REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; 9 JULY 2014 Narrator: Charlie David
I'm so glad I forgot I didn't want to read this after reading one of the reviews last y...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; 9 JULY 2014 Narrator: Charlie David
I'm so glad I forgot I didn't want to read this after reading one of the reviews last year.
In the case of this book, after a comment about Zev's ignorance re. sex, I believed I wouldn't be able to accept that but having read and listened to the book, I'll say that it was entirely believable because of the way the author set things up. Cardeno did make a sufficient case for shifter society being very different from human and all the things we know and take for granted - like watching online porn. Jonah, puzzled by Zev's ignorance of gay sex, asks him if he's ever watched porn online and Zev replies no, he hasn't and the explanation is given in the narrative.
As I said, it is the way Cardeno set things up that made it all believable. If I saw Zev through 21st century human eyes then yeah, it would be unbelievable but then, so would the entire shifter thing!
Zev, despite his forward-looking attitudes and the strongest alpha to emerge in eons, is just a simple but big-hearted guy living in a small town. It is Jonah, his true mate, who lives as a full human and is exposed to the outside world, so to speak; who left Etzgadol after high school and went on to study medicine in the big city. Zev, in the meantime, is not only left behind (his choice, entirely), he remains as sheltered from life as the humans know it; he is also groomed from young to become the pack's leader. Shifter culture and norms are deeply-ingrained in the young Alpha-to-be and I felt every bit of confusion and bemusement he did over his yearning for a male and a human. Shifters don't mate with humans and certainly not with the same gender.
I thought this aspect was especially well done even though it is easy for the reader to guess why Zev feels the way he does about Jonah. Jonah, despite being the bottom and Zev being the alpha in every sense of the word, is the one who's more sophisticated and knowledgeable, compared to Zev who has been sheltered from humans since birth.
It is Cardeno taking me from Zev's and Jonah childhood years (the wolf puppy and toddler) through adolescence and their subsequent separation, and finally, their reunion, that I found most touching and I'll say this is one of the best wolf shifter stories I've read.
Having it narrated by Charlie David was icing on an already yummy cake:)
PS: When we meet Ethan (a shifter from another pack) and Miguel (a vampire) towards the last leg of the story, they are already in a relationship but the sequel covers how they became a couple so timeline-wise, I'm guessing the two books run concurrently. I've only just started on the sequel, Until Forever Comes, so I'm not sure yet at which point of book 1 the sequel comes in. (less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JULY 11, 2014 Narrator: Charlie David
The Story: I prefer the first book but UFC has a charm all of its own and I did love...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JULY 11, 2014 Narrator: Charlie David
The Story: I prefer the first book but UFC has a charm all of its own and I did love the interaction between Miguel and Ethan. What I would have liked, too, is a back story for Miguel. I mean, this ancient vampire has a Latino name so I'd like to know more. There is only a brief explanation by Miguel as to how he got turned but I wanted more about his life after that. As it is, Miguel just pops up out of nowhere. Which is fine at the start, but this is one book where I would have liked an extended flashback, anything to let me know how he came to be such a powerful dude and so feared by the other vampires. He had a sort of fuck-&-suck buddy in Ted and that could have become a Prologue or the flashback but Ted merely hangs around and we don't know about the fuck-&-suck arrangement until towards the end.
Picking up the theme in the previous book, here we have another instance of supposedly impossible pairings: a vampire and a shifter. Vampires are, after all, allergic to shifter blood so no way could a vampire have a shifter as his mate and his chosen (the one he feeds from).
I enjoyed the verbal sparring between the two whenever the topic came to bloodsuckers vs shifters and while I haven't read many vampire/shifter stories, I'm glad I chose these two books. I'll be looking for others now:)
The Narration: it's Charlie David. Love him:) I don't know exactly where Ethan's speech pattern comes from or whether Charlie David nailed it but I do recall having heard people from Tennessee speaking this way and some relatives of friends who are from Louisiana speaking like that (my friends from New Orleans do not speak like that) and I'm guessing it could be a form of Southern Inland (highland) dialect. I'd love for someone to enlighten me. I know I loved the way David performed it.
Miguel's accent I couldn't quite place but it's not 100% Latino or North American. Maybe 40% Latino, 10% North American and 50% medieval Transylvanian? I adored it:D
A sweet, romantic, erotic story and I'd love to have one more - how about a menage among a shifter, vampire and human? With Charlie David narrating, of course!(less)
This was actually rather good all the way till the last quarter then I realized the mystery of what happened to Quinn wasn't going to be solved. That...moreThis was actually rather good all the way till the last quarter then I realized the mystery of what happened to Quinn wasn't going to be solved. That would have been okay if there was an indication that this is the first of a connected series (like Laid) but since there wasn't, I expected this to be a standalone.
The way it turned out, I don't know whether this is a sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal or just a regular contemporary cop romance. From the blurb, I had labelled this a paranormal and it did seem that way because the MC, Quinn, gets pushed out the window and lands in a seemingly different place where he's fucked by 3 strangers. Towards the end when this happens again (minus the sex) I thought the mystery would be addressed.
It isn't and the book turns out to be a rather uninspiring story of two guys reuniting after their two-nighter went nowhere. I couldn't believe the book was going to end like that but it did. I couldn't believe I was going to be left hanging but I was. I don't know why and am still thinking I must have missed something.
(view spoiler)[After the 3 men are done with Quinn, they send him 'back to black' and he wakes up and finds himself back where he was. He thinks he dream the whole incident except there is a hickey on his groin. Towards the end of the book, he is taken to that other place again and again finds himself 'back to black' in his normal place. (hide spoiler)]
If what happened to him can be explained by his childhood trauma, it escaped me. I could only link his fear of the dark to that traumatic incident but not the going through the portal thing.
I liked stories where a casual hook-up (or, better still, an attraction that wasn't acted on) is given a second chance and this is what Quinn and JD have in B2B. Unfortunately, their romance was totally eclipsed by my obsession to solve the mystery of whether Quinn did step through another portal and whether those 3 guys who did this 'forced seduction' routine on him were human or not.
I looked for reviews to help clarify but there's none. I'm hoping this is just a sequel because it just isn't right to leave it this way. Other than that, B2B had that feel I've come to know with the author's recent books and that, I enjoyed. I still have a few of his I've been meaning to read but this one called to me because it's a cop romance and I'm such a sucker for them. This one threw me for a loop, though.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)