Working the graveyard shift as a waitress, single mother Jessie Mann has no time to waste on a Texan with big dreams and a skinny wallet. And that’s just what she sees when Jack Morrison ambles into the diner where she works. After a childhood of financial instability, Jessie swore she’d do better by her son. But with Christmas just around the corner, saying no to Jack and his cowboy good looks is easier said than done.
I love the "waitress meets rich man" premise so that - plus the fact that this audio is available on Kindle Unlimited - were the reasons for me to pick it up. The plot wasn't really good though. It totally made sense for him to keep his millions to himself until he knew that she loved him for who he was but there was no reason whatsoever for the elaborate lies!
The narrator was just average. Ok male voices but not very distinct. If the hero hadn't had an accent, it would have been difficult to distinguish him from the other male characters.
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Leila Beaumont is a gorgeous and talented portrait painter trapped in a loveless marriage with her profligate husband, Francis. Though long ago, Francis very much played the hero, rescuing and wedding the orphaned 17-year-old Leila - Francis' more recent hedonistic lifestyle of drinking, drugging and womanizing has not only earned him quite a few enemies in London, but lost him the love of his wife.
"Captives of the Night" had one of the most disagreeable heroines I've had the misfortune to find in romance. I was at the brink of not finishing it many times but the mystery and the hero kept me reading on.
Leila's husband has been murdered. Given that that her husband was a cruel and vicious character with a tendency for blackmailing, this wasn't a surprise. At the beginning, she's suspected of the crime, given that her and her husband haven't gotten along in years and in fact, everybody knows they don't even sleep together. The Comte d'Esmond, an admirer of Leila's and secret government agent, is tasked with finding out the murderer.
The mystery was the interesting part even if the murderer came out of left field. Even though the evil husband could have been killed by anybody under the sun, they conveniently focus on 5 people from their circle because "their instincts told them to" and don't seem to investigate anybody else.
As I mentioned, I wasn't fond of Leila. Her character didn't make sense whatsoever, a supposedly strong and sophisticated woman with a very provincial view of sex. She loves calling herself a "whore" because she likes sex and browbeats herself for being attracted to Esmond. This would have made sense if she was very religious or sheltered but she's an artist living in Paris with access to all sorts of people and living with a very licentious husband. You would think she would put two and two together! She also has this very childish temper - she loves to destroy things - and thinks she knows better than everybody. I wanted to slap her silly.
I really liked Esmond's redemption and having a main character that wasn't European for a change. It made for an interesting read.
This is one of those "series" that was cobbled up together for who knows what reasons because books 1 & 2 are very related but 3 & 4 aren't. In fact, you can start with #3 (which is the most loved book by this author) with the confidence of knowing that you don't have to read this book or the one preceding it because they have nothing to do whatsoever with it.
Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi's own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers. Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible... or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.
The Irin Chronicles is one of those series which is almost UFish but not quite. The books are told in the 3rd person but we have the same couple throughout the trilogy. There's a conflict going on but I confess the whole world was too complicated for me to care what was going on. Also, because at the beginning I thought it was PNR, I was disappointed in the level of heat of the love scenes.
Ava has heard voices all her life so obviously she thinks she's crazy. A psychiatrist in Tel Aviv recommends her to one in Istanbul and once she arrives she realizes that some men are following her. The hero is one of these and his enemy - the Gregori - are showing an interest in this woman and he's curious to find out why. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that against all odds, Ava is one of the Irina, the women in his race.
The reason between the separation between the Irin and Irina didn't make sense to me at all. Even though Irin & Irina are both stronger together than separate, once their enemy attacks, they decide to go their separate ways? WTH? Has nobody ever heard of divide and conquer? That's exactly what your enemy wants!
The narrator, Zachary Webber has a really sexy voice but it was too raspy and low at times, which made him sound flat and like he was always whispering. I may give him another chance in something else but for now, I'm not paying full credit for any of his narrations.
The way this ended made me read the next book - in fact, I picked it up right away.
My dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I've got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancée for the next week. Charlotte's up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.
Even with the crazy premise - this is 21st century NY, not 19th century England - I was enjoying this book a lot until the end. I liked the main character, the New York setting and his sense of humor. But that end was soo saccharine! I kept cringing when he told her "the lessons he's learned" (Yikes!) It also seemed amazing that these two didn't realize earlier that they were so into each other.
Sebastian York was perfect as Spencer. His female voices are not great (he has a very deep voice) but he rocked the male main character.
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In Silicon Valley, the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. In Istanbul, a cynical undercover operator receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he is the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley's nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.
I'm a big fan of Barry Eisler (both his books AND his narrations) but this really didn't do it for me. There was just...TOO.MUCH...DRAMA!!
That's not why I read thrillers. I want action, excitement, kick-assery on an atomic level. Not family fights, recriminations or whining. All of the characters were so annoying that I wanted to repeatedly kick them in the soft parts.
Alex Treven is a lawyer in Silicon Valley. After one of his clients is murdered and he realizes he's next, he calls his big brother for help. Ben is in the military and in the habit of saving his brother from trouble so even though they are estranged, he goes to help. As soon as he returns, he and his brother started fighting and it pretty much didn't stop until the end. It was tiresome. I understand that one of Mr. Eisler's strengths as a writer is the "damaged MC" and only family can damage a person this much but I can take drama when I'm already invested in the character. As the first book in the series, there was just too much of it.
Something else I didn't like was how Ben kept dropping people so obviously that it could get back to him. I was amazed the police didn't show up at some point and arrest him.
I DID like the ending and I'll probably read the next in the series because it connects with Rain #7. Otherwise, I probably would have skipped it.
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LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.
I bought Suspect just because MacLeod Andrews is the narrator. I hadn’t even remembered that I had read a previous book by this author (The Two Minute Rule) so I had no expectations besides the excellent narration. But in the prologue, we see Maggie’s POV (yes, the dog has a POV!) from the time when she lost her handler. And I was hooked.
And in love.
With the dog.
And I’m not even a dog person!
Like Maggie, Scott also lost his partner to violence and 9 months later, the culprits haven’t been apprehended. Scott’s life has changed dramatically since the shooting: he’s in pain, traumatized, and stubbornly refusing to take a medical retirement. It’s not clear why Scott decides to go for the K-9 unit but once he does, his and Maggie’s path intersect.
Slowly, Scott begins to bond with Maggie, even talking to his own shrink to find out how to help with her PTSD. At the same time, Scott gets involved in the investigation about his shooting, now that new detectives are on the case. This was the weak part of the book. After I remembered "The Two Minute Rule", I realized the plots were very similar. Same bad guys, same motive. The way in which Scott found the witness seemed too convoluted (although I understand this was a way to involve Maggie) and how he became a “suspect” was so fishy that you wonder how the Police was taken in. I liked Maggie and Scott so much though that I just went along for the ride.
I loved how the author did Maggie’s POV. Her thoughts are all about pleasing and protecting Scott, who after a time, she considers her Alpha. With Scott, she’s all sweetness but when she’s on the job, she's all business. She’s constantly evaluating threats and totally fierce when Scott is in danger. Her favorite mantra is: “Scott safe. Maggie safe. Pack safe.” She’s so precious! (I told you I’m in love.:)
As usual, MacLeod Andrews rocked the narration. His voices are great, his pacing is just perfect - I speed up most narrators but NEVER him!
Overall, I think any mystery reader will enjoy this book but for animal lovers, it will be a definite treat.
After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn - the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies - to make her an offer she can't refuse.
"Neanderthal Seeks Human" wasn't as "smart" as I thought it was going to be. It wasn't insightful or thought-provoking, it was just the run of the mill billionaire meets super hot naive woman. But of course she doesn't really know she's super hot (in fact, she thinks she's ugly even though everybody and her mother tells her she isn't.)
I guess what makes this book "smart" is that Janie is the equivalent of Sheldon Cooper - very smart with no social skills whatsoever. (You could probably even say she has some sort of social disorder.) Like Sheldon, she spouts uninteresting facts at the drop of a hat and has a best friend who takes care of her. The friend even acknowledges this fact at the end when she "passes the baton" to the hero. And probably that was my biggest problem with the book, that I felt that at some level, Janie needed taking care of and that's not the kind of heroines I want in the romance I read.
This book is super long winded and there are parts that defy disbelief - her not figuring out who he was, the reason why he acted as a security guard, etc.
The narration is very good though. Ms. Grace is definite a narrator to watch but the book wasn't that good.
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For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O'Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he's been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he's got company. Atticus' apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What's more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.
Shattered is definitely the worst book in this series. Instead of a cohesive story, we have almost 3 novellas told from different POVs: Granuaile, Atticus and Owen, with ocassional intervention by one another to tie the whole thing together. It just didn’t work. Granuiele has become a less interesting version of Atticus and the Arch Druid is a new character, so I didn’t care being so much in his head.
The plot is so disjointed that it’s not even worth to go into it. Things came together at the end reasonably well but you can tell this is just a filler book to set up future ones.
