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Forbidden Days: The First, Book 1 | [C. L. Quinn]

Forbidden Days: The First, Book 1

Life has been harsh, but after a horrible childhood, Park was finally content with her life. Her beautiful home sat on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles, she had her dream job, and good friends she trusted. Then she's abducted, car-jacked by a stunningly sexy man who she realizes is dangerously crazy - he thinks he's a vampire. Park plays along until she can escape, until she discovers that there are things out there people like her never knew existed.
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Publisher's Summary

Life has been harsh, but after a horrible childhood, Park was finally content with her life. Her beautiful home sat on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles, she had her dream job, and good friends she trusted. Then she's abducted, car-jacked by a stunningly sexy man who she realizes is dangerously crazy - he thinks he's a vampire. Park plays along until she can escape, until she discovers that there are things out there people like her never knew existed.

Life changed instantly in one night... vampires do exist and she herself is something more than she ever knew. He'd been alive over 300 years with little complications. But when Bas went to do a simple compel to get a ride on a busy street in L.A. late one night, he found the impossible... a human he couldn't compel. Only, after a taste, he knew - she was something more than human - something different.

A complication and a mystery on a night all he wanted was transportation home and away from an enemy he wasn't prepared to fight - yet. He wasn't looking for her, anything like her, and yet he couldn't think about letting her go. Yes, he wanted to know what she was, and he needed to protect her from his enemy, but even more than that... somewhere deep inside an old battle-weary vampire, his human heart told him that the time may have come to feel love again.

Park had always thought she was broken - was never good enough. She'd been taught that often enough as a little girl who lived in the dark. But sometimes things have to fall apart so they can fall together the way they were always meant to be.

©2014 T.C. Butts (P)2014 T.C. Butts

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    Marybeth 11-10-14
    Marybeth 11-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "narrator is horrible"
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    I guess it is a good book. It was hard to really tell cause of the narrator. She sounded condescending a lot of the time. And she put the inflection on the words and sentences in the wrong places. Plus she was very naselly. It was all very destracting.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 09-06-14
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 09-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "LIKE THE NEW TWIST ON VAMPIRE WORLD !!"

    I thought the story was pretty good and really liked the new "take" on the vampire/paranormal world. That said it took awhile, actually a long while to get to a point at which I wasn't tempted to put an end to listening - the narration was not awful, but it wasn't great either. It sounds to me like LS has the potential to be a good narrator, but it definitely sounded like she was reading instead performing. The different accents were pretty good, I'll give her that

    Wow, I couldn't believe the abrupt ending - not even an epilogue or hint of an ending; was a bit startling. Sure glad book 2 was out when I started listening to book 1 or I might have run screaming from the room (actually I was in my car) with a vow never to listen to this author again.

    Overall I gave the book 3 stars - with a better narration I certainly would have pushed it to 4.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-24-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-24-14 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "I want to be a First!"

    I like this book. It was really good. Full of action and adventure... I liked how Bas, the vampire, couldn't mind warp Park, the female lead. Park was all like "wait, you can't kidnap me..." while Bas was like "why isn't my mind warp working...." it was funny.

    I like how the story played out. It was interesting to see all the pieces come together, and see the battles with the bad guys play out to.

    Now the end... I am bit upset about what happen to Bas and Park's father's friend... Seriously... WTF!!!

    This is worth a credit or sale. It's a bit pricey...over 10 bucks so I wouldn't recommend for a buy.

    Narration was pretty good. Not wonderful but not horrible either.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey L. Rineer 11-18-14
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    "ugh"
    What would have made Forbidden Days better?

    Might have been a good book....but the reader was baaaddd if you can't do accents say you can't do accents. And my 10 yo boy would have read it with as much feeling!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Outlander book 4


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Marie Moon Dickson, TN USA 09-16-14
    Stephanie Marie Moon Dickson, TN USA 09-16-14 Member Since 2012

    LunaChilde

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    "Well, this was a 'meh' if I ever listened to one."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. The overall writing was bland and this is a stellar example of 'telling instead of showing'. Everything is spelled out with stilted, unrealistic dialogue and it felt like a high school creative writing exercise.


    Would you be willing to try another book from C. L. Quinn? Why or why not?

    Don't know yet, this was my first.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lauren Sweet?

    Tavia Gilbert or Robert Petkoff. Heck, anyone really. Lauren Sweet was very stilted. Her characterization was 'meh'. I had to work to get through it.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-11-15
    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-11-15 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    "Just OK"

    I usually really like paranormal romance novels and can overlook quite a bit of character flaws or little annoying things. This book had a lot of them. The female lead, Park is a geneticist and a bit of a wall flower. She openly starts how shy she is and how awkward she is around new people. Her best friend sets her up on a blind date but she panics and leaves him at the restaurant. Enter Bas, the sexy vampire. He is fleeing the city and has never learned to drive (really?) so he tries to compel Park to drive him to Canada. She resists him. He figures out something is different about her and so the story begins.
    The biggest problem I had was with Park. She goes from the shy girl with a horrible childhood and suddenly she's thrust into a world of vampires. Suddenly she's not shy at all. In the span of one chapter she had completely changed personalities. There were some other issues with Park as well. She says that never celebrated her birthday and does not know when she was born but then goes to discuss her birth certificate in the same paragraph WTF!
    I mostly enjoyed the book, even though I wanted to punch Park a few times. There were a lot of secondary characters and side stories that bogged down the main plot.


