Nichole ~ Bookaholic

I am an avid Reader, Semi-Professional Photographer, & enjoy Cooking, Crafts, and spending time with my Horses. I read various genre’s (not a big fan of historical) and mostly enjoy a well told story . Lately I have been reading a lot of PNR/UF, Zombie/Apocalypse, Romantic Suspense, SFR..... I like the stories I read to have happy endings…… cliff-hanger endings drive me crazy

Havoc & Hell......worth the wait

Havoc and Hell: A Dragon's Prize - Marie Harte

 

The Blurb

When a demon and a dragon get busy, "burning up the sheets" gets real.

James thought stealing a royal dragon egg was a terrific idea—until the prank went sideways. His sister and twin brother have done their penance. Now it's his turn. Ten days of servitude to Teban, the dragon prince—James's best friend. Such a light sentence has to have a catch, so James does what any good demon would do. He bolts.

His string of bad luck holds steady when he falls prey to a pretty woman with sharp teeth. Kihra is havoc, a race of lower-realm creatures even demons fear. When she joins forces with Teban, their torment becomes delectable sin. No vice is too addictive, no demand too brutal when it comes to satisfying his lovers' needs.

All seems hellishly perfect—until the angels arrive for some payback. Kihra's kidnapped, Teban is missing, and James suffers the beatdown of the millennium. But he has no intention of letting his lovers go, though he risks the wrath of the demon king, the ire of the dragons, and an angelic punishment that could start a world-ending war.

Warning: Contents highly flammable. Contains dragons and demons having a painfully pleasurable good time. Havoc—literally—ensues. Handle with care

 

My Thoughts

I love this series, and had been waiting for this story for some time, I think I read the first two like 2 or 3 years ago.....this one was worth the wait.  James, Teban & Kihra were awesome and pretty kick ass together and it was great to see Eve, Ranton & Jentaron again....can't wait for Dragon King later this year.  While I wish the stories were a bit longer (you can never have enough of hot dragons) they are still fun, it will be interesting to see where the story arc is going with the bit we find out about Aseal at the end.....

Winning Glory ~ Audiobook

Winning Glory (GenTech Rebellion Book 1) - Ann Gimpel, Jennifer Hassani, Fiona Jayde

Written by: Ann Gimpel

Narrated by: Daniel Dorse

Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins 

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date:08-10-15

Publisher: Ann Gimpel and Dream Shadow Press

 

 

 

 

 

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast.com

 

This is both a new to me author and new to me narrator.  Winning Glory was a good listen and a good start to the series.  The detail to genetics and experimental science is a bit mind boggling but that is what makes a good storyteller.

 

 

Glory is a genetically engineered human who is under lock and key in a compound in Washington by the genetically engineered males (AKA The Nameless Ones)   All the women seem to be kept somewhat downtrodden by The Nameless Ones.  Glory makes an unplanned escape from her compound, she makes it all the way to the Midwest when she runs into Roy a CIA Agent the has been hunting and killing the Nameless Ones since the Rebellion 7 years ago, he and his team have been enhanced with injections so they have similar powers to the Nameless Ones.

 

Pretty much at the end of her rope, Glory walks into a diner in the middle of a snowstorm, Roy buys her dinner and gives her a lift, initially thinking she is running from an abuser, and in a way she is….just not the type of abuse he is initially thinking of.  Roy and  Glory end up working together to rescue the other women from her compound, at lest the ones that will come with them…she trains with Roy’s team and helps them unlock some of their powers and discovers more of her own….and falls in love along the way.

 

Quite a bit of action, a good amount of suspense and the story kept me interested from start to finish.

 

Daniel Dorse did a good job on the narration….the only voice I did not care for was the voice he gave Roy….not sure why….can’t say that I know what Roy should sound like…but…..that bit aside I thought he did a great job of telling the story.

 

I am looking forward to the other girls stories and also looking forward to trying some of the other works by Ann Gimpel.

