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I thought, when deciding on this listen, that the best part of it was that all three parts are available now but how wrong I was....... because the best part is the unfolding beautiful, bitter, heartbreaking and touching love story that is held within the hours of this all-consuming listen. Lana had an 'incident' (no spoilers) in her past which broke her family apart and it left her emotionally damaged and insecure. So, when the handsome, kind and gentle Jack came to her rescue one fateful evening she reached out to her Knight but her Knight was about to shake her world both sexually and emotionally. Because the rich and successful Jack liked to be in charge and when he saw the nervous and vulnerable Lana in distress he was drawn to her like a moth to a flame. However, the moth was keeping back lots of secrets, secrets of manipulation, secrets about his 'chance' meeting and further involvement in Lana's life and some dark secrets about his own childhood which shaped him into the wealthy, ruthless and controlling man he is today. And, like the moth, he was unexpectantly about to get burned.
There was instant chemistry which was soon followed by lust and sizzling passions as Lana gave up her control to Jack who slowly taught her about sexual pleasures that only he could provide and life lessons to strengthen her broken character. It wasn't a kinky sub/dom relationship at all but a deep, intense and nurturing one (even if there were Alpha type demands and a bit of spanking). And Lana's confidence slowly grew along with her feelings and dependency for Jack..... which turned out to be the very worst thing she should have ever done.
Apart from the romance storyline there's also another story running, and entwining, throughout it - that of a manipulative Father, an evil Stepmother and a sinister Stepbrother who all bring twists, suspense and danger with them into this well-written and addictive story. There was also a secondary sizzle of an encounter with Callum - a very hot, buff and tattooed Firefighter who's best friends with Jack and he's sticking around in the vague hope that fate will give him the opportunity to seize his chance with the beautiful Lana...... which comes sooner than he ever expected. There's also Lana's supportive best friend.
With a credit? Told entirely from Lana's POV, a very good narrator who managed to capture the emotional intensities, the breathless sex scenes and all the various characters voices so you're never in doubt just who's talking. A plot that is building and building and is getting ready for the loops, the spins and the sudden twists that makes for an earth shattering, compelling and positively awesome listen. YES, a delicious five star listen that was soooo worth the credit.
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Listening to this book was more of a trial, a punishment for me than anything. I forced myself to finish it because I paid for it, though I began to fast forward through parts because it was just too hard to listen to it all. And I didn't even care that there's a cliffhanger at the end. I could care less what happens between Lana and Jack or Lana and anyone else.
The primary reasons for my exceedingly great dislike for this book was its strange and badly written descriptive phrasing, the overuse of "consuming," and Lana's adolescence.
Examples of my first reason include "like a lusty dance," "like lightning behind midnight skies" (behind?), and saying her "legs ached" as a symptom of her being turned on. I have read and listened to many descriptions of physical signs of being turned on, and aching legs have never ever been one of them. It doesn't even seem like that would be a good thing, a good sign. But maybe it's just me. I'm accustomed to and don't find strange descriptions of other leg issues when turned on, like being weak in the legs or something, but never aching. And there were many, many more weird descriptive phrases.
Lana was a young woman (I use that term lightly) who was supposed to be sort of shy and very non-assertive, often seen as weak. But instead she came across as pathetic and quite needy. To aid in the story, she created a nonexistent problem, and some of her behavior didn't make sense. For instance, when she desperately needed a job, she found dumb reasons to end 2 of them, though she ended up keeping one. Yet she had no problem acting very unprofessionally on the job she kept. And that's just the tip of the juvenile iceberg she seemed to create with every word out of her mouth and much of her behavior.
The only thing I did like was how, at the start of the book, I wasn't sure where the relationship part was going. And the narrator did an ok job, though her voice for Lana may have contributed to the adolescent feel of the story. It may have been to child-like almost, like a female who gets a little girl voice when she wants to manipulate someone. I don't know. Altogether, the narrator likely wouldn't have made any difference in my view of this story. In fact, she is the only reason I could even make it through most of this yuck.
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