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Here at Hot Listens we will crown the best YA/NA Audiobook of 2012
As you you know, I've been known to indulge in some pretty sinful listens, today I like to share some sinful upcoming releases. To celebrate I'm giving away an audiobook of you choice, or one the list bellow, (to be delivered to you the day of its release).
But don't worry is you are and international siren or a siren that prefers to read, you can opt for a $15.00 Giftcard form Amazon/B&N or the Book Depository.
This giveaway is open to all over 18 years-old, must provide a valid e-mail address and respond within 48hrs after bein Contacted as the winner.
Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione #Audiobook Review
Lore is a Seminus half-breed demon who has been forced to act as his dark master's assassin. Now, to earn his freedom and save his sister's life, he must complete one last kill. Powerful and ruthless, he'll stop at nothing to carry out this deadly mission.
An angel tempted.
Idess is an earthbound angel with a wild side, sworn to protect the human Lore is targeting. She's determined to thwart her wickedly handsome adversary by any means necessary - even if that means risking her vow of eternal chastity. But what begins as a simple seduction soon turns into a passion that leaves both angel and demon craving complete surrender.
Torn between duty and desire, Lore and Idess must join forces as they battle their attraction for each other. Because an enemy from the past is rising again - one hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.
I know I’ve heard Paul Boehmer narrate before, I just can’t remember which book. Or maybe it’s that his voice rings a bell from all the movies and T.V. he's been in. I can swear he did the voice of a robotic or artificial intelligence entity, because that keeps tickling the back of my mind.
Nevertheless, I like his sexy voice while reading the forth installment of [author:Larissa Ione]’s risqué Demonica series. I think he does a really nice job on the pauses and pacing, too. He differentiates the male voices oh-so-nicely, especially during the sex scenes and when Lore, the hero, goes ballistic. (Now what does that say?) I'm not crazy about his female voices; he gets the “inflection” wrong for them in some situations. On the other hand, at least he doesn’t make the mistake of using a falsetto. Another thing on the plus side is he delivers the snarky insults between characters with the perfect touch of humor.
And Ms. Ione does write snarky risqué in Urban Fantasy divinely, if that’s the right word to use for a series about demons. I’ve never heard the expression “...as much as it bit dick to be chained up...” but it was placed in the perfect scene. If you want some witty buzz-words in an action-packed imaginative world, then this is the book for you. Yes, it goes a little dark sometimes, but most of that is in recapping a character’s history, so you don’t have to go through it in present-tense-land.
We had some polar responses by the people in my “buddy read.” They either loved this book, couldn’t get into it, or were ready to stop here in the series. This one is certainly more Urban Fantasy and than Paranormal Romance, so consider that before indulging.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure I liked Lore; I waffled for awhile. But then, most people would probably take a while to warm up to an assassin Seminus half-breed demon, right? I kept trying to figure out what his Ufelskala score* was. I felt hot and cold toward him until almost the half-way point of this book. I probably warmed up to him after he started using the term “angel” as a term of affection toward Idess, instead of as an insult.
I did like Idess, a Memitim - or a “born” angel - so she’s not quite an angel. She and Lore have several things to overcome; she guarding someone he’s contracted to kill. Oh, and she taken a vow of celibacy to make amends for her scandalous past. I had something figured out way before she did, but then, I’m sure Ms. Ione did that just so I would feel good about myself.
In addition to all this, there are a lot of returning characters and quite a bit of time spent on Sin, Lore’s fraternal twin, and her future-mate, Connall, a dampire**. This is more than an introduction; it is a must read before reading their story, [book:Sin Undone], fifth in this series.
I think Miss Ione writes an interesting story in an original world, with several H.O.T. sexual encounters. I thought she was going to wimp-out near the end; I should have know better.
*According to [book:The Demonica Compendium] (which is free on Larissa Ione’s website), a Ufelskala score is a number ranging from one to five on the scale of evil, with a score of five being the evilest of the wicked.
Cut & Run by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban #Audiobook Review
This photo of Edgar Allan Poe's Grave Site and Memorial in Baltimore, Maryland – notice the customary bottle of Cognac on his grave is also present! – is courtesy of TripAdvisor.
A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.
Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he's paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it's hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic clich: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.
Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer's knife.
Hmmm. I’m not sure how I like the narration on this novel. At times Sawyer Allerde, a self-proclaimed “narrator specializing in Gay Fiction,” showed his narrating ability, at others, not so much. (I think I’m getting really spoiled by some of the excellent narrators out there.) While he did varying voices for other characters, I thought Zane and Ty’s voices were quite similar.
Not that I confused them, but I think that was due more to the writing chops of the two authors. In addition, his falsetto voices for the women – fortunately few and far between – were abysmal. He gets a little monotone at some points and I actually fell asleep listening once, something I rarely do. I guess when a character got pissed, I wanted Mr. Allerde to sound more pissed than he was, especially when the situation warranted it. If a character yells, I wanted him to yell.
Interestingly, I do think he did a good job infusing the sound of humor into both men’s voices, and still made their tones sound distinctly different from one another, something I consider tricky to do. I don’t think he elevates the story through-out, but I’d be willing to give him another chance. A good thing, too, because I already bought the second in this series.
