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All I can say is that I freaking loved this book! I will not read books that have certain themes or elements to them. I did not know that this was one of those books and I am so glad I did not know because I would have missed out on one of the best books I have read. I was about a third of the way in when I realized it was only Dirks POV. It worked beautifully. I listened to the audio version and it was so raw, emotional and gritty that I was crying for the last 3 hours. I am really looking forward to the second book and hope that not only does it come out on Audible, but that they use the same narrator. He was phenomenal and perfect for this book!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I know I'm going to be in the minority here but I really have to be true to my feelings because I really didn't enjoy the second half of this listen.... it started off well as Nomad Dirk, the cold and ruthless Enforcer/Executioner for the MC, kept crossing paths with a young girl who is constantly in his thoughts.... Saylor. We're told nothing of Saylor so there's lots of unanswered questions and a mystery behind her character. But, over the years as Saylor turned into a woman, Dirk, who is a strict loner and loves it that way, just can't keep away from her.... and then one night Fate serves her up to him and, yet again, he becomes her rescuer.
However, there is a vulnerability between both of them and they're happy to take things slowly and easy, to become friends, enjoying each other's company and there's no need for many words or explanations between them.... just acceptance. Saylor isn't pushy, demanding or bitchy - she's just glad to be with Dirk.... and Dirk knows he's making a mistake but he just can't help himself.
Then the story takes on a deep and depressing turn and I prefer HEA endings to a romance story and not to suffer through very miserable heartache and dark emotional scenes. No spoilers but this did not leave me happy that I'd listened to it nor did it give me that warm fuzzy feeling as I left it. Told from Dirk's POV, rival and inner MC violence and trouble and I thought the narration was great.
Worth a credit? No, not for me, I like escapism, but I do realize that there is strength and a powerful love story within this listen.... sadly though I love a HEA ending.
13 of 17 people found this review helpful
So I'm a blubbering mess right now... but this isn't a girly weepy book. On the contrary, it's gritty and dark, told from the point of view of a hero who's on the cusp of being a full blown sociopath. The queen of MC romance has been quoted praising this book because Kim Jones has such a deep understanding of the MC world. I actually think the real impact this story makes comes from Kim Jones' understanding of what it's like to fight for relationships, dignity, and hope when death isn't merely knocking on but bashing down the door.
Without giving away too much, I just want to say that for someone who's in a similar position and has gone through all the horrors the heroine endures, I admire Ms Jones for her ability to tap into the emotional journey that accompanies the descent into cancer (and chemo) hell. She gets it, and she treats this subject matter with respect. And if the occasional quiver in Joe Arden's voice is any indication, this awesome narrator gets it too. I read the ebook when it first came out, and have reread it several times since. But listening to this audio version takes it to a whole new level.
A truly awesome story, beautifully translated to audiobook by one of my favourite narrators.