Unfortunately I've decided that Grant's series is not worth my credits. The story lines fail to engage me as a reader and basically go nowhere fast.
I wish I had read the reviews here before purchasing this one. My confidence in J R Ward's writing is justified, however the narration speed on this audio is devastating. I had to resort to a library hard-copy to enjoy Rapture.
Archangel’s Legion moves the overall story arc along in a big way. While the focus is back on Raphael and Elena, many other favorite characters are on screen as well. I do agree, however, with the reviewers who have noted that some aspects of the storytelling and especially certain phrases are seriously being recycled at this point. Perhaps it wouldn’t have been quite so noticeable if I hadn’t listened to this series one after another without breaks in between – but I did. Normally, that fact alone would be a blazing sign that I adored this series in a big way… but honestly I was between a rock and a hard place with not much else to read. Oh, I liked the series – no doubts there. I just had a lot of eye rolling going on in the last three books because some of the phrasing is over-used. I admire Ms. Singh for her unique take on the paranormal genre and for her storytelling abilities in general; I just hope that she takes some time to expand her repertoire before a new book is released.
I’ll be honest – the first time I picked up one of the BDB books I was turned off by the character names and didn’t read more than a couple pages.
More than a year later, when I was desperate for a new series to feed my addiction, I decided to heed the good reviews this series consistently receives and bought the first book through Audible. I liked it. The narrator isn’t great; in that there is little differentiation between character voices, which sort of makes one line blend into another and can be confusing. That doesn’t detract from the story though, or perhaps I should say that the story outshines that defect.
I’ve always been attracted to paranormal novels that feature a dark hero – someone who isn’t the goodie-white-hat type but still lets the reader get behind their story arc. (For example, I was never interested in the Buffy television series until season six hit and Spike really came to the forefront in a very, um, noticeable way. I loved Spike with an unholy fire and still have a soft spot in my heart for James Marsters, wherever he is. Yes, Angel was adorably broody, but he was just too *good*) Anyway, where was I… Oh, right. Dark heroes abound in the BDB series. In fact they’re coming out of the woodwork, so to speak. There are so many tortured, angst-ridden characters here that I’ve got fodder to last for weeks and weeks.*happy sigh*
The thing about JR Ward is that while the first novel was good, the second was noticeably better. I’m more than halfway through number four as I write this and it’s the best yet – meaning, this is one author who hasn’t been satisfied to stagnate once she got published. Each brother’s story has been fascinating in its own right without falling into the ‘been there, read that’ rut that mires some other authors once they have a couple books under their belts.
As for Lover Eternal specifically, Rhage and Mary’s story is great. I’m not going in for a summary because you already read that above. My best advice is, take a look at my book list. If you like the same books that I like, you’ll like these too. I have no doubt.
Boys and girls; this, *this* is a literary orgasmic experience:
“The last moment before the bite is like the last moment before coming: stopped time and shrugged-off space, an instant of seeing how it is for God. It’s why people in sexual extremis say Oh, God. It’s not a cry to the Divine, it’s a recognition of their own divinity. I was very aware of my mouth open, my heartbeat in my teeth, the obscene ease with which I held him, the room like a frozen grin around us, and beyond it the Californian night and the orange blossom and the desert and the sprawling dark continent’s indifferent consciousness gathering a kind of Meaning.”
And it’s on page 6. Page 6! Which means that there are many more liter-orgasms to come. I feel like I’m at the beginning of a whirlwind love affair.
Carl Hiaasen’s books have a common theme: Bad guys do some really contemptible stuff and pay for it in outrageously Darwinian style. His blend of crime fiction, comedy and irony is clearly identifiable - he has so many successful novels under his belt by now that his writing shows a level of self-confidence that we just don’t see in newer authors. When I begin one of his novels I know that I am in for a wild ride, a satisfying conclusion - and in between, plenty of opportunities to laugh out loud in either pure amusement or in shocked awe at the audacity of it all.
In Bad Monkey Hiaasen takes multiple brilliant plot lines, fleshes them out with a cast of vivid, eccentric characters and pulls it all together into an action-filled finish. Throughout, we are treated to a classic smorgasbord of barbed observations and witty dialog without even once getting that ‘been there, done that’ eye roll out of me that has become a pet peeve with other long-term authors.
Last but not least, the Audible narrator does an admirable job of conveying the ironic tone and keeps up with the large cast of characters without a slip.
The Dark Highlander raises the bar for the romance genre and crosses the barrier into paranormal fantasy effortlessly.
Moning's well crafted scenes stay with me long after I've finished to book; high praise indeed!
Moning grows into a laudable romance/fantasy author with this effort, and continues to improve with later novels.
While this isn't the best of Moning's Highlander series, it's a more-than-decent start.I've certainly found Moning to be the best of the Highlander genre.
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