Let me first say that the posted Summary for this book is wrong:
The last thing Sid remembered was being enlisted to protect a vulnerable young woman in the coastal town of Sea Haven. Then, as if in some nightmare, he was lost in the swirling currents of the ocean, and sucked deeper into a freezing black eddy. Just as quickly, he was saved - pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in Sea Haven. Soon they will be bound by tantalizing secrets, which will engulf them both in a whirlpool of passion and danger.
His name is not Sid nor was he enlisted to protect a vulnerable young woman in Sea Haven. His name is Lev and he was rescued by Rikki when he was on a ship that was went down near Sea Haven (from the last book in the Sea Haven Sisters Series). He isn't there to rescue anyone and he isn't needed to rescue Rikki either. She's a strong woman that can rescue herself - and does so.
The story is laid out as a first in the new series and I felt it lacked a little more of the introduction and connection to the other characters that were coming in the series within this book. Rikki is supposed to be close to her sisters and though not too close due to her condition the reader isn't given much information on the sisters, just a brief introduction to them with a little more for one of the other sisters. Of that I feel the story lacked the connection the reader should have as this is a series. The story does have it slow points, but I feel that the character Rikki needs this... and the action warms up in the last 1/4 of the book. If you've read the previous series it's a little reunion with Jonas and Hannah - just a little bit, but you are reminded of the history... some of which actually isn't resolved by the end of the book. This was disappointing to me personally as I feel it should have been resolved and done so in this book - but I can hope it does so within the next coming books in the series.
The narrator for this story didn't do a great job. She didn't make the male characters sound... well, male. Everything kind of blended when it came to character identification. I wish that the narrator for the original Sea Haven series had done this one. Also I feel that the narrator went to far in assuming what a high level Autistic adult would sound like. At times she was fine and at other it felt like a speech pattern was used that was very "different". Be consistent. Also the tone of the story was slow due to the narrator. Lastly the audio had an echo which can be quite disturbing. If you start and stop the story quite a few times this might be a huge problem.
As a follower of the series I wasn't so sure that I would like Aryal's story... and boy was I taken by surprise. Aryal is so prickly, confrontational and argumentative and though that doesn't change...the perspective of the reader/listener does. That's amazing story telling to me. Thea Harrison is an amazing author and I absolutely love this book/this series and highly recommend it.
One of my top things I enjoy about the JD Robb series are the connections of family, friends and coworkers. Each book I look forward not only to the murder but to the reunion with the supporting cast. Like most girls, I like gossip and each book is like getting a little bit of gossip on how some of my favorite characters are doing. This book has quite a few connection scenes - more than I'm used to seeing - and I love it all the more for it. Thanksgiving is full of family, friends and food - so why wouldn't this wonderful book that takes place during that time.
Yes, I have, and this narration is just as wonderful as each of the JD Robb books before... and looking forward to many more.
Much of the murder side of the story is from the perspective of the killer - more so than in any of her other books that I can recall. It was also more graphic than usual. I would say that balances very well with the more than usual emotional scenes within the book. There were a few scenes that were tear jerkers for me as I dearly love these characters.
Overall I would give this book more stars if I could - great writing, great narration. Can't wait for the next one!
HOT, HOT, HOT - it didn't say it had to be three different words... LOL
It's hard to compare as I've never really found anyone who writes quite like Darynda Jones. I will say it has some of the comedy and spunk that you can find in many of Molly Harper's books while having some of the long range plot line scope found in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series but this series is so very unique.
Lorelei absolutely rocks this series! I couldn't imagine another reader being able to infuse that perfect sarcastic sense of humor that is Charlie. The timing is spot on and it's almost like a perfectly timed movie that you're listening to instead of a book. The narration truly brings a new dimension to the series that does nothing but make it so much better! I can't speak enough about Lorelei and how well she's narrated this series!!
YES - let's just say my gasp and laugh at the end of the book made my husband come from two rooms away to find out what had happened. : )
This book really moves the story line along with more information on the plot line arc. I was pleased for this as well as the progression of the love story between Reyes and Charlie. Great book - great series - and I can't wait for the next one!
