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This is a great book, and like others reviews have mentioned, that in itself was quite a surprise. The books humour is quirky, the pacing is almost perfect and the characters are wonderful. The sex scenes are steamy without being over the top. The narration was excellent.
All in all, one of the best vampire/paranormal romances I've ever listened to, and I've listened to plenty of them. Two thumbs up! This book is a winner!
For the first time ever, I bought a book based on who the narrators were rather than the book's synopsis or author. I hadn't heard of Delilah Devlin before, and while I love paranormal romance, I'm not so big on the Egyptian theme. Still, it was a Phil and Natalie production, and I honestly think this fantastic narration team could make a grocery list sound interesting, so I took a chance and bought the book.
Happily, I was not disappointed. I expected the fantastic narration, but I was very pleased with this story as well. Khepri is a woman from ancient Egypt, a humble girl raised to the exalted position of The God's Wife. A powerful priestess, she is essentially mummified while alive so that she could awake in present day New Orleans and defeat a powerful evil.
Justin is a seasoned cop. After losing his best friend and partner, he loses his temper with a superior. He's been kicked out of the homicide division and reassigned to investigate thefts. He and his new partner pick up a case investigating the theft of Egyptian artifacts at a local museum.
In the process of the investigation, Justin breaks all the rules when he rescues the beautiful, mysterious Khepri and spirits her away to his home. Is she the woman of his dreams? Or is she a delusional lunatic who believes she's the wife of a God, destined to save the world from a supernatural evil? The more Justin sees of Khepri, the more he likes her, as things develop, he slowly begins to understand that she's exactly who she claims to be.
I was pleased with the character development, the writing style and very happy with the layout of the plot. It certainly kept me tuned in, eager to hear what would happen next.
There are liberal and graphic sexual situations. This book is adult erotic fiction done well, but would not be appropriate for a younger audience.
Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross delivered a stunning performance. Separately, they are both wonderful narrators, but together, they bring life to a story. Thank you Audible! Well done!
I fancy myself a well informed reader, and yet I'd never heard of this book, this series or even this author. Ok, I do tend to read mostly paranormal, but still, one would have thought that a book so good would have not escaped my notice!
I can't even tell you why I was reading the reviews of this book, but they caught my attention as they were universally glowing praise for the author. I was feeling a bit restless and in the mood for something different, so I bought Mystery Man.
Holy smokes! This book was simply fantastic. It went beyond my expectations into the land of "books I will remember for the rest of my life" territory. To beat it all, this book was so well written I couldn't even tell you why I loved it so much. It's just a masterfully told love story, with just the right amount of angst, action and adventure. The hero is sex on a stick and the heroine is smart and likable. The writing style flows perfectly, with just the right touch of humor.
Kate Russell is a great narrator, and her performance here is stellar.
Worth a credit? In hindsight, I'd pay two. It's that good.
This book is an excellent addition to the Breeds series. Admittedly, some books are better than others in this series, but overall, it's a fantastic series and this book stood out for me as one of the best. Having read this series from the beginning, I'm not sure how this book would stand alone, but I would highly recommend this series to those who love romance, scifi/paranormal with a big dose of erotica thrown into the mix.
The Breeds were created in labs by an evil entity known as "The Genetics Council". They combined human and animal DNA in an attempt to create super soldiers. Their treatment in the labs was horrendous. Once their existence is revealed to the world, their introduction into society and their assimilation is a rocky one, to say the least. A phenomenon called "Mating Heat" effects the breeds, causing them to be irresistibly drawn to their perfect mate.
Coming out of the labs, the Breeds chose names for themselves, and our hero in this book chose (one can only imagine with his tongue in his cheek) the name Rule Breaker. He and his twin, both Lion breeds, were forced to watch their mother dissected by evil scientist in the labs in an attempt to understand mating heat, so Rule has vowed to never subject a woman to that risk. He intends to run fast and hard at the first "whiff" of his mate. When he meets Gypsy, he feels a compulsion to keep an eye on her and ensure her safety, but she's only 15, has just lost her brother to Council soldiers, and he suffers from no signs of the mating heat when he's near her. He protects her from afar for 9 years until his duties bring him back to the Navajo nation area where Gypsy lives. Gypsy, now 24, is up to her neck in intrigue. When he sees her again, Rule feels intense attraction, but thankfully, still no signs of the mating heat. Feeling safe, he proceeds to attempt a seduction.
