I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.
Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.
A+ Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A- Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+ Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B- Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+ Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C- Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish
updated July 9, 2015
When I discovered that the authors of one of my favorite series, Bound by Jessica Jarman and Bronwyn Green, published the first two books in audiobook format, I think I squealed out loud for a bit. Would I like the opportunity to review them? Hell yes!
Before I get into the audio/narration part of the review, I want to state that I strongly enjoyed both books the first time around. Much of what I wrote in my original reviews of both London Bound and Drawn That Way still holds true, and I’ll summarize my thoughts on the story as taken from my original review.
Drawn That Way: I absolutely adored Drawn That Way! Rory and Tristan make a wonderful pair, and their chemistry is palpable. I was emotionally connected to each character right from the get go; able to relate in some way or another to both. Watching each let go of their hangups and worries as they give into their mutual lust is satisfying. I also appreciated that the author addresses the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, which is a serious issue in today’s society. Overall, I totally loved Drawn That Way. While the story isn’t overly complex, it is emotionally satisfying. The characters are completely likable and grow enough to make the book fulfilling. The eroticism is equally emotional as it is sexual.
As for specifics to the audiobook version:
One thing I noticed about listening to the books - I didn’t realize how much sex was in both books until listening!
The second story, Drawn That Way, was equally as enjoyable the second time around. I found that I had forgotten parts, and I didn’t realize until listening that this book is related to a book that comes later in the series (Out of Sync). I enjoyed Tristan and Rory’s chemistry. The only minor issue I had with this one is that the narrator’s performance of both Tristan and Rory morphed over the course of the book. In the beginning - first 10 chapters or so - I felt Rory’s voice was off. I’m not a linguist expert, so it’s hard for me to pinpoint what it was exactly, but the “r” sounds were “pinched” or something, but after a while, it smoothed out and didn’t bug me. Similarly, Tristan, a native of the UK, starts with a mild accent, but by the midpoint of the book, it’s pretty much disappeared. While the narration wasn’t perfect, I found that I still immensely enjoyed the opportunity to revisit one of my favorite books from the past year.
Review copy provided by author