REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; MARCH 6, 2014 Narrator: Amy McFadden
McFadden was horrible here. The story was more about the aftermath of a disaster with...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; MARCH 6, 2014 Narrator: Amy McFadden
McFadden was horrible here. The story was more about the aftermath of a disaster with a romance thrown in the mix. After what I felt was long boring first chapter about A Day in the Life of an ER Nurse, I thought the book would pick up steam with the introduction of the Barefoot Pilot, but nada. It just turned into another disaster-type movie turned into a book and where the locals are called 'natives'. Really? "Natives walked along the side of the road without their normal wave and smile." and complete with bright white teeth against their dark faces..."Their team leader, Dr. Donald Klein, introduced the Jamaican native. Reynard offered a smile, his white teeth in direct contrast to his dark skin. The smile was brief." Yup. Really.
When the narrator laughed during a sex scene, for some reason the sound of that squicked me out. I couldn't continue after that. I'd already skimmed what I could of the rescue scenes but it was too late. Many readers love the rescue/action scenes as the backdrop for the romance so this book worked well for them. I find disaster movies and books boring and when it comes to romance, I prefer the background to be of a "quieter" sort - a murder rather than a massacre; a police procedural rather than a mop-up operation; and even if it involves high-tension action like the rescue of Laura in the heart-pounding prologue of Pamela Clare's Striking Distance, the focus must be sharp and directly on the MCs. In NQE, the hussle and bussle of the rescue effort intruded on what should be the main point of this book - the romance. I didn't care about the rescue efforts that much and what the nurse-cum-heroine had to contend with because I hear it everyday - my son's girlfriend is a doctor at trauma center and regales us with ER cases and a doctor friend does a lot of work with rescue missions so I have rescue stories coming out of ears.
I'd ask for a refund from Audible just for the narrator but I paid only 1.99 for it so I'll let it be. I am so disappointed with this book after enjoying the first in the series:((less)
I was in a mood for a light contemporary romance and this one delivered:) Bybee is a new author to me and I...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; MARCH 5, 2014
I was in a mood for a light contemporary romance and this one delivered:) Bybee is a new author to me and I bought two of her Not Quite books after I read the Audiogals' review of the third one, Not Quite Enough which features Monica, the sister of the heroine, Jessie, of Book 1.
NQD is the kind of romance I enjoy reading when I feel relaxed or am on holiday. I don't need to concentrate on it to know what's going on like I do when reading a murder mystery. I've bought similar books but most have been DNFs and even when they've been popular with others, like the Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor series, they didn't take with me.
NQD's plot is simple and uncluttered (and well-covered in the other reviews) so, it's left to the author's writing skills to bring the story to life. While I did not experience the same level of pleasure that I get from Julie James' non-FBI romances, I am satisfied with this new romance author enough to keep her on my radar.
NQD left me feeling happy and I'll always have room for these rags-to-riches/Cinderella romances:D
Now, if only I could find one in MM...
Not much I can say about the narrator, Amy McFadden. She hasn't joined my list of favorite female narrators (Susan Denakar, Elisabeth S. Rodgers, Emily Durante) as her voice is too high-pitched for me. Other than that, she did alright and her narration didn't mar my audial pleasure in any way. (less)
I enjoyed this very much right up to the point where Claire joined Aidan and Dylan in bed. I found it difficult to get into the sex. If you don't have...moreI enjoyed this very much right up to the point where Claire joined Aidan and Dylan in bed. I found it difficult to get into the sex. If you don't have a problem with girl cooties, this should be a very enjoyable read! And if this is an example of what this series is like then the rest should be as good. Unfortunately for me, my dislike of girl cooties is just too strong to ignore and I had to stop reading:(
That aside, the story was a solid 4 stars for what I read - 60% of the book.
I had bought the author's Hunted series by Harlequin, both in Kindle and audio last month but couldn't get through the first because it felt too...Harlequin. Ditto with Witness Seduction which was a Blaze. So when I bought Hotter Than Ever, purely on the strength of reviews, especially Jane's, I was prepared. I can happily say that Kennedy's writing here came across very different. It was fresh, modern and hugely entertaining. I really, really loved it.
