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review 2019-01-23 03:25
It's Mary Calmes's Vampyres on audio...of course I had to hear this...
His Consort - Mary Calmes,Scott Smith

If you follow my reviews and thank you for doing that by the way, than you also know I've read this book. I'm kind of getting addicted to doing that...reading a story and then listening to the audio...I've discovered it's something that I really enjoy doing.  Although it's not often that I want to re-read a book I love listening to audio books...some of them over and over and over again. It's just a thing that I enjoy doing. So since I've already read and reviewed this story as an e-book I'm going to steal from it for some of this review, so if something seems repetitious it's probably because it is...

 

I have a small group of authors that I'll just read whatever they write and the reasons may vary but mostly it's the entertainment factor and just the fact that for whatever reason I can easily escape into the story and enjoy it without a lot of deep thoughts or intellectual rhetoric involved...what can I say, sometimes a girl just wants to read a story that's entertaining. 

 

So just to summarize there are a number of reasons that I had so much fun reading this story and they've all held true in listening to the audio book and they were...

 

I really liked both of the MCs.  Jason Thorpe was the expected 'everyone loves him' MC and I liked wandering through the first part of the book as his history and character were layered onto him and we got to see how he came to be in New Orleans and the events that slowly converged to bring him together with Varic Maedoc, Prince of the Vampires.

 

I liked the slightly different twist that the author brought to the origins of these Vampyres and the interesting collection of secondary characters that helped to flesh out this story characters such as Cooke, Leni and Ode but most of all I loved Tiago and Hadrian... whom, I probably liked even a tiny bit more than Jason and Varic...I think, I'd need to read their story to be sure (this is what we call a subtle hint at my house). 

 

Last but not least I really like how this was all laid out with an underlying theme of  Vampyr politics running throughout the story driving both the romance and the mystery/action part of the story. All of this along with the Vampyr social structure, their language combined to create a daunting task of how to share the information with the reader and keep it from being simply a large and ultimately tedious info dump. I loved that these Vampyres weren't portrayed as a hidden culture existing in modern times with ancient ways...nope, these guy knew about cell phones, computers internet websites but there were still a select few Vampyr stereotypes that popped up in this story as well and that's cool it was a good mix of the new and the familiar.

 

So all in all for me the audio book was every bit as delightful as the e-book with the addition of new to me narrator Scott Smith and let me say this poor man had some big vocal cords to follow in since out of the 54 English language audio books by this author 30+ of them have been narrated by 3 of my absolute favorite narrators so I admit I was a little nervous about this...what I wasn't was disappointed. Scott Smith's narration definitely ticked off my list of 'things I want in an audio book' and I was left having enjoyed the story and feeling comfortable that should Scott Smith's name show up on future audio books that I'm interested in...everything will sound just fine.

 

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An audio book of 'His Consort' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-01-08 08:00
Enjoyed it
His Consort - Mary Calmes

3.5 ⭐️ 

 

When this one came out, I saw a lot of my friends didn’t like this one, and I’m laughing at myself now because I knew I was going to go against the grain. I think it was because I gave it time and wasn’t expecting too much. Yes it reminds me of A change of heart at times, but you know what, I loved A change of heart series, so I didn’t mind. 

 

I liked Jason and how he was portrayed. He didn’t allow them to walk all over him, but at the same time he gave in sometimes a little bit easily for me, I was glad we got to at least see his thought processes. 

 

I liked the side characters and felt like i knew them all, Hadrian and Tiago were standouts as well as Ode and her family. I didn’t get the same feeling of knowing him with Varic. I felt like he was just there not as well rounded out as the others. I also got a little confused between the types of vampyrs. The made and born aspect was confusing and I couldn’t keep a track of who was who.

 

I enjoyed the setting of New Orleans, it is a place I have always wanted to go to and that hasn’t changed after reading this one. I hope we can see some more from this world as I would like to see how Jason goes when he is presented at court. 

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review 2018-12-14 18:21
Where You Lead by Mary Calmes - My Thoughts
Where You Lead - Mary Calmes

I would call this a longish short story.  It was also a little frantic and frenetic, I thought.  Written in the first person, I honestly never got a feel for Pete, the main character.  And consequently I never got a feel for his partner, Carver.  Pete is a Treasury department agent and Carver is an artist. 

There was a lot of banter between the two, but I wasn't overly fond of it.  Some of it sounded a little mean-spirited and too snarky.  And I wasn't sure exactly why Pete had fallen for Carver and vice versa, aside from the physical attraction - which was mightily indulged in throughout the story.

So I was disappointed, because I like Mary Calmes' work.  And it illustrates why I tend to shy away from works of this length. 

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text 2018-12-04 00:47
Timing By Mary Calmes $1.99
Timing - Mary Calmes

Stefan Joss just can’t win. Not only does he have to go to Texas in the middle of summer to be the man of honor in his best friend Charlotte’s wedding, but he’s expected to negotiate a million-dollar business deal at the same time. Worst of all, he’s thrown for a loop when he arrives to see the one man Charlotte promised wouldn’t be there: her brother, Rand Holloway.

Stefan and Rand have been mortal enemies since the day they met, so Stefan is shocked when a temporary cease-fire sees the usual hostility replaced by instant chemistry. Though leery of the unexpected feelings, Stefan is swayed by a sincere revelation from Rand, and he decides to give Rand a chance.

But their budding romance is threatened when Stefan’s business deal goes wrong: the owner of the last ranch he needs to secure for the company is murdered. Stefan’s in for the surprise of his life as he finds himself in danger as well.

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review 2018-11-24 22:26
These vampires are pretty freakin' epic...
His Consort - Mary Calmes

First off let me just say 'I make no apologies. I love Mary Calmes' I have a small group of authors that I'll just read whatever they write and the reasons may vary but mostly it's the entertainment factor and just the fact that for whatever reason I can easily escape into the story and enjoy it without a lot of deep thoughts or intellectual rhetoric involved...sometimes a girl just wants to read a story that's entertaining and with Mary Calmes that's what I get entertainment...pure and simple.

 

Now, I'll be the first to admit I don't particularly care for vampires...in the world of the supernatural they're near the bottom of my 'want to read' list but it's Mary Calmes so I'll try anything once and in this case 'love it'. I can't say that there's just one reason that I had so much fun with this one, it's more like there were a number of different things that came together at the right time for me. 

 

I liked both of the MC's Jason Thorpe was the expected 'eveyone loves him' MC and I liked wandering through the first part of the book as his history and character were layered onto him and we got to see how he came to be in New Orleans and the events that slowly converged to bring him together with Varic Maedoc, Prince of the Vampires. As well as getting to know Jason the author had a vampire world to create since her vampires have a bit of a different origin than other vampire stories have given us. Plus we were given a few secondary characters that I really enjoyed Jason's friend bampyr friend Cooke, Leni and Ode, but most of all I would love a book for Tiago and Hadrian...those two were probably in fact my favorite pair in this story more so than even Jason and Varic. 

 

There was a definite Vampyr Politics theme running through the story that drove not only the romance but the mystery/action part of things as well. There was a part of this that was a huge undertaking in its own right and that was setting up the social structure of the vampyr's and their language and then putting it into a book in such a way that it didn't totally drown everything else and for me being able to wander through things with Jason. Learning as he learned kept things from becoming overwhelming and boring. I was delighted by how fact that vampyr's weren't portrayed as a society that lived under a rock and that they not only knew about technology they used it...this to make far more sense than having modern day vampires who are still residing in the dark ages as is sometimes the case. While may of the vampyr stereotypes were tossed out there were also some that were kept...not many but one or two.

 

I can't say with a certainty that whether this is a standalone or the beginning of a series. There are no indications of future books being planned but the story certainly presents the opportunity for them...so I guess time will tell, won't it.

 

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A copy of 'His Consort' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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