Gypsy feels responsible for the death of her brother, who was a human computer whiz and spy for the Breeds, when she was only 15. Her parents distanced themselves from her after her brothers murder and her near rape by Council soldiers. Feeling the need to redeem herself and somehow atone, Gypsy joins a covert group and becomes an operative that is only known as "Whisper". She's a friend to all, but a lover to none. When the Breed Rule Breaker decides to pursue her for more than friendship, she feels the attraction, but fights it. Her handlers forbid her from forming intimate attachments. Her work and her redemption is all her life has been about since her brothers death, and she doesn't want to give that up.
In typical Lora Leigh style, the hero is hot, the sex is hotter, and the machinations of all the players can make you rewind more than a few times. Unlike many erotic novels, there's an excellent story with plenty of action going on outside of the bedroom.
Brianna Bronte delivers this story with consummate professionalism. Her pleasant voice, great timing and awesome delivery is just spectacular. Well worth my credit!
I read the other (very positive) reviews and decided to give this book a try. However, I feel it necessary to say that it's more of a series introduction than a story in and of itself. While it introduces you to the five main characters, and lays out past events that have brought our characters to the point where they are "today", it doesn't have a resolution in the end.
This 5 hour audio book quite thoroughly introduces each character and gives you some time in each ones head. It is very character driven, and the characters do make real mistakes, but when trying to think of a synopsis of this book, I realize that I could pretty much reveal the whole book in a brief synopsis, so I will decline from doing that. Instead, I will merely reiterate that while this is a good "set up" novella for a future series, it's not in and of itself a satisfying romantic read with a tidy HEA.
I did enjoy Allyson Johnson's narration. There were some odd pauses at the beginning, though that's probably more an editing issue. Her narrating voice was pleasant, her character voices, particularly that of Malachai (the demon), were excellent, and her inflection and pacing fit the events going on in the story.
I love this series, and I'd loved to have been able to give this book 5 stars, but it didn't quite hit that mark for me. KGI is a private para military company, founded by ex-military tough as nails brothers who like to go in and save those in distress. This series, thus far, have been about how each brother or team member finds their love. Donovan, one of the Kelly Brothers, is the hero in this book.
Eve is on the run with her two half siblings from an abusive step father, and she winds up in Dover, Tennessee, near the Kelly compound. They are out of money and running out of luck when they meet up with Donovan and his adopted sister Rusty, who decide to give them a hand up and protection.
While I did enjoy the story, I felt like Van and Eve's relationship all happened a bit too quickly. Van came on pretty strong, with his "instant family" thing. This one didn't seem to have as much action as the others in the series did either. Other than that, it was a great read, and necessary for those following the series.
I thought Adam Paul did a great job with the narration, bringing life to the story and managing the voices competently. Being from the area where the Kelly boys live, it's no small praise when I say he nailed the accents. Well done!
This book was long awaited by fans of C. Feehan's Carpathian series. Skyler, the heroine, was introduced to readers of the series when she was a young, terribly abused child. We've watched her grow up. We read about her meeting with her lifemate, Dimitri, way back in Dark Celebration. She was too young at the time (16 if I remember correctly) for Dimitri to "claim" her, but they have a telepathic bond and have been communicating, getting to know one another, since they met.
Circumstances have conspired to end their wait to be together. Dimitri is being held hostage by the Lycans, subjected to a torture that could end his immortal life. The Carpathian people are embroiled in negotiations with the Lycans, who have assured them that Dimitri is being treated well. Skyler, now 19 but with life experience well beyond her years, knows something dreadful is happening when Dimitri fails to respond to her telepathically. She and two of her young friends embark on a daring mission to rescue Dimitri.
