If I could give 10 stars to this book, I would. Of all The Elder Race books I’ve listened to so far, this one has my heart. AND I have loved all of them. I cannot say enough about the mind, brain, creative energy, unfathomable imagination and ability to turn a phrase that thrives in Thea Harrison. Oracle’s Moon may just be her best work (well, that I’ve read so far). The characters of Grace and Khalil are sheer perfection…Grace, an Oracle ‘don’t wannabe but hastobe’, is a steel magnolia from KY who by virtue of tragedy becomes the single parent of two orphaned kids as well as the recipient of powers she doesn’t particularly want. She struggles to make ends meet, to love and provide for her sister’s kids, and to adapt herself to a ‘gift’ that is both challenging and enormously draining.
Khalil, Djinn of great power and mystery, has no idea what he’s in for when he encounters Grace. He cannot understand her humanity as he is far from human and immortal. He IS however, enchanted with the kids, having lost his own daughter to a vile mother many years prior. And by lost, we mean changed from a powerful force for good to a damaged and permanently impaired being who needs to be kept away from the world.
As usual, there are reviews that give much better detail of the story and plotline…I give visceral reactivity and knee-jerk. This is the story of the Djinn and the Oracle—how they met, learned from each other, and fell in love. THAT story is priceless…Khalil’s efforts to control Grace, his desire to help her, his adaptation to human ‘skin’, his bumbling attempts to ‘date’ (the conversation between Rune and Khalil in which Rune gives Khalil dating advice is PRICELESS), his trips to the moon, his ability to ‘achieve pancakes’, his thoughts of falling into flesh (shades of City of Angels here), his growing respect for Grace, his protectiveness of her and need to be in her life, and ultimately, the return of Phaedra (Khalil’s daughter) and her triumph over the darkness (with Grace’s help) are all unrelentingly beautiful, funny, powerful, touching and downright amazing. Damn, I want a Djinn of my very own.
As for the performance of Sophie Eastlake, she is flawless. She captures Grace’s strength, her accent (beautifully done when SO MANY FAIL at being southern), her passion, her misgivings about ‘Oracleness’ AND Khalil and her strength…in short, when you listen to her be Grace…she IS Grace. And then she turns right around and does the SAME THING being Khalil…his arrogance, his need to control, his passion for the kids and for Grace, his bumbling efforts at understanding how to be in a relationship, his humor, his sensuality and his capacity for caring are all part of her depiction of Khalil.
I cannot erupt enough superlatives about how I felt about this book but I hope I’ve tried. It is nothing short of SPECTACULAR. Thanks, Teddy and thanks, Sophie and thank, audible.com.
The second book in this marvelous series is my least favorite, mostly because I was not riveted by the female lead, Meg. I mean, she's a strong willed woman with a razor sharp wit and tongue who THINKS she knows exactly what she wants and how to achieve it. Life, however, doesn't see it that way and she is thrown for a complete loop. Her reaction, recovery and realization that the heart is a better guide than a fat paycheck is the thrust of this book. Her relationship with Sam Grady, who spent one night with her many years ago is re-kindled, put out and re-lit. Worthy and lovely read. Again, Sophie Eastlake powers through another excellent narration bringing everyone to life.
The Flectcher family is everyone's ideal so it's nice to have that strength to latch onto as well.
I raved over the first novel in the Dare Island series and forgot to mention I rated it as 4.5 stars. Sorry about that. Anywho, the third book follows the story of Luke Fletcher as he deals with a number of issues, each of which could knock him for a loop. Coming home as a career Marine from his latest deployment in Afghanistan; entering the life of his 10 year old daughter Taylor that he had NO IDEA existed until her mother died suddenly during his deployment; meeting and dealing with his daugher's attorney. Once again, the tale of chemistry, the struggle to establish a relationship with a trouble child and get a grip on being a father, the decisions to be made for his future....all of these pieces are gradually moved, fitted and click over the course of the book. It's a lovely lovely story of all kinds of love. The narration by Sophie Eastlake is beyound superior in every way. I think she's one of the best audible has to offer.
I 'stumbled' upon this series searching for books narrated by Sophie Eastlake...one of my absolute favorite female narrators. She was barely into the second chapter when I realized this was going to be a terrific series. It's also my first experience with Virgina Kantra but certainly not my last. What a voice this writer has and what a lovely lovely story this book wove. You all know that I am a visceral reviewer; you can get deets from the bloggers galore but suffice it to say that this a sweet and sometime bittersweet love story between Matthew and Allison. We are introduced to the Fletchers (via Matt, who is a Fletcher) who become the backbone and strength of this beautifully done series. Matt's commitment to his son, Josh, is the structure around which his relationship with Allison is built. Allison is an off islander 'alien' who teaches (Josh, of course). The chemistry is there and the story builds. Don't miss this inaugural Dare Island book...it sets the stage for the rest, which, once you read this one...you'll dive right into.
