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This book comes with a warning. Read that warning. Everything in that warning is true and it is awesome!
Honestly this book probably should be sitting in the erotica section. There is plenty of sex going on. However, unlike most of the books in that section this actually has a good story.(sorry to that section, but I am no stranger to it) The characters have arcs and develop and grow as people. There are a couple subplots that are free from most of the overt sexuality of the rest of the book. The story is pretty typical paranormal fantasy. It has some great character work, but does stumble into cliche now and again; I don't hold that against it though. I genuinely wanted to know what happened to the character and wanted the story to move along. I never felt the sex was intrusive, but also didn't keep reading just to get to the next sex scene.
If you are an adult who isn't freaked out by sex, and it actually is pretty vanilla compared to how it could have gone, then listen and enjoy. You will probably want to use earbuds if you have kids.
Tess Irondale does a great job as a narrator. Sometime with material like this the narrator can sound uncomfortable, bored, or even a little too into it. She does a great job riding that line while giving a believable and very listenable read. I actually have problems listening to female narrators for long stretches she does an excellent job, and I binge listened to this book and never grew weary or irritated with the voice in my ear.
54 of 56 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this story. The parts that didn't include the steamy sexy stuff we're just as good as the guilty pleasure of listening to the dirty parts. Rachel was one of my favorite characters of any recent books I've listened to. Can't wait to see where the next one takes me. Tess Irondale really brings all the characters to life in a very good performance. I couldn't stop listening
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
This story is a slow burn followed by a great deal of excitement. The first part is all about getting to know the main characters as they learn about each other, and learn to love each other. After that, having myself come to know and love each character, their subsequent trials and agonies are as tantalising as the resolution of their relationships.
Tess’ warm and enfolding narration is superb. With her help I felt entirely engrossed, sharing their connections and emotions.
The story wasn't what I expected. It was even better then I expected. Love it.
The funniest part of this book is the blurb. The rest is simply a weak plot, clearly written by a young bloke. The narrator isn't too bad but there are many characters and there's only so much one can expect from a narrator.
The plot is very weak. Basically, it's about an ordinary, geeky bloke (Alex) who was a virgin until 19 despite having the hots for a few girls/women during school and since. He rescues an angel and a succubus (both women) from certain doom and they are now bound to serve him instead of heaven and hell. The succubus acknowledges her link with the new master first and willingly becomes his sex slave, but urges him to have sex with as many other women as he can find - apparently it helps her to regenerate her powers after the fore-mentioned doom.
The sex scenes are not in the slightest bit steamy and are interrupted by side plots almost line by line. The author's lack of interest in the sex scenes kind of shapes the plot to simply being about a young, geeky bloke who has gone from being solo to being a polygamist with women draping themselves all over him and no repercussions (jealousy or tension) to speak of.
Where does Good Intentions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's honestly one of the better audiobooks I've read. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the storyline.
What other book might you compare Good Intentions to, and why?
It has some of the supernatural elements of something you might see in stories like the Dresden Files or Black Magic Outlaw series, as well as the same cheeky attitude. When things get down and dirty it becomes very, Kenyonesque.
What about Tess Irondale’s performance did you like?
She puts in a solid performance across a range of characters. She has a very difficult job to do with the range of attitudes, ideals and accents she has to pull off.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Ummmmmm, parts of me?