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He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls is hardly the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school. Then he stumbles upon the ritual, and the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus. It's hardly the sort of challenge a guy can face with dignity when he still lives at home with his mom. Alex never imagined falling for an immortal demon seductress, or that he'd spend his nights dodging her co-workers, her old boss, and every other supernatural freak in Seattle. He never thought a woman like Lorelei could have a rival like Rachel, either. But then, nobody ever said adulthood would be easy)

WARNING: Good Intentions contains explicit sexuality, violence, nudity, inappropriate use of church property, portrayals of beings divine and demonic bearing little or no resemblance to established religion or mythology, trespassing, bad language, sacrilege, blasphemy, attempted murder, arguable murder, divinely mandated murder, justifiable murder, sexual promiscuity, kidnapping, attempted rape, arson, dead animals, desecrated graves, gang activity, theft, assault and battery, panties, misuse of the 911 system, questionable interrogation tactics, cell phone abuse, reckless driving, consistent abuse of vampires (because they deserve it), even more explicit sexuality, illegal use of firearms, polyamory, abuse of authority, hit and run driving, destruction of private property, underage drinking, disturbances of the peace, disorderly conduct, Internet harassment, bearers of false witness, mayhem, dismemberment, falsification of records, tax evasion, an uncomfortably sexy mother, bad study habits, and a very silly white guy inappropriately calling another white guy "nigga" (for which he will surely suffer).

©2011 Elliot Kay (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Well done with a side of porn?

I really enjoyed this story. The parts that didn't include the steamy sexy stuff we're just as good as the guilty pleasure of listening to the dirty parts. Rachel was one of my favorite characters of any recent books I've listened to. Can't wait to see where the next one takes me. Tess Irondale really brings all the characters to life in a very good performance. I couldn't stop listening




36 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Read the Warning Label!

This book comes with a warning. Read that warning. Everything in that warning is true and it is awesome!

Honestly this book probably should be sitting in the erotica section. There is plenty of sex going on. However, unlike most of the books in that section this actually has a good story.(sorry to that section, but I am no stranger to it) The characters have arcs and develop and grow as people. There are a couple subplots that are free from most of the overt sexuality of the rest of the book. The story is pretty typical paranormal fantasy. It has some great character work, but does stumble into cliche now and again; I don't hold that against it though. I genuinely wanted to know what happened to the character and wanted the story to move along. I never felt the sex was intrusive, but also didn't keep reading just to get to the next sex scene.

If you are an adult who isn't freaked out by sex, and it actually is pretty vanilla compared to how it could have gone, then listen and enjoy. You will probably want to use earbuds if you have kids.

Tess Irondale does a great job as a narrator. Sometime with material like this the narrator can sound uncomfortable, bored, or even a little too into it. She does a great job riding that line while giving a believable and very listenable read. I actually have problems listening to female narrators for long stretches she does an excellent job, and I binge listened to this book and never grew weary or irritated with the voice in my ear.

95 of 98 people found this review helpful

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This is the definition of not safe for work

Would you listen to Good Intentions again? Why?

I would listen to it right before engaging in R-rated activities. This book is madly erotic, I mean there is barely enough story to hold the sex scenes apart.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Intentions?

I don't know if I can actually pick just the one, but if you twisted my arm I would pick the beginning where he met the angel and demon..**Spoiler ahead**and all the previous life flashbacks, those were great.

What does Tess Irondale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I honestly don't know how she read the book without panting like, she was getting some action herself. The voices were unique and not overdone. I would definitely look for more stuff that she's read.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yeah I did have an extreme reaction, it's called almost not being able properly access the car's pedals while driving. That is the most uncomfortable arousal I've ever had in my life

Any additional comments?

I don't see how this isn't labelled as urban fantasy erotica

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Cool story flanked by literary porn for D&D geeks

