Overall... 4 star
Performance.... 4.5 star
Story... 4 star
This is a series that has been on my reading radar FOREVER, so when it came time to pick out another audio, it came to mind. I'm so happy that I chose to listen to this audiobook. These aren't really long books, so on audio, they last about 6 hours. That's PERFECT for me because I don't get a whole lot of audiobook time.
This was a good one. I thought the romance was really sweet and the narrator did an amazing job with the inflections and voices. Maddie has been burned both by men and the McCarthy family. It was a great conflict for the book set-up as Mac quickly falls for her, but she is REALLY reluctant to get involved with him.
I liked how Mac was all in and she wasn't. I really like that set-up for books, and thought it was especially effective in this book because Mac is the rich, hunky "catch", whereas most people really look down on her on the island. I thought Maddie was a great character. She's been so incredibly wronged, you just can't help falling in love with her and the strength she exhibits. She's extremely proud and independent and strong and you have to admire her gumption in the face of everything she's gone through. I liked her and I loved Mac that he immediately saw that everything the island says about her is so wrong. He SEES her and knows that she's so much more. It's almost an insta-love for him which rarely works for me as a reader, but I'll admit, it definitely worked for me in this book.
I'll admit when the book started, I loved Mac, but I know that Marie Force has written a whole series about the McCarthy family and was immediately worried about the rest of the series....because early on, the McCarthy's DO NOT make a good impression. Seriously, mom is NOT a nice person. *ugh* I really, really, really disliked her. But as the book moved along, I discovered more and I'm sold. I can't wait to read/listen to the whole series.
This is one of those books that I loved listening to at the time. I loved the chemistry between the Nic and Matt. I loved both their careers and the details that added to the story. I loved that the book was written with alternating POV's and that the audiobook did that with both a male and a female narrator. But after finishing the book and thinking back on the story there were a couple of things that made me wrinkle my nose. Just minor details about how the characters acted/reacted that just seemed a bit too extreme.
Matt is a cop who's into Shibari. He's not huge into the whole other aspects of the BDSM world. His kink is really tying a girl up and maybe a spanking or two. But he's not extreme at all. This book is light on the BDSM so it's good for those who aren't huge fans...like Nic. But what Matt is...is possessive and dominant...big time. While this works in a fiction novel and is super-sexy, I think this would be a guy who was super-creepy and scary in real life. LOL
Nic is a vanilla girl...at least that's what she thinks. She's also extremely independent. But she likes when Matt takes control in a big way, even though she really isn't comfortable with it. Nic has some issues...with trust, self-esteem, and relationship etiquette. And this is one of the parts that bothered me at the end of the book. Without giving away too much away with spoilers, Nic has serious relationship maturity issues. She walks away with no words...what?? Seriously, wtf? SHE doesn't deserve a second chance after that. Really that one thing almost ruined this entire book for me. Be an adult and suck it up and give the person you supposedly love some basic, human respect.
I did really enjoy every moment listening to the audiobook. I loved that there were two narrators on the story so that when the book switched POV, so did the narration. Both narrators did an incredible job with the voices. And this is a tough book because there are some huge group scenes and they rocked those. I haven't read any of the rest of this series and although all those characters make appearances in this, the book is written so it's not confusing at all.
Overall, I enjoyed it and I realized after I listened to it that I have book #5 in my print TBR pile, so I need to pull it out. I've also heard great things about #8 and it's available in audio with the same narrators so I'll probably pick that one up after I whittle my audiobook pile down a little.
First thing I have to say about this audiobook...this narrator was phenomenal! Wow, seriously one of the best I've heard. I fully plan to search out his other audiobooks and add a few of them to my wish list. And with his incredible narrating, I adored this book.
Simon is a male Omega...something that is considered wrong by most shifter wolves. He's also gay, which is something they can scent, so that makes him even more wrong. As a result, he's spent his entire life as an outcast and having to battle both mentally and physically for everything. His mother left her pack when they kicked him out...because she loved him and couldn't stand the idea of him being alone. But now he's had to return to his original pack lands to bury his mother and that's brought him to Mitch.
Mitch is the twin brother to the Blue Mountain pack alpha. He's an alpha in his own right, but has no desire to run the pack. He's only supporting Freddy...but he's a stranger to this pack and he's a bit lonely. So it's a huge surprise when he meets Simon and realizes they are mates...something he never figured he'd find as a gay shifter.
