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When I finished this book & the only word that came to mind was stunning...because I myself was stunned.
I decided to read this book first in the series as the previous two books seemed to have somewhat mixed reviews. However, it seemed like the reviews from this book were steadily highly rated. There was enough background information given on the main characters that I didn't feel at all lost. In fact, this book was so good, I can't wait to go back & read the previous.
"Charming" Mikey O'Connor a despot, powerful river pirate intertwines his life with Silence Hollingbrook, a beautiful widow. Silence's husband, Hollingbrook would be responsible for and consequently serve time in prison as O'Connor had stolen some goods from his ship. Silence begs O'Connor to replace the cargo and slyly O'Connor concedes but for the price of a night alone with her.
As Silence agrees to the pirate's terms, she is left to deal with the repercussions of this one night. Although Mikey did not touch her that night they spent alone, Silence's reputation never recovered. Even her husband Hollingbrook was repulsed by her. He left on his last voyage without reconciling to Silence and then died at sea.
When Mikey's bastard daughter is brought to him after her mother's death, he does not hesitate to anonymously secure the child with Silence. Mikey has many enemies and he knows that Silence, who has a pure heart will love the baby.
About 1 year later, Mikey takes the baby away and lures Silence to his home. He informs her that the baby girl, Mary Darling, is in fact his child and he will keep her with him. There are two reasons Mikey brings Mary and Silence to his home. 1) His enemy is vicious and bother Silence and the baby are in real peril, 2) Mikey has been looking for an opportunity to bring Silence back into his life as she made an indelible impression in his life.
Although he promises Silence that she can leave with Mary "Darling" after his enemy is defeated, in his heart, he knows he will never let her go....and good thing too, because their bond becomes one that is unbreakable!
THis novel was fabulous on so many levels. Elizabeth Hoyt has a way of creating interesting stories that will always keep you gasping and following every step of the characters with anticipation.
Mikey O'Connor is a worthy hero in this story. He falls deeply in love with Silence and, in turn, Silence is like a healing balm to his traumatic life. She brings beauty and hope into his life. One of the things I loved about Mikey O'Connor was his humor.....so smooth, tough & sarcastic in the right sense. Silence is a strong heroine. She stands up to Mikey and also gently pushes him to be a better man through love.
Although the love story was so tantalizing and beautiful, I really enjoyed the lead into the next novel in the series as the Ghost of St. Giles is revealed! I can't wait for that love story to unfold!
There were also some very tragic parts of this story that left me almost in tears & shocked. This is reflective of Hoyt's style, she allows the reader to enjoy the magic of a fierce, healing love contrasted by tragedy, pain and loss. She paints a world with both pain and love.
Lastly, I loved the narrator! She is superb....just perfect! What a wonderful listening experience!
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.
The thing I love about MMA romances is that I always feel inspired to hit the gym harder, no excuses….lol
Skyla Madi has gone on my radar with this fabulous, little book! I was lured into this world of excitement, sexual attraction, great friends, hot banter, MMA matches, and plenty of scenarios that lent themselves to great moments between Olivia James and Seth Marc.
At the beginning of this book, Olivia is getting over a "stupid-woman" syndrome as she FINALLY breaks it off with her chronically, cheating boyfriend, Blade, after 6 years. Despite the disapproval of her family and best friend Selina, Olivia stayed in this bad relationship for whatever reason. So, when she's working out at her father's gym post breakup, she encounters Seth who is sculpted, strong and just a perfect specimen of a man. As Olivia checks him out she's caught by this cocky, confident man and the body language between the two is just steamy and full of promise!! This is one of the things that this author does very well. She's has created a series of combustible, exciting scenes with hot chemistry, banter and sexual tension between beautiful Olivia and badass Seth, with a fun group of friends, such as Jackson (Seth's best friend) and wild-child, Selina.
When I let go of my mind's tally of all of the implausible situations, I enjoyed this book to the fullest. I loved the build up in the relationship between one-night-stand extraordinaire Seth Marc and Oliva, who really didn't realize how beautiful she was. The lack of pretension and arrogance on behalf of Oliva was refreshing--because she really was a sight! I loved hearing about her beauty and allure through Seth's eyes. Blade had really done a number on Olivia making her feel less than her true worth, but from the get-go, Seth knew she was something special and different. I also loved the way Olivia handled her cocky bad boy..she was fierce!! Go girl!!! And, Seth was a perfect combination of badass and sweet. I loved the way Seth protected Olivia and was sensitive to the things that she needed from him.
