The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. It's a desperate situation, and international operative Takashi O'Brien has received his directive: everybody is expendable. Everybody. Especially the woman who is getting dangerously under his skin as the lethal game crosses the Pacific to the remote and beautiful mountains of Japan, where the truth can be as seductive as it is deadly.
©2007 Anne Stuart; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
"Slick, sexy, and fast-paced, this is one of Stuart's best recent efforts. Taka is a singularly intriguing hero, and readers won't soon forget his love with Summer." (Romantic Times)
I want to start off by saying I love this series but the biggest drawback is the switching of narrators. My personal favorite is Ms. Xe Sands who voices the last two books and although Ms. Zackman does a passable job it just doesn't stand up to Sands especially when it comes to Reno and Taka. And most bizarre was the narrator giving Genevieve a British accent, this makes no sense.
This book has action and heat and quite a bit of sweetness to it as well. I really enjoyed the development of Taka's character. The plot is totally implausible an international man of mystery sent to eliminate a demure and innocent young lady but the characters seemed real. Ms. Stuart does such a good job developing these characters that situations that are off the wall and unrealistic seem explainable and make sense in the perspective of this novel. The interactions between Taka and Summer range from hostile, to sweet and innocent to passion overload to humor.
This book is worth a credit and if you have not read/ listened to the whole series they are all wonderful.
The violent degrading sex completely overshadowed the storyline.
The story was well read.
I would not listen to more books by this author.
Wow.. a quadruple threat! Poor flat non-inflective reader, really awful characters and character development, unbelievable setup, and, to top it all off, glorified rape fantasies! Thank goodness I got this one on sale so I only wasted a few dollars on it! Take my advice and don't waste your dollars.
i liked the mystery and would like to read/hear the one before and aft if they exist. i did have a bit of a problem with the reader which is why i did not give it five stars.
Very engaging! Exciting, I could hardly stop the story, put a copy on my iPod so I could continue listening. What also made the story was an excellent reader, she was like your inner self reading out loud, only better.
I listened to only half of this book before I decided to move on. I have RARELY not finished a book, reading or listening. I was surprised this was written by a female - a book full of forced intimacy and coersed physical contact between two characters who have no reason to be sexual with each other is more typical of a bygone era of male writers. The violent romance wasn't even interesting, and the actual plot was incredibly contrived.
The characters are much more believable than Ice Cold. Narration was much better. Still weak in the plot but pretty interesting and somewhat original (which is important to me)
This story was interesting but the reader ruined it for me. With all of the action and dangerous situations the heroine found herself in it should have been an exciting listen. Instead I found myself bored and fast forwarding.
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