This was the first romance novel I ever read as a teenager and it's still one of my favorites. I think I read this, and Garwood's others in this series at least 20 times. Good enough to read over and over for sure. When I saw it was in audiobook format, I had to get it. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I hadn't read the books in a few years and listening to it brought the story alive for me in a way it never did before.
Jamie is a strong compliment to Alec even though she is English - a sore spot, let me tell you. I love reading not only about her budding relationship and eventual romance with Alec but also her relationships with the other people in the story and the family she chooses and who choose her.
The story is wonderful. Having read all the books before, it made me excited to be able to listen to them all in the future.
When I'm actually reading the books, Elvira is one of my favorites. I think that Gwen is my favorite listening to it. The narrator does the best job with her voice.
I really hope she's not doing the rest of the books in the trilogy (or any other books for KA). She mumbled, she ran sentences together (no, not in a way that made sense to the text - just ran it all together) and she would break up sentences awkwardly. She got better the further along you were listening but it just wasn't that good. Also, I don't know if it was the production of the audio or not, but when she whispers, the audio is really low so you turn it up ... then she talks in a normal tone for another voice and you have to quickly turn the audio down or get your ears blasted out.
Just not enjoyable.
If you've already read KA's books, I don't think that any bad audio performance can keep you away - her characters and the stories she tells stand on their own. Just know that another one of KA's audio performers doesn't do her novel justice.
Let's hope the next one is better.
This is the first in the Chaos Series and it's wonderful to read about characters that we got to know in prior novels. Shy is totally alpha, Tab is totally cool and the MC is one hell of a family. The story of these two coming together is a great story.
If you love this, read her other novels Mystery Man, Motorcycle Man and Law Man to read about some of the related characters. One thing I love about Kristen Ashley is that she keeps her characters around so you can revisit them in other novels.
I read this book before I read it - it was a little difficult for me with the way she did the male voices but overall it was very well done. It just took me a couple hours to forget that it was a woman doing the voice instead of just taking in the book. And if you know who Tex is ... maybe you can sympathize with me that there was no way a female reader could do his voice. I think this series would be better served with a male/female duo reading it or just a male reader.
I love Kristen Ashley's books - I've read them all. Some of them are in genre's I don't usually prefer and guess what? I still love them. All I can say is if you find a KA book, you need something to read, you won't be disappointed by her. :)
This book was a great conclusion to the Fever series. It was nice to see more of the Immortal Highlanders as well. While there were some things that were left unsaid, knowing that the author is going to have a new series in the same universe makes it so I don't mind. Mac's story is nicely wrapped up.
I love reading urban fantasy ... I especially love reading urban fantasy that has some family drama mixed in. Dorina (Dory) is the daughter of Mircea Basarab - older brother to Dracula and Radu the Handsome. Given the fact that she's the 'Black Sheep' due to being only half vampire and that it seems like all of vampire kind have an extreme aversion to her, she has a bit of a grudge - but that's nothing she's not used to - especially when she's number 1 on her Uncle's hit list, she's estranged from daddy except for him hiring her to try to get Vlad under control and the one person who's able to help her control her own Berserker like rages (her roomie) has gone missing. It's a busy time for this hunter of insane vamps .... but at least she has good company with a certain vamp that Mircea has going along for the ride with her.
I really enjoyed this book. I love the Cassie Palmer series as well, and this was just like candy on the side for me. I got to know more about a couple of my favorite characters and the narration was very good.
I would definitely recommend this book. I like action in my books, with a little bit of romance, and this book doesn't take the story too far in either direction.
I know that this author is most well known for her historical romances and I think that's why a lot of reviewers are disappointed - they aren't getting what they're expecting. However, if you do like romances in a sci-fi sense, this is a good one.
The only nit-picky thing I have to say is that the narrator tends to make our main guy sound like a robot.
One other thing - this isn't the first book in this trio ... it's actually the last. Readers may not be used to the world yet if they haven't read the first two books. I read them a few years ago, they're well worth it and I hope they show up here sometime soon.
I loved reading the Mercy Thompson series but I loved listening to it more. I have read all the books from this series and the Alpha and Omega series and was delighted to find that the Mercy Thompson series was now available in audiobook format. The narrator did an excellent job, I got totally lost in the book and didn't even think about the voices. I hope that the other books in the series are coming soon, I have a long commute to work and I'd love to be able to fill the time in listening to what's happening with Mercy.
I truly am enjoying this audiobook, most especially, I think, b/c of the narrator. I haven't listened to the other books in the series before and maybe that's why I wasn't distracted but I thought her accent added to the story, not detracted. She brought the characters together beautifully and I haven't been confused once as to who was speaking.
I think it is kind of telling that there are some reviews here saying she overacts, and others that say there isn't enough acting to tell a difference. You have to move on and just enjoy the story ... and this has got to be the best Merry Gentry story so far.
So go ahead and buy this without fear that you'll not enjoy it. The story is rich and so is the voice that will be telling it to you!
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