The problem arises in that Simon doesn't trust anyone and he's never been safe enough to follow his instincts. Mitch says they are mates, but he sure doesn't trust that. I found the set-up of this book really interesting. You don't see many omegas in shifter novels and I liked Cardeno C's twist with having him be male. The story was great and I definitely enjoyed both characters. Mitch is rough and alpha, but he has such a sweet, soft side. I loved how he was willing to do anything to make sure Simon felt safe and secure....even when it was killing him to give Simon that space. It made him a great hero. And then there's Simon. It's not his nature to be strong and forceful, but he has had to be to survive. That's turned him into a great character who truly is someone that works with Mitch so well...it makes it so they come into this relationship as almost equals even though Mitch is so much more naturally powerful. Simon holds the reins in this relationship.
I enjoyed this first book, but I have to admit, I'm surprised it's a series. I have no idea where the series will go, but I'll definitely follow it because I loved Mitch, Simon, Freddy, and Donia.
This was a sweet little audiobook and I really enjoyed it. I especially like that it was under 3 hours so it wasn't a huge time commitment, although it still felt like a fairly complete story.
Lucas is a guy floundering. He's a trust-fund baby and as a result is a bit spoiled and self-indulgent. His father is a huge restaurant mogul who's very goal-driven and doesn't quite understand his son. But when Lucas seduces the flag-ship restaurant's chef...in the kitchen...that's the final straw for Lucas' father and he sends him to Jared.
Jared is a rough, big farmer. He was married to Lucas' sister until they both agreed that although they loved one another, Jared was gay and their's wasn't any great passion for the long haul. They work better as best friends.
What neither of these guys realize is that they've both been harboring a secret attraction for each other over the years. But they have to work through all those boundaries they've developed before they even have a chance with one another.
Like I said, I enjoyed this one. While I would have liked it to have just a bit more depth, that's part of the price for having that short time commitment which I loved. Overall, I was happy with it though. I liked the foodie element to the story and liked how opposite the guys are. I love Jared's relationship with his ex-wife and really wish I could have seen her reaction to the guys' new status together.
This is the first in a new series and I liked it. I can't wait to see what else Cardeno C. plans to do with the books.
Okay, I listened to this book in audio form. It was Christmas and this short story is less than an hour which made it an ideal listen while I wrapped presents.
But as a regular audiobook listener, I had issues with this one. The narrator, while I love his sexy (Scottish? I think) accent, simply read the book. There was no change with his inflections for the different characters...which made this a really tough book to listen to. When reading, you have a change in paragraph to know when the speaker changes. In audiobooks, narrators typically change their voice so you know when the speaker changes. That wasn't present in this audiobook so it was hard to keep track of the story for me. Like I said, his voice and accent was beautiful and he read the story very well, but as a regular audiobook listener, that wasn't enough for me. I need voices and different inflections for the different characters.
But at the heart of this is an incredible heartwarming story and characters during the Christmas season. I did like the book. Knowing that the audio was under an hour, the story must have been extremely short on words, but I'll be honest, it never felt that way to me. I loved the two main character, Kris and Tyr...and Bun with her story line was a great addition. This book is about acceptance and finding a place in the world. For these three...that's with each other. It's a Christmas book so it's sweet and simply made me feel better for having read/listened to it. Overall, I liked it.
I went onto Twitter one night in December looking for an audiobook recommendation for a Christmas themed book. Jeffe Kennedy volunteered that she had one so I went to go check it out on Audible. Right now, I will confess that I can't usually listen to erotic novels or even really descriptive sex scenes via audiobook because it makes me cringe for that poor narrator that had to do the scenes out loud with an audience. So I wasn't real sure if this one would work or not for me. Well, rest assured...it totally did work for me. Not once did I wince or cringe with the audiobook descriptions in this book. The narrator/author combo was perfect and that's a HUGE thing for me...especially in an erotic romance.
This is a Christmas themed BDSM book. Tilda planned a Christmas island excursion with her boyfriend who didn't let her know that he was bailing on her until she was already at the airport. As a result, she's pretty upset on the plane when she meets Miguel. Miguel, as the single lawyer in the family is headed to the family resort to take care of some business issues...not fun. But he sees Tilda as a means to add some light to the not-fun trip and offers her a deal. They will play for the 12 days of christmas...his rules, although she may end it at any time. And that sets them off on a very sexy couple of weeks.
The book is told entirely from Tilda's perspective, but I really enjoyed it. Tilda is smart and has her own real-world pressures, but with Miguel she's able to let go of all that and simply have fun...maybe for the first time in her life. The book takes place on an island so it didn't have an over-the-top kind of holiday feel besides the fact that the gifts follow the 12 days song. So I honestly think it would work as a year-round read. It's pretty sexy, but the BDSM play never goes to the extremes at all. I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it especially if you're looking for a shorter audiobook with some spicy sex.
