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Without Regret

Narrated by: Stella Bloom
Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
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Chris Williams is looking for the perfect girl, but his choice, Isabella, is anything but what he imagined. In fact, she's walking trouble. New York Times best-selling author R. L. Mathewson brings us this second audiobook of the Pyte/Sentinel series. Listeners are sure to dislike not-so-nice-guy Chris, but they'll love actor Stella Bloom's performance. Through varied pitches and pacing, she gives life to hottie Chris and nerdy Isabella while her narration resounds clear as a bell. Listeners hoping for something a little sexy, a little vampiric, and a lot thrilling will enjoy this wild ride.

Summary

Chris Williams is used to making sacrifices. For years he's done his duty by his family and his calling as he awaited the one person that was meant for him. When she finally came into his life, she was nothing like the woman he'd expected. Instead of being the warrior ready to help him protect his family and the humans under his care he got.....

A computer geek named Isabella, who somehow managed to get her name on every Master's hit list. One minute she admits that she'd made a foolish mistake and the next she's kidnapped, held hostage by a crazy cult who steals her chocolate and she's sure is after her program, a program she has no plans on giving up anytime soon. As she tries to keep her wits about her, the sexiest man she's ever seen claims her, only he doesn't seem to happy about it. It's clear that he doesn't want her, but the stubborn man just won't let her go even when it's clear that he may not have a choice.

©2011 R.L. Mathewson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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It's fine, not great

The writer creates an interesting universe of supernatural characters. However the central characters in this instalment aren't that captivating. Isabella isn't bad but Chris is pretty darn dull and joyless. He's so bad so angsting he has barely any likeable personality.

The third person narration makes the whole thing feel pretty detached. The fact that Isabella is described endlessly as little, cute or adorable is teeth gratingly annoying. The sex scenes are pretty graphic, but quite mechanical and not at all sexy.

I'm still going to try other books in the series as the other characters seem more interesting.

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  • Lilian
  • 16-02-15

Approach with caution!

This book has ALOT of negative reviews & after listening to it I can see why but I am one of a few that was entertained by the listen!

First, let me say that I love Stella Bloom. I have said this before but she is one of those narrators you either love or hate.

The story of Chris & Izzy is a hot mess. We met Chris in Book 1 and know that he had a rough childhood up until Ephraim and Madison adopted him. Towards the end of book 1 we learn Chris is a sentinel and really looking forward to find his mate. In this book he has built very high standards of who his mate is. He has become a really good sentinel but he has developed a really warped sense of obligation to his adoptive family. In Chris point of view each and every family member is more important than him or his wants. When he finally finds his mate he will have one other person to protect his family.

Izzy is a tech wiz who has no idea what she is or that there is more than just humans that reside in the world. She is constantly trying to outsmart the pple and corporations that want to get their hands on her programs. She has one particular program that will have vampires, werewolves & deamons after her.

After a close encounter with a vamp, Izzy is rescued by a group of sentinels... As there is only one last pair or unmated sentinels, she sent to Chris to confirm if they are mated and hopefully find out why she is a wanted woman.

Not understanding why Izzy's powers haven't kicked in Chris believes putting her smack in the middle of danger will jump start her powers. Of course this backfired and as Izzy realizes that all she has seen is indeed real, she freezes and curls on the ground ready to accept she is going to die.

This cowardly action sets Chris on a path that makes him come across as cruel & heartless to everyone around him but to him and his once again twisted mind he is trying to protect his mate. As much as he tries (and he really did a good job of being a horrible mate.... I mean at one point he called Izzy a whore!) he cannot fight his attraction to Izzy or how she is his perfect half.

When Izzy finally begins to come to her powers, Chris stubbornly refuses to see her as anything but a burden to his family. Finally, it takes the fact that his own family (esp. His father & brother) has stepped in to protect Izzy, a job he has UTTERLY failed at. He begins to try to repair his damage and hope that he can get one more chance at a life for himself and not one for his family with him as a soldier!

At the end of the book we are left wondering if the villans are truly evil or secretly good! Definately worth my credit but really is one of those books where the hero is not as loveable as one would expect in a romance book! Besides most princes were once frogs at one time right?

