As a cyber-hacker born into a family of thieves, Clarissa O’Connell thinks she’s seen the worst the criminal underworld has to offer - until her brother is arrested and she’s forced into a pact with the notorious crime boss known only as Solomon to free him.
For FBI agent Erik Langston, the world is divided into black and white, wrong and right. So he’s made it his life’s mission to hunt down Solomon. When Clarissa’s cyberattacks begin to topple Solomon’s enemies, Erik is hot on her trail, believing her to be the key to bringing down Solomon and his empire. But in a single instant, everything changes. Loyalties shift, the past loses meaning, and the hunter becomes the hunted. Now Erik and Clarissa are running for their lives, desperate to stay one step ahead of Solomon’s assassins. Survival means challenging everything they thought they knew - and daring to trust each other.
©2013 Tiffany Snow (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Wow I really enjoyed this book. Looking at the reviews on audible I feel like I am in the minority here. Most people didn't like it that much, where I thought it was really good, exciting and entertaining.
I really liked Clarissa, she could kick some butt! She was really funny and sarcastic too. I liked Erik a lot too. He was strong, smart and sexy. These two had some good chemistry together. I liked that they got to know each other and spent time together before the sex came. It wasn't insta lust. The attraction was there all the way through. There were a couple sex scenes that were very nicely written.
The story line and plot was great. I loved all the action that happened in this book. Something exciting was always happening. And the banter between these two was great. Erik was having a difficult time with his feelings because as an FBI agent he had been searching for her for a year. Once he found her and got to know her he just liked her. And her trying to escape all the time.
This was enjoyable from the beginning to the end.
As for the narration, I really like Tanya Eby. She does such a good job with men's voices. She has a great reading voice too. I did however find it odd that when Clarissa realized she was Irish her voice changed to an Irish accent. It would have been better if she kept the same accent throughout, either American or Irish one or the other. She did a good Irish accent. It was just strange. Otherwise it fantastic narration and story.
Another great read from Tiffany Snow! I've yet to read a book from her that I don't love! Instead of us falling for the bad boy we've fallen for the tough and sexy "Boy Scout" F.B.I. Agent and the bad girl. It was a match made in heaven with snark. I was all to ready for more when it ended :)!
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Perhaps my disappointment is my fault because I thought I was purchasing a mystery or thriller. Within a couple of pages, however, it became clear that Blank Slate is a very light-weight romance novel. Nothing more. Rather than a realistic plot driving the story, Blank Slate seems to use the contrived events and actions as excuses for the one-dimensional characters to lust after each other. Nothing wrong with lust but my guess is that real people in the midst of life threatening situations and serious physical injuries would not be quite so distracted. For example, after a car accident in which the primary female character sustains both painful injuries and a loss of memory, would her first thoughts about her rescuer really include that "the muscles in his thighs pulled the denim of his jeans taut"? And for him, after a major chase and some physical injuries of his own, while tending to the bleeding and unconscious suspected criminal, this law enforcement officer would be thinking that "petite though she was, her body was perfectly formed to please a man...her thighs were smooth, flaring to hips that would fit nicely in his hands..."? I doubt it. So, if you enjoy predictable romance novels with stilted dialogue and the depth of a teenage girl's fantasy, this may be just the thing. For me, I prefer a novel where the attraction between characters is icing on the cake, not the entire meal.
Tanya Eby was just OK with the narration of the story
This was an ok suspense tale. But the romance part took a backseat to the suspense and was not as developed or attended to. But, when it was the focus, the romance part was okay too. The sex scenes, of which there were about 2-3 detailed acts, were done well. They were sexy and somewhat romantic but not what I would call explicit or erotic. But there was enough detail to be steamy. However, if that’s not your thing, they are so rare that you can forward through them.
Overall, the book was just mediocre. It was nothing I couldn’t stop listening to. Simultaneously, it was also not a story that I couldn’t bear listening to or had to fast-forward through parts. So that’s a good thing.
The characters were likeable. Clarissa, the h, was smart and strong, even more than Erik, the H, at times and admittedly. I generally don’t like stories based on the character getting amnesia, but it wasn’t the primary trope used in this story and was temporary. So it worked out okay. As a result of Clarissa’s amnesia, the story swings between past and present, but it’s not done constantly and not for lengthy portions.
The suspense part included shootings, but there was no gore or detail in the violence. And the main characters didn’t seem to revel in their violence. So much of the story skimmed the top of life, making it an ok story that was not light fare but nowhere near being deep or having any real depth at any point, either. But that was not the attempt. Therefore, I think the author achieved what she sought in this story.
The end comes together a bit too prettily after several struggles to survive and have a desirable end together, but it was also plausible. And the struggles all made sense and took the story beyond the basic light tale where everything seems to be great and happens so easily for the characters. Some outcomes depended on good luck and happenstance but not so much that I viewed the story as implausible. So, again, overall, it was okay. But I prefer a bit more romance than suspense in these types of stories.
Better development of the characters, they needed to be deeper. The writing was immature.
Narrator was good, and I would listen to her again.
Better writing to start. The writing style is sophomoric, story predictable. The narration was another thing that got on my nerves.
I like this genre but I do not think I will ready this author again.
at least I got it as a daily deal and I did not use a credit.
One reviewer on Amazon said this book was full of sex. Really? They did not even kiss, or even think of it, until about 41%, so I’d say that reviewer was way wrong or didn’t even read the book. AND she’s read 3 books and gave them all 1 star. That should tell you something.
Like most book that are 350+ pages this just goes on and on and is just repetitive. He’d start to kiss her then back off, then did kiss her and jumped back, then started to make love to her and jump out of bed and act like it scared the hell out of him. Geez, do something! Even if it’s wrong.
It was interesting how two different groups of bad guys were after her but since she had no memory it became boring waiting to find out who they were and why they wanted her.
I’m at 57% and there has been no sex, only a slight mention of him or her imagining the other naked. They ‘spoon’ in the SUV to stay warm and there’s no erection, no thoughts of sex, no nothing. WTH book are these people reading that they say it’s full of sex?
I’m going to assume that the second half of the book is full of sex and I hate that. Have sex in the entire book or don’t have any at all.
I'm at 62% and I don't care about anything. I don't care if they get her. I don't care if they fall in love or if they EVER have sex. This is just long and drawn out.
As to the narrator: I always like to listen to Ms. Eby. She's a great narrator but even her talent couldn't help with this book.
This has to be one of the worst, if not the worst, narrators I have come across. It's not the sound of her voice, which is fine, but the way she reads the book. She puts emphasis in all the wrong spots, her tonality and phrasing and everything is just wrong. In a deadly shoot out she's reading it to make it sound cheery, lighthearted, and comical. A monotone would have been better than what she's doing. The story was okay. A good narrator would have made it much better as the writing was a little young and the story predictable; but still good. I would recommend not listening to the book but read it instead if you're interested in it.
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