In the debut to Heather Killough-Walden's Big Bad Wolf series, Lily St. Claire is in for a surprise when she moves back to her Louisiana hometown and finds two alpha werewolves fighting to claim her as their mate. Contains mature themes.
©2010 Heather Killough-Walden, Inc. (P)2011 Tantor
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
The story was very good, with some new and entertaining variations on the current werewolf romance phenomena. The reader really needs to listen to someone from Louisiana speak because the accent is just not right. I live in Texas and my husband's people are Cajuns, and the accent used in the reading is quite disconcerting. Doesn't mean I won't purchase and read the sequels, it just means that I'll put up with it to get the stories.
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
I didn't hate this book. It was an ok read, but the story itself was lacking in several areas. While there is plenty of sexual tension (and I mean plenty) between our heroine and no fewer than 3 different men, and while this sexual tension is described in explicit detail, there's very little actual sex in this book, even between the hero and heroine. Also, there seems to be MORE sexual tension between the heroine and the first "villain" than there is between her and the hero. Indeed, it seems most of the first half of the book is dedicated to this guy. The heroine herself, well, she was a bit too pretty, too nice, too caring, too perfect for my taste. Then, in the epilogue, the author makes a feeble and unsuccessful attempt to make Lily look tougher, but the attempt fell flat. By that time, you're a bit over the girl.
Aside from all that, the book just didn't seem paced right. Because of the way the book was set up, it seemed I barely got to know the hero.
I will give one warning. Some of the situations in the book border closely on rape. If those sort of situations are upsetting to you, I wouldn't get this book.
On the other hand, I thought the narrator did a fine job with his southern accents, and I loved his clipped British accent when he was reading the narration. This contrast seemed to help me to better keep track of conversation.
The world and the premise behind the book aren't bad either, and I will read at least one more book in this series because I'm hoping with a different heroine and more exposure to reoccurring characters, things will smooth out.
I'm sure, if you like this genre, then you'll love this. Rugged, macho, handsome, masculine werewolves chasing their one true mate but things don't go easy for them. It has witches, mages and it's a great story, great characters and, I thought, great narrator too. I can't wait to hear the rest.
Worth a credit? Oh yes! I couldn't stop listening to it.
I agree with the other reviewer...the narration was a bit off. However, for me, the story was strong enough. As I kept listening, I didn't mind him. Whether his accents were off (and they were) it didn't matter, I just listened past that. I found myself getting into the story well enough that I over looked it. I've heard worse. LIked the story so much, I downloaded The Strip. Can't wait to hear Malcom Coles story. :-)
The story was good and solid but I had to try three different times to get through the narrator's accent. Please don't get me wrong - he's a good narrator but his own British or Australian (I really couldn't tell WHAT his accent was) totally destroyed the LA accents needed for this book. And the voice he used for Tabatha had me flashing back to my youth and Saturday mornings with H R Pufnstuf. Overall, even though I enjoyed the story I won't purchase any more in the series unless they change the narrator. I will try a more appropriate book using this guy though.
Can I just say Wow! What an amazing book. The way Heather tells this story. I was on my tippy toes and clutching my hands tight. And the way Gildart Jackson reads! I felt as if I was right there in there room with the characters. As soon as the book ended, I purchased the next 3 books in the series. The heroin Lilly, well lets just say every girl next door wants to be in her shoes.
This was a great story but, the narrator makes me not want to buy the rest of the series. I will buy the rest of the books on my e-reader so I don't have to listen to the narrator.
While browsing through books I came across the review written by another listener and I'm sorry to say I do not remember who it was. But she mentioned this series in the review that she had written for another book and am I glad she did!!! I wasn't to interested in the original book, but I decided to check out this series and again I have to thank you for mentioning it. This is the story of Lily St. James a dormant and Daniel (who happens to be the police chief of New Orleans) a werewolf. This is the first time I have heard of the term "dormant" in relationship to werewolves, a term that means more then just mate. Lily is caught between 2 powerful alpha werewolves, Daniel and Cole. As the story moves along, you come to find out Cole is not the sinister werewolf that he seems to be despite what he does to Lily.
Ms. Walden writes a fast paced book with may twist and turns and Gildart Jackson does a great job of narrating all though he could use a little work on his female voices.
Yes, but only in the hopes that the next in the series gets better and to find out what happens with Malcolm Cole and the rest of Daniel's pack.
The comraderie of Daniel's wolf pack and Lily's strength.
Robert Petkoff. I can only hope that Mr. Jackson gets better with his inflections; anger, growls; lust; rage, etc. and that he puts some inflection in his "reading" when nothing is being said in the first person.
The Heat was interesting and kept my interest. It's what I call a light plot book. Not real intense, story line as okay. It get's a little funny when she get's kidnapped so many times but that is part of the plot. It doesn't use alot of my brain cells to listen to the book. I would use this book as what I call a filler. Like when I have a book such as The Outlander which is 40 hours of audio and I need a break because the book is intense - this book is a quick light fill in book.
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