Georgia, United States | Member Since 2012
I feel I need more categories to rate:
Hot scenes: 5 because OMG the lady can write some good ones!
Writing flow and style: 4 there were several lines used again and again by th main characters so that bugged me, but the story arc went well.
Premise: 0...yes ZERO! I get the whole love at first site concept, and have applauded it in multiple books but in this book we are suppose to believe that first a catering company hired to cater an Engagement party for a millionaire who co owns the hotel the party is being held in...somehow had a homeless person as a waitress? Because high end catering companies frequently employ random people with no background checks for high end parties...and how does someone who is homeless for 4 years in NYC come even close to being not ill and not have any diseases? Oh, and is clean enough and well shaven to have a threesome and no comment is ever made? So the premise is totally absurd! Then this strong willed person who has what it takes to survive is a full on submissive???? Just thankful not to be homeless anymore so she looses all her fight and drive and is happy to be a full submissive from practically day one? Again, totally absurd that a person who has survived on the streets for 4 years would cede control nearly immediately, no trust issues?
I get that the poor girl waitress finds rich guy bit has been done to death and Mrs. Banks didn't want to go there but it's just an absurd premise...oh did I mention that the female lead came into play seconds after Jace told his sister that he was likely never settling down? The absurdity of the premise kind of ruined the book for me, hope Ash's story is a bit more real.
This book was released as a 6 part story originally, so there are about 5 moments when you can just hear a piano in your head going *dum-dum-dummmmmm", followed by a cheesy announcer saying "Will this be the end of them....Can she handle the truth....tune in next week for the continuing story!" :- )
All in all I would say parts 1-4 were an in depth book, with great back story, characters that you really get invested in, and an overall edge of your seat can't put it down this book is hot hot hot...and in an OH so good way!
Then we hit parts 5 and 6 which feel like they were written by someone else. This caring story of a woman determined to make it on her own, get over her heart ache and move on with life is replaced by a wishy washy woman who is all of a sudden a full on sub to her Dom (even though that wasn't really originally explored much), and poof there is MFM action, and you are just like wow...um...okay this really cool book just made everyone change who they fundamentally are and what they have been doing for 6 hours and everyone got a lobotomy to finish up the story….okay well at least the hot scenes are still hot.
So, I'm still giving it over all a 4 star review because the narrator was great, and the first 4 chapters were SOOO good and plausible and I just didn't want to put the book down....okay so the last 2 chapters had me scratching my head going HUH? But I'm not sorry I bought it.
Is that a positive review???? You decide! I will say this though, I'm getting book 2 because now that I am prepared for the roller coaster I think I will enjoy it!
Sometimes you listen to a story and you say....wow, this could really happen, this is one of those stories. No one fell in love in a moment, no one had it easy....if anything these people had to fight the world and each other for this relationship, and isn't that how love actually is?
Dr. Leena O'Donnel has lived through the death of her sister 9 years ago. The problem is she's not actually living. Sure she gets dressed, goes to work, sort of eats....but really she is just getting through the day so her nightmares can keep her up at night. Don't let people in and they can't leave you is her motto.
Leena's perfectly mundane world is rocked one day when she receives flowers at work from her parents, they do this often, still trying after 9 years to bring their other daughter some peace. The man delivering the flowers is georgeous...and irritating and pushy and called her a freaking princess for crying out loud, so why can't she stop thinking about his eyes?
Mason tries to be a good person, sure he has dated a few women but he's never cruel and tries to be a gentlemen to the fairer sex when at all possible....but with Dr. Leena all bets are off! He can't figure out if he wants to slug her or kiss her, gesh the NERVE of that woman! He was doing a favor for his mother by delivering some flowers while on the way to his REAL job, owner and head chef of a trendy Chicago restraunt, when poof crazy lady with attitude comes up to get the flowers. She's psychotic, good thing she's in the hospital already....so why can't he stop thinking about her?!?!?
This story is full of humor, friendship, love and the bonds that tie us together as human beings. I will be getting book 2 because this writer understands that 30 something's don't act like high schoolers, we may not be bright sometimes with our hearts, but we aren't kids.
Great narration, good voice switches and emotions.
Darned if you do, darned if you don't....I don't think R.K could have won with me on this one.
