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This novel is an absolute indulgence for Kleypas' fans. After devouring the Wallflower, Hathaway, Gambler of Craven and Bow Street Runner (those available on audible) series, I was overjoyed to find that there is another book that follows Midnight Angel.
Midnight Angel does favor a story similar to "Sound of Music," but thankfully it goes much more beyond an older man (35 years) falling in love with a young, exotic Russian mysterious governess.
This was a relatively long book and therefore provided so many special moments between the lovers. Kleypas provides readers with a rich story spanning the moment Luke Stokehurst meets the beautiful Anastasia (Tasia), their initial conflict & avoidance of one another, followed by the tumultuous way they fall in love and then their love story unfolded during marriage.
There are many elements of this story that might bother some, but for me the peculiar details embedded in the characters' lives provided a steady rhythm that kept my interest piqued.
This will definitely be marked as one of my FAV Kleypas' books, mainly because of the many moments Luke & Tasia were allowed to engage in their love without restraints. In other Kleypas' books there is so much inter-conflict between the lovers that it is hard to find relief in the romance either because the romance is short-lived or strained until the end of the book (as in "Somewhere I'll Find You" and "Where Dreams Begin") , but not Midnight Angel. Midnight Angel is a complete indulgence for the helpless romantic.
By the way, the narrator was great!---Overall a wonderful listening experience.
Wow! I'm really taken aback by this series...I'm loving it, and at the same time on pins and needles due to the dangers. In this series, you get the continuation of previous characters that are further built up (Ephraim & Madison's family, etc.), with the dimension of the addition of new characters, including our hero, Caine and beautiful heroine, Danni.
Caine and Danni's romance is a deep and powerful one. Caine is a 900 year old Pyte who was endeared to a bossy little girl, where they lived in the Sentinel compound. After noticing that the girl was rather neglected by her Sentinel parents, Caine became her protector and friend until the day he abandoned her when she was about 17 years old. However, quite a few years later, Caine and Danni get saddled together through the ploy of despicable villains. Caine's love for Danni is his weakness and the enemy knows it....even before Danni does.
In "Tall, Dark, and Heartless" you get a love between Caine and Danni that is filled with hilarious moments, hot-insatiable sexual need for one another, and so much danger and challenges that you feel the weight of it. Yet all this couple really wants, is to be together. No worries though, they do get an HEA, but you just know that their story will continue to be told in the next books in this series...So, definitely more to come for Caine and Danni!
Well, after my rant about the male lead in the book that preceded this one, I was so happy that Mathewson redeemed Chris Williams and his relationship with his mate, Isabella in this book. Chris made a permanent change in his outlook and we got to witness the sweet, devoted husband and father in him come to life. The lives of other characters, including a risky budding romance, between Jill and Logan, were explored in between the scenes with the leads, almost as commercials.
Overall, I love how Matthewson creates these hilarious characters and their love relationships that allow a lightness in this dark and dangerous world where despite the supernatural qualities of the characters, danger always seems to follow & with a vengeance.
Can't wait to read/listen to the next book (hoping it will be released soon)!!
Narrator: Stella Bloom has really come into her own with this series. She's doing a fabulous job in her narration.
OMG! After reading the 1st book, I was so excited to read/listen to this second installment in the series. What a let down! I know this may sound more like a rant rather than a review, but what the heck was R.L. Mathewson thinking when she created the male lead????
Chris, the adopted son of Madison and Ephraim was a total SOB, jerk, A-hole....you can add any expletive and it would fit. His treatment of the heroine, Isabella was not acceptable! He was so awful to her till about 95% of the book, when his turn-around began. Ugh, so many times this was almost a DNF for me, but it's the stubbornness in me that made me listen till the end.