Atticus and Granuaile are the blandest couple in UF, bar none. They barely thought about one another during the whole book and they shared more feelings with their own dogs. I was shocked that Atticus would let her confront the issues with her father on her own…what kind of man is this? And don’t tell me that he’s supposed to trust she can take care of herself, blah, blah, blah. She’s a new Druid and she’s facing demons. And even if she was a hand at this, he’s supposed to be her man and she’s trying to save her freaking father! Don’t you think she could use some help? Or even somebody to share her worries? Couples are supposed to support each other, to share the good and the bad. But these two don’t feel like a couple at all but more like colleagues who work together and have to consult with each other now and then.
The sections with Owen were more interesting, as he has a funny way of looking at things. Unbelievably, we know more of the feelings of this primitive man (remember, he has been frozen for 2,000 years) than Atticus and Granuaile’s. At some point, Owen meets a woman he likes and he wonders if they could have a relationship, and there’s a touching scene where he realizes he could have been a better teacher to Atticus. It’s a great contrast with Atticus and Granuaile, which are an emotional black hole.
I really hope we don’t see multiple POVs in the series again. Granuaile has become so boring that her sections were painful. She’s now a watered down version of Atticus but with lots less experience: she’s a Druid, she talks to the Earth, she shapeshifts, she has a dog (who unlike Oberon is completely uninteresting). I’ve been wondering if Mr. Hearne is just planning to kill her off, because right now, I don’t see that she’s serving much of a purpose.
Luke Daniels continued to rock the narration - Owen's voice was particularly inspired. He sounded like such a curmudgeon!
I’ve been preordering the audiobooks in this series for a couple of years now but I think this will be my last preorder. I’ll probably continue the series, but I think I’ll wait and read reviews before continuing.
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John Charming isn't your average prince... He comes from a line of Charmings - an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best-until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.
It took me a while to get into this audio - there was just too much info dumping at the beginning and I didn't get why John was so into Sig. But once I stopped comparing it to the Iron Druid Chronicles - there are a lot of similarities - I enjoyed it on its own. Yes, John Charming is a wise-ass who can kick ass with a sword but he's a lot more vulnerable, which I liked. I also enjoyed the world building, which managed to have a few new twists: Prince Charmings as Knight Templars fighting against supernaturals. When you've read as much UF as I have, you don't find many new things anymore.
Roger Wayne is a new narrator to watch - he reminded me a lot of Luke Daniels (the narrator of the Iron Druid Chronicles). Great pacing, delivery and different voices. As others have mentioned, sometimes I had a little trouble distinguishing when we were John's head vs. actual dialogue but that didn't happen too often to make it annoying.
I found the vampire villain a bit unbelievable and given how strong vampires are in this world, I thought somebody should have had her idea a long time ago. Still, this book is a good start to a series and with this narrator, I'll definitely be listening to #2.
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Prepare to fall in love with the Grayson brothers in Shades of Honor, the first novel in the best-selling series by award-winning author Wendy Lindstrom. Haunted by a gruesome war and his own dark secrets, former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns home, seeking a loving reunion with his brothers and a place where he and his young daughter can make a home. Desperate for peace, Radford is ambushed by his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn - his brother's fiancée.
I'm not very fond of characters that betray people that trust them (siblings or best friends) but when I accepted to review this book, I had recently read "Texas Destiny", which I really liked. On the surface, both books have the same trope - tortured Civil War veteran falls in love with his brother's fiancee - but the execution makes them different, so this one wasn't as enjoyable for me.
Evelyn has been engaged to her childhood friend for 4 years and she's months away from the wedding when his older brother shows up. Radford (our hero) and Kyle (the fiance) are having problems because Kyle felt her brother abandoned him. Radford's a veteran of the Civil War and has had problems adjusting, so he stayed away from his family. Now he's ready to come back but the relationship with his brother is not making things easy.
The attraction between Evelyn and Radford is immediate. They try to ignore their feelings - although there was a little too much touching for my liking - but instead, their feelings bloom. 3/4 of the book proceeds in this manner - them saying they cannot continue, with a few kisses and touches - and Evelyn's trying to work things out with Kyle. Evelyn has plenty of chances to break the engagement but the truth of her relationship with Radford comes out in the worst possible way. I wasn't a fan of Kyle - he was too much of a whiner about the situation with his brother - but they definitely didn't treat him very well.
The book has some very emotional parts, specially about Radford's recolections of the Civil War. I teared up when he finally confesses to Evelyn what he went through. I think my favorite character of the whole book is Evelyn's father.
The narration was slow, slow so I had to listen at 1.5 speed. Ms. Motyka tended towards over dramatization but the story was melodramatic in parts. I won't necessarily avoid her in the future but I'll listen to the sample first to see if she's sped up her narrations.
I'll probably try the second book in the series even though I'm not very fond of Kyle, because it's gotten lots of good reviews from my friends. I'll probably switch to print though.
*I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
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