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This is not a book for the squeamish. It is sexually graphic and violent. It is, I suppose, meant to be a representation of a violent era in the history of Great Britain, and the depiction of the brutality of the era, and it's subsequent effect on the innocent is probably more chillingly accurate than I'm comfortable with, at least in my romances. But that is a personal preference, and you might not feel the same.
There is frequent sex scenes in this book, both in "real time" and in flashbacks. There are sex scenes when I feel fairly sure that at least one partner, if not both, would be physically incapable at that time of performing the act if their lives depended on it. These scenes often feel contrived, and this is aided in no way by the narrator, who delivers sex scenes that are totally devoid of steam.
On the positive side, the author tackles an era in history that many shy away from. She makes you feel like her setting is authentic, and that's always important for me. She slips a paranormal element into her plot seamlessly, an often difficult feat.
The narrator had a pleasant enough voice, but it didn't hit the emotive peaks and valleys that I expect from a good narrator.
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I bought the book first and couldn't quite get into it. I figured I was too busy to sit down and envelope myself into the plot like I usually do. So I bought the audio book hoping that listening to the narrator would assist me in delving a bit deeper into the plot. However, the narrator's monotone voice left little to be desired and still left me not knowing how to enjoy this book.
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