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  • Yvette
  • 20-08-14

WELL I REGRET THE MALE LEAD!!! WHAT A JERK!

OMG! After reading the 1st book, I was so excited to read/listen to this second installment in the series. What a let down! I know this may sound more like a rant rather than a review, but what the heck was R.L. Mathewson thinking when she created the male lead????

Chris, the adopted son of Madison and Ephraim was a total SOB, jerk, A-hole....you can add any expletive and it would fit. His treatment of the heroine, Isabella was not acceptable! He was so awful to her till about 95% of the book, when his turn-around began. Ugh, so many times this was almost a DNF for me, but it's the stubbornness in me that made me listen till the end.

Chris had been awaiting and dreaming about his Sentinel "mate" for years, which seemed to have been plenty of time for him to build up expectations. Well, when fate unites him with his Sentinel mate, Isabella, although she is a beautiful woman (green eyes, great figure--the whole package), he rejects her. Chris rejected Isabella because she lacked fighting instincts. I had such a hard time with Chris and his mistreatment of his lady, especially because Isabella did not deserve that from him. Isabella did not have an easy upbringing....no one EVER showed her love, and for most of this book, Chris could be added to the list of people who did her wrong in her life.

For most of the book, the relationship always felt 1 step ahead, while 3 steps back. When Chris finally started pursuing Isabella sexually, well, they had smoking hot sex, but you couldn't even enjoy those parts because it was sandwiched in with his cheuvonistic, regretful behavior. Even when you thought Chris was making some progress in his feelings for Isabella....BAM, he responded in a way that was appalling and gut-wrenching.

EVEN THOUGH I LOVE R.L. MATTHEWSON'S WORK, I'M SERIOUSLY PISSED WITH HER FOR THIS BOOK. OMG, and when you consider how Isabella was so powerless in the relationship, and was tossed, pulled around and used by Chris....it made me feel sick. There were a few times I felt like crying for her & I had to remind myself this is just a silly novel.

If the relationship between the leads was better this would have been an incredibly fun, and action-packed book. In this book more of the Pyte/Sentinel world comes to life and you learn more about the dangers caused by demons, minions, vampire and were wolves. You also get a great update with the other characters in the book.

UGH, SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT!!! I'm not sure if I will take a chance with the next book in the series......I'll have to find a way to calm down after this one!!!!

Narrator: Stella Bloom did a good job in her narration.

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  • SLY
  • 24-01-18

Where was this author’s editor?

Slow paced and tiresome. The phrase “little mate,” is used a zillion times. (“He took his little mate’s hand... His little mate curled up in a ball... He looked at his little mate....”) The editor that allowed this needs a serious come-to-Jesus meeting. Both hero and heroine are impossible to like. I struggled along with it for 5 hours and called it quits. Don’t waste your time or your credit.

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  • T.8203
  • 25-07-17

Too Little Too Late

What did you like best about Without Regret? What did you like least?

I liked that it kept us updated with the characters from book one - and not just a mention, there were full stories inside each book about people from the previous book. I also liked the various points of view (even the villain's point of view).
I absolutely disliked Chris's character which was a stark contrast from book one. He was just outright mean to the woman he "loved" for 45 chapters and while the book mentions that book one changed him - I didn't feel it needed to be 45 of the 48 chapter of Chris being outright mean to female lead.

Would you recommend Without Regret to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to complete the series but this is the only RL book that I will never re-read.

What about Stella Bloom’s performance did you like?

I loved Stella's performance - she is an awesome narrator. I felt each and every character like I was watching it unfold. I love that "fly on the wall feeling" and it takes an awesome due (writer and narrator) to bring that to life. Great job.

Do you think Without Regret needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Book 3 is already out and much better than this one

Any additional comments?

