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I just love me a good Julie Garwood novel, especially with Highlanders. It’s so true that her historical novels seem to be her trademark. This book was so sweet because of the warm relationships that encompassed the story. Garwood weaves a beautiful tapestry of characters who make this a most colorful, and enjoyable read/listen. Narrator Rosalyn Landor was at her best in bringing the characters to life.
I loved everything about this novel. It made me feel warm & fuzzy inside and that was an excellent reprieve from all of the dark-themed novels I’ve read as of late.
In this story the woes of the characters are in times past. The Highlanders are rebuilding after suffering great losses from an onslaught of the English. What starts off as an arranged marriage between Lady Johanna and the mighty, Highland Laird Gabriel blossoms into a beautiful, comfortable, loving relationship that brings out the best in this couple, and those who surround them. I was touched by the drive for a brother (Nicholas) to protect his sister as he made a fabulous match in Gabriel and Johanna.
There is danger, past abuse to heal from and new adventures, and challenges to overcome in this book. Also, a continued confrontation between Scottish Highlanders and the English, this time with a beautiful maiden caught in the middle.
The love scenes are sweet and steamy (I love how Gabriel wasted no time in seducing his beautiful bride). Other touching relationships include Johanna’s love and acceptance of little Alex and “clever” Ogey. I thought there was a wonderful redeeming quality about the highland priest and his relationship and trust he inspired in Johanna. Also, Johanna’s sayings and expressions were adorable, and it was so funny to see how her new clan learned the meanings. In this book the evil characters receive a just ending, and the good characters find their complete happiness.—and, that’s the way I like it!!!
Lastly, I believe what I enjoyed most about this story was the empowerment of the heroine, especially coming from this era. It was a joy to see Johanna rise above her past abuse and fears, and hold on tight to the saving graces that surrounded her. In the end, a maiden rescues a mighty, arrogant warrior and becomes his saving grace, as he becomes hers. That’s just my kind of happy!
I loved the idea of this book because it was so original, and when I listened to the narration of Carmen Rose, I was hooked! Carmen Rose narrated beautifully. She has a lovely voice with such a nice English accent that I enjoyed the way she brought this book to life.
At the heart of it, this book illustrates Stockholm Syndrome with a woman who falls in love with her captor, and vise versa. But, that dark aspect makes this read intriguing and visceral. Captain Hendrix (a pirate) scoops up Indigo and her friend Eric from a raft at sea, as they escaped a yacht explosion with their lives. Yet life in captivity is a pretty scary thing, and there were times in which Indigo's erratic behaviors made her an unlikeable heroine. I chalked down her teetering from selfless to selfish as part of her fight-flight responses and adrenaline rush, as a captive. However, Indigo, overall, was a brave woman who pushed through her circumstances hoping for something better. Well, Captain Hendrix is ruthless and completely unlikable at the beginning, but along the way his humanity breaks through and with many twists and turns in the plot, and reappearances of impacting people in Indigo's life, well you have one exciting adventure.
Was this story believable?---Absolutely not, but it was enjoyable. There are a lot of questions that come up, like why did Indigo rent a yacht to sail across the pond from the U.S. to the U.K., and why does the narrator have an English accent when Indigo lived most of her life in the U.S…..well, those questions get answered somewhat. But, you have to just read this book for fun, and not for realism.
Oh, the love scenes progressed from simply lusty to steamy and emotional. There is dirty talk and graphic detail in the scenes. One aspect I thought was somewhat comical was how Hendrix referred to Indigo as "Innocensia (innocence)"---yet, this innocent girl really knew something about finding a man's g-spot….OMG…crazy! LOL
I can't wait to read the next book and find out more about Dimitri and Jess's dark romance, as well as find out what new developments spring forth with Hendrix and Indigo!
