Yes. I have always enjoyed listening to Maya Banks' books. I discovered her about two years ago and have listened to everything Audible has offered since then. However, it was obvious this was one of her earlier books. Her writing, characterizations, and emotions have come so far since 2008 when this book was written. Don't get me wrong - I liked this one; loved the differences in the three men, but the book was predictable and lacked, at least for me, the substance her later books have.
Absolutely, and have.
I believe Adam Paul's narration of Ms. Banks' books has gotten better and better with each book he narrates. At first it was difficult to get used to the difference between he and Harry Berkley, but, like I said, I think he gets better and better.
Maya Banks will always be in the top five authors for me and most of the time #1. I have difficulty waiting for Audible to present us with new audio versions of her books, in fact, because I have listened to everything they have offered, I consistently go to other audio websites to see if anything new or different is offered.
So, Audible, step up your game and get some of the older books while awaiting Ms. Banks' new ones.
I waited so very long for this book and had absolutely no doubt that Kresley Cole, one of my all time favorite authors, would hit it out of the park again. Her three books of the Professional, The Game Maker, Book 1 was one of only three books in the hundred of books I have listened to that I gave 5 stars to…this one just didn't do it for me except the last hour and a half of over 11 hours. I love to listen to stories about hunky alpha males, strong independent females, sexual chemistry and play, but over 10 hours of nothing much more than that was a bit much, even for me. The story just didn't have the substance that Book 1 had and I couldn't get enough of it. Maxim in no way compared to Alex in the charisma or hard-ass department. I would much rather have had the last 2 hours interspersed throughout the sex scenes. More drama, trauma, suspense could have upped my rating. I suppose the next book will be Dimitri's story; come on KC, please give us more to sink our teeth into.
I can say that this will not stop me from listening to Book 3 or any of KC's other books, but I am sorely disappointed.
I have listened to other audio books (Sons of Navarus) by Ms. Scott and she is one of my favorite authors. Her ability to bring "realism" into the plot and keep the focus on the main characters is great. She doesn't do all of her character building of the H & H in the beginning of the book but sprinkles it throughout the story to keep listeners, at least this one, intrigued and wanting to find out more.
Not only is she a very talented author but V. Meunch & C. Fox's performances were amazing. I loved that Ms. Meunch performed the female voices and Mr. Fox performed the male voices and there was no female trying to do male voices and vice versa. It sounded more real and believable. I wish that all audio narrators/performers would do the same.
This book 1 made me want to move on to the next, book 2 and I'm glad I downloaded all three books so that I could listen to them simultaneously.
Keep up the good work; can't wait for what's coming next.
YES. This was a well written, captivating, intriguing and SEXY story. I would not only recommend this book to a friend but to anyone who loves sexy alpha males and strong, stand-your-ground women. The entire story held me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next.
I liked that Aubrey was strong, stood her ground most of the time, quit playing games with Andrew but also was understanding and tender.
Well, of course, Andrew and Aubrey. I believe this is my first listen with Erin Mallon but Sebastian York never disappoints.
Most of the book was moving. There was very little in the book that didn't move me in one way or another.
Yes. However, even though I enjoyed the "story" and it made me want to go on to listen to Book 2 & 3, there was something missing. I'm not sure if it was the narration that was lacking or the storyline itself. It just didn't grab my heartstrings even during the times of angst, drama, romance and intimate exchanges. Hmmmmm…. not sure what it was.
The most interesting to me was how Sarah drew Jonas into her "web" of friendship and then more by her strength, her intrigue, etc. Not sure there was a least interesting aspect of this book.
I think they both did a good job. I had some problems as the book continued with Sarah's sometimes childish voice and childish dialogue.
Yes, and it has 2; the book ended with a "cliffhanger" of sorts so it had to continue on...
Again, there was something missing for me and as I write this review I believe it, in part, had to do with Sarah's dialogue…really childish at times and not at all like one would think a 24 year old law student would speak, even in her own head.
The narration was pretty good, especially EL's, but DL's wasn't bad. The story was pretty good. I have been waiting for Zach's story and wished there would have been more to it.. I fell in love with Seth more than anyone else in this book, KP really portrayed his "getting better & settling in to the family" so well. The story, for me had no flaws with the exception that it was too short and even though past characters/brothers/sisters/friends, etc were brought into this book I think it could have been more detailed; maybe the next one, except I think we've run out of characters to highlight in another book.
I really liked the book, however, it was difficult to love it. In my opinion it could have been more detailed especially for being the first book in what appears to be a long series given the amount of sub-main characters involved, even if it had to be quite a bit longer than is comfortable for most listeners.
I thought the voices for the men were excellent, especially Gabriel's voice and the variety of accents; however, Eva's voice was less than stellar and Nico's voice while much better than Eva's was still lacking. (Practice makes perfect I guess).
I thought the ending was great and I liked that it was not a cliffhanger but did leave the door open for other characters' stories, i.e. Vincent.
Maya Banks' older audio books were what drew me to, kept me coming back and keeping my Audible membership. If I were starting now with the newer ones offered by Audible, and didn't know about other great authors, they just wouldn't do it for me.
MA's older books are like a drug; I keep buying the audios when they are offered in the hopes that I'll get the same "high" as I did the first books/series I listened to of hers and again like a drug, I never get what I got the first time around.
I liked this book, I like this series, MA will always be an author I will try and whose website I will look at to see what's coming up. That said they just aren't as dynamic, exciting, suspenseful, and sexy/erotic as they once were. I'm disappointed.
I really like Kristen Ashley's books, some more than others, but never really disappointed. This one was not disappointing but a little BLAH for me. I've got to say that my review is in no way a good example of positive or negative reviews; I like drama, suspense, and even a little spooky with my romance. I also like a little more explicit sex. Don't get me wrong both the H and H were good characters, but for as long as KA's books typically are, this one was not worth reliving.
It really is too bad also that the narrator for this book was not as good as some of the ones in the past; although I think, with the exception of the Colorado Mountain series, the narrators paired with KA's books have been sorely lacking. I did finally get used to Ms. McCarthy's narration as it wasn't terrible, but could really have been much better.
In this series, Beck is right along side the other two, Axel & Cage. This story was much different than the other two but equally as great.
Beck. It was astonishing how he just kept hanging in with Dee; how he knew who she was and could see through her "happy-go-lucky, over-the-top glee" to her pain and had the patience and tenacity to not only wait her out, but gently and sometimes not so gently push her beyond her masks.
All of it throughout the series.
Yes, but not possible.
Not sure why we (meaning those of us who got caught up in this series) had to loose one of our own (no spoilers) but I guess if the rest of the books get published in audio, which I'm praying for, we'll find out.
Crazy, alpha, sexy.
The entire story/series was amazing. Cage & Melissa were perfect and again, who doesn't like suspense, drama, brooding alpha males who fall in love and, oh yeah, let us not forget, in this story, the piercings that brought us to ecstasy along with Melissa.
Yes, in this series.
This series is over-the-top sexy. I would recommend this story along with the other two books to anyone interested in this genre. I greatly appreciate the honest and extensive reviews that were given by those who listened to it before me otherwise I might have missed out. Thanks ladies.
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