Julian Nash should be excited: he's just earned a huge promotion at work and is going out to celebrate. But his happiness fades when he discovers his date cheating on him an hour before. Suddenly alone when everyone knows he's supposed to have a plus one, Julian is set for a long night until longtime acquaintance Ryan Dean bails him out of the embarrassing situation. During dinner, they discover they have more than just friendship between them: there is mutual admiration and heated attraction. But getting to know Ryan better - and finding a place in his life - will bring Julian frightening surprises and paranormal danger he never expected or dreamed existed.
©2010 Mary Calmes (P)2012 Mary Calmes
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"Worst narrator I've ever encountered so far."
I would recommend the ebook or paperback, sure. The audiobook? No.
The story was,interesting and had likable characters. I don't want to spoil the twist, but if you've watched some Japanese anime - namely something like Mirage of Blaze or Yami no Matsuei, then this would probably be something you'd enjoy.
I don't recommend the audiobook because the narrator was atrocious. I only got it because it was discounted when I purchased the ebook (now I know why!). He read the story with ZERO emotion, no distinction between character voices, barreled through punctuation (seriously, I was imagining commas, semi colons, periods all lying on the ground like road kill), barely took a breath between words, and just had this really unpleasant accent (sounded like a mix of New York/New Jersey with Boston mixed in - whatever it was it grated on my nerves). Also, there was this really weird thing where the recording seemed to fluctuate in volume. In some parts seemed to fade out which was annoying. And the audio didn't sound as clear as others I've listened to. Just bad production quality all around.
Julian. I have a thing for somewhat nerdy characters with inner alphas. And I thought he handled the 'revelation' pretty well. Also, hard not to like a character who watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Show, not the movie).
Everything. No seriously, there was no saving grace with this performance. If you need an example of how not no narrate a book, this is it.
I'd have to say no. I now have to read the ebook version to wipe the memory of this audio from my brain.
Re-do this with a different narrator and I'd be more than happy to buy it again.
Hot, Exciting, Original
Julian realizing Ryan is more than human
Good character voices and fluid perfomance
Julian...strong, sarcastically humorous, loving
Julian and Ryan's story is totally enjoyable! I'll definitely be enjoying it again sometime.
"Narrator Ruins It"
The narrator reads too fast in a monotone, same-pace voice, making it extremely difficult to tell when one character is speaking vs. another, let alone when someone is feeling something emotional, thus ruining the sensual/emotional moments. When one of the characters is supposed to be sighing/screaming in rapture, probably written as "Character's Name!," the narrator reads it as a statement with an exclamation point, as if telling him, mildly, to not step out into the street before looking both ways. I finally had to stop listening, not only because it was tough to listen to, but also because I was so angry that it was a good story that could have been so much better. My ratings for the story is 3 stars only because it was the middle choice, I technically can't comment because I didn't finish listening. The story was getting interesting though, and I thought the writing was good.
"Narrator ruined the story"
Mary Calmes is one of my favorite authors, and it's a shame her story was ruined by horrible narration. Every sentence was read with the same flat inflection, the voices were indistinguishable from one another, and there was very little emotion. I will not listen to the remainder of this series.
This is my first read of the warder series and it was a good story, short, action, drama, a good guy saving the city from demons but still wanted and needed a true love to make him a home ground him so he wouldn't lose himself to hell
"Actually book 1 of the series"
Ryan & Julian's story. Julian is one of Mary's beautiful but doesn't know it characters. So much fun to read.
"Almost too short to establish good ground"
Being the first book in a PNR series and a short novel, it was hard for the story to fully develop without rushing through. The characters are very likable and the world created is interesting, but I think it would have been paced better if the story was longer. The first 3/4 of the book focused on introducing the main characters and setting up their relationship. By the time you get to the overarching plot of the story, there is only 1/4 of the book left and by then things need to move so quick that is was unbelievable, rushed, and thrown in without regard.
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