I adore MMA fighters & novels about their lusty romances, but this one was a little tweaked. In general, it seems as though this series is will be more about Dominants who are fighters...equally dedicated to both of these lifestyle commitments even though the Dom qualities were focused on more than the fighting aspect. I have to admit that I'm a sucker for incredible cover photos/models & this one is pretty awesome, but the book felt a bit disjointed.
The meeting between MMA fighter Rafe Wesson and sexy lawyer, Katy Marks was pretty potent and I thought it was the start of a great book. But, as things progressed I felt strung along just as the relationship between these two. Between lengthy internal monologues about Rafe feeling guilty about not revealing this DOM side and Katy wondering if Rafe was gay, and that was why he didn't move things further along...well the whole thing became rather stifling. The stalker was the guiding force behind Rafe and Katy staying close together, as Rafe insisted on protecting her. Things get dragged out until past midway, in the book, where Rafe's DOM qualities are finally revealed. When that aspect was explored I felt my woman sensibilities being challenged when Rafe wanted to push the DOM/SUB relationship into more arenas, aside from the bedroom (or sex club). At that point, it kind of felt like a chauvinist revival. However, Katy was able to negotiate that aspect well. Both were open about each other's comfort levels and how far to take the BDSM qualities, so at least you had that as somewhat of a relief from Katy becoming a complete doormat, or invisible woman.
Regarding the sex scenes, the first half of the book is all about their personal masturbation sessions since they aren't with each other. So, yeah...not good there....Then, for the latter half of the book, well they explore different sex scenes and scenarios both at home and at this sex club (which incidentally the whole fight club belongs to...OMG). Yeah, there were parts where I thought my face was turning 50 shades of red.....seriously embarrassing...Uh, I'm not sure how I feel about this series....it seems like it will be about DOM/MMA Fighters falling in love with vanilla women and turning them on to their lifestyle. Um, I think that's succinct enough, as an explanation....LOL
The end was too rushed for me, but that seems to be the norm nowadays with novels.
The narrator performed the male voices better than the female. Her female voice sounded like 2 generations back....like I was listening to a grandmother narrate for Katy..LOL...it was weird.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. It's written in 3rd person and periodically switched from Mick and Tara's perspective. The sexual chemistry between Mick and Tara is pretty instant, and Mick moved into Tara's fantasy sphere right away. I mean of course he would fall within the fantasy category right away as a football star with drop-dead, good lucks and a charming personality. The issue is that Tara is a single mom, owns her own event coordinating business, and doesn't have time for a distraction as potent as Mick. Yet, when Mick pushes into her life, wanting more from her than a 1 night stand, well this book took on a rather fabulous turn.
In this book you get football, graphic, but sensitive sex scenes (I mean the sex scenes are thankfully NOT mechanical...they're pretty good), dirty talk during sex (boy, could these two talk dirty to one another!!!), and connecting with family along the way.
I really liked Mick. He was so patient with Tara and was understanding of her concerns. Tara was guarded, but with good reason. I thought her concerns were valid and she always looked after the well-being of her son first. Even though Mick and Tara don't hold back in the bedroom department, the question of whether their relationship can be long-term always hangs in the balance. The relationship was further tested by Liz, Mick's aggressive, lady agent. Now, regarding LIz, I had a problem with her. Right away I knew she was going to be the heroine in the next book simply by the way she was described as gorgeous, polished, having an incredible body, and overall described as a sex goddess each time she had a scene. OMG, it was nauseating...seriously. The descriptions for Liz were over-the-top!!! But, the problem is that Liz is a bitch and I'm really not interested in reading her story with Gavin, Mick's self-absorbed brother.
The main conflict in the book is resolved with some work on Mick's part. I thought Tara had good reason to be upset and to create distance. Yet, I have to say that even though their reunion was great, it was too rushed. All of a sudden, everything in their relationship came together, but way too squished in at the end. Maybe it's just that I'm a greedy reader, I wanted more Mick and Tara time when everything was perfect. If I read the second book, it will only be to get more of Mick and Tara, and tidbits of their HEA because unfortunately their romance did not feel complete.
