Young women are vanishing from Miami's club scene, most disappearing without a trace, others found suffocated in plastic bags, their battered corpses filled with a deadly cocktail of narcotics.
There are no suspects and few clues.
When exotic dancer Rayne is taken, her sister Blaze calls the ladies of Shadowlands to find her.
With only five days before Rayne is found dead or never found at all, Smoak and Ash dive into Miami's underworld of drugs, prostitution, and slavery, using every skill they have to find her before the clock runs out.
In trouble and have nowhere to turn?
Call Shadowlands. We're here to help.
Having already read and loved the book I was hoping that the audio would be able to create the same satisfaction and was not disappointed. Sierra has the perfect delivery for Ashen Rayne, creating attitude and sass that are essential for Skye's stories. The tale is a well-placed action thriller, progressing onward in a movie-like style allowing the listener to visualise it as if on the big screen. There are numerous action scenes that pack punches and Sierra keeps the pace of the writing going. Having listened to some big books and hated the narration, I know how important Narrator choice is. Hopefully Sierra will be on board for future Skye Knizley audio adventures.
I recommend Ashen Rayne to fans of action and LGBT romance genres. I added the book to my library because it is categorized on Audible.com as Mysteries & Thrillers / Modern Detective.
I commend author Skye Knizley for using entertaining literature as a platform to increase awareness and social responsibility. Knizley gives readers/listeners a high energy, action packed experience through Ashen Rayne. Characters Smoke and Ashe rock the Russian mob and save girls abducted girls from disappearing into the black hole of sex trade. The reader never gets the sense that these non-mainstreamers fall victim to or even identify with self-pity, or society’s judgments. Instead Smoke and Ashe are strong, self-assured superheroes, who vilify pettiness and bring down exploiters. Romance is also woven into the adventure.
Without giving anything away, my favorite part of the book involved a wild plane ride, wine, and cheese. I envisioned myself in that plane, being brave, living rich, and having fun. This brings me to the trouble I had with the book: It was the only part that drew me in. Also, I did not connect with the characters.
The narrator, Sierra Kline, distinctly portrayed each character. Her pace and inflection complimented the story. She reads like she cares. Great job.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
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loved this book!!! bad ass women kicking ass! can't wait to read more by this author!
This kept me interested start to finish. I would recommend it and just with the other books in the series had an audible option...
This was an entertaining listen. It is along the lines of 007, with the action getting more and more unbelievable with each confrontation. Skye Knizley constructed a good spy thriller and highlights a very real and enduring problem in our society today. I just wish she hadn't ruined her very strong female leads by using the cliché of making them lesbians. And especially a lesbian who treats other lesbians very, very badly...before finding 'the one'. And a lesbian who was raped by thugs. And who was abused by her parents. And is deaf. Get my point about the clichés? It takes a lot to get passed and it make the listen just OK for me.
In the end, it was a way to pass my commute and I did like that the author brought human trafficking into the light.
The narration was good although there was not very much distinction in voices between characters. Sierra Kline has a nice voice and her cadence and tone were right for the material.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
What made the experience of listening to Ashen Rayne the most enjoyable?
Skye Knizley is definitely a talented writer and the plot of the book is great
Which scene was your favorite?
all the scenes
Any additional comments?
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher
Hot, kick ass, female lead characters. Hot strippers. Lesbian sex. Gun play and action scenes, oh my. This book should be right up my alley, but unfortunately it wasn’t. Ash and Smoke operate a private investigation firm called Shadowlands. Their client’s name is Blaze. With names like that, author Skye Knizley must be a comic book fan. Her main female character, Ash is certainly written like she’s a comic book hero. She’s James Bond and Wonder Woman rolled into one. She can slug it out toe to toe with men who out weigh her because she’s got fighting skills that exceed an Olympic gold medalist, martial artist. She’s a perfect shot, while all bad guys cant hit the side of a barn with a sawed off shot gun. She rides motor cycles, has stunt driver car skills. She even gets away with killing people indiscriminately as if the novel’s modern day setting were actually the old, wild, wild West. She routinely screws women without even knowing their name then allows her partner, Smoke, to wake them and unceremoniously kick them out with the threat of bodily harm. Ash has even been a DJ in spite of being deaf. Author Skye Knizley character is as repulsive to me as actor Michael Chicklis’ character was in the TV show, The Shield. There was obviously an appeal to that character since the show was on 4 or 5 seasons. I guess there must be a similar appeal to Ash since this is book one of a series of books. I personally just don’t see the appeal.
