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review 2015-01-16 00:34
Audiobook Review: The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter
The Darkest Touch - Gena Showalter

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.


This series is about a group of immortals who after having released demons from Pandora’s box, has been forced to house a demon inside themselves. Throughout the series we’ve seen how several of the lords have struggled with their demons. From the demon of Promiscuity who can’t have sex with the same person twice, demon of Defeat who suffers from severe pain anytime he loses even the smallest thing. The demon I always wanted to know more about was the demon of disease, Torin. If he touches a single human or immortal, he infects them with a fatal disease, while immortals may survive the disease, they are not a carrier and can start plagues themselves. Torin has forced himself to stay apart from everyone, even his closest friends.


We start this story pretty much where The Darkest Craving leaves off. Torin is being held in Cronus’s prison for immortals. He has been promised by the king of the Titans that he will be given a woman who can withstand his touch, but Torin quickly learns that this is not the case. It doesn’t take long into the story before Torin and our heroine, Keeley, aka The Red Queen, to escape from the prisons. The first part of the story is very slow as Keeley and Torin learn each other.


Keeley is also known as The Red Queen. She is the former fiance of Hades. She is also a new species to us called a Curator. She bonds to people and feeds from their lifeforce. I wouldn’t call it a succubus, but that is the closest that I can come to describing it. She is extremely powerful and this power does go to her head. She comes across as bratty and selfish. Part of this is due to her history, which is troubled at best. She has learned to not trust anyone but herself.


While I was not much of a fan of Torin and Keeley’s romance, which sucks because I’ve been waiting years for his story, there are parts of this story that I still enjoyed. We have a budding romance between Cameo and Lazarus (are they the next story?). We also have side stories about William, Baden, Pandora even Galen.


Overall, I did enjoy the story. I felt the story was a little drawn out and could’ve been shorter at the beginning. Once we get through the first third of the book, the story does pick up. I can’t wait to see where the series is going. I don’t know how many more stories are left in this series. As much as I’ve enjoyed it, all good things must come to an end and we are running out of lords and I think adding new ones at this point to keep the series going would be a disservice to the series.



I’ve listened to most of the books in this series, though I started out reading these books. This is the first one that I went straight to audio instead of listening as a reread. I’ve always felt that Max Bellmore was a good narrator for this series.

His deep voice is perfect for the warrior of the gods. His women’s voices aren’t horrible, but aren’t the best women’s voices I’ve ever heard. He is a big slow when he talks, so I listened at an increased speed.

Source: www.hotlistens.com/the-darkest-touch-audiobook-by-gena-showalter
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review 2015-01-06 00:46
Audiobook Review: City of Eternal Night (Crescent City, #2) by Kristen Painter
City of Eternal Night (Crescent City) - Kristen Painter

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.


I really was excited to get this audiobook after finishing House of the Rising Sunearlier this year. I love the world that this series is set in. I love the fae characters, especially Augustine. They are different from some of the other fae books that I’ve read in the past. We continue to learn more about the fae in this world of New Orleans of the future. Because it is the future, there is some pretty nifty technology, including contacts that have facial recognition software.


When I listened to House of the Rising Sun, I really disliked Harlow. She was a selfish brat. While she is trying hard to be a better person in City of Eternal Night, I still had a hard time liking her in this book. She wants to help with the case that Augustine is working on, and I admire her for overcoming her fear of being fae and accepting her gifts. But she makes some really stupid decisions that are going to affect others around her. She is still very naive when it comes to the fae world, but does show promise. At least she wants to learn and come to terms with the fact that she is fae.


Augustine. *sigh* I just love him. Normally I tend to lean towards bad boys or the very alpha men, but with Augustine, he is just such a good guy. As guardian, he is always putting everyone else first. The only downside to this is he didn’t pay enough attention to Harlow. While the issues that had his attention were very important, Harlow, being new to the fae world, also needed his help. I think if he had be paying more attention to her, he might have been able to prevent some of Harlow’s bad decisions.


