Too short and too shoulder-shruggingly meh to leave much impact or further interest in reading the rest of the seri2 'Just Meh' Stars Audiobook Edition
Too short and too shoulder-shruggingly meh to leave much impact or further interest in reading the rest of the series. It was missing something: passion or chemistry, or both. Either, or both, could have drawn me in, perhaps with more clan backstory and character study.
That said, it was a quick, fun audiobook.
Note: Meghan Kelly, the narrator, did a great job. She has a low, gravelly, Chicago/Minnesota twang which I really liked and found kinda sexy and her voice slips easily into a male character. I'd definitely look for other audiobooks she's done....more
3 'Colter Bros to Share' = 3 Stars Book 1 worked pretty well. Book 2 not so much. The brothers aren't as close and they don't seem so eager to fair and3 'Colter Bros to Share' = 3 Stars Book 1 worked pretty well. Book 2 not so much. The brothers aren't as close and they don't seem so eager to fair and square share, each more set on staking his own claim to woo her individually.
So their backhanded wooing to claim their "prize" without bothering to bond as brothers together first in her "best" interest just didn't work for me...especially seeing how skittish she was with her messed up past.
Worth a listen, just beware it's not as good as Book 1. ...more
Audiobook Version with 3 Different Narrators (I felt like Goldilocks with the trilogy having 3 separate narrators: #1 was4 "I Wanna Be A Krinar" Stars
Audiobook Version with 3 Different Narrators (I felt like Goldilocks with the trilogy having 3 separate narrators: #1 was too strong, #3 was too soft, and #2 was JUST right. I was sorry to see she had been replaced.)
Overall, I'm rating this with 4 Stars because I was completely caught up in the story. Indeed, I devoted most of three days to listening intently whenever I could.
That said, I had so many issues with Mia, who was not only so tiny she was the size of a house mouse and so unattractive to me she was ab-so-lutely TSTL. She asked so many questions, if I were Korum I would have told her to shut-the-fuck-up and shuttled her back to you NYC. Questions like "Why me?" "What could you want with little ole me?" And yet, the really important ones she only fretted over endlessly in her head: "The resistance says blah-blah, is it true?" "If we're together, what will happen when I age?" "Can we have children?" "Whoa, your technology rocks! How can I get me some some?" These are just some silly samples. Especially towards the end when Korum tells her his true plans and she yells a bit and then shrugs: why not suggest an Earth/Krinar compromise, why not suggest they push forward as a K/Earther team working towards what's best for both beings? She's so damn dumb.
As for Korum, he was a perfect Krinar solving all his "Mia" problems with sex. Yet, giving in, opening up, letting love in a bit at a time. He also grows up: faces enemies, learns about betrayal and he learns to 'let go'. Mostly though, he growls at Mia a lot. He cracked me up.
Speaking of sex with Korum--we were, weren't we? Damn, but it was boring in its repetitiveness: stick big 'D' in teeny tiny slot 'A' (hold for a stretch and repeat). Or slot 'B'. Butt we'll get into that later, which they don't, not really. Over and over again. Just show us the above damn diagram and ask us to chant "vanilla, vanilla, vanilla" and we'll get the idea. It just didn't matter after awhile and I covered my ears (and non-tingling parts).
I had so many problems with the logistics of this, I wanted to sit down and write a long letter to Anna Z. In the end, though, I just let it go. She wasn't going to fix it for me, so I just did it in my head (there's me all up in my sex, I mean 'head', again...lol).
Definitely worth a listen if you like threatening, grumpy rich Alien Alpha males who look/act exactly like threatening, grumpy rich Human Alpha males who fall for pretty, average Jane with big round insert blue, green brown eyes, but with some end of the world suspense thrown in. It sounds like I didn't, but I really did love it. Especially listening to it long into the deep dark, endlessly starry night....more
Windy above refers to a 'plot hole' in the road to Tara that ends this story. Oh, it's gaping and it made**spoiler alert** 2.5 'Gosh it's Windy' Stars
Windy above refers to a 'plot hole' in the road to Tara that ends this story. Oh, it's gaping and it made me furry-ous. A paws-itively WTF moment:
(view spoiler)[How can what Silas blackmails Drake into doing while threatening to kill his Luminary stand? Isn't he going to be incarcerated or put down? And how the hell would the pack follow him as their leader? Ugh, this friggin' killed the entire book for me! Not to mention as a businessman Drake would not consider this 'agreement' legal without being signed and notarized in a legal Deed, or the like.
