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This series appeals to me because the characters are compelling, their backstories are touching and it's as though they ALL have a well of emotions deep inside that only love can delve in, to heal what is broken.
This is the same for all of Feagon's lads, (Luke, Jack, Jim, and Bill) even the only lady in the group, who is Frannie Darling (btw, I read her book first). But, don't allow that aspect to fool you into thinking this is a cookie-cutter series, because it's not. Heath creates characters who are psychologically complex, and you just can't help but fall in love with them. You want them to desperately find the answers they seek to heal their pasts traumas.
This is Luke's book, and what a book it is! Lucius "Luke" Langdon's life was disrupted when he witnessed the murder of his parents and by the help of a boy (Jack--one of Feagon's lads), he escapes with his life, the clothes on his back, and muddled memories of his origins. Forward to the present, and Luke is fully positioned in at the helm of his station, as he is currently the Earl of Claybourne…..the "Devil Earl," due to his scandalous reputation.
There is a lot of mystery that surrounds Luke's life as well as guilt that he personally struggles with. Luke questions whether he is the rightful earl of his estates. I believe it is because of this reason that he clings so desperately to Frannie Darling (who I adore by the way) who he has loved since he was a child living in the rookeries. Frannie represents "the familiar" and is a comfort to him, so in his adulthood he seeks to make her his wife. The kicker is that that Frannie does not want to marry Luke, but because she also feels a strong connection to him and will not hurt him, she goes along with his plan to teach her to learn to be a proper lady of society.
I love the comfort level between the group when they are together. They all have these crazy skills, and as a group they sync together and work like magic.
Well, let me tell you, Lady Catherine Mabry is no frail miss, nor is she a push over. She is part of the aristocracy and is a perfect match for Luke. Lady Catherine approaches Luke with an indecent proposal (but not the kind you might assume) And, even though the request is offensive, Luke is almost humored by it. Luke decides to make an agreement that Catherine must tutor Frannie to feel comfortable enough to mingle with the aristocracy, ask she will agree to be his wife.
With the time that Catherine and Luke spend together, they realize this sizzling chemistry and attraction between the two that cannot be ignored, denied nor tamed. The funny thing is that Frannie encourages it.
The only thing that drove me nuts is that Luke was pretty stubborn in his determination to marry Frannie, despite the growing attraction and need for Catherine. Yet, I thought this was consistent with his character. He tends to be a man of his word, and somewhat singular of mind--for whatever that's worth (when he's banging Catherine while intending to marry Frannie ????? What the??). In addition, I also had to remind myself that he is not the greatest when dealing with his own psychological needs. I suppose that means he's not the most introspective and honest with himself. Luke has dormant memories and I loved how it all came out like a flood, and Catherine was the one who was there to help him through it all.
Even though this read is not bitterly angsty….it is definitely emotionally weighty. You can't help but care about each one of the gang---Luke, Catherine, Frannie, Jack, Jim, and even Bill. I can't wait to read everyone's touching story……
BTW, Susan Erikson did a good job as narrator. But, oh how I loved the inserts of Antony Ferguson….wow…very nice indeed..
I heard this book was vastly different then the previous two in the series and I hesitated because I thought it would be sad and too serious, but what I found was a beautiful, compelling story that made me cry in some parts, but was also completely swoon-worthy and inspirational. Gina L. Maxwell created an emotionally moving, committed story of love between "Irish" Aiden Murphy O'Brien and "Kat" Kathy McGregor (Vanessa's little sister from book #2).
Aiden and Kat are like two different broken pieces that when connected together become a whole. Aiden & Kat's love story took me in and didn't let me go until the very end. He's gorgeous with his strong MMA trained body, amazing tattoos, and piercings. It was sweet to hear Kat's description of well….his body, but most of all, of how she described his face as beautiful. Kat is lovely with her long auburn hair, green eyes and wash of pretty freckles (Aiden was sure drawn in by her natural beauty). I loved how the body language between the two was so strong and communicative from the onset. Aiden's protective instincts came out full force when he was around Kat. (**Sigh*** Aiden is such a modern, day hero…). You can feel the pull between the leads, especially with Aiden, as it was so evident that he wanted Kat with an intensity that burned deep.
Both Aiden and Kat are followed by some serious ghosts of their pasts. Yet, Kat's background was much more traumatic, destructive, and danger seemed perpetually hot on her trail. I couldn't believe how long she had been running practically alone, at that. And, when Kat tells her story I balled like a baby and I appreciated this story even more because I felt that if Maxwell could create a beautiful story for a character like Kat who had so many "firsts" ripped away from her that maybe something beautiful could come about for people in real life who have experienced such ugliness. Yup, this book was pretty powerful in saturation of themes, but most of all, it was powerful in the deliverance of love. Aiden is probably one of my favorite heroes. He's all man; strong, voracious, no nonsense, not much with words, but oh, his tenderness with Kat was something else……just beautiful.
