I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?
After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don't get me wrong, I like helping people - and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon, before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course.
©2012 R. L. Naquin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.
The story itself made the listening experience enjoyable. Narration was very good as there are enough differences in voice inflection and depth of voice plus drawling speech when necessary to make characters distinguished from one another. Characters that needed from the dialogue to sound menacing sounded that way. It was well done and really easy to listen to. I never fought the narration as I have with some narrators. I would listen to this narrator again.
Possibly, I would compare it to The Care And Feeding Of Stray Vampires. They are similar in some respects but clearly different story line overall.
There were numerous scenes with Maurice, the closet monster that were really memorable but I can't say any one scene was my favorite. Perhaps another listen with my ears attuned for finer points of the book is in order.
I never cried at all but laughed a lot. It is very funny with character interaction from the closet monster and heroine. There were of course some tearful moments too and of course a bad guy but overall it was humorous.
I would recommend this book for a very entertaining and light read. It is not one you have to be alone with no outside interference which would cause problems with listening. Some books you need to listen to at home only as outside noises distract you too much. This is not that kind of book.
In spite of how scary the idea and description of a Closet Monster sounds, Maurice is charming! The narration of Rebecca Gibel made Maurice sound like a cuddly guy I wanted to hug! I can't WAIT to see where the next book in the series takes us. HIGHLY recommended - Book, Author & Narrator!
The actual prose was ok but the heroine is a selfish idiot (which is weird for someone whose life literally revolved around other people) and the plot got ridiculous.
It started out reasonably well but ultimately it turned into a creepy rape-fest with very few redeeming features.
There are authors who are capable of mixing the serious (even the absolutely awful) with the gloriously frivolous, sadly this author is currently not one of them.
Probably will while falling asleep eventually, though I like Neil Gaiman's readings much better for falling asleep to. The narration isn't the best, but then again, american accents bother me..
Morice. He is a closet monster. I love this.
Yes. They each had their own voice, though two of the male characters' voices blurred a bit.
Granted, Maurice was supposed to be hooked by it, but I could totally picture not being awake and grabbing the first thing you can to defend yourself. And so I began my thorough enjoyment of this first book in the Monster Haven series, where things that might look frightening aren't, and things that seem harmless can be.
This book was interesting to me because it was not inside my usual area of interest and the Fae world was opened up in a humorous, quirky and unexpected way. the author kept the story moving quickly and lightly. There were a few, i thought so moments, but overall a good listen. i would recommend this to a friend.
Tied up most of the story lines in the book, but left some seemingly minor issues open for possible next book tie-ins.
First time for Rebecca Gibel, but would seriously listenting to other books by her.
even chance of yes.
Fancy waking up and finding a cupboard monster baking in your kitchen, this is the opening salvo with Zoey brandishing a toilet brush in hand.
I was able to picture this offbeat fantasy throughout, it also made me a little wistful, oh to live in a world with fairies, miniature dragons, brownies and malevolent demons.
Fast paced, a touch of romance and a lot of fun, was definitely diverted.
A little gem if you just want a light read and to escape for a short time.
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