I would recommend this to someone who is looking for some, but not a lot of hot threesome action in a book. As long as they don't mind those scenes interspersed with woefully basic plot twists and flat, under-developed characters. I read this purely because I wanted something hot and steamy, and 1 chick + 3 dudes sounded like a good way to go. This book satisfied the same way popcorn does. In the moment it's filling, but ultimately you walk away still hungry. This book had some hot scenes, but I must be a big perv, because they 1) weren't as frequent as I would have liked and 2) they weren't as hot as other, standard sex scenes I've read in other books. And the narrator was crap, so that didn't help. I was hoping that, all things considered, I was going to feel like smoking a cigarette in bed after I finished listening. Not so much. I think I had to go back to another audiobook to get the bad taste out of my mouth.
Eh. If I recommend, it comes with a big Surgeon General Warning Label: This book will satisfy a craving, but will not satisfy an appetite.
I didn't find a lot of variety in his characters or in his narrator voice. But I guess not everyone can be Robert Petkoff.
Do not spend a credit on this book. Please only buy if you get a member discount.
Having already read the book, re-listening in preparation of seeing the movie was great. I was able to enjoy the events as they unfolded without stressing about what was going to happen. Hearing the story again was also a reminder of what a great novel this is, regardless of intended age level.
Peeta is definitely a favorite, because his intentions are always clear, and he has remained true to himself throughout the changes happening in Panem. As Haymitch comments, Peeta is better than all of them, and I tend to agree.
Grace Kelly realness. She's a good narrator and has great diction, but having her narrate these books is like....wearing a ball gown to a baseball game. The dress is amazing and gorgeous, but totally out of place. This is how I feel about this narrator for these books. She has such a strong finishing school sound to her voice that is rather jarring when most of the main characters are from parts of the world where you'd expect a more "relaxed" voice. I didn't need to hear a West Virginia accent for Katnisss or anything, but someone with a less formal tone would have fit the overall feel of the books better.
I'm sure whatever tagline that's being used is fine.
This book is awkward compared to the first and third in the series, but I think that's generally the way with Part Two stories in general. Regardless, it's fabulous, engaging, gets the reader thinking about a lot of "big" issues, and in general is so much more awesome than the Twilight series. Even my mother, who is a Classics and Non-fiction elitist in general, loved this series. Really nothing not to like. Get to listening already!
For PNR, not too bad. The twist in the plot of this one is that there are Immortals and Vampires. Both drink blood, both sensitive to light blah blah blah, but apparently all Immortals are just good, and Vampires can't help but become bad. I'm waiting for that mold to be broken at some point in the series if it continues, but for now, thems the brakes.
In general the quality of the story was good. No unnecesary character drama, no insipid heroines, just straight forward PNR (heavy on the romance) with a little suspense/ mystery thrown in for good measure.
Ms. Potter does a good job of reflecting her narration pace with the pace of the story, so when stuff gets heavy, she gets heavy, etc. She also does Brit accents very well (I know she does a lot of highlander stories) so that's a sweet bonus.
Sadly, no. I got a little bored halfway through so I had to step away for a bit before I could finish. That being said, it picked up pace toward the end and I'm probably going to get the second book in the series with my next credit.
Here are my negative comments that made it not a 5-star rating:
1) As others mention, there is a LOT of heavy-handed promotion of the organic lifestyle. I'm totally down with all of it, but it's not only jarringly out-of-place in a PNR, it really disrupts the story. If it had been brought up once or twice when Sarah and Roland first get to know each other that would be fine, but Ms. Duvall has to drop not-so-subtle hints throughout the entire book, at which point it's like, OK, I GET IT. The Horse is dead. Please Stop Beating It.
2) PRIUS ENGINES DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT ROAR TO LIFE. THEY ARE SILENT UNDER 10 MPH. DO BETTER RESEARCH NEXT TIME, KTHX.
3) I'm sure many, many, many women love men who are all sensitive and talk about their feelings and such. I guess I have too many strong and silent men in my life, because I actually find it to be....too much. Too mushy? Too metro even? I dunno. Feel like their actions, not their words, should be the demonstration.
As a short story, I loved it! It only clocks in at around 5 hours, but I felt it was a fully realized story, and I definitely connect to the characters and their romance. Sometimes I listen for twice as long without getting the same result.
I appreciated that the plot wasn't driven by silly decisions or overly emotional characters, but was a sweet story that seemed real, minus the whole shifter thing. Actually reminded me of both Alpha and Omega and Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs. Quiet romances. I like 'em!
Okay x 3. Her Irish accents sound slightly cockney, but thankfully Ronan is American so it's not as noticeable as in the other books in the series. Otherwise she does a good job. You can tell who's who.
I was halfway through book 2 in this series and it started to lose my interest so I decided maybe I just needed to not read about cats for a while and picked this one up. So glad I did! I really enjoyed the story, and appreciated that it was a concise telling. I'm a huge fan of short romance stories if done right. I actually went back and listened to this again I enjoyed it so much! It seems pricey for being on the short end, but I think it's totally worth a credit!