I like this one better than the first as the characters are truly into their firm groove. Each of the characters act in situations as they should and it makes for some fun times as Doc is just so head strong. I do like the realism that she is recovering from a trauma and her healing process will take time. I like the relationship as she is a character I feel deserves happiness. The only negative is that come the end it felt rushed. Big event and then what felt like a sharp cut off. I felt there could have been more come the end to even out the feel of the story line. And just a warning - there is a cliff hanger. Next book comes out in October and I'm hooked enough that I'll be purchasing it.
A separate note - the reader for me doesn't nail male voices so at times where there is a discussion between two males it's a little hard to identify who is supposed to be speaking. Overall though she's good.
This book for me is similar to a pilot for a tv series - the characters and the plot are just getting settled into their roles and there are moments where they don't feel "firm". There are a couple of times where I felt something was off with the characters, but by the second book the author had the flow and characters down pat.
This book is a short one at just over 5 hours. It might come across as a bit rushed for some so I give that warning, but I feel it's a good start to the series and I liked it enough to purchase the second book.
I will say there are no clues as to who the murderer is throughout the story. *cheeky grin* But you do meet him early on in the story. This is something a little different for me as most mysteries I listen to have clues and I can guess them with accuracy pretty early on. So it was a refreshing change.
I purchased this for the Molly Harper story more than anything and was not disappointed. A cup of humor, a dash of old friends and a pinch of vampire culture - cooking style. It's a great story I've already relistened to it again. I think it's worth the credit for Molly's story alone.
The series was written 1-2-3 but should have been written as a continual story line to it's conclusion. Because of this the transitions from book one to two to three were a bit choppy. For this book in particular the individuality based solution/conclusion was illogical; though an explanation was given in the story for this, it just didn't hold up for me.
Yes, but to tell would be giving a major emotional scene in the book away. I will say that there is a sense of conclusion to an open emotional issue that is resolved and though sad, I'm happy it was resolved.
Though the series had some issues for me, I did enjoy it and happy endings always make me smile - so a smile for the happy ending.
I really liked the Quinn - the main female character. She really comes across as one of those people you want to meet in real life. Fun, happy and cheerful. Out of all of the books in this series I like this one the most for it's romance story.
The only thing that I didn't like about this book was the ending/transition to the next book in the series and the "event" at the end. I felt it could have been more thought out to be more impactful. Also I feel that this series out of all that I've read of Nora Roberts is the worst when it comes to that transition from book to book. The series was written 1-2-3 but should have been a continual story line to it's conclusion making the transitions from book one to two to three choppy and the individuality based solution illogical (though an explanation was given in the story it just didn't hold up for me).
I think Sophie Eastlake does an amazing job of narrating this series. Listening to the book is a whole new experience of the story. Sophie is able to express the emotions of the characters spot on which really enhances the characters and enjoyment overall.
Pia, the main female character. Pia is growing stronger side by side with Dragos and Sophie really brings out her feistiness as well as her compassion and love. Sophie truly brings Pia, and all of the characters in this series, to life.
I really enjoyed this book and the series as a whole. I find that Thea Harrison has not only created a wonderful world for her characters, but provides a balance in her characters and story line. There is laughter, fun, adventure as well as bad things that happen that do create sadness and pain. The flow is wonderful and yes, each book has a happy ending in its own way. This book was especially great as it was revisiting Pia and Dragos from book 1 in the series. Like any real relationship the story doesn't end at the mating - life goes on with it's challenges, hopes and dreams and it was a pleasure to listen to a new adventure for them as they continue to grow as a couple/family.
Food fight! : )
I personally had a hard time with the narrator for this story. I enjoyed the story enough to get the books and read them... but the narrator came close to ruining the audio version for me. His male voices are great, but his female voices are horrible to me.
There were multiple moments in the book that were wonderful and moving. Nora Roberts does a wonderful job of balancing details with the story plot line and emotional flow of the story.
This is a great story that I enjoyed. It is classic Nora Roberts, so expect as such.
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