LISTENER

Susan65

Denver, Colorado
  • 24
  • reviews
  • 28
  • helpful votes
  • 56
  • ratings
  • Tigerland

  • By: Sean Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Dave Gillies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

After an eventful and sometimes uncomfortably public courtship, Simon Murray and Declan Tyler settled into a comfortable life together. Now retired from the AFL, Declan works as a football commentator; Simon develops programs with queer content for a community television station. Despite their public professional lives, Simon and Declan manage to keep their private life out of the spotlight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great Story!

  • By HaloLove on 01-29-15

Two all time favorite characters brought to life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-18

I’d read the Tigers & Devils series more than once and have loved it more and more with each read. So much so, on a recent trip to Australia, I’d actually attended an AFL game, proudly wearing my team colors scarf, which started me back on my kick of a total series reread. Or, in this case, a first time audiobook listen and review. I admit, I was concerned when I’d picked up the first book and the narrator had an American accent. That immediately took the wind out of my sails, and within minutes, I put it down. I just could not ruin the image in my mind with that voice. Nothing against the narrator personally, he just didn’t fit the scene. I noticed the narrator for the next two books was a different narrator and so I sampled Tigerland, loved the accent, and here I am.

I can safely say, with my trip to Oz, my first hand experience at a footy game, fully admiring the legs and butts on these athletes, that I now have a brand new appreciation for Declan Tyler. He was portrayed as a man with a body made for sin and a heart of gold, but the narrator brought the image in my head to life with his amazing performance. As much as I loved Declan, I have to admit, David Gilles took Simon Murphy to a whole new level. I liked Simon, I really did, but this performance made me absolutely love him. I much preferred his voice of Simon over any other character and now Simon has supplanted Declan as my favorite. See what happened here? A book you love, turned into an audio, can take that love and elevate in ways you never imagined.

If you have never read this series, and I am well aware it is a few years old, take my word and read it. And if you want the true Aussie experience, pick up the audiobook for Tigerland. I guarantee you will thank me.

  • Hotline

  • Murmur Inc.
  • By: Quinn Anderson
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he's in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fall for a client. Until a man named "John" starts calling, and Zack finds himself interested in more than a paycheck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute & funny love story

  • By Jessica on 02-22-18

Great performance for a good story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

As many audio books that I’ve listened to by Nick J. Russo, one would think that all of the storylines and characters would start to meld together…but they don’t. Nick is an amazing narrator and I have never listened to one of his audios where I was not invested and totally impressed with the performance. In this case, Nick plays with fire as a sex phone operator (SPO), and I have no doubts that he could easily find himself a part-time job as a SPO if he ever wanted to make a couple extra dollars.

Zack struggles to gain his family’s approval so admitting that his job is as a SPO is not an option. What is also not an option is getting turned on by, and wanting more, with a client. In this case, Zack, also known as Mr. Darkling, is intrigued by John. There is just something about John that resonates within him and he can’t stop thinking about him, nor getting disappointed if he doesn’t call in. What is not expected is actually running into the man in real life.

John and Zach have a connection but paying for phone sex, and performing a sexual act over the phone, was always meant to be separate from real life. When Zach and John meet they struggle a bit at first, which is very much expected, but that connection is just too real. Now they just have to work their way through all the landmines in their way.

I totally enjoyed this story, and I especially loved the narrator’s performance of John. His voice was silky smooth, and it was no wonder that Zach fell for him, because I did too.

  • The Master Will Appear

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins. Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees. What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration peeve

  • By SassiKassi on 08-01-18

What an amazing performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I loved this audio. I simply loved everything and every minute of it. It was hot as sin, it was perfectly performed, it was so enthralling, and I was completely enraptured from the beginning until the end. This is saying A LOT because 1) I usually do not like age-differences, 2) I usually can take or leave BDSM, and 3) this was a new narrator for me. Lesson learned? Take a chance, step outside your bubble and expand your comfort zone, and give a new-to-you narrator a chance. I am so glad I grabbed this audio. It was everything I loved and it was performed masterfully.