...until Aidan entered the scene.
The odd thing is that I felt it was Aidan who was in the way. Being a diehard MM romance fan, I chose this book because Aidan and Dylan are a permanent couple so I was both surprised and unsettled, somewhat, when I realized I didn't want Aidan there. I loved Claire and Dylan just fine on their own and reading their story gave me the same pleasure as Julie James did in her earlier romances, Just the Sexiest Man Alive and Practice Makes Perfect. Once Aidan entered the story proper (when Dylan takes Claire home with him), I felt conflicted. I wished Kennedy had written a straight-up (pardon) MM romance or an M/F and not a menage. I don't care whether the 3rd is with a man, woman, or a donkey, just leave the couple alone because Kennedy makes them good enough on their own (if this book is anything to go by).
Going by my reaction to the m/m/f element, I don't plan on reading the others. Not even the previous book where Dylan and Aidan meet, because I would know, already, that a woman will come between them in the next book.
Those romance fans who have gone completely over to the dark side of MM romance will understand how I feel. I have GR friends who tell me they can no longer read m/f and, like me, hate girl cooties jumping in bed with their boys.
I'm glad I can still read m/f since almost all Romantic Suspense is m/f but after Hotter Than Ever, I will definitely stay away from mixed-gender menages. That said, I am hoping Kennedy starts an MM series and/or a pure M/f romance. She could easily be my next Julie James:D(less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; FEBRUARY 8, 2014 Narrator: Jason Lovett
I only had two MM audiobooks on my iPhone while waiting at the A&E dept. Wade K...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; FEBRUARY 8, 2014 Narrator: Jason Lovett
I only had two MM audiobooks on my iPhone while waiting at the A&E dept. Wade Kelly won but in hindsight, I picked the wrong one because while I had my problems with the other book (Mary Calmes' Acrobat), I did finish it. I couldn't finish this nerd vs jock book.
Three stars for the 25% I managed to get through. I didn't think it was bad. Just a little boring all the way. I would not have been able to stomach it for 9 hours 21 minutes. If you're college-age, or one of those in the New Adult Fiction category, this would likely work for you. It's sweet in that way and a great introduction to MM romance.(less)
I expected a light romance, hoped it wouldn't be too short and that the writing would be passable (never read or heard of Darien Cox) and less than ha...more I expected a light romance, hoped it wouldn't be too short and that the writing would be passable (never read or heard of Darien Cox) and less than halfway through, this was already a 5-star read. It stayed that way right to the end, giving me a lovely HEA for two very likeable individuals.
The plot is as the blurb describes but very nicely-executed. I found the writing crisp and the scenes flowing smoothly with no wtf moments to pull me out of the story. I found the characters and their actions/reactions realistic and yeah, exchanging sexual favors for a good grade is, apparently, more common than I thought. Though this wasn't really the case with Ben and his professor but rather spoiler the story, I'll leave the details to you to find out.
I didn't like Ben's friend, Dom, all that much, but he fit nicely into the plot since it was because of him that Ben got to see Coyle outside of the classroom. Other than that, Dom just got in the way for me since I wasn't interested in anyone else besides Ben and the professor.
While I'd say it was relatively angst-free, it did have a delicious tension to it because I was dying for the moment when Coyle finally loses his control and gives Ben the fucking he was provoking the poor professor into giving him.
The chemistry between them was hot and that delicious tension came not just from the 'porny' tone but the romance that it developed into. I was glad that little scene between Scotty (or Scott?) and our MCs was resolved right there and then, which is one reason why I do buy shorter books - if it were a longer one, it's likely this scene would have been strung out over several more pages or chapters and Big Mis-driven stories do get tiresome, don't they?
In all, a very well-told story with a whisper of D/s which I thoroughly enjoyed and the only complaint I have is that it's not available in audio.