Midnight Awakening, Book 3 is by far my favorite in the series to date. (I've read the first five thus far.) So much of the relationship that develops between Tegan & Elise are surprisingly fun & spontaneous. I found myself smirking throughout so many scenes in the story.
Elise is a unique character in the story... polished, refined, yet, incredibly attracted to the brutish Tegan. All integrated into an unfolding, well-developed, paranormal drama.
Kiss of Midnight, Book 1 with Lucan & Gabrielle is comparatively wonderful.
The vampirical exchanges between the chief characters are sexy as all hell.
Lots of laughing and/or smirking.
The language and intimate scenes are extremely graphic... so this story isn't for the prudish at heart.
Banks crafted an outstandingly unique character in Eveline - she is delicate yet strong, naive yet shrewd, submissive yet spirited. Eveline makes the story so much more. Graeme seems resigned initially to the match but discovers the jewel he's been given. Their journey is rather sweet. It's also interesting how Eveline brings the warring families together when faced with the malevolent Ian McHugh. Don't be surprised if you find that you genuinely get angry at some of the ancillary cast. In general, the Montgomerys and Armstrongs' series offers much more depth to the characters. Definitely one of my favorite Banks' series.
Potter does NOT disappoint. She does a fabulous job of narrating... especially her interpretation of Eveline. Very enjoyable. No doubt the highland-romantic will be putting this book on their re-listen list!
Though discovered nearly a year ago, I hesitated starting the series because of negative or mediocre-level reviews. I imagine this book/series is one of those that either the reader relates to or not. If you're a Black Dagger Brotherhood or Midnight Breed fan, this series is a worthy consideration. As a fan of both, I really enjoyed "Immortal Guardians" and wondered why I took so long to give it a listen. No, its not literature but fun reading nevertheless.
Good guys vs. bad guys (immortals vs vamps) are central to the story whilst the humans are in the crossfire. Duvall offers a slight twist to the genre that most paranormal lovers will enjoy. Yes, a love story is entwined into the plot with well described passion between them. Personally, I prefer paranormal novels to have a bit of smut.
Kristen Potter's narration is fairly consistent. Definitely one of my favorite narrators. Enjoyable read!
As a fan of other work by Banks, this one left me wanting. It was not the salaciousness that turned me off, but the story line that left me wanting. Though the sex always plays a pivotal role in her stories, Colter's Legacy was just not plausible. The characters didn’t have much depth either which is unusual for Banks. I had a difficult time getting through it.
Bates did a fine job narrating. Definitely not my favorite.
Book 3 is a wrap on the MacKinnon brothers. In all three editions, the honorable MacKinnon men prove their brawny mettle on the American frontier, manage to save a lass, fall in love, & win the girl.
"Defiant" focuses on the youngest MacKinnon, Connor, whose reproachable actions in Book 2 resurface and color his long-term perspective. Though Lord Wentworth has played an important part in the overall story, his character plays a particularly central role in this edition. If ever the reader sympathized with Wentworth, his actions in "Defiant" will have you questioning your compassion. Connor's story definitely offers more cultural details on Native Americans of the time than previously explored. More pages are dedicated to Joseph, the Mahican brother, leaving our curiosity piqued at the plot's end. Ian, Annie, Morgan, Amalie, Lt. Cooke, Dougie, McHugh, and others make appearances.
Clare & Griffith definitely deliver again!
Jaxon Law is a wolf shifter working for a special ops outfit who has a chance encounter with Kira Locke, a lab assistant. She suspects her employer in some kind of shady business (genetic mutation) etc. and steals vials to prove it - mind you she doesn't know what she's got nor what it will prove. She gets caught breaking in and is chased by the security. Jax saves the day when she's nearly caught. Though the premise of their chance meeting is plausible, the book skims over it leaving the reader questioning Kira's motivations/logic. There are a few other plot problems related to Kira's character, in particular, but overall it's an enjoyable read. Turns out Jax & Kira are mates and the drama ensues.
Kirsten Potter does a great job narrating.
