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Problems that he never could have fathomed begin to surface one at a time until his life quickly spirals out of control. Ren, who has never considered himself quite human, is about to learn just how flawed and vulnerable he really is. There just might be problems he doesn't have answers for, villains he can't defeat alone, and a heart in his chest that is actually capable of breaking. Listeners witness a new side to this man, a side that will make him, if for only an instant, appear human. This powerful genius will meet his match. And she has the ability to do something special. She can break Ren Lewis.
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By Rabid Reader on 06-11-16
Great storyline and amazing characters
This story gripped me from the very beginning, by the first page I was once again captivated by Ren Lewis. The perfect British accent, nuances and the deep, sexy baritone of Tim Campbell's voice portrays Ren perfectly. The author created an intriguing storyline that soon has you captivated and the character development in this book is amazing. Ren's dry, sarcastic humour and unique view of the world immediately brings a smile to your face while at the same time his opinion of himself pulls at your heartstrings. His sarcasm and arrogance is the protective film he puts around himself to try to keep others at bay, it's his way of protecting them from the monster he considers himself to be. In this second book of the series, even more cracks are appearing in Ren's "protective film," as both new and old characters work their way into his life and heart. Ren is flawed in all the right ways, you cheer him on, bleed for him, and hope for the best for him in the end. It's a shame that he couldn't have joined the Vagabond Circus when he was young, he might have had a different attitude towards himself if he had. Seeing characters from some of the authors other series adds depth and Intricacy to the Dream Traveler world as a whole. This mixing of the different characters meshes the different timelines in the various series to give you a sense of continuity and the passage of time. It is a complex, integrated world that keeps you captivated and once you enter it you don't want to leave. I think my favourite Ren saying in this book is "Some people are just jerks no matter how nice you are to them." The irony of him saying that to Roya is just too funny.
This is an exciting, funny and suspenseful book, with very well developed characters and a fast paced, innovative storyline. Ren is his beautiful, sarcastic, caustic self and you can not help but love and hurt for him. His character bleeds with hidden need but his intelligence and arrogance mask it well. I love the new (and old) characters in this book and the intriguing villain is shaping up to be the authors best to date. The surprises, suspense, humour, and emotions, coupled with the excellent narration, makes this book difficult to put down and the bombshell at the end is defiantly going to be problematic! I can not wait to see where this story goes next. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 07-14-16
This was even better than the first!
Ren is back! I was introduced to this sarcastic, narcissistic but utterly adorable man last year when I listened to Ren: The Man Behind The Monster. This picks up where the first book left off. Set in the world of Dream Travelers, who have special powers such as mind control, Ren is now living with the love of his life, Dahlia, and working as an agent for the Lucidites preventing mostly Middlings aka regular humans from destroying themselves or others. Life seems pretty settled although Ren being Ren he is naturally grumpy. In particular, with the fact that Trey is only giving him easy cases due to some health issues that have shown up. If that wasn't bad enough, his world is turned completely upside down when somebody new appears in his life. (Trying really hard to avoid spoilers here.) Anyway, the interactions between Ren and this new person in his life, who is equally petulant, are totally hilarious. But there's plenty of suspense as well as a new villain, Vivian, is introduced and it appears Ren may not be as powerful as he has always thought.
I gave the first book in the series five stars. This was even better! The storyline was completely intriguing and the character development great as Ren struggles to adapt to the new developments in his life. It was laugh-out-loud funny, it was really moving in parts and thoroughly gripping and entertaining throughout. And then Sarah Noffke ends it with an almighty cliffhanger. Immediately upon finishing the audio, I had to look up when the next one - and by the looks of it, final one - will be available.
Tim Campbell returns as narrator and as in the previous book, his performance was flawless. He really gets into the character of Ren, bringing him to life perfectly and capturing Ren's arrogance as well as his vulnerable side. Brilliant job with the British accents. The production quality was also excellent.
If you haven't met Ren yet and like abrasive yet lovable characters, I highly recommend starting with Ren: The Man behind The Monster. Once you made his acquaintance, it's difficult to not become addicted to his story and this fantastic series.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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