We still had the amazingly graphic steam scenes....and then some more of them...and more of them....*yawn* can we get back to the plot now? Yes, you love him he loves you everyone can't believe how great this is....blah...blah. What we fought to get to in books one and two seems obsurdly easy in book 3, and the freak outs and hold backs of books 1 and 2...yeah they are gone too.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a third edge of your seat instalment in the up in the air series...well you won't find it because the third book was sickly sweet! If you have followed the series of course you will want to know how it ends...just don't expect the same intensity as books 1 and 2 because EVERYTHING gets resolved, and EVERYONE finally believes in their love and well....even the dramatic parts took about 3 minutes to resolve and half of that drama was contrived, plus you get a prologue for one year later and then 5 years later...yup EVERYTHING gets resolved and tied up, no guessing here.
Narrator still rocked, very good voices!
This was a very nice story, it didn't have a lot of action, and not much heat, but the characters were funny and there wasn't a lot of contrived drama.
Calvin Morrisey has a history of loving them and leaving them. He's 35, he never plans on marrying and kids are NOT his thing, but he is a MAN!
Minerva (Min) Dobbs is a 33 year old actuary, she runs statistics and can tell you that 20 billion hot dogs are consumed by American's every year...but she can't tell you why no man has ever really "done it" for her.
Meeting at a bar one night started a chain of events that neither Calvin or Min could escape...have you ever tried NOT to run into another person but the universe conspired against you and all you kept doing was running into that ONE person?
Comedy ensued, listening to them try to stay apart was actually hysterical, and overall it was just a really nice book. I could have done with less harping about carbs and butter from Min's mother, but it was part of who she was....personally I wouldn't speak to my mother anymore if that's all I heard...but it is what it is.
If you are looking for a steamy romance with graphic nudity then this isn't the book for you, but if you are looking for an adult book, not even close to YA fiction, with REAL adults not twenty somethings pretending to be adults...then I highly recommend this book. It was fun and easy and kept you guessing...and there was even a nice re-cap on the end on how everyone's happily ever after really went.
Narrator was decent on male and female voices.
We continue the story of the residents of Caldwell NY with this latest installment of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The beauty of these books is the world that we get to fall into, and dealing with the struggles of life that are familiar to us all. The approval, or lack thereof, of our lifestyles. From whom we choose to marry, or not, to the ramifications of our life choices and how those choices affect others. J.R Ward brings these struggles to the forefront in this epic novel.
We reconnected with all our favorites from Iam and Tres, to the chosen, the band of bastards, we even got more insight into Asail and Saxton. This story focuses on Beth and Wrath, and his Kingship. There are struggles and triumphs and all done without a nasty cliff hanger.
Wonderful series, wonderful world, cannot recommend enough! 22 hours of total emmersion into a far away place and an alternate reality. Well done!
If you have been following my reviews you know I have had luke warm feelings about this series. Book one was okay, book 2 not so great, book 3 was awesome, and this being book four is landing in the better than okay but not awesome category.
This is the story of Wick and JJ. JJ is Tanya's little sister and she has been in jail for 5 years. I think the author could have played with this relationship a bit more, had some more touching scenes rather than hey I know we haven't even kissed yet but since we are energy fused and all let's just jump into bed.
I like the back story, the world emerging is pretty cool, and I'm interested to see where all this is heading. It's still not Black Dagger Brotherhood worthy, but It's getting up there with Midnight Breed worthy.
Narrator still needs work..I'm dreading Venom's story because his voice is SOOO immature and teenager like, but Wick's voice was a bit better this go around.
This book was GREAT! Book 1 was good, book 2 had me questioning myself as to why oh why I was still listening to this suspend reality and don't think too much series, but this one hit it out of the park for me...except for the narrator.
This is the story of Mac...he's 34 and just found out he is a dragonborn...and a rare water dragon at that! He has always loved the water, even was a navy seal, but nothing could have prepared him for 4 grown male dragons appearing at his door when he was so weak he was near collapse. They walked him through his change in book 2, and in book 3 he thrived! He did awesome tricks in the water and all while trying to figure out this mysterious pull he has for Tanya Solaris...whom we met in book 1, best friend of Mist.
