A demon, an Unseelie faerie, and a vampire walk into a bar...
This Ivy Granger anthology contains short stories set in Club Nexus, the hidden haunt of Harborsmouth's paranormal underworld.
"Iced": A bargain gone wrong leads a highborn Unseelie faerie to life as an enslaved bartender with a taste for revenge.
"Dusted": Being a highly skilled predator doesn't necessarily put you at the top of the food chain at Club Nexus. A southern vampire with a hankering for blood and wanton violence may have bit off more than he can chew.
"Demonized": The demon attorney we love to hate has his eye on a certain rockabilly human. Too bad she's brought a crossbow loaded with holy-water-dipped bolts for this night on the town.
"Jinxed": Just when Jinx needs a carefree girl's night out with Ivy, a smoking-hot demon tries to buy her a drink. She really is the unluckiest human on the planet.
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She has a really pleasant voice to listen to and she pulls you into the story.
Club Nexus is 4 short stories about the same incident but in 4 different POVs.
In Iced we have the POV of an Unseelie Faerie who is a slave to the owner of Club Nexus.
In Dusted it's from a Vampires POV.
In Jinxed its from Jinxs POV.
And finally in Demonized its from Froneus POV.
This in itself made the book so enjoyable. I've often wondered what the POV is from other characters, and now I find out!! I thoroughly enjoyed Club Nexus and would highly recommend to fans of the Ivy Granger series.
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Jaw dropping events.
I've listened to Traci in two previous books in this series, and this is the best vocals for different characters yet. She does a wonderful job of slipping into the different characters. She even drops her tone to project a male image with a slight accent.
The four stories are all of the same time within Club Nexus but from four different views. Each view brings in new information about the characters and events that take place in Club Nexus. I like how these stories all intersect yet are different and bring us one step further with each ending. We learn something new in the events of the night we are living through.
In listening to these stories, I almost forgot Traci was reading them to me. That's a good thing! The story took over and the narrator blended into the story.
All the stories are in the first person though. But as short stories it works well. And Traci using different voices and taking on each character makes the first person fit to the stories.
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A good short to go with the other Ivy Granger books.Ivy is a psychic detective.She works with the non human clients.She works as a bartender.We get a story from differing viewpoints in this one.There is her best friend Jinx,a human,who seems to be jinxed.A Demon Lawyer who has the hots for Jinx.There is always death and mayhem,holy water and cross bows around the corner with Ivy.Traci Odom is a fine narrator for Ivy.This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review
This is a very interesting short story. It is the story of a single event that happens Club Nexus, but it is told from four different points of view from start to finish. It is a very interesting way to tell a story. This is the first story in the Ivy Granger series that isn’t told from Ivy’s POV, so it was interesting to get all the different aspects.
First part of the story is told by a Unseelie Fae who has been working as a bartender in Club Nexus for several years. She made a bad deal with Puck (yes, that Puck, from Shakespeare fame) who is also the manager of the club. She decides that she is no longer going to be a slave to Puck and she is going to get out from under that bargain.
Then we move to the next part where we are told the story from a vampire. This southern vampire has come to “Bite Club” where he could break the vampire rules. This keeps things from getting too boring. The traveling location helps prevent them from getting caught.
Up next is Jinx. How great is it that we get to see this scene from her point of view. I love Jinx and I love that we finally get to see inside her head.
The last part is told by Forneus, the demonic lawyer. I liked this part of the story most of all. Seeing things from his point of view was very interesting. I actually felt sorry for him in this story. Now, I’m even more interested to see him in the next book.
This was a very quick read and the four points of view were fun. You would think it would be boring to listen to the same event four times, but seeing it from a different set of eyes each time adding a high level of interest.
Traci Odom did a great job with the narration with this story. She has to talk from all four point of views. I liked the Southern accent of the vampire. She really made it easy to know you were changing from the different POV.
I like to thank E.J. Stevens for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Note: Even though this is Book 2.5 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone.
This book reads more like 5 short stories as there are 5 viewpoints of basically the same event, an event that takes place at the questionable bar Club Nexus. Ivy Granger and her gal pal Jinx head out for a drink, well armed. There’s a faerie that was tricked into servitude by the bar owner and she is none too happy about it. Below the bar are a series of rooms for the special clients who have special needs. I’m sure Ivy wouldn’t mind firebombing them all.
We also have our favorite demon, Forneus. He’s had an attraction to Jinx for some time and she has always rebuffed him. However, this time the ladies have to deal with a blood thirsty Southern vampire. So Forneus’s martial skills may just come in handy. I really enjoy the tension between Jinx & Forneus. I look forward to exploring the other books in the series to see more of this. In this particular book, we get to ride around in Forneus’s head for a bit and it was very interesting to see how he truly feels towards Jinx.
My only complaint about this book is that some of it was repetitive, which can be expected since it’s the same situation told over and over again by all these different people. It was kind of like taking different witness statements at an accident scene actually.
The book has that right mix of sexy tension and action. Ivy, as usual, is good at smacking the bad guys. The real big bad guy in this story is worthy of the title and also worthy of his ending. While Jinx isn’t really battle-hardened, she does make a contribution to the mayhem. It was a fun listen.
I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the author in exchange for an honest review (thanks!).
Narration: Traci Odom was a nice pick for this book. She had a very good range of voices, as this book required since it is told from 5 distinct viewpoints. There were also various accents (British, Southern, etc.). I really enjoyed her performance.
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
CLUB NEXUS was an interesting listen. I liked it but not as much as I liked BLOOD AND MISTLETOE. It was from different points of view of the characters and I wasn't sure about the changing of the voice. It was hard to get used to. It was overly dramatic when it didn't need to be. I feel it would've had better legs had it been read normally.
That being said, I think the series will move past it and still be good. In this book, the listener gets a better idea of who the characters are therefore possibly setting up the next in the series. It was a super idea with the same setting and different perspectives, just too dramatic.
TRACI ODOM's voice was contrasting to the narrator from Blood and Mistletoe. I'll have to listen to the next book before I can form a solid opinion as I had a hard time with the voice change.
Audiobook received from author in exchange for an honest review.
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Club Nexus is about one night at the club told from five different people's perspectives. This style of writing about the same event where all five characters ultimately get involved was fangtastic!
After Jinx begged Ivy to take her back to Club Nexus, the two go for a girls' night out but not without back up and a shit-ton of weapons! At the club we have a fairy being held prisoner by the bar owner and a demon looking for love in all the wrong places.
I really enjoyed the story with our favorite demon Forneus. He hasn't really done anything wrong or bad, he's just getting a bad rap because he's a demon. A demon that has the hots for a human...not just any human though, Ivy's best friend Jinx. Jinx hates demons with a passion! BUT, she also has some sexual attraction to this demon, and I think that's why he keeps sniffing around her. His story really made my heart melt for him, and now he better win Jinx or I'm going to be pissed!! The new characters that were introduced were very intriguing and add a bit of insight for what is to come!
Traci Odom narrates this lovely story for us once again, and rocks it! I love how she was able to give two different characters a British accent but completely different to each individual. Now that's talent baby! Traci scores a 5 star rating for this one!
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