A change in pace from Ms. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood and one that can take a little getting used to. However, once I did, I found myself enjoyingA change in pace from Ms. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood and one that can take a little getting used to. However, once I did, I found myself enjoying it.
Having been introduced to fallen angels with Lassiter in the BDB series, it was easy to accept that there might be other fallen angels on Earth with their own problems and missions. Jim Heron's transition into a fallen angel after a lifetime in special ops removing problems of a different nature, is an interesting read.
There is a cross over with the world of the BDB in the first story, not only with the setting of Caldwell, but with the appearance of Trez, the Iron Mask, Phury (though you're not given the name) and Marie-Terese.
When Jim is told he has to save Vincent di Pietro, he isn't sure he's up to the task. After all, what does he know about saving souls? Demons? Angels? This is all new territory for him and well, how does he do this without sounding like he's lost the plot and about ready to sign up for a padded cell with a hug me jacket?
An interesting and well written addition the Caldwell/BDB setting, and I look forward to reading/listening to the next novel. As for the narrator, he worked very well for this, and I liked his attempts to make the characters very distinct with the change in voices. ...more
This review is for the audio version of Dark Prince, by Christine Feehan. Audio copy purchased from Audible in July 2008. However, I also own the prinThis review is for the audio version of Dark Prince, by Christine Feehan. Audio copy purchased from Audible in July 2008. However, I also own the print version and have since about 2005.
Dark Prince is one of those books where I 'make' myself ignore what I now see as flaws in writing. Head hopping, overuse of certain phrases and a little bit of dead horse syndrome. It takes more than a little effort on my side to do so, but as I enjoy the setting and the general voice of the series it's something I still do.
With that in mind Dark Prince, as a debut book for an author, is a well written tale. It does act nicely as the start of a series with lead ins for following books because of the other Carpathian males who are introduced. It takes the vampire legends and neatly splits them into the 'good' Carpathian's and those who have turned rogue - become vampire. Mikhail and Raven are interesting lead characters, and Mikhail is far from a 'nice' guy. He's arrogant, an alpha, over controlling but not willing to turn rogue and in planning his own death he meets Raven. Raven, an American woman with telepathic abilities, isn't the type of woman Mikhail is used to dealing with. She has a mind of her own and damnit, she's not going to become a meek, mild and simpering woman just because he says so.
That said there are times Mikhail's arrogance grates, and I wonder (more than once) why Raven - who is a strong woman - doesn't slap him at least once! Yes, she's bound to him, but as strong as she is after the horrors she's seen, I still have expect her to slap him, or at least give him a damn good poke in the chest! I'd have liked to have seen her stand up just a little bit more to Mikhail instead of bending as much as she does.
Yes, after all of that I still give the book a 4 star rating as it is one I can go back and re-read/listen to every year or so.
Picked this up from the library after seeing the HBO mini series and I wasn't disappointed. The narrator had a true knack for bringing the story to liPicked this up from the library after seeing the HBO mini series and I wasn't disappointed. The narrator had a true knack for bringing the story to light.
This is definitely an epic fantasy, and not a light story, delving heavily into court politics and the struggle for the throne - hence the title, a Game of Thrones.
The world building is fantastic and extremely well done, and we're on the waiting list for the second audio book from the library. Oddly though, when (several years ago) I tried reading this first book I couldn't get past the opening pages, but as an audio book it pulled me in and refused to let go. ...more
The one big problem I have with Christine Feehan's Dark series is the head hopping. However, as an audio book it's easier to overlook this issue.
SheaThe one big problem I have with Christine Feehan's Dark series is the head hopping. However, as an audio book it's easier to overlook this issue.
Shea is a very strong heroine, she doesn't feel sorry for herself, and despite the trials she's been through she's determined to find a cure for the blood defect she's diagnosed herself with. I did wonder why she never contacted the police about her strange stalkers - but could suspend disbelief there as it was needed for the plot.
Jacq balances on the edge between sanity and madness, though with good reason, but his attacks on Shea are enough where she should have backed off, gone for help and here endeth the book - so although her actions did fall into the too stupid to live idea again it was needed for the plot. And the desire to stay/help could be excused by the life bond and the fact that she's a doctor driven to help an obviously injured man.
So, even with the plot flaws it's a book I enjoyed listening to just before bed. The narrator for this one worked, but the rustling of the paper as she read was slightly off putting. ...more
Alexandria Houton has been left to raise her little brother, Joshua, and finally believes she's at a point where she get a job that will lift them outAlexandria Houton has been left to raise her little brother, Joshua, and finally believes she's at a point where she get a job that will lift them out of the poor standard of living they've been struggling with for some time. Even if that means working with a man who has other ideas about how he'd like to get to know Alex. However, Alex is gifted and that gift puts her in direct line of fire for the Vampires, rogue Carpathian's who have fled to the USA.
When Aiden Savage walks into the picture, he assumes Alex is a vampiress and comes close to killing her before he realizes what she is. His lifemate. From that point onward her fate, as far as Aiden is concerned, is set. But Alex's priorities remain her little brother...