The narrator, Lucy Malone performed well. Overall very good audiobook!
The male lead, Gage Grendel is a douche bag, scum-bucket, and A-hole, and I think maybe that's why I didn't enjoy this book so much. Eliza Smith, is sweet girl who is a virgin with a traumatic childhood of abuse she experienced in her mother and step-father's home. She's 21 years old and now living with her father, the manager of the Fire Nine band. I liked her dad, but I questioned his wisdom for his inexperienced, lost daughter to pressure her to come along on a tour with a bunch of man-whore, rockers, with booze & women. How would that be helpful for her, aside from infiltrating her life with stress and pressures with the wrong type of guys?
Well, due to all of the favorable reviews I kept waiting for things to get better, but at 5 hours, well the relationship between lead rock star singer Gage and Eliza was just terrible--Too angsty for my taste. I just can't get my head around a male lead who pressures the virgin-female lead to be with him, yet delivers on a constant flow of double messages. He whored around in front of her with his "girlfriend" and tons of random girls, yet wanted Eliza to be with him? What the????? My feeling on the matter was that he was emotionally abusive to her. And, well from the reviews of the book 2, the womanizing will still be an issue…sorry, I'm out! Too bad, because it seemed like it could have been a really great story.
The narrator was good, too bad this was such an emotionally nauseating listen.
I'm one of the fans of this series who had been anxiously, but patiently awaiting the release of the 4th installment, and it met all of my expectations, as I loved it! Sylvia Day dedicated this book to the fans, and I felt it. This book does not necessarily provide additional plot developments, but the focus is on relationships: those that need to be cut off, those that need to be re-vamped and those that deepen. And, for Gideon and Eva, this was a love-fest of epic proportions. They loved hard, played hard and fought hard and I loved every minute! Reading/listening to this book was like getting on a very cushiony & sustained roller coaster ride. Both Gideon and Eva's love for one another is solid, despite the many challenges they face and the people of their past who want them apart. Yet, as a reader, one never has to feel insecure when they're working through their issues because these two are freaken grounded and irrevocably immersed and saturated in their love affair! The sex was wild, passionate, emotional and at times, kinky, which was quite a treat. They go through rough patches, but come out of this book at another level in their relationship.
Regarding Gideon Cross, I wanted to say thank you S.D. for creating every woman's conscious or subconscious fantasy of male perfection. The man dominates in and out of his work environment, and protects Eva at all costs. I mean the man is crazy-in-love with Eva, his wife. It was funny how he would deal with her past. Some might deal with their lover's ex's by erasing previous memories with a new fresh ones. Well, he did more than that when he obliterated previous buildings and sold properties that might bring Eva memories from her past that he didn't want. Haha!--Talk about a man with unlimited resources (well just about!). I also loved how Gideon is not shy to get in a fight to defend Eva, that might not be right, but it still did something to me. Gideon is just hot, and so appealing!
Now Eva, well she is dealing with her own aspects of growing into her relationship with Gideon, and I totally sympathized. I mean Gideon is the type of man who can swallow you up, and I appreciated her thoughtfulness in not wanting to rush into working for him right away, as a measure to protect her individuality. Even though I really like Eva, it got on my nerves how she seemed to justify her best friend, Cary, no matter how wrong he was. It also got on my nerves how she was always drooling about how gorgeous everyone in her inner circle was…yeah that was annoying. Otherwise, Eva's just one lucky lady who was just as wild for Gideon, as he was for her.
Lastly, the narrators were lovely. Jeremy York inspired a strong & sexy voicing for Gideon Cross, and Jill Redfield was sweet and sultry--perfect voicing for Eva.
Now it's wait time for the final installment. Since this book focused mainly on relationships it was rather slow in plot developments and action (or twists, or something), I'm hoping the next book provides a nice combination of love and excitement.
