REVIEW (SORTA) OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JUNE 4, 2014 Narrator: Aletha George.
I know it's guys talking and somewhere, somehow, the F word will pop out but...moreREVIEW (SORTA) OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JUNE 4, 2014 Narrator: Aletha George.
I know it's guys talking and somewhere, somehow, the F word will pop out but this book, it looks like it's Ms Byrd's favorite word. I love that word, too, but it doesn't mean I want 265 of them (and its variations) in a single book.
Yes, it's a man talking and a man thinking, but with 8 'fucks' & 'fuckin' in a brief prologue, I can't handle coarseness as well:
"...until he’d buried his face between her legs and learned if her pussy was even half as delicious as she looked." affected me more than Lkay ❇✾The one-click buy button addict❇✾'s """God, Reese I love you. Now ask me again if I want to fuck you in the ass." "Do you?" She whispered. "Say the words, Reese. You know how much I love it when you talk dirty." "All right," she murmured, "Sheriff Hudson, sir, would you like to fuck me in the ass this morning?"
The above did Lkay in but was rather mild and "regular" for me though it could be because I read a lot of MM so ass-fucking talk is normal! Lkay's review summed up my own thoughts on the book very nicely, though, but I can't be as kind and generous as she is and would give this book half star if I could. It was just plain horrible for me. Reading it would have been bad enough. Listening to it was torture. I gave up on the audio and skimmed through the ebook to see if there was any real suspense in those supposed RomanticErotic Suspense but gave up completely halfway through when there's nothing but sex and F words.
Surely there's someone out there who can write erotic suspense; a gritty, serious (as in Karen Rose serious) murder/police procedural but with explicit sex? I'm so desperate for one that I'm tempted to take one of my fav Karen Rose books and insert graphic, explicit, down-and-dirty sex scenes in it!
...for my private reading pleasure only, of course.(less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUGUST 23, 2014 Narrator: Jonathan Davis
The Story: This kept me listening through the night so it's a good thing it's Sund...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUGUST 23, 2014 Narrator: Jonathan Davis
The Story: This kept me listening through the night so it's a good thing it's Sunday 6.06am and I can always crawl back into bed later. A 5-star Sandra Brown despite a niggle or two. First, it did take awhile to get moving but once it did, it burst at Mach speed to the finish line. Compared to some of her older works, I'd say I prefer Mirror Image, Envy or even The Alibi, but compared to the other RS books I've read, or tried to, in recent years, Sandra Brown makes me wonder why I waste my time and money with the wannabes.
Though I agree with one of the reviewers that our hero's rationale for going into hiding could be more compelling, it was about the only weak spot in the story for me. Even Emory being trapped in the remote abode of said hero didn't give me cabin fever and I'm not a fan of these "stranded" themed stories. I wasn't just intrigued by who and what, exactly, is our unnamed hero, my interest was sustained right till past the halfway mark - and I still didn't know what his name was. I would not know till very late in the story but I was so caught up with everything by then, it hardly registered. When I, like Emory, found out, I felt it right there, deep inside me. As I said, it took awhile to pick up steam yet at no time did I even think of setting it aside, even temporarily - as I did with Deadline, (which I ended up liking it on my third attempt). This is saying a lot for someone who has no qualms giving up on a book after one chapter.
There were some very good moments involving Grange and Knight, the local cops who turn out to be not as obtuse as the impression they give at first; and Jack Connelly, the FBI special agent, was also a secondary character that added positively to the book. I was delighted with the inevitable face-off between Jack and the hero-who-shall-not-be-named-here. It was a surprise, and a nice one, Ms Brown:) I don't want to give away the events in this book as it's one of those I believe is best enjoyed read yourself and not in a long synopsis from someone's review.
For those who are interested: the romance here is very much in the foreground yet not intrusive. The mutual attraction, the sex, the falling in love - it all came across natural to me and nothing felt contrived. If you don't like sex and romance in your whodunits, this will likely not be your cuppa because it was very much, IMO, the Sandra Brown of old - the romantic suspense author who wasn't ashamed of writing romance, yet took the suspense thread seriously and so delivered the type of RS books I will continue to buy for as long as they are published.
Narration: Jonathan Davis is no Slezak but apart from not being able to distinguish between Emory and her best friend, Alice, when both were conversing, Davis did a good enough job. I thought Stephen Lang (not one of my favs) did a far better job in Deadline, though.
Btw, this is one book where spoiler tags should be used in the reviews if they are going to reveal or mention the suspense portions. I'm so glad I read this book without reading any of the reviews posted as one or two should have employed spoiler tags.
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JUNE 8, 2014 Narrator: Tom Vilot
4 and 1/2 stars for the story and narration.
I've not read this author before and after my...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JUNE 8, 2014 Narrator: Tom Vilot
4 and 1/2 stars for the story and narration.
I've not read this author before and after my last 2 weeks book slump, both MM and MF, forcing me to go back and reread oldies, I was expecting to DNF this. I ended up liking it very much and know this is going to be one of my comfort listens.
The Story: Nothing unique, no twists or turns. It's a straight-up gay romance beginning with high school kids, Tallis Carrington, head-jock and bully, and Lex, the hapless victim. Fast-forward to chapter 1 and things have changed drastically. Tallis is the one who's down and out, the victim of a father who was once the mayor of Rock Bay until greed and horny-old-goatitis brought him down; Tallis, thrown out of hearth and home by his homophobic mom, finds himself crawling back to Rock Bay with his tail between his legs. He has no idea that Lex, the owner of the cafe Tallis is applying for a job at, is the same kid he used to bully because not only does Lex not look like that kid anymore, Lex wasn't the name Tallis knew him by.
The change in Tallis may be unrealistic - he's way too nice to be true - but I didn't mind at all. I just accepted this simple, straightforward romance of the once-closeted boy coming home and falling in love with his ex-victim the way the author chose to tell it.
And I enjoyed it without the need to pick it to pieces as I tend to do with some books.
The Narrator: My first time with Tom Vilot and I'm very happy with his narration. No annoying voices, the men sounded sexy and the women were given softer, husky tones. I'll be listening to Vilot narrate Book 2 tonight so that's already put a smile on my face.(less)