Story revolves around the half-dragon, half-human, Dragonfury team who is at war with rogues. It's not really an original concept... the team of paranormal do-gooders who bond with a specific woman --- sort of a life blood for them. They live alongside humans etc. etc.
The descriptive vocabulary is okay... not over-the-top spectacular. Found the overuse of cliches a tad bit annoying. Though, most noteworthy is the dragon battle scenes as they are very well described. The narrator did well with the male characters, but all the female ones are indistinguishable. Luckily, Callahan writes well enough to distinguish who is speaking.
That said, the romance is still enjoyable and definitely justify a 2 for 1 buy that should include the series.
3rd in the series, Elijah may actually be better than the first two (Jacob & Damien). The daemon warrior captain, Elijah, is mortally wounded and saved by the lycanthrope Queen, Siena. The first half of the book revolves around Siena's efforts to nurse Elijah back to health while trying to ignore the escalating romantic chemistry. Loved it, loved it! The rest of the book deals with how they wrestle with the inevitability of their imprinting... (like soul mates for the paranormal).
As the Nightwalker series continues, Frank seems to perfect her skill at describing the romantic chemistry between characters. With each book, the characters and situations get better and better. Hard to decide on a favorite. Sands' interpretation is well done and quite consistent. Unfortunately, I'm on the final book, Adam... so sad! If you like paranormal romance, this is one series you ought NOT miss!
Jacob offers an awesome twist to the typical paranormal romantic narrative. Story revolves around a hybrid Human-Druid who has a chance encounter with a justice-seeking Demon. They are destined to be mated though for centuries such was taboo. Isabella is no doubt a modern woman whose character is strong yet feminine. Jacob, though old fashioned, makes every effort to respect her differing cultural background. Well developed and fairly realistic good guys and bad guys.
The chemistry between characters is very well written, and Sands does an excellent job of narrating the key parts of the story. Time and money well spent!
This was a great first book... on to read Gideon, Book 2.
Like some other readers have already mentioned, the story starts off phenomenal... the first half of the book sets up the romance beautifully. Then, in the second half, the narrative loses its way... almost like it never went past the draft phase. It becomes odd. I had a hard time finishing it, because I felt like I was wasting my time. That said, the Highlander stories of Karen Marie Moning and Paula Quinn were read before this one so expectations may have been established. Because it did get some good reviews, I wanted to give MacLean a whirl as I've come to love the fantastical Highlander stories.
And, Ferguson's narration is just OK. Nothing special. His interpretation of the characters is inconsistent... sometimes they have a brogue or not, English accents or not, etc. Also, he doesn't narrate with any real depth of character... seems like he was more or less robotic. What is notable is that his delivery was a bit better in the first half of the book which lends one to wonder if Ferguson had issues in the quality/direction of the story too.
The story centers on the character of Methias which we met in Crave, Book 2. The story sets up well but feels like it drags on a bit. Methias' non-feeling, cold-hearted, callous nature is given a second chance and Mels inspires him to be different. The fallen angels of Jim and Adrian seem to be coming to grips with the loss of Eddie (the third of the Trio from earlier installments) and try to find their way in the divine challenge against evil.
It is a nice story, but not as exciting as the earlier series installments. Even the effort to offer a cliff-hanger at the end doesn't leave you wanting for Book 5 to be available already.
Eric Dove does a great job overall in narrating. He is fairly consistent throughout the series in distinguishing between characters.
For those of us who enjoy the typical paranormal characters of vampires, shape shifters, faeries, and the like, Ward's Covet series is a worthy diversion to consider.
The series revolves around an unlikely guy turned fallen angel (Jim Heron) who becomes engaged in a string of situations in which he has to make a difference to save mankind. Some romantic context interwoven into the story but serves more to complete the plot. Language and content very appropriate.
Covet, Book 1 takes a while to get going as other readers have already intimated but much of the foundation of the story happens in the first half. Hence, the four stars. I liked that the story's characters, including the two other angels sent to assist Jim, struggle with many of the emotions and experiences faced daily by humanity. Unlike other folks, I'm not a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood... I found that series to be kind of dull. That said, I did like Eric Dove's audio and thought that overall, Covet, was a great intro into paranormal of the angelic variety.
Having read and enjoyed Moning's ENTIRE Highlander series, I think it's fair to say that this one really left me wanting. Moning's spin on the time traveling modern woman into the medieval past in Book 3 starts off most innovative. Highlander's Touch (Book 3) and Kiss of the Highlander (Book 4) were the MOST creative of the series in terms of setting up the story. The first half of ...Touch crafted the romantic chemistry between the characters quite smoothly. That said, the last three or four chapters were weak at best. It was as if it's conclusion was propelled/forced by a publishing deadline. The description, language, and basis of the story's ending falls very short. However, Touch still should get four stars for the majority of the story is truly enjoyable.
Gigante's performance was, as in the rest of the series, impeccable. Like other reviewers have mentioned, his interpretation for male characters in fabulous. It's clear that he does his best with female voices.
A 20th century woman, distrusting of men, is thrust into 16th century Scotland by an evil mystical jester aimed at revenge. Forced to marry a Scottish laird and deal with some primitive 16th century marriage traditions, Adrienne deals as best she can. The foundation of the story, albeit a bit shaky initially, is consistent throughout. Both of the main characters are tormented by past experiences and their hang ups stall the romance.
Moments in the story are incredibly frustrating, even feel like it drags out at times. But all in all, Beyond the Highland Mist is a fun read. The first in the series, Beyond... seems to get mixed reviews. This is one of those books you'll have to decide for yourself... it's either love it or not.
FYI: Like other readers of the series noted previously, Books 4-7 do not have to be read after 1-3, so I opted to try reading them out of order.
Within the first several chapters of the book, the reader will be brought to stitches. Time travel is most definitely a delicate element to weave into any story, but Moning does an incredible job of bridging centuries past and present. Every time the reader thinks they can anticipate where the story is going, it twists and turns into a whole other direction. All the while still, Moning manages to use modern romantic chemistry to draw us into the dynamic between Gwen & Drusdan.
So incredibly entertaining. Gigante does an excellent job narrating. Won't disappoint. Fabulous story worthy of a blockbuster movie!
The series explores the lives of the Roman brothers, how they find/secure their life mates, and combat "the order" and the evil Cruen. The first installment, Eternal Hunger, was fairly well-developed and entertaining. The story line puts an interesting twist on the many paranormal romance stories out there.
The romantic story in Eternal Hunger (Book 1) and Eternal Kiss (Book 2) are tantalizing, but both books pale in comparison to Eternal Captive (Book 3). The chemistry and 'scenes' between Bronwyn and Lucian are so well described and beguiling that it'll draw you back to re-read/listen. Found the unexpected language quite alluring!
Gilbert acts the story out quite well. Found Eternal Beast (Book 4) to be my least favorite to date.
The story wasn't as well developed as others in this genre. The concept was great... the telepathic abilities shared between a human and a Carthpathian. It even started off well. But, the plot lost it's way and the romance left too much to be desired. It might have been all the rage when published in 1999, but by today's standards, I found it dull.
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