As with most books in this series, the action is fast paced and more or less continuous. The romance in this book is possibly more tender than some of the relationships in previous books, but that's how it should be given Skyler's past. Dimitri did not come off quite as "cavemanish" as some Carpathian males do, and for that I was grateful.
I really enjoyed how they brought a good deal of the characters from previous books together in this book and gave them a part to play. It was almost like catching up with old friends.
But lets face it folks, the very best part of this audio book was the stunningly brilliant narration. Having heard both readers before, I was overjoyed when I saw they were narrating this much anticipated book. It sounded more like a performance than a narration. The switches from male to female reader was seamless and flawless. It was pure perfection from both of them. For me, their narration stole the show! Well done Phil and Natalie! Well done indeed!
I hate to say I wasn't terribly impressed with this audio book, but of course, reading (or listening to the written word) is a subjective experience. For me, I would have liked more depth to the characters. I also like my heroes (particularly my paranormal heroes) to be a bit grittier and tougher than Micheal.
Michael is an angel, and his character was more in keeping with what is classically considered "angelic". Unfortunately, that didn't work for me. That he was also a high school principal, the heroine's boss, when he wasn't out fighting evil and saving the world was a bit, well..uh..huh?? Why? I mean, he didn't know who Emma was or what her role in his life would be beforehand. So why would an ageless immortal "protector" moonlight as a high school principal?
Emma is a teacher and the mother of an almost 6 year old daughter. She is, of course, the perfect mother. Her daughter is the classic "too cute for words" kid. Until Michael reveals that they have powers and are meant to join forces with the "Brethren" to fight evil.
There were slight (and I mean very slight) religious overtones to this book, like biblical names or phrases (ie. The Brethren), certain prayers that must be answered, etc, but in all fairness these are not a real distraction to the pure paranormal lover, and never made me feel as if I were being preached to. There was some rough language, which almost surprised me given the rather "gentle" quality of most of the book. The sex is on the tame side, and the sex scenes are very short, particularly compared to what is popular lately, but I actually found that to be a welcome difference. There was plenty of action that moved quickly, but steadily, and I found the pacing of the book to be pretty much perfect.
My real problem, I think, besides rather stereotypical characters, was the narration. I'm afraid Linda Velwest just didn't read the story with any sort of passion. She did make an effort and was, as best I could tell, consistent with the numerous male voices. However, her narration was stilted and her inflection was off. Really, it was quite a bland narration. I got this book cheaply with a whispersync deal, but I think I would have been none too happy if I'd spent a credit on it. Not exactly a waste of time, but pretty close.
I always anticipate the next Larissa Ione release, but Reaver's story was special. His character was introduced way back, and I've been waiting what seems like forever to hear his story. I was not disappointed.
I already knew his heroine would be Harvester, and I wasn't really sure how the author was going to pull that off and make me sympathetic toward Harvester as a heroine. I mean really, the chick has done some pretty horrible things in the past few books. Larissa Ione pulls it off with flair.
I will say that I don't think any of the Demonica stories stand well alone. They are a series, one book building on another, and the world building is such that it can be rather confusing keeping up with everything if you don't have the foundation from the previous books to build on. I highly suggest the PNR fan go back and start at the beginning.
This book has all the elements. The world building is first class, the characters are fleshed out, the romance is both painful and exhilarating and the plot is edge of your seat action. Reaver is a heavenly angel without a past, an angel whose lived thousands of years but who can only remember the past 40 years or so. His existence before then is a mystery, to himself as well as to most other angels and immortals. Harvester has endured endless centuries in hell as a fallen angel, while in reality, she was a spy for "team good". Even though they have been enemies for years, Reaver goes to rescue Harvester when the archangels, fearing a war with Satan, refuse to retrieve her from hell after her cover is blown. He's a man without a past, but does he have a future with Harvester? Well, you'll just have to read the book, won't you?
