships.
This story is part of a series. The story doesn’t end in this book, though the ending is not quite a cliff-hanger, thankfully.
This historical romance was about a 2.75, which is not bad. It’s a good story that makes sense and flows well. But points are deducted because the heroine, Georgina, was constantly simpering, and there was constant concern about hurting her, which made Jeremy always question himself, saying how he wasn’t good enough, etc. In conjunction with that, Georgina found more reasons to cry than any person should. Finally, as much as I love romantic words, especially from a guy, Jeremy’s romantic proclamations to Georgina were faaaaaarrrr too many and waaaaaaayyyyy over the top, while Georgina, in between her crying, said little more than “I love you.” The author tried to make Georgina appear strong in some ways, but it didn’t work for me; it wasn’t believable b/c it was too little too late when compared to how she was portrayed the other 90% of the time.
The sex scenes were plentiful and romantic, though not gratuitous or, what I would call, explicit. There was detail provided, but explicit or raw language or terms were not present. And the sex was, generally, limited to basic f/m intercourse with a drop of oral sex. But, unfortunately, the sex scenes were a primary point of the overly-wrought acts and words.
There were several narrators but only 2 primary ones, I think, who performed as Jeremy and Georgina. And that was, mainly, really great. But the female narrator could not do male characters. When she narrated Jeremy’s part, she sounded like Georgina. I struggled to tell them apart. There are many benefits to multiple narrators, most of them enjoyable. But there are some drawbacks to switching among several narrators; all of them can’t do all of the characters well. So, in this case, it can be hard to jump from one person performing the heroine to another narrator performing her.
Finally, I think that the book was a bit drawn out. On the good side is that listeners definitely know the conclusion of everything, pretty much. And the story flows well, not being too much of a love-at-first-sight type of story. Still, though this is my first book by this author, it’s also my last.
The story was more like a very good 3.75. I struggled to listen to this story due to a slight but obvious sort of hollow sound in the background. The narration sounded like it occurred in a cave or something. The narration was very good, but the background hollow sound detracted from the overall experience a bit. Eventually, with the good narration and romantic and sexy telling, the hollow sound became less distracting. There was nothing GREAT about this book, but it is very good in a simplistic way. The coming together of Jean-Claude and Corinne was not easy, but there was also no manufactured happenings to make things harder. It all made sense and was predictable—as romances often are—since since you know there is likely to be a HEA. But it was not predictable in a boring way. Instead, it was quite enjoyable to see HOW they arrive at their HEA. The story is sexy, with intercourse and oral sex and some spankings, but there was nothing extreme or actually explicit, in description or language. There was more focus on sensuality without explicitness, since there was a successful attempt to make it all romantic. And it was. Finally, Jean-Claude and Corinne were likeable characters, so it was fun watching them find love.
This story is more like a 2.5. I liked that the story was, essentially, about 2 sisters, Danya (the oldest) and Alana (age 18), who were 2 of 3 sisters. Felice was age 16. All of them lived with their father; their mother left years ago. And the story was also about a cursed beast-man, Everett. So the listener sees all of them change. The side characters, Beatrice, the immortal witch who cursed Everett, Everett’s brother, Dante, Horatio, the butler/the timekeeper. Matilda (Mattie), the arch witch. Unfortunately, however, Danya and Alana were only ok characters, because they, irritatingly, had no sense of personal responsibility. But, alas, this is a fairy tale.
In listening to this story, I had to constantly remind myself that it was a fairy tale. The reminder was done in order to leave behind some expectations that normally accompany listening to other fictional stories & in order to try to enjoy this tale. Even then, I struggled to get into it, since I generally like more depth, realism, & continuity in the books I enjoy. For instance, Danya was poor but had expensive undergarments. And the story is supposed to occur sometime in the past, but the language didn’t follow that. Still it’s nowhere near the worst book I have listened to, so there is that.
And I say this even though the narrator also left a bit to be desired. She was horrible as Everett, the beast. And all of the females sounded alike. The males didn’t sound much different from the females either. As Everett, the narrator sounded like a mild-mannered, timid, young guy, when he was supposed to be the great, cursed, male beast. The narrator also often came across as nonchalant when that attitude didn’t work with what was going on.
The fairy-tale type language was irritating at times but, possibly, in line with fairy-tales, I guess. This story is not for anyone who tires of sexual encounters; this book is chock full of them. And there are some different types, but they were relatively short and not so common as to really affect the story. For instance, the sisters, separately, had sex with magical, inanimate objects and a plant (i.e. a mannequin and a rolling pin and cloth) along with the sex they had with males, including a killing angel. All of the encounters were consensual and heterosexual, so to speak, in reference to sex with the inanimate objects. And all of the sexual encounters were, essentially intercourse, with a bit of fellatio and even less cunnilingus.
Fortunately, the book improved a bit as it went along and as the action picked up and moved away from a focus on the sexual encounters. Sex was still at the center of everything, in some way, but less explicitly as the story neared the end, about 2 hours until the close of the story. Then the focus became more on talk about sex and less doing of sex.
