He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls is hardly the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school. Then he stumbles upon the ritual, and the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus. It's hardly the sort of challenge a guy can face with dignity when he still lives at home with his mom. Alex never imagined falling for an immortal demon seductress, or that he'd spend his nights dodging her co-workers, her old boss, and every other supernatural freak in Seattle. He never thought a woman like Lorelei could have a rival like Rachel, either. But then, nobody ever said adulthood would be easy)
WARNING: Good Intentions contains explicit sexuality, violence, nudity, inappropriate use of church property, portrayals of beings divine and demonic bearing little or no resemblance to established religion or mythology, trespassing, bad language, sacrilege, blasphemy, attempted murder, arguable murder, divinely mandated murder, justifiable murder, sexual promiscuity, kidnapping, attempted rape, arson, dead animals, desecrated graves, gang activity, theft, assault and battery, panties, misuse of the 911 system, questionable interrogation tactics, cell phone abuse, reckless driving, consistent abuse of vampires (because they deserve it), even more explicit sexuality, illegal use of firearms, polyamory, abuse of authority, hit and run driving, destruction of private property, underage drinking, disturbances of the peace, disorderly conduct, Internet harassment, bearers of false witness, mayhem, dismemberment, falsification of records, tax evasion, an uncomfortably sexy mother, bad study habits, and a very silly white guy inappropriately calling another white guy "nigga" (for which he will surely suffer).
©2011 Elliot Kay (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
This book comes with a warning. Read that warning. Everything in that warning is true and it is awesome!
Honestly this book probably should be sitting in the erotica section. There is plenty of sex going on. However, unlike most of the books in that section this actually has a good story.(sorry to that section, but I am no stranger to it) The characters have arcs and develop and grow as people. There are a couple subplots that are free from most of the overt sexuality of the rest of the book. The story is pretty typical paranormal fantasy. It has some great character work, but does stumble into cliche now and again; I don't hold that against it though. I genuinely wanted to know what happened to the character and wanted the story to move along. I never felt the sex was intrusive, but also didn't keep reading just to get to the next sex scene.
If you are an adult who isn't freaked out by sex, and it actually is pretty vanilla compared to how it could have gone, then listen and enjoy. You will probably want to use earbuds if you have kids.
Tess Irondale does a great job as a narrator. Sometime with material like this the narrator can sound uncomfortable, bored, or even a little too into it. She does a great job riding that line while giving a believable and very listenable read. I actually have problems listening to female narrators for long stretches she does an excellent job, and I binge listened to this book and never grew weary or irritated with the voice in my ear.
I really enjoyed this story. The parts that didn't include the steamy sexy stuff we're just as good as the guilty pleasure of listening to the dirty parts. Rachel was one of my favorite characters of any recent books I've listened to. Can't wait to see where the next one takes me. Tess Irondale really brings all the characters to life in a very good performance. I couldn't stop listening
I admit I haven't read or listened to much urban fantasy, but I intend to fix that in the future. Tessa Irondale did a great job narrating this book.
Re Audible: I rate A-F based on 10-pt scale (e.g. 90-100 = A = *****). I try not to be too soft on ratings, or needlessly give F's.
Good Intentions = FUN :)
Thinking of getting this book? Into contemporary fantasy? Enjoy getting into more adult magic and mayhem? Want to get vampires, werewolves, demons, and angels back OUT of the kiddy pool? I say grab this 2-book tale and go for it! The best word I can think of in summation is “FUN.” At its roots, that’s what Good Intentions (and Natural Consequences) provides. So, why the less than perfect score? In short, it got dragged down by baggage. This seemed like a REALLY good novella, with a bunch of sexual fluff/filler expanding it into a mediocre novel. This downfall was successfully rescued by: an otherwise engaging, fun, and super-cool plot; truly witty laugh-out-loud humor; interesting characters (who gain more depth in book 2); excellent narration/voice acting; and a second book that is so cool, I’d recommend sitting through far worse than this first installment just to get to 'Natural Consequences' (which gets an emphatic “A” grade from me).
“A great tale in the spaces between sexual fantasies[/literary porn] for D&D geeks”
- THE NOT SO GOOD: Within the book, there was really an interesting, original (as far as I know anyway), fun, engaging plot that I was really getting into. Unfortunately, it got bogged down by lots of superfluous sex that collectively started to seem like filler. At some points during that filler between the otherwise really cool story, I admittedly felt like some bad acting and poor set design would turn this into a porn…with about the same general contrived plot getting the characters into sexy situations. I wasn’t put off or offended by it at all. The writing for the sexual narrative was actually quite good (though I admittedly am lacking for comparisons). I want to clarify/reiterate that, unlike some reviewers have mentioned, I didn’t get offended by any means, but rather I actually got BORED with all the sexual encounters and started considering skipping through those because of my anticipation for getting back to the actual STORY (which was really pretty darn good). There were some other, more general, weaknesses in the writing, such as finding that many characters (with a few exceptions) from vastly different time periods and vastly different locales used basically the same colloquialisms—it was a bit silly.