 

 

Black Dog Blues ~ Audiobook

Black Dog Blues: The Kai Gracen Series, Book 1 - Rhys Ford, Greg Tremblay, DSP Publications

 

Written by: Rhys Ford

 

 

 

 

 

 

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlastCom

 

The only disappointing thing about this book is that the next one is not out yet.  Rhys Ford is a new to me author that I have wanted to try and after this book I am hooked.  This is very much an urban fantasy and there are hints at romance in the future there is not really any in this story.  The world reminded me a bit of the Kate Daniels world….with the merging of the Fae/Elfin lands into our world.

 

Kai is an elfin Stalker. This is unusual because of the war that happened between humans and elfin kind, while no longer at war there still seems to be a lot of conflict between the two. Most humans either shun them or want to be them. Kai does not see himself as elfin and when we finally find out how he was raised/treated before Dempsey got him– he has good reason to stay away from all sidhe – light or dark (and my heart broke a little for him when we found out everything that was done…).

 

Kai…..I was not certain I would like him but his surly, sarcastic and prickly personality grew on me.  Ryder was interesting and while I liked him, he did not stand out much to me, he really needs to step up his game.  It will be interesting to see where they go from here…..but I can’t wait to find out.

 

Greg Tremblay is a new to me narrator and I really enjoyed listening to him, the voices that he gave the characters, each was distinct and you knew who was speaking and he really pulled of the various accents and lack of accents well….one thing that can ruin a listen for me is an accent done wrong (if you can’t do it right then don’t do one at all).  I look forward to trying more of Rhys Ford’s books that he narrates.

Body Art: A Thriller ~Audio Book

Body Art - Jordan Castillo Price

 

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

 

 

 

Book Blurb

Does everyone have a certain "type" they end up with, whether they want to or not? If Ray Carlucci's ex is anything to go by, Ray likes his men gorgeous, rebellious, and chock-full of issues. But now that Ray is single again, he has a shot at a fresh start - a very fresh start, since his tattoo shop was gutted by repo men and he can fit all his belongings in the trunk of a taxi.

 

Ray's shiny new chauffeur's license lands him a job as a driver for an elderly couple on Red Wing Island. It's a cold fall, and since the Michigan island is the summer home to snowbirds who fly south for the winter, it's practically deserted - save for Ray's new household and a sculptor named Anton Kopec, who works day and night twisting brambles and twine into the distorted shapes of macabre creatures. Compelling, bizarre, and somewhat disturbing...not just the sculptures, but the artist, too. Ray has a feeling Anton is just his "type".

 

When a dead body is unearthed by some workers and a freak ice storm traps them all on the island, Ray can't say for certain that his new flame isn't capable of murder - despite their scorching chemistry.

©2009 Jordan Castillo Price (P)2015 Jordan Castillo Price

 

My Thoughts

This is the first book by Jordan Castillo Price that I have read; her Turbulence & PsyCops series have been on my TBR for quite a while, just a case of to many books and not enough time.  So I see this one available on Audiobook Blast and think hey this looks good and just the motivation to get started right away.

 

This was a good book and really did keep me guessing until the end on “who done it”.  I did like Ray and Anton, but the story was to short to really get invested in the characters.  So an enjoyable listen but just a bit to short.  The secondary characters were also interesting and would have like to know a bit more about them.

 

Gomez Pugh is a new to me narrator, and at first I was not sure about his voice/narration, but in the end I decided his voice for the characters was a good match and suited the characters, I really enjoyed listening to him tell the story.  I am happy to see that he is the narrator for the PsyCop series.

Mortal Danger ~ Graphic Audio

World of the Lupi 2: Mortal Danger - Eileen Wilks

Mortal Danger – World of the Lupi  

by Eileen Wilks

Release Date: Jul 1, 2013

Approximate Running Time: 8 Hours

Graphic Audio

Reviewed for Audiobook Reviewer

 

 

 

Former cop Lily Yu has her sister's wedding to attend, a missing magical staff to find, and now must deal with her grandmother's decision to return to the old country. Lily could turn to the man she's involved with for advice, but for all the passion that flares between them, she doesn't really know Rule Turner--she's just bound to him for life. Rule happens to be a werewolf, and Lily wonders just how far she can trust him.

