I bought this book in August of 2012 then yesterday I was looking at Catherine Bybee's books and opened this and it showed no evidence that I already owned it so I bought it. As soon as I started reading it it sounded so familiar. Needless to say, I did own it and Amazon let me buy it again on January 12, 2014. I loved this book. Loved the story and Carter and Eliza. Loved seeing Sam, Blake, Gwen, Neil, etc, but I don't understand why I was allowed to buy it twice. Why didn't that page come up and tell me I already owned it. I don't get it.
So, the page amount says there's 272 pages but according to my iPad the number is 259, That being said, I just want to let all those who don't like sex that they can stop reading at 253 and miss all the sex there is in the whole book. There is a mention of an arousal 2 or 3 times but that's all.
This was a really good book, however.. I liked Nicholas and Rowan a lot. No angst to speak of. No silly misunderstandings. Just a great love story with paranormal throw in.
I like Jeanette and Scotia, too. AND I absolutely hated the bad guy. Sorry it's a little later in the book before you find out who it is and I don't want to give it away. This wasn't a cliffhanger but if you want to know what happens you should read the second book, which I'm going to do right now.
As to the narrator: If you looked at all my audio books you'd see very few man have narrated the books I listened to. They just don't do the women good enough and then when the hero and heroine have sex it's almost like I'm listening to two men. However, I have to admit that Mr. Gigante did a fine job with the women's voices. I wouldn't hesitate to him again.
Love, love, loved this book. I really hated to see it end. Love Erin and Robley. It was a little angsty but there were no silly misunderstandings. A really awesome love story and time travel. And it was nice seeing True and Malcolm again.
This was a great story, great sexual tension and great sex. Wonderful author.
As to the narrator: Ms. Dawe did a terrific job on all the voices. All the men and women had totally different voices and you knew immediately who was talking. She gets better with every book she reads.
For all you history lovers out there this book is for you! I don't mind a little history with my romance but this was way to much.
And to the reviewer who said Ginny was TSTL I think you're wrong. Ginny was a little goofy and a little clumsy and that's what made her so likable. And I really liked Jim.
The secondary characters were great: Haji, Jock, Magi, Mildred and (sorta) Pomfrey.
Over all it was a good romance, good sexual tension, good sex BUT there was just too much history. I know a lot of you will be interested in what was happening in Egypt at the turn of the century but that's not for me.
As to the narrator: This is the first time I've been disappointed in Ms. Eyre. She does all the British accents just fine, male and female, but she can't seem to do an American male. It's like she can do one or the other, male voice or American accent but she can't do both.
Oh, well, I've listened to a lot of books by her and they were all great so I won't hold this one against her.
Where to begin? I think this was my favorite book of the five. And in my last review I said I hope this is the last one because I'm just tired of the depravity and evilness of the bad guys: Caesar, Thirteen and Jahad. However, the author left it kind of a cliffhanger but when you read the summary of the next book, Into Darkness, due out in October, it doesn't say anything about the war coming to the Ikati and it has 2 people who were not in any of the books in this series. I would hate to think that the author is just going to leave it that way, with Jenna, Leander, Honor and Hope standing on a hillside. The End!!!
Before I forget, I do want to say how happy I'am that Weymouth was killed. I hated him from the very first book. And, it turned out the Caesar wasn't immortal after all. LOL..
I did, absolutely, love Hawk and Jack. I think they were the best hero and heroine or maybe it was Ember and Christian. Or Jenna and Leander or... Oh, I don't know which two were my favorite...
As to the narrator: Wow, wow, wow. Ms. Dawe did an outstanding job on this book. I just love the voices she gave to Hawk and Jack. I know she didn't pronounce Alejandro correctly but he was such an a$$hole anyway that he deserved it. Keep up the good work Ms. Dawe.
Another sexy read.. I finished this this morning at about 1:30 and started Darkness Bound, hopefully the last book in the series. I don't know about anyone else but I'm really tired of so many cruel and depraved bad guys. And now we find out that Caesar's father, grandfather and great-grandfather were just like him? Whew, I'm sure glad they're all dead. AND we have Thirteen and the Albino, along with Caesar as bad guys. Geez, enough already. I'm thinkin' Darkness Bound will be my last book, whether it really is or not, as I'm tired of the horrible and disgusting things done in these books.
