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I get really overwhelmed when I'm faced with reviewing one of Courtney Milan's books.
I'm going to get really honest with all of you. I almost never buy books at retail price. I just don't. Most of my books are review copies, and the others? I'll wait for years for a book that I want to go on sale. YEARS. However, there are a few authors that I'll willingly shell out the big bucks for, and for Courtney Milan, I not only buy the ebook, but I also ALWAYS buy the audiobook too.
I have died over Rosalyn Landor's stellar narration of this series. In fact, when my daughter started listening to the audiobook of Mary Poppins, I screamed because I saw that Rosalyn Landor was the narrator. She simply KILLS it, just perfectly nailing the male and female voices. I wish most M/M narrators were up to her level, because she shows just flawlessly how it is supposed to be done.
But if the narrator didn't have such amazing writing to go from, none of what she does would be possible. And, let me tell you, Courtney Milan is a master at weaving tales of complicated woman, even more complicated men, and slow burn romances that take years to come to fruition. And I love her for it.
I've been waiting for Free's book since we were first introduced to her character many books ago, and it did not disappoint. She was an incredibly brave character, championing for women's rights when few other people were doing so. I loved her spunk, her disregard for society's rules, and the way she kept going, even when all odds were against her.
I loved Edward Clark even more. His story was heartbreaking, and I loved his character very deeply. I think that he wormed his way more and more into my heart over time, and I couldn't get enough of him.
And just when I thought that this book couldn't get any better, a F/F side story. Gah, introducing queer characters into a story is always a path to my good graces. I love that Courtney Milan went there.
If you are looking for strong, imperfect, interesting characters, look no further. If you want a narration that runs so seamlessly with the story that you forget that you are listening and instead you just FEEL the book, look no further. Courtney Milan does it again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Loved every letter (including punctuation!), word, phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph, page, chapter .... You get the idea! The characters were multidimensional and I fell in love with them all! I have been avidly reading this genre for 30 *cough* years and can honestly say this book has a place in my top 10!
The audio reading was magnificent and I really felt immersed in the story and the thoughts and emotions.
The Hero was someone I could not only fall in love with but have a true life happily ever after. I absolutely related to the Heroine who had the spunk and wit to take on her times. HUZZAH!!!!! I can't recommend this more !!!
I will definitely be listening again - I just wish I could go back in time and re listen fresh but alas! I will just have to glom all of Courtney Milans next series!!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful