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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Terrible narration and poor prose!

Monosyllabic narration that inflected no emotion coupled with disjointed and clumsy prose. An overall lack of both plot and character development and zero world building.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-18

A great set of prequel novels and bonus story

4 star prequel novella trilogy with bonus short story, which introduces the Dark Kings world and some of the key characters for the main Dark Kings Series by Donna Grant. The complication includes the prequel trilogy:

Dark Craving - 3 stars
Night's Awakening - 3 stars
Dawn's Desire - 4 stars
And the bonus story Passion’s Claim - 4 stars

I really enjoyed the prequel novellas and the bonus story was really sweet focusing on the next steps for the couples from the second two novella ‘Guy and Elena’ and ‘Banan and Jane’.

The narrator Antony Ferguson does a good Scottish accent for the Dark Kings, buy there wasn’t a great deal of versatility in his voice types between characters and his female voices were impossible to distinguish and his American accents a bit ropey. The narration at times also felt a little phoned in performance wise.

All in all a a great value read and a good introduction to what looks like it will be a great series, audio recording isn’t bad, but could be much better to do the stories justice.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-18

Woefully lacking in character and plot development

‘Tactical Magik’ is the fifth novella in the Immortal Ops series. Although each novel in the series is about an individual couple, each story builds on the previous and includes previous couples as secondary characters, giving away spoilers for plot points and character developments. As such it’s best to read the novellas in series order.

This is the first of the novella’s I’ve listened too that had not been revised and extended by the author and narrated by Mason Lloyd. It felt a bit thin on the ground in terms of plot and character development. This was a shame as I’d been looking forward to Eadan’s story, especially after Wilson’s story had been so good.

Eadan came across as a bit smarmy and self-satisfied and Inara was one dimensionally clueless and inexperienced, which just didn’t capture my imagination. I didn’t buy into them as individuals or as a couple in the novella. All Eadan’s angst from his history was swept away and Inara didn’t seem to have a problem with anything except him potentially holding out on sex from her.

The new narrator - Topher Samuels, had a very stilted reading style and didn’t do the character voices justice, which seemed to add to flippancy to the the characters, detracting any gravitas and depth.

The plot didn’t seem to go anywhere in particular and you never got a sense that Eadan or Inara were ever in any true danger. In the end I felt like the author’s heart wasn’t in this one.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-18

Short and engaging with relatable Alpha male lead

A nice start to a series, if a little short. Loved the fact the male lead was an Alpha who was still able to use the head on his shoulders when confronting truths about his past with the female lead and able to see things from her perspective and ultimately not blame her. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-18

A deliciously, sexy, gritty, violent and dark hero

5 star series opener with a gritty & dark hero & take no prisoners heroine. A great antidote to the ‘Twilight effect‘.

‘Raphael’ is The first book in D.B. Reynolds' paranormal romance Vampires in America (VIA) series.
Reynolds weaves a good plot with complex and flawed characters that are as deadly and violent as they are sexy and seductive. This novel, and indeed the rest of the series are not for those who like their PNR sweet and cozy, but if you can handle a darker more violent side to romance and like your vampire lovers with edge then 'Raphael' and the 'VIA series' is definitely for you.

Raphael is a powerful, old and darkly seductive vampire lord, one of only eight vampire lords in America. Cyn is the human private investigator reluctantly tasked with finding the humans involved in the kidnapping of Raphael's sister. Raphael hasn't found a human interesting in many years, but something about the feisty PI Cyn draws him like no other, making him determined to have this woman who continues to deny him.

Cyn knows she needs to tread lightly, being the PI of choice for the vampires of Malibu doesn't prepare her for working for a vampire lord and definitely not when the lord in question haunts her dreams and insists on working alongside her.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Equally heartwarming and heartwrenching

A touching story, with likable and relatable characters. Equal parts heartwarming and heartwrenching, with a solid narration.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Horrific Welsh and Irish accent!

The narrator seemed to believe a sub par glaswegian accent sounds just like a Welsh and Irish one. The premise of the book is a bit weak and I never quite understood why you had shifters from all over the UK and Ireland working in Brighton? Mediocre story and awful narration makes this an instant return.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-17

Terrible Scottish brogue!

Normally I don't mind the narration on these stories, though Gilly is a bit whiney. Great story shame about the atrocious Scottish accent.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-16

Great ending to an epic paranormal love story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but I would suggest they need to listen to the whole series to get the most enjoyment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Can't choose between Mack and Corrigan, they are both great characters and their relationship brings the series together.

What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It's nice to hear the characters brought to life.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-16

Lovely story

Lovely story with believable characters that you can't help but warm too and beautifully narrated.

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