- THE OH SO GOOD!: The redeeming factors were the aforementioned sharp witty humor and cool plot …once all the sexy stuff was out of the way. The basic premise automatically sets itself up for mischief, mayhem, and fun. In short, Alex is a really nice guy, but certainly never a superstar. He stumbles on a lousy situation that gets him entangled with a demon and angel, as well as the broader battle they represent. Why this odd trio forms is actually explained well (and believably). Thereafter, Alex stumbles and fumbles his way into, and out of, and into again, the treacherous traps of nefarious demonic AND angelic machinations (and their lesser earthbound groupies like vamps & werewolves). Keeping afloat, he finds salvation from one side in the other (and back again) and he finds support in both. As it turns out, there might be more to angels and demons than the one dimensional entities we learned about from theology. Reading a bit between the lines, amidst the amusing mishaps and cutting quips, there are some deeper more compelling intricacies in the story and in the characters (everybody has emotions, strengths, and vulnerabilities …even the immortal). Also, some aspects of the relationships—especially between Lorelie and Alex—reflected some deeper aspects of human interpersonal relationships, getting at some of the tides that pull underneath the glassy fluid surfaces of the selves people often present. This was better developed in the second book. The second book really has more depth on the whole—so much so that I would still give this book high recommendations just to get to the second if nothing else, and even higher recommendation since this book is still fun in-and-of itself.
- A note to the author: Being from the south, I find it necessary to point out that “y’all” is a contraction of “you all,” and therefore is NOT used in the singular. When addressing a single person, even us’n ol’ backwoodsy folk’ will still say “you.”
Very VERY well done! Tess Irondale really hit the nail on the head with this one. Characters had their own distinct voices, matching their personalities/tone, without ever extending into the caricatures that some narrators/voice actors can fall into. Clear enunciation, nice pace, dynamic, and just restrained enough not to be overly dramatic. She also did a very good job with the “pornier” parts, in that she obviously didn’t shy away, clearly took effective delivery seriously, but was also not over the top.
FYI: Natural Consequences [thankfully] focuses more on building of what I thought was a great story and less on the fantasy porn. It was really enjoyable! I was truly sad to reach the end. As with the first, the witty banter had me chuckling aloud a few times. Extending beyond the first, the characters gained more dimension, the plot gained more complexity, the chaos grew in scope, and the consequences grew in scale. :)
I would listen to it right before engaging in R-rated activities. This book is madly erotic, I mean there is barely enough story to hold the sex scenes apart.
I don't know if I can actually pick just the one, but if you twisted my arm I would pick the beginning where he met the angel and demon..**Spoiler ahead**and all the previous life flashbacks, those were great.
I honestly don't know how she read the book without panting like, she was getting some action herself. The voices were unique and not overdone. I would definitely look for more stuff that she's read.
Yeah I did have an extreme reaction, it's called almost not being able properly access the car's pedals while driving. That is the most uncomfortable arousal I've ever had in my life
I don't see how this isn't labelled as urban fantasy erotica
Fore warning -- it's a lot of sex..so be prepared..the action however is a lot of fun, the wit is great and Rachel's mouth -- wow...her comments are to die for sometime
This book is very very very....very very dirty. Lots of sex. After all that there is also a great story and great characters. If you want something that gets your blood flowing read up, if you like supernatural stories read up. If your on a family vacation surrounded by kids or nuns or smelly cousin larry, DONT READ UP. It would be hard to explain your boner.
The narrator does a great job of articulating the moans and gasps in the many female characters. Not gonna lie, it was sexy. So, at least in that respect, it's better.
No, I haven't.
Some of the comments from Rachel were quite funny.
Too much sex. For the first 2/3rds of the book it's almost like there's a sex scene every 5 to 8 minutes. And when they weren't having sex Alex was moralizing about sex. There's very little plot development for the first 15 hours or so. Meet girl, have sex with girl, repeat. I appreciate a well-crafted sex scene, don't get me wrong, and the narrator's voice is dead sexy, but the amount of time spent with Alex and the numerous girls he beds was excessive. Before the last third of the book I was getting genuinely bored. I like the set-up and I'm probably going to download the sequel. I'm just crossing my fingers that the author has toned it down a bit in that one. There are some interesting characters here and I want to spend more time with them doing other things besides sex every other page.
my first thought when listening to this was that if i was a teenage male i would think this book was awesome. it has all the things in it that make light novels and harem manga so popular online, but its taken to the next level (i.e. they have sex rather than just accidental groping or vague hints).
if your a fan of that genre you'll probably love this book as it has a classic harem story line; loser guy accidentally gets bound to a woman (or two) and is surrounded by tons of hot females who suddenly find him absolutely irresistible.
i don't find anything offensive with the materials in the book but after a while i was wishing they'd finish with all the sex already and get on with the plot.
i love novels with a supernatural bent to them but its hard to find the right combination of good plot, great characters and decent dialogue; sadly this novel is not one of those. its a romance novel aimed at a male audience and i am not a big fan of the romance genre.
i doubt i'll be finishing this series.
yes i think you get more out of it as an Audiobook
Rachel the Angel with the bad mouth
one of the best
"sexy, modern and surprisingly deep"
an interesting fantasy story, the rather descriptive intimate scenes were something of a surprise but i found them somewhat appropriate to the situation. that is not to say that it is lacking in story however. by the end i was very much engrossed and will be buying all following stories involving the supernatural trio. great listen!
"More to it than expected"
Different sexy intriguing
To be honest I was just expecting this to be all about the sex but even tho it is a large factor it is not the whole thing.
There is a lot more to the story and the characters develop nicely.
Well worth a listen and I will be getting the next book.
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