OH FOR PETE'S SAKE!! I have loved this whole series but this book takes the cake. What a wonderful, funny, sweet, romantic, strong, and lovely read. I wasn't sure the story of Jack and Lauren would be on par with the wonderful Fletchers but hot damn!! It's better. There is an added element of challenge and personal angst in this book that, to me anyway, did not appear in the first 3 and let me REPEAT, I loved the first 3. This is a must read for anyone who loves to melt with the richness of the story, the believability of the characters, the SUPERB writing and the familiarity of reconnecting with old book friends.
I stumbled upon this whole series on audible.com while looking for books narrated by Sophie Eastlake, of the BEST audible has to offer. I was SO not disappointed in either Sohpie's marvelous narration but also completely captivated by the writing voice of Virginia Kantra.
Please do yourself a favor and read this series...even better, listen to it. You won't be sorry.
First, I screwed up the title in the review of Be With Me...I mentioned Stay with Me and it should have been Stay with You! Now, whew! THIS book was my FAVORITE so far. I LOVED LOVE LOVED it...the characters of Calla and Jax were just terrific and beautifully constructed. It's another compelling story of how two damaged souls can find each other, dance around hidden emotions, omit truths and still manage to make it. Once again, Sophie Eastlake, who could read the phonebook to me and I'd rate it 5 stars, offers the reader not just a reading of the book but a deeply moving performance.
This review is a carbon copy of the review for Wait For Me as the books are similar in nature with differing characters that we've come to know. This whole series showcases the terrific writing of Jennifer Armentrout (writing as J Lynn) and includes the compelling story of falling in love, destructive secrets and redemption. The characters of Jase,movie star handsome and Teresa, Cam's precocious little sister, are both damaged people. Their attraction is deep and strong, threatened by not only secrets that are held but also the power of Cam to intervene. The narration of Sophie Eastlake is beyond good...she is one of the best Audible has to offer and she certainly nails this book. Don't miss this. It's wonderful.
I LOVED this whole series primarily for the terrific writing that includes the compelling story of falling in love, destructive secrets and redemption. The characters of Cam and Avery are both damaged people. One hides behind being an extrovert and BMOC and the other as an introvert who shuns attention. The narration of Sophie Eastlake is beyond good...she is one of the best Audible has to offer and she certainly nails this book. Don't miss this. It's wonderful.
The writing for this series/book is not particularly good...it's too repetitive, immature and 'young'. However, the story is interesting and, at least for me, like a soap opera you don't want to admit you watch. I think the reason I stayed with it is the decent job that Elizabeth Louise does with the narration. She is especially good as Hardin, who is a real piece of work. I liked him, even though he's a total jerk in this book, much better than Tessa. She's a bit on the whiny side. The parallels to FSOG are rampant but it's not a bad listen.
I really really liked this book and would give it 4.5 stars if we could fraction them. I adore Thea Harrison's writing, her mind and the whole culture she has created with the Elder Races books. Her Xavier del Toro, introduced in earlier Elder Races books, is the epitome of smooth, ruthless, graceful and intelligent. My ONLY beef with Xavier was his being rather small (5'10")...for some reason, I like my alphas as big as their alphaness. But, what a terrific character he is. Ditto Tess...only issue there was that I kept wanting to hear more of her past as it obviously played a huge role in her becoming the strong, driven and emotionally challenged woman she was. It's a very smart story and written with the grace, style, and intelligence that is her hallmark. When you add the brilliance of Sophie Eastlake's narration, the result is quite lovely. Ms Eastlake's Xavier is spot on and you lose yourself in HIM rather than her reading him. The inflection the accent and the tonation is all Xavier. I am actually now listening to it for the second time JUST to hear him fall in love with her and vice versa. It's a keeper.
Reaper's Property is a good story that did not translate well into an audio book primarily because of the narration. Stella Bloom has a really nice voice, crisp and clear. However, for this particular book, there was very little effort to distinguish the alpha male Horse from the female protagonist Marie. Plus it was read a bit fast for my ears. I am used to narrators (both male and female) making the characters come to life with a vocalization that is male or female. From here on out, I will read the Reaper books and not listen to them.
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