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What did you love best about Dishonorable?
I loved the transformation of the characters throughout the story. It starts off pretty rough and gritty and is definitely darker than my normal books, but it kept me captivated and wanting more. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had simply read the story. Michael Pauley's narration really made this book.
What other book might you compare Dishonorable to and why?
Honestly, I have never listened to/read a book like this, so I have nothing to compare it to. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it based solely on the blurb, but I'm so glad I went for it because Michael Pauley was phenomenal as Raphael.
Which character – as performed by Michael Pauley – was your favorite?
No question - Raphael. Michael Pauley was amazing and his narration was incredible, especially during some of the more emotional scenes. Raphael is such a complex anti-hero and there was so much emotion and feeling in Michael Pauley's performance. I couldn't wait to get back to Raphael's chapters.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I don't want to be too spoilery, but the cellar scene was both terrifying and extremely emotional. It was like a car crash that you can't turn away from.
Any additional comments?
Michael Pauley performing Sofia was OK, but I really don't think it's possible for a man with such a deep and masculine voice to pull it off well. His Raphael though is definitely worth the credit!
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What an intense, gripping and touching story Natasha Knight has written about - there's a hero with a dark broken tortured soul who goes on a twisted campaign of revenge.. and part of his plan involves an innocent naive virgin who will be sacrificed for greed, betrayed for love and nearly killed for revenge.
The journey for Sophia would be dark, harrowing, dangerous, sensual and chilling when her Grandfather so easily signs her over to Raphael - the handsome brooding manipulative Italian who whisks her away as soon as she's 18. And Sophia would have to work hard to see the good behind Raphael's dark impenetrable mask - a mask that's been forged from cruelty, pain, anger, regrets and loss. Sophia was torn.. who to trust, who to believe, who to confide in and who was the enemy.. but, amongst all the emotional twists, love flourished. But could love be enough to stop the course of destruction her new husband and Grandfather were determined to finish.. or would they destroy everything.. including Sophia?
Raphael was deep.. and he was also calculating - but what he didn't expect on his journey of revenge was to feel love.. because Sophia was meant to be nothing more than an innocent pawn to be sacrificed in his plan against her Grandfather. But her Grandfather was twice as cunning and twice as manipulative as Raphael - and a dangerous enemy also lurked spewing threats, ultimatums and some ugly truths. And a heartbreaking nightmare would become a reality for Raphael - who hadn't wanted to feel again, hope again.. and love again.
What an emotional tsunami Raphael was as he stormed in, took, claimed and coveted in his headstrong powerful way and Sophia bent but never broke as she desperately tried to understand this complex man.. because she saw the pain that drove the monster, she'd glimpsed his heart.. and she hoped for something more. It was chilling and thrilling as Raphael went from cold to hot.. and back - and there was suspense, passion, intrigue, very steamy scenes and nail-biting action and you never knew what wild wickedry would come next. Well written, gritty, raw, dark and very well-paced.. I didn't know whether to savor it slowly or devour it in one sitting. Dual POV and Michael Pauley's emotional, intoxicating and powerful narration brought scenes, images and characters to life.
Worth a credit? Yes.. this for me was a memorable masterpiece that I'll happily listen to again and again.
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