The MMA fighting scenes were exciting and were written in a way that I felt as though I was there. Seth's problems with his mother, history with his father, the keen interest Olivia's boss showed toward her, as well as the relentless pursuit and change of heart by her loser ex-boyfriend added another level of interesting dimension to this story.
I also liked it when the narrator actually sang Seth's theme song as he came down to the ring. I thought the anticipation for the big fight with Seth's rival Don was rather anti-climatic, but not completely lost or bad. Overall, this book is completely smooth-worthy.
Great ending and I can't wait to read the next book. Please get it on audible!!! Please!!!
Narrator- I really liked Em Eldridge's narration. She did a great job, and I even liked her voice for Seth.
Wow! I was so impressed with the concept and set up of this book from the beginning! I was drawn into sexy, competent FBI agent Cole Fletcher who led his squad team into a cult compound to save the followers from a planned suicide mission by their leader. In this compound is where he finds Savannah, huddled in a corner. His primal, instinctive response to Savannah, the beautiful young woman with the vivid emerald eyes, was awesome. I loved his instant attraction to her where he couldn't get her out of his mind. Cole walks a fine line in following his protective inclination to seek out Savannah. Yet, the other inclination he puts a lot of effort into fighting is this strong need to be with her and have her close to him, despite consequences.
There are so many things that worked well in this book. The chemistry between heart-throb, agent Cole and the lovely Savannah was great. When they are together there is this quiet comfort with an underlying buzz of sexual tension that pushes them to the brink of their romance. Cole brings a very willing Savannah to live with him and I loved how kind and sensitive he was to her. This book is filled with both the small and very grand sweet and thoughtful gestures Cole extends toward Savannah. Savannah is equally smitten and consumed by her longing for Cole. She wants him and blossoms under his protection, security and affection.
So, even though there were sweet, endearing moments that had me sighing, "awe." The part of the book where Cole actively resists Savannah lingered for too long and became a stagnant place where not only are Savannah and Cole sexually frustrated, but I felt frustrated for them!!! I felt as though I was reliving Twilight with Edward and Bella who slept with one another and just cuddled for like what years???--(Although for Cole and Savannah, bedtime "cuddle only" nights lasted a few weeks---but, how realistic is that?? Who can do that for so long????). During this time, Cole also made STUPID decisions regarding other women that had me seeing red! And, Savannah's reaction to these situations was sad to me. I felt her vulnerable position in living with Cole most during these awkward situations that Cole created. When Cole finally does give in to Savannah it was a beautiful, scintillating, smoky-hot kind of love. It enhanced their already comfortable relationship and strengthened their bond.
Overall, I found this book to be enjoyable. It piqued my interest as I anxiously rooted for both Cole and Savannah as they worked toward their HEA. One of my favorite parts is toward the end, when Cole's last secret is revealed and he comes grobbling and begging Savannah to take him back and never leave him. Wow!! I loved it because it was Cole's breaking point and the last point of surrender to his insatiable need and commitment to Savannah, the love of his life. He finally stopped resisting and that made me very happy. Also, the epilogue was one of the sweetest---OMG seriously adorable and sweet---LOVED IT!
Narrator: I thought Josh Goodman's voice was very sexy and swoon worthy. What a great voice for Cole! Josh also did a good job with the female voices. He really enhanced the experience of this audiobook.
This is my first rocker romance and I was hooked!!!
With a rocker romance I expected womanizing, partying disasters, drugs, alcohol, destroyed hotel rooms, kinky sex, excessive living, and vomiting puddles….
And well, yes, even though there was a lot of that there was also…..
Sweetness, hot sex, solid friendship development, quiet home-life, meditative moments, music rehearsals, music videos and a climb to the top in the music charts, with an equal dose of faithful, enduring love.
At the beginning of this story, we find Rebecca Alton (heroine) at a bad time in her life. She's in her mid-20s and has made a series of bad decisions and wasted time and energy on a loser ex-boyfriend, and a hard life that left her out of luck, with no job, friends or worldly possessions. In fact, initially, it seemed like the only good thing college drop-out, previously-employed bartender, Rebecca has going for her is a compulsive cleaning habit. But this book capitalizes on being at the right place at the right time and when Rebecca mistakenly strolls into an interview with Sexy, hot, no-nonsense Kent Hudson….well, her luck is about to change….in the best of ways!!
