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I must admit this isn't my usual type of listen as I like Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal basically Romances pretty much in any form however, I downloaded this unaware it was under the SciFi/Fantasy heading rather than the Romance heading..... but I wasn't disappointed.
It's told from Tony's point of view - he's a hardened, flawed, no nonsense, cold-hearted assassin who usually works for the Mob and every full moon he changes. He meets his next Client Sue ready to take on the next Contract but, as he starts to hear her story, he's slowly drawn to her smell then, as they touch, addictive 'sizzles' are felt by them and so their romance story begins.
As I started listening to this I really didn't think I was going to like it - both characters were dislikable - Sue was a weak and downtrodden Lottery winner and Tony seemed emotionless and cold. However, as the adventure progressed there were many good things - mystery, suspense, danger, murder, sex, magic, kidnapping, twists and turns, intrigue, Tony's dark dry humor, passion and lots of interesting secondary characters all of which slowly softened Tony.
Then, as their romance bloomed, their bonds and trust grew and the supernatural story unfolded I found myself caring about the characters and the turmoil their lives were in and, as I pondered what's coming next and just how they were ever going to get a HEA ending, finally the last few chapters were compelling and set the scene, not only for the Sazi were-community, but also the next book in the series.
Worth a credit? It's not going to be for every romance lover as it is quite dark, gritty and moody and Tony's constant references to smells and what they meant got irritating.....but overall, it was a change from my usual listen but I found it action-packed, entertaining and yes enjoyable and I will be downloading book 2.
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Hmmm - the synopsis given here and on Amazon give the impression that this is Sue's book - it isn't. It's Tony's - wholly narrated by him, with everything from his point of view, although we get some of Sue's thoughts. This makes for something different in a very crowded genre, and different can be good.
Well, to a point. Without giving anything away that isn't in the synopsis, the authors have made their hero a hit man, and, not in the blurb, he's a mafioso - raised by the mob from childhood. To their credit, having created a rough background for their man, they don't cop out and make him nice and warm and fuzzy underneath a tough exterior. He's a tough cookie, and isn't very nice. Towards the beginning when he's describing what he'll do, he says something along the lines of, if you want straight murder, that's fine, and if you want a bit of knocking around or rape beforehand, that'll cost you extra. See what I mean? I never really forgot that this was a man who'd rape for money, let alone kill for it.
But, that aside, this rolled along reasonably well, although there's some curious information dumps (example, how shoplifting security works, or how a boa kills it's prey - all jolly interesting but not terribly relevant to the overall story line), and the first few hours of listening are essentially just Sue and Tony meeting. Others do join in, but this is very much Tony's book.
A reviewer on Amazon described this book as hilarious, something that I found totally mystifying - this is a book about a woman so browbeaten by her family she decides to end her life. Can't remember why she doesn't do it herself, but she hires (as you do) an assassin. He agrees, with caveats. For most of the book she's a spineless, weak woman, who accepts everything awful that comes her way by virtue of her association with Tony - so I didn't really warm to her either! Her mother and sisters are caricatures, and I found their behaviour and attitudes unbelievable - says me, reviewing a book about a mafioso werewolf assassin, ;o)
It's nicely read, is a sort of Sam Spade way, with enough characterisation to differentiate the various participants - altho I found Bobby's accent drifted between the Caribbean, Nigeria and the odd bit of something else I never identified - and the narrator had fun with his mafia heavies! He reads Sue as drippily as she comes across!
Will I read/listen on? Probably not.
The narration reminds me of the sound and attitude of the old style crime audiobooks and I like it very much.The narrator puts across the senses and character of Tony brilliantly,putting emotion and effort into his voice. Tony finding his life mate is addictive leaving you wanting more of the story,so much I am straight onto Moon's Web,book number 2 in the series. 5 stars all round and I have downloaded the whole series available so far :-)