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Okayish

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-19

A story about two people who both need to get married/mated but for different reasons. Kirell is a bear shifter who needs a mate for political reasons to do with an uprising in the bear society in which he lives. Natalia needs a husband to get a green card to stay in the country. A marriage of convenience turns into love.

I struggled to connect with this book. Natalia and Kirell were both nice enough characters without really being all that interesting. I didn't feel any particular emotional depth from them, despite the trials they'd faced in their lives.

While the development of the relationship between Natalia and Kirell was satisfying enough, all the background story of the strife in the bear society with the traitors and political machinations failed to hold my interest, I think because it didn't focus enough on the characters involved. So when someone was revealed to be a traitor, I found I didn't really care that much because the book hadn't given me a reason to love them enough to be upset by their betrayal. It's also not entirely clear why Kirell is so loyal to the cause in the first place. There are lots of battles and Kirell gets beaten to death's door more than once without me getting anywhere near the edge of my seat.

I won't be in a rush to read another book in this series.

Narration was decent although at times the male voice was read like the female voice which was a bit confusing.

Should be shelved under erotica

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-19

This is marked as Chicklit but really belongs on the erotica shelf.

There is very little plot to this book. Story: hairdresser agrees to have sex with and pretend to be a guy's fiancee so that he'll pay off her debts and let her keep her salon. That's pretty much it.

I didn't find either of the characters likeable. It is mentioned several times that Lily isn't a gold digger but she has just sold her body and agreed to lie to both her own mother and Marco's grandmother in order to get her debts paid off. Erm... seems pretty mercenary to me. Marco's angst over his mother's suicide didn't ring true for me, neither did his insecurity after an earlier woman walked out on him. All in all, it felt like a weak attempt at a plot to hang the constant sex scenes off.

Without connecting with either character, it was difficult to feel the heat in their relationship. Not for me and, as I say, probably should have been shelved under erotica rather than fiction.

Slow and dull

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-19

I have loved many of JEM's books but this one just fell flat for me. The story moved SO slowly. The romance was lost amongst far too much internal monologue and angst. We heard a lot about what the couples thought about their relationship without connecting in actuality with the relationship. There was very little plot indeed. And the secondary characters provided little interest. Even Ryan's little girl, who I think is supposed to be cute, got boring very swiftly. For the first time, after listening to this, I might think twice before choosing another of this author's books.

This story was drawn out over nearly 14 hours but could've fit into four easily and even then I'm not sure there's enough plot or interest here to hold that.

Narration was excellent though.

Enjoyable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-19

I enjoyed this book. It was easy listening but the characters were well-drawn and likeable and the development of their relationship was convincing. There was quite a bit of heat there too. By the end I was rooting for them to get together.

While being quite undemanding, this book had heart and some emotional depth. Would listen to another by this author.

Both narrators were good.

Needed a better narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-19

This might have been a better story than it came across but was ruined by the narrator who sounded like a teenage girl. The emotion in her voice often didn't seem to match what was going on in the story; it was very distracting.

It wasn't a terrible story: a human slave to various aliens is caught by an alien dragon who eventually decides to take her as his 'brooder' and they fall for each other. Her previous owners come to reclaim her and a battle ensures for her freedom.

There were lots of plot elements thrown together but for me they ended up more as a mash of happenings than a plot. I had trouble connecting with either of the main characters but the hero especially I didn't warm to, which made the romance difficult to get on board with. By the end of the book, I can't say I was very invested in either of them or their relationship. I was tempted to give up on the book before the end.

In addition, a few of the story elements didn't make much sense to me. The fact that it's suddenly discovered by her slave owners that Carissa is compatible for breeding seems to come out of nowhere (why didn't they know this earlier). The hero, Tarion, seems to randomly decide she's not just a breeder but a beloved 'brooder' out of nowhere too. And suddenly this means it's not okay to treat her like a slave anymore.

Overall, Captured by the Alien Dragon was just missing something for me. Some sparkle and emotional draw. But it may have come to life more with a better narrator.

Gripping and fresh

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-19

Story: I've listened to quite a few disappointing books lately. This had been sitting in my wish list for some time and I'm really glad I finally put it in my basket and checked out. It's impossible for Katy to beat Real which is one of my favourite books but I couldn't turn this off when I got started.

