Got it on sale and figured I'd give it a try. I ended up staying up way too late to keep listening. It's light and cute, no life-changing lessons learned, but it was just a lot of fun to listen to. I thought it actually had kind of a Molly Harper feel to it as far as the sarcasm and banter between the characters, but that may be just because Amanda Ronconi has a way of bringing "smart-alec-isms" to life. Definitely a fun distraction for days when menial tasks are on the agenda.
Another damsel in distress seeks protection from a smokin'-hot, big, strong alpha male. Was that a complaint? No, not at all. While all of the books in this series are HOT and steamy, this one is a little tamer in some ways. This one is not about how the woman needs to either change her perceptions and accept that her man must have her his way or hit the highway, and I liked that it was more of an emotion-driven book with great sex than a sex-driven book with some emotions thrown in as accessories. Not that those types of books don't have their time and place, but I guess I was more in the mood for this one right now.
I have been waiting for Tyler to have a HEA since Delicious. When his old "friend," Delaney, shows up on his front door with some heavy personal drama and in imminent danger, Tyler mans up and deals. They have a short period of time to get over their past hurts and trust each other in order to survive the mess Delaney has found herself in. Their connection is still there, and that leads them down the right road, mostly. I was interested in the interactions with the couples from the previous books and the foreshadowing of the next one which I will automatically put in the cart.
Again, this is a great series. It's very well-written, and Lexi Maynard is fast becoming one of my favorites to listen to.
First off, yes, a combination Irish/Boston accent is difficult to imagine and must've been a nightmare to perform. I like to imagine Molly Harper came up with that because Amanda Ronconi lost a bet or she just wanted to mess with her. It is weird, and distracting, at first, but if you can stick with it for a little while, it's worth the first few minutes of furrowed brow. Truthfully, in a situation where the author creates a crazy accent, I would have preferred it to be performed without any accent at all because, while the main character is likeable, the accent is rather off putting, and I can't imagine wanting to spend much time in her company, but that is in no way AR's fault. She did it how it was written, and again, you do get used to it.
As for the rest, it was great to visit Half Moon Hollow again and see how everyone is doing. As usual, this was hysterical and entertaining like all of MH's books, and I actually did laugh out loud (as much as I despise the overuse of that description and it's irritating abbreviation). Mama Ginger cracks me up. I also loved the references about reading a romance about werewolves in Alaska and that creepy, stalking Edward guy in Twilight. Every one of her books is loaded with entertainment and fun, and this one does not disappoint....much....at least not enough to matter.
I'm a bit surprised that some feel cheated and ripped off that this is NOT the last in the Eva and Gideon saga, but I for one am thrilled that there are at least 2 more books to follow. I love the subplots, and I want to know more about their crazy parents, families and exes, the female cop, Cary, Megumi and the 2 "drivers" who are more special ops bodyguards extraordinaire than chauffeurs. If Ms. Day had limited this to just 3 books, I think most of us would have lamented that it was all over and would have wanted her to do at least a couple of spin-off series with Gideon and Eva cameos and updates. My only gripe is that I didn't catch the story a few years from now so I could just listen to them all at one time, but that's pretty much always the way it goes. I can't wait to see what she spins for the next books, but I'm kind of hoping for a Magdalena or Megumi/Brett hookup and lots of comeuppance for G's mom, the pediatrician, half-brother and anyone else who needs it.
As for the writer being "greedy," please. I would have paid a credit, and many would have paid retail of $29.95 without a blink AND been happy with more books in the series. Through Audible, this is absolutely worth a credit, though it's cheaper by cash and a total bargain to get the 3 audiobooks for under $30.
OK, the first 30 seconds almost killed it for me, but I gave the story a chance, and I ended up actually liking it. The narrator's voice is SO Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, that it made me laugh during sex scenes when (in my warped mind) whatever he was saying became something like, "The strength of the cheetah's sinewy thighs are proven essential when it's time to mount his mate ...." The female voice he does is what a guy making fun of women might sound like. In fairness, I blame the publisher, not Mr. Foley, for this mess. He has a great voice, just not for this type of book. I have no doubt that he is FABULOUS in more of a documentary or educational type of book and I sincerely hope that this was his one experiment with female voices and romance and that he has decided against doing so again.....EVER
In spite of that, if you see it on sale, the story itself is actually is an interesting one. I even found myself listening a second time, but I can understand those who gave up early. In cases like these, I try to pretend a well-meaning relative is reading at my sick bed and run the narration through my the-way-it should-sound filter and deal.
Sorry to say it is not worth a credit unless re-recorded with a new reader, but I kind of hope they do just that and release the next books in this Scanguards series because I'd like to know what happens next.
I find myself going back and relistening to this series when I'm in between new reads. There is a good amount of comedy along with the drama and action. Yes, there is some sex, but it isn't the main focus like an erotic novel with a bit of action between sex scenes. It's more like a Percy Jackson or Harry Potter type fantasy world series for grownups who aren't offended by some heat between the sheets and adult language.
I hope there are more installments ahead. I also hope that the novellas will get recorded since they are a nice tie-in. They're inexpensive as kindle purchases on Amazon which I felt compelled to get as a little appetizer while awaiting this book to be written. I listen to audiobooks because I do not generally have the time to read, but I made an exception because I just love the Elder Races world.
Start at the beginning with Dragon Bound. The whole series is so worth the credits!!
As much as I disliked Hunter and Kata in book 4, I loved Logan and Tara in book 5. I got the connection between them that I just never got in the last book. This series is basically lots of hot sex and a bit of good guy/bad guy action. I love Lexi Maynard and hope she continues to perform these. The only negative was that there weren't many updates on past characters, but Logan and Tara were more than enough to hold my interest.
Well-written story with good narration. This is a nice stand-alone historical romance with a little intrigue and suspense. I will definitely look at other books by this author.
Another great listen from Lora Leigh and Clarissa Knightly. I am really liking this series, and Maverick is Micah's story and takes place during a mission following Nathan/Noah's story from Wild Card, Book 1. This is another example of a great story with all the heat you expect from LL's writing. You also get a little better acquainted with the other members of the team and updated info on Noah. I hope these all come to Audible.
Great story, action, romance and sexy writing. This was a nice surprise in that it wasn't predictable and had some twists and turns that made it interesting. Lora Leigh books are always hot, but some have editing problems and can seem too predictable. This is, IMO, her best one yet.
Shayla Black's Wicked Lovers series is overall very good, but I just didn't like this one. The best parts were the cameos by previous characters in the series and the excellent narrator. The story itself was so unbelievable that I found myself rolling my eyes a lot and finally listening on double speed just to get through it so I could say I have listened to them all. I wanted to slap both main characters because Hunter was an insufferable bully, and Kata had no spine. I found very few redeeming qualities in either of them, and should have heeded the reviews I read on Amazon and skipped this one. Having said that, I still look forward to the next installments on Audible because the first 3 books were great, and I will listen to those again.
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