I generally enjoy all of Jayne Castle/Jayne Krentz/Amanda Quick's books, this one was no exception. The beginning felt slightly disjointed, the transition from Frequency City to Rainshadow Island felt a little rushed. I almost thought I accidentally forwarded through a scene, but I know that she uses that style in a lot of her writing. Though it is easier to 'see' the transition when you read than when you listen, lol.
Castle's female characters are always a bit feisty and a little 'unusual' in that they never seem to fit in with the norm (of the society the books are set in). Their quirks are part of their charm, and usually the reason the hero ends up falling for them. I've always liked the mix of fantasy & mystery & romance she puts in all her series. I am fascinated with the idea of psi- abilities and like the way she's still able to put a slight twist on it given Harmony's history - a bit of old fashioned sci-fi alien technology mixed with old-world fantasy psi-abilities.
I basically logged on to Audible today to see if she had any other more recent books out in any of her pseudonyms. Alas, not until next month!
Definitely recommend the author and this series, as well as the Arcane Society series which can be seen as part of this series too, if you squint :)
I thought the execution could have been much better. The dialogue was not great - I didn't think it flowed smoothly or that it felt realistic in some scenes (especially the love the scenes). The dialogue got pretty porntastic during the love scenes which made me wish those scenes were shorter.
I thought the plot/idea of the story was great, and I did get invested in the characters at the beginning of the book. But again, I thought the overall story could have been better. There were several inconsistencies, I thought. Like finding out one of the characters never smiles/expresses much since she became a widow. That it was obvious from how she is now that she was content and happy before. And then later the main character thinks she's apprehensive because her mate may be alive and their pairing wasn't ideal by any means? That seems very contradictory to me.
The narrator was okay, though there were certain scenes where I thought she kept trying to put a little too much emphasis on words to try to convey feeling even though she didn't need to.
Would I read/listen to another book in this series? I would probably give it another chance. And I did get invested in the characters, so I'd like to know what happens to some of them. I just hope that the dialogue gets a little better in the next one.
I have read and listened to other Diana Palmer books in the past, and I enjoyed the first, but it seems like they just keep getting worse and worse. This book had me gagging at points because the hero was so awful.
He was a jerk (to put it mildly) and completely and utterly selfish. He didn't care what he put the heroine through as long as he was okay. The heroine (Grace) was in general a semi-likable character except for the fact that she let the hero walk all over her. Not only that, but even when she once or twice got angry over the way she was treated, she ends up forgiving him by saying "it wasn't his fault that she loved him but he didn't love her." Well, sure. Okay. But it was his damn fault that he was an a**hole about it. And I'm not the kind of person who normally curses, but if this guy really existed I wouldn't have hesitated to tell him what I really thought.
I had zero sympathy for him and maybe a teaspoonful for her.
And for me, characterization is the main reason I like any story/book. The fact that I could only tolerate her and could barely even get through the book because I hated the hero so much was horrible. The only reason I finished it was to see if there was any possible way he could redeem himself by the end, and I found that for me, he could not. Even when they finally get together for real, it's still all about him, him, him. If she gets hurt, how will it affect him. If something happens to her, well, *he* just couldn't go on. Never mind the fact that, you know, she's hurt or dying, it only matters how that affects his life.
As for the performance, the narrator was not my favorite. His female voices were pretty bad, though his narrating of the descriptive scenes and the males was not bad. It was just difficult to listen to him as any of the female characters.
The beginning (prologue) is a bit disjointed in my opinion, and though I love Rebecca Lowman as a narrator, it seemed like she tried to get it all out in one breath. After you get into the story though, things settle down and the pace gets back to normal. The characters were great, and I laughed out loud at several points of dialogue.
The interaction between the hero and heroine was done very well, and I thought you got a good glimpse of both their background stories. I even enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Lucas (the heroine's father) and his story.
I would definitely recommend this one to other readers.
I've listened to Tanya Eby before, and I like her. But I think that her reading of this book really increased my enjoyment of the story over all. I like Nora Roberts as a general rule, but sometimes her books can get predictable, especially if you've read more than a handful! But, Tanya Eby's reading really made the characters for me. I could really picture them in my head because she made them each so individual.
The story itself was good, and the characters pretty well fleshed out. Also, I'm a sucker for the reluctant hero, so Simon was my favorite character. :) The dogs were adorable, too, and pretty fleshed out characters themselves.
Overall an enjoyable story, but more so an excellent listen!
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