Good narration, semi-steamy love scenes, sub-par story line. I've enjoyed Maya Banks' books but this one took almost the entire story before I began to have a small surge of interest. I bought the whole series on a sale several months ago, so hopefully the other books get better. I love a male lead that has a little dominant streak, but I think I just wasn't in the mood for some of the blatant sexism...although accurate for a historical piece I suppose...it grated on my nerves a bit. For now, I'll probably stick with my paranormal romance obsession and contemporary romances!
I fell in love with this series all over again with Shadow. I think this may be the final one in the New Species series but I wish it wasn't. This is definitely a credit worthy series. Shadow's and Beauty's love story is so sweet and endearing my heart was bursting at every chapter. Also this one had a good balance of romance, action and of course humor...I love the misinterpretations the New Species have. I'd love another New Species story, but if I can't get that, anything from Laurann Dohner will do, she's a great author of this genre and Vanessa Chambers is a narrator I'll seek out for sure!
The Cyborg series is stimulating as usual---Ice was really a hot one and I loved every minute. Great narration and overall storyline. I love these non-emotional man/robots and the women that break them down! Ice, like many of his fellow Cyborgs, doesn't want the confines that sometimes comes with making connections with others, especially a woman. Of course all that changes when Megan steps into his life and ultimately his heart. The Cyborg series books are great 'quick listens' and could be stand alone books actually, but, all of the preceding books have been enjoyable and worth the time.
This was an interesting book, from the narration, to the characters and overall concept, and I enjoyed it. The narration was a bit over dramatic and a little forced in terms of the accents she gave the characters--I've heard better, but, it wasn't so horrible that I couldn't listen. The main characters in this book I totally loved, especially Shaw. I didn't realize this was a two story book actually (my oversight I suppose), but I was pleased to have the second story which I thought I was better than the first. Mace's story is a good introduction to the series which features polar bears, hyenas, lions, & jackals. I don't think I'd spend a credit on these, but, overall, this was a funny, sexy, lightweight listen with good potential.
I highly anticipated this third installment of this series and it was equally as enjoyable as the preceding books. This book, as it is the final in the series (will there be another???? I don't think so), was more about tying up loose ends, new beginnings, and coming to terms with various circumstances. I love, love, LOVE the Professor, so any story further delving into the inner workings of his mind is great story to me. Additionally, there were several characters that have been players in each book that created interesting subplots, and if the author so desired, their characters were richly developed enough to have stories of their own in the future. I wouldn't mind one featuring Simon...talk about 'just desserts' in this story..wow!
As usual the narration was awesome....JMM is a GREAT Professor....I could listen to him all day...and that's basically what I did and have done with each book in the series. If this is your first introduction to Gabriel Emerson, start from the beginning---I don't think these are stand alone books. They are so much better when you have the foundation of the first and second books. The Professor is worth multiple credits and 10 stars!!
After the major "cliffhanger" in book one of this series I was seriously upset about how that book abruptly ended, so I was excited to get this second installment. I have conflicting views about this book similar to that of the first, it seems like a young adult story with very adult overtones and that's not usually my thing but the storyline is decent. This installment felt like chapter after chapter of an after school special...but the R-rated version. It's a bit overly fraught with what seems like teen angst and poor decisions. This time around Blair and her heartthrob deal with some tough life circumstances but find a way to deal ultimately. Overall, the first book was better than this second, but I did enjoy the majority of it and would purchase others in the series and from this author.
My new favorite type of book may be ones that include children, rough around the edges tough guys that make you melt when they express their love, and are written by Kristen Ashley! This story was about real life stuff, plain and simple. I usually like to be a little swept away in my books, but this one was about regular 40-something's with life issues that many are faced with, and I loved it. Kristen Ashley's ability to write "real men" that are romantic, that fall for women that are equally as "real" adds up to very colorful dialogue and exchanges that will definitely make you laugh and root for a happy ending for all.
All that said, from a critical perspective, I enjoyed book one better, but, this one held its own and kept me hooked over the course of a day and a half, so it was essentially a one-sitting listen. Overall, this Dream Man series is very enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the next one.
What a stellar follow up from This Man! Book 2 was excellent from beginning to end. I seriously didn't want this book to end. I have developed an unhealthy attachment to this series and these characters, and I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm totally in love with Jesse and all his neuroticism, but, I got pretty ticked off with him in this installment--quite a bit is revealed, and it made me want to spit nails, but, I pressed on :-) I laughed, I almost cried, my mouth kept flying open in disbelief, and I found myself literally holding my breath during various moments in the story this time around. The relationship between Jesse and Ava is so incredibly intense it's insane, but, I truly adore these two together. This is such a well written story, and although it's comparable to 50 Shades, I enjoyed it 10 times more. I highly recommend Beneath This Man, it's a keeper and definite repeat listen!!
This Man is undoubtedly one of my absolute favorites of 2013! It just so happened that I've purchased it on the cusp of the second installment being released and I am literally going to count the hours until book 2 drops. This is such a well written story--there's laugh out loud humor, steamy eroticism, and such intensity that you will be riveted on every word. Jesse Ward is quite the multi-layered man indeed, as is Ava quite the little lady, and the two of them together--OMG I just lost my mind with this book, I loved it.
If you've read/listened to Bared to You, FSOG, or Naked, it's definitely in that same realm but its seriously on another level of intensity in my opinion. If it isn't enough that the story is fantastic, the narrator needs an award--such a perfect pairing, Edita Brychta is delightful. I highly recommend this book, and would spend a credit on it in a heartbeat.
I loved Alice Clayton's Wallbanger, so I was definitely interested in checking out more of her books. The Unidentified Redhead is the start of a good series, however, the narrator was just too much. I almost didn't want to continue listening, but I got into it after a bit. First of all, she rushed through much of the dialogue--not sure why, but, a pause here, a sigh there really adds to the overall emotion of a story and character. Secondly, the Brit sounded more like a stereotypical Midwestern local or New Yorker. I didn't get this pairing of narrator to story at all. Despite the wretched narration, I loved this book and will definitely get the remaining in the series because it's just a really good love story and I'm sucker for that!
I'm looking forward to finding out how things unfold for these two lovebirds. I love the Brit, I love the relationship between the two of them and if you're in the mood for a quirky, sweet love story you'll definitely want to check this one out.
I'm a total sucker for this series, but, this one was not on the level of some of the others. That said, this one was still good for me, because I'm like a SuperFan for Species! All of the stories have more or less the same concept, and Dohner has come up with some interesting nuances for each story making each one unique. There are two main characteristics of these stories that really tickle my fancy---the sex scenes are super steamy and seem just a bit taboo because of that animalistic vibe the new species have going for them, not sure what that says about me, but, I digress---I also, really get a kick out of communication exchanges the humans and new species have between themselves as they learn about each other. It's probably Dohner's way of poking a little fun at some of society's silly obsessions and/or customs, but, I love the way she writes it---it's really one of the funniest characteristics of this series. Obsidian's story highlights the struggle of a newly freed species and how things go a little crazy as he's falling in love. I found myself laughing at various moments throughout this story and as usual, totally falling in love with the hot alpha male and his perfectly matched mate. I'm such a fan of these books and can't wait for more!
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