Good Intentions = FUN :)
Overall: B
Thinking of getting this book? Into contemporary fantasy? Enjoy getting into more adult magic and mayhem? Want to get vampires, werewolves, demons, and angels back OUT of the kiddy pool? I say grab this 2-book tale and go for it! The best word I can think of in summation is “FUN.” At its roots, that’s what Good Intentions (and Natural Consequences) provides. So, why the less than perfect score? In short, it got dragged down by baggage. This seemed like a REALLY good novella, with a bunch of sexual fluff/filler expanding it into a mediocre novel. This downfall was successfully rescued by: an otherwise engaging, fun, and super-cool plot; truly witty laugh-out-loud humor; interesting characters (who gain more depth in book 2); excellent narration/voice acting; and a second book that is so cool, I’d recommend sitting through far worse than this first installment just to get to 'Natural Consequences' (which gets an emphatic “A” grade from me).
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Story: C+/B–
“A great tale in the spaces between sexual fantasies[/literary porn] for D&D geeks”
- THE NOT SO GOOD: Within the book, there was really an interesting, original (as far as I know anyway), fun, engaging plot that I was really getting into. Unfortunately, it got bogged down by lots of superfluous sex that collectively started to seem like filler. At some points during that filler between the otherwise really cool story, I admittedly felt like some bad acting and poor set design would turn this into a porn…with about the same general contrived plot getting the characters into sexy situations. I wasn’t put off or offended by it at all. The writing for the sexual narrative was actually quite good (though I admittedly am lacking for comparisons). I want to clarify/reiterate that, unlike some reviewers have mentioned, I didn’t get offended by any means, but rather I actually got BORED with all the sexual encounters and started considering skipping through those because of my anticipation for getting back to the actual STORY (which was really pretty darn good). There were some other, more general, weaknesses in the writing, such as finding that many characters (with a few exceptions) from vastly different time periods and vastly different locales used basically the same colloquialisms—it was a bit silly.
- THE OH SO GOOD!: The redeeming factors were the aforementioned sharp witty humor and cool plot …once all the sexy stuff was out of the way. The basic premise automatically sets itself up for mischief, mayhem, and fun. In short, Alex is a really nice guy, but certainly never a superstar. He stumbles on a lousy situation that gets him entangled with a demon and angel, as well as the broader battle they represent. Why this odd trio forms is actually explained well (and believably). Thereafter, Alex stumbles and fumbles his way into, and out of, and into again, the treacherous traps of nefarious demonic AND angelic machinations (and their lesser earthbound groupies like vamps & werewolves). Keeping afloat, he finds salvation from one side in the other (and back again) and he finds support in both. As it turns out, there might be more to angels and demons than the one dimensional entities we learned about from theology. Reading a bit between the lines, amidst the amusing mishaps and cutting quips, there are some deeper more compelling intricacies in the story and in the characters (everybody has emotions, strengths, and vulnerabilities …even the immortal). Also, some aspects of the relationships—especially between Lorelie and Alex—reflected some deeper aspects of human interpersonal relationships, getting at some of the tides that pull underneath the glassy fluid surfaces of the selves people often present. This was better developed in the second book. The second book really has more depth on the whole—so much so that I would still give this book high recommendations just to get to the second if nothing else, and even higher recommendation since this book is still fun in-and-of itself.
- A note to the author: Being from the south, I find it necessary to point out that “y’all” is a contraction of “you all,” and therefore is NOT used in the singular. When addressing a single person, even us’n ol’ backwoodsy folk’ will still say “you.”
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Narration: A
Very VERY well done! Tess Irondale really hit the nail on the head with this one. Characters had their own distinct voices, matching their personalities/tone, without ever extending into the caricatures that some narrators/voice actors can fall into. Clear enunciation, nice pace, dynamic, and just restrained enough not to be overly dramatic. She also did a very good job with the “pornier” parts, in that she obviously didn’t shy away, clearly took effective delivery seriously, but was also not over the top.
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FYI: Natural Consequences [thankfully] focuses more on building of what I thought was a great story and less on the fantasy porn. It was really enjoyable! I was truly sad to reach the end. As with the first, the witty banter had me chuckling aloud a few times. Extending beyond the first, the characters gained more dimension, the plot gained more complexity, the chaos grew in scope, and the consequences grew in scale. :)

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Oh, Thank God!


Boy, have I been on a losing streak lately. Just one bad book after another, while I'm waiting for all my pre-orders to come in.

And then, I found this one!

OMG! There were moments when I thought, "wtf?" and others where I thought "I am NOT the target audience" -- but I hung in. THEN I got addicted! Yes, everything you are hearing about this book is true. All true, and yet, it's so G.D. charming that I just could help myself! This is an adult version of Scooby-Doo, if Scooby and the gang had sex demons, angels and vampires to deal with. (And if Scoob had lots and lots of sex!)

And yet, calling the sex scenes in this book 'porn,' is like calling Vampire Diaries a horror show. It's all just so cute and kind and sweet -- and I loved every minute of it. It's very sly and subversive and has a great point of view. It tackles some interesting ideas about good and evil, relationships, reincarnation, and cults. (The last book in the series currently available on Audible, is more than worth the price of admission -- it is nothing short of CINEMATIC! -- and I'd LOVE to see a series of movies based on it!)

