This story was fun and exciting. The only reason it didn't get a fifth star is because of the characters falling into sexual overtones so fast and "in love" before they knew each other at all. The suspense was well written though and the narration was fine.
Normally, I love Portia DaCosta books. She's written some different types of stories that I've loved in the past. This book seemed to be a rather formulaic romance and was much too short. I felt no tug from the characters because the length of the book wasn't long enough to flesh them out and make you either love or hate them. The story was a sweet romance but I would have expected Vickie to be more angry about the deception. And I know Portia DaCosta can do a much better story.
Having read the other reviews that were written about the kindle edition, not the audio one, I'd just like to say that many people experience what is known as 'sub-frenzy' and when the opportunity presents itself to 'play' in the bdsm world, women don't always make the best choices and jump into play quickly. So Vickie's experience isn't all that unsual, even though you do wish she'd had a mentor to educate her some about safety prior to accepting an offer to play.
Another reviewer was unhappy about the intensity of the big spanking scene in the hotel room and felt it bordered on abuse because she was still feeling twinges of pain from it days later. Perhaps it was a bit intense for a first big scene, but being in the lifestyle, I think of that spanking scene as pretty normal. And she also only had to say stop and he would have stopped. Since her thoughts during the scene were open to the reader, I think it's pretty clear she was happy with what was happening. Suspend your own thoughts and feelings about whether or not bdsm is abuse and accept that she seemed happy. Generally, masochists are thrilled to have bruises they can poke a couple of days later to remind them of the fun they had. ;-)
I'd say to read this book instead of listening to it. Unfortunately, I didn't remember that I'd hated this narrator in another book in my library because it's been a long time ago. But as soon as she'd read a few sentences, I remembered her and her annoying way of reading. I did manage to make it all the way through the book, but the narrator really detracted from the story.
This is about kidnapping, rape and the business of sex slavery. It has nothing consensual in it. I can't believe I wasted a credit on this book.
I have loved Portia Da Costa's books for years. I tend to buy everything I can find of hers. I'm not usually a fan of historical romance, but bought this one just because of the author. I did enjoy this story very much, though I've enjoyed her contemporary stories much more.
Light and easy listening on this one.
Although the stories were ok for a formulaic romance, the narration was atrocious. The narrator read with almost a monotone and minimal inflection that made the sex scenes especially sound totally boring.
There were also places in the production of the audio where total sentences were repeated, as if the reader had lost her place and restarted. If I were the company that had produced this junk, I'd be totally embarrassed. Don't they listen before offering something for sale?
I don't have the kindle books and won't be buying them, but I think the stories may be slightly better if you read them yourself and skip the audio version.
What a total waste of a credit.
I guess when I purchased this story, I must have only read a couple of great reviews and missed the bad ones. This story was in the erotica section. It was not erotic at all. I don't think even better narrators could have made this story into 4 or 5 stars.
Mostly the narrators, but the story itself just wasn't all that interesting.
No. And please don't have Lee James ever narrate another romance. He was so inappropriate it's not even funny.
Lee James sounds like he's in his 80's and was supposed to be a man in his 30's. He was a really, really bad choice for this type of book.
I have other Lauren Dane books on my Kindle. If Anadelle Waters is the narrator, I'll give the book a pass. I enjoy Lauren Dane. Anadelle Waters does ok with voices and narrating regular life, but she is totally passionless when it comes to the sexual parts. And in a book in the erotica section, that just doesn't cut it.
Seeing how the characters learned to communicate better with each other as their relationship deepened.
She was so passionless during the sex scenes that I quit listening to the book after only a couple of sex scenes and finished it on my kindle.
I think since there are other books in the Brown family line and in the Delicious line we'll see the characters again. It will be nice to see how their relationship develops.
Please don't let Annadelle Waters narrate any other erotica!
I might, if I knew they were into light, fluffy, romantic suspense.
It compares favorably to her other light romantic suspense books and possibly to some of the Jayne Ann Krentz books. I can't really pick a specific title.
There wasn't a huge difference in the various mens and womens voices, other than knowing one was a woman and one was a man, but he did well enough that he didn't detract from the book in my opinion.
Enthralling, Titillating and Hot!
Nemesis. He made me yearn to be Gwendolyn!
I can't pick one. There were way too many. But I did like the scene where Gwendolyn secretly watched the Professor masturbate.
Yes, and I did!
I think the narrator did a very good job. I will listen to this one over and over!
Oh yes. It was a very good story. Very outside the kind of books I usually buy, but very good anyway.
None I've read. This isn't my usual reading style.
She doesn't ring a bell in my mind. I might have and just forgot.
The story itself.
Maybe Shades of Twilight, by Linda Howard. Both books have a heroine who has been through a traumatic past incident and both emerged as strong and capable women.
She did the different voices well and never sounded like she was just reading.
She kept me guessing all the way to the end. I hate to figure out the bad guy half way through the book and this one I hadn't.
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