[Canadian 🇨🇦 Audiobook Talk] Where Sea Meets Sky (Where Sea Meets Sky, #1) by Karina Halle

Audiobook Details

Format:  Audiobook
Source: Library
Narrator(s): Angela Dawe, Nelson Hobbs
Length: 11 hours 17 minutes
Read: May 2017

Synopsis:

Joshua Miles has spent his early 20s spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. All that changes when he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can’t get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It’s not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma’s name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds that his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go – even when you know that you have to say good-bye.

Contains mature themes.

My Thoughts

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Karina Halle book and I feel like I was well overdue to pick one up! I had just seen the news about her newest book, co-written with her husband, and I recalled seeing the audiobooks for this series on my library website, so I thought I’d give it a go. I loved this story!

Even though this story starts off quite abruptly in the adult section, that is, one of the main characters getting an erection, it turned out to be so much more than that. I loved how it was about two people meeting and having this wild night of passion only to be separated by land and sea. I loved the travel part of this book and that our main character, Josh, decided that he was in kind of a rut and should be getting out there and doing something with his life, thus heading to New Zealand. I felt like New Zealand was the perfect place for this book to take place. I mean, I love books that take place anywhere, but when they travel somewhere that I’ve only seen pictures of, it’s fun to have those pictures come alive.

I also really enjoyed the time frame of this book and how even though it literally starts off with a bang, there’s a lot of time spanning. The things you want to happen don’t happen right away. Things get frustrating, just like in real life. We’re not meant to just do what’s right, sometimes we fall back into what’s comfortable, even if we know it’s not the right thing to do. Change is hard and this book dealt with that really well.

I’m really eager to read some more Karina Halle after not reading her for some time now. I forgot how addicting her books are!

Audiobook Notes:

I listened to this book through Hoopla, which doesn’t have the greatest audio quality, but even with that I enjoyed listening to this narration. I loved the New Zealand accents and the flip from male to female narrator throughout wasn’t at all jarring. There are a few different accents in this book and they were all handled so well – it definitely made me want to read the rest of the books in this series via audiobook!

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[Audiobook Talk] Into the Fire (Night Prince, #4) by Jeaniene Frost

Audiobook Details

Format: Paperback & Audiobook
Source: Purchased & Library
Read: April 2017

Night Prince series

  1. Once Burned
  2. Twice Tempted
  3. Bound by Flames
  4. Into the Fire

Synopsis:

In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampire’s….

In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

My Thoughts

Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series is one of my favourite paranormal romance series. I don’t read a lot of them these days, but I always jump for joy when a new book comes out. Sadly, the series is almost over (though Ian looks to be getting his own series, so hopefully 4 more books like Vlad’s series?) so I’m savouring every book I can get!

Really, this is the longest series I’ve ever followed, with the entire series and spin off series totaling 13 books! I’ve loved Vlad since we first met him and so naturally I love his series. Him and Leila are perfect together and I love both the romance between them and the humour.

There is so much action in this series that it was hard to put down – I started listening early in the morning and just had to go back and listen to more, finishing the story in one day. It was so good! I loved seeing a lot of the older characters come back (though no Bones and Cat? They seemed to make an appearance in all the spin off books.) and getting to know more about Vlad and Leila.

Now that this series is over, I’ve got a new favourite vampire – Ian! While I loved Vlad and Leila, Ian really stole the show in this book and I love him so much. He’s so flirty and just the complete opposite of Vlad (who is a lot more serious after being a vampire for so long) and he had the best lines in the book. I’m so intrigued to see what his story will be like!

Audiobook Notes:

I love Tavia Gilbert and haven’t listened to one of her narrations since the last Jeaniene Frost book, so it was really nice to listen to her again. I actually started to read the physical copy of this book but put it down after a few pages because it just wasn’t the same reading it in my own head. I needed to have her read it to me! She does such an amazing job of bringing the characters alive and really driving the action and pace of the book. She expresses the emotion of the characters so well and it’s just addicting listening to her read. If you haven’t listened to her narrations, I highly recommend them!

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[Audiobook] Review: The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark, #0.5) by Kresley Cole

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the warlord wants foreverTitle: The Warlord Wants Forever
Series:
Immortals After Dark, #0.5
Author: Kresley Cole
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Library (Audiobook)

Audiobook Notes
Length: 3 hours 58 minutes (unabridged)
Narrator: Hagan Verret, Simone Famhar
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

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Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breathing and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.

She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience firsthand the agonizing, unending lust she’d purposely subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come.

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(Note: This review originally appeared on Reading In Winter: After Dark, which is no longer available.)

When I picked up this audiobook from the library, I had been hearing a LOT of things about Kresley Cole, all of them good, so I figured this would be a good series to start on audiobook. AND the fact that it was only 4 hours long was a HUGE plus.

I did really like this one. It was different and very much an old-school vampire tale, but with romance involved. I can’t say I LOVED the main characters, but I did tolerate them. The male vampire lead, Nikolai, kind of grated on my nerves with his VERY old-fashioned ways and possessiveness (and maybe some jealousy thrown in for good measure), but by the end I thought he was alright.

The female lead, Mist, was a feisty character full of piss and vinegar. I liked her a lot but I felt like her character was somewhat lacking – which probably had a lot to do with the narration.

This book had TWO narrators. While I’m all for two narrators, it really wasn’t even; there’d be a bit here with the female narrator, then a LONG passage with the male. I really enjoyed the female narration and thought she did a great job with the characters, but I didn’t like the male narrator. ESPECIALLY his voice for Mist. With the female narrator, Mist came across as strong, but with the male narrator, she came across as weak and whiny. AND Nikolai had an accent in the story, so the accent varied between the narrators.

While I had issues with the narration, the story was pretty good. There was LOTS of sex going on. Kresley Cole definitely knows what she’s doing when she writes a sex scene and I loved the chemistry between Nikolai and Mist during those times (during other times, Nikolai was … an odd character). It was dirty and fun. I also had to laugh because I had this on in the car and there was the odd time I’d get in to go somewhere and I’d turn it on mid-sex scene. THAT’S a way to wake up in the morning!

The only thing I really didn’t like were some of the modern references in the book, like the mention of an X-Box or a certain TV show. The X-Box especially – at the point of the novel where it’s mentioned, it just seemed silly. And Nikolai grated on my nerves at certain points, but it could’ve just been the narration.

By the end, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely go for the second one – I’m just not sure if I want to do that with the audio version or not. Personally, I think the story could have been way more enjoyable had I been reading it rather than listening.

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