Oh! And don't get me started how she freakin' disappears for three days when there's a crazy wolf who wants to kill her and he thinks she's being stubborn! It's like the ending was set in stone and the author couldn't stray from it. Cause it's total BS that he wouldn't be looking for her--I mean he doesn't think to check her BAR!!! AND how could he possibly not he have physical withdrawal symptoms or sense she was in DANGER!
And, and, and, two-weeks notice???!!! What a TOOL! I thought it was going to be an unofficial deed to the bar! (hide spoiler)]
And this is a shame because I really enjoyed this book up until then. You have your seriously feisty and naive heroine with an axe to grind and your seriously fussy businessman who has a stick up his ass. Her naughty behavior while working under him, especially on that first day cracked me up. What balls! And I'm not speaking of sex.
However, I think the author nailed it on their lust-bond. I felt the way they were inexplicably drawn to each other. And, I felt Drake's attraction to her: there was one moment where he shifts down into the couch to position himself beneath her and it was really HOT! Most descriptions have the Hero crawling or hovering around the female and it's just so generic. And I DO enjoy a love scene written from the male perspective.
I think more time or casual dates were needed to 'grow' their love-bond. But, I enjoyed the jumping in water scene and would have loved more darts or playing pool in the bar.
A couple minor Issues:
--Emilia sure doesn't seem to concerned about being turned. She doesn't ask a million questions, as one certainly would. Or isn't concerned about not aging or how to explain that to those around her. Not to mention the shock of near-immortality. --Why was her business doing poorly? Why didn't she wonder if it was due to Blake? I wondered that. And why wasn't Drake pissed at the tattoo parlor guy? Why didn't he insist on taking care of the prick, both as a business man and as a man of honor who says he'd always protect his woman. --Why did her skin shift from pale to tan after the middle of the book? Either is fine, just pick one. --in one paragraph, the pronoun hers is used when it should be his. I think at the drive-in??
That's it. This reviews seems like I'm slamming the book. But I really did enjoy it very much and these issues/inconsistencies kept me from enjoying it more. Fix them and the book will be stronger for it.
I'm holding back from giving this 5 Staes, but only because my 5 Star picks have that extra something special that leaves the reader wi4 'Cubed' Stars
I'm holding back from giving this 5 Staes, but only because my 5 Star picks have that extra something special that leaves the reader with goosebumps.
That said, Erica's Choice is very good and scorching hot! Set in Australia, Griff and Corey are firefighters and great friends but there's something more there that they both deny. Erica is a very prim and pretty schoolteacher who decides one night to just 'go for it' and try to seduce the young and gorgeous Corey. Turns out Corey has been just as keen on Erica. But older, wiser Griff decides someone has to take charge and beats Corey to the punch. Turns out for Erica there might be a two-for-one special on scorching hot firemen.
I loved the shared POV and how we can see inside each one of the characters and understand their individual reasons to avoid giving into something permanent between them. However, it's more of a tortured longing rather than the overly melodramatic angst of other contemporary romances.
Griff, Corey and Erica are three memorable characters that I grew to care about. Theirs is a symbiotic relationship carefully balancing the hard and soft of each other. But, pushed too hard and the triad just might topple. Erica, with so much unexplored sensuality, reveals only her caring heart. She has had to be strong for a very long time. Corey is sweet and caring, but his life has been easy so far. The pair are sticky sweet. Griff, on the other hand, can be fierce. He is a 'take charge' man who expects his orders will be followed. There is a sadness lurking just underneath his 'I don't give a damn' surface, however. He doesn't believe he will ever be chosen as an equal partner. The give and take and the push and pull between trio makes this the best written ménage I've read....more