There is something so sweet and HOT about a very strong, disciplined man like Derek who falls in love…like madly-helplessly-effortlessly in love with a great woman like Melissa. And the listening experience from this audiobook was effortless. This is a continuation in the romance between Derek and Melissa, as well as their best friends, Patrick and Elaine. Consider yourself getting a 2 for 1 deal with the parallel romances.
Let me say that I LOVE Derek and Melissa together. They make a beautiful couple. Throughout Melissa's pregnancy, Derek is so tender and gentle with her and you could feel the weight he carried on his shoulders to make sure she was kept safe from her dangerous, vindictive ex-husband. Derek and Melissa both have quite a few things they are still working through in their relationship as they move forward to a more permanent place for their growing family, and it was endearing. The love scenes were lovely--they were emotional, intense and erotic. This book ends with some really somber issues that Derek has to make sense of, and many other unfinished situations for the other couple that will make the next books something to look forward to.
I liked how the surrounding characters introduced from the previous books were brought forward and expounded upon, like previous escort Toni, Kenny (baby momma), and Sloan (Melissa's crazy ex-husband).
I can't wait to continue to follow the romances of both of these sweet, yet insatiable couples…..
Narrators: Lucy Rivers and Christian Fox were wonderful. WIth such great vocal talent, this listen was quite a treat!
Wow! I really liked this one! It was pretty good! I had to get used to the writing style, but after a while I learned to appreciate it. There is a constant shifting between various character's POV by an omniscient narrator. All the characters including the leads (Diego & Raine), Prosper (MC club leader), the many biker brothers (i.e. Reno, Jules), the old ladies (Pinky etc.), and Raine's girl group (Claire & Glory) were awesome. This book always had me anticipating the next scene and each riveting moment that followed.
The romance between Diego and Raine is a bit watered down, but more so in quantity, than quality. It felt like this book was foundational in introducing a whole group of alluring bikers and the women they fell in love with. There was definite groundwork laid for the next books.
Now, Diego is a big bad biker who is rough and tough, but when he meets Raine she makes a lasting impact on him. Raine steps in to cover for her sister Claire who was strung out on drugs and linked to a junkie, bad-news boyfriend who owed the MC. It's a string of events that brings Diego and Raine together to where they revolve in each others orbits. Let me warn that Diego is no prince charming, he's not good with words and he doesn't deal with certain triggers from his past well. Yet, he adores Raine and finds a way into her heart….very caveman style, but intense and real. I really liked Diego and Raine and the rest of the characters. I can't wait till the release of the next audiobooks!
Regarding the cover, well, I really don't know who that red-haired woman is because it's not Raine. Raine was described as a copper skinned, dark haired beauty, with blue eyes. Yes, quite the exotic, so I'm not sure what happened with the cover model. Raine's mother was Native American and I really enjoyed Raine's viewpoint which many times seemed reminiscent of her mother's culture.
Narrators: Jill Redfield was fabulous! OMG, the woman was so animated! Her voice inflections for the bikers and moments of tension were injected with gusto! She did a great job with all of the characters.
OMG, and Will Damron's voice was male perfection….deep, beautiful, smooth male voice…..very, very nice!
When I read the first book in this series, I don't think I understood the author's writing style very well. However, this second book established a bit of a pattern for me, in that, it seems as though Tia Louise wants her readers to become intimately involved with the leads and witness their personal growth and strength firsthand. This book is not only about the hot and steamy love story between Patrick and Elaine, but it's about Patrick's journey to finally get to Elaine. Wow! It was so nice to be in Patrick's head for this book, as it is written from his POV. He is such a nice, wildly attractive guy who was almost haphazardly looking for love.
From casual hook-ups to finding the love of his life in Elaine, there is a lot of ground to cover on this journey. We also get Melissa and Derek as some of their story from book one, parallels Patrick's romance with Elaine.