The evil doers are evil and get what they deserve, but along the way you get to spend some quality time with a foul-mouthed angel, a sex demon who just wants to have a normal life, a 21 year old virgin guy who's never had a girlfriend -- until he ends up with several-- as well as all of his buddies from H.S. There is so much to love about this series, that I HIGHLY recommend it, particularly if you're looking for something engaging and fun to listen to for several days, since the books are so blissfully LONG -- as in 70 hours!

The action scenes are spectacular, and it has a great cast of secondary characters as well.

I am now a BIG Elliott Kay fan, and I've just purchased book 1 in his Poor Man's Fight (sci fi series) as well -- giving me something to do while I quietly chew my knuckles waiting for word about Book 5. (Note: Book 4 is a loose grouping of short stories that should probably be read before book one. It's great, too.)

Tess Irondale is simply spectacular reading this series. This is definitely one for the re-listen pile!


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: For people who don't take themselves, their reading material, their religion, or the idea of polyamorous sex scenes, too seriously.

All others need not apply.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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There is such a thing as too much sex.

Would you consider the audio edition of Good Intentions to be better than the print version?

The narrator does a great job of articulating the moans and gasps in the many female characters. Not gonna lie, it was sexy. So, at least in that respect, it's better.

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

No, I haven't.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of the comments from Rachel were quite funny.

Any additional comments?

Too much sex. For the first 2/3rds of the book it's almost like there's a sex scene every 5 to 8 minutes. And when they weren't having sex Alex was moralizing about sex. There's very little plot development for the first 15 hours or so. Meet girl, have sex with girl, repeat. I appreciate a well-crafted sex scene, don't get me wrong, and the narrator's voice is dead sexy, but the amount of time spent with Alex and the numerous girls he beds was excessive. Before the last third of the book I was getting genuinely bored. I like the set-up and I'm probably going to download the sequel. I'm just crossing my fingers that the author has toned it down a bit in that one. There are some interesting characters here and I want to spend more time with them doing other things besides sex every other page.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • nanner
  • COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States
  • 10-01-15

adolecent male wish-fulfillment

my first thought when listening to this was that if i was a teenage male i would think this book was awesome. it has all the things in it that make light novels and harem manga so popular online, but its taken to the next level (i.e. they have sex rather than just accidental groping or vague hints).
if your a fan of that genre you'll probably love this book as it has a classic harem story line; loser guy accidentally gets bound to a woman (or two) and is surrounded by tons of hot females who suddenly find him absolutely irresistible.

i don't find anything offensive with the materials in the book but after a while i was wishing they'd finish with all the sex already and get on with the plot.

i love novels with a supernatural bent to them but its hard to find the right combination of good plot, great characters and decent dialogue; sadly this novel is not one of those. its a romance novel aimed at a male audience and i am not a big fan of the romance genre.
i doubt i'll be finishing this series.

26 of 30 people found this review helpful

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I WANT TO MAKE YOU HAPPY, I WANT TO MAKE YOU HAPPY

SOME ANGELS ARE FK UPS, SOME ARE CHICKEN SHIT AND SOME ARE ASSHOLES
For the first ten hours, I was loving this book. I was actually attracted to it because of all the reviews that mentioned sex. Sex is an important part of life and I like when it is included in the story, but not when it becomes the story. The sex in this is hot, especially the scene in the lingerie dressing room. I had myself convinced for the longest time that the sex was an important part of the story. I thought I was watching a bad demon become a nice demon, because of the way she was treated. I enjoyed the angel/demon paranormal part of the story and later witches and vampires were added. VAMPIRES ARE THE SHORT BUS KIDS OF THE SUERNATURAL. I especially like that the good guy was getting the woman or women for once. ALEX, THANKS FOR BEING A GOOD GUY

TEENAGE FANTASY, BECOME ADULT REALITY
I AM YOUR SLUT
A GOOD FRIEND WITH BENEFITS
For me the book turned south around the eleventh hour. I started to realize that the sex was becoming more gratuitous and started to escalate. Alex started to become a super sex hero. This 19 year old boy always says and does the right things at the right time. His maturity is beyond measure. All the women he screws are super sexy. The succubus, the head cheerleader, the prettiest girl in high school. He might have always been the nerdy good guy, but he is well endowed. Even virgins can't wait to have their hymens pierced by his big BEAUTIFUL COCK. He turns lesbians straight. I got sick and tired of hearing him say, I WANT TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. The girls don't fall in love with him, they fall in lust and want him only for his cock and tongue. I can handle this in small doses, even appreciate it, but got tired of being hit over the head with it and lost track of what the story was suppose to be about. I started to dislike Alex as his character lost all flaws and conflict pretty much disappeared. I quit somewhere in hour twelve. 22hours is a long time for a erotica novel.

The narrator is excellent.

59 of 71 people found this review helpful

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It's a..well...a wild ride..