There are so many amazing aspects of this story. It's a definite great 3rd and last book of the series. I'm sad they're over, but I look forward to revisiting this series of audiobooks every once in a while.
Narrator: WOW!! Holly Fielding was phenomenal!! I loved her young, feminine and very crisp female voice for Kat. I also loved the Bostonian accent and male voicing she performed for Aiden….loved it!! She made this a great audiobook!
Ultimately, Aiden (Irish) fought for Kat, but she saved him right back. This my favorite type of love story….
I had been searching audible for a new, exciting beautiful romance and I'm so glad I stumbled upon this series!
First of all, the dual narrators worked so well for this audiobook! I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Black's gorgeous, deep voice and his Australian accent was so delicious! Now, Bunny Warren took a bit of getting used to, as I wasn't too thrilled about her southern accent, but I got used to her in no time.
The proposition that Aussie multimillionaire, Jack McLachlan makes to Laurelyn Prescott, American sweetheart, is nothing new. I mean we've all read another book (or two) where a rich, hot man sets specific limits for a defined arrangement with a vulnerable girl with the expectation for a mature romp with no string attached…..well, just as this formula is destined to get complicated with the "right" woman, let me tell you, it does. This book was so delicious, amazing and simply intriguing because it's about an Aussie man and an American woman. That combination alone is alluring and quite combustible!
Overall, this book lends so much beauty, freshness and is simply intriguing because of the characters. It is very well written and I could not help but fall in love with Jack and Laurelyn's love story. Both Laurelyn and Jack have backgrounds that enhance and add dimension to this story. I loved their chemistry, and the tangible way Laurelyn drew Jack in. It's almost as though you can see Jack fall for Laurelyn. She imprints herself in his heart and how could she not?---She is beautiful, adorable, funny and so talented! I don't want to give any details away as any reader would savor to delve into this book and discover how perfectly compelling "Beauty from Pain" is for themselves.
I have to say that although the initial proposition had been done before, the "no sharing of true identities (including names)" was unique. At this point I had to turn off my critical mind as to how implausible anonymity is in our google-friendly world.---And, this helped open my heart to the full enjoyment of the story.
Even though I thought Jack was one hot, mesmerizing Aussie, I secretly could not wait till the part where his arrogant arse got what was coming to him. Yes, that's right, even from the beginning, I could not wait to see him suffer in love just because of his indifference toward women/relationships. Well, I got more than I bargained for in that respect because I'm the one suffering since it's 3:30 a.m. and I'm already downloading the next book in the series (and I'm not on vacation!!!).
Now, on to book #2!!!!!! (PLEASE AUDIBLE CAN YOU WORK ON GETTING BOOK #3????…PREFERABLY BY THE TIME I'M FINISHED READING/LISTENING TO BOOK #2--WHICH MEANS LIKE IN A FEW HOURS)
I could not, for the life of me, get the song "HERO" from Enrique Iglesias out of my mind while listening to this audiiobook. Mainly, this book is about a terrible injustice that was incurred on some very strong men in Special Forces who were serving their country in Afghanistan while being sabotaged and attacked as a part of a betrayal. Nick Rixey (2nd in command of that operation), is dealing with the loss and trauma of, not only his honor and military career, but also the lost lives of his brother/men who died in the attack. This story takes place about 1-year after the incident. So, while Nick is licking his wounds and partnering with his brother at his TAT business……Becca Merritt walks into his life, and well, it's not ever the same. (The right kind of woman can do that to a strong man, after all).
I felt that the redemptive qualities were so evident right away, and part of that quality is that beautiful Becca is the daughter of the military leader who sold out the force and left them to die. How ironic it is when innocent Becca appeals to Nick for help in finding her brother who is now MIA. Right in time, Nick assembles his old crew as they come together to join forces and not only save Becca's brother, but also uncover the truth behind their sabotage & ruin.
Through out the action and suspense in the book, it felt like the evil which lurked was tantamount to that in the City of Gotham (you know like in Batman) because the conspiracy and corruption infiltrates, what seems like, all the structures of authority. Although this book does not solve the overarching mystery…that is to be solved at the end of the series ( I would imagine). Yet, as these men fight to uncover the truth, in this book, loves pushes itself through in the fiery, passionate and beautiful love between Nick and Becca. Their chemistry was great and they complemented each other very well. I loved Becca's description of Nick's tattoo's and well, so glad they fit in time for a burgeoning romance in between the sleepless nights of worry and the days of strategizing while busting the riddle to their living nightmare.
