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I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
VERY pleased to find that this book was FAR above the shallow alien abduction books that can be summed up in 3 steps: "capture / sex / eternal dying love."
Faith chooses to be part of a inter-stellar marriage program, chooses her planet, and ultimately chooses her guy. From the very first my heart melted for Torkel. I could feel the insecurity and sorry he suffered after attempts to be chosen. Unease immediately settles into the plot after Torkel's right to be chosen is challenged. And from innocent choices made by Faith, all Hell breaks loose.
It's all there... pain, love, fear, angst, regret, suffering, anger, hope, despair and ultimately, grace. The HEA doesn't end the story. There is still too much to be resolved, so I can't wait for the next book!!
Michael Pauley is an accomplished and very talented narrator. Great choice, Michelle Howard! He did a superb job, as he's done in every other work I've listened to.
TWO BIG THUMBS UP!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
....couldn't resist. :-)
I loved, LOVED both the story and performance, and was so happy to read book two is currently in production! I do hope it will be the same narrator, Michael Pauley, as he did an amazing job on this story. I absolutely loved the epilogue, the "dirty talk," and drums had me laughing out loud....well after I picked my chin up off the floor.....Wow!
I really enjoyed listening to this story, and liked the sound effects. Most were subtle and actually enhanced the story. The only issue I had was the long pause between the chapters, I kept checking to see if I accidently hit pause; however, I did get used to this fairly quickly and just learned to listen closely for the soft music introduction.
The story was well written, flowed nicely with some pretty intense moments, and had great character development. I loved stories where you get to know the characters as the plot and story unfolds. The attraction between Torkel and Faith was instant and there was plenty of steamy romance between them from day one.
I think fans of Evangeline Anderson's "Brides of Kindred" or Laurann Dohner''s "Cyborg Seduction" would enjoy this series. I will definitely be recommending this story and series to my friends, even the ones who don't listen to audiobooks.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audio book Boom."
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
I'm seriously impressed by Michelle Howard, I came across this author purely by trying someone new and I was hooked from the start. The story is fast paced at times, jam packed with passion, sex and strong characters.
I would put some of the qualities of this book akin to the Cyborg seduction series by Laurann Dohner
I'm looking forward to hearing the next instalment, the narrator is also new to me but he has a wonderful depth of voice and a varied range fabulous :-)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is written so well that you're there in the moment with every character. I had to remind myself to breathe so I'd be less keyed up at the high tension parts. The author's ability to suck you into the story is brilliant but...
Just once I'd like the woman to go straight to her guy and tell him everything. I also can't figure out how they could have feasibly wrangled an HEA. I can't say anymore without spoilers so I'll stop about the story there.
The narration lost a star with me because Torkel's voice and the villain's voice were sometimes hard to differentiate. This caused me no end of panic, especially at the end!
Those minor points aside, I will be devouring this series even though I'll have to switch from audio to Kindle. A great read!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful