Susan Ericksen did a great narration as she usually does, but the best part of this novel was the unexpected humor--JD Robb outdid herself this time around. Very enjoyable storyline with great characters.
She's always read each novel very well, however this time she seemed exceptional in her ability to breathe life into each character in a unique manner.
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!
The I-team series continues to be one of my favorite action/romance series. I fell in love with this book before chapter one ended--I knew it would be good! This installment, like the others, deals with some rather gut-wrenching circumstances that, sadly, are a very real part of life for some people. Thankfully, there's a happy ending, but not without some bumps, bruises and super tough decisions along the way. It's a really fantastic drama with action, sweet romance, and a touch of humor. And best of all, you will love Javier, love, love, love him! If you've listened to the preceding stories, Javier will be just as adored as all the rest of the phenomenal male lead characters Clare introduces. Luckily one of the best features of this series is how Clare weaves the other characters into each of the subsequent stories, it's like a family reunion of sorts! Striking Distance is absolutely credit-worthy and could be a stand alone book but the whole series is superb, and I can't wait until there's another book.
This was a cute little story. It was kind of a quirky, lighthearted chick lit novel that put me in the mindset of Hart to Hart or Moonlighting--for those of you of a certain age :-) you'll know what shows I'm referring to. The narration was good, and the storyline was interesting with good characters. There's a lot of witty & sarcastic banter--A LOT--I didn't mind it, but I could see how it might be a bit of a distraction from the story. It had semi-hot sex scenes and if it were a series I'd likely purchase it just for a deviation from what I feel is truly Showalter's niche--the Lords of the Underworld--she really can't do wrong by my standards with the LOTU series, so I'm always interested in a Showalter book. She's a good writer, period, so if you're in the mood for some 'other worldly' sleuthing and romance, check this one out.
Sometimes a book is just really mediocre, and Into the Mist is an example of that. I wanted it to be better--since I'm definitely a Maya Banks fan, but, what started out as funny, sexy, and semi-interesting just went into snoozeville as it continued. There are so many other fantastic books worthy of my 'ear time' :-) sadly this wasn't one. Also, I was more distracted than impressed with the narrator's attempt at an accent for some of the characters--I think it was supposed to be some European/Russian/Polish mix--it wasn't working for me.
I listened because its rather short, but, I really couldn't wait until it was over. That's bad. I don't want to WANT books to end. Long review short, it has some of the makings of a good series but there are better stories out there about shifters looking for answers about their new genetic makeup and getting vengeance against those that have wronged them. If you're looking for that type of story, then check out The Alpha Pack series, it's10 times better and well worth your time and/or credit.
This is definitely one of my top listens of 2013! Kristen Ashley clearly knows how to write smart, sexy, contemporary romance lit. This was such a winner, you don't even need to read further just add it to your cart and seal the deal.
Hawk Delgado...such a delicious alpha male, and Gwen---I absolutely LOVED these two! The humor and witty banter is some of the best I've heard, and the narrator was perfection. It wasn't so much that she had this great voice, but she nailed the characters, she really did, and that added so much to an already perfect story.
This was a multi layered story that had action, romance, and it will make you laugh out loud guaranteed! Credit worthy in spades!!!
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