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Jacquelyn Frank has written another great book in this series and Xe Sands does a great job of narrating it as well. There is no let down from the first book as so often happens with book series. The plot and sub-plots keep the action moving at a good pace. One of the things I liked best in this book is that some of the "Good Guys" in the first book are starting to show their true colors in this book. It will be interesting to see what happens to them in up coming books. The bad thing is now I have to wait for the next book.
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I had issues with the first book in this series that mainly centered around the heroine's personality. This book has a wonderful heroine. I would still, however, recommend that anyone interested should read the first book in the series (Hunting Julian) first, because the world building descriptions in that book are necessary to fully understand and appreciate this book.
The storyline here is essentially a Beauty and the Beast story, but definitely NOT the Disney version. It is much darker, with very little "sweetness", particularly in the first part of the story. It does present frank sexual situations, and is explicit in detail. It dabbles a bit in sexual "force" fantasies, but presents it fairly and didn't take it far enough for it to be disturbing, at least not for me. Still, I felt it necessary to throw the caution out there for anyone particularly squeamish about such things.
All in all, I loved this book. It was what the first book should have been had it not had a heroine I (and several other reviewers) had a hard time stomaching. I love this new world that the author has created, I love the scenarios and the way the existing needs of the world leave things open for further books in the series, but each book can still be a complete story in and of itself.
My only real complaint is that the Australian heroine not only didn't have an Australian accent, she also didn't use words Australian's typically use (ie. she refers to not being able to go to "college" rather than the Australian terms "university", or more commonly, "uni". "College" in Australia generally refers to private high schools). This is something that most American listeners wouldn't pick up on, but I happen to be married to an Aussie and have spent several years in the past there, so I noticed the inaccurate details. Still, that's just being pedantic, and it didn't really take away from the story, so I left my "5 stars" intact.
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