Okay, so now that you know that I loved it. Why? Well, for starters, it has so many nooks and crannies where all the goodness inside people could hide. Especially those who originally come across as arrogant. Both Ryan and Misha (Mikhail) have baggage, Ryan much more than Misha, but together they work through those nooks and crannies together. It didn’t start out that way, but once the “relationship” began, it all slowly worked its way to the surface. Ryan needed Misha as much as Misha needed Ryan. But they have to work hard for it and since this audio is 13 hours long, we get there one step (literally) at a time. Worth every minute.

Another thing I enjoyed was the fencing. I think that was what drew me to the story in the first place. I like sports romances, and I tend to go for the footballer, but fencing is classy and it called to me. I learned a bit, and I found myself fully invested in the lessons Ryan was receiving from Mikhail. Fencing is what brought them together, BDSM and love is what kept them together. Seriously, I am not doing this audio review any just, but trust me, Michael Ferraiuolo does a fabulous job with Misha’s Russian accent, and Ryan’s upper crust college boy attitude and personality. These two were performed so well that I had not one issue with the age gap nor the submission; if anything, it made the story that much better, and definitely that much hotter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hiatus

  • By: L. A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years-and a lot of hard work-the trio is still going strong. But then Cam comes to visit with devastating news. After seventeen years together, he and Theo have agreed to a trial separation. Nate tries desperately to fix his lovers' broken relationship, but there's only so much he can do from the road. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So much angst

  • By Jessica on 11-18-17

Heartbreaking but worth it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

This was one of the most heartbreaking and angsty stories I have ever listened to. I am a huge fan of existing couples, and in this case, we have an existing throuple, which kind of makes the whole breakup and struggle to get back together thing that much worse. This story is pure pain and heartache from beginning to almost end. For someone who goes for the angst, it was almost too much for me.

Cam and Theo are legally married and have been together for over 17 years. For the last five years, they have joined with Nate, who is equally loved and loves them both equally, as well. The issue with this threesome is not jealousy nor an unfair exchange of time or love, but communication…and fear, and pride. Both Cam and Theo are struggling but keep their struggles to themselves. In other words, they lie when asked if they are okay, and they get mad if pushed. It was quite an eye opener to see something so real life being performed so realistically. The narrator was on his game in this audio.

Nate is the odd man out, not because he is not “married” to them but because he is a musician and is always traveling and on the road. So finding out his family was splitting up put a serious strain on Nate and his career. Theo and Cam are a package deal, and it kills him to have to see them each separately. This is a really difficult audio to listen to because the narrator performed each character, and their heartfelt pain, so well that my heart was left lodged in my throat. There were times when I heard how much they all loved each other, but I also could easily see them going their separate ways. It took near the entire book, but once Cam and Theo talked, really talked, and started to heal, then they once again included Nate back in to the threesome, the pain slowly drifted away and I knew they were going to be okay.

  • Changing Plans

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

After being stood up at the altar, compulsive over-planner Elliott Chandler decides to turn his honeymoon on Oahu into a vacation for one. Fate puts a hitch in his plans, however, when the airport is snowed in and his flight is delayed. In the terminal, the jilted groom catches the eye of another stranded traveler: the laid back and very sexy Derek Windsor. Derek breaks the ice and strikes up a conversation, and as the temperature drops outside, the heat between them rises.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oldie but goodie

  • By L. Antoine on 03-24-17

Sweet

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Being in aviation, I am a huge fan of a storyline that connects with my chosen field. In this case, Elliott, who was stood up at the altar, chooses to go on his honeymoon alone. Good for him, I would have, too. But, as if being jilted wasn’t bad enough, his flight is grounded, too. Bad fiances and bad weather leaves the door open for new possibilities…and in walks that new possibility, Derek.

Derek is grounded, too, but chooses to go for it where Elliott is concerned and the fireworks start almost immediately. If you love sweet and romantic and sexy and lots of loving, then this audio is for you. With Charlie David as the narrator, you are taken on a journey that is so sweet and fun you feel as if your teeth will fall out. I am not usually a fan of sappy, but Charlie did a stellar job of creating a romance that we all wish for and I look forward to listing to more from him…and of course, L.A. Witt is an auto-buy and with her you know you are going to love it.

