Welcome to Glacier Country! Luthor Devlin and his ranch hands were out tracking 20th-century rustlers when they stepped into a time warp! There on the jagged cliffs was a woolly mammoth, a sabre-toothed tiger, and a tawny, near-naked savage. She was a primal fantasy come true - that left him stunned!
His gaze locked onto hers. "I'd really appreciate an explanation of all this. You, the hairy elephant, and the cat with the overbite are not the norm in Montana. And I know you can understand my every word. So anytime you'd like to begin."
Her relaxed appraisal hadn't gone unnoticed by either the man or the large tiger. The latter proved her undoing. His mouth opened not to snarl again but to emit a long, loud, kittenish yawn. The tiger rolled over, rubbed his back and shoulders into the ground, his hind legs spread-eagle, yawned again, and pawed sleepily at his face. To the amazement of everyone, his sword-like teeth fell out.
"Damn it, Pumpkin, why couldn't you have just growled!" She extended her hand. "Cam Stirling, action technician." At his confused expression, she sighed. "Stunt woman."
She was wild, irresistible - and he was the man to tame her. She dared the devil every day - why not Luthor Devlin!
©1987, updated for ebook 2011 Elaine Raco Chase (P)2012 Elaine Raco Chase
It's all about "YOU!"
Good question. The difference between this audio book and others is the overall production is spectacular - which typically is accomplished through bigger budgets of course and stellar talent. It is read by duo narrators whom are exceptionally gifted with the ability to "become" the characters they portrayed. I would call them talented actors rather than narrators. There was a great amount of back and forth dialogue from a great amount of characters that really filled out the stories big picture and was really well done. The evolving romance between Thor and Cam, the challenges of being a woman as good as any man at almost everything is something both men and women find a struggle in any relationship. I loved Cam. She was so beautiful, thoughtful and so much fun and interesting. Thor was the sexy, Montana Ranger that was every woman's dream.
The helicopter scene was exciting.
Thor climbing up the hill to find Cam quite comfortable and safe and their back and forth dialogue as she attempts to ease his bruised ego. Boy was she one patient girl. I believe I would have snapped and said 'Get over it all ready cowboy .. and let's 'get on with it!"
This was a great story that was truly different from your generic romance. It was quite original, and really fun to listen too. I loved Cam's grandmothers who tricked Devlin. Lots of funny parts, real (and hot) romance in a difficult industry and time. Strong characters that were believable and ethical. Just a great listen.
I'm an old soul trapped in a young mans body with unlimited energy, yet limited resources! I read and listen to audio books almost daily and am so happy to have discovered some great new authors recently!
Just finished listening to the audio book Dare The Devil. I picked it from the sample narration I heard, and the title of the book was tantalizing. My take on this modern day BOY MEETS HIS MATCH IN GIRL, was a great listen all around. If a story doesn't go the way you expect it, I consider that to be a good thing. To be predictable is boring. I kind of didn't get the turn on with the big mustache and hairy chest however, never met a girl that liked that either (maybe in the 80's this was the 'in' thing), but I fell in love with Cam Stirling. Most ladies who love to compete with men, are also loud about it. Cam played down her athletic abilities, her smarts and beauty, like they weren't anything to brag about.
Thor's bad attitude rubbed me the wrong way. He's got the hottest girl crazy about him, she steps up to the plate to take care of business, and rather than being appreciative about it or just plain in awe of her amazing talents, Thor seems to get a wedgy every time his woman is capable. It would have been cool if he was more a man about her being a capable woman.
The author stayed focused on the main storyline, without too many sub-plots, which I consider a smart choice to keep your listeners engaged in a strong story flow and not get lost in all these unnecessary side stories.
Supporting characters were really well done by the narrators - the movie star Bridgette and the directors back and forth, Nate was real funny, the rowdy crew that followed Cam around like she was a mother hen who kept them all in line, throwing popcorn at her when she scolded them and so many descriptive nuances that made it a more 'vivid' listen.
All in all, the story is enjoyable and well written with a different slant to your typical adventure-romance theme, the narration by Destiny Landon and Lee James was excellent and characters memorable.
Yes. I loved the quality of this audiobook. It has two narrators and musical interludes. It was definitely a performance worth listening to.
*spoiler alert* The beginning of the book threw me to start off with. The narration was so descriptive that I could imagine being back in time with saber tooth tigers and warrior maidens. Then when the tigers fake teeth fell out and it became apparent that the characters had trespassed onto a film set, I laughed.
I had never listened to a book with male and female narrators before. I enjoyed it. You certainly were never in any doubt as to who was talking in the story
Mom, blogger, and lover of books.
I thought it was a cute story. Cam is a stunt woman and Thor is attracted to her right away, but he has a problem with how dangerous her job is. He really struggles with that, wanting to protect her. Cam is a strong woman who can take care of herself and makes no apologies about it. If he has a problem with it, then it is his problem. She is very patient with him, though, while he tries to get a grip. The story has lots of humor and plenty of steam.
The audio has two narrators, which is nice to differentiate between the male and female characters and points of view. The male narrator in particular is very good at voicing different characters. Both had moments where they sounded a bit stilted, but overall it was very well done. There is music between chapters which is nice, but personally I don't find it necessary. Music and sound effects during the story tend to distract me a bit, but that is a personal preference, and it was only one scene. Overall a very enjoyable listen.
It was more like listening to a movie than a book . . . a refreshing change. The extra audio experience truly made the novel come even more to life. The characters were extraordinarily voiced and all in all it was a joy to listen to . . . although I do admit at times I had to turn it off while I was driving . . . some of those scenes are not meant to be listenied to while in traffic . . that is unless you want to explain to a traffic officer why you suddenly were speeding!!!
The discovery that there was more to Luthor than what you would expect - the secondary story, something that Miss Chase is very apt at completing, rounded out the story making it a full dinner and not just the bare appetizer.
When Lufhor and his crew first spot Cam on the ridge and think that they have traveled back in time Although when he sees her performing her stunts and his heart just about comes out his throat I found charming and endearing.
I found myself lauging at the conceptions and misconceptons that Luthor had and also the way Cam discovers that there are really, careing men out there who are willing to bare their heart and soul.
I thought that the extra time and effort that Destiny Landon and Lee James showed their mark as professionals who gave a lot of time and effort into this project. They made the book even more enjoyable and it was obvious to me that they both enjoyed the book and I would certainly look for other books that they have worked on!
Fun and sexy.
Loved Destiny's but Lee at times was awkward, sorry :(
yes for sure
Love listening to the book. I think it is much better than just reading it!
the readers I believe made the whole things great
Cam and Thor was such a great pair
They were amazing at reading this story
loved when the caught the bad guys
I would say please listen to the audio version of this .. It was amazing
Yes another fabulous book by Elaine. I loved listening to the book and it really gets your imagination going :)
I think the book is an individual but readers would enjoy any of Elaine's books
Lee James :)
I thoroughly enjoyed all the book.
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
Again, Elaine Raco chase creates dialogue that repeatedly reinforces my belief that hers is some of the best I have read (or heard). With a remastered story that was originally published in 1987, there are some elements that feel dated, but really – what doesn’t in this ever-changing world? People haven’t evolved dramatically, and their need to find love and fulfillment with a partner is a constant, no matter the year. Both of these characters are dimensional people – not all good or all bad, they come with baggage and aren’t afraid to show it.
The heroine, Cam, is rough and tough, independent and comes from a family of daredevils who hide that trait by becoming masters of their game – stunt performers. Thor is a bit of an old-school cowboy, with a Dudley-Do-Right protecting his Nell at every step. When the two worlds collide, and Thor realizes that Cam is not a damsel in distress needing to be saved, it rankles.
Finding the two discover a common ground, and realize that they are good together, despite the frequent dust ups about danger is a great listen. There is humor, snark and gorgeous descriptions that place you in the wilds of Montana, with the never fail to amuse stops in the action. There is steam, there is swearing, and most of all – this is a feel good book, that will have you laughing and smiling throughout.
The narration was really good, although there were several times when it felt as if the two narrators were stepping on each other’s lines. The conversation in Elaine Raco Chase’s books is so well crafted that it’s not necessary to adjust the pacing; there is time to breathe and still not lose the context or emotional impact of the words. A clever story with just enough heat to feel contemporary but not a purely erotic romance, this is one that is a good introduction to this author’s works and a great listen for an afternoon or two.
I received a copy of the audiobook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Cam Stirling is a stunt woman and she’s with a crew filming a Neanderthalish action flick in Wyoming (I think it was Wyoming). But the crew has inadvertently wandered off government land onto private ranching lands and Luthor (Thor) Devlin is none too happy about that. However, he is pretty intrigued by this daring stunt woman who works with such large, exotic animals such as an elephant (who plays a woolly mammoth) and a tiger (who plays a sabertooth!). Eventually Thor and his ranch hands have their hands full between the movie people and the yearly summer influx of teens to the ranch. Add to it that there have been some horse and cattle wrestlers in the area stealing livestock.
If you read my blog regularly, then you know that contemporary romance is not my usual cup of tea, but I keep trying it here and there. I listened to another book, Designing Woman, by the same author some time ago and found it clever. So I gave this one a try. Both Cam and Thor are characters with flaws and concerns and real personalities. They have been shaped by their families and the lives they have chosen. Cam is no swooning, vapid love interest. She’s there to do her job and she comes from a long line of stunt women. She feels no need to show off or take risks. She’s a professional. She also happens to be in quite good shape, which Thor has noticed. Thor comes from a ranching family and grew up an only kid. His crew is his extended family and the land means much to him.
There’s plenty of romance in this book with the two main characters getting to know each other. There’s flirtations and stolen kisses and secret rendezvouses. It’s sweet. Even though this genre is my least favorite, I still found myself chuckling a time or two at the initial blundering attempts to get to know each other. Late in the book, we do get a few sex scenes (hooray!) and they are steamy without being spicy.
Of course, the two lovers have to have at least one misunderstanding and that happens too. Thor grew up primarily in a man’s world without too many women doing a “man’s” job. So you might guess how the little spat came about. Essentially, Thor needed to grow up a bit. While I totally agreed with that assessment, we don’t see such a significant flaw with Cam, and hence, we don’t see her making a significant change in her life to accommodate the relationship. In that regard, the giving was mostly on Thor’s side. I would have liked to see Cam have to realize something big about herself and make some sort of change as this would have added further depth to her character. Overall, it wasn’t a bad little romance. I liked the stunts and the animals. The action scene near the end with the wrestlers was great and was probably my favorite scene in the entire book.
I received a copy of this book from the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
The Narration: Destiny Landon and Lee James split up the female and male roles. In the beginning, it clearly sounded like they recorded at different times and maybe even different sound booths. But the production gets smoother pretty quickly and soon they had a narration that sounded like two people having an actual conversation. Landon had a great voice for Cam – confident, sexy, professional. James was great for Thor having a rugged cowboy voice that reminded me a bit of Sam Elliott (whose voice will always be cowboy sexy). There were very few female roles for Landon to play (the main actress and a waitress) and she did them both well. I especially liked her somewhat snooty voice for the actress. There were plenty of male roles for James to show off his voice talents. I liked all the different cowboy voices and especially his screaming director voice.
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