The heat was hot, the action was great, it left me wanting more! I downloaded book 4 during my commute because I needed it RIGHT NOW! Don't get me wrong, I'm still not completely thrilled with the series. A series based on a pack of dragons is very cool...but a series based on a supposedly totally rare thing, a dragon and a woman finding a very rare thing called energy fuse...so rare it has been lost in the dragon kind knowledge.....did I mention rare?...uh huh...then how come 3 dragons have found it in less than 2 months? See, and that still annoys me, don't tell me something is rare and mystical and then give me boat loads of it...kind of ticks me off. So, I have decided to think of this type of union as NOT rare...and just dragons finding their mates.
Speaking of ticking me off....the voices of the male characters....UGH! The narrator IS a male, why is it so freaking hard to do a male voice that doesn't sound like a scared teenage computer geek? These are DRAGON men...make them sound like it!!!!!
This is the story of Frosty, a.k.a the ice dragon and his "she-cop" Angela. I wanted to listen to this story to see how it would unfold, and it did unfold a bit differently than I thought so that was good. What I didn't like were the inconsistencies and the gaps in story. For example, there is a phone call towards the end of the book and someone is suppose to stay where they are, but when the person shows up they are no longer there....why? Or how Angela was "hurt" but we aren't REALLY sure how she was "hurt"...also not a lot of smexing in this book. Normally I don't mind if an action packed book goes light on the smex...if there is a plot to carry it, this one really didn't.
I want to hear Mac's story in book 3 but I think I'll give up on this series at that point. They are nice filler books while waiting for the books I REALLY want to listen to, but in my opinion this series is WAY weaker than Black Dagger Brotherhood, and The Midnight Breed Series...kind of on par with the Lords of the Underworld series...cool world, not a total waste of time, but nothing gripping.
Oh, and the narrator being a MAN I would expect his male voices to be better. His inflection is good, whispers are whispers and he's okay with all that but this big and tough warrior/fighter sounds like he might be 19 and a virgin...not so good for the swoon moments, which may be why I couldn't connect as well as I would have liked.
This book catches a hold of you quick and doesn't let go. Mist Monroe is a house call nurse practitioner who needs to visit an 8 month pregnant woman. When she gets there all heck breaks loose and she is forced to call 9-1-1. Bastion, leader of the night fury dragons knows what the problem is and rushes to get there before the rogue clan of dragons known as the razorbacks gets to these human women. The instant Bastion sees Mist it is game over, he needs her, and she's high energy of course! There is some contrived drama but it wasn't too bad.
Overall I'd have to say this book was good, solid 4 star good, but not great. Is it a shifter book....yes and no. They are dragons....who shift to appear human. Is it a vampire book....yes and no. There is no blood sucking, but they do suck energy from females, and there are high energy to low energy females out there. They call it being hungry when they need energy, oh and generally it's taken by sucking on the neck....but they don't call it being a vampire, oh and they cant go out in daylight...but still not a vampire.
The book had an interesting world, albeit the world doesn't make sense sometimes. For example....if they can see the energy of women why not sit at the mall or a train station and wait for one to walk by? There are a few of those suspend reality moments. But overall I liked the world and am continuing onto book 2.
Ugh! Waste of time! Book one was beyond frustrating I loved and hated it. Book 2 I was on the fence, things were getting weird, but I still felt compelled to get book 3, and now I have and I can say I'm done, even if they are not. The whole plot has shifted from a billionaire not being able to have the girl to every billionaire has a girl but no one talks to their girl and contrived drama ensues! I read the reviews on amazon for book 4 and needless to say the words predictable drama and far fetched were used often, nope I'm putting this series down, never to be listened to again.
This story takes place 2 years after book 2...but everyone is pretty much doing the same thing. Ari has her masters and is teaching and Rafe wants her back. That part was cute, then we have Shane and Leaha's story, and we have the return of prince Adrian in Rachaels bed.
Some parts were good, some parts were too horrible to describe and one part about an hour from the end I skipped all together because I was certain if I listened to what I knew was coming I would just shut the book off.
Overall skip this series, the frustration and downward spiral from decent plot and characters to pathetic contrived drama just isn't worth the money.
I was happy that they finally got the narrator and editor correct.
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