Yes! Ian...I have been waiting for his story for so long and it was so worth the wait. OMG, this book was so good!
Ian has shown up in all the books in this series, but we've never really known how he became estranged for the family...only that he is just as loyal as the other Kinncaid men and willing to do WHATEVER he needed to save their women and protect his brother's families and has helped his brothers time and again. In this book, all those questions were answered. The book began with the fight between Ian and his father, Jock, that resulted in him getting kicked out of the family...and while I knew what that probably entailed...reading the details of the fight and the results broke my heart for Ian. He was so young...and did nothing wrong. Jock...grr. But on the flip side, it was nice to have some insight into Jock and his realizing how deeply he betrayed and hurt his son by his actions and how that led to the man he became.
And the man he became is the heart of this book. Ian works for the government and has been undercover in Russia for five years, doing unspeakable things...but doing good things whenever he can. When the book begins, he is tired, worn out, and heartsore. He's about through with this job...it's gone on for too long and he simply doesn't care anymore. He's in danger of losing himself if he continues. He's also had a hit put out on him...Raven is coming after him.
Raven is Rori and she quickly discovers that Ian...or Dmitri...is not the man he appears to be and they begin to work together to save a young girl from a life of sexual slavery. To do so, they have to get her somewhere safe and the best way to do that is to pose as her parents and for the first time in a very long time, Ian begins to hide in plain sight...his new cover...Ian Kinncaid, with his wife Rori, and their newly adopted 4 yo daughter, Darya. But they both have many, many bad people out there who would like to see them all dead.
So freaking good...I'm telling you, this book was amazing. From page one, it jumped into the action and both Ian and Rori can kick butts and take names. I love, love, loved that she was just as tough and fearsome as him. It made her the perfect match for him. She also completely understands the world he's come from and the sacrifices he's had to make. I'm telling you...she was perfect for him. When he had his migraines, she and her actions, simply made me fall in love with her. She is awesome. She also has her own insecurities...especially when it comes to little Darya. I loved how she won Rori over.
I'm telling you...everything about this story was so good. It was an intricately woven Romantic Suspense that covered the world of politics, but still managed to include the entire Kinncaid clan. And Quinlan...OMG, the twists that involved his character. *sob*... just broke my heart for him. This entire series has been good, but this particular book went so far above the already, very high, bar. It was a great book and I continue to be amazed by Johanna Parker's incredible skill as a narrator. Her range of voices is PERFECTION and she does an amazing job, especially considering how many scenes she has to do with a huge cast of characters. They are all easily distinguishable during the dialogue. She is amazing...simply amazing narration.
What can I say about this book that I haven't already said about the other two? It's actually pretty simple... This series just gets better and better, but you need to read/listen to all the books in order...and if you haven't done that yet, then YOU NEED TO!
But honestly, things between Dex and Sloane have been going on now for quite a few months and they are getting more settled overall in their relationship. I loved them in this book. They are so cute and fun and good together. And I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but wow, they are sexy too...sooo sexy, but that's been pretty consistent throughout the entire series.
But while things have been really good between the two of them, the team is having some real difficulties. Calvin and Hobbs are at odd. Cael and Ash are in a weird place because Ash, for the first time ever, is pretty much ignoring Cael and he doesn't know how to handle that. Although they've never been romantically involved, they have that style relationship...just without the sex and kissing. But now they don't even have that weird closeness that everyone has gotten used to and no one knows why.
And the entire team is having zero luck finding clues as to where the Coalition is going to strike next. The suspense and action was great, although I will admit that this side of the book seemed like a lot of setting up for Book #4. Oh, and note...you probably really want to have #4 ready to read as soon as this one is done, because there is a HUGE cliffhanger to it. Luckily, I had a copy, but I am sad that #4 isn't available yet in audiobook, because I've really loved listening to the series so far. This narrator is fabulous. But I'm not willing to wait for the next audiobook to come out. I'm ready to read #4...NOW! It just better not stop on a cliffhanger since #5 isn't out yet.
But overview...I love it and HIGHLY recommend it, but you need to read the whole series, not just this one.
