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NOT WORTH THE READ

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-19

What a disappointment! I am SO glad this is not the first Sherrilyn Kenyon book I read as I probably would not read anymore of hers. This would be a real shame as i have read the entire Dark Hunter series, the Belador series and the League series and love all of them. She had become an author that I don't even read synopsis of the book and just buy it on her name alone. Sadly, I won't be doing that anymore. I will struggle through to the end and update my review then. Finally finished it, and unfortunately, I stand by my original opinion.

ARCHON /ÄRKÄN

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

If you are going to be paid to narrate a book, learn how to pronounce the words!! There were several that were mispronounced, some were names like Urian (not Orion) and everytime they come up I would run through the HUGE cast of characters in my mind to figure out who it is, and then think OH, Urian. Then there are normal words Derisively for example. But Archon was the worst. If I had to listen to Arch-on one more time I was going to throw my phone! I loved Holter Graham in the CON books, and no one does a smart-alec Cajun like he does, but I prefer Fred Berman for these. Other than the pronunciation errors, his women voices are the worst. All whiny and screechy.

I see what people mean about the cut and paste. I think the editor really slept on the job here. I like some of that as it has been awhile since I read any of these books, but especially the part from the end of Styxx' book just went on and on. I think she lost track of whose book it was...reading it, I almost did.

And Artemis has bugged me for several books...can we drop the idiom joke please. I find it difficult to believe that a goddess who has survived for thousands of years can't get these straight. At times SK intimates that Artemis just does it to bug Acheron, at other times it is Acheron who does the corrections to bug Artemis. But in reality, it bugs the reader, at least this reader.

With all that, I did like this book. I agree with the reviewer who said the problem was in the descriptors. For example, instead of saying "he never felt like this before" with Phoebe, he could have said, "he hadn't felt like this in centuries, not since he lost Xyn."

And as for time hopping, it would help me if she would put, "Two centuries later..." instead of just giving the dates. Then I am stuck thinking, "Okay, what was the last date? Now lets do some addition/subtraction to figure out the timeline." Argh.

THE NAME IS RONNY!!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Okay, I normally love Brianna Bronte, but let's do a little research on a book before narrating it. Taber's mate is RONNY, as in Veronica, not RONI, as in macaroni, regardless of how it is spelled. I cannot believe this was allowed through as is. It annoys the sh** out of me each time I listen to it.

Fun Quick Read

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I liked it much better than the first book. The characters were much more fleshed out in this one. Happy to be rid of the breathy narrator too.

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So Crabby He Cracks Me Up

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Lucern is a writer, and on 01/30 his editor Kate C. Leever, writes him this long flattering letter, ending by asking him if he will do a book tour, and requests his phone number, email, etc.

His response (on April 1st)..."Dear Miss Leever, NO. Sincerely, Lucern Argeneau."

Her next much longer and even more flattering letter (04/11) is sent overnight express. On June 15th, he writes, "Dear Miss Leever, NO. Sincerely, Lucern Argeneau."

She gets more wordy and sends him another overnight letter on 06/26 and ends by asking him to call.

On August 1st, he writes "Dear Miss Leever, NO. Sincerely, Lucern Argeneau."

He is just surly enough to tickle my funny bone.

Narrator did a great job with Lucern. I would have liked to have a female voice for Kate, but no complaints.

Promising premise, but doesnt follow through

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I hate autocorrect on my phone, and I had to laugh at the beginning of the book and the problems this caused. But... it went downhill from there. It just didnt keep my interest, and the narrator has the WORST cajun accent. I would have thought that would be a prerequisite to narrate something termed a "Bourbon Street Boys" book.

Solid Story with Some Major Flaws

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Overall I enjoyed the book, but I have two major issues with it. First is the origin of Richard’s birth. Twice Richard's father's infidelity is brought up and rationalized away as feeling sorry for her and it "accidentally" happens. I realize this is not about Richard, but repeatedly throughout the book we hear about the "Cynster Way", "to have and to hold", love, fidelity, fate. I find getting the story of Sebastian, especially after reading "A Promise in a Kiss" really detracts from Richard’s story. I think Stephanie Lauren was distracted the day she came up with this storyline and did a disservice to the entire series with this. She could have made Richard older than Devil and a by blow of Sebastian’s philandering ways PRIOR to his marriage to Helene. Devil would still be the Duke as he is legitimate and it would also make Helene’s EASY acceptance of the babe believable. As written, simply put, it is not, and it becomes like fingernails on a chalkboard every time the pompous "Cynster Way" is repeated.

