An above average highlander romance book. There's romance, intrigue and fighting.
Unfortunately the narrator almost ruined the book. Her male voices are horrible and she overacts the love scenes.
I didn't realize this was Christian fiction when I got the book. The story was good, I liked the characters but there were just too many references to God and whether you should believe in Him or not for me to really enjoy it.
But if that's what you enjoy when listening to books then you will probably enjoy this one.
If you're expecting a romance book, this isn't it. There is some romance but more toward the end. Jake and Sadie had had a close relationship in the past, but circumstances separated them. They fight their feelings through the majority of the book. There was one sex scene but it was pretty low key.
This was more about the mystery of who's going around killing people and what's being covered up. There were some flaws in the story, but this is fiction after all and not real life. The characters were well developed, including Amelia's multiple personality alternates.
There was also some violence but nothing too major.
The narrator did a terrific job.
This is the first book I've listened to in this series. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that having to listen to recipes in the middle of the action is distracting. Even if the recipe sounds good there's not much you can do about writing it down if you're driving down the road. I've listened to other books like this where you can go on to the author's website and get the recipes. From this book you can get the Red Velvet Cupcake recipe off her website but that's the only one that I've been able to discover and that wasn't the one I was interested in.
If you're in the mood for a simple mystery book and like listening to recipes read out every time a recipe is mentioned every other chapter or so then you might enjoy this book.
The narrator was easy to listen to.
Since this is just a sample, it's kind of hard to rate. I gave it three stars since it did intrigue me enough to want to listen to the rest of the story.
There was a little more action in this book than the first one in the series. I liked Elijah in the first book and also in this one,but I just couldn't get into him and Vashti as a couple. This is evidently a trilogy and from the research I did it sounds like it will be a while before the final one is available - seems she has to finish another series first for the same publisher, so you might want to wait before you start this trilogy otherwise you might be hanging for a while.
The narrator did an okay job but she needs to practice her male voices. She made Adrian sound kind of stilted.
This is mainly for young teens since the main characters are in their teens. While I like some YA books, this one had too many references to religion and faith than I usually like. Other than that it was a pretty good story, although I won't be continuing the series.
Make the main character stop and think before jumping to so many wrong conclusions. She also used poor judgement and didn't seem to have any sense at all. She just wasn't a very likeable character to me.
If you like books that drag with a lot of introspection and any action or something happening being far and few between then you'll like this book. I liked the two main characters but otherwise it was pretty boring except for a few snatches of action. Unfortunately this is one series I won't be continuing.
Narrator: Just because the words say someone whispered or something was said in a low voice doesn't mean you have to drop your voice so low the listener can't hear what you're saying unless there is no other noise around, which unfortunately doesn't happen when you're driving down the road and have the volume turned up as high as you can and you still can't hear what's being said. Occasionally I could get my volume up high enough to hear what was being whispered, but then I'd have to hurry and turn it down again once she got back to a normal voice. After a while I didn't bother.
This was a free listen for me and was pretty good. I hadn't realized when I listened to this one first that it was actually the second book. Some reference is made to the first book but it can still be considered a standalone.
10 co-workers are lucky enough (or at least they thought so) to go on a company retreat to a luxury resort on an island where Giles works - who unfortunately had been through this before, the first book. They had the whole resort to themselves. Soon they learn they had been invited to participate in several murder mysteries where they turn out to be the murder victims, and one of them is the actual killer. They're given clues, allowed to investigate one of three places - the crime scene, the morgue or the last known place the victim was before they were discovered. They're allowed to consult with each other after their investigations, which some do and some don't, and then they're given a riddle to solve. Afterwards they are to speak individually into a video camera telling how the murder happened. They then all meet up again to find out who won, who is safe and who is sacred.
Some of the murders were pretty grisly but luckily the book is pretty fast-paced so the grisly isn't dwelled on.
The narrator was easy to listen to and did a terrific job, especially with Giles, the butler who had to explain everything. He was even pretty good with the female voices.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it eventually had to come to an end. Lawrence Anthony was a wonderful storyteller and Simon Vance did a superb job of reading it. You get a glimpse into what it was like living on a reserve in Africa, the heartaches and the triumphs.
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