Frank's creative addition to the paranormal community of Shadowdwellers (briefly introduced in her Nightwalker series) is a hit. The Shadowdweller plot line has several layers. There are multi-reality-scapes, individuals with special abilities, a monarchical system, a powerful/influential religious system, and a dark conspiracy incorporated into the plot. Though this combination may not sound doable, Frank nails it. The story begins curiously... Ashla's living situation, in and of itself, ensnares the reader. Then, she meets Trace in a most unexpected way. Frank takes the time to introduce us to the twin rulers (Malaya & Tristan), Trace's father (Magnus), Magnus' handmaiden, along with a myriad of other characters. Each installment into the Shadowdweller series draws focus on one of these initial characters --- set up similarly in the Nightwalker series.
For paranormal enthusiasts, the Shadowdweller series is an excellent departure from the typical...namely wolves & vamps. The romance between Ashla & Trace is well described yet not overdone. I liked the series so much that I'm already halfway through Rapture, Book 2... which I dare say may even be better than Ecstasy.
Kirsten Potter is an excellent narrator and her interpretation/delivery doesn't disappoint. All will enjoy!
Having thoroughly enjoyed Frank's carefully crafted "Nightwalker" series, I was really looking forward to the "World of Nightwalkers." Unfortunately, I just couldn't digest the plot which is predicated on a bodywalker species. The notion that two souls or beings inhabit a body at any given time wasn't so much the issue as was the main characters...namely Ramses, Cleopatra, Menes, Hatshepsut, and the like. The whole notorious pharaoh element was a bit much. It also seemed to drag on for me and very little happened after many chapters. The romantic aspect played an insignificant position to the overall story. "Forbidden" does spend the last few chapters setting up for the next installment.
Frank is unique among her peers in that she is willing to dive 'outside the box' and develop a whole new paranormal species/world. She is incredibly creative ... going where no [wo]man has gone before...That said, readers should check out "Ecstasy", also a Nightwalker spin off, that is incredibly ingenious and quite plausible. Loved this first installment of the "Shadowdweller" series.
Sands' narrative was enjoyable.
"Wicked" is a story continuation centering on the Alpha's Beta, Dante who played an important part in Book 1 and Jaime. The story & plot have much similarity to "Feral" in that the female shifters join the Phoenix Pack but come with issues. Both Taryn & Jaime are alpha females who discover they're bonded to the top alpha males of the pack and are targeted by outside forces for elimination. In the face of real & emotional casualty, their alphas save the day. Both couples have issues with mating though drawn to one another whilst their sexual exploits are tastily graphic.
Jill Redfield does a great job overall but some of the later narration included awkward pauses. "Wicked" was enjoyable overall but just not as rockin' as "Feral Sins."
Surrender offered readers not only the love story... but the benefit of real history. Clare did a wonderful job of hooking us with the story whilst infusing true historical elements. However, the romantic facet took a back seat to the characters and history in the 1st installment.
Untamed is a story continuation of the MacKinnon brothers. Though Ian and Annie play important parts later in the plot, the 2nd installment centers on Morgan's experience as a captive of the French at Fort Ticonderoga. No doubt, the relationship between Morgan and Amalie are at the forefront of Untamed. The sexual chemistry was very well written and brilliantly performed by Kaleo Griffith. Have to admit... Griffith is not only consistent between editions, but he makes the MacKinnon men come to life. Major score all around!
The English romance between Anna Wren & Edward Swartingham develops slowly at first. Much like many within the genre, the characters question themselves and make every effort to combat their feelings. What sets Hoyt's "The Raven Prince" apart is how/where they get together. Anna's jealousy over Edward's plans to satiate himself, leads her to take advantage of a unique opportunity. Risks be damned! The trysts in London were no doubt very entertaining to read. Once the jig is up, Edward is determined they should marry, but Anna is not in agreement. A couple of evil characters hatch an extortion scheme which definitely adds color/flavor to the narrative.
Moira Quirk does a good job narrating though she doesn't distinguish the many characters outside of Anna & Edward consistently.
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