I love the part with Becca struggling on her on after being separated from Brawn and needing help, but no willing to accept it. Trying to be vague to avoid spoilers.
I really liked the heroine, Becca. She was strong and independent, but not perfect, perhaps too stubborn, and she gets drunk when she is frustrated, doesn't become a perfect martyr.
She is an excellent narrator...until she attempts anyone's voice. Becca sounds like a valley girl at times, and the guys sounded almost comical.
Yes, because I love the story so much. I can't tell you how many times I have read it prior to this.
Say what you will about Laurann Dohnner's stories' eerie similarities to a certain other novelist (as in, even some characters have the same names, there is the same backstory, etc.), she is an entertaining writer. She is formulaic like none other! But Brawn is good, as is Slade and Valiant. The others are a little too cookie cutter for me, which is a pet peeve of mine. I can't recommend reading or listening to many of her works, but this one is a favorite and guilty pleasure.
The plot killed it for me. She is a therapist who is using sex to make a feral New Species sane again. It just reads like the plot to a bad porno. I like the others in the series well enough, some hits and misses, and I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this one. I should have read it first, but, oh well. This could have been so much better by introducing a subplot, making the sex therapy a smaller portion of the story, and I got so sick of her explaining why she had quite her job! We get it. You are a perfect angel wronged by the world. Where have I seen this before? Oh, right, in every other story Laurann Dohner writes. It is okay for a heroine to be imperfect (and I do not mean solely in appearance; we get it, you believe curvy women have sex appeal and skinny women do not), and she can be less the innocent sex goddess with indisputable morals.
Yes. I did take this author off of my auto buy list. Too many repeated plots with forulaic conflict (woman is a saint and saves New Species, he will be angsty, fight against attraction, some bigoted idiot with the personality of cardboard will kidnap the heroine, threaten rape, but get stopped by the hero before anything happens). The heroine will supposedly be friendly, but have no friends or family depending on them. The female species introduced will be awkwardly straightforward and like the human female based off of a 2-minute conversation.
Her voices are very poorly-done. Ranging from sounding like a mouth stuffed with a napkin to grating valley girl, there is little to redeem her.
Stupid misogynist and prejudiced moron that is an active part of the New Species life will be proven in a Scooby style to be the evil that no one say coming!
Don't buy it. Very little redeeming the story. Instead of wasting 10 hours of your life listening to this, hit your head repeatedly against the wall. You will find more of a plot doing that than here. If you have read one New Species book, you have read most of them. I can recommend Slade, Brawn, and Valiant (narration is particularly bad in that one, but the story is quite good) in the series that are good. Fury wasn't bad, but I had some serious concerns with her book having one too many similarities to the Breed series by Lora Leigh...same names and everything, so it makes me really uncomfortable...
Sexy, angsty, martyr
Going to the prison and confronting the corruption
She goes from sounding like a valley girl one minute, to trying to sound like a man, but just sounding like she filled her mouth with cotton balls. She is not a good narrator. She is getting better, but her struggles with different voices for different characters can easily ruin a story. I liked the story well enough to grit my teeth through her worst flubs during the narration. She makes some of the more intelligent female characters sound like 13-yr-old girls. Oh, Tricia, I remember you are supposed to be prodigal, even if the author and narrator forgot.
I read the story and got the audio book for something to listen to as I work out or have chores to do around the house. It is entertaining enough, but I really wish they would hire a different narrator for future work. She tries, but it is not a career that she excels in. I don't know how they decided to use her for more than one work. Although, since listening to her mangle Valiant's story, this one was much better. Fewer nails on the chalk board-esque moments.
The narrator killed it for me. I have read the book before, and it is fluff, no true substance to it, but entertaining.
The heroine isn't meek in any sense of the word. She does on occasion cross the line to shrew territory, but these moments are usually followed by a redeeming quality.
She sounded like she was trying to be...a snob, almost. The male voices are so bad it's comical. Her voice grated on my nerves so much, that I had to stop listening.
