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i absolutely love this series but listening to the narration was painful. Mark Westfall was horrid and i will not be purchasing anymore of the audible versions of the book if he narrates.
he was whiney and droned on and on....i kept flinching everytime he got to the end of a sentence which did this draging kind of....it was just awful. i couldnt get past the second chapter and i found myself going back to the other audible books to see if i had the same reaction and i did, but not as bad.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Anyone who is such a sucker for the series that they'll put up with any of its flaws
What could Charlie Cochet have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
This would have been more enjoyable had she not blatantly ripped of True Blood with the marked storyline. By going where she did with Dex, she's pretty much cut out the danger factor in his missions.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Westfield?
No. This is actually why I gave it such a bad review. The narration is so awful that it sounds like it's being read by a 1940's B-Movie villain. He hasn't bothered me before, but I had to stop and re-start over multiple days because I could only handle his narration for 10 minutes, tops.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. I think she's gone off the rails, and is the perfect example of what happens when a series goes on for too long. The decision to make Dex half human was such a jump the shark moment. One of the things about Dex and Sloane was that they were so different, and Dex's human vulnerabilities made missions for him actually dangerous. Now, Dex is simply bionic, and he's lost pretty much everything that made him vulnerable in the first place. Plus, the decision to be marked -- i.e. owned - is creepy, and needy, and not at all what I'd expect from Dex. It's not romantic in the least, it makes the relationship unbalanced .
She's completely destroyed Dex. I think she might be spending too much time getting feedback from only fanboys and fangirls. Her beta readers should have been honest with her, rather than gushed over everything she put out. This seems to be a general problem with M/M fiction readers once they become fans of a series. She described this as a game changer, and it is, but that doesn't make it a positive one. She did exactly what Abigail Roux did with Cut & Run - she's made bad decisions with her characters, and in the process wrote herself into a corner that she can't get out of. I would really love it if she could realistically fix the problem she created with Dex, but I don't see how that's possible this late in the game. I hate to say this, but my enjoyment ran dry with this one, and I'm out :(
Any additional comments?
I love M/M action adventure and mystery books, and this is now the third series I've read. All of them seem to have the same flow -- interesting setup, followed by another book or 2 of universe building that gets more and more interesting, followed by a moment of bliss for the characters, followed by character assassinations and convoluted story lines with too many characters to keep up with. Formerly straight characters are suddenly gay, characters develop super powers, or are overwritten to the point that they become obnoxious even if they were your favorite characters before. The series get frustrating over time because the author has nothing else to say, but keeps miking the cow anyway. It takes a great series and ends up tainting it. And that's what's happened here.
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Any additional comments?
One of my favorite M/M shifter series of all time! Charlie has created something i truly love and mark has brought it to life. (Thank you dream-spinner press)
I would recommend buying book one and listening to all of them.
I can not wait for book 8!
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Book 7 in my revisiting this series in audio - BEST ONE YET. This book is definitely not a standalone. We are back to Sloan and Dex in this book and yet again Mark Westfield's awesome narration really brings this story to life and brings a whole new dimension to the book.
A lot happens in this book, I mean A LOT! Which I obviously won't spoil because if you've got this far in this series you'll want to read/listen to it for your self. I will say although I loved Ash and Cael and Cal and Hobb's books I loved that this one was back to Sloan and Dex. I just love these two so much and in this book their relationship has definitely deepened and we learn more about their bond and the changes taking place.
This book starts off after the dramatic cliff hanger from the end of book 6 where Dex was kidnapped from right under Sloan's nose. Poor Dex, I really wanted to hug him and look after him following his capture and torture as he understandably struggled with the after effects. Sloan was so sweet and really stepped up in caring and supporting him.
This book centres a lot around TIN, Sparks and all the underhanded psychopaths. There's plenty of twists and turns and a whole shed load of angst in this one that particularly in audio had me right on the edge of my seat and bravo to Mark for all the voice changes throughout this book!
Secondary characters are as always awesome and exceptionally well developed and I loved the undercurrent of family woven throughout this book.
I need to take a little minute to talk about the ending of this book! And what an awesome ending it was! I went from sat on the edge of my seat biting my nails, to devastated to ecstatic and eventually 'awwwwww'. So good!
On to book 8!