"When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you."
These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken - but not defeated - by the ancient Vampire Enyo.
After weeks of mandatory downtime, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father's Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on Earth with one goal in mind - track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.
But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart - the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery - and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered, and annoyed, Rowan's the woman in the middle. She's not used to being claimed in a way that's not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn't want in a man - he's bossy, he's a Vampire, and he considers her his - but she's past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She's past denying she's in love.
In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She's stronger and more powerful than she's ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the past years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless, and the light of her mission burns from within. And she'll need all the help she can get because it's not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There's a war brewing, and Rowan will fight it to the death. It's what she was born to do.
©2014 Lauren Dane (P)2015 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
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"Rowan kicks Ass!"
another great Rowan Goddess story but this one had too many sex scenes thrown in. i like a good sex scene as much as the next person but it read more like a filler.
i look forward to the next book but i hope Lauren Dane goes back to a great story with some steam thrown in not steam with some story.
"Why do they change narrators in mid-series?"
Eve Bianco made the characters come to life in the first two Goddess audiobooks. She captivated the listener with the various voices she used for each character. She gave life and excitement to the story. Simone Lewis - well she is so monotone with little to no inflection, no emotion, no change in voice for the various characters - can't tell whose supposed to be 'speaking'. Although I liked the book itself, the audio book is very disappointing. Don't new-to-a-series narrators ever listen to previous audiobooks in a series when they start mid-series? If they did maybe it would make for a better transition and, hopefully, maybe make it a good listen. And if there's a few words in a foreign language - it makes it nicer listen if the narrator actually pronounces the words correctly.
"Love the series but the narrator...."
This is the 3rd book in Rowan's story. A vessel to a goddess, Rowan set's out to track down Enyo and end her for her actions at the end of book 2. There is a bit of magic in this book but overall, it all about politics. I must say, at some point the politics becomes too much as a reader. I mean Rowan is all "I can't stand the politics" yet she is quick to do what she wants and damn the consequences. I think at some point the politics angle is more annoying than entertaining.
I don't think I can explain how changing the narrator ruined this series. Eve was not the best but at least I could tell the difference between the first and Clive. With Simone, well I now see David as a freaking child and at times. I can't tell the difference between Alice and Clive! Heck even Clive and Rowan! I would also suggest increasing the narration speed because she drags the story. If you can get past the narration you will be able to enjoy book 3. Unfortunately this is the last book for me. I will re-visit the series if they change the narrator. It took me almost 3 days to finish this book. A book that i normally would have completed in a day.
"Hot Goddess and even Hotter Scion"
I love this series. I had to hear Clive Stewart's voice. The narrator brings the characters to me in such a way that I can relate to the voice and inflections. Blade on the Hunt is probably in my top 15. I enjoy audiobooks and hearing the story after I've read it helps my comprehension as well.
Raven Storm Chronicles by Skye Knizley
I would have like to hear more range between the characters. Warren was supposed to be Irish and I didn't hear an accent. I also expected to have Theo to have some sort of accent as well.
What attracted me to this series: Rowan is the vessel for Brigid but she doesn't end there. She works for Hunter Corp. as an enforcer of sorts. She puts down vampires that stray from the path the treaty ensures for safety of humans. Again, she doesn't end there. She is the foster daughter of the centuries old "First". "First" refers to the very first vampire. He is very violent, petulant at times, and very, very dangerous. Rowan seems like she is the only anchor for the "First." The territories are divided among the strongest of the vampires who all answer to the "First." Those strong vampires are called Scion. The vampire nation is strong with ritual and protocol in order to create order within the ranks. If none of that makes you want to try this series, I'm not sure what will.
I should put a warning label on this series because there are some pretty hot scenes between Rowan and Scion Stewart. Rowan is a foul mouthed, strong willed, determined female that absolutely tests Scion Stewart's last nerve.....and she enjoys it! The tension between the two guarantee a blush or two, but what makes the story a page turner is the conspiracy and mystery.
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