Nashville (Franklin), TN, United States | Member Since 2010
I became interested in this book as a result of the glowingly high recommendations it has received on various blog sites. I have to admit, my expectations were through the roof by the time the release date rolled around. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a mistake on my part. The premise had me all geared up for a heart tugging struggle to connect emotionally after surviving an abusive home. I ended up feeling a little cheated, I mean life struggle generally matures people… doesn't it? I suppose I’m trying to say it was almost "too" YA in context for me to really enjoy. Seriously, there's a lot of skipping. Tough angry older brothers should NOT be skipping anywhere. Several phrases were over used to the point that midway through I had the absurd impulse to keep a tally as if there were a word use contest going on. I mention these little nit-picky specifics, because when you combine them they somehow manage to noticeably detract from the story. Let me be clear, for a self-publish author this book was very very well done. Though it showed up late in the story, I was totally into the Liam insight as the alternate male perspective. The performance makes it worth the credit. For me at least, it only makes the one-time listen list.
Days later, I'm still trying to take this one in. I believe I will have to have another listen. I'm kicking myself for not downloading this one earlier. Deep stuff, no doubt!
Highly anticipated this one on Audible, picked it up immediately. Kristen Ashley is on my top five favorite author list, so close to the SEP classics. This book comes before the dream man series, and its like a flash back and easy to see how much K.A.has grown into her own. I wish this series had been available earlier. This one features the super-hot Lee Nightingale, and Indy just cracks me up. I laughed out loud more than once. If you have already unwillingly set your expectations high, its ok you won’t be disappointed.
Download Approved. Connected is emotionally engaging on all fronts. It’s a soul mate meeting, that doesn’t get a chance for connection until well after the first encounter. What some might call a slow start, I call some impressive attention paid to character development. By the end of the book there is a firm foundation in place for this being to a favorite series. This first book covers a ton of history, which spans a rather large chunk of time. Be warned, you don’t get to experience the romance until after the tragedy, and you should definately expect to be left hanging. Though you are not thrown head first into the mystery, you feel it as an undercurrent of what is to come. All of the supporting characters come alive throughout the telling… they are all tangled up (just the way I like it!). You get to enjoy multiple POVs, this aspect is brought out beautifully in the audio production using a narrator change about three fourths of the way through. Veronica Meunch and Christian Fox both put on an excellent performance. Kim Karr’s blog indicates a six book series for connections. Though I was able to review the teasers for Torn, I wasn’t able to locate a release date to post in this review. I find I’m an instant fan. I’m giddy with the desire to know the rest of the story. If the teasers are any indication, Torn going to deliver. I’m giving this one my highest marks.
This was a classically awesome romance. I couldn't stop listening, and when it was over I wanted more. Della's tale breaks your heart. Though Woods without a doubt is beautiful, you are left with the feeling that the deep over the top emotional investment combined with the possessive desire to care for Della is definitely going to cause problems down the road. Della just comes across as a stronger character than Woods wants her to be. The only negative.. At least for me, I had a hard time falling for the "puppet demands" get you the VP office story line. None the less, it was a very good listen. I want more Sebastian York. He makes you hear SEXY!!
If you are not just over the Millionaire / Virgin story, this was, cute?… and STEAMY then STEAMY then a little more STEAMY. Along the lines of 50 Shades, but closer to Reflected in You – Yup I just skipped right over Bared to You. One major change……at least I think, Noah isn't a pilot by night. :) I like the addition of the double narration, this might have been what kept me interested. In places I had a swallow down a grimace at how immature Laine came across. Really….She saw herself as having an alter ego, for which in her internal dialog she referred to as double Agent Coochie…by the end it was a bit much for me personally. If you are into steamy hotness on every surface and just about every page, then you won’t blink an eye at using a credit for this one. One caution though, the ending was…. rather abrupt… along the lines of LaLaLa…“to be continued”… THE END!
This story is heart breaking and real. I have to concede the kind of tragedy presented in this story is bred from one of those top five fears, it makes you think “if this were me….” Elizabeth Louise performance puts you right into Kacey’s head. You get the emotions the author is presenting, and you understand them. I personally wasn't moved to cry, but I did connect with the wounded heart. The supporting characters were well developed and awesome. Thumbs up K.A. Tucker! The Publisher’s Summary is enough describe the story without completely giving it away, though seriously I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to guess the “explosive secret”. It’s a quick listen, I started and finished it within the same day. The price was under my $13 dollar credit use limit, so I purchased out right, and I do not regret it.
I don't think I have the words. There isn't another series out that truly compares to this one. It's an epic saga dream for the paranormal fan … and it really is EPIC! This edition (book 11) was worth every one of the seconds I watched the clock tick down until it was available. I'm sure I would have paid twice as much. Blay and Qhuinn FINALLY! If you had to stop and read this before hitting download, you my friend are going to need a plan! I suggest… count your money, get a full nights rest, then download book 1. You might as well be prepared to glue your ear buds in. I advise you to pace yourself, because you will not want it to end…. even eleven books later.
I dug the story line, and based on the reviews was excited to begin. While I wasn't exactly looking for a deep-dive into the bi-polar condition, I anticipated the author would display a bit more subject matter knowledge. I found I wasn't able to engage to the extent I needed to be able to in order fully enjoy the story. While hot and packed with drama, I wanted more in respect to character relationship development. I never completely understood many of the characters actions, or the feelings that drove them to react to situations in the way that they did. While this story was ok, it just didn't quite do it for me. If I'm being honest, I almost didn't care enough to complete the last couple of chapters. That said, Charlotte Penfield knows her craft, and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another narration from her.
Holy Crap ... Living hard, living free, its one way to go about it I suppose. This book portrayed a lifestyle I'll never actually live. It was interesting to observe though, and I can totally get on board with a sexy guitarist. Geez, seriously parts of this one had me blushing, and I'm no light weight. I recall wondering how Justine O Keef did such a great job reading those words out loud, I mean she had to know others would hear. I would have been giggling like a school girl, like probably a kazillion takes worth of giggling. Hats off...
Random comment: I never did nail down a time frame for the setting... 80's 90's or now.
PS: Yup, I got book 2, and liked it too!
Laura Kinsale deals in tough, real life challenges, and this book is so beautifully crafted that you experience the characters emotions along with them. It almost forces you to bring out your own compassion, you feel the struggle as if it were through you eyes. I'm in awe of how well written it is. Flowers from the Storm is now on my top five list of great books, and I'm a romance worm. Though I though volume control poor in spots, Nicholas Boulton did a fabulous job on the performance. I rarely think it, but this one is a multi-listen purchase. Gold stars err... orange stars all around.
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