It took way too long for the male character Chris to turn around. He was mean for 45 chapters before he got better and the book is only 48 chapters long. I know that every character goes through internal struggles but 45 chapters of treating the woman you "love" like piece of crap for her "own good" was a bit much.Chris & Isabelle were Sentinels ...soul mates destined by God to protect earth but don't know they are Sentimental until they are found by other Sentinels or vampires. Since the lifestyle was so bad and Chris had been living the fight for years before the defenseless Isabelle came on board... he thought it would be better if she went away so she could keep her safe leaving him unmated for life. To listen to 45 chapters of a man treat a woman like that was extremely hard for me. What made it even worse was that Isabella seemed to just take it. She knew nothing about this world and so she got dragged into it at 3 a.m. in the morning. Going through life without the skills to fight was perfectly fine... not knowing he's still she would need later in life. When the two of them got together he completely took the choice out of her hand by not explaining their lifestyle or existence...just decided that she needs to go and treats her like crap all in the name of protection. needed to read it so that I can complete the series, and there were some really exciting parts. The chase and action were pretty good...but his personality towards her was front and center and took so much from the enjoyment...even the happy ending. The happy came too little...too late.

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  • Maria
  • 17-03-14

Not a Great Female Role Model

I enjoyed the first book in this series. However, Chris and Izzy did not push any buttons for me. Chris was a total jerk to Izzy throughout the entire book. Izzy was a very immature, naive person. Having parents who only tolerated her existence until at age 16 she left home and they didn't bother looking for her. She has lived a very insular existence with her computers as her companions. She is a total genius when it comes to creating programs and hacking into secure systems. Everyone wants her except Chris. She continually has sex with him, he pushes her away, then goes to her for more sex, after all she is his mate.
The book was too long....it dragged in places. Very lil action until the end of the book.

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  • Angel Claire
  • 17-02-14

Don't waste your credit!!!

There were no Audible reviews available and so I downloaded this one on the reputation of the authors other books. BIG mistake. The story in this book is slow, the characters are poorly developed and the narration is ordinary. In future if there isn't an Audible review I will check out the reviews for the print editions on Amazon.

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  • fishface
  • 04-05-19

Started a little slow, but what an ending!

I thought this one started a little slow and Isabella was a little too whiny for my taste.
Chris is one of my favorite characters so I was glad to see him come around to be the wonderful person he was in the 1st book.

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  • Lusacia Casebolt
  • 24-01-19

dont listen to all the bad reviews

so here's the thing...
a lot of the reviews I read were horrible becuase most readers didnt like chris, the Male lead; however, theres a few things you should take into account. first off, if you actually pay attention to his inner dialogue as the story progresses you might grow sympathetic towards his position and treatment if Isabella. now yes, he is not the nicest person to her, but at the same time she is honestly kind if a dumb doormat of a character, I found myself rolling my eyes listening to her pathetic rants and grew tired of her attempts to "escape " Chris. chris did have a horrible childhood and therefore when he found a family with madison and everyone the thought of losing them became beyond unbearable, he felt he was not able to protect them and keep Isabella safe so he was going to send her to an island to be safe. he did tell her this and even told her of all the danger surrounding her that it would not only harm her but his family as well and then she gets mad at him for thinking she wont hold up under torture and tell where his family is, and then not even a minute later tries to run away in the middle of the night with every paranormal creature after her. my fault with the book is the middle part and what I feel was unnecessary repetition of him trying to explain the dangers to her and her thinking she can handle it when if hadn't been for the sentinels in the first place she would be dead because of her lacking physical abilities. maybe chris should have been kinder, but at the end of the day he was trying to protect everyone and she kept putting them in further danger.
my last thoughts are this is a book, and honestly chris and Isabella while slightly annoying characters are far from the worst I've read, but books play up on drama and irrational fears in characters to create a story. my advice, while this book might be a bit lengthy if you like the series and author read it, I dont see why the characters are so horrible that people couldn't finish reading it.

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  • Mrs T Z
  • 06-12-18

If you have nothing else to do then read this.

This was a waste of my time, I tried to get into it for the first 12 chapters.
Then I tried skipping chapters a few chapters to see If it got any better...

IT DIDN'T!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-18

Maddeningly juvenile

I just couldn’t finish this book! The H and h were so immature and the story just kept getting worse. I liked book 1 and was looking forward to the continuing story but these 2 characters ruined it for me.

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