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Medusa's Destiny: A WhyChoose Romance

Monsters and Gargoyles, Book 1
Narrated by: Marie Smith
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Look away if you want to live....
 

My life is a giant crap pile with a cherry thrown on top. I'm an immortal woman cursed to kill people with just a glance. And now I've been kidnapped by three mouthwateringly sexy gargoyles, who I'm pretty sure want me dead.
 

But it gets better....
 

While I'm trying to make the best of being a prisoner, guarded by yummy eye-candy, I'm also being dragged on a dangerous mission. One that a beautiful heroine might survive, but given that I'm a murderous monster, I'm pretty sure is going to end in my death.
 

Things don't look good for me. But then, that's not unusual. What is? I think I'm not just risking my life this time, I'm risking my heart. And that's one thing that even monsters fear.
 

Medusa's Destiny is a full-length reverse harem romance with a sarcastic heroine, three gorgeous gargoyles, and a tale full of twists and turns. But be ready for a long night of listening, because these gargoyles are stone-hard.

©2019 Lacey Carter Andersen (P)2019 Lacey Carter Andersen

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Perfect

Hawt and then some! Absolutely loved every moment of this audiobook. It had a great romance, mystery, adventure and yummy steamy scenes. I was hooked from the first word and can't wait to listen to the whole series. The narrator was new to me but I really enjoyed how well she did the whole story.

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Amazing Hot paranormal RH

Love this story of Medusa and the Gargoyles sent to enlist her help. This was an amazing HOT and very interesting story. Absolutely loving this series, cannot wait for more.

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  • Jill
  • 27-06-19

They had me at Gargoyles!

Medusa's Destiny is book 1 in the Monsters and Gargoyles series. The moment I saw Gargoyles, I was all about giving this book a listen. Gargoyles are my jam. This is my first book from this author. It won't be my last. I enjoyed the creativity the author showed in the book.

The story is about Medusa, who was once mortal but was cursed by the Goddess Athena over 2,000 years ago to become a monster who turns men to stone, and 4 Gargoyles named Byron, Harold, Forrest, and Marcus. The Gargoyles kidnap Medusa, thinking she is nothing more than an evil monster, and plan to use her to accomplish their intended missions and then kill her. But once they meet her, they realize that things are not as they assumed them to be.

The book is Reverse Harem, insta-lust, and full of hot and sexy scenes. It is told in the multiple POVs of Medusa, Byron, Harold, Forrest, Marcus, and Edgar (who is Byron's dad).

The audiobook is semi short at only 5 hours and 26 minutes duration. I wish there would have been more to their story. Especially during the 6 month gap between chapters 24 and 25. I enjoyed all of the adult scenes but I feel like they kind of took over the book and we didn't get enough actual story and action. Also, with the group adult scenes, without going into specifics or getting my review bounced for adult content, I found that they weren't really believable and that kind of bummed me out. Each time it was the 4 guys and her I found myself noticing things that just weren't possible based on the description as well as the sheer size of the guys and how tiny she was. Plus it almost seemed at times as if the author was trying to make the scenes more gratuitously erm... x rated than genuine.

There were a few minor editing mistakes that I noticed but without having the book to look at I can't really speak to the editing. One thing that was really obvious though was that a sentence (in the final chapter during a group scene) was written twice but said slightly different and they were back to back. So obviously the author meant to swap them out but both got left in.

I liked the narrator for the most part. She had excellent pacing, good tone and clarity, and a pleasant voice. I struggled though because besides the female POV, there were 5 other POVs that were all males and the narrator used the same voice for each of those male POVs. I felt like I had to pay extra attention to keep the POVs straight and more than once I had to restart the chapter so that I could hear the heading to know which POV it was. Perhaps adding a male narrator would have really elevated this audiobook.

The second book was setup toward the end of this book and it sounds as though we will be revisiting this Gargoyle sanctuary and hopefully get to see these characters again. I'm definitely interested in continuing this series. Medusa's Destiny was a lot fun and as I said earlier, creative. I can't wait to see what happens next with Gargoyles and Merpeople.

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  • bluepits73
  • 22-08-19

Hotter the Expected

I was caught off guard by this story a little bit, in a good way, because I don't feel that the summary is representative of the story. Nonetheless, I was surprised at how the guys were able to break through Medusa's protective shell, emotionally. The author did a great job of making us care and drawing us in with an interesting plot, in addition to the steaming bits. I liked the twist on Medusa's story and was captivated all the way through.

The narration was excellent and was perfect for this story. She captured Medusa's attitude and nature so well and made this a smooth listen.

