Vermont | Member Since 2009
Lord Dane is a bitter rake hell who meets his match in the beautiful Lady Jessica Trent. She is an educated spinster whose intellect is every bit a match for his. Her attraction to him is in direct opposition to everything he believes himself to be, and that's the crux of the conflict between them. He does some very nasty things to her, but for some reason she see's through his hateful behavior and self loathing to the man beneath, and uses all of her wits to show him he is worthy of love, and not the monster he believes himself to be.
The plot was clever, particularly in the first half. I loved the Bertie character and found him very funny. Still overall the story always seemed to be just short of romantic for me. Why would any woman find a man with two busty whores on his lap worth her time? He was nasty, insulting and cruel by turns, yet she hung on like a barnacle. Sometimes I just didn't get it. Even when the big showdown occurred, it was hard to believe she didn't make the pig work for it. Animal attraction can only go so far when you're being psychologically tortured by a man. And even after they married, he continued to take out his self hatred on her. I hated that.
The first 2/3's of the story is engaging, though I felt it went distinctly over-board at points along the way and should have ended sooner than it did. Still it was a decent listen and the main characters were interesting if you didn't insist on logic or emotional believability.
The best part about Lord of Scoundrels is the narration by Kate Reading. Any other reader and I probably would have lost interest.
This started out fun, but unfortunately got bogged down in the details. Too bad. The Parisian setting was really great.
What to say. This really didn't hold my interest. I thought the world was silly, with the typical compound full of men on a mission. The women they love are tough and bitchy and lacked both common sense, and the gene that promotes self preservation. I was bored.
The bad guys didn't make sense to me. What were they trying to do again? Why go to all that trouble to catch shifters, only to leave them in a knarley basement with dead bodies, to die of disease and starvation? They have this secret, expensive, highly secure facility, and the best they can do for their prize subjects is leave them to rot in a basement?
I gave it a try because I hear that book 2 is better.
I listened to this to the end, but I listened to it a chapter at a time, like a comic book. It too me over a period of about a year, picking it up only when I wanted to be mildly entertained in preparation to fall asleep. The story itself is very comic booky in style. We have heroes, a beautiful girl, a creepy brother and sister, a castle under seige, and of course, a monster. There is nothing very original, or even very interesting here. It's not horrible, but it's far from great, or even fun.
I love Anthony Ferguson's voice. It's deep, resonant, and has a lovely British accent. Unfortunately, he reads each sentence as if it will be his last. I wonder how good he could be if only he would read without so many melodramatic pauses and a more natural delivery.
I wish there was a way to get an email to him -- the guy has the potential for greatness if only he'd relax a little.
and I still don't know what it's about. It's been sitting in my to read pile forever, but it just won't hold my interest.
Maybe it's the world it's set in. If you like mythology you might be drawn into this. I like mythology, but I don't love it -- so maybe that's the problem.
The story doesn't feel like a cohesive whole, and the world feels too vague. For me, this was a forgettable read. I just hope I didn't use a credit to buy it -- I've had it so long that I don't remember.
Lauren Sweet is an AKA for another name, but the performance is just as bad as previously heard. Her forced cheerfulness and hesitant performance shows that she has absolutely no idea where any given sentence is headed when she begins reading it. This failure to understand the material accounts for her weird inflections, strange emphasis, and roller coaster tone. Listening to her makes me edgy because I have no idea what to feel at any given moment. If I was going to perform any book, I'd at least read it first so I'd know what emotions to convey. I guess she thinks as long as she reads with conviction we'll be lulled into thinking she's good at this. She's wrong.
The two stars are for fairness to the author since I can't judge material I couldn't force myself to listen to past the first chapter. I'm assuming the publisher listened to this and that's why they changed readers on the next installment, though why they hired this chick in the first place is a mystery.
As an aside, the same people like to review books like this and give them glowing recommendations. I'm starting to wonder why their standards are so low.
Dull, flat, one dimensional characters, laughable dialogue, and a very unpleasant female protagonist made this a dull, flat, one dimensional read.
The hyper melodramatic narration didn't help either.
Although others are buying into this, I couldn't get past the first seven chapters.
Sydney is a tough female cop. We know this because she says it over and over again. Kade is a vampire called in on a supernatural serial murder case where another vampire is suspected. They meet at a vicious crime scene where a young woman, who has been tortured and drained, has been tossed into the river. Sydney simultaneously falls into insta-lust and insta-hate with Kade.
Sydney is incredibly rude and unpleasant to Kade and gets in the vampire investigators face, telling him he isn't going to take her case -- even though he has automatic jurisdiction. (I'm thinking, ok, she has a problem with vampires, or supernaturals. That could be triggering her reaction.)
Sydney leaves the crime scene and decides she NEEDS sex with her werewolf boyfriend- with-benefits, and needs it NOW, to feel better. (What? Why was she such a bitch to the vamp she just met if she's cool with supernaturals? That doesn't make sense. And what's her psychological damage that she uses sex to feel better?)
Just when they were starting to get busy on the dance floor, Sydney and her were-toy are interrupted by Kade (who gets jealous -- really? They just met and she was a stone cold bitch to him!) Then we hear his thoughts where he 'feels' she is meant to be his. (Huh.)
After Kade puts a damper on the sexcapades, he and Sydney decide maybe they should just go do some investigating of the murders. They go to the morgue, check out the vic's tatoos, go to a tatoo parlor and get a tip from the owner that not only did the guy who did the tatoo used to work for her, but she has his name and address!!! Got it in one!
Kade and Sydney go to the guy's house, but when they get there, she tells Kade this is her case and she's a cop, and she's going in alone. Kade reminds her that the killer is a vampire and she's no match for him, but despite this sage advice, and his vow to protect her with his life, she of course, is determined that he isn't going to take her case away from her because -- wait for it -- she's a cop.
He caves to her stupidity with little resistance, I guess because he's blinded by his attraction to her. She goes in the front door, while he goes around the back. But just in case anything goes wrong, he tells her to scream if anything bad happens and he'll come in.
Of course she's immediately attacked in the house, and falls into a big puddle of blood, but being too stupid to live, she doesn't scream. She has time to talk to the guy after he hits her on the back with a club and pulls out the duct tape, but being a tough cop, she still doesn't scream for help.
Instead, she shoots wildly into the dark and ends up killing the guy, their one and only lead.
But nobody thinks this is a problem. There isn't a moment of self reflection on her part that maybe, just maybe, her pride cost them a witness. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. (This is the point where I'm thinking maybe the reviews were wrong.)
The worst part is, she then leaves the grisly, blood-coated crime scene, where young women have been ritually murdered, and offers Kade "coffee" in her apartment. It's made clear that both of them know this is a euphemism for sex. He declines, deciding to continue the investigation. There's no explanation given as to why she doesn't feel the need to investigate as well. All we're told is she needs sex, NOW. To feel better.
She stops long enough to shower the young women's blood off, and hurries back to the supe club, for a second time, to have sex with the werewolf. He feels her need, he knows what she needs, yada, yada. But the much talked about hot and heavy sex scene that we've been told repeatedly is something she desperately needs in order to feel better amounts to a quickie hand job (on her) and a blow job on him. It's furtive and silly and takes place in his room which is described as being "painted royal blue with a cherry desk and a black leather sofa." That's it. That's all the description we get. No wait. We know there is a rug on the floor because that's where they have "sex." After she tells him that that was what she needed -- (Really?) -- they go back downstairs to the club where she sees Kade and is immediately drawn to his side. He smells the were on her and goes ballistic.
Really? This all happens in one or two chapters, but the other five are just like this.
I don't get it. Admittedly, I'm also reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which is a classic, so perhaps my standards are a bit on the high side. Still, there are things one expects in any kind of good book, such as a plot that makes sense, characters whose actions are plausible and driven by understandable motivations -- not just random words strung together where we are TOLD who a character is simply by declarative statement, but shown, through action, who they are, what they feel and why they do the things they do.
In this regard, this book is an absolute failure. Five star reviews notwithstanding.
I really enjoyed this, but I wouldn't call it a light read. It's gritty and sometimes violent. It's also sexy. I found it very well written for this genre. It held my interest to the end.
Elise is a demon, or at least she was made into a demon when she was drafted into the war between Heaven and Hell. She has a good heart, despite her powers and inclinations, and I liked her. She works as an exorcist and has been invited by law enforcement to investigate a paranormal murder. People in the town are going missing, and at least one has been found ripped apart by werewolves.
There are witches, sorcerers, werewolves, and others. Reference is made to organizations that populate other series written by Reine -- books I haven't read, but I wasn't lost. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, and in fact, I hope Audible gets the whole series, and that Kate Udall narrates them all. She brought a dark tone to the story that made it even better.
This was a very sweet, if predictable read, and I found it very entertaining.
Ransom, our hero, is suitably taciturn given his miserable upbringing and unfortunate accident. Evie, the heroine, is plucky and determined without being a shrew. The sex scenes were sensual, and added to the story -- but I especially loved the descriptions of the castle -- and the Moranglians were a hoot. There is a comedy of manners feel to this one that would make a very funny and interesting stage play. Even the villains were dealt with in swift and creative way without ruining the sweet tone. Best of all, it's very well written.
I've read contemporary books by Tessa Dare and didn't know what to expect from her with an HR, but the girl can write anything well. My interest was held to the end, and that's not always the case for me with a lighter HR.
I though Carmen Rose was wonderful, her male voices and accents were spot on, and I will look for more books read by her.
I was in need of an uplifting tale when I picked this one up -- (we're in the middle of moving -- aaarrghhh!) -- so I was more than a little delighted with the silliness and high jinks in this adorable story.
Sara is a diehard idealist, and she's been in love with her husband since she was four years old. She's always known he would be perfect, so despite ample evidence to the contrary, her rose colored glasses stay firmly in place throughout their adventure.
Nathan hasn't seen Sara since the day of their marriage when he was 14 years old, and held the crying girl child in his arms, but he sets out years later to kidnap her and complete their marriage bond so that he can inherit a gift from the King. Then he's going to give her back to her family. Or at least that was his plan.
Nathan is as acerbic as Sara is sweet, and together they make an awesome counterpoint.
Sweet, sexy and so funny, this is a story to pick up when you need to giggle.
I loved it.
An off-shoot of the Nightwalkers, the Shadowdwellers is a worth addition to that great series. Kirsten Potter does a lovely job of bringing this sensual, erotic and gorgeous culture to vivid life.
All three books kept me enraptured, and I highly recommend them.
Jacquelyn Frank can write sensual sex scenes like no one else, and the world she's created her is brilliant.
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