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I'm loving this series, but THIS book is one long buildup to a too-long deflowering scene staring terrified teens. We get every sigh and whimper, every body position, every single thing spelled out in detail, in the most unsexy sex scene I've listened to this year.
My eyes, my eyes!!! They've come unmoored and are now rolling freely in their sockets!
Lionsdrake has so far kept her sex scenes sexy by NOT going into too much detail, but here she let's her stumbling freak flag fly, and it's a mess.
(Lindsey/Ruby, please don't try this again without the guidance of a professional.)
The plot starts out intriguing: A hardened assassin wounded by a painful past, who falls for the young, inexperienced shuttle pilot who ran away from home with her virginity in tact. Romance novels use this silly trope all the time, and it has been done well, just not this time.
This book should have hinged on the relationship between this couple being believable, but nothing about the entire plot of the book feels well thought out. There's too much going on. It's all kitchen sink and no dinner! Had he been allowed to have a sense of humor, it might have worked. But all the earnestness -- in that particular character, with his history? -- it's exhausting.
I can usually count on Lindsey Buroker/Ruby Lionsdrake for a good time. I'm a fan. However, I'm close to finishing this one, and it's making me dizzy. Too much drama, too scattered, and the whole cast of characters don't act like themselves. I don't know what the hell is going on!
I only hope it doesn't mean the rest of the series is going downhill.
It also doesn't help that Jill Redfield, who tends to read with a cutting edge of snark in her voice, makes believing the pairing of these two *innocent* characters impossible. Each line of the book is delivered heavily larded with sarcasm. Usually, it fits the story. Here -- not so much. It was hard enough to get through the sex scene as written (and I skipped over a lot of it), without that superior tone of judgement being used to describe what should have been an emotionally stirring, climactic moment.
Perhaps another narrator could have read this romance with the tenderness and sincerity required to sell it -- but clearly, Redfield only has one gear, and sincerity isn't it.
(Please note that Redfield's snark usually works great for this series, just not for these particular characters.)
Lower-case *r* recommended: But only if you have already purchased it, or have nothing else to read and are already hooked on the series. Otherwise, skip ahead and pray Ruby finds her way back home.
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I am totally in loved with the mandrake series, it's amazing stories of all the tough merc guys with their feisty, witty smart hwroines, the one thing i noticed about this tough guys are their totally puppies with their lady loves while they can kill baddies with just a flick of their finger they can also be gentle and tender to the women who makes them weak with desire (fans myself) and as usual Jill has me in knots (sexy male voices) haha but i am not happy because i noticed the 4th book is not available to download yet and to make matters worst the narrator is not Jill Redfield omg why not???