Cherise wanted a quiet, normal life...something she had never had. After a traumatic loss, she decided she needed serenity, so she moved halfway across the world to the American states, to a beautiful, quaint village in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. And there, with fresh air, tall trees, and lovely neighbors, she opened a little patisserie, and settled into a wonderful, normal life. Her family had already told her she couldn't run from her destiny.
Turns out, they were right. The last thing she ever wanted was to see a vampire again. But suddenly, a very damaged one shows up, stripped of his memory, unable to keep human blood down, and in need of help that only someone with her skills could provide. Damn't! She should have known that something would ruin her perfect quiet life of solitude, gardening, and baking her incredible French pastries. No matter how desperately she wanted to send him away, he needed her. The family legacy couldn't be denied... she was born to use her empathic skills to help supernaturals bridge the two worlds. Okay, she would help him and send him on his way quickly so that she could get back to her gentle life. Of course, it figured that this vampire was more than an average vampire...he was one of the first bloods, ancient vampires...powerful, rare, arrogant. Cherise had never been attracted to the large, oversexed vampires. So why did her heart race and breath quicken when he came to her for help? Stick with the plan, she told herself, get him well and out of the village. Only it wasn't going to be that simple when she discovers he's been the target of horrible torture and abuse. It will take all of her skills to help this man become whole and well again. And maybe more of her than she's ever had to give before. Maybe she would discover that even an empath doesn't know what's in her own heart.
©2013 Teresa C.Butts (P)2014 Teresa C.Butts
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
This was great!
This is total PNR and unique...I loved it...I wasn't sure after book one...but was intrigued...and I am glad I went on to book 2....dragged me right in!
Pyper is a great narrator, her accents are so good...I am quite impressed!
This would be a good movie!!!
The author gave me the first book in this series, after I enjoyed her Charlie Quinn story..Last Best Hope...and now I am moving on to book3...this is a creative world, and the vampires are nothing like you will ever come across...they are very unique...This is Cherise's story after the big fight in book 1 and Cherise is a very interesting lady...I found it quite enjoyable and I highly recommend!
This is my very first find of this wonderful author!! I have listened to this audio with the perfect narrator!! Do not miss this not too sexy but just enough sexy time (not too graphic)novel!
I am getting older with a younger heart and outlook. Love reading and just began listening to books. VERY avid reader!
At first, I was annoyed with the heroine's attitude even though I knew from reading the first book, where she was coming from. However, I got over it as I listened. Loved David, and truly felt for him. I stayed up listening till the early morning hours and hated having to stop in order to get some sleep. Looking forward to the next. Pyper Down does a good job changing from character to character with varying accents.
When I discovered Audible it was like discovering love :-) I love receiving codes and in return I post reviews. Wife, and mom of two,
Endless Days is the second story in The Firsts series by author C.L. Quinn and it's a story you don't want to miss. The first story I learned about Bas and Park and it rocked. This story is about Cherishe, an empath and Kav, the vampire but not just a vampire he's a First. This story is intense, Kav has lost memories and Cherishe is the one that helps him to heal but in a way, throughout the story they kind of help each other. We learn about all the different powers that vampires and empaths have and it kept me engrossed throughout the story. I enjoyed the bonding that Quinn adds to the story along with all the emotional connections. This story has it all, excitement, adventure, and the sex scenes are hot. It's a great story and I highly recommend you give this series a listen.
Pyper Down is absolutely a great narrator. This was when she first started this series and since she's been doing this series she has become the characters, she's gotten that good. She does a perfect job with the accents and the pronunciations that each character needs to have. She makes this story hers in her own little way. She does an outstanding job with this story and especially all the French she has to use.
I ABSOLUTELY LOOOOVE THIS SERIES ALREADY!!!!!! What an AMAZING STORY!! Park is a STRONG MINDED, TAKE NO CRAP kinda woman!! That is until HE comes into her life!! They have to go through hell for each other, but what good relationship doesnt!! WOW, what a ride!! I CAN NOT wait for the next book! The narrator Piper is New to me, but I LOVE HER!! She's fabulous with the accents, they aren't fake! You really feel like your listening to the character!!
pediatric float/ER nurse 30+ years married since 17, to a awesome man. I love old romance ,Kathleen Woodriss and Rosemary Rogers started
Can hardly wait to read the next . This book grabs you at a fast pace and does not let you go. Great storyteller, I love it
OMG yes! Print can't even compare to audio. It's like apples to oranges. Print being the apples and audio being the oranges, oh so juicy & succulent! No comparison! The accents were fantastic. I could never have pronounced all those names or done the accents myself. The narrator did a wonderful job!
I don't like to compare books as if someone didn't like the book I compared it too, then they instantly wouldn't like this & that isn't fair. Each book should be judged on it's own.
I loved all the accents. The French accents, the Irish accents. Piper did a real bang up job! (Excellent job).
It made me smile & blush a lot. Hearing how badly David had been tortured over 30 years time made me want to cry for him! I was thrilled to see this book take off with Cherise! Seeing Park, Bas & Cohen again was nice too. I love to see characters carried over into other books. it's like seeing old friends.
What a great story. Exciting to say the least. Wonderful plot. I look forward to the next book in this series!What a wonderful imagination this author has!!!
