I thought The Bride and Gentle Warrior were slightly better although I do like the hero in this book. The narrator is really bad. I don't expect female narrators do to a great job with male voices, but it really bad. and all the enuciation and breathy-ness at the end of sentences it awful. Julie Garwood writes the true trashy romance, but she flows the standard romance novel formula.
Hillary Huber was totally the wrong pick for narrator. She's breathy and unemphatic. When Ares drops the f-bomb, she whispers it! This is supposed to be an alpha male, lady. Say it with some ruthlessness! Her voice and presentation make both the hero and the heroine appear weak. Which they aren't.
I'd say Larrisa Ione writes some pretty hot sex scenes! She's not afraid to drop the f-bomb or swear or be crude. After all, these are soldier, warriors, alpha types, not regency heros. Makes the story and the characters more real.
Never. She's dreadful.
Actually, it's not a bad book. I ended up just reading it and I really liked it.
Requires you to stretch your imagination. It's interesting to see a paranormal/urban fantasy based in Christianity. Very unique and creative.
Diana is a fantastic writer and I am absolutely hooked on her Outlander series, but I don't think I'd do another Lord John book. Rick Holmes was bad and Jeff Woodman lacks something in portraying LJ that Davina Porter captures perfectly. Davina Porter's voice is much deeper and raspier when reading Jamie, not to mention much more fierce--acted, not read. She just is the voice of Jamie Fraser.
Now, I'm not a prud by any means, I'm trying to break into the romance genre myself, but really after all these years of picturing Jamie and knowing what happened to him at the hands of Jack Randall and how that experiece effected him... I really don't want to hear about Lord John's designs on Jamie's body. Sometimes, I wonder who Diana is writing to--what is her target market? Why would women who read Outlander and fell in love with Jamie, the epitome of manliness, want to read or listen to gay sex scenes with LJ? Although an honorable guy, he's just not compelling, yet she keeps ramming him down out throat. Maybe there are women out there who want to read about gay sex, but frankly, I'm not one of them.
I guess my expectations were too high. I thought his would be more of a straightforward mystery, which is what I was under the impression the LJ books were, but it's more of a long plodding story with just a sort of mystery, a couple of good one liners and a little more filling in of Jamie's time at Hell water. It's lacking real excitement, it all seems forced. It's just dull, flat, insubstantial, uncompelling. Disappointing.
Her Royal Spyness was way way better.
No. I heard great things about Jeff Woodman's LJ, but it's he's just not up to snuff.
I suppose. I'm thinking that some of what is told here will show up in one of the Outlander books
This story is missing something. That something is Claire. Or Davina Porter. Or maybe just women in general.
This is okay. It's different, I'll give it that. But there's no sex. A little drawn out. Lynn is a self depricating author and that does make it funny at times.
I don't know what it is about this book. It is a little hard to understand what's going on in the begining. Like all fantasy, it's a little confusing if you don't know the lay of the land or have a map handy. I thought it took through the whole first part to really get going, but once it does, you just can't stop! Sometimes the story seems to move slow, but it's really not. It's very hard to explain. At first, I thought this was going to be just a rehash of Lord of the Rings... It sort of starts out that way with the token cookie cutter characters, but they are soooo human. Everyone is not what they seem. This really is a book and a world about men and the weakness of men. The women in this book are incredibly strong people able to take care of themselves and are natural born leaders. I like that this book has sex in it. Literature is supposed to be about the human condition and sex is part of that. Something about the way men write the act that is raw yet sensual. Martin captures the mindset, the culture, the erotisism of barbarianism in a believable way. The Drogo, Dani story line is wonderful, slowly evolving. Every one is flawed, all have strengths and weaknesses, there's not good guys and no bad guys, everything seems to float somewhere in that gray murky area. All have a legitimate claim to the iron throne.
Parts of this book are fantastic!!! and other parts, are just plain boring. Sometimes I think Diana forgets who her audience is. Women don't want all the war detail. Just give it to me quick and straight. If you like Lord John, you'll like this book. I don't particularly. I think he's just not compelling so there's parts of this that are boring, although, you have to listen to understand what will happen in the next book. I think that story like will give some insight into Claire's history. Willie, I'm sorry to say, is not at all compelling. I just don't care about him, at least, not really until the end. The story line with Ian is sad. The Roger, Brianna story line is holy cow fantastic!! It makes the whole book worth while! I'm not sure why so many are upset that Diana leaves you hanging at the end of this book. She pretty much does that with all her books. I think you will have to read some of the Lord John mysteries to understand exactly what's going on in some parts, but it's not necassary. All Diana's books are written where the first have sets you up for what happens in the second half. This is very similar. All the action happens in the second half of the book
This book and the second book are must reads if you like trashy romance. It's not poorly written and the narrator is good too. The hero is very different from any other hero i've ever read. Hoyt's heros are somehow very human. Also the romantic plot line is unusual for this genre. I won't spoil it for you! It is erotic, but I don't call this erotica. It's hot though, adults only! This series is fantastic.
Everything about this book is okay.... just okay. I don't really expect this kind of stuff to be great literature, and I didn't pay for that either. It's entertainment. Just know that going in.
If you're looking for upscale literature, this isn't it. It's definatly no Outlander, but what the heck, it's entertainment. I'm really not sure how I feel about the narrator. I've listened to some of the other books she's read and I think maybe it's just the way the book it written. She has a very nice voice... I'm just not sure what it is. This book it no mind bender. It's alot of telling and not showing. This isn't really a criticizim, it just is what it is. But by god! If I have to listen to the word 'gaze' one more time! Really, that word is used way to much in this book. It's good, not great, but i like the characters and the story better than the first book.
I thought the first book in this series, Wicked Intentions, was great! This book does not disappoint! It's, ah, very naughty, but I didn't think as erotic as Wicked Intentions, but still, whoa! I like the the reader. I think her voice is perfect for this genre, sort of soft and husky. I'm excited for the next book to come out in Nov. I will buy that the day it comes out! Totally worth the credit.
If you like a simple little story to be entertained, this is a good one. Don't have to think too much about this one, but that's what I like about it. How can you not like Anna?! and Muriel is soooo offensive! The whole eugenics thing brings in such a twist! Davina Porter definiatly makes this book shine! I thought this might be trashy, and i was hoping, but it wasn't and really i didn't mind! This is one of the better examples of storytelling i've come across. If you like davina porter try the outlander series!!
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