This isn't the first time I've listened to a romance about characters in a reality dating show but it was definitely the most original and best executed one. The premise of the show itself was a hoot and the way the characters ended up being in the show and their reactions to everything that was thrown at them was believable and in many ways inspiring. The plot moved at a great pace and could have got repetative as they faced one challenge after another, the show drawn out through the full length of the book, but this really really held my interest to the end. Although I had no doubt that they'd eventually get together the way they finally got there continued to surprise me and I was so rooting for the two of them by the end.

Characters: Luke and Nell were both likeable and had both faced challenges in their lives making them three dimensional characters that really came off the page or rather app. You really feel like you get to know the two of them in depth by the end of this book. The character arcs and how they changed throughout the book was exceptionally well done as they both grew as people and overcame their vulnerabilities. The secondary characters such as the other contestants and the main characters' friends, while not getting a whole lot of play time in the book, were also well drawn and believable.

Setting: Despite being a reality dating show, this was a really different one! Some of the ideas were really original and funny. They moved around a lot to different locations from extreme heat to freezing cold which meant there was never a dull static moment so even the settings kept you intrigued as they threw up new challenges and left me wondering where they were going to end up next.

Romance: A slow burn in many ways. Although Luke likes Nell a lot from the beginning, it takes a while for his depth of feelings to grow and I really felt like we saw him fall in love with her. The development of their relationship was so believable compared with a lot of books out there. I was truly convinced they were right for each other by the end and had a depth of feeling for each other that was built on really knowing each other inside and out.

Steaminess: not without its steamy moments this focussed more on the romance than the sex. Still, for over 18s only.

Narration: excellent. Both male and female voices read the characters perfectly.

Nocturne Falls has lost its sparkle

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-19

Story: this wasn't a bad book, and maybe if I hadn't listened to all the other books in the series I might not have been so disappointed. The story line should have been interesting - half-reaper, half -vampire Kora on a mysterious quest that takes her to a lot of different locations, with Greyson at her side to help. It just didn't hold my interest. I'm can't quite put my finger on why but it didn't manage to convince me to care what happened and in fact I stopped listening before the end. I loved Nocturne Falls but I feel like maybe the series has run its course because this just didn't hit the mark for me. I've been listening to Kristen's new series Shadowvale and I think it was a good plan to move onto something different.

Characters: they just weren't that interesting. I didn't much like Kora, I found her antics tedious and her supposed development from brat to decent person unconvincing. It just ended up making her seem dull. Grayson was just bland and didn't seem to have much personality really.

Romance: just not really convincing. They didn't seem to gel particularly and not in a way that set off fireworks between them. There was no sparkle here.

Setting: this moved around a lot but I never really felt like I had actually arrived in any of the locations, they weren't well described or made interesting, despite being places that I know to be fascinating.

Steaminess: as per the author's usual: nothing explicit.

Really good alien romance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-19

If you like a steamy alien romance, you won't be disappointed with this.

Story: Despite being a similiar storyline to many other alien romances out there (human woman taken by hot alien against her will) this brought a new and fresh take. I loved the Vax's negotiations with Kate to get what he wanted from her rather than her just blindly going along with his plan. The story unfolded naturally with enough plot twists to hold my interest to the end.

Characters: Kate was no weak heroine and kept fighting both for her freedom and later for what she believed in. Vax was an very determined alpha male but definitely on the sweeter side. For me this book was only missing a strong B story with some secondary characters we could really feel for to add an additional layer of interest.

Setting: the world building was solid without being the most innovative.

Romance: Watching Kate's feelings grow for Vax in a slow burn was convincing and made their relationship more believable. Overall, the romance was both hot and sweet and had me really rooting for them by the end.

Steaminess: highly steamy. Over 18s only.

Narration: good clear reading, no complaints without being the best in the field.

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Love this book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-19

I read this book on Kindle before buying it to listen to it again on Audible I enjoyed it so much.

If you like the alien romance genre with bossy alpha male heroes you won't be disappointed.

It has an intricate plot full of twists and turns, great world building and the romance hits all the right marks.

Warning: may contain some triggers.

Excellent romance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-19

A bit lighter than other K. I. Lynn novels I've listened to but gripping with great characters. Although the hero was arrogant and ridiculously demanding, you couldn't help but like him a little and the heroine was no pushover making for some excellent chemistry between the two. Not a particularly original story but done so well that that it didn't matter.

Jeremy York's performance was excellent (isn't it always) and Mia Madison did a great job too.