Not really. I won't listen to it again, and did delete it from my computer.
Don't get this audio book. The narration is painful, and the story isn't good enough to try and struggle through it. The story is okay, not correct historically, of course, but you don't expect that from a Johanna Lindsey book, after all. It is the equivalent of cotton candy for the brain. There are much better historical audio books that are much better choices.
The character, Haven, has a lot of development, grows a lot during the story. I enjoyed not having a perfect character, but instead having someone going through obstacles and becoming a better person
Not a fluff piece, but still has strong romance
Her accents are very good. They flow naturally. Sometimes, the guys' voices would be a little forced, but ultimately, she did a wonderful job.
Finding true love?
This is an amazing story. I can't tell you how many times I have read it. I finally broke down and got the audio book, and I love it. It is rather nice that Kleypas established characters in the first novel, Sugar Daddy, and kept their personalities in this novel as well.
I got very bored with the story, made it a little over halfway through, but have not finished it. I keep losing interest.
When I think of the story, it is just fluff. I would like some substance in the middle, something to keep it interesting.
She was fine, gave the characters a bit more life than they would have otherwise have had.
I really liked the beginning, but it just draws on from there, became rather boring. I don't know about the ending, haven't been able to finish it yet.
No, because I would've recommended the McCabe trilogy first, and wouldn't want them tainted by being associated with this.
Not at all, but the author can be so much better!
She was okay. Nothing is standing out to me.
No, not really.
She is a good writer, but I found this story to be lacking. She has a McCabe trilogy that is so much better. Don't go to this for a highlander book. Where she takes leeway with historical context is just too much. Not even for a fluff piece does it work.
I like the audio book much better. I am not sure why, but struggled to get through the print version, but have listened to the audio book several times
The scene towards the beginning with the beating. Set the creation of her character.
Good with the voices, nothing really stands out.
The reunion. Actually made me a bit angry.
I liked how the story progressed, and probably wouldn't have any second thoughts about the characters, but we meet Brodick in the The Secret, and fell in love with him, but he fell to the Garwood syndrome, where every hero, and every heroine is really the same person, just with different names. She tries to refer to the temperament she created for his character when he was first introduced, but then he basically becomes Ian. But, on bright side, this story is much less formulaic than her other works.
This is one of my favorites
I love Crispin. A sweet child that doesn't come across like an idiot. I really hope he gets his own book one day.
She did a good job differentiating of characters' voices. She is very articulate and easy to understand.
I don't generally laugh or cry at books, so no reaction like that, but I did really enjoy it.
I have read this book many a times before I broke down and got the audio book. This is not going to be a history lesson, or immersing you into life in this era. This is a romance novel, teetering on being a fluff piece. But it doesn't pretend to be anything else. It is an enjoyable piece when all is said and done. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it so much if it would be so faithful to its setting, so I can't say that is a flaw. I don't regret getting it, and have listened to it several times. One comment, though, is something about the ending doesn't sit well with me, don't enjoy it, so usually stop reading or listening a ways before the end; I am not sure why, but I do not enjoy the last part of the story.
In the middle. It was enjoyable, nothing noteworthy.
I really did not like the voice of the hero. It was very annoying to me, but her other male voices didn't bother me at all. Otherwise, she is very good. But every time Grayson had a line, I winced. Regardless, she is a good narrator, I just did not like that one character's voice.
Not really, but I think that is because I have the book, and have read it a few times already.
Garwood has a set procedure with her contemporary works, so if you read one, you have read them all. Heroine is strong, meets hero where one is in trouble, the other helps. Proceed cat and mouse romance, meanwhile heroine is threatened by something related to her marriage or family, and hero helps, then the final showdown where something almost happens to the heroine, but the hero will be there in the nick of time to prevent it. I have found this in every one of her books. But the kicker is, I still read them. Her works are no longer unique, but they are interesting, and you know that going in. They are cookie cutter, but still satisfying.
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