Dangerous blazes with the same lusty savagery as the courtship of fireflies in summer; all single-minded flash and glow, mating to the death during twilight. The latest in romance novelist Diana Palmer’s “Long, Tall Texans” series of Western bodice rippers, Dangerous is narrated by Phil Gigante, who coolly ripples from shrinking violet Winnie Sinclair’s wistful Lone Star twang to FBI agent McKuen Kilraven’s urgent, glowering commands. The effect thaws the audiobook’s icy murder plots somewhat, like hot tub vapors in the snow.
In the grand tradition of escapist fiction, Dangerous circles around a mismatched couple bound by sorrow and animal attraction both. Our heroine is doe-eyed Winnie Sinclair, a virginal 22-year-old heiress who works as a 911 dispatcher, despising the second sight inherited from her abandoning mother. FBI Agent Kilraven is the sphinxlike, haunted man Winnie craves. He’s monkish and mercurial, still grieving the murders of his wife and daughter seven years before. And when a dead body washes up in the local river, two cold cases surface along with the corpse. Kilraven is convinced the same killer blasted away his own family. He proposes a “temporary marriage” to Winnie, to get access to her estate in the Bahamas, where he suspects the homicidal monster is hiding. As Kilraven and Winnie investigate, they plunge into a relationship as perilous as the crimes they’re flaming out.
Gigante’s textured rendering of Winnie’s hometown of Jacobsville, Texas, is a peppery broth of lazy cadences and dawdling, drop-off sentences. In an observant touch, Gigante resists broadening dialect for cheap laughs. His only misstep is ascribing a flattened, Canadian-sounding accent to Jon Blackhawk, Kilraven’s Native American half-brother. Odd, but certainly not damning. Truly, the most dangerous thing about this audiobook is resisting the impulse to pause on the make-out scenes. Nita Rao
Tall, lean and headstrong, FBI agent Kilraven lives by his own rules. And one of those rules includes keeping his hands off Jacobsville’s resident sweetheart, Winnie Sinclair, no matter the temptation. Shy and innocent, Winnie couldn’t handle a man like him – a merciless man with a haunted past. And this small town may hold not only the woman he fights to resist, but the answers to a cold case that is very personal to Kilraven.
Winnie has had her own share of sorrow and senses Kilraven’s pain. Even though she tries to deny it, the gentle 911 operator feels a connection with the darkly handsome agent. When he makes the disturbing discovery that her family’s unsavory past might have a bearing on his case, Winnie is determined to help him crack it…and the ice around his heart.
As they combine forces in a dangerous investigation, the stakes rise ever higher. Winnie’s life is on the line, and she’ll need Kilraven more than ever. But if they are to have a future together, her ruthless Texan will need to confront his past and risk it all for their love.
©2010 Diana Palmer (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I wasn't drawn to this book for the story as much as I was the narrator. Phil Gigante is magic! He did an excellent job protraying Kilraven, turing an otherwise disagreeable and sometimes downright unlikable character into someone who was occationallly hot and sexy!
I often tire of Diana Palmer's archaic way of protraying the male-female dynamic (which was
ridiculous and often insulting in this story), and I know I would not have finished listening to this book had it not been for my appreciation for Phil Gigante's work. Catch him in the "Highlander" series by Karen Marie Moning. What he does to a Scottish accent is sinfuly delicious!
If you have ever seen a movie trailer and then watched the movie and realized all the good bits were in the trailer, then that's kind of like this book. I loved the characters and the plot was good but all the really good interaction with these characters seemed to be in the previous books leading up to this book. It just seemed to all happen but with no real fizz for me.
However having said all that I own the hardcover and the audio book and the kindle version because I really do like the book as a whole and it is on my keeper list. The best part of the book is the narrator. He does a fabulous job and manages to have just the right tones of voice for the funny, serious, sexy and menacing parts. Go ahead and buy it and enjoy it, I did.
Yes, I am a Diana Palmer fan; I love her style of writing it holds your attention. The narrator was a bonus
For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.
i have been waitting to find out about Kilraven...was so happy when his story came out. love the men in this series. well worth the money.
The narrator has a painfully bad voice. The main character sounds like he's on Valium. Monotone and monotonous. The female voices' falsettos and accents are hysterically bad. The story itself and dialog is awkward and unbelievable. Save your money. I wished I could get a refund after the first 5 minutes. And it just doesn't get better.
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