I never thought I would get hooked on historical romances, but I read this one...and loved it! I still re-read it. Jennifer Ashley steps outside of the box by giving us an autistic hero, and she does a brilliant job portraying him and how others react to him. Ian and Beth are a truly endearing couple. They make appearances in future books, and I never get tired of them.
When I saw that Ian and Beth's book was coming out as an audiobook I was over the moon, and downloaded it as soon as I could. The narrator did a good job, and I will definitely be listening to this book again. I really hope Tantor produces the entire series. My first historical romance is still the best historical romance.
Loved the ebook, and actually pre-ordered the audiobook. Very good story with resolutions, reveals, and questions left unanswered. There were set-ups for at least 2 different characters.
But the narrator....I don't think she's absolutely awful. Some of the voices were very well done, as was the straight narration and the sex scenes stayed hot. She could have been a very good fit. What I *can* say is that she ruined the illusion of being in a different world. I can't imagine anyone reading the description of Seminus demons, and turning them from, arguably, the sexiest creatures in paranormal romance into guys who sounded like girls complete with faerie dust. These are characters that we've fallen in love with and have been interpreted by many narrators. Every time a Sem started talking I winced and decided it was a good time to let my mind wander. That's a first for me.
And then there were characters with accents that just didn't make sense. It sounded like Tavin was speaking with a Mexican accent. Ares....not sure what accent that was, but it distracted me almost as much as the Sems did. And then there's Revenant, who will be the hero for the next book. He had a lovely Texas Twang going on, which I thought was wonderful and could be very sexy. But, where'd that come from? It's a major point in the book that Rev has spent his whole life in Sheoul, right?
These missteps, and sometimes blatant mistakes, weren't enough to make me return the book since these are secondary characters we're talking about. But, unlike some of the other books in the series which I've listened to many times, I won't be listening to this one again. I will be re-reading Reaver before I start in on Revenant's book. I will not be pre-ordering, and will perhaps even pass on the audio version if Helen Wick is narrating again. I believe Helen is the ninth narrator for this series. That is insane with reoccurring characters. I don't know who's responsible for this. Please go back to Hilary Huber. She's done a fantastic job and is, I think, the best of the nine. But, if you can't, or won't, hire her.....please, pick someone who will do her research before she goes to work, and stick with her.
Fans have been in love with Daniel since he was a teen in book one. All grown up and he is the MacKenzie we wish was real! The book played like a movie as I listened. Loved Daniel and Violet as a couple, and was delighted to listen as the youngest MacKenzie's made appearances. Violet was welcomed by the entire family. Angela Dawe continues to do a great job in bringing these characters to life.
Finished this one with the same warm fuzzy feeling that I have after all the Highland Pleasures books. Don't skip this novella! It may be shorter, but is as satisfying as any full-length novel. Great, great story!
Not just three great stories, but three well written stories that provide all the romance I want with something I've never encountered before--berserkers! Don't be fooled. These shorter stories are as well done as any novella from a well-known, long-standing series. Loved the characters enough to wish for full length novels. I thought the narrator did a good job, and I hope to find the next trilogy from this author on audio soon.
This series is amazing: World Building, Plot, Characters....everything is top notch. I loved The Iron Duke and will re-listen to it many times. Great characters, and Yasmeen could have stolen the show if she was given any more time in the first book. I'm glad she got her own book. Heart of Steel raises the bar for the rest of the series and Faye Adele is a wonderful narrator, but she knocks it out of the ball park when she plays Yasmeen. These books do stand alone, but I suggest reading them in order as characters from past books do show up.
For fans of the Psy-Changeling series, this is a good listen. Four novellas give personal glimpses into the lives of four different couples. The focus, and conflict, remains on the couples and each story only spans a short time. Fans will love it. New comers to the series won't appreciate it as much, and I strongly recommend starting with book 1 and putting this anthology off until you are well into the series.
The Iron Seas series is one of the most well-crafted out there. World building is top-notch. This novella is a stand alone, and can be read at any point in the series. The events are set before Book 1 and the main characters make an appearance in Book 2.
Although it's only a novella, it is every bit as entertaining (action, emotion, the works!) as the full length novels. It's worth a credit, so I think it's a bargain for under $10.
Listening to a book three times isn't unusual for me. Reading one 3 times in 3 days is a first. It's a great series, and this book has emotion, lot's of action, and Kate's past coming into play.Raudman brings *all* the characters to life. She makes it easy to forget that there is only one person narrating.
Just like Firelight, Moonglow is great from any angle: Good story, great characters, a lot of emotion, and the world continues to evolve. Moira Quirk is a name that puts me at ease. Have no doubt. Narration is never an issue with her. If you like the genre, pick this up. Winterblaze is being released next month. Can't wait for Poppy's story!
This might be the best of the series! I love all the books, but this is the one I will be listening to over and over. No information overload, but don't make the mistake of thinking it's slow. The pace is good with a range of things packed into the story: Jace and The Mob, Jace and Cassius, Jace craving kangaroo meat, etc. As usual, the supporting cast is strong, and is not eclipsed. Don't skip this one!
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