I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated how well the hero and heroine got along. Patrick and Elaine were crazy in love and found all sorts of ways to express that love. I liked how the majority of the conflict in their relationship came from outside sources, as opposed to conflict within the relationship. It was enjoyable and full of unexpected outcomes, chiefly in the epilogue. OMG, that was the most unconventional epilogue ever! LOL! This book doesn't really end.....it seems to flow right into the next. I'm excited to continue with this sweet and sexy series.
Narrators: Christian Fox has a gorgeous voice, and Lucy Rivers performed well too. Overall, a very good audiobook.
Well, my disappointment with this second installment was a bit of a surprise since my first impression of this author was so favorable. The problem is not with her writing, but it's with the bitchy heroine she created, and it didn't seem as though the author was leaning in a direction to change Kate's behavior and attitude.
Usually, when a couple breaks up well, you look forward to the make-up sex. This time it was horrific! I stayed around for not just the first main love making-scene, but also the second to see if it got any better before finally giving in and making this a DNF. I just couldn't invest any more of my energy on this book because the heroine, Kate Hart who was SO DAM OPPOSITIONAL. I mean the girl questioned, fought, bickered with Dominic at every stance, ESPECIALLY in the love-making scenes. IT WAS EXHAUSTING!!! I really didn't know how both of them could even follow through with the "intimate acts" when they were arguing pre- and mid-coital experience. What the???? I felt bad for Dominic since he always seemed careful to walk on eggshells around her because her temper lit like a fuse! When you have to exert that much energy to NOT offend someone, their presence becomes less enjoyable, as did Kate's.
What was sadder was to see the perspective of all of the surrounding characters in Dominic's life who were so stunned with his devotion to Kate. Dominic is typically a man-whore and doesn't stay longer than a few hours with a woman, but he treated Kate with reverence and such devotion, it was a shame it went unappreciated by Kate since behind closed doors she was a bitch! It was as though Kate de-masculinated Dominic in the bedroom. I mean who doesn't appreciate a man who is experienced and takes charge in the bedroom? Well, apparently not Kate. She had him begging, apologizing, grobbling, and always threatening to leave......The woman had his balls in a sling, and that was unfortunate. Just as unfortunate as the time I spent listening......
It was so refreshing to read about intelligent leads. I loved the expression, vocabulary and intelligent (not just witty) conversations and banter between Dominic Knight & Kate Hart. Dominic is a self-made billionaire and master of his universe, that being a global tech empire. He is a man who always gets what he wants and does not accept "no" as an answer from anyone. And, with Kate, he is relentless but smoothly so, and let me say, I love a powerful man in pursuit! I was also happy to find such a strong heroine in Kate, who has these mad skills in cyber-forensic accounting. The description of her work in her perspective was actually enthralling, as she described her work as giving her an adrenaline rush. Perhaps, that is how she connects with Dominic, as they both are thrill seekers.
This author is really good and I enjoyed her style of writing. It's written with an omniscient narrator which reminded me of Tolstoy's style of writing in Anna Karenina. It was interesting to get the perspective of surrounding characters, especially in Dominic's life, showcasing how different his pursuit of Kate was. Initially, Kate was largely aversive to Dominic's domineering approach, but you got to see Dominic soften and bend to win Kate over, and win her over he did!--At least in the bedroom. For that reason, there is a lot of sex. The plot builds mainly around two strong personalities trying to meld together.
The only time this book got tedious was when Dominic and Kate were moving from "vanilla" to "kinky" in the bedroom. Kate was almost ridiculous in her argumentative nature toward Dominic. It was actually tiring because she had this green light/red light thing going on with Dominic. It was "yes," then it was "no"--her signals were all screwed up. It was almost manipulative on her part. Anyhow, as seems to be the pattern in trilogies, this one doesn't end well. So it's on to the next book to find out how Dominic is going to get Kate back!
Regarding the narrator, Elena Wolfe, she performed masterfully. I loved her sweet voice for Kate, and she did a good job with the masculine voices, as well.
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