There were several aspects of this book that I didn't care for. My main issue was the overwhelming number of side stories that were going on throughout. It was like the book had ADHD or something. By the time the book returned to the main story, I had forgotten what was going on.
My second issue was the weak story line between Blay and Quinn. I just don't think the two characters were strong enough to have their own book. It isn't the m/m that I had a problem with, but the lack of depth of the characters. I personally think Blay is extremely bland, boring, and has no personality.
I couldn't really connect with this book at all, maybe it was the inability to relate to the m/m romance. I think Ward handled the issue with delicacy and applaud her efforts. However, I just found this book lacking in so many ways for my personal tastes.
I almost turned this book of several times throughout the first couple of chapters. The narrator has a really annoying voice, uses the same cadence for every sentence, mispronounces multiple words, and reads soooo slowly!! Once I got "involved" in the story, I was able to get over the narration and focus on the story.
Surprisingly, the book had a decent story line (for a shifter romance book). It wasn't just about the sex, even though there was plenty of that. I'm considering getting another book in the series (if there is a different narrator).
This book was basically just a string of sex scenes with very little story line. It had so much potential and could be a great series if the author would focus more on the plot rather than the sex. The other problem I had with the book was the borderline rape scenarios.
With all of that said, I have to admit that I was still somewhat hooked on the book and didn't want to stop listening. There was enough tension between the characters to keep me engaged. I convinced myself that this would be the only book in the series that I buy until I got to the Epilogue and am seriously considering listening to the next book in the series. Maybe I'll give it a second chance and hope for a little more story.
The narration was fine. I don't have any complaints about it specifically, but can't give it 5 stars when I have heard exceptional narrations of books.
I'm not sure how the physical and mental abuse in this book can be classified as romance. It definitely isn't to me. Both characters are unlikable. She is a complete idiot and he is an abusive jerk. A prime example is when he slaps and berates her, then apologizes for saying he shouldn't have married her, and she immediately runs into his arms. I seriously think this is a little sick.
The only reason the "story" didn't get 1 star is because, for some reason, I couldn't stop listening. Morbid curiosity, maybe?
The narration, however, was exceptional!!
The first half of this book focused on a "plot" to get the two main characters together through manipulation. The second half centered on how messy they were which made it difficult to get along. There were some boring intimate encounters thrown that I had to just fast forward through after the first. There were so many brothers, sisters, and other characters that it was very confusing at the beginning to even figure out who the story was supposed to about. The only reason I didn't give it 1 star is because I actually managed to listen to the whole thing.
The book started off strong but got really slow in the middle. I had to force myself to keep listening for several chapters, but then it picked back up. Something that got on my nerves a little was the use of modern slang and sayings for a historical story.
The narrator did a good job of putting emotion into the story, but the guys' voices were terrible. All the voices (girl or guy) were low, lower, and lowest. It was hard to distinguish them.
Overall, this is an okay book. It didn't have any slow or boring parts and kept me interested. Even though it is "erotica", it wasn't just a string of intimate scenes with a little talking in between. I didn't particularly care for the main female character and how she let the guys treat her so badly then forgive them over and over. That was my main issue with the book, otherwise I would have given the story 4 stars.
I personally can't stand weak female characters and this one was one of the worst. I'm sorry, but if a guy drugs and abducts you and your sister, you are going to be unbelievably angry. This girl caved to everyone and had absolutely no backbone. YUCK!!
The story line was the only thing that kept me from giving this 1 star. It kept me interested, even though I hated the main character the whole time. I will give this author another shot and listen to the next book in the series, but if the female is as bad as this one, it will be my last!
I bought this on sale and didn't have very high expectations for it. I was extremely surprised when it grabbed and held my attention. I didn't want to stop listening and can't wait to get other books in the series. Both of the main characters are interesting and likable. The story line moves along at a great pace with no boring parts or drawn out descriptions.
The narration was very good too. I could imagine some other narrators being even better, but I have no complaints.
Kresley Cole never fails in writing an engaging tail that you don't want to put down. I love that many of her female characters very strong both physically and mentally. Sabian is definitely one of those characters. At first I didn't think I was going to like her, but as the layers peeled away I started to really enjoy her character. Rydstrom is definitely hot and domineering, but still a caring tough guy. I really liked their chemistry and tension. I may listen to this one again!
I love this series and Anita Blake!! One of the best parts of this book was that Hamilton focused on a real plot and not just sex scene after sex scene (like in some of the earlier books). It was a distinctly different story than the previous books, which is difficult to do with 22 books in a series. I like that she brought in most of the important supporting characters (Edward/Ted, Nathaniel, Micah, Jean-Claude, Nicky, etc.). Even though they didn't all have a big role, they were still present and had a function (I could have used a little more Jean-Claude, but that's just me). Spoiler alert: I am glad Anita picked up another animal, it opens a lot of doors for the next book.
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