Probably not. I read this after finishing Nalini Singh's psy-changeling series and it just doesn't have the punch that series does. The specifics of this world with Shiftertown and more aggressive animal natures and the civil rights issues of shifters is cool and all, but the romance fell flat, and this is at heart a romance, so...
I had tried the Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie but couldn't get into it. This one I finished, so I'd say I like it better. But in general, I prefer PNR to period romance.
I guess. The narration was fast and made it hard for me to get into the story. I read that this would be an issue, but I wanted to give the series a shot, and since she doesn't narrate the others, I figured I could survive a mediocre narration. Being pre-warned, it was fine.
I didn't NOT like the book, I just didn't think it was great. I'm going to download the second book in the series, since other reviewers mention it gets better, and I'm anal and need to read from the beginning if I'm going to read a series. I can't say if it will have been worth it just yet but I hope the typical stiff first book problems in this are the same that all these series' seem to have and I'll totally love book 2.
Eh. I liked the overall idea of the world the author created and these not-vampire alien creatures, but I had a hard time connecting to the main character so I didn't feel as engaged as I would have liked. Mia is a 21 year-old college student who is terribly naive both emotionally and about the world in general. That would be fine, but after she makes some major rookie mistakes, Korum is just like, 'oh, it's okay because we have mad crazy chemistry but cuz you're young n dumb you just don't know so it's all good.' Huh? Really? I dunno. If you're going to have a young woman show a serious lack in judgment and common sense I guess I'd like to at least see her learn something from it. Maybe that's what's happening in the second part (it's not a cliffhanger but clearly their story continues in Book 2) but I'm not sure I really care to read anymore.
Probably not. I'd have to read the second book to see how it continues but right now I'm not feeling it.
Uneven. Acceptable. Appropriate? It sounds like the narrator is not a native English speaker so everyone has a slight accent. That's neither here nor there, just FYI. One little irk I had is that sometimes Godwin kind of runs into a sentence after finishing another and it makes the narration uneven, or off-tempo, sometimes putting the wrong inflection in the wrong word. Overall it was ok, if not a little cheesy at times. I can't really say if it was her performance, or the story itself, but it almost felt like she was reading to a young audience, using a 'story hour at the library' voice. If that makes any sense. With Mia's younger age, made the book sound more like YA than adult.
This book and this world definitely have potential, but I just have a hard time connecting to characters that show such a glaring lack of common sense, regardless of their age. I could see where this whole thing was going, more or less, pretty early on into the story, and it was obvious the entire plot hinged on her simple inability to really think things through. By the end it's all spelled out in alphabet block letters for her, but because there appears to be a second part to this story, I didn't feel like I really saw her learn from any of her mistakes. And since I didn't feel any connection to her, and as such wasn't connected to the love story, I doubt I will get the next book if it becomes available.
Yes. If Lara Adrian could erase and start from scratch that would be great. I was really looking forward to this one - totally bummed by how "wah wah" it was.
I was really hoping to see Jenna develop into this badass human-vampire hybrid. She did develop some new stuff, but all in all, it was far less interesting than it could have been.
In every way possible. I ended up listening at an increased speed to try and keep from getting too irritated by the narrator. I wish that lady romance narrators didn't feel the need to speak every other word with a sensual caress. If the sentence reads "He thrust the pen at her" WHY OH WHY do you feel the need to say it like he's thrusting something else at or into her? Seriously! Could someone please explain this to me? I can't take the narrator OR the story seriously when it feels like I'm listening to a sexline for 12 hours. For reals, this lady is so bad I want to take back every negative comment I left about Angela Dawe. She's like Davina Porter compared to this one.
Twilight the movie turned out to be better than Twilight the book, so if I use that as a frame of reference, then Yes. I would go see this if it were turned into a movie.
Even though this book sucked my left nut, I'm a glutton for punishment and have started the next book in the series. I am foolishly optimistic that this was a serious lack of judgment on the part of the author, wasting so many opportunities to make this a really good book. I've compared this series to Immortals After Dark and Psy-Changeling but not as good. This installment is a great demonstration of what separates the men from the boys. What this story seriously lacks is a strong over-reaching storyline. There are bigger things at play in this world, but it's sadly and very noticeably under-developed. In this book you could feel it most. SPOILER ALERT: For example, all we've been hearing about for all these books is how pervasive and powerful Dragos has become over the years. The guy has untold hunters and minions at his disposal, etc., supposedly has money, power and influence all over the world, and yet all he can manage are these sad little games that seem to be easily foiled by anyone with half a brain? At this point I assume that Dr. Evil from Austin Powers was the inspiration for his character. He's about as big a joke of a bad guy. I also find it amazingly convenient that Dr. Evil, I mean Dragos, only seems interested in trying to cause a ruckus in North America and Europe, where The Order can go quickly. It's lucky for them that he's concentrated all of his work practically in their backyard. And yet, here I go reading the next in the series. Even trainwrecks can be entertaining.
