As a guardian for his colony, Julian Sawyer travels to Earth to bring back the Chosen: women who possess energy potent enough to help revitalize his people. The stunning, silver-clad beauty who strides into his club one night radiates a sensual magnetism unlike any he's encountered, and Julian realizes that Asia Callahan is not just Chosen, she is his kindra: his one true mate.
For months, Asia has tracked the beautiful and mysterious Julian across the country, convinced that he's behind the disappearance of her sister and a dozen other women. She's prepared to believe he's a ruthless killer, but when she presents herself as bait, she discovers that the truth is far more shocking. Taken to a strange, hazardous realm she never knew existed, Asia will face the ultimate choice-between abandoning the life she's always known and forsaking a passion as dangerous as it is powerful.
©2010 Jacquelyn Frank (P)2012 Tantor
"Frank's world-building is exceptional, and the fast-paced plot never lets up." (Publishers Weekly)
J.F. has such a brilliant imagination to create these levels of worlds alongside our own and, as far as I am concerned, she is my new number 1 author. She's a gifted artist who paints the scenes with her words for our imagination to take us on such a pleasurable journey of discovery into these new cultures that have awesome characters, mythical beasts, desperate desires, and they all have a diversity of laws and needs. Alongside all these things, there is also a great budding intense romance that has it's threats, villains and dangers too.
Yes, the heroine Asia, in totally dislikable, but she's come from a rough place but it's part of her job being a tough bounty hunter that she's seen the worst of life and - she's not happy because she's been kidnapped and taken to a totally different level of life where it's occupants are literally dying for her.
If you're like me - a Paranormal/Romance junkie, then you're gonna luv luv luv this new series and, if you haven't already downloaded her other books, then I suggest you'll luv those too. As for me, I'm off to listen to book 2 with a smile on my face knowing it's just gonna be wonderful.
Worth a credit? I've already spent 14 credits on her books and don't regret any - so for me, it's a YES they've definitely been worth it and I hope Audible, and J.F., keep them coming.
Difficult to finish. Jacquelyn Frank has created a great premise which is spoiled by a cold, selfish female lead whose only redeeming qualities remain physical strength and prowess, even at the conclusion. It is hard for this reader to accept Asia as the heroine in a romantic novel when every action, including the defense of her sister, is motivated by self-interest. And Chloe is the villainess? It's impossible to tell which character I disliked more.
Sadly, more promising characters, including Julian and Kenya with their strength of character and compassion, were not the focus of this first installment of a new series.
Hard to rate a novel where one element destroys all the positive aspects - great story, great narrator, great hero and interesting cast of minor characters. Jacquelyn Frank remains one of my favorite authors, but she missed the boat with this anti-heroine.
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
Before you read my take on this book, there's a couple of things about me you should know. I love paranormal romances, but I am not a huge fan of the super tough chick heroines that are rampant within the genre. Sometimes it can be done right, when the author gives them certain vulnerabilities, needs or longings that only the hero can fulfill. For me, though, it seems to be done badly more often than well. Such was the case with Asia, the heroine in this book, and in this case, it was done so badly that the more you listen, the harder it is to separate the really good world building and storyline in this book from the really bad portrayal of the heroine. Other reviewers have summed Asia up fairly well, so I won't go on about that. I will say though, it tarnished what is otherwise a wonderful bit of genre fiction.
I would still recommend the read for those who love J.Frank and those who love paranormal romance. It is the first book in a series that features some really great world building, and enormous potential for some great plots, twists and turns.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
Ugh, I don't know. Asia is too Jaded I just felt like I wanted to beat her up through the whole book. Then the epiphany of love dawns on Asia at the end and the book and then the book is pretty much done.
Yes I love her nightwalker series Jacob is my favorite by Jacquelyn Frank
I guess Asia fighting Chloe
no I don't think this would make a good movie, needs more substance then just a really pissed off jaded woman becoming a savior to a race of people....There is already a movie like that...its called "Hancock"
I am noticing a pattern of Franks novels...all of the Villians are women (Ruth,Chloe, Kendra Dea ) that are taken down with a righeous group of men and their mates...what is the deal with that?