This series continues to deliver a unique world with intriguing characters. We also get to spend some time with the villains POV. That brought some really interesting aspects to the plot. We have many of the same characters from book one and some new ones that add a lot to the plot. We even get to see a little bit of Chrysabelle and Mal from House of Comarré series, but don’t worry if you haven’t read that series, this series is less spin off and more just set in the same world with a few cameo appearances. Slight warning about this book, it does end with a cliffhanger. Luckily, the next book, Garden of Dreams and Desires, comes out in April.



After listening to House of the Rising Sun, I knew what to expect with the narration for City of Eternal Night audiobook. While I don’t think Elijah Alexander will ever be one of my favorite narrators, I’m getting used to him for this series. He does like to do accents and they really don’t match the characters, but it does make each character very distinct.


His male and female voices are very distinct, though once again, the accents leave something to be desired. I always know which character is talking, which is really important to me. He has become the voices of these characters for me. This will be an audio only series for me with this narrator.


I like to thank Hachette Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Source: www.hotlistens.com/city-of-eternal-night-audiobook-by-kristen-painter-review
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review 2014-12-29 14:53
Wolf's Fall (Alpha Pack #6) by J.D. Tyler
Wolf's Fall: An Alpha Pack Novel - J.D. Tyler

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.


In this book, we have Nick, the Alpha Pack's alpha.  He is a born wolf, which makes him pretty much immortal.  He is a couple hundred years old.  In a previous book, Nick was taken by vampires and was traumatized when one fed from him. Vampires feeding are quite a sexual experience.  It left him with a case of PTSD and starts the book off in a very bad place in his own head.


Calla is a vampire princess.  She has already lost her mate. She is very understanding of Nick's predicament with his fear of vampires.  Her ability to see past Nick's faults and to work with him, really show what a perfect mate she is for the old Commander.  She isn't the kick ass heroine that I normally look for in a book, but she has some really great traits that endear her all the same.  Even though she isn't a trained warrior, she picks up a gun and helps in the fight.


In this story, the Alpha pack are called to help their new vampire allies with some rogues that are attacking their coven.  It takes a while to figure out how these vampires have the information.  There is mole in the coven or the pack.  There is also some serious motivation to attack.  


This series once again delivers a great story with interesting characters.  Not only do we have shifters, most of which who are werewolves, and vampires, there are also several other species, including the Fae prince who has been exiled from him realm. There is also a new species that is introduced in the series who is playing for the bad guys.


While this is the sixth book in the series, you could read/listen to this one as a stand alone, but probably isn't quite as good as if you had read the whole series.  For those of you familiar with this series, the story takes place mostly at the vampire's coven.  We don't see as much of the characters from the compound.  We do see some of the characters of previous books, but only in a side role.



Normally, I'm not a fan of changing narrators mid-series, however, I think in this case, I won't be complaining.  While I didn't dislike Kirsten Potter, I felt she was an average narrator.  Marguerite Gavin is a way above average narrator.  Her pace and tone are always perfect for the scene.  She does a great job with both male and female voices.  She really brings the story to life. She is a narrator that I've looked at other series based mostly on the fact that she was the narrator.

I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Source: www.hotlistens.com/wolfs-fall-audiobook-by-j-d-tyler-review
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review 2014-12-28 20:33
Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers #1) by Rebecca Zanetti
Forgotten Sins - Rebecca Zanetti

This was a new-to-me author and narrator, but came highly recommended by several people.  I won this audiobook in a contest put on by Carmel at RabidReads, so making the decision to listen was made even easier.  I am so glad I got it.


This story starts off with our hero, Shane, waking up in the hospital not remembering who he is or much of anything. Josie is very surprised when she gets a call from said hospital to tell her that they have her husband.  She hasn't seen him in years.  He left her without a word and she never heard from him again.  She wasn't even sure if he was still alive.


As Shane starts to remember a few things, he knows that he knows things that could make him a dangerous man.  He is constantly on the lookout for danger.  As we figure out that someone is stalking Josie, he realizes he knows entirely too much about listening devices.