Chris had been awaiting and dreaming about his Sentinel "mate" for years, which seemed to have been plenty of time for him to build up expectations. Well, when fate unites him with his Sentinel mate, Isabella, although she is a beautiful woman (green eyes, great figure--the whole package), he rejects her. Chris rejected Isabella because she lacked fighting instincts. I had such a hard time with Chris and his mistreatment of his lady, especially because Isabella did not deserve that from him. Isabella did not have an easy upbringing....no one EVER showed her love, and for most of this book, Chris could be added to the list of people who did her wrong in her life.
For most of the book, the relationship always felt 1 step ahead, while 3 steps back. When Chris finally started pursuing Isabella sexually, well, they had smoking hot sex, but you couldn't even enjoy those parts because it was sandwiched in with his cheuvonistic, regretful behavior. Even when you thought Chris was making some progress in his feelings for Isabella....BAM, he responded in a way that was appalling and gut-wrenching.
EVEN THOUGH I LOVE R.L. MATTHEWSON'S WORK, I'M SERIOUSLY PISSED WITH HER FOR THIS BOOK. OMG, and when you consider how Isabella was so powerless in the relationship, and was tossed, pulled around and used by Chris....it made me feel sick. There were a few times I felt like crying for her & I had to remind myself this is just a silly novel.
If the relationship between the leads was better this would have been an incredibly fun, and action-packed book. In this book more of the Pyte/Sentinel world comes to life and you learn more about the dangers caused by demons, minions, vampire and were wolves. You also get a great update with the other characters in the book.
UGH, SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT!!! I'm not sure if I will take a chance with the next book in the series......I'll have to find a way to calm down after this one!!!!
Narrator: Stella Bloom did a good job in her narration.
This was a fabulous read/listen because it was funny, sexy and offered a world of varied blood-suckers & other superhuman qualities (Pyte/Sentinels/vamps etc.), that was refreshing and different. I really liked how R.L. Matthewson's adhered to some aspects of the classic vampire canons, while adding elements to these supernatural creatures that was unique to this story.
24 year old Madison, as a heroine, was maternal, loving, self-sacrificing, and completely loyal to the well-being of her siblings (Jill and Joshua). Her mother Candy was a low-life, selfish woman who only stuck around when it was in her interest. When Madison moved her family to New Hampshire to live in her grandmother's boarding house, well, that's when her life totally took a turn and became something remarkable after meeting the hero of this story.
The hero, Ephraim Williams, who is a Pyte (you have to read this book to learn what that is :-), is about 200+ years old [Yeah, big age difference---but age certainly didn't matter in his love affair] Although Ephraim lives in the same boarding home, he's a recluse until he catches scent of Madison's blood, and cannot stay away from her. As this story progresses so does the sexual tension between the leads and Ephraim's bloodlust for her.
There were a lot of hurdles and challenges both leads had to overcome and solve in order to stay together, but that part of the story was equally funny as it was dangerous. When Ephraim and Madison finally give in to their magnetic romance, I have to say that their Pyte/human sex was phenomenal....it was pretty supernatural, steamy & well crazy hot! LOL. Both leads shared a great love affair. OMG, Ephraim was totally whooped with Madison. The only thing that bothered me was how stubborn she was when she got pissed. OMG, the girl could hold a grudge, but Ephraim's relentless persistence paid off in both keeping her safe and winning back her affection each time she got upset with him.
I enjoyed what became of Madison, Ephraim, and her family.--They became a beautiful family unit which they all desperately needed. One of the best surprises was Chris who was Madison's student and how he got integrated into this unconventional family. I thought the best aspect was how, not only did the leads find this healing kind of love with one another, but that love also extended itself to the rest of the family. WOW!!! What a great story!
CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK WHICH IS CHRIS'S STORY! WOOT-WOOT!
Narrator: I've heard Stella Bloom before and I think she does a good job with her narrations. She adds sass and injects the right amount of inflection in the humorous parts.
When you have the combination of a vivid writer such as Jodi Ellen Malpas, paired with the talented narration of Edita Brychta, it is a feast for the senses, the heart, and the mind, as the story is told in such a magnificent way! After reading/listening to the "This Man" series, I was going through withdrawals because I wanted more....Thankfully, Malpas has gifted readers with what seems to be another fantastic trilogy!