My second major issue with the book is the ease and acceptance of using a date rape drug. Yes, I know that Richard is very willing and would be without the drug, but that really isn’t the point, is it? Had Richard used drugs to sleep with the Lady, I don’t think we would have been at all accepting of it. And she is trying to get pregnant and have his baby and then planning on never telling him? And this is after she spends the day with him and learns how much family means to him.

Perhaps I am just in a mood, as I generally don’t moralize when I read, but the afore mentioned plot points really spoiled the book for me. That being said, I love Richard and the rest of the book was enjoyable reading. However, like a cup of delicious starbucks coffee that someone has spit in, even though 99% is good stuff, the overall product is tainted.

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Not My Favorite

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I love the Cynster books, but this one leaves me wanting. It REALLY drags. No part is particularly bad, but no part is particularly good. I hate ditsy or annoying leading ladies and she is neither. However, I never actually come to care about her. I have read some of the other reviews that blame the never ending monotony on the narrator, and this is a possibility. I may have to motivate to read the book some time and see if I like it better, but at this point, I cannot recommend it.

Forgettable Chick Lit

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Would you try another book from Suzanne Brockmann and/or Patrick Lawlor?

Yes to both. I love the Troubleshooter series and I love Patrick Lawlor.

Would you recommend Future Perfect to your friends? Why or why not?

No. The H & H were both disappointing. She was annoying and snippy from the start. For no discernible reason he falls for her immediately. He would be likable if he weren't such a major woose. He grovels to her nearly constantly, and then has all this inner dialogue, "what was I thinking?" "It's too soon." "Should I apologize?" and on and on.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He does an excellent job and I have pretty much liked him in all the books I have heard. No complaints.

Did Future Perfect inspire you to do anything?

Read something action packed or eat something salty. Way too much saccharin here for me.

Any additional comments?

I love Suzanne Brockmann. I know this is one of her earlier books so I am going to go with that as the reason for this book. Definitely do not let it keep you from trying her other books. She generally rocks.

Love the Hero, Hate the Heroine

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

What did you like best about Lion's Heat? What did you like least?
I hate, hate, hate Rachael. She is the most selfish woman I have ever had the inopportunity to read about. She uses her toys to achieve her own release. Then Jonas brings her to climax on two separate occasions, once when she is CLEARLY aware of the pain he is in. And in all this time, he is not allowed to even kiss her or else she would be subjected to the mating heat. Heaven forbid that Jonas is not the only one to suffer. And then, in chapter 14, when she is finally leaning toward “giving in” (I mean he has only risked his life, saved her daughter several times, proclaimed his love for her, all with getting nothing in return), does she kiss him? No. She starts to seduce him and wants to play a game to see how far she can push him before he finally loses his vaunted control. All while he is under the pressure of months of the mating heat, and she is debating, should I? Shouldn’t I? Am I ready? Blah, blah, blah. It is hard to love a book when you hate the heroine. I love Jonas enough to recommend the book, but honestly, this won’t be one I read over and over. She is just toooooo annoying.
At one point, he tells her he loves her. Then later she says he calls it a mating and can’t admit it is love. She says several times that Marines has told her everything about the mating heat, and yet she seems completely unaware that he cannot find his release without his mate. Jonas tells her this. She doesn’t believe him. Later Elly tells her this. She pretends to be completely unaware of this and later wonders if this can really be true. It makes me wonder since she doesn’t think that this can be true and obviously doesn’t think Jonas is having a difficult time, then why oh why was it so important to her not to give in? Completely illogical and chronically annoying.
Then they finally have sex. She nearly loses her mind the sex is so good and then she cuddles up and goes to sleep completely sated, but never notices that he wears a condom, doesn’t climax, and doesn’t even kiss her. Chapter 15 (out of 25)and I am so aggravated and annoyed that I am writing this review while listening to the book so that I can vent my frustration.
It is the end of chapter 16 before she FINALLY decides he is good enough for her to kiss. I have finished the book and Rachael, of course, becomes a strong woman and a good mate, but it is too little too late as far as I am concerned.

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