(This is a review of the audiobook.) I haven't heard the narrator, David Chandler, read before. At first, neither he nor the book grabbed me. I mean,★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I haven't heard the narrator, David Chandler, read before. At first, neither he nor the book grabbed me. I mean, I was interested, but not captivated. That changed as the book progressed! Looking forward to listening to him narrate the rest of this series, as he certainly became Joe Pickett to me.
Excellent start to the series. Nice slow build, that comes to a believable and satisfying conclusion. Sure, at times, I knew where the story was going, but there were certainly some surprises. And my heart was in my throat more than once. I was on the edge of my seat by the end. I've already downloaded the next in the series.
(This is a review of the audio book.) What can I say about hearing one of my favorite installments of Kresley Cole’s wonderful Immortals After Dark s
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audio book.) What can I say about hearing one of my favorite installments of Kresley Cole’s wonderful Immortals After Dark series brought to life on audio book? Terrific? Wonderful? Awesome?
They all seem woefully inadequate.
I’ve read this book several times, and I loved listening to it. Robert Petkoff continues his breathtaking narration, kicking it up a notch this time to tell us of Néomi Laress and Conrad Wroth’s love story. His voice is dreamy and he does the international cast of characters wonderfully, maintaining differentiation. His French Quarter accent for Néomi and Estonian accent for Conrad are great...nevertheless, I loved his Nïx the best! She, the “Ever-Knowing” soothsayer, is perplexed in this one and Mr. Petkoff has her inflection – with just the right touch of arrogant attitude thrown in – down perfect.
At the beginning one is inclined to wonder how Ms. Cole will ever get these two together. Néomi is not just a former femme fatale and burlesque dancer who rose above her roots to become a prima ballerina of the jazz era, she is a ghost! Worse yet, Conrad is not just a vampire, but one of the “Fallen vampires” and a master assassin. …Oh…and his is just on the edge of insane.
Talk about obstacles!
Not to mention, Conrad’s brothers have imprisoned him in Elancourt, Néomi’s abandoned New Orleans manor, in order to rid him of his insanity and bloodlust. They can’t see Néomi, so they believe he is not improving, but really losing it.
Still, despite the rage and madness, Conrad, the youngest of the Wroth brothers, manages to come across on the pages as… ** whew…fans self**…H.O.T.! I had forgotten how overpowering, demanding, possessive, and relentless he is in his desire for Néomi. I'm not as much of an alpha-hero lover as some of my GoodReads friends, but this one definitely works for me. The love scenes are sizzling. Yet so much of it is – at least in the beginning – cerebral.
I don’t want to give the whole story away; however, there are parts of this account that are just plain poignant. Ms. Cole has taken traditional things that we know about and written a wonderful Paranormal-Romance that is truly original. All the while continuing to interweave other characters’ story-lines without the reader getting frustrated by too little or too much information. Fabulous!...more
4/8/16 - Update. Okay, quite liking this one. Realized I've read it before, but not sure when. Possibly in high school? Also, realized I've seen the★★★★✩
4/8/16 - Update. Okay, quite liking this one. Realized I've read it before, but not sure when. Possibly in high school? Also, realized I've seen the Hallmark movie of it, staring Jessica Lange.
Okay, finished this one. Well written, and a good example of life in Nebraska in the early part of the 20th Century. A little unrealistic, as far as a woman being able to be this successful, but still very good with regards to the mores of the time. The author makes you feel as if your in that time-period.
This book has two romance story-lines going, one with a tragic ending and one with a HEA. (view spoiler)[ The heroine is finally able to reach out and grasp her HEA manly due, I think, to her brother's ending so tragically. (hide spoiler)]
The one is very sad, a reason why I put off reading it, once I realized I had read it in my youth. (And seen the movie years ago.) I wasn't too keen on picking it back up. But, it is my "in person" book club selection this month, so thought I'd best. There are lots of good things in it, so I'd still recommend it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Nicely narrated by Amy Rubinate. Quick, fast story that she handled well.
There were story-lines in this I enjoye★★★½✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Nicely narrated by Amy Rubinate. Quick, fast story that she handled well.
There were story-lines in this I enjoyed more than in the other books, but by contrast, I was disappointed with other parts that just didn't come across as quite right. Or maybe "fully developed" is more accurate. The arguments were not between the hero and heroine (which was nice!), but mostly between the other characters from previous books. Nice change of pace, that. Loved Rob's epiphany moment in the bar, too.
A lot of the reasons for the animosity between Rob and is brothers is uncovered here, and they certainly held my interest. However, I particularly didn't like the confrontation between Rob and his father, Holt. (view spoiler)[ Rob notes his father not looking well, even a little frail, but then belittles him on his dyslexia & who's really running the ranch. What? How do you spell the words "mature" and "compassionate"? Also, I didn't find the responses from both Rob and Morgan regarding his father giving them the land, but still wanting Rob to work his father's ranch full-time, complete in their incredulity. Huh? What kind of gift is that? How about some input on this from Lisa, Rob's mother? She was certainly present in the book, not just filler. These conversations needed to be further developed.
And then the whole "playing a practical joke" on Rob's family fell flat for me. What kind of adults play a cruel joke like that, and for so long? Even if some of them deserved it (personally, I would have really moved to California), not all of them did! (hide spoiler)]
In addition, I was very unhappy that Claire, from The Cowboy Wins a Bride, is still a self-centered bitch; while this may make her consistent with book #2, it makes me like her book even less, as I believed the love and security of Jamie's arms tamed the "beast," so gave my rating the benefit of the doubt. Instead, some of Claire's bad traits rubbed on on Jamie in book #3. Thank goodness Ethan & Autumn were still their wonderful selves!
Still, I'm going to continue with the series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more