    Lauren Sweet's narration was hot and cold some charaters she performed well others were terrible. Most of the time I could not tell Bas and Vas appart and having names so similar was confusing for both if us.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terri B. GAS CITY, IN, United States 08-29-14
    Terri B. GAS CITY, IN, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A Vampire Extravaganza!"
    What made the experience of listening to Forbidden Days the most enjoyable?

    The witty humor & the sex! I loved it!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Park a lot, but I also like Cherise. Cherise is wise beyond her years. She knows everything & can sense everything too! I love her accent. Oh & Bas... I want a Bas of my own!!!


    What about Lauren Sweet’s performance did you like?

    Lauren does tons of different voices. he accent are great & her french accent is wonderful!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I would, but it is a long book & sleep conquered me, so I didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really great book! An interesting read, indeed. I wouldn't listen to it around other people if you can't hide your blushing. The author, C L Quinn did a fabulous job! This lady can write!!! The narrator did a bang up job too! Kudos to you both. It really makes me want to be a vampire or at least have a vampire of my own! (blush)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tere Antioch, CA, United States 11-15-14
    Tere Antioch, CA, United States 11-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I WOULD SUE SWEET FOR BREAKING THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Really cannot rate the "Book" because I could not bare 1 more second listening to Lauren Sweet - If I were the Author I would SUE for loosing listeners - she made me want to rip my ears out of my head!!! It's too bad as I was "hoping" to start a New Series - instead I threw away good money that I could have used on "ANY OTHER" book / Narrator!!!


    What could C. L. Quinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have to believe that Quinn did "NOT" actually Approved this Narrator - With so many very good narrators around I am TOTALLY LOST on "WHY" anyone would want Sweet to Narrate their book???????

    Let me help Quinn out with a "TRUE NARRATOR"= There is.....R. Petkoff, C. Holloway, J. Fangione, H. Huber, S. Eastlake, T. Gilbert, etc...etc...etc..."ANYONE" BUT SWEET!!!!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    See above!!!!!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Forbidden Days?

    Don't know, because I absolutely could NOT get thru the 1st CD and have "no memory" of the Story ONLY how VERY BAD the Narrator was!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am truly sorry I will not be able to purchase "any" of the First Series, as I understand the actual "STORY" is a good one - WHAT A SHAME to have a "Series" go to waste!!!!!!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 09-05-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2015

    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

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    "WHAT A WONDERFUL NEW PARANORMAL WORLD"

    What a great listen, a fascinating new Vampire community slowly emerged and then evolved with different lores, characters, villains, heroines and sexy alpha heroes to sink a PNR lover's teeth into as it captures the imagination. It's action-packed, exciting, with many twists, has a lovely romance as Head Vampire Bas tries to hitch a ride with a beautiful redhead that's about to, not only rock his world, but shake it's very foundations too.

    It's well written and well narrated too so that each scene plays out in your head and so there's a depth as various character's points of views and experiences are told which really draws you into the ever expanding circle of very fit Vampires, their helpers, the Firsts, the victims and the twisted minds of the enemies. And, not one, not two, but three romances emerge from this listen but frustratingly one has been denied (hopefully to be continued in another book).

    Worth a credit? This listen is like a spider's web... the main story then strands leading off to sub plots where there's many twists and turns holding action, adventure, passion, sex, destruction, deaths, excitement, surprises and a whole new beginning to a very addictive vampire world to happily get caught up in. So YEAH, IMO, worth the credit and I've happily used more on the next two books that are now available and I'll give you one guess as to what I'll be listening to next.... yup, you've guessed it.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    rebma 02-26-15
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    "the audio voice was unbearable"

    the book was ok not great the girl could have been a lot less needy. and none of the characters seemed to have any depth disappointed in this book after so many others gave it great reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • jax
    10/27/14
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    "good story"
    What did you like best about Forbidden Days? What did you like least?

    the story was good, I was not impressed with the story teller, I did not like the voice.


    Any additional comments?

    the story ended abruptly, no outcome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • B. Malone
    Sussex
    9/13/14
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    "Best read not listened to."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found the narrators voice so irritating that it got in the way of listening. The book seemed made up of staccato choppy sentences but the story is a good and believable one if only better written.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story itself is ok but you wonder why such a rich vampire would get driven around when he could have afforded a private jet!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Change the narrator to one with a less shrill voice.


    Do you think Forbidden Days needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are two follow up books and I'm going to read them not listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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