  • The Thief

  • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100

Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell. Her heart, though, is back up North, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, who never meant to fall in love - certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff

  • By Robin on 04-11-18

Great performance for a good story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I sometimes wonder how far this series will go, and then I find that I am not a fan of certain characters and think that my interest will wane…and then something unexpected happens and I’m pulled right back in and start salivating for the next book. FINALLY, a Murhder sighting…well, a Murhder hearing, more like, but still…he wants to speak to Wrath and I can’t wait to see where this crazy man will fit in with the Brothers he’d left so long ago. I am really excited for the next book, but alas, this one was about Assail, Sola and Vovo, and V and Jane.

I’d read many reviews before I started this audio and was expecting some big moment of V doing something unforgivable…and it never happened. Sometimes I wonder if people confuse their own lives with the book characters and struggle to separate the two…and in the process miss an excellent storyline. V does not cheat…he doesn’t even touch another person, but…he thinks about it, he plans on it, but the cruel, diamond-eyed Brother catches himself before it’s too late…and comes to realize that Jane is all he needs. Now, Jane is not at fault for her mate’s actions, but she needed the wake up call, too. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy….remember The Shining, people. This was, in my opinion, a huge level-setting for V and Jane, and a chance to finally learn to put each other first.

Strangely, a book about V had more sightings of Butch’s ex-partner, Jose De La Cruz, than Butch…I missed him. But, I really want Jose and Butch to reconnect, that poor man is still haunted by the loss if his friend.

I put off the Assail and Sola parts because, one, I was not really looking forward to them, and two, I am still unsure about how I feel. On the one side, I ended up really liking Assail and his cousins interactions with Sola’s Vovo…but Sola just didn’t grow on me like I’d hoped. I know we can’t love everyone equally, and I am glad they didn’t move into the mansion, too, but her extreme independence was a little off-putting at times. On the plus side, no Layla sightings in this book.

Since this was an audio I would be remiss in not actually reviewing the narrator, Jim Frangione. It is not a surprise, to anyone who has read my other BDB audio reviews, how much I love this man’s voice. It resonates within me and he spellbounds me with his precise pronunciation and clear articulation. I can almost envisage that he is from the olde country and is a vampire himself. He is, and always will be, the voice of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

  • Kill Game

  • Seven of Spades, Volume 1
  • By: Cordelia Kingsbridge
  • Narrated by: Wyatt Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Homicide detective Levi Abrams is barely holding his life together. He’s reeling from the fallout of a fatal shooting, and his relationship with his boyfriend is crumbling. The last thing he’s prepared for is a serial killer stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Or how he keeps getting thrown into the path of annoyingly charming bounty hunter Dominic Russo. Dominic likes his life free of complications. That means no tangling with cops—especially prickly, uptight detectives. But when he stumbles across one of the Seven of Spades’s horrifying crime scenes, he can’t let go, despite Levi’s warnings to stay away. The Seven of Spades is ruthless and always two moves ahead. Worst of all, they’ve taken a dangerously personal interest in Levi and Dominic. Forced to trust each other, the two men race to discover the killer’s identity, revealing hidden truths along the way and sparking a bond neither man expected. But that may not be enough to protect them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why haven't more books been released into audio???

  • By Annika on 09-25-18

Great start for a new series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

This is a great start to the new Seven of Spades series, and there was really no time wasted getting right into it. From the get go it just grabs the reader and sucks them in. I started this one thinking, let me just listen to a few chapters, and ended up nearly halfway through the audiobook before I’d put it down. That’s almost four hours of non-stop listening. What really made this story for me was the narrator, Wyatt Baker. He did a stellar job performing all aspects of the police drama, including the lovey-dovey and sexy times. Mr. Baker is a well-rounded performer and he kept me totally invested in the mystery that is the Seven of Spades, and the slow-burning attraction between Levi and Dominic.