The pursuit to grow and change differs among the main characters. And all of them do it in a way that’s relatable. Everett pursues humanity in more than one way, love and acceptance and relationship maturity primarily. And Danya and Alana seek love and romance through sex. Danya also uses sex to keep her family afloat, which is also not farfetched. Though her father owned a shop, she was really the family of four’s breadwinner. So it’s the small degree of complexity surrounding the characters in this adult fairytale that make it bearable. I can’t actually call it good, but I can’t call it bad either.
I have a new author to add to my very brief favorite author list. It was quite enjoyable to listen to this book because it focused on 3 middle-age (mid 30s to around age 50) characters (Joe, A.J./Ariel Jane, Brent) with various life experiences, good and bad. They were traveling farm workers; Brent was a boss farm worker. And the story shared the view of all 3. The story is about all 3 of them getting together, of course. So there was plenty of sex and many uses of the word “c*nt.” So if you have a problem with that, this is so not the book for you. Though this is erotica, I think the explicitness of the sex scenes were somewhere in the mid-range. I’ve heard much rawer (if that’s a word), much more detailed sex scenes. As such, the author did a good job of providing a story with the sex. It’s not a sex-focused or sex-only story. That’s part of what made this a more mature erotica story along with focusing on more mature people & their experiences. Yes, they want to have sex and seek opportunities to do that, but there are more thoughtful reasons for this, which are elucidated. And all of this was told well. Though the story wasn’t new, exactly, it’s telling didn’t seem old-hat or repetitive. There was also no inventiveness in the sex, but the journey to their sexual encounters was a different and more thoughtful journey and struggle, to some degree. The sex scenes include m/m and m/m/f. And details were not circumscribed for those who might be uncomfortable with this form of sex and love. I hope that more books by this author will become available on Audible.
The narrator did a good job, though there was little difference in the male voices. Still, it didn’t detract from the storytelling at all.
As a whole, I think this story is just not for me. I have quickly grown overly-tired with stories that overuse the words “hot,” “kickass” and “totally” by the primary characters. Stories where these words are primary terms in the characters’ vocabulary are not for me. It all comes across as immature and very superficial. It didn’t take any time for me to get tired of hearing “Got me” and every other word being “f*ck,” a word I have no problem with, generally. But it was soooooo overdone in this book, continuously used as proof of biker mentality and behavior. I didn’t buy it; it came across more as a caricature of a biker and inauthentic.
The main characters are Sophie, Noah, Ruger/Jesse Gray, a member of the Reaper biker club & brother of Sophie’s son’s ineffectual & uninvolved dad, Zach. The story is primarily about Sophie, and, as a result about Sophie and Ruger fighting their lust for each other. There’s stuff about biker club problems with the Devil’s Jack biker group too. Unfortunately, Ruger’s attitude towards Sophie, his wanting her sexually ONLY while also not “permitting” her to be with anyone else, has been done and done again. So that was tiresome too. More overdone aspects included Ruger being characterized as the stereotypical white, male biker with the piercings, the violence, the language (e.g. “brother,” “got me,” “f*ck,” “sh*t”), including plenty of sexist language and attitude, &, of course, constant sleeping-around. And, as is common in these types of stories, there was an excessive amount of attention to Ruger’s and Sophie’s bodies/physical attributes and little else. The one exception, gratefully, was a bit of attention given to raising Noah. The book has many yucky characters and perhaps only two likeable characters, Sophie and M. There were cutesy occurrences between the women that’s supposed to be cute and/or funny but just weren’t to me. One example is when one of the women married another biker and pinned his “brand” from her leather vest onto the butt of her traditional white wedding gown. Initially, she was going to wear the vest with the gown. Sophie and Ruger also struggled with having different social expectation views, which resulted in Sophie having some problems with the biker lifestyle and environment. There were other events in this story that were far too reminiscent of other biker stories, potentially by the same author, but I can’t recall. I also listened to Reaper’s Property, which I liked better than this one. This one ends my interest in Joanna Wylde’s books. Sophie and Ruger bounced back and forth between “let’s do it” and “let’s not do it.” With the great amount of mutual lust, I appreciated the strength Sophie showed in not going “all the way” with Ruger, initially. She didn’t b/c she knew it wouldn’t go anywhere (as Ruger quickly and easily admitted) and would change her relationship with Ruger and, as a result, possibly the care of Noah.
One positive is that there were 2 narrators. But, as is common, both narrators played both Sophie and Ruger, so there was not just one voice for each. It wasn’t too bad b/c both narrators are good. And it seemed like the female narrator played a larger part than the male narrator.
It took me multiple times to listen to this book. I bought it on 11/27/14, starting listening to it soon after purchasing it, and had to start over a few times b/c I just couldn’t get into it. I never made it passed the first 2 section. I Gave up and then started listening again around 2/4/15. I was just happy when it was over. It felt more like listening just to get it over with, not for enjoyment. Though the book got a little bit better once the focus of the story was no longer on the lust between Sophie and Ruger. It felt a bit more serious as a result of some of the events that happened to Sophie, and her reaction, her resulting struggle felt authentic and not all about the lust. Though Sophie’s love for Ruger, it’s development, was always hard to buy. Beyond him being sexy and always being willing to help her, it was hard to know why or when she would’ve fallen in love with him b/c there seemed to be a lot more negatives to Ruger than positives. There were a few snide comments that were a little funny, which helped make this story more bearable. But those moments were very few. And the epilogue was good. Still, overall, I’m just happy it’s over.
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