OMG, this book was so fun, exciting and sexy!!! I loved Kent Hudson (hero) because yes, he was the hot, bad-boy, gorgeous bassist and tough manager for the band THE LONELY KINGS, yet he was definitely MORE than that!!! I loved that he was smitten from the moment he saw beautiful Rebecca (in this own "rocker" kind of way). I also LOVED that he was pretty set on her and there was no mention of other women from the time Rebecca walked into his life. Yes, he hired her to take on the role of baby-sitter, handler and pretend girlfriend to his brother Carter (the genius songwriter, singer and guitarist for the band). Yet, he didn't realize how impacting Rebecca's presence would have on the whole band, including Carter, who was on a dangerous substance abuse trend downward. The attraction between Kent and Rebecca was always ON FIRE, and even though Kent tried to be distant (epic fail) and was moody (as he fought in his internal cravings for Rebecca), when they finally give in to each other, it's a rock hard type of romance….lol. Kent always radiated this electric attraction for Rebecca and I loved that aspect of the romance.
In this book there are plenty of twists, sweet moments, unexpected revenge, standing up to a bully, finding an insatiable true love and much more…This read was enjoyable and relaxing. It was low on the angst and high on the steam---And, that is just the kind of book for me when I want to escape into a fab romance and relax.
Narrator: I really liked Crystal Sershen. I thought she was really good and did a great job with both the female and male voices.
I've been on a Kristen Ashley binge lately, and part of that binge has ushered me into the motorcycle world of the Chaos MC. The Chaos MC is a world that is built upon a separate code of ethics, laws and yes, freedom. So, having been introduced to Tack (leader of the Chaos MC) in "Motorcycle Man (MM)," I was so excited to enter that world again through his daughter, Tabby and Shy's story--And what a story it was!!!
We were introduced to the tall, tough and gorgeous Shy as the new recruit/prospect in MM. In "Own the Wind" he is a full-fledged, trusted member of the MC. He's definitely IN with the ladies as he exudes sex appeal, and is a magnet for the wild life. I was just head-over-heals over Tabby since she was first introduced as Tack's beautiful daughter with a wonderful personality, but who was beaten down emotionally and rejected by her mother. Fast forward a bit and you're right where this book begins…
In this book, there are so many beautiful, tender moments that had me in tears. At the same time there were moments where I was pissed--like crazy pissed, and then there were parts where I was just so happy and fully immersed in the couple's romance. Part of that emotional ride comes with the process of melding a hardcore biker to a long-term committed, forever kind of love. How does that even happen???? Well, for Shy, it happened in stages and watching both Shy and Tabby's attraction for one another develop into a desperate, insatiable, binding kind of love was nothing short of amazing. I never lost interest in this book, the characters, or this MC world.
My favorite gifts in this book included the peek into Tack and Tyra's life with their beautiful boys who were cherished by everyone (including their older sister Tabby). The side romances were also great---Hopper and his unlikely love (don't want to spoil that one!!!), and the scene with Elvira and Maleke (sp?) was fabulous!!! I was double spoiled with the appearance of all of the Dream Men (hero's from the previous series) in one of the most decisive, nail-biting moments in the book.
Mostly, what I loved about this book was the hot, beautiful, smoldering love between Shy and Tabby. One aspect that made it more impacting was how, as readers, we're given the smoken-hot love that you would expect from a biker and his "old lady," but we're also given a share of the home life between Tabby and Shy, in which they have to figure out how to live with one another and their habits (laundry, toilet lid seat up etc.). The inclusion of how Shy and Tabby settle into their daily routines & tasks was great because it's what has made Ashley such an insanely, brilliant romance writer. In her books, she delivers very strong masculine men and beautiful, strong women who don't change one another. Just as Shy and Tabby, they learn to navigate the relationship by making compromises that are true to one another. Shy is caveman, street-smarts, biker bossy, but with Tabby's intelligent, sweet, sultry self….well, this match is the kind of Biker legend. I know I am sure to re-visit this audiobook regularly…that's how much I loved it!
Narrator: Angela Starling was fabulous and executed the roles perfectly which made this one hot, little piece of biker audiobook. lol
I hope Audible adds more of the books in this series!!! Please!!!
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