Levi is a homicide detective dealing with a serial killer and a bad breakup, simultaneously. In addition, the killer seems to “like” Levi. The killer, in this case, is more of a vigilante and it makes it very hard to feel too bad for his victims. But regardless, the guy must be stopped and Levi is tasked with getting it done. At the same time, Dominic, a guy who bartends and hunts down bail jumpers, is unfortunate enough to find himself in the middle of the case, and left dealing with the not so cuddly detective…who just so happens to check every one of his boxes. Even though this story is quite the slow burn, with most of the focus on the investigation and police work, Wyatt Baker’s performance lets you know that the steam factor is bubbling just beneath the surface and when it blows, it is going to be hot…and it was, it totally was, and worth the wait.

Considering this is book one in the series, and the series is called the Seven of Spades, and the killer is known as the Seven of Spades, it should not have come as a surprise to me that the mystery was not solved at the end of this installment. But it did, and I was. I totally thought it was going to be all neatly packed away and solved, getting us ready for the next adventure, but instead we are left with a small cliffhanger and I was left looking out for book number two. Read this folks, you will be dragged in by realism in the story, and if you prefer to listen to the audio, by the tenor of the narrator’s voice. Both the story and the audio are a solid four stars and I highly recommend this to everyone.

  • Staggered Cove Station

  • Dreamspun Desires, Book 54
  • By: Elle Brownlee
  • Narrated by: Colin Darcy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Sun-kissed California guardsman Dan Farnsworth might be at home in the water, but he’s out of his element at remote Staggered Cove Station in Alaska. Acclimating proves hard enough, but he’s also investigating the disappearance of the station’s previous rescue swimmer. Add to that the instant tension between him and his partner, Karl Radin, and Dan has his hands full. As his investigation heats up, so does the attraction between Dan and Karl. But as suspicious events escalate to sabotage, Dan starts to fear that he and Karl won’t get the chance to become more than reluctant coworkers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't quite work for me

  • By Susan65 on 05-27-18

Didn't quite work for me

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I liked the story, but not the narration. This is probably a great example of where sometimes the book works better than the audio. For me, the voice of the characters were speaking in a kind of ghetto-talk instead of professional or sun-kissed Californian. But hey, I am not from Alaska, the location for this story, so maybe that’s how they speak, but it just kept pulling me out of the story and I had to force myself to finish it, and not trade it in for the book. The narration just did not work for what I was hearing in the story. Don’t get me wrong, I can be a ghetto girl with the best of them, and if the location or character calls for it, I am all in, but that was not the setting for this book, at least not to me.

Now, the story I really liked. A great setting, a mystery, and betrayal all wrapped in a remote Coast Guard station in nowhere Alaska. I loved that Karl was a really good guy who took his role very seriously, and was still hurting over the loss of one his men. His mentorship for Dan, the newbie Coastie, showed that he was one of the most honorable and conscientious characters in the whole story. Dan came to Alaska with a secret. Nobody knows that he is the brother of the lost coastie, and his purpose is to find out how one of the best rescue swimmers could just disappear. And that is where it gets interesting.

We have a budding romance, danger around every corner, and a mystery that will either kill Dan and Karl, or be the catalyst that cements their relationship. One of the things I really liked was that the mystery was front and center, with the romance simmering on the back burner. You know it is there, but it progresses slowly but keeps pace with the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Dan’s brother. I will recommend this book, but not in the audio format.

  • Slow Heat

  • By: Leta Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-30s, he's long since given up hope that he'll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He's fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends. When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can't be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First time reading Omegavers and I am in LOVE!!!!!

  • By Neta_BER on 05-14-18

What an amazing performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I really like the non-shifter Alpha and Omega stories, and this one was the very best I’d ever had the pleasure to listen to. This is the perfect story paired up with the perfect narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo. Michael’s performance was simply amazing. He totally grabbed onto the essence of the alpha-omega dynamics and easily portrayed that relationship in such a way that I could not put it down. This audio is over fourteen hours long and I knocked it out within two days. I just could not wait to see how the many different and intense moments would be concluded. There was also a very nice and subtle set up for the next book.

