Narrator: She had sort of a soft, soothing voice that didn't match up well for the Romantic Suspense genre. But, I enjoyed her readinAudiobook Edition
Narrator: She had sort of a soft, soothing voice that didn't match up well for the Romantic Suspense genre. But, I enjoyed her reading p, for the most part,
I usually waffle a bit about reading Romantic Suspense. Many times the love story is crammed in and around a trauma-filled plot. In this case, though, I found myself sucked in almost from the start. Then again, I'm a total sucker for any plot variation of A. Christie's "Ten Little Indians." Here, a group of relative strangers find themselves isolated at the beautiful, but remote 'Edge of Reason Lodge' completely surrounded by the wilderness of Alaska.
There, the closed-off, completely self-sufficient Lodge Manager, Amelia "Mel" Bennett--who has found herself the perfect place to hide away from life after her much-publicized horrific childhood abduction--meets the gorgeous and mysterious Cache Calder--a world-renowned photojournalist--who bears the scars of his own recent trauma. Mel wonders if he could be the one man to thaw her frozen heart. Or, Cache fears, he might just be the one man to break her heart into a million shards, once she discovers who he really is and why he's really there.
Then, Mel starts seeing glimpses, reminders of her horrific past. She flatly refuses to acknowledge that someone staying at HER lodge might be evil: one of her guests or someone she's known for years. She can't accept that her "home" is no longer safe. As she fits the puzzling pieces together, she finally realizes the terrible truth and fully accepts the deadly extent this individual will go to in order to lure her away from safety and out into the wilderness, where he watches and waits.
--It won't be long now. The heathen sinner that Amelia has grown up to be will soon discover that her perceived control is but fleeting. One false step, and she'll find herself at his mercy. And there, at long last, she'll face her final judgment.--
This time, though, Mel isn't a helpless child. This time she won't go meekly to her certain death. She's tired of living in fear. This time she's ready to fight back!
But, in readying themselves for their Epic Battle of Good versus Evil, they may have overlooked one thing: that Mankind's most enduring folly is his assumption that he maintains any real domination over Earth--especially so very deep in the wilds of Alaska.
Note: There are some great romantic moments, too. And I loved the ending. The story did leave me with a few unanswered questions, though:
--How about a peek at Cache's story on Mel; --What in the HELL was Tom thinking!; --I want to know more about Sergei's mysterious backstory; --And did Mel eventually sell or display her quilts?
Maybe some of these points will be addressed in one of the other "Edge" books or else in the "Wild Wo/Men of Alaska" series....more
A mostly forgettable, suspenseful plot designed to seclude a trio of impressive brotherAudiobook Version Narrator: Serena Daniels
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A mostly forgettable, suspenseful plot designed to seclude a trio of impressive brothers with the object of their desire--in this case, their beautiful secretary. Once the handsome, lusty trio let loose their desires lovely captive Hannah is merely putty in their hands....more
Firstly, I loved the narrator. She had such a smooth, confident voice that she actually lulled me to sleep once or twice--w3.50 Stars Audiobook Version
Firstly, I loved the narrator. She had such a smooth, confident voice that she actually lulled me to sleep once or twice--which for this long-suffering insomniac was not a bad thing. Also, her ability to seamlessly switch between dual POVs came off as effortless.
This was a box-set of four novellas by author Tiffinie Helmer featuring four very intense, Alaskan alpha males--an Alaskan State Trooper, a Wildlife Refuge Officer, a murdered mountain climber & an ex-KGB agent--all ready to find and claim their destined mates. Question is, are these women ready to be found and claimed?
The stories were each well-thought out with well-developed characters, but they felt a bit rushed once the females admitted their feelings and then they ended somewhat abruptly. (Just saying, I'm a huge fan of Kristen Ashley and thought all of these stories could have used one of KAs signature Epilogues.)
Still, overall I enjoyed these Alaska-based tales and would happily read more by Tiffinie Helmer....more
I love a strong, bossy Alpha male, but the biker genre really isn't my thing. I suppose in KA's world the fact that the men in4 Stars Audiobook Version
I love a strong, bossy Alpha male, but the biker genre really isn't my thing. I suppose in KA's world the fact that the men in the Chaos biker club are "good guys" who wear "cuts" instead of "white hats" is cool, but the repetitive "old ladies stay out of club business" line is just not my thing.
Given the chance and "moola" though, I'll listen to EVERY last KA Audiobook because I *adore* her characters and how they come to life that much more with the help of the talented narrators who give voice to each and every one of her amazing characters.
**spoiler alert** 3.5 'So What If He's My Brother?!' Stars That's STEP-brother, thank you very much!
So, I have to admit, I kinda of enjoy this genre.**spoiler alert** 3.5 'So What If He's My Brother?!' Stars That's STEP-brother, thank you very much!
So, I have to admit, I kinda of enjoy this genre. There's this taboo/forbidden element that's kind of HOT as the attraction grows between the pair. Oh, and they ALWAYS have bedrooms next door to each other. Truthfully, the sibs aren't blood-related, so it's more of a societal 'no-no' rather than a "sin." Each book of this genre is unique, though, so, of course some of the plots are whacked. But in this case, once they're the two are of legal age, it's really no one's business. They'll just need to face the music with parents and friends for awhile when/if it comes to that..
The story is told in Dual POV, and broken down in a series of years starting at age 13 when Aidan and Jenny first time meet. I loved the early years and the close friendship described. Unfortunately, they drift as they get older and it's very poignant, if frustrating, at times. They leave so much unspoken, yet they continually reassure themselves that they'll always remain best friends. Unfortunately, the book is too short to really dig into the 'whys' of their behaviors, but for the most part the story is well-written.
In this case, the book loses MAJOR stars...
-1: (view spoiler)[Because the book just ENDS. Right before the drama of the big reveal to their parents. And right before they work through their first awkward days/dates/f*cks....what have you. Crude, yea, but you know what I mean. I wanted, no, I needed the happy, reckless, messy meshing of these two siblings into one happy couple. I missed not having that. There's this pent up longing all throughout the 'too short' book and I was so looking forward to witnessing them tackle some of the barriers that kept them from their well-deserved happiness. (hide spoiler)]
-1: (view spoiler)[It loses another star because the first time the couple has sex was a total let down. All through the story, from age 13, they have this crazy attraction to each other that builds and builds. One time, I think she's 18, Jenny accidentally sees Aidan, naked from the shower, looking for a towel and she freezes for a minute to stare and THAT moment--as seen through her eyes is just brilliant. So, I was expecting their first time to be KAPOW. And instead, it was a complete dud. And, sadly, not too long after their unfortunate coupling the story just fizzles out. Which leads me to this review. (hide spoiler)]
Luckily, they're are always more step-siblings in the throes of adolescence brought together via marriage and forbidden lust is sure to follow--at least in this genre.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
2 'Very Dim' Stars (One for the possibility promised in the cover. :)
I'll keep my review brief:This book was just awful. Confusing writing, poor gramma2 'Very Dim' Stars (One for the possibility promised in the cover. :)
I'll keep my review brief:This book was just awful. Confusing writing, poor grammar and not a single likable character.
(view spoiler)[And, the ménage was neither consensual or sexy: Rachel only did it to please Blake and Dex, both drunk selfish, assholes. And thinking about just how youngOriental Kiomi was made me sick. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The story was okay, but the narration was truly awful. An annoying mix between a Valley Girl and an East Coast2.5 Stars Audiobook Narrator: Arika Rapson
The story was okay, but the narration was truly awful. An annoying mix between a Valley Girl and an East Coast teen. Unfortunately, I can't separate the story from the way it was told. If I do continue with the series, I will definitely be flipping pages....more
Audiobook Version Elizabeth Hart, Narrator: E. Hart does a pretty good job, I detected a slight lisp at times, though, and that co2.5 'Just Okay' Stars
Audiobook Version Elizabeth Hart, Narrator: E. Hart does a pretty good job, I detected a slight lisp at times, though, and that combined with the babyish voice she used to portray mousy heroine Faith Lewis and several times I was pulled out of the story. She did a much better job with mega rich, bad boy Ryan McKay.
In truth, I put off writing this review and needed to reread the book description and critiques in order to write this. The book was short and sweet, if pretty predictable. This is the second book I've read this month where our Hero falls head over heels in "like" for the cherubic--nearly to the point of being dense--heroine. And he does so waaay too easily. This leaves only a four-letter obstacle to overcome. There's also the greedy, scheming cousin James. In both instances, our damaged Hero clings to his beloved denial. In the former, his inability to see how creepitastic his cousin really is and in the latter how obvious it is that he adores Faith. Still, no matter how hard he clings to his skewed beliefs, it takes a major calamity to shake things up. We know there can be only one outcome, so, it's only a matter of patiently flipping pages and enduring some very corny speeches and love scenes....more