REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 7, 2014 Narrator: Fred Kennedy
This was a DNF and 2 stars for what I managed to listen to before I dropped out from boredomREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 7, 2014 Narrator: Fred Kennedy
This was a DNF and 2 stars for what I managed to listen to before I dropped out from boredom.
The blurb sounded good and I'd say the premise is but if it were handled by an experienced, and good, romantic suspense writer like Sandra Brown or Karen Rose, this would have been very good.
As it is, what ought to have been a taut, gripping suspense/mystery or police procedural, was an odd creature - a hero who is initially shown as gruff and reclusive but within minutes of meeting the heroine, becomes so garrulous, letting it all hang out, despite having tried to throw her off his property earlier.
His contradictory behavior pulled me out of the story as I couldn't help but think the author had forgotten what she told me about Daughtry when I first met him. The way he was carrying on, I was thinking let this poor man finish his therapy before making him your protagonist.
The author is new to me but this isn't the sort of RS I like. I prefer mine with more focus on the suspense and with heroes who are a bit more enigmatic and mysterious.
The narrator has a good voice - masculine and sexy. But his narration made Daughtry's character worse. I believe the narrator, Fred Kennedy, could have saved this book (just) if he'd made Daughtry sound like he was battling his inner demons, that he was spilling his guts very reluctantly. He could have communicated Daughtry's tortured character accurately just by using the right inflection and pacing. Instead the narrator made Daughtry, supposedly hating all visitors and has a huge No Trespassing sign plastered on his forehead, sound like he's saying "Oh goody, someone's visiting at last. I've been SO lonely with NO one to talk to so I'm going unload on this poor woman...and I'll start off by telling her I'm going to take her to bed."
I actually liked that part where Daughtry announces to Dana that he's going to "take her to bed" and that he's kinda rough around the ages. I thought that was so promising...then he spoils it by talking too much and so cheerily as if his BFF has dropped by for coffee and cake....more
Fluffier than fluff. I expected more to happen but it didn't. Nothing much to say since there's no substance to the story - just a white dude who fallFluffier than fluff. I expected more to happen but it didn't. Nothing much to say since there's no substance to the story - just a white dude who falls for his Jap boss' son. Should be fun but this was so underdone. Semi off-topic: There are tons of fanfic and other free stories out there so publishers shouldn't even be accepting stuff like Blue Days because it isn't worth buying. I'm not saying this is bad - I'm still very much a Sam/Jory fan and yes, I'd happily pay for more like them but I'm just comparing to publishing industry (in terms of quality) back before the internet....more
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; SEPT 29 Narrator: Tristan James
I ended up enjoying this but for a long time, it was touch and go. I almost abandoned it anREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; SEPT 29 Narrator: Tristan James
I ended up enjoying this but for a long time, it was touch and go. I almost abandoned it and would have, if not for James' narration.
Throughout the story I could not shake off my perception that it felt like a fanfic one writes of two characters we already know and love - like Gibbs and Tony from NCIS, or a fanfic of Ty and Zane from Abigail Roux's Cut & Run series! The only problem is that, in the case of AKoTD, I did not know these guys at all. I was just dropped into their lives at this point where the author has decided this is the day they are going to get it on with each other. There is no plot, per se. All it is, is just two guys who've worked together for 3 years and we now get to hear from one of them (Miro's 1st Person POV)
That's all the story is about. All nine hours of it. But once I decided to treat this like a well-written fanfic, and pretend Miro and Ian were TV cops I know and love, I enjoyed it. ...more
I enjoyed this so much more the second time despite being of the same mind about there being insufficient iREVIEW OF RE-LISTEN; SEPT 21, 2014: 4 stars
I enjoyed this so much more the second time despite being of the same mind about there being insufficient info to connect Mark and Tony. They still felt like two men who knew each other back in school and nothing more.
Mark resonated with me more this time and I was more sympathetic towards him. Tony is as sexy as ever, my weakness for hot cops notwithstanding.
I have all four audiobooks but couldn't recall any - not even sure if I listened to the other three, but since I enjoyed this first one despite not caring much for it previously, I'm now looking forward to the others.
----------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JULY 29, 2013: 3 stars Narrator: Shannon Gunn
This kinda confirmed my impression of this series - meh. It does get better in the last couple of chapters but I'd already lost interest by chapter two and skimmed through the rest until the last portion. When I'm bored by a book, listening to the audio makes it worse because I can't skim. So I stopped the audio and skimmed the ebook after chapter 3.
I'd read Holden and Adam (previously known as In and Out) back in 2010 and it was a weak 4 stars.
I was wondering if the revised Mark and Tony (previously, Gobsmacked, which I haven't read) would be better but I didn't think it was. I liked the start of it and expected something fun, something I could relate to or empathize with after Mark just about knocked out his cheating lover, Jamie, by throwing a bible at his head during Mass.
Unfortunately, that same day already finds Mark moving on to Tony, a guy he had a crush on since high school. Tony is now a cop and, to my surprise, is Mark's friend. 'Friend' as in Mark was expected to be in touch with Tony, 'friend' as in Tony is pissed that Mark had been too busy to be in touch. Nothing had given me the impression they were current friends. It read as if Tony was just someone from way back that the teenage Mark had a crush on and both men went separate ways after school.
I will try the next installment and see how that goes but right now I need a mystery or something with a dead, mutilated body....more