Skye Knizley is definitely a talented writer and the plot of the book is great. It just would have been nice if the main character was written as a kick ass woman of action who operates within the boundary of what is humanly possible. Instead, she is written so super human that no matter what happens in the story, I never believe she is in trouble. For me, the action scenes held no excitement or sense of tension because there’s no sense of peril when someone is unbeatable. When you have a character like that, action scenes are boring. Skye Knizley attempts to explain away Ash’s abilities by saying she was trained in the military to be something akin to a GI Jane, special forces, female soldier. Come on now! You can’t even get into the military if you’re deaf. If you don’t have perfect hearing, then you actually must have a specific percentage of hearing or better, in both ears.
Sierra Kline is the narrator for this novel. She has a very attractive voice, but I feel her performance sometimes lacked distinction in the voices of the characters. At times, everyone sounded the same.
If you are able to suspend your disbelief, then I think you will like “Ashen Rayne: Shadowlands, Book 1.” It’s otherwise, a good story. If, however, you lean more toward my point of view, then don’t spend your money on this one. Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Blast.
Received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
This book failed to hold my attention. The narrator has a wonderful voice but I had issues distinguishing different characters at times.
This book wasn't something I would normally choose for myself, but I am glad I gave it a shot. The good stuff: the main characters are smoking hot, kick-ass, females, which I love. Ash and Smoak are strong characters that you get to know on a very personal level. The narrator had great voices for all of the characters/accents that are presented in the book (although I thought that Smoak sounded so much like Ellen Degeneres that it was all I could think of when I heard her voice). The stuff that I wasn't thrilled about: If you are going to give your main character a distinctive and unique characteristic, fine, but don't keep bringing it up ad nauseam (ex: Her purple eyes flashed anger. She gazed with her purple eyes. Her red hair cascaded down her back. Her crimson tresses were styled to perfection, etc.). I think a mention once or twice is fine. We get it. Also, you will have to suspend reality just a bit to believe parts of this book. I believe that deaf people can accomplish amazing things, but Ash does things that I just find unbelievable, such as becoming a DJ or making her way into a special ops team in the military. It wasn't explained very well either. In addition, I find it hard to believe that anyone could kick a large man's ass with a punctured lung and broken ribs, but that's just me.
Overall, it was a good book. With some tweaking, I think it could be great though. I was provided this audio book at no cost by AudioBookBoom in exchange for my honest review.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
To some of my friends, yes because I know they will enjoy it. It is a well written story which was a little slow to start with but quickly picked up.
What other book might you compare Ashen Rayne to and why?
I try not to compare books since everyone's style is different.
Which scene was your favorite?
I loved all the scenes with Ash in them. She is a bad-ass deaf girl who kicked major butt. I loved anytime she was in the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, the action scenes in the book were well written and keep me interested the whole time.
Sierra did a great job telling the story to us by keeping each character with their own voices so the listener knew who was talking.
Any additional comments?
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Plot definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Great ACTION read.
Which character – as performed by Sierra Kline – was your favorite?
I found myself loving Ash! She's the deaf best friend that is definitely a bad a$$ all on her own. No disability there!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Not so much moved me. I was a bit uncomfortable at times with the whole girl on girl action but if you like that or can look past that its a really great listen. The friendship, action and love story is all worth the listen.
Any additional comments?
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom."