I've been dancing around purchasing one of the BDB books for a while. Maybe I picked a bad one to start with, but wow. I should have just kept dancing.
This was so campy and unintentionally silly, it was hard for me to take anything about it seriously. WHAT AM I MISSING HERE?
The stilted and contrived macho dialogue between the so-called manly characters was beyond bad. Why do I need to know about their detailed necktie selections? Why do they live together in a place described as a "frat?" These are tough, sexy vampire men? They can't afford their own places? I suggest the author read other books to learn how to write male dialogue. Or how to write full stop.
Jim Frangione is hailed by many of the fans of this series for his performance, but again, I don't get it. He sounds over-the-top info-mercial to the point of farce. I've never listened to him read anything else, but after this, I won't be seeking him out. The so-called sexy parts were cringe-worthy.
There are some women that I follow, who love this series. I usually respect and seek out their recommendations. Maybe it's me, maybe the books are just dated. But for me, this was a waste of time and money. There are many, many books out there that are worlds above this one.
Sue Pitkin reads as if she has a mouthful of spit she can't swallow. I imagine the microphone she's reading into has . . . well, you get the idea. I don't know if this is a good book or not. I've tried to listen to it three times, and have given up every time.
I will not buy anything read by Sue Pitkin again, but plan on trying to read this book on my Kindle.
This is a popular series on Amazon, with many, many books already available, which is very exciting provided Audible records them all!
This first book was an intriguing mixed bag for me because I both hated and loved the h, Cyn or Cynthia. Mostly because her dangerous and pig headed actions made me nervous. I shouldn't have worried. She's every bit the bad ass she thinks she is, so I look forward to reading more about her and her relationship with Raphael.
Traci Odem's performance of Cyn's voice, while good, bordered on strident at times. I found myself turning down my ipod because of the sharp pitch of her voice. This may have impacted my overall opinion of the character, at least until the end.
The main criticism I have is that although we've all been trained to accept that the vampire love interest is A. gorgeous, and B. powerful, aside from a few cliched descriptions, I really wanted to SEE Raphael in my mind, and I didn't feel that D. B. Reynolds did justice to her character in this book. It was a bit disappointing to realize at the end that he was never fully fleshed out. That being said, I'm hoping that this is remedied by the many, many books to come.
It also bugged me that if Cyn had only told Raphael one name, so much of the situation would have been solved. It felt a little silly that she wouldn't have told him, but then, that's the nature of these kinds of books, so whatever.
I am excited that the action scenes, in particular, are well done. Spare and easy to envision, there is nothing cliched about them! The villains are interesting and scary, and the resolution was nicely executed. The world is interesting and big enough to make a series worth my time.
The sex scenes were what you'd expect -- hopefully, they'll get a bit hotter.
Sigh. I was looking for a fantasy, and since James Marsters read it, I thought why not? Unfortunately, it suffers from bizarre world building. At times creepy, it kind of devolves into a depressing mix of genres, doing none of them justice.
I'm giving up so I can reread something better.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It's written in first person in alternating chapters from the perspective of the main two characters. The heroine is a young woman who seems to have plenty of time on her hands, though she's an up and coming photographer. She lives in an apartment next door to her best friend from college, and the two go out to clubs together. It's at a club late one night that she literally runs into a guy that she's strangely attracted to, but the attraction is unsettling. It's a big mystery who the guy is, and then there's another mysterious guy. Bad stuff happens. People close to her die. She's told she has a destiny that she denies, of course, while running around putting herself in danger.
It's pretty tame and somewhat predictable stuff. Kind of soporific, actually, though it weaves a spell. I listened right to the end to find out what was going on. Not sure I'd continue this one, probably not. Maybe if it's cheap I'll buy the next one on Audible for when I can't sleep.
Renee Raudman really munched the scenery in this one, totally destroying the pacing and any sense of excitement or drama.
Glad I have it on Kindle. I might get around to reading it someday.
I never buy short books -- I like big books and I cannot lie.
But when I saw Tristan Hunt was the narrator, I couldn't stop myself. So glad I didn't! Hot buttered rum poured into my ears!
Emphasis on Hot!
Ok, this story isn't my typical read because I haven't had much luck with Highlander tales since Outlander, (I guess because I tend to compare every Highland book with that one).
I'm not really sure why I stuck with this book. The voice Braden Wright does for the h is so awful it comes across as camp. It really is the worst.
Then I got to the part where the guys were singing to the little boy around the campfire and nearly lost it. That scene is so gorgeous it took my breath away.
So even though he lost points for her voice, he got them all back when he sang.
I really got swept away in this one.
Too many of the HRs I've read lately have been too predictable. This one has an actual story to it with great characters and a plot that actually goes somewhere.
Looking forward to the next two books about the other sisters.
I had a hard time sticking with this one and didn't finish it. Too much of the plot was unbelievable, and the h, Sophia, came across as a bit of a cypher. Her motivations were odd and the whole thing dragged on for too long without making any sense.
I also didn't care for the narrator's choice of a voice for the h. It's some kind of weird accent, but it's never really explained what it is. Her voice for the rest of the characters were fine.
I couldn't relate to, or care about, any of the characters. It was a very bad melodrama without the drama.
Three penniless sisters who have survived the terrors in France, grow up and learn the family business of being modistes for the wealthy ladies of the ton. Sophie is the 2nd sister, and she's got all the determination and skills of manipulation that her older sister possessed. To save her business, she sets out the save the reputation of an important customer, and along the way, she falls in love.
I really like the first book in this series, and the 2nd is just as good.
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