REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JAN 13, 2014: DNF Narrator: Lola Holiday
Felt very Harlequin. Dated, even. I was at my hairdresser and didn't bother to bring my Ki...moreREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JAN 13, 2014: DNF Narrator: Lola Holiday
Felt very Harlequin. Dated, even. I was at my hairdresser and didn't bother to bring my Kindle. Just listened to the audiobook on my iPhone and thought I was listening to one of the old Nora Roberts I'd uploaded on my phone. After awhile, I was thinking it didn't have Robert's voice, the story didn't feel like an NR and stopped it to check the minute I had an opportunity. Once I saw it was not an NR, I was both relieved and dismayed. Relieved because it meant Roberts was still Roberts and is recognizable even in her old books; dismayed because I'd just bought 4 other Elle Kennedy audiobooks!
However this is a Harlequin Blaze so I'm hoping the others, which are not category books, will be different in tone. I've only read one other Blaze many years ago. All I remember is that the heroine had a clit ring.(less)
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; FEBRUARY 3, 2014 Narrator: Dorian Greyhound
I enjoyed the audiobook very much. Greyhound is an excellent narrator. He gave the diff...moreREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; FEBRUARY 3, 2014 Narrator: Dorian Greyhound
I enjoyed the audiobook very much. Greyhound is an excellent narrator. He gave the different characters distinctive voices so it was easy for me to tell them apart. Like Paul Morey in Calmes' A Matter of Time, Greyhound's MCs' voices were easy on the ears - Reegan's tenor vs Saul's deeper gravelly one. Cammie, Saul's loyal secretary, has her own voice. I know of listeners complaining that male narrators make their female characters sound like a drag queen. I've never had that problem.
One plus about audiobooks is that I don't encounter spelling errors:D There have been times,too, when the author's grammar was incorrect but the narrator read it out correctly. I have yet to encounter the opposite:P
As for the story, without repeating the details already in the other reviews, it did take me awhile to follow the reasoning behind Reegan's urgency to retrieve Sylvia. All that talk about time loops sounded interesting but it did pull me out of the story somewhat, though if I were the author, I wouldn't view that a bad thing because I was fascinated enough to stop and think seriously as to whether it could be plausible.
What I did not find so realistic was Saul's reaction to the bio bracelet. He asked, “Can you really track her with that thing?”. Tracking devices and bracelets are already commonplace today, circa 2014. Why would Saul, who lives in 2020 be so amazed that Reegan's bio bracelet from 2145 can track Sylvia? But that's just a niggle.
Though it is insta-love in that the bulk of the story/romance takes place over 2 days, it's like one of Karen Rose's romantic suspenses. They also take place over a few days but are packed with developments for the storyline. The characters are involved in these developments at such an intense level that time doesn't figure in their relationship changes from one level to the other.
My main question mark would be for the conversation Sylvia had with Saul in the second-last chapter. Sylvia tells Reegan she wants to talk to Saul. Alone. It turns out Sylvia wanted to talk about Lisa, Saul's dead sister. Lisa is a very touchy subject for Saul and he has even been loathed to talk to Reegan about her. Yet this woman, Sylvia, who the book says Saul has "yet to say more than a dozen words to the woman," because through the entire book has either been on the run, in hiding, or unconscious, has presumed it was her duty to tell Saul how he ought to feel about Lisa's death. I would consider it very odd, and certainly presumptuous, if someone I've known only 2 days and spoken a dozen words with, turned up at my doorstep to tell me how to think about something that is clearly private and personal!
I took out one star for that. That was the only part I had a negative reaction to. This is one audiobook I know I will listen to again and because Sylvia's presumptous, albeit well-intentioned act stands out so separate from the story, it can be easily skipped without causing a break in the flow. I get that the author feels Saul's guilt over his sister's death needed to be addressed but I'd have preferred that Ms Drew made that conversation between Saul and Reegan, or even Cammie. If Sylvia's presence was really needed, it would gone down better with me if Reegan was present.
Read this when it first came out in paperback. It was a dnf as I thought the heroine gave me that 'are-you-kidding' reaction. That was over a decade a...moreRead this when it first came out in paperback. It was a dnf as I thought the heroine gave me that 'are-you-kidding' reaction. That was over a decade ago.
Today, it would be 'wtf' were you (addressing the hero) thinking to fuck that twit!(less)