People call me Father, but I prefer Frank, because I'm the worst preacher you'll ever meet. Days spent completely wasted pull a number on you, especially when you've got a truckload of baggage that comes with it. Until this beautiful girl in the back of the church takes my breath away. And we end up committing sacrilege in the confessional. Bad doesn't even begin to describe me, and after one taste of what she's got to offer, I want more.
This is one of my favorite reads of 2017!
If you are easily offended by sexual desecration of sacred ground, you may want to pass on this but if you are looking for a hot, steamy somewhat taboo read, you have found it in Father.
For those of you who may have wandered from your church, Father Frank will make you want to return to the fold. He is a classic hot alpha male, bad boy who happens to be a preacher with a dark and painful past looking for salvation. Laura is living in the shadow of her family, taking care of her two brothers struggling with her desires and looking for absolution. The heat between them is palpable. Their connection, inevitable.
The narrator has a nice smooth voice but, when the situation called for it, his intonation rings a bit sarcastic and not as sensual or emotional or serious as I would have liked. He might be better for a mystery or a rom-com.
Animal. Monster. Beast. That's what they call Viktor Melikov, the man who hides in the dark...but even monsters need to be loved. The moment he sees the girl hired to dance for him, everything ceases to exist. It's a feeling he's unfamiliar with...and craves more than anything.
Where does Viktor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is one of the best narrations I've heard. Most times the voice does not match what I hear when I read but that was not the case here. John Tillman's voice can be as smooth and soothing as a lullaby and scary as a nightmare.
Any additional comments?
I love a dark tale and Clarissa Wild does not disappoint here. Viktor is a modern day version of Beauty and the Beast read by a versatile narrator. Since it is a tale, there were certainly a few things that seemed a little far fetched (Like an 18 y/o hooker's amazing skills with an assault weapon) but still, I enjoyed the story overall. Definitely worth a listen!
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As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.
I get that this is a love story. I get that there are extraordinary circumstances in this book that might make you re-evaluate your opinion of what love between a man and a woman looks like. ( If you don't mind calling a thirteen year-old girl a woman. )
I don't believe that there was malicious intent or any intent, for that matter, to glorify pedophilia. I believe the author was just trying to get you to think outside of the box (or the law). Still, there were cringe-worthy moments when a grown man has intimate contact with a child/teenager even though it was based in what turns out to be true love.
The writing was really good. The narrator was great. I guess it was those moments that made this a 3 star story for me.
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Dirty Ugly Toy is a novel that blurs the lines of right and wrong, deals with abuse, contains dubious consent, and adult subject matter. If you are sensitive to violent sexual situations, the book may not be suitable for you. Some parts of this book are not easy to hear and are not intended for everyone. However, those that keep an open mind and stick with it will not be disappointed.
I love the K Webster's mind works. Like a roller coaster, she'll twist and turn the story until you think you've had enough then shift direction so fast you'll need to take a breath before you can go on. This book was no exception. And the narration certainly adds to the experience.
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For generations the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege - as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet. For Lizzie King, Easterly's head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life.
Based on some of the reviews, I was a bit skeptical but it turns out that I really loved this book!
If you are a fan of JR Wards vibrant and ultra descriptive writing style and her fondness for loading the story with multiple fascinating and fun characters, you will love this book.
It's very much like a soap opera or dramatic mini series with plenty of storylines that intertwine. Just a word of warning, if you are looking for the steamy sex from the BDB series, you won't find that here. However, you will find romance and intrigue along with a great story about a wealthy southern family a top the of the Kentucky bourbon game.
Alexander Cendese has the perfect deep southern drawl to suck you right in. I think his voice and this story are the perfect match.
I'm looking forward to book 2 and the rest of the series.