Yes, Amanda Quick gives us a few really steamy scenes, but what impressed me most was the storyline. (You could almost cut out the steamy parts, but t..Show More »hey are really fun!)
I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that the characters are well-written, the heroine is a strong individual (not just waiting to be rescued), the period details are great, and there is a real puzzle/mystery to keep you guessing.
As for the narrator, Anne Flosnick has a delightful voice. She is able to do men's voices quite well, and her vocal variety for all the characters seems to me to be spot on.
I didn't care for this book because the characters lacked depth and I didn't like the narrating/editing on this book. Nothing about the characters dr..Show More »agged me down into the story or made me want to emotionally invest myself into their situations. Still, I wanted to know what happened to the Arcane society so I hung in there to the end. If the next book in the series is like this, I'll give up.
I struggled the most with the narration style and editing of this book. The editing during conversations between characters sounded choppy and far from fluid. It sounded like the parts were read separately and pasted together, instead of being a fluid conversation. There were too many times when both narrators sounded like very bad actors reading a bad play.
I think I keep buying Krentz novels because I loved her early work. The key characters in this novel supposedly have high level paranormal powers, whi..Show More »ch are talked about frequently, but when demonstrated they are very ho hum. Krentz's heroes have been so formulaic with the arcane novels that they're indistinguishable. I could live with that - but they're so mild mannered most of the time that they edge on boring, so I don't understand the repetition. The key to the supposed chemistry between the hero and heroine seems to be "we're both so wierd, there's no one else we could match with".
I'm working my way through the Arcane Society series and thoroughly enjoyed the first three books. This book, however, was very disappointing. The s..Show More »tory tended to drag, some descriptions were entirely too long, and there were a number of unimportant items and phrases that were repeated over and over just to fill space, it seemed. The narration was mildly disappointing, but not that bad.
This was a great story. I liked the characters, their interaction and the way the author incorporated Eclipse Bay into the story. The reader was terri..Show More »fic. You could really tell which character was speaking. This was one of my favorites. I wish all of Krentz's stories were unabridged.
The love the Arcane Society novels and this is another great addition. The characters are wonderful and I love the way Amanda Quick gave up brief upd..Show More »ates on some of the characters from other novels...great continuity. I can't wait for the next book. Keep them coming
Maybe top 20? It's a fluff romance after all. It'd made my list due to the detective story in it. Also, Patience Tomlinson is the reader. Some of the ..Show More »female romance reader just can't do male voices. Her voices are precise, narrative voice is neutral and crisp, different from character's voices and doesn't 'bleed' through.
This book was recommended as Book 1 of a series, I didn't know there had been a previous series books (written as Amanda Quick?) and I doubt if I woul..Show More »d have liked those any better. It's a very simple paranormal romance novel - emphasis on romance novel - the plot is thin, dialogue poor and the narration leaves a lot to be desired. I found myself fast-forwarding through large chunks of the sex scenes (if you've read one, you've read 'em all). If you have already read the Arcane books and liked them, read this. If not, don't bother.
This is a great story and will be more enjoyable if one had read/listened to the other titles in the Arcane Society Books, though it isn't essential.
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Unfortunately, the narration is of very poor quality which is astonishing in a Brilliance Audio title! I haven't quite decided whether the reader just has a harsh, unpleasant voice or she was so utterly bored with the story that it came out that way. I actually checked my mp3 player several times to make certain that it was playing at the proper speed. The reader's uninterest in the story is very obvious.
It's a shame since this is an interesting story. I hope that this is the last book she reads for Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle, Jayne Ann Krentz. Since I am major fan of this author.
I really liked the book, but... I cringed every time I realized the male was speaking. The voice Eby used for the male was still very feminine. May..Show More »be I'm not being fair, because I just got through listening to Natalie Ross in After the Night, now that was a very sexy male voice delivered by a female. The book was a good wrap up of this trilogy. Was worth the credit.
Having read all of the Arcane novels, I was glad to see Fallon Jones finally get some happiness in his life. I enjoyed the novel for the most part, an..Show More »d liked it better than some of the series. It was worth listening to if for nothing else to continue to learn more about the Arcane sagas. Was Isabella a bit far-fetched? Sure, but not intolerable.
If you've read any of this batch of Amanda Quick tales, you know exactly what to expect, down to murmured endearments and descriptions of the 'deed' b..Show More »y the self-proclaimed 'woman of the world'. And if you've listened to these books, you probably have Anne Flosnik's voices down pat, as well. And both women, writer and narrator, are professional and competent with their individual crafts, so if you liked them before, you'll probably like this one as well.
If you've read any of these, then you know what you're getting into; this is more of the same and just as good as the rest. No surprises, ugly or othe..Show More »rwise. And yet, for a way to spend a few hours, it is as worth the time spent as the rest of them. For me, at my age, being worth the time is really quite an accolade.