I'm a girl who loves angst in my stories, but something about this one was just too over-the-top emotionally for me. I spent a lot of the story rolling my eyes at the characters...and I'll be honest, I'm not sure that would have been the case if I hadn't been listening to it in audio. I don't think it would have bothered me near as much if I had just been reading the book...although I don't think that would have solved my issue completely. This was my first audiobook in the New Adult genre and I just think that's not ideal for me.
I do like the way this book was done with two narrators though. The book alternates the first person pov chapters between Jared and Aleena and there was both a male and female narrators for those chapters. I liked that and truly enjoyed both narrators. They stayed on character and had great distinctive voices for all the various characters in the story.
Then there was the romance. Like I said, it was a bit over the top for me, but that's the way that the NA genre is written it seems. The story did work for me with the characters backgrounds and it definitely had credible conflict. I enjoyed the way the author wrote the flashbacks and intertwined them throughout.
This definitely wasn't my favorite book ever, but the book is written in the normal way for the new adult genre. I think if you generally enjoy that genre, you will like this one too. My heart did break for Jared and his self-loathing at something that was simply a mistake. I had issues with how other's dealt with him when it all happened, because hands down, they were wrong and did him wrong as a result and really ruined a kid's life. He didn't deserve that.
I also really enjoyed the moments with Ally drawing. I liked that she saw Jared behind all the rough and sometimes harsh demeanor.
Not my favorite book, but it wasn't bad. Lesson learned...listening to an audiobook in the NA genre is not for me.
Absolutely everything about this book was good! I loved this one! I particularly like the way this one started with Jesse and Mercy doing Black Friday shopping and all the craziness that entails. I honestly was riveted from page one with what was going on with the pack, the wreck, everything. This book grabbed hold of me and never let go. Loved, loved, LOVED all the action in this one.
And I also really enjoyed being back in the arms of the pack again...both Adam's wolf-pack and Mercy's pack of strays. Ben & Kyle...gah, I love both these guys and I loved how much page time they got. Honestly, I think Ben is one of the most under-appreciated wolves. He is so strong and his will-power in this one was amazing. I love how much he is tied to and devoted to her...probably because their relationship was so not that way to begin with. They just have a great partnership...mainly in that it's so unexpected.
And this book explored even more of Mercy's powers. I love how much they continue to grow and evolve and surprise even her. Coyote is an interesting mentor to her. Honestly, I don't even really like the character, but I like what Patricia Briggs has done with him in the story to help Mercy.
And then there's the little easter egg of happiness in this book...TWO WHOLE CHAPTERS FROM ADAM'S POV. I squealed aloud when the first one happened and then couldn't believe that there was a second. Mercy and Adam are in such a good stable place which is crazy when you consider how unstable their lives are on a daily basis. Their marriage has enriched them and I like that a lot. No, he hates that she risks herself and his wolf fights him on letting her do her thing...BUT there's a respect between them. She takes him into consideration when she knows she's doing something risky and does everything in her power to negate the risk and to let him know exactly what's going on so there's no question if it goes bad.
In this book there were more vampire politics. Stefan...love him. Wulfe...I like him too and think in the end of the series he's gonna be a serious ally too. He's so slippery, but I think he honestly admires what Mercy is able to accomplish and I think that will end up working for good. The whole story with Marcelia's car cracked me up through the whole book. I loved everyone's reactions when they would see the car and then find out it was hers. It's that thread of humor that flows through these books which just puts them above-par for my enjoyment levels. These stories make me laugh and they make me cry, but above all I adore Mercy and her neverending fight for what's right...no matter the cost. That right there is the perfect Urban Fantasy set-up and why this continues to be one of my top UF series reads ever!!
And yes, Lorelei King continues to be brilliant in her narration of these books. Wow, that woman has talent!
This book takes Mercy on a different type of adventure as it's just her and Adam on their honeymoon for most of the book and the bad guy is a water devil...something that Adam can't help fight since as a werewolf, he sinks in water. As a result, this book has a very different feel for Mercy. She doesn't have the pack or her pack of misfit paranormals helping her. Instead she has a lot of Indian-based lore legends who help out.
I'll admit that I missed the normal characters in this book. I love all those characters that Mercy is normally surrounded by. They all have this great camaraderie in their interactions that build the fun in the story. That was missing in this book for me as I just didn't have that same attachments to her band of helpers in this book. I wanted Ben and Stefan and Jessi and Sam and... well, you get the idea. The book simply wasn't as good without them.
