In True Colors: Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she's just found the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a wolf Wyr and current detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime - and, as Alice oh-so-inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate.
But the sudden connection Riehl and Alice feel is complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again. And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.
In Natural Evil: Claudia Hunter is on a road trip through the Nevada desert when she sees the body of a dog on the side of the highway. Pulling over to investigate, she quickly determines that the enormous animal is clinging to life. While working to save him with the help of the local vet, Claudia realizes there's something about the creature that seems more. Other. Wyr. Which makes this case of animal cruelty attempted murder.
Too injured to shape-shift, Luis Alvaraz is reluctant to tell Claudia what he knows about his attack, afraid it will only make her a target. But the sheriff is corrupt, and his attackers know Luis is alive and vulnerable. To make matters worse, a sandstorm is sweeping into town, and if they're going to survive the night, Luis will have to place all his trust in Claudia.
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I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I am a huge fan of the Elder Races books... so anything in this series is a winner for me.
I really like the .5 books, b/c it shows different aspects of the Elder Races world that don't focus on Dragos or one of the Sentinels, although Dragos or the Griffins are my absolute FAVORITES!
The first story was my favorite. The whole Tarot Card killer thing was really interesting. This is a must for those who follow the series... a great credit, buy or sale.
Narration was superb...as Eastlake is one of the best!
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Two stories in the world of the paranormal Elder Races series
Four stars for True Colors
The characters in the first story were engaging and likable, and the plot kept my interest. Gideon is an Alpha male, with both positive and negative attributes that make him real. The character of Alice is three-dimensional, with positive and negative traits that make her believable in the plot.
Two stars for Natural Evil
What can I say? I just couldn't find anything in Claudia attractive. Except for rescuing the half-dead dog at the side of the road, there is nothing engaging about her as a romantic heroine. I understand that going to war can put a hard edge on people, but I've known people with war-related PTSD, and they weren't all morose and unhappy. You do not forget how to laugh just because you've seen death up close and personal - just ask any first-responder. Luis was okay, but these two as love-interests didn't strike me as realistic, even in the unreal world of the paranormal.
I did enjoy the Tarot deck as a device to connect the two stories.
Narration was great. I am enjoying Sophie Eastlake's performance of this series.
This was worth the credit, if only for the first story.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
I've been hooked on Thea Harrison's writings since I started reading the Elder Race series almost two years ago. This particular book follows a tarot card set from owner to owner and looks and the people it draws together and the lives it changes along the way. An interesting twist by an author who likes to have fun with the romance/sci fi genre. Thea's sense of humor and playfulness continue in this book, which is what makes the whole series so addictive to me. Sure, I'm looking for a little titillation in her writings, but so many of these kinds of books take themselves too seriously (Nalini Singh, are you listening) and it just gets old. I'm looking for the next Elder release.
Two very good stories. I thought I was just going to get one story out of this book but ended up with two delightful little stories that were both good and well done. The book held my attention and the main female characters in both stories were both awesome.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
The narration put me too sleep literally. Sophie Eastlake's voice would be better off narrating romance books. The characters are weak. The plots fail to make the grade. I listened to this twice. I forced myself to stay awake the second time. My main question is 'what happened to plot and character development?'
I am an avid audio book listener. I have no set pattern on future purchases. I can however guarantee that Thea Harrison will not be one of them.
Sophie Eastlake's voice was too bland and monotone for this type of work. She put me too sleep literally and I wasn't even sleepy. My mind kept wandering during this work. The first story ended with me forcing myself to stay away. My response was thank goodness its over. The second story reading was worse then the first.
I don't have any of Thea Harrison's novels. My habit is to listen again to an unfamiliar author's work before further purchases. That policy keeps me from making repeat mistakes. This work will definitely keep me more purchases of her works. I am hesitant about getting further works by Sophie Easlake.
An antique, hand-painted deck of fortune-telling cards are passed along by the heroine of the first story to the heroine of the second novella, loosely connecting their narratives. Unlike standard tarot cards, these bear symbols specific to the Elder Races belief system. Each chapter is titled with the name of a card from the deck.
The first story focuses on a fascinating breed of shifters who are new to the Elder Races series and very much an endangered species. A blizzard conveniently strands the hero and heroine in her home. Riehl, a homicide detective, believes that Alice can help him solve the mystery of an OCD serial killer who has murdered three of her friends. Time is of the essence since Alice may be next on the hit list.
The second story introduces us to Claudia, an ex-soldier who came back from her tours overseas with scars from her experience of traumatic warfare. Her psychic skills are pretty low compared to other members of the Elder races, but they prove useful in helping her figure out who tried to murder Luis, a wyr unable to shift from his dog form when she finds him on the side of the road. The mystery of why he was targeted sets the stage for the next novella, in Destiny's Tarot, with the same deck making its way into a new pair of hands.
Sophie Eastlake does a great job with the narration, as usual. I would feel more satisfied about spending a credit if all four novellas were bundled together. However, the quality of the stories still makes them a good buy.
Probably after a while. The narration was fantastic but the stories were only really good, not great.
I loved the cuteness factor of the wyre identity of the heroine in True Colour.
She does a great variety of voices and her men sound like men.
Not quite but I could listen to this narrator read anything and I think it would enhance any story.
Both stories in this book were good and I would recommend reading it if you are a fan of the Elder Races.
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This held 2 books. Both books, and it does appear that there will be more, focus around an old set of Weir Tarot Cards.
The first is about a serial killer after a particular type of Weir. It had great chemistry, great buildup, but overall I was hoping it would be longer, and have a happily ever after epilogue, but it didn't. But always nice to visit the Weir Domain.
Second book was about a normal human stopping to help an injured dog that turned out to be a giant Weir dog...of course! Not a lot of chemistry in this book...it tried...but it failed. the leading female was 40 something and attracted to a twenty something Weir...it had a bit of an ick factor for me. Although it was always nice to visit the Weir Domain...'eh...I wish the first story had just been expanded more.
So, first story 5/5, second story 3/5, resulting in 4/4...and narrator was amazing as usual!
Really happy the novellas are finally starting to come out in audio.
This collection is the first two novellas in the Elder Races series True Colors (Elder Races #3.5) and Natural Evil (Elder Races, #4.5)
Both are good stories and the narration is excellent
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