 

My Thoughts

 

Another great listen….. I don’t want to give to much detail as I might give spoilers so I’m going to go with what I liked…..there was not really anything I did not like just some bits that creeped me out at times, like in the prologue where we meet Gan, the description of Xitil and his/her court….gah it was icky.  I guess one thing that did bug me was the secrecy if Lily is Rule’s “chosen” why the delay in explaining things.  I know that there is a larger story arc and world building but it bugged me.

 

What I liked – mostly at the beginning where we get to see more of Lily’s relationship with her family… and I just need to say her domineering cousin Freddie was such an ass….anyway the family dynamic was pretty interesting.   I also liked that we get to learn more about the werewolf culture and their society.  I also really liked Gan, she was very interesting.  Lily being split was also interesting weird but interesting.   Dragon’s are introduced in this one and end up making their way out of Hel/Dis and it will be interesting to see what role they will play in future books.  I also hope we get to learn more about Grandmother, such a secretive and interesting person

 

While I enjoyed this one, something about it just did not pull me in like the first one, not really sure what it is, I will continue to the next one and keep my fingers crossed that it pulls me in like the first book did.

 

While there were a few new additions to the story, the introduction of Cynna and the relationship between her and Cullen was fun to watch….two strong personalities clashing….can’t wait for more.

 

As usual, the narration was great, and I can’t say enough how much I love a full cast narration….it just makes the story so much more entertaining.  So if you have not yet started the series or this book….get the graphic audio and get swept up in the World of the Lupi.

 

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No Mere Zombie ~ Audiobook

No Mere Zombie: Deathless, Book 2 - Chris Fox, Ryan Kennard Burke

No Mere Zombie

 

Nearly all technology has been wiped out by the sun's largest coronal mass ejection in history. In its wake comes the zombie apocalypse. The dead have risen, and they are hungry. 

Yet there are greater threats than the walking dead. The deathless have returned, slumbering in the same Arks that carried the werewolves into the present. If they are not stopped they will build a massive necropolis in the remains of San Francisco, and the entire continent will pay the price. 

Only the few werewolves created before the apocalypse stand between humanity and annihilation. They stand against the deathless, but they are outnumbered and alone. Their only hope of victory comes from the very enemy that sough to stop their creation, Mohn Corp

 

My Thoughts

 

 

First, the recap of “Previously On Deathless” was great….cracked me up while listening.  This was again an awesome mix of adventure,  Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Mythology all in one action packed story.  After the cliffhanger in No Such Thing as Werewolves I had been hoping this one would jump right in so we could see what happens with Trevor….but we have to wait 5 chapters….which was okay as this one was not slow in the beginning at all. 

 

I really enjoyed this listen; the narrator was awesome and did a fabulous job with all the characters.  We are introduced to new characters and encounter some characters we thought were dead are not….

 

Trevor become’s Irakesh’s thrall….Cynthia come across them while she is out searching for Trevor and decides to hitch her wagon with them (she has a thing for Trevor), Trevor is slowly becoming more himself but with all the freaky Deathless features and Cynthia becomes completely psycho…..Blair, Liz, Jordan & Bridgett are on the trail of Irakesh to keep him from getting The Ark of the Redwoods…… it was a wild ride from Peru to San Francisco and  I can’t wait for more, it sucked that it took so long for Trevor to be able to join Liz & Blair’s side….I feel like I am saying this a lot lately but I’m not sure how to say all the cool things about this story that I want to say without giving major spoilers so I will end it with this, if you enjoyed No Such Thing as Werewolves then you will LOVE No Mere Zombie so go out and grab the book or audio and enjoy the ride

 

 

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Silver ~ Graphic Audio

Silver (Silver Series) - Rhiannon Held

Silver

Release Date: Apr 1, 2015

Approximate Running Time: 6 Hours

Audio provided by author/publisher via Audiobook Reviewer for review

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Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.

The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent. 

Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.