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  • Megs
  • 15-08-19

nice book

Some of the enunciation from the narrator bugged me. The story was good. The sexy were parts sexy.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Shannon G
  • 02-08-19

Disappointing

This story is about Medusa and her four Gargoyles. This is basically adult content with not much plot. The characters are alright I suppose, although the first part of the book is mainly dealing with Byron who is an absolute jerk. I can't really say much about this story due to finding myself zoning out while listening. Don't get me wrong, I love a good smut story but with the blurb I was expecting more story with sex scenes scattered throughout, not the main focus. The narration fell flat for me. Marie Smith has a very nice voice but her character voices needs major work. I couldn't tell much difference between Medusa and the Gargoyles. There was a minute difference in the male voices. You have to listen carefully or remember the chapter name in order to know who is speaking. Overall, this book was quite disappointing for me.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Hudson the Basset
  • 25-07-19

Sex And Gargoyles, Oh My

Medusa's Destiny: A Why Choose Romance, Monsters and Gargoyles, Book 1 was a fun book, but I found it slightly repetitive. The book is filled with monsters and gargoyles and lots of sex. Sex with "humans", with river sprites, and with stone grotesques'. The acts are performed solo, with only two beings and with multiple partners with every orifice being penetrated. With all that it hard to imaging that the book is mildly boring, but not everyone can write a titillating sex scene (at least everyone had a happy ending).
The narration was excellent, and helped raise the book to another level.
I was given a free copy of the book at my request for an unbiased review.

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 18-07-19

Definitely recommend this book!!

I definitely enjoyed listening to this story. A misunderstood monster who has an extremely hard life. Don’t judge a book by its cover/ title. This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. The book had me so intrigued that I couldn’t stop listening. This author has a wonderful way of telling a story. I can’t say enough about this book but it a definite must read!
The narrator does a spectacular job with the characters and voices of each character. I will definitely be adding Marie Smith to my list of favorites narrator’s.

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  • Kim
  • 18-07-19

Team Medusa

Wow! Fabulous turning of monster is the heroine! I am so team Medusa. Life is all about perspective and no one ever stops to ask the monsters about their points of view. Not only did Medusa’s Destiny rock it with the POV, it did great on turning the table on the fable. And you have got to love the men in this – they are literally hardheaded! Gargoyles! The story was enjoyable to listen to how everything unfolded, the tasks that were needed, and how life of the “gods” had changed and not changed over the many years. There were some of the sexier scenes that didn’t seem to flow as well within the story. However, overall it was great start to a series of monsters that might not really be monsters.

Marie Smith rocked it as the snarky and quick wit of Medusa along with voices of the men. I found her flow easy to listen to and follow along with the story. A good commuting listen.

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  • Hunter
  • 17-07-19

Was Vastly Disappointed. Feels like a first draft

** I was given a free copy of this book for review purposes, my review is voluntary and unbiased**

First what I liked about this book, 1 The narrator did an admirable job with what she had to work with, her voices and characterizations were quite good. 2 Medusa was at least a sympathetic character,

Next the problems, Many and varied. I like a good paranormal romance and/or fun smut novel, but a good romance requires characters with personalities. The only personality traits of Byron, our first male lead is that he has a cock the size of a baseball bat and that he is an unmitigated asshole. Our introduction to him is that he kidnaps Medusa, threatens to rape her, then flies off with her against her will naturally, and then is constantly pissed that she isn't nicer to him. I swear this reads like it was written by an Incel. Which, if more was going on this could have only been a moderate irritation, but they spend half an hour or so on traveling completely alone with Her being like 'so what are we doing' and Him refusing to answer.

Okay but maybe the general plot was better? It might have been, except that by the time I gave up on this book like 1.5 hours in. They were still only speaking in vague terms like "there is a problem we need you to fix" like what "you'll find out later" so I have no idea if a plot ever emerges but the first part of this book was alternating between boring and and infuriating.

The sex scenes were hot surely? There weren't many by this point and the sexual content was rife with unispired metaphor, Hardly a damning indictment for the genre, but when the angst and sexual tension seems to be the backbone of your story in the absence of other qualities, it should probably feel dramatic and engaging instead of rote.

So yeah I gave the story 2 stars because I was feeling generous and didn't finish it so maybe it picks up and earns another star but it really should get maybe 1.5 stars, Really the only saving grace was Marie Smiths voice acting.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-07-19

A yummy but interesting story

This is a different kind of Medusa story and I really enjoyed that! I love that it gave a different perspective on the old tale. As if that wasn't enough, add in the yumminess of 4 sexy gargoyles and oh my!!! I love the fact that everyone doesn't instantly fall for one another. They have to build up relationships like normal. Don't listen to this where kids can hear it. This is definitely an adult only book.

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  • JodyL
  • 15-07-19

Dont believe everything in myths

I loved listening to this story and imagining that I am right there with these characters. The narrator did a good job of bringing them to life.
Medusa is believed to be a monster but just because stories were told about her doesn't mean they are true. Circumstances changed her into a monster but she lives her life with a moral code.
Four gargoyles kidnap her in order to save their species but they fall for her kindness and selflessness.
I am excited to read about more monsters in this world. I recieved a free copy of this story and I choose to give my opinion in this honest review.