Yes, it's true that the story surrounding Livy, a sweet but guarded stunning woman, and the drop-dead gorgeous, yet mysterious "M" certainly feels like a variation of Jessie and Ava's story, from the "This Man" series, but let me tell you, I DON"T CARE....Malpas can continue writing a thousand variations, and I'd be in bliss....Jessie Cloud 9, or something similar-kind of bliss...Hahaha! Yet, it's important to emphasize that even though the style of writing in this book is vintage Malpas, Livy and 'M's" romance catapults into their own unique story that will dazzle and keep readers intrigued.
I found Livy to be a very likable female lead, and her need to live and care for her grandmother added a special aspect to this story. I also enjoyed Livy's friends, who although are limited, are fun and very protective of her.
Now Mr. "M"....mmmmmm, where should I start? --Yes, he is mysterious, devilishly attractive, demonstrates impeccable manners, yet I like that he has his own neurotic tendencies that gave him a vulnerable kind of charm.
Livy and "M" have instant die-hard attraction for one another. The love scenes are steamy, and packed with longevity and stamina....LOL. "M" is emotionally as closed off as a fortress, and initially insists on only spending 24 hours of passionate indulgences with Livy, yet he definitely sees that she is special and wants more from her. I loved that he was able to come to the point where he could acknowledge a need for Livy that was powerful and pushed him to pursue her relentlessly (well, nowhere near Jessie Ward-stalker style, but still pretty relentless). I loved how "M" felt that his relationship with Livy was worth fighting for.
But, alas this book doesn't end well, and I blame Livy for that one. I think she did wrong, and that makes the wait for the release of the next book even more excruciating!!!!! There are devastating revelations about both Livy and "M's" history, but Livy didn't accept "M's" history as well as he accepted hers. OMG!!! Right when things were going to well for both Livy and M!!!!! BAM!!!.....PLEASE CAN WE FAST FORWARD TO NOVEMBER ALREADY????
THIS WAS A GREAT START TO THE SERIES....CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT DEVELOPMENTS THE 2ND INSTALLMENT HAS IN STORE FOR READERS/LISTENERS.......
I decided to venture into this book since I was in a reading rut and couldn't decide on what to read/listen to next. I adore the narrator Ashford MacNab, and that's another reason I chose to plunge into this book.
I was ready to listen to something within the regency romance genre which was slightly gritty, realistic and nontraditional. Well, I definitely got that in this candid story with tragic elements of a woman fighting to survive in a world where women have very few advantages in society.
The development of the story line is different since the actions of the story are explored as a diary experience and through the heroine, Cozette's perspective. The book does work toward an HEA, with mild injections of humor, much tragedy, tough life lessons, pain and ultimately survival.
Cozette and Earnest have been separated, as late teenagers living in an orphanage, and have promised to find each other. Earnest is an absolutely gallant hero who protects Cozette and sacrifices so much for her. But, you don't really know the full extent of that sacrifice until the very end of the book, might I add after Cozette has experienced various trysts with other men. On that note, one of my biggest worries throughout the book was all of this unprotected sex Cozette had with various suitors....OMG talk about taking BIG risks when engaging in casual sex, in that time period!!!
Even though this book is well written, secondary characters are interesting, and there is an HEA at the end, if you are a helpless romantic as I am, you can't help but feel that there was a lot of wasted time and unnecessary heart-ache that could have been avoided altogether (but then, if that heart-ache was avoided this would be a very different book).
3 STARS FOR THE BOOK, AND 5 STARS FOR A GIFTED NARRATOR THAT CAN MAKE ANY BOOK COME ALIVE.
Maya Banks explores the lives of couples who are friends. Some of the couples are in the DOM/Sub relationship. But, it was interesting because I found the independent woman in me having some trouble with these characters.