So we have a awesome story, but the narration was not up to the level I expected for this book. Helen Wick did fine when narrating the story, but she ran into trouble when narrating the male voices. Her voice for Reaver was fine, but with the secondary male characters we've came to know from previous books, she completely drops the ball. She makes these tough immortal men, most of them demons, sound very feminine, and occasionally she gets the voices she has created for the characters mixed up. It was distracting and a bit irritating, since I have come to love these strong alpha males and didn't much appreciate the less than macho tones she gave them. However, since she did a fair job with Reaver and Harvester, I didn't find this problem as distracting as I would have if she'd gotten the main characters "all wrong". Still, I can't rejoice over her performance. I see she has only narrated a few books on audible, and I see potential, but she does desperately need to work on her male voices and her consistency with characters. I hope she takes constructive criticism to heart, because she's a good storyteller, and I see enormous potential if she works on that crucial weak point in the future.
Worth a credit? Absolutely.
I've been following the Dragonfury Series from the beginning, and I would suggest you do the same. Given I know the history, it's hard to judge if this book would stand alone or not, but I'm guessing not. The books in this series have a very heavy story line arc that continues from book to book.
Wick is a loose cannon, and I have a "thing" for the loose cannon heroes. Badder than bad boys, this type is truly on the edge. Think Zadist from JR Ward's Brotherhood series, Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series. Every paranormal series seems to have a loose cannon in the mix, and they're always my favorite. Not sure what that says about me, but it gave me rather high expectations for this book, and Coreene almost delivered a home run. Almost, but not quite.
In the previous book, we learned of JJ's existence when her sister hooked up with Mac, another of the Nightfury dragon pack. In this book, we learn Wick's back story, his inability to stand another's touch and why he and Venom are so tight. The pairing of JJ and Wick brings two damaged souls together for a big old helping of loving and healing.
My only complaint is that I felt this book didn't dedicate as much time to Wick and JJ's relationship as the other books did to their main pairing. Or maybe I just wanted more. At any rate, that brought an otherwise 5 star read down to a 4 star one.
Mr Darcie is a very good narrator, but some of his male voices are a bit soft for me, including Wicks. Again, 4 rather than 5.
Those are only minor quibbles. These books are truly fantastic, and well worth your time if you are a paranormal/fantasy romance lover. It's a series I'd highly recommend to lovers of this genre.
I love romance, specifically paranormal or fantasy romance. Sci fi romance rides the cusp of what I like, and this one looked like it had all the elements I enjoy, so I gave it a whirl. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't overjoyed either.
First, what I liked about the book. For a short book, the character development was remarkably good, and for at least the first 80% of the story, the plot didn't seem rushed. I enjoyed the heroine's character. She was not a doormat, but she wasn't a tough as nails girl either. The action scenes in the book seemed to properly cover what was happening without droning on and on with a blow by blow account of details that wouldn't interest me in the first place. Being the first book in a series, it set the stage and explained well the basis for future books.
I'm not offended by erotic love scenes, but frankly, I can take them or leave them. This book is full of them, so be aware of that before you purchase. For those of you who do like books on the spicier side, the sex scenes were well written and managed not to sound repetitive or "corny".
Now for what I didn't particularly like about the book. While the plot did move well during the majority of the book, the "resolution" towards the end seemed rushed and unimaginative. It was as if I could see the author going in a direction that would lead to an interesting conflict and resolution, but then just dropping that angle and settling for a quick and tidy wrap up. Consequently, even though it did have a "happily ever after", it left me feeling a bit let down at the end. The romance itself could be presented as "everything a woman could possibly want in a relationship." In other words, a bit too perfect.
The narrator wasn't terrible, but I wasn't all that impressed either. Her narrative was good, her female voices were adequate, but she really dropped the ball with the male voices. In particular, I thought her voice for the hero, Ral, was rather robotic. It was very stilted, and stilted isn't sexy. Yes, Ral is an alien, but so are all of the characters in the book besides the heroine, and yet he's the one she gave the robot voice to. I just didn't find it pleasing.
Having said all that, this audiobook was a pleasant way to spend a quiet afternoon, and I'm not sorry I purchased it. I love the premise of the series, and somewhere down the track I'm sure I'll give the next book a try.
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