Beth Brown’s dream feels so real: a mysterious stranger is gunned down during a violent airplane hijacking, and there’s nothing Beth can do to stop it. But Beth doesn’t believe in premonitions - or does she? How else can she explain the intense connection she feels to the gorgeous man in her dream whom she’s never met? A man she’s determined to save....
Navy SEAL Zane Winters lives for the job, relying on his psychic abilities to keep his fellow soldiers alive. No woman has been able to break through his tough-as-nails warrior mentality - until the day he meets a beautiful blonde who sets his soul on fire. There’s just one problem: Beth is convinced he’s about to die.
To save Zane and the other airline passengers - and to thwart the global crisis the hijacking will unleash - Beth and Zane join forces. But even amid the danger, they can’t deny the powerful force drawing them together. Is it merely attraction…or destiny?
©2012 Trish McCallan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc
Good: I managed to bear it out til two-thirds of the way in. (compared to some of the recent romances I've read, I got much further on this one before turning it off)
Bad: It became increasingly unbearable the more I persisted.
It has all the right ingredients - hot sexy SEAL, intelligent attractive woman, intrigue and psychic abilities. But as another reviewer said, I just couldn't FEEL it. It left me cold. The right words seemed to be there, but they just didn't knit together into that warm feeling.
Part of the reason is the odd juxtaposition of macho military action, violence and swearing, next to the adolescent-girl/adolescent-boy posturing. More than halfway into the book hero & heroine get some hot sex happening between them, and right afterwards the heroine has a screaming fit about the guy forgetting to use a condom! Another time the heroine makes a big fuss about sleeping arrangements - being put into the same bedroom because they're assumed to be engaged.
The weight given to different situations seemed unbalanced and unconvincing, not to mention grating. I found that the narrator did the different male and female voices well, but the main voice narrating for the heroine just grated, like someone reading the news with the emphasised lilt at the end of each sentence.
Poorly written with too much unnecessary foul language. Poor delivery by Angela Dawe - over all a real disappointment.
Keep the swearing to a realistic minimum and create a better ending.
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
Forged in Fire is a messy mix of Paranormal and Romantic Suspense that needed the reader to suspend disbelief way too much for it to work out. Am I to believe that post 9/11, some villains will resort to hijacking a plane to get their hands on some people? What happened to old fashioned kidnapping?
Sadly for the villains, their "fool-proof" plan was foiled by the psychic dreams/visions of our hero and heroine who happened to be fated mates. Even though their assertions are pretty crazy, the hero and heroine are believed enough that the plane is grounded. But that doesn't deter our handy villains. Oh no! Almost immediately, they resort to a plan B which revolves around leveraging some hostages. Again I ask myself, if you don't mind kidnapping people, why not kidnap the people you really want to get your hands on? (The excuse given for this was totally crazy.)
The relationship and the action in this book were very bland. The rescue is actually very detailed and sort of made sense but it went on too long. I wasn't crazy about the way things ended either.
Angela Dawe was good with the narration and she was the main reason I got the audio. But I'm not sure the book is worth the time.
Definitely not continuing the series.
Loved the special gift Zane and his family had of connecting with their mate. Well developed story line that held my attention all the way through. Have listened to this one more than once.
If kept my ears busy while I was cooking. Except I had to keep fast forwarding.
This is Judith Krantz meets a second rate thriller. Many of the threads of the story were left hanging, The details were ludicrous, beginning with the hero hearing a dial tone after his bodice ripping, psychic girlfriends hung up on him....on a cell phone? seriously? The bad guys couldn't hit a barn with automatic weapons, and never had to reload, despite firing hundreds of rounds. The two main characters sounding like psychic walk-talkies and experiencing electric shocks and serious hard-ons every time they touched. The sex scenes were juvenile and lasted FOREVER. thank goodness for fast froward. Oh did I mention the good guys were extraordinary shots and couldn't die? Puleeeze, spare me this kind of drivel.
Good idea for a plot; modestly written, but poorly preformed. Angela Dawe is very monotone in her performance and detracts from the few positive points of the story. I finished listening but the end was tough to plough through. Not a listen I would recommend.
I had added and removed this book from my wish list multiple times. I am so glad i finally took a chance. This book was great! the suspense kept me on edge and the romance kept me listening. I can't wait to read more!
Marginally. Narration was ridiculous. Wishing I'd tried this book in print, instead of audio. May have loved it....may have honestly felt time was well spent if I'd read it the old fashioned way. This from an avid listener. I listen to about five books for every one I read in print.
Probably--I wanted to LOVE this book. Blurb made me buy it (my first book in any format by Trish McCallan). I wanted it to be so much better than it was. Perhaps I'll find another by her that I'll thoroughly enjoy.
Female voices- A, male voices D to D-. Narration when characters aren't speaking F-- a real deal breaker for me. Recommend producers find a voice actor capable of all three or consider both a male and female voice actor to alternate scenes. The sole reason for my negative feedback and review is for the quality of the narration-- this actor's voice is wholly unsuited to this reading.
Potentially a movie. Parts of it were "Mission Impossible"-esque, others were reminiscent of "Speed."
I feel it necessary to clarify that my poor rating is for the NARRATION (the audio presentation and format), not for the quality of the book itself. McCallan's work is impressive, powerful, bright. Others might find this audio publication to be superior.
I loved this!
Feisty heroine and seriously hot Hero Seal, with a hint of paranormal in the psychic link between them. She is clearly a Linda Howard fan, and I loved the little hints to some of her favourite books in some of the characters names and situations. There seem to be clear clues to further books with the secondary characters, but it's going to be a long wait till the next one - not till September!
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