 

 

This one took a bit to pull me into the story, while not really slow….it took a bit to get a feel for the story, the world and what was happening, we find out the particulars as Dare finds them out.  The frustrating part of it is my mind going off in all directions trying to figure out what is happening so I would miss things and have to go back and listen again while trying to shut my brain off from trying to figure it out.  I really liked Dare even when he was being dumbass about who and what Silver is to him.  Silver was a pretty kick ass girl and despite her fear of what she went through she pulled it together  enough to take care of what needed to be done.  There are so many stories out these days about werewolves/shifters/paranormals that while still good many of them just blend together, this story did not feel like that.  Style wise it reminded me of the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series but it was still it’s own story (it that makes sense….it does in my head….just not sure it translates well) and not one that blends in with so many of the others.  I’m not going to go into details of the story, every time I do there are just to many spoilers, and I think part of what makes the story (at least for me) was finding out what happened when Dare did as he was investigating.

 

Narration was fabulous, I feel very repetitive when I talk about the graphic audio narrations, but I can’t go on enough about how much I love the full cast narrations.  While some of the sound effects/music thrown in can be a bit cheesey it really works for the stories I have listened to so far.  When I am reading or listening to a book my mind processes like a movie so when you throw a full cast narration into that it really takes the story to a new level.  I know I have said this in other review’s but I will say it again this type of narration would not work for all stories….but I wish that all books could have this type of full cast narration….it just gives some much more “oomph” to the storytelling.  So go on and get the graphic audio….you know you want too

 

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Pasta The Beginners Guide

Pasta: The Beginner's Guide - Carlo Lai

I love pasta and have always wanted to try making it myself but have never really gotten around to it.  This book is perfect for it, you are give step by step instructions for the various types of pasta, and how they are made.  Also step by step instructions/pictures on the pasta sauces.  Also, at the beginning is detailed information and photo’s on the different kitchen tools you will need along with the common ingredients used in the pasta and the sauces.  The first one I am going to try is Gnocchi.

 

Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice: A New Recipe for Bolder Baking - Samantha Seneviratne

I think I gained 10 pounds just reading through all the wonderful recipes in this book.

 

Some wonderful ideas for using various spices in dessert, I like how the chapters are broken out by type of spice and the recipes center around it, and the information and history of the spice is pretty cool as well.  I bookmarked several recipes to try and even found some to make for Christmas gifts this year….I’m always looking for a good recipe with chocolate and I will be doing the Chile-Chocolate Truffles & Salted Cashew Caramels  and boxing them up for gifts.  The recipes are easy to read and follow and the photos of the recipes are mouthwatering.

 

If you like savory, sweet and spicy desserts  this is certainly a book to get.

 

 

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Light My Fire ~ Audiobook

Light My Fire: Dragon Kin, Book 7 - G.A. Aiken, Morgan Hallett Light My Fire - G.A. Aiken

Title: Light My Fire (Dragon Kin 7)
Author: G.A. Aiken
Narrators: Morgan Hallett
Publisher/Date: Recorded Books February 23, 2015
Format Listened to: Audio CD

15 Hours / 13 CD’s

 

 

The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months - and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight...gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

 

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

 

I LOVE the Dragon Kin Series, it is just so fun to read.  I was looking forward to Celyn’s story and I was not disappointed.  As much as I like Celyn I just loved Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains.  She was fabulous and I loved how she kept Celyn just a bit off balance.  While she was a bit hard on him at times, he really did deserve it. 

 

One thing that is very nice about this series is that while the main focus is for the “specific” couple, we get updated on the other characters we have come to love, especially (at least for me) Dagmar and Gwenvale and their many, many children (their story is my favorite).  It was good to see the others as well and I am really looking forward to Gaius’ story, he really is going to have his hands full with Kachka.

Morgan Hallett did a great job with the narration, while some of the voices sound the same it is still pretty easy to figure out who is who.  I look forward to hearing more from her.

Dying for a Living ~ Audiobook

Dying for a Living (A Jesse Sullivan Novel) - Kory M. Shrum

Written by: Kory M. Shrum

Narrated by: Hollie Jackson

Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins 

Series: Jesse Sullivan, Book 1

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date:09-16-14

Publisher: Timberlane Press

Format Listened to: Audible Download

 

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory. But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself - or die trying.

