Iolanthe Tennyson has had a very bad year—due in part to the very bad men in her life. So she’s accepted her cousin’s invitation to spend the summer in Austria to indulge her photography hobby. Rumors of a haunted forest there draw Iolanthe into the dark woods—and into the 18th century....
Nikola Czerny is a cursed man, forced by his half brothers to live forever as a Dark One. But his miserable existence takes an intriguing turn when a strange, babbling woman is thrown in his path. Iolanthe claims to know Nikola’s daughter—300 years in the future. She also knows what fate—in the form of his murderous half brothers—has in store for him. If only she knew the consequences of changing the past to save one good, impossibly sexy vampire....
©2012 Katie MacAlister (P)2012 Recorded Books
You would think, looking at the cover and reading the summary of the book, that this is going to be the usual 'hot 'n heavy' vamp tale - but you'd be sooo wrong.
It's not a dark tale but it is a well written fun filled plot about timetravel with curses, ghosts, double-crossing, lies, great entertaining characters, lots of humour and funny situations. The couple often talk to each other mind to mind with quick witted quips usually about sex but if you took out the mild sex talk and innuendos which occasionally led to the real thing (usually quick and not very descriptive) then this could have been a YA listen.
I had, in a moment of madness or during a sale, downloaded all her Dark Ones books and I've started with this one not realising it's actually book 10 but it could have been a stand alone listen and I will, in time, listen to the rest but more as a break from my normal books as I like the dark, brooding mysterious vamps like the infamous BDBrotherhood.
Worth a credit? Lots of fun, a light listen and very entertaining so Yes, but if I hadn't already of downloaded the rest then I wouldn't continue with the series - not because their bad books or badly written - but because their just a bit too 'light' for me.
Love to read!
Between the characters and the narration, this was one of the most annoying books I have listened to. The book was written in a way that attempted to be "quirky", but it was overkill. Instead of being entertaining, the quirkiness made the characters come across as imbeciles. I couldn't connect with either of the main characters. There was supposed to be this steamy attraction between the two, but it felt really forced and didn't pull me into the romantic connection. I don't think it was a "bad" book, just not my cup of tea.
The narration didn't help at all. The main female character was performed ok, but the guy's voice grated on my nerves the whole time, as did some of the supporting characters.
I probably won't be buying another book in this series, but I might give the narrator a second chance.
Io and Nicola
Io, she has spunk and is not afraid to say what she thinks, sometimes before she realises that she's doing it ;-)
The voices are fun and quircky, and easy to follow
Laugh, out loud a couple of time actually, this one remings me of Baltic and Isolde, and those were funny characters, the byplay is often silly, hot, and hilarious at the same time.
Oh I would love to have a Dark One as well, but I would be happy with more of the Dark Ones books on Audio, the ealier ones where as fun.
More Dark Ones please and the Corset Diaries as well on audio if possible, those are good books. We Need to see Christian, Allegra, Nell, Adrian and all the others, I would love to have those in audio
The narrator was so irritating I could not even finish the audiobook. Every time there was a sex scene the narrator dropped into this nasal, deep tone that sounded like someone delivering a bad punchline. There wasn't much to the story either. Completely predictable with no real build-up it just dragged on to the point that I lost interest halfway through.
Ever After by Kim Harrison.
The narrator was horrible.
I would cut the narrator and start from scratch with a non-cliche plot.
Don't waste your money on this one. It's that bad!
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
Got this one for a great price and it was a very good listen. So if you can catch this one on sale then grab it up and enjoy the tale. It's refreshing.
The storyline was predictable and a little slow at times, but the narrator, Nicole Poole made it a truly entertaining listen.
This was not one of her best for suspense but the dialogue was exceptional.
Nicole was able to give voice to not only each character with believable tones, but she made the distinction between conversations the characters were having with themselves and others, whether they were voiced or held telepathically , with such clarity I was never confused. I was held engaged by the characters and their personalities clearly defined by their conversation.
Don't blink if you have to use subtitles
This book was so enjoyable, I cannot tell you how many time I laughed out loud!! The by play between Iolanthe and Nikola was great. I thoroughly enjoyed when Iolanthe kept saying she was a pacifist when she wanted to throttle so many people. I cannot wait till the next book, I hope there is another with these characters.
Avid book reader & addicted to audio books
Katie and Nicole do it again. :).
I want a Dark One of my own
then they shouldn't narrate the book. The bizarre Austrian accent was just too strange and made it impossible to enjoy this book. The story idea sounded good, but the narration just killed it. I'll have to add Nicole Poole to my list of narrators to avoid. I wouldn't recomend this recording.
As others, I got this book in the sale bin and took a chance. I was not disappointed. This book is written differently than typical vampire books. There is humour, love and suspense. I absolutely loved the way Iolanthe or IO talks to herself and to Nikola. There mind to mind conversations are hilarious. It is a unique spin on love and romance. There are really cute sexual references and some love scenes but it all makes you smile. I love the way the author has conversations within conversations. Iolanthe starts babbling and then interrupts her own tirade with funny sexual thoughts. If you are into erotic scenes, this will miss the mark but I think the characters are so unique that you will love it regardless. This book is number 10 in the series and I did not know it but you can read it on its own and not be lost by the story. It makes me curious as to how her other books are. If I was going to make a comparison to another book I read, it would be like the Molly Harper books. Funny, quirky but a really enjoyable read. The narrator was great. I will look for more books read by her. She had a lot of accents to produce along with Victorian speech and did not miss the mark. She brought this book to life. I am saying a definite yes to this book.
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