Homicide detective Tori Hunter was used to doing things her way. But even after six different partners in seven years, she was not prepared for the hot-tempered Samantha Kennedy. Samantha, on the other hand, was trying to juggle a new job and a demanding boyfriend and now finds herself with an even greater challenge - being partnered with the most difficult detective in the entire squad. After a brief terrorist scare disrupts their serial killer investigation, the two women find themselves growing closer. Sam begins to question the relationship with her longtime boyfriend, and Tori, never one to allow anyone to get too close, begins to feel her defenses slipping in Sam's presence. While facing a serial killer and drug deals gone bad, the two detectives struggle with their feelings, trying to maintain their professional relationship while keeping their nearly flammable physical relationship in check.
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I love audio books and listening to them while I draw or paint. They help to level me and take away the stress while drawing.
I was impressed by this one, as the previous one from Gerri Hill did not have the same spark as this one. It's a f/f romance which develops between a brash detective in Dallas homicide and her newly assigned Partner (who did not realise she was actual a lesbian). The relationship develops as they go about solving a string of murders.
Very well narrated by Abbey Craden, and the story moves quickly and the romance develops in a perfect manner. The action scenes are very well done. The only reason for four stars is a bit of awkwardness in a few areas (the department's head response to Hunter is always the same sequence (wth, no, well okay, be careful), some of the romance was too close, time wise to the crime events, so didn't feel realistic, one character changed his homomorphic views too quickly, imo). But I don't what to dwell on these as they are just thoughts for improving. It's one of the top f/f romance/crime stories in audiobook format at moment.
Loved the way the characters were brought to live. The love story going on did not distract from the criminal story line it enhanced it. Can't wait for all her books to be available on Audible.
I decided to purchase this story based on the reviews and the preview. It definitely didn't disappoint, though at times I found it a little predictable and possible a bit slow the story line was good.
The narrator did a great job, and was good at creating different voices for each characters. In fact one of the best on here!
Overall it's pretty good, and definitely worth a listen!
"Enjoying the story"
I'm still listening to this but I have to say that the performance is really marred for me by the over-enunciation of the narrator. No, I don't think it's necessary to make sure that ever final "t" is totally enunciated before the primary "t" of the following word when narrating an audible book. I'm sure your diction and pronunciation is perfect elocution-wise but it's just damn annoying when you find yourself as the listener anticipating it.
For example, to enunciate "she leT Tori go" with an awkward and overly pronounced T at the end of leT and another at the beginning of Tori. Much more natural and easier on the ears to elide a little and soften the end T and elide into the next T. Sounds totally unnatural to my hearing at least.
Otherwise, I'm enjoying the story line and plot!
"I love this book!"
Give us more Gerri Hill. The chemistry and portrayal of the character was great. I loved the evolution.
"Top knotch Police portrayal / Love Story"
This book is my absolute fav. when the Audible version came out, I had to have it. Tori is such a strong character that allows the listener to join her in her thoughts and work. Sam compliments her in so many ways. I feel a bond with these characters that I feel hurt theres an ending.
Got to wondering about half way through this book if it was a detective story or a gay rights manifesto/romance type book. Turns out, it was a bit of both; a book with a pretty good murder mystery in it along with a pretty strong story about how women in a traditionally mail job had to work twice as hard to be accepted as competent, especially if gay. And to top it off, there's a burgeoning romance sub-plot between two women, one gay and the other in a straight relationship who becomes interested in the gay women.
Tori Hunter is the veteran homicide cop who is also a lesbian, and doesn't hide it. She can't get along with a male partner though. Along comes Samantha, a beautiful girl (what else, can't have an ugly girl, can we...) from a different department who has just transferred into homicide and is partnered up with Hunter.
Samantha is straight, has a boyfriend, and really wants to fit into homicide, but she also runs into the various anti-woman characters. As their partnership forms, Sam realizes she's got feelings for Hunter, and the rest goes along rather predictably. Then, the murder gets interesting, and the relationship becomes background, then the relationship becomes primary, and the murder gets interesting, and so on and so forth.
It actually made for a pretty darn good book, beyond some of the predictability. Let me stress, only the relationship issues were predicable, and a bit tiring at times, honestly. I mean, seriously: dump the guy Sam, and go with your heart, already, would you? Don't worry about him. He's a typical shallow guy. He'll find another girl and be fine. Quit worrying about him and worry about you.
Message is finally received and the bad guy is pursued and finally caught, which is the more interesting part of the story. The guys in the unit are impressed, and as the sun sets, all is well.
Pretty good book. No sordid sex scenes, which I appreciated, given the tendencies of many "romance" novels these days, and a pretty good murder mystery.
I laughed hard at Tory's antics. I own a hard copy of this book but I'm really grateful for Abby Cradden's narration of this. just really brought it to life for me.
"Great storyline and intrigue"
Very good characters, easy to follow ,good story telling both by the author and the narrator. Could've gone on for more hours. I am ready for the sequels . The actual sex scenes were appropriate and touching and hot, but it screamed of reality and I like that. Lots of hours to listen to and pass the time .I never got bored or confused at where things were going -not once!
I enjoyed the story line as well as the narrator. This is second novel I have thoroughly enjoyed. The narrator has this dialect that is professional and fun to listen to. Gerri the author knocks it out the park again.
"A great listen"
I have always enjoyed Gerri Hill books and this one does not disappoint. We need more on audible.
"One of my Favorites!"
I enjoyed this book and have read and listened to it several times it's one of my favorites by Gerri Hill. My only criticism is with some of the personal dialog between Tori and Sam, It felt repetitive at times, almost as an afterthought and I felt like it did not grow their relationship enough. I liked both characters but would have liked more development between them, the overall police procedural story was well done and I really enjoyed it. Abby Craden never dispoints, she is a great reader/voice performer, I have yet to be disappointed with anything she has narrated.
"narrator makes a difference"
I really like most of Gerri Hill's books. But, I loved this book because Abby Craden narrated the story. You really feel you're watching a movie. That is how descriptive she gets with tones and voices. You get to feel every characters journey. It's amazing! Love Abby Craden and with that a must have audio!
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