I've read and enjoyed the rest of Cole's Immortals after Dark series, so I was very surprised by how much I didn't like the The Warlord Wants Forever audiobook. I'm not sure what was different about this one. The rest of the series takes place in the same world, some of the same characters, the same themes, etc. But for some reason TWWF had my inner feminist's hackles up. It could be the few scenes that stradled the fence between erotic/ kinky and skeevy/rape-y. The narration didn't help matters. They each read Nikolai and Myst and had a different interpretation of each. At the very least they should've agreed on Nikolai's accent.
If the rest of the IAD series is going to be produced in audiobook, I suggest they find the right narrator (one who can do m/f voices). I'd love to hear Gabra Zackman or Nicole Poole narrate the rest of the series.
At barely over 5 hours, Driving Mr. Dead is more of a morsel in comparison to the three-course meals offered in the Nice Girls Don’t and Naked Werewolf books, but it is still very well-written, hilarious, and satisfying. The best way I can describe the two main characters is that Mr. Dead could be Mr. Darcy with a better ass (or so I imagine), and Miranda's personality kind of reminds me of a post-Andrea Dick (from the NGD series). I listened to DMD mostly while driving and more than once I had to fake a cough so that my fellow motorists didn’t think I was a nut who spontaneously bursts into laughter.
I only have two wee complaints: 1) due to the book’s brevity the story was 'lite' on mystery, drama, and supporting characters. But hey, Molly Harper-lite still beats 90% of everything else in this genre. And 2) where’s the next Jane Jameson book?! I’m going to start an 'Occupy Molly Harper’s Front Lawn' movement if I don’t get some Gabriel Nightingale stat!
Oh and, as always, Ms. Ronconi is the perfect complement to Ms. Harper's characters.
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