In regard to the following book, I'm going to wait till I'm in the mood for a book where the first focus is solving a mystery, and the second is the romance. I tend to prefer books where the romance is front and center and drives the plot and action. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining because overall this book was very well done.
Narrator: I liked Seraphine Valentine, overall. I did need to get used to her slow pace, at times.
Wow! This book reminded me of the early take of Sex and the City where Carrie Bradshaw engages the audience, while pausing moments on screen to make her statements. This is the same style Andrew "Drew" Evans uses to tell his experiences and very entertaining story through his POV. But, where Carrie Bradshaw was honest and sweet about her pursuit of love, Drew Evans is honest and a D-bag about his pursuit of tail, and…nothing more..well, of course you can't leave out his numero 1, which is his career.
This book was very well done. It is a hilarious, fun, sexy read in between serious books. I had so many LOL moments, my stomach hurt. Drew is an investment banker who falls helplessly in love with a beautiful--more like gorgeous girl he meets in a nightclub who ends up being the new hire at his family's investment firm. So, what starts off as amazing chemistry and attraction, turns into competitive flair, and lastly into a hot, piercing love. Yes, love…the real thing.
The woman who turns this playboy's head and heart around, is the intelligent, driven, and very good-looking, Kate Brooks. Now, the banter, witty quips and side examples (as Drew engages his reader's audience directly) are just hilarious, and so smart, trendy and modern. The story is further enhanced by the involvement of Drew's awesome friends and family. OMG, the conversations between Drew and his niece are both funny and also endearing.
I can't give the details away because the plot is rather simple, but gets the work done. Basically, Drew uses women as sex objects, and why not??-- He's never had to work for the attentions of a woman in his life. He is a real dog, as in man-whore-dog, but he's also charming, cute and funny so he really grows on you. Yes, that's right, you can't help but love him and also kind of feel giddy when he gets what's coming to him. However, rest assured, this man works hard at winning over his lady-love and it all works out….in a very fun, sweet, incredible, sexy way.
My only issues was that it was over tooooo quick! And, I really don't like the F-word combined with Jesus Christ (it's just offensive). Otherwise, this is a fun, enjoyable, LOL read/listen.
Narrator: Sabastian York was in his element….sexy, smooth and at ease…loved his performance!
Emma Chase, PLEASE TELL US THERE IS A TANGLED VOLUME 2 OR SOMETHING…..throw us a bone here!
This is the first sci-fi, alien/human romance I have read…like ever. And, this series did not necessarily push me in the direction of other alien romances, but more so, it put Anna Zaires on my authors' radar list. She did a fantastic job in capturing the emotional and triumphant progress of such an interesting and unique romance as of that of Korum and Mia.
In this book, all loose ends, struggles and issues from previous books are brought forward and resolved in a fabulous manner. There is nothing that is left without a resolution and I really appreciated that in this series, and that is why I so loved this book.
Both Mia and Korum's relationship becomes even more grounded and catapults into an epic, legendary romance that really changed and moved both their societies and worlds, alike. Anna Zaires could have kept their story moving forward, but it's nice when an author knows when to stop as well.
In this book there are beautiful, sentimental moments between Korum and Mia. Mia's personality, gifts and worth push themselves to centerfold as she reaches new heights in her value and position in Krinar society. GO MIA!!! I was impressed at how Korum is represented as such a powerful lead. He never loses momentum, is rarely caught off guard, protects Mia at all costs, and is so intelligent that he's typically one step ahead of everyone else. There is nothing this man will not do for Mia. His love is insatiable, powerful, and gives a "forever" type of romance a whole new meaning. Both Mia and Korum's love will be added to my list of "favorites." I will regularly revisit this audiobook series…that's how much I really liked it.
Narrator: Emily Durante must have been good or at least decent because again…I was more focused on the details in this fantastic ending and not so much on the narration…I know weird, but what can I say??? Loved this series!!!
If you would make a list of your favorite Alpha Males….let's say, Highlanders, MC bikers, Military Men, FBI agents, I dunno maybe Inked-out tough guys….well, just put Korum the powerful Krinar at the top of that list. This is the second installment in the series and I really loved it.