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Another exciting instalment to this great new Vampire series that has pretty much everything a PNR fan wants... a damaged, tortured and oh so sexy Hero, a likeable Heroine, action, twists, surprises, suspense, bitter enemies and a nutty new one, humor, a Goblin, passion, sex and a lovely romance. And you also get to hear multiple points of view from all the many characters involved which brings depth to both the plot and the characters.
There's also great world-building which successfully draws you into each scene and that, together with all the descriptions and good narration, makes this a very captivating listen. The sex scenes are nice and don't have very graphic references.
Worth a credit? Oh YEAH and, IMHO, this is a series that hopefully will grow and grow.... and me, well I'm happily off to listen to book 3.
I need more ears!
First of all, I have to say that I am impressed with C. L. Quinn's imagination. She's developed a great plot for a vampire series -- so great in fact, that it seriously deserves a better writer. The first few chapters were awesome, so awesome that they hooked me, and kept me listening, even while the rest of the book devolved into a fluffy cloud of idiosyncratic word usage, repetition, and silly dialogue. So what the hell happened?
In Quinn's own bio blurb on Amazon, she writes: I'm Charlie Quinn. I live in the Colorado Rockies, and my life took a crazy turn one early spring night when I saw fireballs rain down over Denver. I'd been living my perfect life in my cabin with a wraparound porch, writing highly successful vampire romances for a living. I was finally, finally at home.
Did you notice the sentence: I’d been living my perfect life in my cabin with a wraparound porch, writing highly successful vampire romances for a living. Where's the second half of that sentence?
I'd been living my perfect life in my cabin with a wraparound porch, writing highly successful vampire romances for a living — WHEN I WAS ABDUCTED BY ALIENS! -- Or -- I'd been living my perfect life in my cabin . . . yada yada . . . — WHEN A FIREBALL CAUGHT MY HOUSE ON FIRE! Why even mention the fireballs, and then switch topics without explanation?
This one little incomplete sentence is indicative of Quinn's writing. She writes something intriguing, then leaves you hanging in the wind wondering what the hell she's talking about. It’s odd, vague, interesting, and disturbing, all at once. Like a conversation with someone in a dream. Her book is a crazy quilt of pop up non sequiturs.
This is stream of consciousness stuff people, so put you logical mind in your sock drawer. It will only give you a headache!
Quinn's skill as a writer is weirdly unconventional. At times I wondered if she was ESL (English as a second language), because of the way her sentence structure leaves out words that should be there. The whole effect is ethereal somehow, and while I can imagine her becoming great at this kind of poetic license, in truth, it feels somewhat illiterate, and very, very exhausting to read.
And yet, I'll admit that her plot and world building is so freaking good that I kept on reading in spite of it.
As for her sex scenes, there is a lot of flipping around of bodies, and the word Entering is used a lot. The scenes are uncluttered by descriptions, adjectives, or verbs -- and there is zero hotness between the characters past the first few chapters, (which read as if they'd been written by somebody else). At one point at the end of this book, her sexy male vampire says to his lady love, (after a big meal, no less): "Now, race you to the bed!”
That line, and many like it, had me unintentionally laughing out loud (which just isn’t cool if you don’t sleep alone).
As for the narration, Pyper Down was so over the top cheesy, and monotone, it made me think of bad soap operas. I don’t know what she thought she was reading, but the salacious tone she used did NOT make the book sound sexy, at all. It just sounded goofy.
Down used a thick French accent for one main character (Cherise), and at one point, the character was talking to another character who noted that her accent was almost gone. Cherise responded that she was suppressing her French accent to fit in [in America]. (I imagined Down's eyes growing large and round as she realized the corner she had been busy painting herself into.) Somehow, her performance was a perfect fit for a book that was busy going off the rails. The flat, oddly formal quality of the dialogue felt natural in the hands of a flat and incongruously unsexy narration.
On the positive side, and despite some pretty bad handicaps, Quinn has something unique. I just can't figure out what it is. She can’t write a properly structured sentence, has a limited list of adjectives, is repetitious in her word choices, creates great characters -- only to hamstring them with silly dialogue -- and her sex scenes are flat, wooden, and lack sensuality.
AND YET, I STILL FINISHED THE BOOK -- AND -- CARED ABOUT THE CHARACTERS!
That’s why I’m sitting alone in the dark writing this review. I needed to process what just happened to me. (I also had to get up and get a Tylenol.) I’m beginning to wonder if her non sequiturs have acted like a kind of trance inducer that kept me listening so late. A trance that kept me listening despite the screaming coming from my logical mind.
It's fitting that in a weird, meandering epilogue at the end of the book, someone named T. C. Butts is mentioned. He/she says: Charlie Quinn, the author of this book, inhabits her own story in the novel by T. C. Butts, Last Best Hope, where she lives an ordinary life that becomes extraordinary.
What does that even mean? Is it a biography? If so how can it be a novel? If it's meant as an advertisement for another book, it failed to make it's point. How does a real person live in a novel? If she's lived an ordinary life that became extraordinary, shouldn't she include that somewhere in her bio? If only so that when we read about it in the epilogue, it makes some freaking sense?
Now it's 4:26. I'm going to bed. You figure it out.
I listened to the first book in the series and thought it was decent. This was a tough one to get through. The main characters French accent, was beyond bad and it was hard to keep listening. Slow moving story line, I kept zoning out. I will not be buying the next in the series.
This was the best book I've ever heard. It's a great story about vampires.
All of them as her narration is great.
Again all of them
Yes laugh and feel romantic
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