If you liked Jacqueln Frank's "Nightwalker" series, you will love this book. It's the begining to another great series. While it is different from the Nightwalker series, it has just as many interesting people, plots and sub-plots to it. Xe Sands does a great job of narrating it and is very good with both male and female voices. Jacquelyn does a very good job of writting and developes very interesting people and situations. I now have to wait on pins and needles for the next in this series and waiting is not one of my strong points. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
I love to read but with my busy schedule I barely get a chance to. However, audiobooks allow me to "read" while I manage my crazy life.
This book is a signature Frank novel in that the construction of the story and world in which it is set in is unique and clever. Imagine a place that exists along side of our world in which strong emotional feelings can be harvested and used as fuel for a humanoid species. Sexual release or rage can be used as energy for an entire village if it can be harvested correctly and this is what our main character, Julian, does. He is a Gatherer.
There is a lot to like in this story. Julian is a selfless male, serving his starving colony by gathering energy from human females. Asia is a prickly, rough and tough female who doesn't take crap from anyone. Put them together and see anger rise, tensions build-up, and sparks fly. These two characters start off on the wrong foot and it will take time to ease the mistrust and skepticism between them. I know many readers have commented about how Asia annoyed them with her brutish attitude towards Julian and normally that would annoy me too, but in this case, I believe she was justified in her feelings and actions. There are also some interesting characters that make you want the series to continue so you can learn more about them. However, I believe this series only has two books out and no more are in the pipelines. So after reading both books and jonesing for more, I suggest Frank's Nightwalker series, if you haven't read them already.
I gave this book a three star because it did fall short in a few places. The villains in this story are ruthless, but their actions seemed more out of a selfish and misguided nature rather than pure evil as compared to Frank's other novels. Also, the story moved quickly even though the characters and the world building needed time to truly flourish and in a 5hr and 15min audiobook (roughly 200+ pages) it was difficult to get the full impact of what Frank intended. The ending was also rushed, IMO, ending in a way that was more convenient rather than insightful.
Narrator: Xe Sands
Sands reads for the majority of Frank's novels, if not all of them. You have to get used to her voice especially when she reads for female characters because she tends to sound broken when she does a distressing scene. It sounds almost whiny and quivering which can be really annoying and hard to understand what is being said. I gave her a higher rating because she has improved. In other recordings, she would not only have that quivering voice, but she would drop her tone down and then have it rise abruptly which would be painful to my eardrums. Now she keeps her tone consistent which is helpful.
I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.
If I can change anything I would have made the heroine substantially less - um - combative?
Yes, I think I would try another one but I would be hesitant. I absolutely loved the premise just not the execution.
narrator was fine.
I actually think this would make a better movie than audiobook so I might.
It's a shame we have the same tired romance trope, this time disguised as a supernatural fantasy. Because really, the last thing the world needs is a yet another boring alpha male with a heart of gold and comely female desired by all and so getting into trouble all the time and needing to be rescued.
There's nothing more of a turn off than a woman stupid enough to get herself into trouble all the time. Then just happening to have that big strapping guy around to save her all the time because he's so madly in love with an idiot.
Ok, so I didn't enjoy this book. At all.
The 'story': woman goes after guy she thinks kidnapped her sister. He turns out to be from another dimension that needs her orgasms to give them energy to live. You can guess what's going to happen for the rest of the book. He'll try to convince her to be with him to 'save his people' and she'll quite happy decide to kill a lot of people just so she doesn't have to have sex with him. er, yeah.
The narrator did an ok job with the story but her 'foreign guy' accent sounded too much like a bad transylvanian vampire. And wasn't consistent with other characters from his dimension.
I wasn't sure I would like this, but took a chance on it. I was continually surprised by the twists and turns in the story, and I enjoyed the character internation. Pretty good narration. Definitely worth a credit for a first in the series.
Great new story! I am ready for book 2. I love how the author made a whole new world with such a different culture. This is no ordinary romance and I had a hard time going to sleep since I wanted to listen to the whole thing. This book is not the 5 hour length it says it is. The book is about 8-9 hours long so well worth a credit. Not a hot steamy romance but I believe if it were, it would have taken away from the story. There are moments of passion but it is just the right amount. This is one I will listen to again.
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