Any additional comments?

Fore warning -- it's a lot of sex..so be prepared..the action however is a lot of fun, the wit is great and Rachel's mouth -- wow...her comments are to die for sometime

20 of 24 people found this review helpful

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This book blew me away.

I admit I haven't read or listened to much urban fantasy, but I intend to fix that in the future. Tessa Irondale did a great job narrating this book.

19 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Tom Vrancken
  • 09-03-18

Read the book!

Call me a fan, I don't care, but I really, really love the story! Okay, back down to earth and some realistic comment; I would advice reading the story, before trying to listen to it. There are flashbacks into the history of the MC's previous life experiences. If you have read the story, these are obvious because of the font, but the audio isn't as obvious, which makes the flashback-windows rather confusing, especially if you don't know the story! I'm not going into the storyline, you can look up the E-book review for that. The story telling is crisp, well articulated and overall fine quality. I like the voices used for the two main women in the story, they aren't what I imagined, when reading, but after having listened to them some longer they seem to fit perfectly.

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  • colum
  • 05-14-18

hot, funny and exciting.

if you're a fan of supernatural fiction, well written though sometimes cringe worthy sex scenes, funny dialogue and action, good intentions is worth the listen

I'm going on to book 2 as soon as I post this review!

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  • Christopher Young
  • 09-27-17

Fantastic !!!

This story is a slow burn followed by a great deal of excitement. The first part is all about getting to know the main characters as they learn about each other, and learn to love each other. After that, having myself come to know and love each character, their subsequent trials and agonies are as tantalising as the resolution of their relationships.

Tess’ warm and enfolding narration is superb. With her help I felt entirely engrossed, sharing their connections and emotions.

Strongly recommended.

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  • morrison
  • 07-28-17

Great book!

The story wasn't what I expected. It was even better then I expected. Love it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-28-16

More to it than expected

If you could sum up Good Intentions in three words, what would they be?

Different sexy intriguing

Any additional comments?

To be honest I was just expecting this to be all about the sex but even tho it is a large factor it is not the whole thing.
There is a lot more to the story and the characters develop nicely.

Well worth a listen and I will be getting the next book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • 05-05-16

sexy, modern and surprisingly deep

an interesting fantasy story, the rather descriptive intimate scenes were something of a surprise but i found them somewhat appropriate to the situation. that is not to say that it is lacking in story however. by the end i was very much engrossed and will be buying all following stories involving the supernatural trio. great listen!

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  • Jessica
  • 07-19-17

Epic fail

The funniest part of this book is the blurb. The rest is simply a weak plot, clearly written by a young bloke. The narrator isn't too bad but there are many characters and there's only so much one can expect from a narrator.

The plot is very weak. Basically, it's about an ordinary, geeky bloke (Alex) who was a virgin until 19 despite having the hots for a few girls/women during school and since. He rescues an angel and a succubus (both women) from certain doom and they are now bound to serve him instead of heaven and hell. The succubus acknowledges her link with the new master first and willingly becomes his sex slave, but urges him to have sex with as many other women as he can find - apparently it helps her to regenerate her powers after the fore-mentioned doom.

The sex scenes are not in the slightest bit steamy and are interrupted by side plots almost line by line. The author's lack of interest in the sex scenes kind of shapes the plot to simply being about a young, geeky bloke who has gone from being solo to being a polygamist with women draping themselves all over him and no repercussions (jealousy or tension) to speak of.

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  • John
  • 09-04-18

Good Intentions

This book is bloody awesome I love it from start to finish the characters a well written and informative. The narrator did a great job with the narration Tess Irondale is great and talented. Author Elliott Kay has written a great book totally enjoyable. 5 stars

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  • Rob
  • 02-20-17

Clever, witty, funny and sexy

Where does Good Intentions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's honestly one of the better audiobooks I've read. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the storyline.

What other book might you compare Good Intentions to, and why?

It has some of the supernatural elements of something you might see in stories like the Dresden Files or Black Magic Outlaw series, as well as the same cheeky attitude. When things get down and dirty it becomes very, Kenyonesque.

What about Tess Irondale’s performance did you like?

She puts in a solid performance across a range of characters. She has a very difficult job to do with the range of attitudes, ideals and accents she has to pull off.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Ummmmmm, parts of me?

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  • Dean
  • 11-19-16

classy porn?

What would have made Good Intentions better?

Well, to be honest the whole book does nothing much other than - average guy gets the hot girls - style of story. And of course one of them is super rich and provides for him, yada yada yada. You can guess it people. Porn mixed in with a average story the kind you would find on a porn LIT story site.

Any additional comments?

It got pretty steamy quite often