Wow, wow, wow. I bought this book the week it came out in kindle format. And I've watched people rave about this series with every release from the series since, but it was only once I saw that it was available in audio that I decided to move it up to the top of my TBR pile. Why oh why did I wait? I knew it would be good. Too many of my fellow readers have raved about it for it to be any less, but I'm still blown away by how much I loved this story, this world...Dex.
Hands down, this book is all about Dex and what he brings to this Thirds team. I thought it was interesting, because the way the story unfolds, I had no idea what kind of character Dex truly was the first few chapters of the book. He was such a different, sadder person at the beginning of the book with the circumstances he finds himself in with the HPF and the fact that he's basically sent his partner to jail. Instead of the demotion or firing that he thinks will happen, he gets promoted to the THIRDS and finds himself working within this elite force with his adoptive brother, on his team, and adoptive father, as his commander.
As Dex settles into the THIRDS and tries to find his place, the reader finds out what an irreverent, never-stop, irrepressible guy he really is. This is a character who I can't imagine working with, but he's exactly what this team needs. The team is mourning the loss of one of their own...the guy who Dex is replacing...and they've gone through a string of replacement officers before running them out. But Dex is different. He's so bizarre and weird and completely out there on everything, you can't help but fall in love with him and his fun, snarky sense of humor and fun.
And Dex's new partner, Sloane, doesn't know what to do with him either. He sure doesn't want to like the guy who's supposed to replace his dead partner...at work and in life. If he accepts Dex onto the team, that means he's accepting his partner's loss. Something he's not willing to do yet. But then Dex worms his way in...into the team, through Sloane's super-high walls...and suddenly Sloane has more issues than just accepting Dex. Suddenly he WANTS Dex....something that can't happen.
In the midst of all the team drama is the suspense story line. Someone is terrorizing the HumaniTherian community and the pressure is high on the THIRDS to figure out who is doing it, but as they get closer and closer, the clues point toward a surprising tie-in to the team. There is a lot of action and suspense with this book that was just as good as the romance and entertainment value which were both extremely high. It was a simply an all-around GREAT book.
And I need to note the narrator for the audiobook. This is my first time listening to a Mark Westfield narration. I thought he did a really good job with this one. There are a lot of characters and he did a phenomenal job balancing them all.
I love this series for the combination of Jill Shalvis' amazing contemporary romance set in a animal oriented setting. It just makes for incredible reading. I don't usually listen to her books on audio, but my reading time has been taken lately with the books I have to review so I've gotten where I add the books I'm dying to read onto my audio pile. And her writing was just as good in audio...thanks to the incredible narration of Karen White. Wow...she's an awesome narrator. This book has a HUGE cast of characters and not once did any of them sound even similar. Her voice repertoire must be massive. Truly, she was excellent and I will search out more narrated books by her in the future.
But back to the story. Sweet, fun, so incredibly sexy...yep, this was definitely a Jill Shalvis novel. She just does not make a mis-step. I loved both Emily and Wyatt and their out-spoken, don't-mind-their-own-business siblings who simply don't want to see either of them hurt again. Because with the set-up with these two, someone...probably two someone's...going to get hurt. Emily is only in Sunshine for a year internship. She's an LA girl. Never planned to leave and she sure didn't want to go to Idaho. But that was her only choice. So when she arrives, she's already counting down her 365 day sentence.
But what she doesn't count on in Idaho is Wyatt, her one night stand...really freaking hot, knocked her socks off...one night stand who she thought she'd never see again. Oh, and yeah...now he's her supervisor since she has to shadow him in the vet clinic everyday. And Wyatt...he's oh-so-yummy and alpha and sexy and did I mention yummy? Yeah, Jill Shalvis knows how to write her heroes. So sexy!!
It's a great book, an easy, entertaining read, and there's even a bit of suspense and danger toward the end...LOVE that.
The book is by Jill Shalvis...so honestly...enough said. Read her. She writes consistently good contemporary romance, heroes that will melt your heart, and heroines that are so easily relatable that you can't help but feel empathy for them. Her books are phenomenal...and this one was, too.
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!
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