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Love the narrator. Wish he had narrated all the Sisters of the Heart series. Please keep him for all books. Men are strong. They need a male reader. Or do as other authors, have a male and female reader for each book
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating and not because of the narrator--he was a 4.00)
Quick Story/Character Thoughts: If you have read/listened to the Sea Haven/Sisters of the Hearts series then you know Christine tackles some pretty heavy material. This is really heavy material so I have to start with you should have some trigger warnings (mostly around sex and force). I also need to state that while I loved the story (even the hard to handle parts), it did make me have reservations about the main characters (which I will put in a spoiler section over at goodreads). This is going to be gritty series with hopefully quite a few books. With the shared background, I imagine each will come with some hard to handle storylines. In the end, while the treatment between Reaper and Anya would never ever work for me, I felt for these two characters it worked. There were some definite lines that depending on how you look at it might have been crossed aka my character rating but overall this story works for them. I also thought Christine was very good at staying true to the story even when it got rough (aka the story rating). Overall good listen but tough!
Audio Thoughts: First Jim was fantastic as these characters but the Audible version had huge long pauses between sections. Long enough that I was questioning whether my phone was pausing (it wasn't). You should just know that so that you don't question your sanity during the listen which is well worth the time.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Judgment Road to be better than the print version?
The audio version gave the story/ characters a whole new life.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Judgment Road?
Incorporating the characters from the other stories Drake sisters and Sea Heaven novels added that extra oomph.
What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?
Jim has a way of individualizing each character, making them so real with tonation and attitude.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I loved their vulnerability. Each character no matter how tough they wanted us to believe them to be had soul, compassion, and love.
Any additional comments?
Am looking forward to the next installment. SOON pls REAL sooooon!
Christine's gone & done it again. What a great start to a new series that Judgement Road is.
I've loved these Russians trained assassins from when Victor first turned up back in WATER BOUND.
Reaper is such an emotional man great within his position of Torpedo Ink MC (as what his namesake tells) but when it comes to relationships that's something different & he knew that he had to have her, barmaid Anya (who came in to get a job as she's running away from the last club the Ghosts) & claim her as his, even though he didn't realise what he was doing & if she didn't want to or not.
And was he lucky what a kind, level person she is & that she did want his body. But whilst it was quite a cold interaction to begin with, she went along with things, but it wasn't until she was ready to go that he opened up to her & god, you'll cringe & feel such empathetic feelings for Reaper & his childhood or lack there of that you can cry for him especially as a child. Anya's childhood wasn't rosy either though it was compared to his.
BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY