Book 3 is a wrap on the MacKinnon brothers. In all three editions, the honorable MacKinnon men prove their brawny mettle on the American frontier, manage to save a lass, fall in love, & win the girl.
"Defiant" focuses on the youngest MacKinnon, Connor, whose reproachable actions in Book 2 resurface and color his long-term perspective. Though Lord Wentworth has played an important part in the overall story, his character plays a particularly central role in this edition. If ever the reader sympathized with Wentworth, his actions in "Defiant" will have you questioning your compassion. Connor's story definitely offers more cultural details on Native Americans of the time than previously explored. More pages are dedicated to Joseph, the Mahican brother, leaving our curiosity piqued at the plot's end. Ian, Annie, Morgan, Amalie, Lt. Cooke, Dougie, McHugh, and others make appearances.
Clare & Griffith definitely deliver again!
Eve of Darkness was really just too much for me... the whole Cain and Abel bit coupled with a gal named Eve? They battle demons etc. only when given the directive by God. Many biblical references are used throughout all the while they are lusting or having sex, again, too much. Mind you, Eve is "marked" as a way to control Cain? I felt like I was wasting my time so I bailed about half way through. I'm not a religious zealot by any stretch, but I just couldn't get into the story. Obviously, this genre is pure entertainment... I may have had an easier time digesting the story line had Day opted to select different main characters.
Jill Redfield is a great narrator and did a fine job distinguishing among characters.
Based on earlier reviews, it appears that this is one of those love it or hate it novels. Much of the constructive criticism is right on whilst, too, were the many many compliments. I, personally, liked Dani's character and found it easy to empathize with her. The story had a number of antagonists... a couple that weren't obvious at first. I especially loved Griffin and Tessa and felt not enough pages were dedicated to them. Some portions of the story felt repetitive and drawn out, but all in all, it was an action-packed and heart-wrenching tale. One thing is for sure, you may find it difficult to put down. Very enjoyable. I managed to grab it for under $8 so it was a steal!
Navarre's audio was great overall but she sometimes confused the consistency in character voices even in males versus females. Again, still very enjoyable.
Banks crafted an outstandingly unique character in Eveline - she is delicate yet strong, naive yet shrewd, submissive yet spirited. Eveline makes the story so much more. Graeme seems resigned initially to the match but discovers the jewel he's been given. Their journey is rather sweet. It's also interesting how Eveline brings the warring families together when faced with the malevolent Ian McHugh. Don't be surprised if you find that you genuinely get angry at some of the ancillary cast. In general, the Montgomerys and Armstrongs' series offers much more depth to the characters. Definitely one of my favorite Banks' series.
Potter does NOT disappoint. She does a fabulous job of narrating... especially her interpretation of Eveline. Very enjoyable. No doubt the highland-romantic will be putting this book on their re-listen list!
Though discovered nearly a year ago, I hesitated starting the series because of negative or mediocre-level reviews. I imagine this book/series is one of those that either the reader relates to or not. If you're a Black Dagger Brotherhood or Midnight Breed fan, this series is a worthy consideration. As a fan of both, I really enjoyed "Immortal Guardians" and wondered why I took so long to give it a listen. No, its not literature but fun reading nevertheless.
Good guys vs. bad guys (immortals vs vamps) are central to the story whilst the humans are in the crossfire. Duvall offers a slight twist to the genre that most paranormal lovers will enjoy. Yes, a love story is entwined into the plot with well described passion between them. Personally, I prefer paranormal novels to have a bit of smut.
Kristen Potter's narration is fairly consistent. Definitely one of my favorite narrators. Enjoyable read!
As a fan of other work by Banks, this one left me wanting. It was not the salaciousness that turned me off, but the story line that left me wanting. Though the sex always plays a pivotal role in her stories, Colter's Legacy was just not plausible. The characters didn’t have much depth either which is unusual for Banks. I had a difficult time getting through it.
Bates did a fine job narrating. Definitely not my favorite.
Jaxon Law is a wolf shifter working for a special ops outfit who has a chance encounter with Kira Locke, a lab assistant. She suspects her employer in some kind of shady business (genetic mutation) etc. and steals vials to prove it - mind you she doesn't know what she's got nor what it will prove. She gets caught breaking in and is chased by the security. Jax saves the day when she's nearly caught. Though the premise of their chance meeting is plausible, the book skims over it leaving the reader questioning Kira's motivations/logic. There are a few other plot problems related to Kira's character, in particular, but overall it's an enjoyable read. Turns out Jax & Kira are mates and the drama ensues.
Kirsten Potter does a great job narrating.
Frank's creative addition to the paranormal community of Shadowdwellers (briefly introduced in her Nightwalker series) is a hit. The Shadowdweller plot line has several layers. There are multi-reality-scapes, individuals with special abilities, a monarchical system, a powerful/influential religious system, and a dark conspiracy incorporated into the plot. Though this combination may not sound doable, Frank nails it. The story begins curiously... Ashla's living situation, in and of itself, ensnares the reader. Then, she meets Trace in a most unexpected way. Frank takes the time to introduce us to the twin rulers (Malaya & Tristan), Trace's father (Magnus), Magnus' handmaiden, along with a myriad of other characters. Each installment into the Shadowdweller series draws focus on one of these initial characters --- set up similarly in the Nightwalker series.
For paranormal enthusiasts, the Shadowdweller series is an excellent departure from the typical...namely wolves & vamps. The romance between Ashla & Trace is well described yet not overdone. I liked the series so much that I'm already halfway through Rapture, Book 2... which I dare say may even be better than Ecstasy.
Kirsten Potter is an excellent narrator and her interpretation/delivery doesn't disappoint. All will enjoy!
Having thoroughly enjoyed Frank's carefully crafted "Nightwalker" series, I was really looking forward to the "World of Nightwalkers." Unfortunately, I just couldn't digest the plot which is predicated on a bodywalker species. The notion that two souls or beings inhabit a body at any given time wasn't so much the issue as was the main characters...namely Ramses, Cleopatra, Menes, Hatshepsut, and the like. The whole notorious pharaoh element was a bit much. It also seemed to drag on for me and very little happened after many chapters. The romantic aspect played an insignificant position to the overall story. "Forbidden" does spend the last few chapters setting up for the next installment.
Frank is unique among her peers in that she is willing to dive 'outside the box' and develop a whole new paranormal species/world. She is incredibly creative ... going where no [wo]man has gone before...That said, readers should check out "Ecstasy", also a Nightwalker spin off, that is incredibly ingenious and quite plausible. Loved this first installment of the "Shadowdweller" series.
Sands' narrative was enjoyable.
"Wicked" is a story continuation centering on the Alpha's Beta, Dante who played an important part in Book 1 and Jaime. The story & plot have much similarity to "Feral" in that the female shifters join the Phoenix Pack but come with issues. Both Taryn & Jaime are alpha females who discover they're bonded to the top alpha males of the pack and are targeted by outside forces for elimination. In the face of real & emotional casualty, their alphas save the day. Both couples have issues with mating though drawn to one another whilst their sexual exploits are tastily graphic.
Jill Redfield does a great job overall but some of the later narration included awkward pauses. "Wicked" was enjoyable overall but just not as rockin' as "Feral Sins."
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