I will say, if I were Josie, I would not have put up with half of the crap that Shane put her through.  As the story goes on and more comes out about Shane's past, I would've kicked his butt to the curb.  It just made her seem weak to me.  She was not my favorite.


While I wasn't a huge fan of Josie, I loved the brothers.  They are loyal to each other, almost to a fault.  I enjoyed the suspense of the story.  She keeps you guessing about what is going on and who is stalking Josie and why.


I love the world that Zanetti has built.  It is our world, but the brothers were "created" in a military camp to be super soldiers.  They were bred and raise their from children.  Also, there is a slight hint of paranormal to the story, which makes me very happy.  I can't wait to see what else we learn about this world.  I think she has just scratched the surface of what there is for us to know.


I've already purchased book two to find out what happens next and with with brother.



This is the first book that I've listened to by Karen White.  I've heard about her a lot, but she doesn't do many, if any, PNR or UF books.  I've seen her name come up a bunch on contemporary romances, but they are not high on my list, though I do some here and there.  She did a great job with this series.  She did a great job with both males and females.  Shane had a bit of a Southern accent that she brought out well.  I hope to find more books with Karen White as the narrator.  I really enjoyed her portrayal of this story.

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review 2014-12-24 00:51
Audiobook Review: Revenant (Demonica #11) by Larissa Ione
Revenant - Larissa Ione

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.


I went into the Revenant audiobook knowing that it was the last book in the Demonica series. I started off reading the series way back before The Lords of Deliverance series even started. I don’t know when I started listening to the series, but I got the audios going back to book one and did a relisten to the ones I had already read. Then I went straight to listening to the series with Rogue Rider. This is one of my favorite books in the series.


Revenant starts off right where Reaver ends, as in, just a few days after. Revenant is trying to come to terms with his newly returned memory. He also has deal with the fact that he has a twin brother in Reaver, who has had a much better life than he has. Reaver was taken from his mother, but raised in Heaven, while Revenant had to stay in Sheol with his mother. Revenant now knows that he is not a fallen angel, but a regular angel with Satan’s blood running in his veins.


Blaspheme is a verm, the offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. This is a death sentence for her and her parents, from either Heaven or Sheol. She has been hiding as a false angel since her birth. However, her concealment spell is wearing off. Angels are getting very close to killing her mother. The last thing that Blaspheme wants is to draw attention to the most powerful fallen angel in existence, save Satan himself.


Both Revenant and Blaspheme have a tortured past and are living with pretty large secrets. Both have large trust issues because of their secrets. It takes a while for the relationship to build, due to these issues, but the way it builds only makes it all the better when they come together. And boy, the sex is hot, especially when Blaspheme makes Revenant follow the rules.


Being that this is the last book in this series, Ione did a great job pulling the series together. Not only do we get time the Lords of the Underworld characters, but we also have plenty of time with some of the characters from the original Demonica series. The overall story arc wraps up very well with no lingering unanswered questions.


There is a URL listed at the end of the book. It takes you to a page with more information about the series, be sure to check this out when you finish Revenant. There are spoilers on this page, so don’t go there until after you are done with Revenant. I missed this listening to the audio, I quit when it sounded like the story ended. Luckily, it was pointed out to me later by Jen at That’s What I’m Talking About, who read the book.



I was really glad to see that Hachette brought Hillary Huber back for Revenant.She has done several of the Demonica books throughout the years. She has a great voice for the series. Never once did I question which character was speaking. Men and women voices were done really well. I really enjoyed Revenant’s voice, in particular. He just sounds so sexy.


The one thing I will say about this series is that this series has struggled with the change of narration for each book. Some of the books are great, but I had one that really turned me off. Huber was one of my favorite narrators for this series. I wish they could’ve just stuck with Hillary Huber throughout the series.


I like to thank Hachette Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Source: www.hotlistens.com/revenant-audiobook-by-larissa-ione
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