In the debut to Heather Killough-Walden's Big Bad Wolf series, Lily St. Claire is in for a surprise when she moves back to her Louisiana hometown and finds two alpha werewolves fighting to claim her as their mate. Contains mature themes.
©2010 Heather Killough-Walden, Inc. (P)2011 Tantor
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
I didn't hate this book. It was an ok read, but the story itself was lacking in several areas. While there is plenty of sexual tension (and I mean plenty) between our heroine and no fewer than 3 different men, and while this sexual tension is described in explicit detail, there's very little actual sex in this book, even between the hero and heroine. Also, there seems to be MORE sexual tension between the heroine and the first "villain" than there is between her and the hero. Indeed, it seems most of the first half of the book is dedicated to this guy. The heroine herself, well, she was a bit too pretty, too nice, too caring, too perfect for my taste. Then, in the epilogue, the author makes a feeble and unsuccessful attempt to make Lily look tougher, but the attempt fell flat. By that time, you're a bit over the girl.
Aside from all that, the book just didn't seem paced right. Because of the way the book was set up, it seemed I barely got to know the hero.
I will give one warning. Some of the situations in the book border closely on rape. If those sort of situations are upsetting to you, I wouldn't get this book.
On the other hand, I thought the narrator did a fine job with his southern accents, and I loved his clipped British accent when he was reading the narration. This contrast seemed to help me to better keep track of conversation.
The world and the premise behind the book aren't bad either, and I will read at least one more book in this series because I'm hoping with a different heroine and more exposure to reoccurring characters, things will smooth out.
The story was good and solid but I had to try three different times to get through the narrator's accent. Please don't get me wrong - he's a good narrator but his own British or Australian (I really couldn't tell WHAT his accent was) totally destroyed the LA accents needed for this book. And the voice he used for Tabatha had me flashing back to my youth and Saturday mornings with H R Pufnstuf. Overall, even though I enjoyed the story I won't purchase any more in the series unless they change the narrator. I will try a more appropriate book using this guy though.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
The story was very good, with some new and entertaining variations on the current werewolf romance phenomena. The reader really needs to listen to someone from Louisiana speak because the accent is just not right. I live in Texas and my husband's people are Cajuns, and the accent used in the reading is quite disconcerting. Doesn't mean I won't purchase and read the sequels, it just means that I'll put up with it to get the stories.
I'm sure, if you like this genre, then you'll love this. Rugged, macho, handsome, masculine werewolves chasing their one true mate but things don't go easy for them. It has witches, mages and it's a great story, great characters and, I thought, great narrator too. I can't wait to hear the rest.
Worth a credit? Oh yes! I couldn't stop listening to it.
Can I just say Wow! What an amazing book. The way Heather tells this story. I was on my tippy toes and clutching my hands tight. And the way Gildart Jackson reads! I felt as if I was right there in there room with the characters. As soon as the book ended, I purchased the next 3 books in the series. The heroin Lilly, well lets just say every girl next door wants to be in her shoes.
This was a great story but, the narrator makes me not want to buy the rest of the series. I will buy the rest of the books on my e-reader so I don't have to listen to the narrator.
Love to read!
This book was okay, but nothing special. On the good side, it held my attention and I didn't think about returning it. However, it took me much longer to get through it because I wasn't driven to keep listening. The two main issues I had were a lack of real plot and lack of character development. It was just a series of kidnappings that were pretty random with little build up or background. The two main characters were underdeveloped, especially the guy. There was also no development between the two characters and their relationship.....he kidnapped her and made her "his"....end of development.
The narration was "just okay" as well. I have heard much better and much worse.
I won't be getting the next book in the series.
Well written story. Very discriptive and a very good read.... my new favorite series!
The sassiness of the female character is not lost in the male narriation by Gildart Jackson... he captures it rather well.
No first time... I loved it!
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
Suspenseful, Adventurous, and Interesting
The way the story was written with the PACK like a family.
Don't get too close!!!!
Audiobooks are relaxing and 'food for the soul'.
I enjoy good paranormal romance stories. This one didn't disappoint.
A more tamer version of the Phoenix Pack series.
GJ did a good job; however, I don't think his female character voices are as good as his male character voices.
There were a couple...Tabatha and Daniel's interactions; Malcolm Cole's history moments; and James and Lilly's emerging guardian relationship.
I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
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