Ms. Feehan doesn't head hop quite as much in Dark Gold as she does in previous Carpathian novels, and with the audio that's slightly easier to over look. However, the quality of the audio leaves a fair amount to be desired. Sadly the crinkling of pages and the pauses where the narrator stumbles, reduced this to a 3.5 as an audio book. ...more
Holly is struggling to keep the family owned B&B open. If she fails not only will she lose the business but a home that has been in her family forHolly is struggling to keep the family owned B&B open. If she fails not only will she lose the business but a home that has been in her family for generations. So, when the Christmas tree needs replacing at the last minute - in order that the place look suitably festive before the camera crew arrives - she dashes out to buy a new one. The only problem is when they slice the bindings on the 12 footer, a corpse falls out...
On top of that the man on her doorstep - whom she believes is one of the reporters working with the film crew - is someone from her past. A man she's never quite forgiven herself for letting get away. Holly needs this report on the B&B if she isn't going to lose the house, so getting a little cozy with Zach doesn't seem like such a terrible hardship.
As for Zach, if this is the chance to prove that he isn't the two timing dog that Holly thinks he is, well he's going to take it. But he knows a little more about the tree than he's willing to let on and although he's a reporter, he's not part of the business saving crew that Holly has been waiting for.
A cute two hour audio novella, nicely narrated, and enough of a tease that I'll look for other work from the author again. ...more
Morgan O'Connelli's return to small town Wyoming is motivated by a need to settle down, to find roots, after a life of constantly moving with her pareMorgan O'Connelli's return to small town Wyoming is motivated by a need to settle down, to find roots, after a life of constantly moving with her parents. But a husband and children are the last things on her list of to -do's especially when she spent so much of her childhood playing babysitter to her six younger siblings. But a chance meeting with Gabe Chance during the 4th of July parade threatens to upset all of that.
Gabe Chance, youngest of the Chance brothers, has no plans beyond getting his horse, Top Draw, into the cutting horse hall of fame. But his brother's penny pinching threatens to put paid to that. Perhaps a brief, sensual encounter with a woman he'd known briefly in high school, is just the thing to stop him from pounding his brother's face in.
Neither of them want more than some shared fun, after all. So why would there be a risk? And maybe his brother needs to stop being so uptight about Morgan being a Realtor. She's not after the ranch, no matter what Jack might think!
But the attraction between them is undeniable and the threat of it turning into something more might well be more than either of them are prepared, or willing, to handle.
The humor and sensuality that runs through this book is undeniable, and combine to produce a lovely story that I truly enjoyed. As an audio book it also worked very well for me, and the narrator had a pleasant voice that lent itself easily to the sensuality of some of the scenes. ...more
A chance meeting at fair day led to a promise between the children of two rival clans. A promise to wed when they were old(Review for the audio book)
A chance meeting at fair day led to a promise between the children of two rival clans. A promise to wed when they were old enough and to take no other as their husband/wife. But in the case of Brianna MacLeod she's given no choice by her father but to wed her cousin as she's the Laird to be for her clan.
When her husband is killed, seemingly by Ewan Fraser's brother, and she loses not only her father from an illness, but the baby within her, she plans on revenge. A revenge that will give her a child and perhaps bring an end to the battles between the clans.
What she didn't count on was how sexy her childhood promised husband would be.
As for Ewan... Brianna is everything he's dreamed of in a woman. But he isn't going to let his heart melt. She broke her promise to him. Not just that but didn't even have the courage to respond to his letters. She might take his seed, as his body isn't opposed to the idea, but not his heart.
A sensual highland romance and the narrator managed to bring life to the romance and connection between the two. ...more
This review is for the audio book version as sold by Audible.
Of course, I'm listening to these out of order, but fortunately it doesn't make that mucThis review is for the audio book version as sold by Audible.
Of course, I'm listening to these out of order, but fortunately it doesn't make that much of a difference to when it comes to enjoyability.
Cody has been a vampire since the end of the Civil war. In one night he lost his humanity, his mother, sister in law, and nephew (or niece - I admit I can't recall which one it was there). But his chance to kill the vampire responsible, and regain his humanity, is waiting for him in Skull Creek, Texas. All he has to do is kill the one who made him. Kill him and it all ends.
But a chance meeting with Miranda Rivers, a woman who has done everything she can to be exactly the opposite of her sisters and mother, throws a spanner in the works. Miranda wants one night of wildness, to put an end to her fantasy of cowboys before she settles down with the 'right' man. That calm, reliable, respectable man who has asked her to marry him. Exactly the opposite of the men her mother picked, and the men her sisters still pick.
One night that Cody is happy to give her.
One small problem. Miranda isn't the type he can forget, especially when it turns out she lives in Skull Creek, and he's going to have to wait five days before his target turns up.
I love the premise and the idea of these vampires who live off not just blood, but sexual energy. The only thing that spoiled this for me was the narrator. He was great at the male voices, but his attempts at female voices were - to be honest - painful!
Take one delayed flight, a nervous passenger, and a more seasoned business traveler, and you have a recipe for the start of a heated romance.
Well writTake one delayed flight, a nervous passenger, and a more seasoned business traveler, and you have a recipe for the start of a heated romance.
Well written and worked brilliantly as an audio book - which doesn't always happen with the Blaze novels. The problems with Ashley's sister, the drinking and dependency - was a touch that you don't normally come across in this category of novel. ...more