I loved seeing the growth in the relationship between Mia and Korum. Korum is hot, intelligent and so romantic and tender with Mia, but the big problem is that well, he has taken her away from her life to be with him…no questions asked. This is not negotiable and it absolutely showcases Korum's domineering, possessive and territorial side when it comes to Mia. Mia is compelled into this alien/human relationship, yes by force, but also through….dare I say it…love.
The aspects that fascinated me in this book was how the reader is immersed in this Krinar society and it just gets more interesting along the wayt! Mia is taken to live with Korum in Lenkarda (one of the K's largest settlements on earth). Mia settles in and is finding her way through exposure to domestic technology (OMG!! Where can I get one of those "intelligent" homes??), advanced research in her field, Krinar political structure, and she gets to know other humans who are in a similar alien/human relationship, as her own. (By the way, I loved the Krinar wedding they attended).
Mia really comes alive in this book. She is stronger and even though she falls in love with Korum, she is not afraid to speak her mind and does communicate her struggle in their relationship where Korum has all of the power. I also loved the softening of Korum. We learn more about his thoughts, motivations, background and his irrevocable, passionate love for Mia. The loves making scenes are plentiful and are more emotionally connected as compared to the sex scenes in the first book (which were super hot as well). I think this is reflective of how their romance is deepening and growing. Their sex life is definitely off-the-hook, out-of-this-world type of amazing.
There is a suspenseful conspiracy that pushes the plot forward and is another exciting component. What I have mentioned is only the tip of the iceberg, there are so many wonderful details in this book that will leave you sitting back enjoying every riveting moment.
Narrator: Kitty Hendrix was fine as a narrator. I have to say that I didn't pay much attention as I was simply too immersed in the story itself. That's a good thing!!
Wow, first impressions can be tough!!! For Vanessa McGregor, beautiful red-head with the great body, quick wits and sharp instincts, she was immediately taken aback by her best friend's brother Jackson "Jax" Maris whom she had heard so much about. But, in their initial meeting at a Hawaiian airport, well Jax kind of blew it by responding in a blasé manner about his tardiness. And, this is one gal who is an attorney by career and feisty in personality that you don't want to mess around with!
Jackson is an MMA fighter who falls under the category of "swoon-worthy" with his interesting tattoos, charisma and good looks, but even his good looks couldn't get himself out of a ruined first impression. So Jax, inspired by the moment, concocts a fabulous, little plan to find his way up close and personal with Vanessa for a whole week! Whoa!!! And, what a week it turns out to be!
I enjoyed the banter, the chemistry, the great sex scenes and the sweet moments, alike. The background of both characters added an extra depth and dimension to the story. It was also so beautiful to see Reed and Luci together again, and experience their wedding! Whoa….lovely!!!
Overall, Jax and Vanessa's romance is marked by definite challenges because Vanessa is so closed off. Sometimes, I even felt like the work Jax put in to win her heart was tedious and exhausting, but, bless his persistent and introspective heart, Jax pushed through!! And, who doesn't love a persistent man???--Especially a hot MMA fighter.
With two strong, independent leads, I suppose their HEA was to be expected. It's not my favorite type, but it's an arrangement that has promise and is well on it's way toward "forever." I have to say, I LOVED the last part about Jax addition to his tattoo….so tear jerking!!!!
Narrator: At first I thought Holly Fielding was a little monotonous and bland, but then I got used to her and felt as though she added a nice feminine touch…..I'm trying to be positive here!!! :-)
It all started with a walk in the park…..but things on earth were different now. It had been about 5 years since earth was peacefully invaded by the Krinar alien species, an advanced race from another planet. So, for Mia Stalis, a college student at NYU, what else could she possibly derive from a simple, yet somewhat awkward run-in at the park with one of the "K's"….a beautiful specimen of man named Koram who eyed her like a predator and left her with unsettled feelings. Well, Mia wasn't far off from her first impression, what might have been considered an innocuous walk in the park become the beginning of a life, destiny and epic romance she couldn't have begun to fathom. And, I could not have begun to fathom what an awesome series I stumbled onto with the Krinar Chronicles!!!
Wow! This book was on fire with passion, strong themes of capture, inner-conflicts and racy twists and turns at every corner. This is considered to be a dark, erotic romance, and certainly the way Koram initiates and fosters a relationship with Mia evokes a balance of chills, dread, and excitement. Throughout this book you will feel Mia's visceral response to Koram and his maddening need for her, and vice versa. For the sensibilities of a 21st century reader, well some of the themes are downright creepy, but never far from exciting.
