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Without Regret | [R. L. Mathewson]

Without Regret

Chris Williams is used to making sacrifices. For years he's done his duty by his family and his calling as he awaited the one person that was meant for him. When she finally came into his life, she was nothing like the woman he'd expected. Instead of being the warrior ready to help him protect his family and the humans under his care he got.....
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Audible Editor Reviews

Chris Williams is looking for the perfect girl, but his choice, Isabella, is anything but what he imagined. In fact, she's walking trouble. New York Times best-selling author R. L. Mathewson brings us this second audiobook of the Pyte/Sentinel series. Listeners are sure to dislike not-so-nice-guy Chris, but they'll love actor Stella Bloom's performance. Through varied pitches and pacing, she gives life to hottie Chris and nerdy Isabella while her narration resounds clear as a bell. Listeners hoping for something a little sexy, a little vampiric, and a lot thrilling will enjoy this wild ride.

Publisher's Summary

Chris Williams is used to making sacrifices. For years he's done his duty by his family and his calling as he awaited the one person that was meant for him. When she finally came into his life, she was nothing like the woman he'd expected. Instead of being the warrior ready to help him protect his family and the humans under his care he got.....

A computer geek named Isabella, who somehow managed to get her name on every Master's hit list. One minute she admits that she'd made a foolish mistake and the next she's kidnapped, held hostage by a crazy cult who steals her chocolate and she's sure is after her program, a program she has no plans on giving up anytime soon. As she tries to keep her wits about her, the sexiest man she's ever seen claims her, only he doesn't seem to happy about it. It's clear that he doesn't want her, but the stubborn man just won't let her go even when it's clear that he may not have a choice.

©2011 R.L. Mathewson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 08-20-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "WELL I REGRET THE MALE LEAD!!! WHAT A JERK!"

    OMG! After reading the 1st book, I was so excited to read/listen to this second installment in the series. What a let down! I know this may sound more like a rant rather than a review, but what the heck was R.L. Mathewson thinking when she created the male lead????

    Chris, the adopted son of Madison and Ephraim was a total SOB, jerk, A-hole....you can add any expletive and it would fit. His treatment of the heroine, Isabella was not acceptable! He was so awful to her till about 95% of the book, when his turn-around began. Ugh, so many times this was almost a DNF for me, but it's the stubbornness in me that made me listen till the end.

    Chris had been awaiting and dreaming about his Sentinel "mate" for years, which seemed to have been plenty of time for him to build up expectations. Well, when fate unites him with his Sentinel mate, Isabella, although she is a beautiful woman (green eyes, great figure--the whole package), he rejects her. Chris rejected Isabella because she lacked fighting instincts. I had such a hard time with Chris and his mistreatment of his lady, especially because Isabella did not deserve that from him. Isabella did not have an easy upbringing....no one EVER showed her love, and for most of this book, Chris could be added to the list of people who did her wrong in her life.

    For most of the book, the relationship always felt 1 step ahead, while 3 steps back. When Chris finally started pursuing Isabella sexually, well, they had smoking hot sex, but you couldn't even enjoy those parts because it was sandwiched in with his cheuvonistic, regretful behavior. Even when you thought Chris was making some progress in his feelings for Isabella....BAM, he responded in a way that was appalling and gut-wrenching.

    EVEN THOUGH I LOVE R.L. MATTHEWSON'S WORK, I'M SERIOUSLY PISSED WITH HER FOR THIS BOOK. OMG, and when you consider how Isabella was so powerless in the relationship, and was tossed, pulled around and used by Chris....it made me feel sick. There were a few times I felt like crying for her & I had to remind myself this is just a silly novel.

    If the relationship between the leads was better this would have been an incredibly fun, and action-packed book. In this book more of the Pyte/Sentinel world comes to life and you learn more about the dangers caused by demons, minions, vampire and were wolves. You also get a great update with the other characters in the book.

    UGH, SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT!!! I'm not sure if I will take a chance with the next book in the series......I'll have to find a way to calm down after this one!!!!

    Narrator: Stella Bloom did a good job in her narration.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Claire 02-17-14
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    "Don't waste your credit!!!"

    There were no Audible reviews available and so I downloaded this one on the reputation of the authors other books. BIG mistake. The story in this book is slow, the characters are poorly developed and the narration is ordinary. In future if there isn't an Audible review I will check out the reviews for the print editions on Amazon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 03-17-14
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2015

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Not a Great Female Role Model"

    I enjoyed the first book in this series. However, Chris and Izzy did not push any buttons for me. Chris was a total jerk to Izzy throughout the entire book. Izzy was a very immature, naive person. Having parents who only tolerated her existence until at age 16 she left home and they didn't bother looking for her. She has lived a very insular existence with her computers as her companions. She is a total genius when it comes to creating programs and hacking into secure systems. Everyone wants her except Chris. She continually has sex with him, he pushes her away, then goes to her for more sex, after all she is his mate.
    The book was too long....it dragged in places. Very lil action until the end of the book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Trina 04-16-15
    Trina 04-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love it!"

    R.L. Mathewson knows how to tell a great story and keep you entertained. It's got a combination of sex, intrigue, comedy, and suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Seattle WA United States 02-16-15
    Lilian Seattle WA United States 02-16-15 Member Since 2011

    I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!

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    "Approach with caution!"

    This book has ALOT of negative reviews & after listening to it I can see why but I am one of a few that was entertained by the listen!

    First, let me say that I love Stella Bloom. I have said this before but she is one of those narrators you either love or hate.

    The story of Chris & Izzy is a hot mess. We met Chris in Book 1 and know that he had a rough childhood up until Ephraim and Madison adopted him. Towards the end of book 1 we learn Chris is a sentinel and really looking forward to find his mate. In this book he has built very high standards of who his mate is. He has become a really good sentinel but he has developed a really warped sense of obligation to his adoptive family. In Chris point of view each and every family member is more important than him or his wants. When he finally finds his mate he will have one other person to protect his family.

    Izzy is a tech wiz who has no idea what she is or that there is more than just humans that reside in the world. She is constantly trying to outsmart the pple and corporations that want to get their hands on her programs. She has one particular program that will have vampires, werewolves & deamons after her.

    After a close encounter with a vamp, Izzy is rescued by a group of sentinels... As there is only one last pair or unmated sentinels, she sent to Chris to confirm if they are mated and hopefully find out why she is a wanted woman.

    Not understanding why Izzy's powers haven't kicked in Chris believes putting her smack in the middle of danger will jump start her powers. Of course this backfired and as Izzy realizes that all she has seen is indeed real, she freezes and curls on the ground ready to accept she is going to die.

    This cowardly action sets Chris on a path that makes him come across as cruel & heartless to everyone around him but to him and his once again twisted mind he is trying to protect his mate. As much as he tries (and he really did a good job of being a horrible mate.... I mean at one point he called Izzy a whore!) he cannot fight his attraction to Izzy or how she is his perfect half.

    When Izzy finally begins to come to her powers, Chris stubbornly refuses to see her as anything but a burden to his family. Finally, it takes the fact that his own family (esp. His father & brother) has stepped in to protect Izzy, a job he has UTTERLY failed at. He begins to try to repair his damage and hope that he can get one more chance at a life for himself and not one for his family with him as a soldier!

    At the end of the book we are left wondering if the villans are truly evil or secretly good! Definately worth my credit but really is one of those books where the hero is not as loveable as one would expect in a romance book! Besides most princes were once frogs at one time right?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty 06-26-14
    Scotty 06-26-14

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    "Didn't Want It to End!"

    OK, so Chris was a over the top JERK! He made me angry over his behavior through the whole book right up to almost the end. I'm so glad he turned it around. It was about time. Now, that type of emotion comes from an author and narrator who knows how to tell a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MiiSarah Missouri 02-25-14
    MiiSarah Missouri 02-25-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I just love the whole series! Each book gets better and I cant wait for more.


    What about Stella Bloom’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is the reason that I have purchased every audio book in this series. The story is good but the narrator Stella Bloom makes this book a thousand times better!!! A narrator can totally kill a book and this is an example where the narrator just makes this book AMAZING!!! Great Job


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    Lulu 05-12-14
    Lulu 05-12-14

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "Expanded Vocabulary Needed"

    I really like this author. I thought her Neighbors From Hell series was very funny. With polish she could rank with Molly Harper or Janet Evanovich. The first book in this series was pretty good. BUT she has the habit of finding a phrase, usually a term of endearment, and then overuses it to death. In this book the overused phrase was "little mate". It was so overused I found myself waiting for it, then cringing every time I heard it. In most of her other books, while her overuse was annoying I could manage it. In this book though, I was totally overwhelmed. It didn't help that the main characters were totally unlikeable. I couldn't finish this book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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