United States | Member Since 2012
Absolutely. The characters are fractured souls who do not miraculously overcome their emotional trauma and have endless orgasms. They try, they fail, they win and still can't find happily ever after. They both have to work for love and health and happiness.
That characters actually ate - or not - the cuisine du jour of the region and period. Garlic soup. Shudder!
French accent, ability to perform female voices without making them out to be brittle or overly emotional
Very credit worthy. I like long books that allow the storyline to be fleshed out and details drawn out. This story does this exceptionally well.
Don't get me wrong - I love KC's writing and the worlds she creates. I work in an Indie bookstore and prop the Arcana Chronicles like the paranormal floozy I am. But, honestly, looking at the publishing schedule and the length of the books, we know the trilogy could be wrapped into one delicious read. But the math works like this: one $20+ audiobook discounted to under $10 in less than a year. Or 3 audios released over two months with the discounted price netting almost $15.
It's only her recent books that have pushed the $16 to $20 mark and we all try use credits on those. No way would we waste a credit on $4.61 audio. So all the middlemen are making more money at the expense of the consumer and the needy characters who want their story completed in one book.
Will I buy the rest of the series? Absofloozy! But I tend to shy away from overt marketing ploys with other books and have written KC about my concerns with this series. Maybe she'll tell the gurus she was nucking futs to agree to this capitalization and it won't happen again.
I loved this book because it MOVED. Listeners weren't subjected to long internal dialogues or angsty navel-gazing. Right from the start we're treated to action, quality character contact and suspense. Priced right to purchase or use a credit on. You'll be hooked on this author.
Sophomoric narration and a really plodding storyline make this a good book to type to. In other words, rather than escaping with a good book, you want to find shelter from it.
The story had promise as we follow Franny Darling's life. However, the plot plodded with altogether too much angst and too little progression. I suffered through 2/3 of the book before deciding I was bored, frustrated and unable to continue to listen. A complete disappointment since I liked the first books in the series.
Normally, I love Susan Ericksen's narration but this one was poorly edited with character switches and conversations blurry. It also matched the the sloooow plot but could not be corrected by speeding up the recording.
Save your money and credits - and teeth gritting.
I bought this on a whim and was so pleasantly shocked by how much I enjoyed the story. Not a typical HEA but a story with real character development and discovery. It's the story of how we all want fall in love. With quality time on a bus (plane, box, confined space :-), an adventure and the chance at a future together. Major twist at the end notwithstanding. Worth a credit.
PS: this novel was satisfying and concluded beautifully. I'm a little disappointed to see this story continue as I'm anti- trilogy now.
I loved the Brit-wit in this book but was appalled that this wasn't a stand-alone book. A decent editor and a savvy publisher would've distilled a worthy story into one book instead of three! What happened to choosing the value of a a great story into a great bottom line? The amazon reviews saved me from installment 2 and 3. Again, they suffer a lack of a critical eye. I am done with overwritten trilogies and E.L. Wannabes! Every employee at Random House (shipping, janitors) received a $5,000 bonus at year end 2012 because of the success of 50 shades. A formula was born and we, the readers, are paying for it literally and figuratively. This is not fine art.
I'm only into the second novella and am, frankly, bored. I agree this should be termed a prequel to the series. While some stories add depth for future novels, some backtrack to tell stories where you already know the outcome, eliminating any suspense or urgency. My advice: wait for the next novel.
I'd listen again because the characters were so darn like able and because I love Renee Raudman's narration.
Marnie. Like all of us, she's had tough times. Not traumatic but challenging. But she still believes in people and opportunities and she's not going to give up on her dream of being a wedding planner because the situation isn't made-to-order.
Renee is the bomb with vocal characterization.
I'm looking forward to the next installment of Thrillseekers.
Top 25 percent
I loved the development of Lucas and Honor. Moving beyond childhood dysfunction, ingrained assumptions and learning from mistakes makes them more likeable as the story progresses.
I was a little disconcerted by one reviewer's animosity about infidelity in the book and claiming it's not a romance. It is a complex story with a megalomaniac and a really well developed storyline. The sexy business is appropriate and a lot closer to the nonfiction world we live in than the Insta-love that often shows up in romance novels. This is the Big Girls version of love. I loved the length of the story and liken the intricate story to those written by Sandra Brown.
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