★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) The swoonworthy Robert Petkoff continues to narrate this wonderful series and, what can I sa
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) The swoonworthy Robert Petkoff continues to narrate this wonderful series and, what can I say? You know the expression, “I’d listen to him read the phone book...”? Yup. That applies here. Astounding ability with multiple accents and voice inflections, creating consistent characters.
As far a main characters, I’m racking my brain trying to think if I’ve ever disliked any of Cole’s previous heroines. I don’t believe so. Even Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions, from Kiss of a Demon King (IAD #7), won me over... eventually. (view spoiler)[She makes an appearance in this book. Only fitting, as Bettina is half sorceress. (hide spoiler)] (I must mention, I usually like most heroines, even ones other GR friends do not.) Nevertheless, and incredibly, Princess Bettina of Abaddon, Kingdom of the Deathly Ones, did not impress me!
Yup. She was just wayyyyyy too immature and clung on to her infatuation of her childhood friend, Caspion the Tracker (AKA über man whore), beyond reason. (view spoiler)[ I mean, come on, woman! He tells her he’s “just not that into her” repeatedly. To top it off, he states in front of everyone at the tournament that he is only joining because he is marked for death anyway, so he might as well save her from being forced to marry someone she does not love. And I was just talking with friends about insults disguised as complements... (hide spoiler)] And did I mention she whined? A lot. Sure, I know she’s recovering from PTSD, but still. Plus, she’s Trehan’s Bride! She Blooded him! I mean, I felt like I needed give her lessons on what the staggering and fateful implications of this are in the Lore and to Trehan. **shakes head** I did enjoy her artistic abilities, though.
In fact, if it hadn’t been for KC’s wonderful writing, great fast-paced action and fight scenes, well written - and hot! - sex scenes, and an amazing hero (with the patience of Job), this would have been a three star read for me. Also, I really missed KC’s incredible ability to blend witty humor into her character’s personalities. Yet, most of the humor came from Salem, and he was a bit creepy at times.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Love this book. So much so, I've given as a gift several times. Plus, my girlfriend and I bought it at the same time so we could compare which recipesLove this book. So much so, I've given as a gift several times. Plus, my girlfriend and I bought it at the same time so we could compare which recipes we've tried. Yummy recipes!...more
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Lorelei King, who narrates Mercy’s first person account of this series, just k...Quote from Fire Touched...
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Lorelei King, who narrates Mercy’s first person account of this series, just keeps getting better and better. She has a nice range of voices for all the characters. And I just love how you can tell when Mercy is talking with someone from when she is only thinking something. It is a nice thing to know, when you listen to an audiobook. She can make Mercy’s voice filled with humor, snark, sadness, lust, fear, or friendship. Her male voices are even, dare I say it, “yummy”? While she makes all the characters have depth, she did change the voices of a couple of characters in this installation, but I think it’s for the better. Zee in particular, sounds amazing.
I can’t believe Patricia Briggs can keep putting out the high caliber of this series. Her plot here is smooth, almost poetic, with a touch of romance, but action packed. How does she do that? I love the way she weaves mythology into this series. She made me laugh over the troll on the bridge (not under it!) and yet still realize the horror of it.
Werewolf, fae, and vampire abound in PB’s world; however, it is our little supernatural coyote shape shifter who really stirs the pot - this time and every time. The fae are pretty scary, but Mercy lands herself - and the whole pack - right in the middle of their Grey Lords’ political agenda. I actually gasped a few times, especially over the decision Bran Cornick, the Marrok, makes.
★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I enjoyed Kaleo Griffith’s narration of this book. Nevertheless, he reads
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★★★½☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I enjoyed Kaleo Griffith’s narration of this book. Nevertheless, he reads slows, and I couldn’t speed up the rate on Hoopla. That drove me a bit nuts. However, he has a nice voice, his pacing is good as is his enunciation. I liked that I could hear the amusement in his voice, when it was appropriate.
Hmmmm. I'm not quite sure why I picked this one. I wanted something light, but snarky, and with a “bad boy,” thus fulfilling several of my group challenges all in one. Plus, I wanted something quick. This one certainly fit the bill.
I liked the heroine in this one more than the hero, which is unusual. Chase blew a bit too hot and then cold for me. I understood he had "father issues," but come on. Still, I liked Madison’s kindness, understanding, and sweetness, without it causing me to become diabetic. All the maneuverings by their families were fun, and didn’t cross the line. Well, not too much. Good sexual tension. I wasn’t crazy about the cliché misunderstanding or the crazy ending before the HEA; however, I’ll probably go on with the series....more
★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Mary Jane Wells does an excellent job of narrating this one. Nice var
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★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Mary Jane Wells does an excellent job of narrating this one. Nice varied voices for the multiple characters. It is hard to give the incomparable Rosalyn Landor a run for her money, but Ms. Wells makes a valiant effort. Good pacing & enunciation.
I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. In fact, I gobbled it down in one day. (This is probably due to my missing Kleypas’ Historical Romances so much!) The heroine in this one was a bit annoying in the previous book, so she has some redeeming to do. I loved the sigh-worthy hero and, at first I had to get over thinking he deserved someone much, much better. But, if anyone could help me overcome that, Kleypas could.
There are a few surprises in this one. And it was wonderful to revisit characters from The Wallflowers series and see them in more than just “walk-on” scenes, but woven into the plot....more