Joss (heroine) is pretty much a trophy wife. She doesn't have children, but stays home and was the hostess with the mostess for her husband's business events etc. (really that seemed to be the biggest challenge in her life)....so her husband dies, and 3 years later she gets involved with her husband's business partner, Dash, who is a DOM. Joss loves this because she had "needs" that her husband never fulfilled, but the new guy does. Joss loved being dominated so this relationship with Dash is a dream for her.
What was weird for me was how the men in the book are big on caring for the women, supposedly "cherishing them" "loving them" etc. (even with the BDSM stuff & having other men involved in the sex-capades), but, my feeling was that the women were kind of helpless…..no career, no real goals except waiting for their partner to get home and get it on. I mean the biggest worry the heroine had was whether she should reinstate her nursing certificate., but SHE NEVER DID IT!!!! She had plenty of time since she stayed home all day and who knows what she did all day (except make dinner for her man)….UM, that's kind of low expectations for a woman, in general…….
So the biggest action in this book was Joss waiting naked for her man, then getting ready to go to the local sex club. And, Dash is like , "baby I cherish & love you, now trust me, turn around & let me whip your @ss & put butt plugs up your buttonhole"---SERIOUSLY!!!
Even though I loved Maya Banks' Highland series, I don't think I'm going to continue with this one. I mentioned the part of the story that I had trouble with, but I also took issue with how redundant and repetitive the internal monologue of the characters were. OH MAYA…NOT YOUR BEST WORK :-(
Narrator: The female voices were performed fine, but the performance for the male voices was lacking.
WOW!! This audiobook really captured my attention and heart because it brimmed with almost everything on my romance checklist. This is one scintillating, emotional and very touching romance between badass, UFL fighter Jonah Slade, and the beautiful Raven Morretti who is sweetness personified. (Might I add that both leads have incredible tattoos---which is another plus!)
This book had so many elements that made this a nonstop listen from start to finish. First, you have this great group of friends who are MMA fighters and simply hilarious and they comprise Jonah's inner circle. I can't wait to read/listen to each of their stories, especially Blake's--That man-whore with the crazy sense of humor…LOL.His story is next! Woot-woot! Jonah is a well-respected fighter and buddy among the group. Everyone wants to party and crash at his house. His friends also know Jonah's pattern with women--he never gets emotionally involved or sleeps with the same girl twice. (I mean we're talking about Vegas lifestyle here….)
THen you have this incredible woman who enters Jonah's life and it all changes from there….Let me say that this heroine, Raven is something else. I LOVED her! She is a survivor of a ruthless father (more like biological contributor) and a cold mother who neglected her. Her sperm donor, Dominic is a cold hearted bastard who is more like a monster than a human being, and he's her mother's pimp. So, imagine how beautiful it was to read about a sweet girl who beams with kindness. A woman who is so special, sweet and innocent despite her unsavory family background. Also, the fact that Raven is a dark-haired beauty with aquamarine/green eyes AND a car mechanic added an interesting twist which was refreshing, and unexpected.
So, you get Jonah and Raven together and you have this amazing couple…..Their romance was built up nicely and moved from sweet to sensual to completely unbridled hot-passion. Let me say, I love it when a man loves a woman like Jonah's loved Raven. He became her Hero, her protector, her lover, her best friend….I mean the man was completely smitten by Raven. The love making scenes were meaningful, and fiery and the challenges they face, as a couple were explosive. There is little angst in the romance. Mainly, the problems are external and initiated by Raven's monster of a father.
The narrators were amazing. Ryan West was a dream…I loved his voice as he really brought Jonah to life. Erin Mallon was simply brilliant as she performed a sweet, vulnerable, sultry voice for Raven that did her justice. The emotional inflections in her voice were just perfect for each circumstance.
In speaking of justice, the villains get what they deserved (I bit off all of my nails in the last 15% of the book due to the suspense and looming danger), YET, the epilogue was so moving and just perfect…..
