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In the debut to Heather Killough-Walden's Big Bad Wolf series, Lily St. Claire is in for a surprise when she moves back to her Louisiana hometown and finds two alpha werewolves fighting to claim her as their mate. Contains mature themes.

©2010 Heather Killough-Walden, Inc. (P)2011 Tantor

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Lots of Heat, Very Little Fire

I didn't hate this book. It was an ok read, but the story itself was lacking in several areas. While there is plenty of sexual tension (and I mean plenty) between our heroine and no fewer than 3 different men, and while this sexual tension is described in explicit detail, there's very little actual sex in this book, even between the hero and heroine. Also, there seems to be MORE sexual tension between the heroine and the first "villain" than there is between her and the hero. Indeed, it seems most of the first half of the book is dedicated to this guy. The heroine herself, well, she was a bit too pretty, too nice, too caring, too perfect for my taste. Then, in the epilogue, the author makes a feeble and unsuccessful attempt to make Lily look tougher, but the attempt fell flat. By that time, you're a bit over the girl.

Aside from all that, the book just didn't seem paced right. Because of the way the book was set up, it seemed I barely got to know the hero.

I will give one warning. Some of the situations in the book border closely on rape. If those sort of situations are upsetting to you, I wouldn't get this book.

On the other hand, I thought the narrator did a fine job with his southern accents, and I loved his clipped British accent when he was reading the narration. This contrast seemed to help me to better keep track of conversation.

The world and the premise behind the book aren't bad either, and I will read at least one more book in this series because I'm hoping with a different heroine and more exposure to reoccurring characters, things will smooth out.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • WEST FRANKFORT, ILLINOIS, United States
  • 01-03-12

Narrator problems...

The story was good and solid but I had to try three different times to get through the narrator's accent. Please don't get me wrong - he's a good narrator but his own British or Australian (I really couldn't tell WHAT his accent was) totally destroyed the LA accents needed for this book. And the voice he used for Tabatha had me flashing back to my youth and Saturday mornings with H R Pufnstuf. Overall, even though I enjoyed the story I won't purchase any more in the series unless they change the narrator. I will try a more appropriate book using this guy though.

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 06-26-12

It ticked all the boxes for me

I'm sure, if you like this genre, then you'll love this. Rugged, macho, handsome, masculine werewolves chasing their one true mate but things don't go easy for them. It has witches, mages and it's a great story, great characters and, I thought, great narrator too. I can't wait to hear the rest.

Worth a credit? Oh yes! I couldn't stop listening to it.

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  • Lori
  • Dixon, CA, United States
  • 01-19-13

"CLIFHANGER"!!!! "Can't get enough"!!!!

Can I just say Wow! What an amazing book. The way Heather tells this story. I was on my tippy toes and clutching my hands tight. And the way Gildart Jackson reads! I felt as if I was right there in there room with the characters. As soon as the book ended, I purchased the next 3 books in the series. The heroin Lilly, well lets just say every girl next door wants to be in her shoes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good Adult Paranormal Romance

The story was very good, with some new and entertaining variations on the current werewolf romance phenomena. The reader really needs to listen to someone from Louisiana speak because the accent is just not right. I live in Texas and my husband's people are Cajuns, and the accent used in the reading is quite disconcerting. Doesn't mean I won't purchase and read the sequels, it just means that I'll put up with it to get the stories.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great story... Terrible narrator

What disappointed you about The Heat?

This was a great story but, the narrator makes me not want to buy the rest of the series. I will buy the rest of the books on my e-reader so I don't have to listen to the narrator.

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Didn’t like Lily

The book wasn’t bad, but the longer I listened, the less I liked Lily. She’s just too perfect, perfectly nice, perfectly beautiful, perfectly kind and, well, everyone (!) thinks so (I think there were even 2 characters that thought the exact same thing about her, don’t remember what it was, but something along the lines of “she’s the nicest person I’ve ever met”). That’s a Mary Sue right there. Not my type of female lead.

The romance is... meh. It’s a lot more show than tell, imo. And we’re supposed to emphasize with the villain, but he does want to force her to be his just so he feels better; the hero also forces his mark on her without explaining- apparently there’s no time, but hey, you could’ve taken at least 5 minutes to explain the basics, like the serious drawbacks of being freshly marked. Or his sister could have, she did have time.

All in all, it wasn’t for me and I didn’t even finish it. But (!) if you like the possessive male lead archetype and you like the female not having much of a say (in the end she does have a say, she does not get forced! But if she didn’t want to be with him, her choices wouldn’t exactly be great), then you might very well like this book.

The narration was fine, but maybe try to get someone from Louisiana to read a book set in Louisiana next time. He just didn’t get the accent right (which is difficult, let’s be honest here). It might not have been so distracting if the characters with a southern accent had only been minor characters, but since almost everyone is from there, it was a bit jarring. Wouldn’t mind listening to his narration again though, if the setting was right (British).

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Who talks like that?

Great story. Interesting take on werewolf lore. The narrator had the worst accent ever. I live in Alabama and have spent a lot of time in Louisiana and I have never heard this accent. Seems most narrators can't master the southern accent. I will continue with the series though.

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  • Linda
  • FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States
  • 12-31-14

A really good beginning!

I enjoyed the book but was surprised by the choice of narrator. He was good just unexpected. Both the author and narrator presented strong willed characters and I like this new twist on alpha males.

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Just okay

This book was okay, but nothing special. On the good side, it held my attention and I didn't think about returning it. However, it took me much longer to get through it because I wasn't driven to keep listening. The two main issues I had were a lack of real plot and lack of character development. It was just a series of kidnappings that were pretty random with little build up or background. The two main characters were underdeveloped, especially the guy. There was also no development between the two characters and their relationship.....he kidnapped her and made her "his"....end of development.

The narration was "just okay" as well. I have heard much better and much worse.

I won't be getting the next book in the series.