I am only partway through this audiobook but the narration has driven me to review early. I apologize that i have more to say about the narrator than the story. The story is good so far, nothing unique but im biased since this is my bread and butter genre. It takes a lot for me to dislike any type of highland romance. I don't care for how stubborn Fiona is. She's so angry at her husband when she has no choice in the matter. her attitude makes things worse for herself. She does eventually come around which is good and makes the story much more interesting.
The narrator is another story entirely. She does not do men's voices well and almost every sentence comes out like a question. It is annoying and is utterly destroying this experience. She is...I think the best way to describe it would be jerky. In some areas the emotion she tries to convey is completely wrong, and she occasionally gets shrill. In some places she over-articulates so much that you get distracted. It's like she's trying too hard. I don't know if I will ever listen to this or recommend it to anyone else because the narrator is...ugh. Her voice is very pretty, but the fact that every single sentence comes out as a question makes me want to pull my hair out. I can't get past that bit of annoyance. Not worth a credit, but if its on sale for less than 5 bucks just buy it if you can tolerate the constant annoyance.
Ummmm-kaaaay. I have read the entire J.D. Robb In Death Series twice. I was looking for something similar to keep me occupied while waiting for some new ones to come out. . .this is not it. It is just a rip-off. The lead investigator sleeping with the prime suspect...amazingly the same thing that happens in Robb's first in death book, Naked in death. A dead senator in fatal affair, and a guilty and dead senator in Naked in Death. I'm surprised Marie Force didn't get sued for writing this. If you've read Naked in Death, all you'll be able to do is shake your head at the 'similarities' that just suck. I couldn't even get through the whole book because it was just screaming "Plagiarism" to me. Sam is 'tough' but doughy on the inside, she can't keep her emotions in check, she's always second guessing herself. Not what I'm looking for in a strong female lead. Perhaps if I had read this before In Death, maybe it wouldn't be so bad. But to me, this is just a knock off. If you're going to choose between Marie Force and J.D. Robb...Go with J.D. Robb. Those are books that are absolutely worth the read. Oh. The narrator was fine.
Um...whew. This is a hot one. I'm pretty critical about my erotic romance, but holy hell. This is a book that gripped me from the beginning, the story line is very compelling and I fell in love with each and every one of those men. Cam, Hutch and Sawyer are hot hot hot!! The narrator...I do believe I am in love with him. I usually don't like men narrators, personal preference, I guess, but for this, I will gladly make an exception. Adam Paul is a narrating god. His voice is smooth, transitioning from character to character with enough personality that you know exactly who it is he is speaking for.
Regina is a strong woman who has a choice to make, and she makes it.
This book doesn't even really have sex until midway through or more, but the entire story is worth listening to. The sex is...let me grab my fan...hot. Really hot, very well written and not tacky. I say Maya Banks is a genius for making me believe that a polyamorous relationship could not only be sexy, but work.
It isn't a fairy tale relationship. There is jealousy, hurt feelings and confusion that they have to work through, which makes it all that more believable for me. Regina is terrified about what she wants, what they want from her, but the way the story is woven is exceptionally skillful.
Definitely worth the credit and if you don't have any...spend the money and just buy it full price. I'd pay double (triple) for this book and not just for the erotic plot. The entire story has you under its spell, and by the time sex actually enters into it, it's more of a bonus rather than what you've been waiting for, even though it's...hmmm. Um. Yeah. Good. Really good. I finished this book in one sitting, which is rare for me, but everything about it made me just want to keep going, keep at it until I knew every facet of these characters. There is a sweetness, a total lack of selfishness, under their determination that you just wish you had in your life, a premeditation that makes your heart beat just a little bit faster.
Absolutely five stars in every way, performance, narration, and story. A+++ read, and I wish there was more for these particular characters. Ladies, your husbands will be grateful you spent the money, because after you read this book, you're going to be in one rare mood. Keep your fan handy because even when they aren't having sex, you wish they were and the situations are so...heavy with the undertone that you'll find yourself on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happens.
Maya Banks just became my new favorite author of all time. And coming from me, that's something. I read hundreds and hundreds of books and I have only a few, very few authors who rate high enough for a re-read or for me to search out their books. She rates for both.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!
I read the reviews for this book and dove right in. It sounded like a great, tear-jerking read and I was in the mood for one. While Kyle and Nell make a great story, and it warns of adult language and situations, this book seemed more like a young adult novel than an adult one. The skittish sex, understandable considering their age and the story, but just the way the characters interact with each other and the way the characters themselves are. Nell is immature and self centered and shows it quite a bit throughout the story. I expected it at the beginning when she was sixteen, but it showed when she was an adult also.
Nell is very selfish. Her boyfriend died, in a tragic way, trying to save her and two days later she is kissing his older brother? What? No amount of emotional upheaval can condone that, even for my jaded mind that was a no-no. And then later in the book she is a cutter and a drinker? I don't see how she got to that point, where were her parents?
It just leaves a lot out, and the narrator for Nell is pretty good, but the narrator for Colt is...bland. He is emotionless and it kind of ruins it. Maybe if I read the book instead of listened to it, it would have been a bit better for me. All in all, it is a good read that will have your emotions on a roller coaster, but the parts that weren't emotional just lacked for me. The emotional plot is very well written, but the other parts of the story seemed bland.
A lot of the time I found myself wanting to scream at Nell, telling her to stop being so selfish, that yes, her boyfriend died, in a horrible way and it was awful, but she wasn't the only one who lost him, and while I understood that she had a lot of guilt, understandably, the way she dealt with it throughout the story was just off.
I did like the way her relationship with Colt developed though, it was very nice (That I won't spoil!).
This is a heart wrenching story about Nell trying to get her life back together after a tragic accident, finding comfort and love with Colt, and it is a good story. I probably wouldn't read it again, but it still made for a good read, just not the best. If you're looking for an emotional release, this book will do it for you though, but I would recommend reading it rather than listening to it.
I was skeptical about this book. It just looked boring. But I read the reviews and decided to try it. The first two or three hours were pretty slow, but informative. As soon as she travelled through time...omg! Amazing. Funny, witty and amazingly well written. Claire is a bit too calm considering what is going on, but to each their own. I have fallen in love with Jamie, as well as the entire cast of characters. I have found myself laughing out loud at several points in this book, and alternately found myself chewing my nails and sitting on the edge of my seat just waiting to see how the scene would turn out. I cannot wait to start the second book in this series and continue on this fabulous journey with Jamie and Claire. This book is well worth the credit! I love it, and will listen to it at least a second, if not third time. The abridged version would ruin this masterpiece. Davina Porter does such a great job that I half expect to break out in a Scottish brogue after a few hours of listening! I have nothing negative to say about this book except a slow start, but push through and it is unbelievably well worth it.
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