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Although I rated this book 4 stars, I would have preferred a 4.5 rating if it was possible.
First, for the positive. If you are a J.R. Ward and/or Black Dagger Brotherhood fan, Crave (and Covet) will not disappoint. For all of the fans who disliked reading about the Lessers in BDB, these books have much less detailed background about the demons so they will be pleased. What we do learn about Devina helps us understand her quirks and makes her into better evil being.
Ward has created a great leading man in Jim and he just keeps getting better. His character is coming along nicely. Jim's 2 sidekicks are becoming more likable and we are learning a little more about them.
I thought the narrator, Eric Dove, did an excellent job. I know that many fans were unhappy that Jim Frangione of the BDB series did not do the narration with this series, but I did not find a single problem with Dove. In fact, I think he did a fine job with Isaac's Mississippi accent.
As for the negatives of the book, there was one torture scene that was a little too graphic for me. I would have preferred to hear about that scenario in a little less detail. I'm not usually squeamish, but this is not for the faint of heart.
Grier and Isaac started out smoldering, but by the 2nd half of the book they had dropped by several degrees into a lukewarm relationship. It was a little disappointing.
There wasn't nearly as much "branding" in this book as in the BDB books. but most of it was well placed in the plot. A few spots missed completely. I'm all for slang and branding if the character calls for it, but a 50-something year old, suit-wearing, rich lawyer calling mushrooms "shrooms" is pushing it. Not likely to happen.
Overall, I think this book is a solid 4.5. I tend to get bored unless a book is very good and this kept my attention all the way through. I am waiting for the next book in the series. I think the series will continue to improve and I predict the next book will be a solid 5 stars.
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Wow what a compelling author, I love the "Brotherhood" and this series is spell binding. I really like how this series is set in Cauldwell like it is happening at the same time as the other series. When will the next one be out, OMG to think I have to wait a year : ( I have read Covet and then again on audio, this one will definitely be a more than one time. Like watching a movie and picking up so much more the second or third time. Worth the credit or the money!!! I enjoy Herron's 2 buddies as much, and Devina the devil,.....WOW Just WOW Please KEEP the same narrator thru the series as he is just super. We avid audio-ers I suspect don't like our narrators changed in a series. This man is super reading this series. Yep Im blabbering, but this book is so intense I don't want to give anything away. If you liked the first installment, you will not be disappointed. So intense, great story line, small to medium amt of sex, so if you have those sensibilities your safe (sort of) with this book until Jim is taken to Devina's place.....creepy, very dark fantasy, and just disturbing, but Hell is not to be pretty!
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