I liked this story – the first in the Cut & Run series by authors Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban – of two FBI agents on the trail of a serial killer, but I didn’t love it. Maybe it was hyped too much for me. I guessed who the killer was early on; regardless, I can say parts of the book were still exciting for me. This is yet another sign of the excellent writing present.
Though some of the issues pushed some of my personal buttons, I did like the relationship build between Zane and Ty; the set-up, the tenderness, the realism, the interaction, the dialogue, the dilemma. Not that I know, but I felt that this was a true relationship that two professional men working together would have – affectionate moments, differences of opinion, and all. It was conceivable that these two opposites – well written, distinct, complex personalities – would be attracted to one another. I just wanted them to be smarted than me.
The end was nicely done, as it wasn’t a cliffhanger, but left me wanting to go on with the series, to find out more about these characters.
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire #Audiobook Review
I have always wanted to know what the other person was thinking whenever I read a romance that I have particularly enjoyed. When I found out that Walking Disaster was going to be about Travis’ point of view of Beautiful Disaster, I was super excited.
So you would think that getting the same events from the previous book would get somehow tiresome and repetitive, but getting inside the head of our overbearing and explosive little hero was a totally new experience.
Seeing his disruptive relationship with Abby the way he saw it gives us an entirely new inside, and it shines a new light on their romance, so much so, that there were times I was really mad at Abby contrary to my feelings for her in Beautiful Disaster.
I enjoyed how Ms. McGuire made Travis convey the enormity, and sometimes painful way in which he loves Abby. I could feel, and I can almost say, understood his possessiveness and neediness - he lost at a very young age “the one person” he loved the most, and he is terrified of losing the only other person he has ever allowed himself to love that much again.
Being inside his head makes you discover a tender and almost innocent little boy, and it gives you a true awareness of his emotional struggles. We incur a different perspective of the way Abby acted, and how sometimes she added fire to an already volatile relationship.
If you enjoyed Beautiful Disaster you won’t be disappointed with Travis’ take - it will make you have a much deeper appreciation and understanding of his character, and a different feel for the story.
I do strongly recommend reading/listening to Beautiful Disaster(my review) before you get to this one; I really don’t know what kind of experience it would be if you were to read/listen to Walking disaster first……. But now I’m curious.
I have to be honest and tell you, my internal voice for Travis was far from Dan Bittner’s interpretation, I had this idea that he would sound like a total bad-ass as the typical ‘wise guy”; however, that’s not the case here, he sounds a lot more refined, and yet it worked, it only took me a chapter to settle for Bittner’s approach, and Oh boy! Did I enjoy his narration.
Dan Bittner’s interpretation truly captures the spirit of the story; his tone conveys Travis’ emotions in a raw and very real manner that immediately connects you to the character, and takes you to the heart of his sentiments.
His female voices were acceptable, of course I would have loved to have Emma Galving doing Abby's parts, but we can’t have it all, can we?
His pace and timing are excellent, and his male voices were ample and diverse for all the different characters.
Ultimately, this is a very good performance, and a very enjoyable interpretation by Dan Bittner.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within.
It isn't until she turns 16 and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
Once in a while I buy an Audiobook just because I loved the cover, and once in a while I get pleasantly surprised, such was the case with Sweet Evil.
Ms. Higgins does a great job building this world, and slowly but surely dragging you into it. Although this is not the first story I’ve read/listen about fallen Angels, it is my first YA with this theme, and I really enjoyed her approach.
Anna has always known she was different; she has always been able to see and feel in others their emotions, this could get a bit overwhelming for a young girl, but all begins to make sense when she meets Kaiden, a sexy drummer and all out “bad boy” who is adored by every girl, Oh! But this boy is a lot more than just a regular boy.
Although at first the story might sound formulaic, it quickly develops into a unique premise in which evil takes a new twist - Anna being raised with the religious beliefs (by an adoptive mother) of a regular girl puts her in tremendous conflict when she finds out that she really is the daughter of a fallen angel, and as such, she’s part of a race called Nephilims, whose sole job is to serve The Dukes (demons) by tempting humans to sin, and if these obligations are not carried out the result is their demise.
The emotional conflict, the sexual tension between the protagonists, the original take on the seven deadly sins, and well developed characters made this novel a refreshing and super enjoyable listen - definitely a page turner that won’t let you go until the very end, where Ms. Higgins closes this chapter with an ending that will have you screaming for the next book. Luckily for you, Sweet Peril is scheduled to be released on April, 30 2013. I, for one, can’t wait to continue this story.
I know southern accents are hard, sometimes they can be over the top, but Mallon does a terrific job by sounding perfectly natural, and giving Anna the ideal pitch that reflected her age and personality, her good girl demeanor is clearly evident without sounding all goody tissues. I loved how she made Anna’s character growth come evident in her interpretation.
She also does a good job with the male characters, Kaidan’s English accent although, not the best I've ever listened to wasn't distracting; however the tone and approach to his character was dead on. I was never confused, she made it easy to follow the dialogue.
All in all, this was very good interpretation, perfectly paced by Erin Mallon, and an excellent production by Harper Audio.