JB Salisbury---You did an awesome job with this debut novel, and start to what is sure to be a promising series!
I felt a whole gamut of emotions with this wonderful book and world that Kristen Ashley has created. I love that in this Colorado Mountain series, K.A. has lingered in the town of Carnal. In the previous book, "Sweet Dreams" with Lauren and Tate's story, we see that Carnal was establishing the beginnings of community and belonging among the people who were slightly oppressed by the corrupt police department. But, no one had experienced that suppression more than Ty Walker, a half Black man who was targeted and set up for a crime he didn't commit all due to his skin color & a hidden, malicious agenda. Lexie Berry enters his life unexpectedly and ends up being his greatest tonic for dealing with the loss of freedom, power and his blood thirst for vengeance.
Now, with any of K.A. books, this one provides fantastic hero/heroine chemistry with a sexy, badass Alpha-male and a fun, beautiful, classy, and just a little goofy heroine. After reading one of K.A.'s books, I always come away feeling like she has solved the gender war, as she celebrates complete masculinity in the male leads, and a lovely, strong femininity in the heroine. And, in that respect, I loved both Ty and Lexie...I mean the pair smoldered together! Their sex appeal and connection was powerful and simply perfect.
This book also made me feel completely sad with a awful sinking feeling in my stomach, at times, because of the theme of prejudice in relation to people of color. There are also some very rocky parts of the H/h relationship that seriously conjured up my tears. Yet, the moments of elation and triumph for Ty and his beautiful sunshine, Lexie, were amazing!
This book progressed and built itself up in stages both in their relationship with one another and their involvement with their friends from town. OMG, there are so many powerful moments in this book. I will always remember Ella's (Lexie's mother figure) talk with Ty about coping with generational racism and how to deal.....OMG...POWERFUL!!!!
The villains are pure evil and they get their just reward in the end. But, a murder is left unsolved and that pushes readers forward into the next book WHICH I'M DYING FOR THE AUDIOBOOK TO BE RELEASED!!! Lastly, the epilogue was emotional, and superb. Not everyone gets their HEA, but those who really work hard at it definitely reach their HEA, including Ty and Lexie.
Narrator: Emma Taylor is a gifted and talented narrator. SHe was excellent in every accent and male/female role she took on. The only small complaint I have is about Officer Pena...I thought she laid on the Mexican accent way too thick. Otherwise, Emma T. is pretty close to perfect, as a narrator, in my book.
OK, the only negative and this is a big one for me is that I HATE it when the F-word is inserted in the middle of Jesus Christ. I think it's awful, disrespectful and unnecessary. I've never heard anyone talk this way in real life and I wish K.A. could use another string of curse words for her male leads to use that is not so offensive to a wide part of the population. I know it's completely jarring and offensive to me.
But on a positive note.....CAN'T WAIT FOR CHACE AND FAYE'S STORY IN BREATHE!!!!
OMG, I've had this book in my wish list for ages….why the heck had I not read/listened to it sooner???? I suppose with the cover, I assumed this would be a very blatant, porn-like relationship???--I'm not even sure why, but I prefer sweep-me-off-of-my-feet romance that is subtle, but strong. And, oh did this wonderful, little sexy book deliver (it was nothing near to my first assumption)!
First, let's talk about the prologue narrated in Shane East's masculine, gorgeous, deep voice with his caressing British accent….OMG….It's like melted butter over a warm pastry…SUMPTUOUS!! Shane East is an excellent narrator, even if he only narrated for the prologue. Grace Grant did a great job as well, as she narrated for the rest of the book.
I loved the intensity of the romance and love affair between Ethan Blackstone and Brynne Bennett. Ethan is a millionaire and owner of Blackstone Security, and Brynne's father, as a friend called up a favor asking for Ethan's help to protect his daughter who was in danger. Ethan was busy and hesitant at first, until he received her picture……
"That picture changed everything. I was not the same after I saw it and I couldn’t go back to the man I’d been before seeing it either. Not after we met that night on the street. My whole world altered because of a photograph. A photograph of my beautiful American girl (Ethan Blackstone)."
Ethan's need, longing, craving, desire, and pull toward Brynne is astronomical. I mean it's off the charts, and I love it when a playboy/rogue can get roped in with that one woman who will come to mean everything to him. Ethan definitely falls for Brynne hard and fast (well, I suppose pun intended since it's accurate.…LOL). Brynne, herself is sweet, smart, and a survivor of a devastating tragedy. We don't find out what that tragedy is, but the reader is aware of how impacting and damaging it was to Brynne's psyche and ability to trust men. But, when Brynne meets Ethan at a gallery showing where he bought her picture, they were destined to be inseparable…mainly due to Ethan's persistence. Needless to say, the chemistry between the leads is ON FIRE and consuming. It was great to see the steps Brynne took in trusting Ethan and her comfort level when spending time with him.
I have to mention that her dad, in particular, was kind of interesting. I mean, he is protective of Brynne, but then again he encourages her modeling (nude modeling) and sends the main nude, but tasteful picture of his daughter to Ethan when asking him to protect Brynne. LOL…I just found that to be an interesting combination…protective dad, but proud of his daughter's nude pics…Well, he is definitely one very supportive parent, and Brynne really needed that since her mother left much to be desired.
The ending was what I expected, as a secret comes out that causes that delicate infrastructure of trust between Brynne and Ethan to fracture. So, it's an automatic download for the second book in the series….I'm going to devour this series and I'm so happy that all of the books in this series are out for my delectation.
I decided to take a chance on this audiobook since it had a lot of good reviews, but once I was about 20% into it, I was having a hard time figuring this book out. It seemed like a parody to me because most or all of the relationships are very exaggerated. To the extremely punishing female boss, to the mafia-style debt collector to the slutty-wild but "gorgeous" best friend….I mean I could go on and on. Even when it comes to the hero Torment (or Max) he can be something likable to everyone (depending on what you like in your alpha male) because he's an MMA fighter, a hot biker, billionaire venture capitalist, and Mr. BDSM in the bedroom. The heroine, Mikayla (Mic) is corky, dorky, but cute in her own way. This story is taken from her perspective and the girl sees the world through a lens of humor…very exaggerated humor, even during the dangerous or serious moments.
I decided that the reason I finished this audiobook was because I thought the best parts were when Max and Mikayla were together and well when the romance is good, I'm typically interested. They have plenty of things to work through in their relationship, but overall, I thought they had good chemistry and their romance was interesting. HOWEVER, I could NOT STAND Mikayla's friend, Amanda…or Dr. Drake. Ok, this is a bit of a rant on my part, but here goes---- I am not reading her book which follows this one. She is not a worthy heroine, AT ALL….I didn't find her to have any redeeming qualities. Amanda has a great thing going with her boyfriend Jake (MMA fighter), she tries to manipulate him in bed, he doesn't give in, so she breaks off with him and sleeps with Dr. Drake who wants Mikayla. But, Amanda's generous, I suppose, (major eye roll) since she kept offering to let Mikayla "have Dr. Drake" if she wanted him, as he's so kinky in bed and Mikayla needed to loosen up--- Ugh, Amanda just grossed me out. And, most of Mikayla's stupid decisions were made when she was with Amanda. I also thought she put her friendship with Amanda before her relationship with Max. Anyway…..there were countless times I thought this would be a DNF for me, but I pushed through because of the romance……So, overall, it gets 2.5 STARS for the silly, moderately steamy, and interesting romance between Max and Mikayla.
Narrator: Lucy Rivers did a decent job. I think her exaggerated voices for some of the MMA fighters and characters was in line with the writing in this book--both kind of weird…especially when the leads texted each other in 3rd person. On these parts, narrator sounded like a cave man????--Not sure…. This whole book was just overall kind of weird experience.
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