 

 

I liked the world this story is set in, I read a lot and it is something new that I have not read/listened to before.  This book does start out slow (or at least for me it was) and it took a bit before I really liked or cared about any of the characters.  It was probably at about 50-60% that it finally pulled me in and kept me at the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next.  Jesse was eventually very likeable, her snarky sarcastic personality grew on me.  I have to say I really liked Lane and Ally and the other characters.  They were all interesting without taking away from the main characters.  I can’t wait to see where the story goes next and what twists and turns we are in for.

 

While her voice seems familiar Hollie Jackson is a new to me narrator.  She did a great job on the voices and I could easily differentiate all the characters.   I look forward to listening to other books that she has narrated

Against the Sky ~ Audiobook

Against the Sky - Kat Martin, Jack Garrett

Title: Against The Sky (The Brodies of Alaska #2)
Author: Kat Martin
Narrators: Jack Garrett
Publisher/Date: Recorded Books February 23, 2015
Format Listened to: Audio CD

 

For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors he's seen, he's definitely in need of a break.

Samantha Hollis never thought she'd meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be anything more than a one-night stand?

When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing the depths she'll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and danger about to engulf them both...

 



This was my first Kat Martin book….I have been meaning to get to one of her books for a while, the book blurbs always sound interesting and the covers are pretty cool. Unfortunately, this one while not horrible….was not great either. It started out great, I loved how Samantha met Nick and the chemistry between them was great while they were in Vegas……once they were both home though…..ARRRRRGGGGGG

So there will be some minor spoilers as there is really no way around it.

Nick gets home and he is visited by Jimmy, the kid somewhat next door who just lost his father. Jimmy tried telling Nick that he thinks his father was murdered and Nick, an ex homicide detective blows him off telling him he needs to get past his fathers death. Seriously….he was a cop, a detective and he just blows off the suspicions as the over active imagination of a young boy looking for a reason why he lost his father….that bugged me (a lot if you can’t tell). Shortly after that, he contacts Samantha to see if she will visit him in Alaska, and she agrees. Samantha….who started out likeable and then turned into…not quite TSTL, but kinda close when she found out she was pregnant. No long after she arrives in Alaska, there was a situation with Jimmy and Nick finally believes that Jimmy may be right in thinking his fathers death was not from natural causes….and then because she knew how to “Google” Sam becomes the super sleuth getting detailed in depth information that jumpstarts the investigation….that just comes off as big contrived thing. We then get the inner monologues for both Nick and Samantha….that was irritating; him “She is to much a girly girl….she would never make it in Alaska….never like it….blah blah blah” her “Nick would never be happy in SF, he is to much a manly man….he needs to be in Alaska to be happy…blah, blah, blah” these inner monologues happened quite a bit, more then really necessary. Everything gets wrapped up and when all is said and done they get their HEA.

What saved this and made it possible to finish was the narration by Jack Garrett, while I’m not always thrilled with how most men do the female voices, he did read the story well and made it much easier to get to the end of Sam and Nick’s story.

I will still try some other Kat Martin stories, this one was really “meh” for me just not sure The Brodies of Alaska is the series for me…or maybe it’s just Samantha and Nick.

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Lock In ~ Audiobook Narrated by Wil Wheaton

Lock In - John Scalzi

Lock In (Lock In #1)

Written by: John Scalzi

Narrated by: Wil Wheaton

Length: 10 hrs 

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date:08-26-14

Publisher: Audible Studios



Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people “locked in”...including the President's wife and daughter.

Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.

This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse.

 

 

In Lock In you get a combination of sci-fi and police procedural.  The future setting feels real and other than the technology is not so different from today.  We follow Agent Shane, who grew up as a poster child for Hayden’s Syndrome and is trying to leave that behind him, on his first day of work for the FBI which also happens to be a the first day of the Haden Walkout in protest of legislation that is going to go into effect taking away much of the government funding/benefits to people with Hayden’s.  Agent Shane is paired up with the jaded and rough around the edges Agent Van, she used to be an Integrator for people with Hayden’s, so they each have a fairly unique understanding of each other, even as they get to know each other as partners.  Shane’s first real day on the job starts with a murder that involves and Integrator and we get to watch the story unfold as clues are provided.  Some of the plot was predictable and some of it very easy to figure out, ultimately it was a very tangled web weaved by the time the “bad guy” is revealed.  While the story is wrapped up nice and neat at the end, there is still a possibility of another story for a new investigation.  I hope we do see more as the characters were fun and would love to read more.