In this book, the intelligent, decisive, gorgeously-masculine, Korum is still somewhat of a mystery. We will learn more about him and his motivations/life in the next few books. I really liked Mia's responses and the way she dealt with her situation as I thought it was realistic and honest. She's one of those sweet girls who is not aware of her attractiveness/beauty/intelligence and overall allure, and the effect she has on others. What can I say?-Mia is beautiful inside and out and Koram detected this the first nano-second he laid eyes on her..LOL…The ending was crazy-amazing and I was left automatically downloading the entire series.
Some of the really cool aspects was learning about this advanced world of the Krinar's that we only get a glimpse of in this book. Their technology, way of handling conflict, and culture is definitely interesting and keep you wanting to know more. Also, their mandated food diet and it's effects across the earth was also keenly interesting. I felt like eating more veggies and salads like ASAP…lol
Narrator: Kathleen Godwin was superb. I loved her voicing, cadence and inflections for Mia and Koram, alike. Her pacing was great and she made it an overall excellent audiobook experience.
Having listened to all the audiobooks in this series, it's like peeling an exotic, unknown fruit from Krina…..you want more and each peel is more and more revealing!!! LOVED IT!!!
When you're in the world of the Reapers MC, you just have to sit back and relax and don't mind the raunchiness, vulgarity, roughness and constant stream of F-bombs that come your way. It's just part of this world….and, what a world it is! I was excited that this audiobook was finally released after I really enjoyed the first one. Some of the best parts about the book is entrance in the world of the Reapers MC with all of the gang such a Horse, Picnic, Painter….as well as Marie and the rest of the "old ladies" including sweet Em. It was great to get a kind of continuation of Horse and Marie's love story, and their wedding was awesome!!! Also, I just can't wait for Em and Liam's "Hunter's" story…seriously can't wait!!
This book centers on Rugar and his love interest, Sophie, who has a young son, Noah who is Rugar's nephew. Noah was so sweet. I really liked his part in this story. Yet, regarding his uncle Rugar, I was so curious as to how such an unyielding, tough, pull no punches, hardcore biker guy like Rugar was going to give up his freedom with women to finally settle down with "the one." Well, he definitely meets his match with Sophie. Sophie is beautiful, with her green eyes and auburn hair. And, she is equally fiery in temper, sharp mouth, and has a strong character just as Rugar. Well, ok, let's also add stubborn to that list…LOL So, with these two there is definitely a lot of power struggles in their relationship. But, ultimately, Rugar and Sophie find that fighting their love/lust for one another is a battle neither can win. Rugar and Sophie resolve their differences after many experiences that end up drawing them together. Of course, there is passionate sex, action, crazy MC parties, kidnapping, violent moments that all race the reader to the HEA.
I have to say this is not my favorite kind of romance because I appreciate more softness in the Hero/Heroine relationship and I didn't think it was as good as Horse and Marie's chemistry and love story, but it worked well in the end. I mean not all biker romances have a sweet and fluffy edge to them…..for Rugar and Sophie it was hardcore all the way around.
Narrators: I thought the dual narration between Tatiana Sokolov , Todd Haberkorn was good. ---Nothing absolutely spectacular, but overall good and enjoyable.
PLEASE AUDIBLE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE RELEASE THE 3RD BOOK IN THE SERIES…
I can't explain why I decided to read/listen to this book. I'm not at all into kidnapping books and I felt sick at the idea of romanticizing the awful tragedy of being taken against your will. So let me tell you---this book was an experience for me!!! It's one in which you hate to admit you liked it. In fact, it was intriguing to me. This book is very well written, and the emotional conflict of the heroine, Nora is portrayed very well. And, how can Nora not be conflicted as she is taken away from all she knew and whisked off to a tropical island where she was subjected to a sexual world she never volunteered for? Her captor, Julian remains somewhat of a mystery, even though he does share some aspects of his life. I would assume we will learn more about Julian in Book 2. Nora describes Julian as a dark angel with great wealth and who she is drawn to (since she first met him), but she knows he's dark and can't help but get sucked into his black hole. Just as reviewers on goodreads and other sites have indicated this book is very similar to the concepts of 50 Shades of Grey. Yet, there's no doubt Nora was held captive, but what she never expected was to fall, irrevocably, in love with her captor Julian. Julian has a complicated and traumatic background and he has decided against going the traditional route in wooing Nora and has decided almost like caveman-style on steroids to take her and make her his. This is also irrevocable. This book is dark, it's painful, erotic and definitely well-written. AZ has created two characters who become inseparable and there's no going back. I can't romanticize this aspect, it is what it is.
Narrator: I thought the narrator was excellent. Shirl Rae performed very well.
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