Best-selling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house -- not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him. When an earthquake cracks the mill's foundation and reveals a burial crypt, Kate senses that a centuries-old evil has been unleashed…and that it's coming after her. Though Matt vows to guard her from dusk till dawn, Kate knows she will have to summon all of her and her sisters' powers to battle the darkness threatening to destroy both Christmas and the gift of soul-searing passion her hometown hero wants her to keep forever....
©2003 Christine Feehan (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I have purchase other Drake sisters audio books and enjoyed them. As far as story goes, this is a good one and fits well in with the Drake sisters overall story arc. Unfortunately, this is a new narrator for this series and she is terrible! The voices she does are awful, high pitched and whiny at inappropriate times and the reading is stilted. And although I would like to know how the story ends, I don't think I can bring myself to finish this book. I will definitely NOT be purchasing anything else using this narrator.
The story isn't terrible. It's just a quick romance novel. A reader shouldn't expect more than that.
There are too many characters that are forced into the text. It's enough to mention the other sisters once or twice, but the characters in this book constantly seem to be casually mentioning a string of first names: "Kate and Davy and Michael" or "Susan and Larry and Tiffany" or "Dan and Matt and Jackson." It's as if the author is smacking her reader in the head and shouting, "Don't forget about these guys! I'm going to write about them in the next book."
The narrator is the main weakness with this audiobook. She reads like someone who has never read the text before, like one of those kids in high school English who, when called upon to read aloud, butchers the text. Sentences are halted and then resumed in the middle. Inflections are wrong, ruining the meaning of the author's words. The characterizations are more like caricatures rather than people with normal patterns of speech. The romantic lead's brother is an adult but the way the narrator reads him, he sounds like an obnoxious 9-year-old. I suspect this reader was chosen for her ability to create a soothing voice, like the central character in the novel, but the publisher should have remembered that the narrator also needs to be able to convey effectively the author's narration and the other characters in the book. This was a real failing here. I hope Feehan doesn't allow this narrator to wreck another book.
I'm still interested in the Drake sisters and I'll be curious to see what happens next.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good story. I liked Kate and Matt and enjoyed their story. I've read a few books from Feehan's Dark series but haven't tried this series before. I thought this story worked well as a stand alone as each story is about a different sister.
Kate is one of the 7 Drake sisters, all of whom have special powers (aka they're witches). All the Drake women are good and use their powers to help those around them. Kate is an award winning author that has traveled all around the world but she hasn't had any relationships to speak of. The one guy she's always wanted is Matt (from her home town) but she doesn't think he'd ever want her.
Matt is good guy that works in his family's construction business. He was in the Army as a Ranger for 10 years and just left the service to come back home. Matt has tried dating but never found anyone that measured up to the one he really wants, Kate.
The story begins with Kate just moving back to town with the Christmas holiday approaching. Matt is driving with his brother, Danny, when he sees Kate and runs his truck off the road. Apparently this this has happened a few times when Matt sees Kate and Danny wont let him live it down, laughing at Matt the whole time Matt tried to talk to Kate (which isn't good because Kate thinks that whenever she sees Matt and his brothers that his brothers are laughing at her...not that they're laughing at Matt). Matt and Kate do manage to have a conversation though and Kate tells Matt that she bought an old mill and wants to renovate it. They're setting up a time to go over there the next day to look it over when there's an earthquake that opens a crack in the Earth. The next day, Kate and Matt go out to the mill to look around and come across a seal that was uncovered by the earthquake. A mist seems to escape from the hole in the ground and Kate worries that something has been let loose. There's engravings on the seal that indicate that some of the Drake ancestors sealed a malevolent spirit in there.
Kate consults with her sisters and they start researching the old family books to find out what happened. In the mean time, Matt tries to make it very evident to Kate that he's interested in perusing a relationship with her. Kate wants Matt very much but is afraid he wants someone more action driven because he's very forceful and action oriented (although I don't know why she thinks this is his preference because I never heard about him dating other aggressive/action oriented women). Matt has his hands full convincing her but it helps that she can't think her doubts when he's kissing her. Hehe. She also doesn't think Matt can accept her and her family's "gifts" but as the action with the spirit progresses it becomes apparent that Matt is ok with it (he doesn't believe at first but he has an open mind enough to see what was there as things began to happen) and is willing to support Kate in what she has to do. There are multiple attacks Kate and her sister's have to weather and try to push back before they figure out how to stop the threat. Some people get hurt but the sisters are able to put the spirit to rest and restore peace just in time for Christmas. As things wrap up, Matt is able to convince Kate he knows what he wants and he most definitely wants her so she agree to marry him so they have a HEA for Christmas.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Kate very much and Matt was really a good hero. He wasn't able to do much in some of the conflicts but he always did his best to be there for Kate as much as possible. They made a good couple and I was glad Kate finally realized that. I liked this book and the characters enough that I plan to go back and read the whole series when I have time. I'd recommend this story. :D
* note - I liked the narrator. She did a good job on the voices of the 7 sisters, I could tell them apart easily.
This book and it's reading were simply awful. It is the worst book that I've purchased in the last 12 months.
The reader was terrible and the book was poorly written. I struggled to complete this
audio book . Not worth a credit. I have listen to some of the other books in this series and they had a better story-line and narrator.
This is an example of people not doing their job, starting with the editor and ending with the producers of this audio book. I have listened to hundred of books.There are several excellent readers that are a joy to listen to. Hiring an inferior reader ruins the book and wastes the listeners time and money.
What a complete rush. Feehan combines reality with the supernatural so seamlessly that you cannot help but picture this happening right next door to you. Feehan’s storytelling shines through and kept me captivated, even if the narrator’s voice seemed a bit disjointed from the story at times. Feehan’s remarkable descriptions and fantastic storyline kept me captivated and coming back for more.
Feehan’s character development was phenomenal. I appreciate the unique ways that she goes about providing details about the characters and their personalities. I also enjoyed the fact that multiple characters were developed into strong individuals, rather than simply the main characters.
Overall, I loved how this story could stand alone yet be part of a series. Feehan sets herself apart in a world dominated by the supernatural. I cannot wait to read more by this talented author.
I will try another of Feehan's boks, just to be fair. Every author is entitled to one poor writing. But, I sincerely hope I do not have to listen to another book narrated by Teri Clark. I could do a better job, and that is not a recommendation.
No. If a book doesn't please me, it is not the genre's fault; the fault lies with the author and the narrator they choose.
Anyone else. Or at least someone who can express emotion and not sound like a female airhead.
Disappointment, boredom, the rolling of eyes at how cliche it was.
Don't read this book. There are so many other really good books out there that this is a waste of time.
Yes, I have enjoyed most of Christine Feehan's books but this one just didn't do it for me.
It wasn't one of her best in the series.
Just to short
I'm always moved by Christine Feehan's stories and the people in them.
the reader has a really high pitched voice so if you can't stand that in a reader you might want to not get this:]
Voracious reader and listener of hot books
A great read I'd recommend to smart sassy chicks
The families are as lovely and embarrassing as we all know they are!
So sweet, you don't want to stop
Two sexy, like able characters!
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