The book does have more Adam and Mercy moments and I enjoyed that aspect of it. It's wonderful to see their relationship and trust grow past where either of them are truly comfortable. But they are comfortable in their love so they trust that when their instincts are screaming. I loved that Adam managed to hold back and simply watch while Mercy did her thing in this book. That's a true sign of love and I did enjoy that he has grown so much to trust her like that...even to the point of losing her.
Overall, this wasn't my favorite book in the series, but it was still important to the overall story arc and it was still enjoyable. I understand that there are going to be these types of books for me in any series and I'm definitely okay with that. The plus to that is that I was actually able to listen to the entire book on audio rather than skipping to the book where I could read faster myself. And honestly that's its own special treat just because the narrator, Lorelei King, does such an incredible job on this series. Her range of voices and accents is truly impressive. NEVER do I get confused on who's talking and with literally hundreds of characters in the entire series, that's truly impressive. On to book #6.
It's been a while since I dropped into the Immortal Guardian world and I had forgotten just how much I love it. This was a great book to get me back into it.
Sean and Krysta made this book for me. I loved the siblings who have been fighting vampires together with no real training or experience for 6 years. And they really have been working blind. They have no idea about the Immortals or Seconds although Krysta has heard rumblings from the vampires as she battles them. Both Krysta and Sean are "gifted ones"...they have other powers. For Krysta, she can see auras and with vampires that means she can see their aura shift in battle telling her which way they are going to move before they attack. Sean is a healer. He's the one who puts Krysta back together after a night of hunting. They believe in what they are doing although it's running them ragged to hunt on top of med school for Sean and jobs for both of them.
Etienne runs into Krysta during a battle and is shocked at how well she handles herself. But she's still human and therefore vulnerable so he begins to follow her at night to "help her out"...something that Krysta doesn't appreciate especially since she thinks he's a vampire too.
These books have everything. The romance is always stellar, the paranormal world exciting and interesting, but the group dynamic is perfection. I love the scenes where all the characters in this huge cast are together. The characters have a wide mix of personalities, but they are all quick-witted and the back and forth between them is all so much fun. Whether it's conversations between the various siblings or the Immortals or the humans, they all have a great snarky wit that I just love.
Reading these books are fun and listening to them on audio just enhances that. Kirsten Potter is an incredible narrator and she masters ALL the different voices and accents perfectly. This is one of my favorite series to listen to on audio and her talent is a lot of the reason for that.
I highly recommend the entire series and definitely this book too. If you can listen to it on audio, I think it's even better, but the books are good and action-filled so I'll tell you right now that you may want a copy of the book too because there will be times when you want the speed of being able to read it yourself because you have to know what happens next. A superb installment to this series.
I read the first book in this series 2-3 years ago and thought it was "okay" but nothing to rave about. I also listened to the Alpha & Omega series all on audio and LOVED them. I know the two series intertwine, so I decided to give this one another shot on audio. (I did re-listen to book #1 on audio too and while I don't plan on re-reviewing it, I will tell you that I loved it much, MUCH more the second time around.)
So this is my review of book #2 in this series...in a nutshell...I'M SOLD. I'm definitely a Mercy Thompson fan now. I did a mix of reading and audio on this book depending on my schedule and that is honestly how I'll probably do the rest of this entire series. I adore Lorelei King's narration, but can read myself so much faster so there are times when I just want to get to the juicy parts and then I relish those on audio with all the narration inflections that add so much to ALL of these many characters.
Things have changed for the wolves in this book since book #1...werewolves have come out to the world. But rather than focus the story line on that, this book really dealt with the vampires in this world and their abilities to manipulate magic. There were some amazingly interesting scenes in this one. I'm especially intrigued by Wulfe. And OMG, Stefan...I knew he had a different perspective on Mercy, but did not expect that story line to go where it did, but I like it! My heart aches so hard for Samuel. Because I've read all the Alpha & Omega series, I have a pretty good idea of what the future holds for him and like Mercy I just want to hold him tight and comfort him. Those scenes with her and him are magic. While I fully think she belongs with Adam, I love the connection she has with all the males in these books. She's an empathetic person and that enables her to reach them in a way that other women can't. She also has a special place as a walker which I think furthers that.
I'll be honest, there wasn't a whole lot of quality Adam and Mercy time in this book, but I was okay with that. Everything about this installment of the series made me love it more. I like how strong Mercy is. She's tough, but it's an honest tough...she gets terrified, but is absolutely willing to work through that to save her friends. She may not be part of the Pack officially, but she has her own bigger pack filled with the wolves, Stefan, Zee, Tony, and humans that she protects with everything she is. And she is a lot. This story really began to delve into her Walker capabilities, but I think the author has barely scratched the surface. I'm ready to dive into book #3.
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