 

This was my first Audiobook narrated by Wil Wheaton, I thought he did a great job and I plan on looking for more books narrated by him.  While he did not change his voice much for the different characters, I found I did not have a problem following which character was speaking.  I prefer to hear a narrator do this rather than give a voice that does not fit the character, which I find can ruin a good audio.  The novella at the end has several different narrators, off hand I recognized Luke Daniels, Tavia Gilbert, and Therese Plummer…, the novella was interesting and helped answer questions I had while listening to Lock In, I like how it is done documentary style.

 

All in all this was a good story; good narration and I look forward to reading/listening to more by John Scalzi

 

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Tempting Danger ~ Graphic Audio

Tempting Danger  - Eileen Wilks

Graphic Audio

Release Date: June 1,  2013

Approximate Running Time: 8 Hours

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A bold new world where the magical and mundane co-exist in an uneasy alliance--and a cop balanced on her own knife-edged struggle is their only hope against a cold-blooded killer.

Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf. To hunt down the killer, she must infiltrate the clans. Only one man can help her--a were named Rule Turner, a prince of the lupi, whose charismatic presence disturbs Lily. Rule has his own reasons for helping the investigation--reasons he doesn't want to share with Lily. Logic and honor demand she keep her distance, but the attraction between them is immediate and devastating-and beyond human reason. Now, in a race to fend off evil, Lily finds herself in uncharted territory, tested as never before, and at her back a man who she's not sure she can trust.

 

I remember reading this book a couple of years ago, and I recall that I liked it but it seemed to be missing something….I don’t recall what (stupid me did not do a review at the time) but that something that makes you want to devour every book in the series back to back seemed to be missing.  I had every intention of continuing the series but as my TBR list got longer and longer this one just got set further and further back.  Now I know why, I was waiting for the graphic audio so I would have that full cast narration that just adds so much more to the storytelling.  I LOVED the graphic audio for this story.  The narration was great and the voices really seemed to fit the characters.  I found the story to be much more engaging with this then simply reading it and cannot wait to move on to the rest of the series.

 

I’m not going to go into the details of what the book is about, if your reading this review you have most likely read the blurb on the book above so I’m not going to try to reword it.  One thing that really stood out for me with this is the main character, Lily Yu.  I have not read to many books (Urban Fantasy or others) with the heroine being Asian American and since it is not something I see/read often I found it very refreshing.  I liked Rule as well, when I initially read the book the whole “chosen” one did not really work for me but having the story narrated seemed to make a difference for me.  There were a lot of secondary characters and some of it was hard to keep track of….like what happened to the two magic users Cullen was with that the church group was looking for when they found him?  Probably not important but that lack of follow up on them stands out to me.  I enjoyed following Lily’s process to solve the murders and come to grips with “being a chosen” and watching Rule try to give Lily the space and time she needed to come to grips with who they were to each other.  I really want to know more about Grandmother…..hopefully we get to see more of her and learn some of her secrets in future books.

 

One of my favorite lines from the story is while Rule is speeding from Clan home back into the City

 “Lily cursed under her breath. He glanced at her, and pleasure fled. "I'll slow down. You're pale." "I turn Caucasian at ninety miles an hour and up. Pay no attention."  

 

I know this type of narration would not work for all stories….but part of me wishes that all books could have this type of full cast narration….it just gives some much more “oomph” to the storytelling.  So go on and get the graphic audio….you know you want too

Get Your Bake On

Get Your Bake On: Sweet and Savory Recipes from My Home to Yours - Brian Emmett

Loved this book, while the ARC copy did not have pictures of the recipes...which was a bit disappointing...as I would have loved to see pictures of some of the recipes in this book. The recipes were easy to follow. I liked the little bits of information/stories that proceed the recipe, some about shortcuts and some were about the recipe being one used in The American Baking Competition. I have to say the one recipe that stood out for me that I am dying to make is the Caramelized French Onion Tart....French Onion is my all time favorite soup and it never occurred to me to try making it into a tart...awesome idea.

 


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