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)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; MARCH 4, 2014 Narrator: Carol Schneider
Book 1, Obsession, ended with Detective Lori missing and Book 2, Impulse, takes us...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; MARCH 4, 2014 Narrator: Carol Schneider
Book 1, Obsession, ended with Detective Lori missing and Book 2, Impulse, takes us along with Jess Harris as she and the BPD begin the search for her even as the Player is planning his next move.
Schneider's male voices weren't as bad this time, but still Not Good. Thankfully, there was hardly any of the horrible Hispanic accent from Det Harper. I'd love to get hold of an audiobook with a Latino hero because I love the Spanish-accented English. At least I now know to stay away if I find one and it's Schneider narrating. Overall, Schneider's performance here was better than in Obsession.
Story-wise, this sequel can be read on its own as long as you know the basics - that Jess and Dan have a romantic past and Jess has returned to her hometown for a break (or administrative leave, if you like) after her last case as an FBI profiler ended with her career hanging by a thread.
This isn't a murder mystery since we know the perp is the Player, aka Eric Spears, but there is a mystery in that Jess begins to wonder why his MO has changed. Is there, or is there not a copycat? This part of the plot didn't have much of an impact on me, nor did this book as a whole. Perhaps because I'm not a fan of serial killer plots, and even less when it's a series, because, inevitably the author relies on gore to create the tension.
While Impulse hasn't that much explicit violence, it's still typical serial-killer pulp fiction IMO. I expect this to get old pretty fast for me, unless Web has some other murder mystery in the later installments to keep me interested. Nonetheless, I'm interested enough to follow Jess and Dan as they work out how to be lovers as well as boss and subordinate.
If you are a serial killer plot fan, I'd rec this series without hesitation.(less)
A very solid prequel for only 25,000 words. Even though this novella is intended to give us the background to Jess Harris and Dan Burnett, the author...moreA very solid prequel for only 25,000 words. Even though this novella is intended to give us the background to Jess Harris and Dan Burnett, the author weaves in a solid suspense-action thread. This takes the form of a flashback two days earlier and up to present time where the case is wrapped up just before Jess runs into Dan at the Publix supermarket.
I have enjoyed Webbs' older books, like Nameless, but had not read her since then (2008). I paused on my listen of book one, Obsession, of her new Faces of Evil series because my internal questions about the MCs' past relationship kept pulling me out of the story. It's disruptive enough when that happens in print. When it happens during audio, it's very aggravating.
I didn't realize this prequel existed as I went straight into Obsession via the Audible website. If you want to try this series, it's best to start with the prequel.
This peek into the pair's past begins ten years before Obsession begins but also ten years after Dan and Jess first met and fell in love. The reason for their breakup isn't all that clear here and only in Obsession are bits and pieces revealed. I'm guessing more of these will come in each successive installment. I only got that Dan's mother, Katherine, disliked Jess and considered her not good enough for her precious only son. Dan is from a wealthy family whereas Jess is clearly from the wrong side of the tracks, being brought up in foster homes after her parents died.
Jess was determined to make something of herself and left Birmingham, her hometown, with a huge need to prove something. She and Dan were living together and planning their wedding when he suddenly upped and left. It felt as sudden to me as it did to Jess because I wasn't brought into the early days of their relationship when all was still well. I wasn't brought into the circumstances that brought about their breakup ten years ago but I didn't mind. It was enough to fill in the gaps to help me understand why Dan still loved Jess so much ten years later when they meet again in Obsession, and why Jess still wants Dan.
That said, though, I am somewhat ambivalent towards Dan. It's a change that he's a flawed hero (too tied to Mommy?) and that he stayed in Birmingham, whereas Jess went on to Quantico and became an FBI profiler (Dan lost out to Jess when being chosen for internship). Smarting from the loss (which he initially denies, of course), these and other little things accumulate to cause Dan to walk out on their relationship. So while Dan suffers the consequences of his mistakes (3 failed marriages!), he appears to have matured and learnt from them from what little I see later in Obsession. Jess, too, has not gotten over the pain of Dan's leaving and her own marriage ending in divorce leaves us with two tortured characters still deeply in love with each other as the series begins.