With all that's going on all the time I'm surprised the author would go into Ember having such a serious case of "survivors guilt." Her thinking was a little screwy sometimes but she was still really likable. As was Christian. The Ikati are so wonderfully described as being beautiful in human form and in panther form too, the author does a great job in the telling.
Asher has become one of my favorite characters. He does love Ember and is very protective of her. He's a great friend.
Also likable were Dante, Clare and Corbin.
As to the narrator: Another great job by Angela Dawe. I know most of her men sound the same but at least they sound like men. There's nothing worse that a love scene where the female narrator just reads the book and the hero and heroine both sound like woman. As long as the men sound like men I'm ok with them all sounding alike.
This third book was just ok for me. Eliana was not at all likable, too self-centered, too hard-headed, too blind to what was really going on around her, nor could I picture her being beautiful since she had "shoulder length, chopped rough and dyed indigo blue hair." Really? And, of course, she would be attracted to someone, Demetrius, with a shaved head, tats and 3 rings in his brow, and he's supposed to be 30 years old? A rebellious 16 year old, maybe. I just can't picture a hero looking like that. But, that's just me. I was so disappointed in the storyline I'm not even sure I'll read the others in this series. I'm only at 43% and I'm having a really hard time keeping an interest in this book. I'll leave an update whether I finish it or not. At this point I'm just not sure.
Update: 7/13... OK I finished it and I'm still disappointed. Everything was just alright for me, nothing special.
However, I do wish someone would kill Viscount Weymouth. I think he's a little too much like Eliana's evil father.
As much as I liked the first 2 books in this series I will go on to the 4th one.
As to the narrator: Wonderful! Ms. Dawe keeps getting better and better with each book she reads. Men sounding like men!! Doesn't get better than that!
Great read! I loved this book as much as I did the first one. Love, love, loved Xander, he was awesome. Loved Morgan, she was terrific. I really like Bartleby, Tomas and Mateo, was very sorry about Julian.
The next book is about Eliana and Demetrius and I'm going to give it a try but I'm not even sure I like her. She was so selfish in this book. She knew Demetrius would be killed if he took her out and she didn't even seem to care if he was killed or not as long as she got to go outside. Well, maybe she'll be better in this book.
As to the narrator: There was a time when I said I never wanted to listen to Angela Dawe again then I accidentely bought another one narrated by her and I just couldn't believe it. She did a wonderful job on that book, just as she did on this one. The men's voices were just so damn sexy!!! Keep up the good work, Ms. Dawe..
I was enjoying this book up until about 60%. If just one of the 69 reviewers on Amazon would have said that the words pu$$y or c*nt were used, or there was anal sex involved, I would never have bought it. As I've mentioned time and time again in my 700+ reviews I don't read books without sex but I happen to like romantic sex, not filthy talking sex. I finished reading it but skipped through the sex as much as possible, so I could see how it ended but it really didn't have an ending. It just left it open for the next book. Sorry, but I will not be any more books by this author. I gave it 3 stars for the first 60% but I would have to give it 0 stars for the other 40%.
As to the narrator: I think Ms. Mallon did a wonderful job. The men sounded like men and that's great in my opinion.
I'm really not one for novellas but my daughter suggested it and we usually like the same books.
For such a short spy story the first one was very good. I really liked Jean Pierre/John Trent and Elizabeth/Lisette and their love story. I liked the grandfather, Danby.
The sex was nice too.
I liked the second story. I could see why Moira wanted to live in Scotland. Wow, what a horrible mother she had. Gideon was a terrific hero. There was no sex in this one but that was ok.
Sweet story about Elizabeth's sister (book 1) Louisa. I liked her and Marston. It was a nice love story and, again, there was no sex. So, if you're a "book without sex" reader you could just zip past the sex in story 1 and you could enjoy this book too.
As to the narrator: She must have been great because I never found a thing to criticize about her reading during the entire book. So, yes, I would definitely listen to her again.
She was that good..
I had no idea this book would be so dirty. It's not at all romantic. I don't read books without sex in them but when the author uses words like dick and pu$$y during sex that's enough for me. I know a lot of you like that kind of talk but I don't happen to be one of them. Sorry..
As to the narrator: For as much as I listened to she did a fine job.
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