The villainess is back!
Follow the further adventures of the villainess Capricious Whim as she suffers the consequences of killing the double-crossing fixer who had set her up. It's hard being a villain...and even harder when the local contacts think you could be out to get them. Realizing she needs to have someone to watch her back and negotiate jobs for her, Caprice is in a sticky situation...but she needs the perfect partner.
Enter Regulus, a villain from the "bad old days". The psychic operative has got the experience, subterfuge, and brutality she needs to succeed in her goals. In him, Caprice meets her equal in power, bloodlust, and desire. A meeting between their minds results in a dark, dangerous passion, a thirst unable to be quenched with just one drink.
There's only two problems...he's an interdimensional fugitive from Axis Earth, an alternate dimension where the Axis powers won World War II, and his help comes with a price. When Caprice agrees to help him get free from the hunters who pursue him, a seemingly straightforward task becomes complicated...fast.
©2016 Alana Melos (P)2016 Alana Melos
I received a complementary copy from the right's holder of A Prince of Cups, via Audiobook Boom, in exchange for an honest review. I had not read the first in this series so was thrown straight into the weird world of Caprice without previous knowledge. Not that this mattered as all that was needed to start this journey with her was succinctly revealed in the initial pages.
Alana Melos' writing is imaginative, visual and very visceral. Her main protagonist, from who's viewpoint this story and all associated emotions are related, is tough, sexy and driven by self confidence and lust - for sex, blood, pain and power. This did become a trifle tedious for me at the beginning but I warmed to her, somewhat, later. Never a dull moment in this book, whether the fighting is sexual, physical or simply for personal psychological dominance.
I had problems with the narration, unfortunately. At first hearing, Ms.Wolfe (mmm - rather appropriate) is the perfect voice for Caprice, sexy and pleasant and she reads at a very fast pace. However, despite her impeccable reading, i soon found myself irritated by the delivery, with constant downturns in the timbre at phrase endings and frequent unrelated-to-text pauses, which contrasted with the near absence of gap between chapters. This became so distracting, I was only able to listen for short periods and, by half way through the book had to will myself back to continue.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, but I would have to choose the person carefully: not everyone would appreciate the sheer joy in violence and erotic lust content of the story. But it is bright and surprising with, dare I say it? - a strange innocence.
And I would also say, "Read the printed book."
"Dark and sexy"
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. A word of warning, this book is very dark. The main character seems to have no hard limits and absolutely no morals, which is very interesting. I love how this was written, the world the author created is fascinating and I quickly got sucked in.
The narrator was perfect for this book. She gave a wonderful performance. I'll definitely be following up with this series.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
"An Action Packed Macabre Erotica Read.."
My best advice is to go into of this book without any expectations.
This book is an action packed macabre erotica read.
Prince of Cups starts off right where book one ends.
Caprice is the sociopath that you would love to hate but there is something about her that is.. enthralling.
The reader learns a little more about Caprice's world and also a about her parents.
There are ramifications for her actions in the first book, so, Caprice decides that she needs a partner, and chooses Regulus, the Prince of Cups. She sets off to find him.
When Caprice and Regulus finally meet, their encounter is explosive. The fact that Caprice and Regulus both are telepaths or rather telepathic, is only one of the many things that they have in common.
There are a couple of new characters introduced in this book, Malech, Nacht Sirene and of course Regulus..
Regulus is from an alternate Earth, where magic and meta humans exist.
The alternate Earth exists on a different timeline, meaning there are two stories unfolding simultaneously in an alternate reality.
This second book, The Prince of Cups, in Villainess the series, definitely had a few twists that had me wondering about Book Three and a possible Book Four?
Rebecca Wolfe did an excellent job with the narration, her voice.. IS "Caprice"
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"Not for Me But..."
If you’re into dark fantasy with twisted characters who have all kinds of preternatural gifts, sexual appetites, and the most colorful (profane) methods expressing themselves, then this may be the book for you. The violence is graphic, the language is very strong, and the sex is woven in every aspect of the narrative. In fact it drives the narrative. In her defense, the author provides appropriate warnings. It is not uncommon to have some sex, violence and expletives in literature whether it is fiction or non-fiction, so my expectations were a bit under the bar of reality. I was surprised at the sheer volume of it in this story.
There is an interesting narrative underneath all layers of crusty crassness. The story weaves through alternative dimensions and significant historical points of time, and each character has at least a of badness so there is a constant fuzzy nothingness between right and wrong, good and bad. The protagonist herself is a bad girl who uses sensuality and her ability to read minds to control others, including a super-soldier with whom she partners. If you can get past the brutal sex and foul language to enjoy an okay fantasy with an equal mix of action packed-ness and clever dialogue, this might be worth it. Otherwise, I would say skip it. I probably would not continue this series or pick up another listen by the author because of my personal preferences, but that is not to say she is not good at her craft for the genres of this book.
The narrator’s reading was good for this story. My only quip is that she inserted pauses at odd times, which made me think she was turning a page or looking for a line she’d lost. In the midst of listening, I had often found myself wondering what had happened to her instead of paying attention to what was happening in the story. The pauses were a bit of a distraction.
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