For all of the vampire stories out there I really appreciate the twist that Lara Adrian puts into her story by actually having the vampires be aliens. Clever! She also finds a clever way to make the ladies suitable for vampires without making them vampires as well. Don't get me wrong, it's EXTREMELY convenient, especially since most women (I assume) don't like the idea of drinking blood from people/ potentially being savage enough to kill someone while drinking their blood, but whatever. It's better than Bella having the mysteriously wonderful ability to not want to kill everyone when she's a new-born vampire. At least it's all breedmates in this series, and it's a thing for all of them.
Definitely reminds me of the other "BIG" paranormal romances series' like Immortals After Dark or Psy-Changeling series, but not as good.
I'm stuck with her for this series but I am not impressed AT ALL. She does ok in this book but as you go along (I've now read almost the entire series) she becomes more and more awful. Like, she only had enough talent for a few books, but with 11 and counting in the series, it's beyond her skills as a narrator.
It made me want to download the next installment, so I imagine that's Mission Accomplished as far as anyone should be concerned.
This is a general comment on the ENTIRE series for anyone who is considering the time/ money investment in reading them. I came around to this series after I finished the Immortals After Dark and the Psy-Changeling series'. If I had read these first, maybe I would be more impressed. However, having read the others first, I can tell you these are not nearly as good as either of those. If I rated those as an A, this series is easily a B. It feels like much of the plot is dependent upon characters making completely irrational decisions, purposely avoiding plotholes the size of Texas and in general, lack the sophistication that you get from other paranormal romance authors. Like, I shouldn't be halfway through the book wondering how long it's going to take the author to get around to the big "Duh Duh Duh" moment that has been spelled out in alphabet blocks since about Chapter 2. I realize I'm a smart cookie, but I shouldn't be able to assume the entire plot of the story only 2 hours into the novel. THAT BEING SAID, I'm a sucker for a romance, so here's what I can say to the positive: In terms of the romances that are developed, they are decent enough that I can buy into them, and the sex scenes are fairly hot. The world created is fun enough and despite my griping, I still gobbled them up like candy. Essentially, this series is like Junk Food. It's not the best tasting, and not the healthiest, but it's a craving that's hard to ignore. And when I'm done and it's sitting in my belly, making me feel gross, I'll be inspired to go out and find something of higher quality....until the cravings hit again!
I'm not sure why Ms. Cole decided to branch out and do this Dacians series but it doesn't matter. It's the same world as the Immortals series, and it's still Robert Petkoff, so this buy was a no-brainer. This book is for anyone who wants some seriously hot paranormal sex with a garnish of intrigue and adventure. And if you haven't listened to the Immortals series yet, I don't think you need to read them first. But if this book does for you what it did for me....be grateful these books are only $10 a pop.
Since I'm only ingesting this series audibly, this listen came out of order (since at the time books 6-9 were not available on audio. As of this reviewing, 7-9 are still in production) but I don't really think it mattered. There was clearly some serious shizz that went down in the previous book(s), but ultimately I'm addicted to this series and to the sound of Robert Petkoff narrating it, so I was hardly going to wait a year for the rest to be released. For those who are listening to the series and aren't sure about going out of order - honestly, when you're knee-deep in Robert Petkoff's accented bedroom voice, who freaking cares?! It's embarrassing how turned on I get when I listen to this series. Once all the others are released I'll probably go back and re-listen so I have a better appreciation for some of the discussions in this book. But I will also keep listening forward - which reminds me I'd better go pre-order Macrieve!
It's been clear from several books back that there is more to Kaleb than being Stone-Cold-Council. Ms Singh has had him tagged for sometime as an enigma we should know more about so it was about time we got his story. And since I am a sucker for the tortured, silent type it was Game On from Page 1.
If anything it reminded me of Mine to Possess (Clay and Talin), since we were dealing with characters who had a past together, but now need to navigate their way back to each other, and find resolution from drama in the past.
I think this book was a lot easier for her because there were fewer characters in the books, so she didn't have to do fifty shades of raspy voice to represent all the dogs and cats (in some of the other books in the series you couldn't have paid me to guess who was supposed to be talking because everyone sounded alike, men and women included).
I got really excited about how things are left off at the end of the book, and what that means for the next installment in the series. I see from the author website at least 2 more are slated for release. Fingers crossed one of them is about Aiden or Vasic, or both!
Maybe it's a reflection of the autonomous lifestyles of the Psy, but after all of the back-and forth in the last two books between the main love interest characters and the other relationships we kept checking in on, this book felt very isolated, for lack of a better word. We didn't hear about how any of the changelings were doing - this was all Kaleb and Sahara. I was totally caught up so this is not a complaint, more observation. But again, maybe there is a conscious decision based on the lifestyles of the main characters. (The previous two were Wolfy, and they are all types of intermingled with each other, so I can see why the structure of the novel would reflect as much.)
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