Bonded In Blood (An Adult Vampire Romance)

A Dark Legacy, Book 1
Narrated by: Mike Peterman
Series: A Dark Legacy, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
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Please note - this book is written using UK English
 

Taz I’Ane - arrogant, irreverent, womanising - Heir Apparent to the House of Nikaris, the largest and most powerful house in the Vampire Nation.
 

Morganna Satori, top of the chain of the world’s deadliest and most feared assassins - as lethal as she is beautiful.
 

Two people who couldn’t be more opposite. And whose only connection to one-another is a torrid one night’s stand in Las Vegas, six months past.
 

Now they have been thrown together to investigate a string of grisly murders, perpetrated by what appears to be a homicidal mad man in control of a savage army of children.
 

The question is not whether or not they can survive their seemingly impossible assignment. But whether they will survive each other.

©2017 L. Ann & L. Gene Brown (P)2020 L. Ann

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Mike Peterman performed stale as bread dialogues; causing the magic and promise to crumble. If I can sum it up in two words, it would be oppressively monotonous.
OMG, the hour I was able to white knuckle it, it had very little inflection; limited to a very narrow pitch range. I didn't think it was going to get better.
Mike has a beautiful natural voice, but if he doesn't learn to change the tempo, and throw some variety into his readings, then he will not be a favorite narrator very soon. I suggest asking a mentor to give you some tips, training and practice.

I love the genre, usually vampires are a click-buy-listen for me, and the darker and bloodier the better. It's for that reason and the beautiful covers; which are eye catching, original and fitting for the genre, I was extremely excited to discover the series. It looked promising, but sadly, I could not listen longer than an hour.
I came back for more an extra two times, but eventually just gave up.

I could not review the content, characters or plot fairly, because I couldn't get passed the juvenile narration which irritated and confused me tremendously.

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:)

overall the story seems okay I just could not get into it with the narrator. It just seems so bland in his voice and blah.

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Head Spinning to the Point I Gave Up

***THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS***

Let me begin with the fact I listened an audio copy of this book, and the narrator is atrocious. He has a pleasant voice; however he has no idea how to narrate a novel. There are no voice changes with characters, and he hardly changes his tone in dialogue. Even during steamy scenes. Good Lord, listening to Peterman narrate the sex scenes was cringeworthy. He was the worst part.

When it comes down to content, sadly, I have several criticisms. I hate giving up on books, and leaving bad reviews, but this one was a doozie. I tried SO HARD to just get through it, but I just couldn't. I’m a huge fan of vampires, yet the magic was missing from the descriptions of the vampires. The names were far-fetched and grandiose, yet for being so long-lived, they spoke much more modernly than they should have. Their mannerisms (aside from the elders) were just a bit too informal and clashed with their regal names. The plot jumps around so much that it made my head spin. It starts with the army of vampiric children killing people making it seem urgent, but then hit the brakes because you have to stop to explain the setting, characters, and romance between the two main characters, and don’t get back to the action for a long while. There were several times where I had to stop and replay a scene to understand what happened. And Morgan! She fought and killed a vampire child in the very beginning; is injured by it, yet the implication that someone is creating an army of vampire children is beyond her until they get video evidence and review it with the elders much later in the book. A professional assassin, in fact THE most famous assassin in their vampiric world, would have understood the severity of the issue when she encountered the first child, and should have reported it to her elders. It’s groan-worthy. Maybe some of this can be blamed on the monotone robot narrating the story, but there are just too many plot issues for me to wave all of them away. You cannot physically grab a fistful of your partner’s hair, then proceed to pull her shirt off. You don’t shrug out of pants. You can shrug out of shirts, but not pants. I had to stop two hours into the story to start my review because I couldn’t take it anymore and had to record my thoughts before I lost them in the remaining of the story. I’ve taken several breaks in the story and finally reached the point when I just couldn’t take anymore and gave up completely.

For praise, the idea of having a near immortal race similar to a vampire yet bred and raised to be lethal protectors was very intriguing and refreshing. The idea that the main characters’ fathers have plotted to bring the two together to bond without their kids knowing was entertaining. At the time it was introduced, it lightened the mood, and you could just imagine how much fun they had giving the kids a hard time about their blossoming relationship while the kids try to deny anything is going on. It added a lot of needed humor. On the downside the main characters are hardly upset when they find out their fathers set them up, and the story just barrels on. I can’t say this is THE worst vampire novel ever, but it’s up there.

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Taz and Morgan’s story

I love vampire novels! This one does not disappoint. As usual read it on kindle first then listened to it on audio. Mike does an excellent job narrating it. Brought Taz and Morgan to life. And as with the other series I found I looked at a few scenes differently thanks to the emotion and narration. Highly recommend this book and it in Audio as well.

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I really enjoyed reading

I really liked the way the vampires where portrayed that was far from fluffy and friendly! I liked that the characters were far from perfect, they were flawed but in a good way! Action packed and full of mystery! Overall I really enjoyed this title!

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Needs a new narrator

At first I struggled to get into this book because the narrator had a bland mechanical voice and there were times when he would nearly run out of air or you could hear him needing to take a deep breath. I almost stopped listening but he ended up finding his stride and before I knew it I was captivated. I enjoyed the characters, the storyline, and the character arcs. There were times when the narrator would slowly become a bit mechanical again and I would zone out, even after making multiple attempts to listen to the same part, but he would recover and I would become interested again. I found myself unwilling to reach the end and when I did reach it I was sad to be done. This world is quite interesting and these characters are extremely flawed but I still rooted for them.

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So good

Love, love, loved this. So much action as the characters grow and become closer. I am looking forward to the rest of the series!!

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I think it needs a new narrator

if the narrator was more enthusiastic and like the more top narrators then it would have been great. The story was good but because of this I could not get into the story:(

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Bonded in Blood

Another amazing story. In this one we meet Morgan and Taz, both heirs of the respective families and houses with matchmaking fathers. Yes, fathers playing matchmaker lol. While we have a bunch of strange murders going on we also have a budding relationship and romance happening much to the delight of the proud fathers. The story is engaging, fast paced and entertaining.
The narrator does a great job. I look forward to more from this writing duo

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Great book

I loved the story and characters, but almost gave up because of the narrator..His voice just didnt do the story justice..Otherwise a great read

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  • S. Cole
  • 01-27-20

Bonded In Blood

I enjoyed this book. I have listed to other books by this author/narrator combo. It takes a little to get into the narrator. However I really liked this book. The dynamic of the characters is great. Can't wait for the next book to come out.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 01-16-20

Very graphic

This book is great, very graphic in the writing style. Good strong characters. Excellent narration from Mike. Very enjoyable.
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  • AngelaHillier
  • 01-29-20

Enjoyable listen

Bonded in blood was a great read. I liked how the story developed and the characters interacted.
This is really worth a listen just for the fact it has an original take on vampires and the politics within the story are well thought out.
I can’t wait for the second book Blood Carousel to come to audible.
The narrator does a fantastic job reading this book.
I like how he doesn’t make Morgan sound too girly.
His voice is so entertaining to listen to.
Very enjoyable!!!

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