Vale is a 35 year old professor at a school for young alphas. Jason is a 19 year old student at the school who did not expect to imprint on the his omega so publically and then find that he had to convince everyone, from his best friend, to his parents, and to his omega, that this was meant to be. That he was mature enough, and he was more than willing to do what it took to care for his omega, and he didn’t care what anyone thought of the age difference. Vale, is shocked. He thought his time had passed. He never expected to find his alpha since he was advanced age for childbirth, and he especially didn’t expect to be paired with a “baby alpha”. This entire summary sounds interesting, but not groundbreaking….but, it is written and performed so freaking well that no review will ever do it justice. The narrator took an incredible story and performed it to perfection. I was completely blown away.

This is not a fast read, at all. And it takes the better part of the entire story for their relationship to be on the same footing. However, this has nothing to do with a lack of or miscommunications, but with the completeness in which the story is written. The characters are so well fleshed out that you feel as if you know them personally. The secondary characters, especially Xan, Jason’s best friend, Jason’s parents, and Vale’s long time lover and their friends, are incredibly integral to the plot that you cannot just eliminate their contribution to the story, or how important their involvement is with the satisfactory conclusion of multiple storylines…and including the next book.

I ached for both Xan and Urho, and am so pleased that they are the main couple in the next book. I am beyond excited to see how that dynamic plays out as they both broke my heart in this book, most especially Xan. Highly recommended for alpha-omega mpreg lover…and maybe those who just want to wet their toes in this trope.

Overall Impression: It was amazing!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Fury

  • Black Dagger Legacy, Book 3
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770

A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family's traditions. And he thought he'd found his perfect match - until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authentic Warden

  • By scarlett on 01-12-18

Four characters, two happy endings

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I really love this series; whether I am reading the book or listening to the audio, I get a full-on emotional ride that I’ve come to need and rely on with this, and the original series. I know this series is an offshoot of the original, but I still clasp them into one series in my mind. But lately, I find myself not reading the books, but going straight for the audio, and that has everything to do with the narrator, Jim Frangione. He is like a long lost friend that you only hear from once a year but you immediately fall back into the comfort of his voice. As soon as this audio started, I found myself smiling like a goofball. I would probably recognize this man on the street if he started to speak. He is the epitome of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and I could never listen to another narrator take over this series, ever.

Blood Fury is actually more like two books in one, which is becoming very normal for this author. Sometimes that really annoys me, but it has grown on me, and I really don’t think I needed a longer version love story for Novo and Peyton, or Saxton and Ruhn. Their tales were just right, even if their endings were a little surprising.

Saxton broke my heart. Even though I wanted to dropkick him to the Old Country, in earlier books when he was with Blay, I found myself heart-hurt once I’d realized how much he was suffering from losing Blay. And Ruhn, wow, where did that past come from? The Warden has an evil streak a mile wide and she puts our protagonists through hell. I have no doubt she sits back and cackles like an evil witch when she “sticks it” to one (or more) of her characters.

I was really happy to have some resolution between Blay and Saxton. It was needed, it was time, and it was kind, but what do you expect from these two gentle-males? It would not have made sense any other way. But the violence that came out of Saxton, whoa buddy, that was unexpected, but yet again, I was glad Blay was witness to his moving on. I admit, I liked Ruhn and Saxton better than Novo and Peyton. No surprise there for those who know me.

Novo is as tough as Xhex, but not, at the same time. She has a ton of baggage and is not just a cold, hard female for no reason. And there is more to Peyton than the rich, arrogant party boy. These two definitely shouldn’t work on paper, but they have a chemistry that neither can or should deny. I admit I wasn’t feeling the love sick Peyton fawning over Paradise, and I am glad that didn’t last long. There is more than meets the eye with all four of our main characters in this installment, and though the audio was over 13 hours long, I got through it in record time. That speaks volumes for the story but even more for the performance of the narrator.

P.S. There was quite a bit of Assail in the background and a peek at the progress of Qhuinn’s brother, Lukas. I am now getting excited for both of their stories, even though I cannot imagine where she is going with Lukas…that man is literally destroyed. I guess we shall see.