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The characters in this novel are shallow and two-dimensional. The author uses scenes of passion to try to develop the main characters, but this seems more like softcore porn than something that adds to the plot which itself is pretty thin and formulaic. The performance was substandard. Either the author used inappropriate words or the performers misread them. I found the male performer particularly irritating and not fit for the character he was portraying. My most disappointing download to date.
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The tale picks up eight months after the final scenes from book one and Sarai is attempting a normal life. The problem; she is not normal. Sarai sets out to even the score and despite all her planning things go seriously wrong. She ends up back with Victor and ooh-la-la these two are on fire together. It is like looking at the sun. Of course, these two cannot just ride off into the sunset and the tale Redmerski takes us on will test them all.The tale shares both Sarai and Victor’s perspectives. Although more chapters are devoted to Sarai, we get inside both of their heads We get to know Victor more and see the incredible impact Sarai has had on him. Sarai is stronger, colder, and more determined than ever to lead the life she wants. These two and the circle they travel in are dark. At times, this is violent, and gritty. Other characters are present such as Victors partner, Fredrik Gustavsson. The man is smexy and unsettling. Victor’s brother while absent most of the tale plays a large roll towards the end. Redmerski holds nothing back as the plots twists and turns. There is drama, secrets and confessions. It was riveting, and I quickly consumed this.I listened to the audio version of Reviving Izabel and Kate Reinders nails the voice of Sarai. She brought Sarai’s thoughts and stone cold attitude to life. She even did an excellent job for Victor. Now comes the not so good part; Stephen Bel Davies did the voice for Victor, and it failed for me on some many levels. I know Victor is cold, has learned to suppress his emotions but the monotone delivery brought none of the Victor I experienced while reading. His voice for Sarai and other characters offered no real distinction. Sadly I am unsure if my rating might have been higher if I had read this or Reinders did the reading solo.The series has won a place for Redmerski among my favorite authors list, and I cannot wait for the release of The Swan & the Jackal, which will share Fredrik Gustavsson story. It is currently availabe in kindle/paper editions but will release on audio June 6th. Narrated By Luke Daniels, Andi Arndt, and Kate Reinders.Fans of dark, intense, action-packed suspense wrapped up with a romance and fleshed out characters need to read this series, STAT. Copy received in exchange for unbiased review.
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This story is fast paced and action packed. The words are succinct and effective in the way they convey emotions and atmospheres, which is fitting for this genre. The twist near the end took me by surprise but it made a lot of sense once it was revealed and explained.
When I finished the first book I had found Victor and Sarai likeable enough, but it's this book that has made me care about them. Not just them but Fredrik too... Yeah definitely Fredrik too! What an intriguing personality that one is. I will be reading more books from this series cause I'm not ready to part with these characters yet.
I'm giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 because Sarai/Izabel's training was mostly told not shown. Except for the little bit of Krav Maga that she underwent. And I would have liked a bit more interactions between Victor and Sarai/Izabel. But I'm probably just nitpicking here.
As for the narration, Kate Reinders does a wonderful job as both Sarai/Izabel and Victor, but I found Stephen Bel Davis' narration very stiff and inappropriate at times, almost like he's reading from a textbook. He sounds too old for Victor's 37 years and the way he expresses emotions usually feels quite off the mark. While Kate Reinders gives Victor a voice that sounds stoic and manly, Stephen Bel Davis makes him sound like an old man making exclamations where there should be emotions and wooden in other places.
Enjoyed the story, not quiet as good as the killing Sarai, but still a good listen. If you like abit of blood, pain, murder, torture mixed with a bit of sex this book is the one to listen too. cheers