"Bonnie and Clyde meets Kill Bill." - Jenna, Goodreads
His name is Beat, and I should hate him.
Bound, blindfolded and bruised, I'm tied in his basement, waiting for the men who stripped me from clothes and humanity to collect his debt to them. Me.
His name is Nate and I should hate him, but I don't.
I'm not supposed to know his real name, even worse, I'm not supposed to care. He is nothing to me but means to an end. The plan is simple: break free, collect the pieces of my broken soul, kill the bastards and run away.
His name is Nathaniel Thomas Vela, and I've never seen his face, though I hear that it's beautiful.
Behind the rugged and handsome exterior, there's a quiet murderer, a killer who thinks guns are for pussies and ends people with his bare hands.
His name doesn't matter, neither does his face, but what does matter is my heart. And right now, sadly, it's his.
Blood to Dust is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.
©2016 L.J. Shen (P)2016 L.J. Shen
"Dark doesn't begin to describe this one!"
I generously gave this story 2 stars overall because I had to give credit to the author for writing one of the darkest, antithesis of a feel good love story.. Eventually there is a conclusion that should have been considered a HEA, however the whole storyline and brutality that took place throughout the book left me kind of shell shocked. Add a terrible, possibly the worst narration performance I have ever heard and the story barely merits 2 stars. I would NOT recommend this book for a sale let alone a most cherished credit!
"Powerfully Unexpected Love story"
L.Shen is such a powerful writer. I never know what to expect. That's the beauty of her work. She is able to create unlikely characters that your heart and mind griws to love. In this story, it is hard to tell at first who you actually like, who to trust and who will steal your heart.
Because I don't want to give away the plot, I will just say that there is Prescott who wants to survive and she will do anything to make that happen...including giving of herself. What makes this even better is the relationship that develops from the one she attempted to give herself too. Out of everything in her life she finds that even broken people can find their other half...
What a truly nontraditional love story. Full of action, passion, hate, ultimate sacrifice and healing. I loved this story because Shen's heroines always are written so well. At times when you think they are at their weakest, they show greater strength with or without a man.
Michael Pauley is fantastic. He is not just a narrator, he is a true voice actor. Believable with his character deliverance and easily brings the listener deeper into the story! Pure perfection.
"Another 5 star audio for Michael Pauley & LJ Shen!"
This is one gritty, raucous roller coaster of an audio. Make sure your seat belt is fastened for this one. The story of Beat and Pea isn't pretty and like most gritty romance, it's born out of violence and passion, and I loved it. They've both made decisions in their lives that may have been necessary or justified, but have placed them in the worst circumstances. Watching them change and learn to trust and love is wonderful. L.J. Shen's writing is at times brutal and shocking but the quiet moments of trust and finding your heart temper the harsh world she creates.
Michael Pauley's performance is as always, fantastic. The accents he pulls off (much like his narration of L.J. Shen's amazing book Sparrow - a definite MUST LISTEN) are brilliant and in the first chapter, fairly terrifying. Another amazing collaboration for L.J. Shen and Michael Pauley. I look forward to many more.
"Hang on for the ride!"
I cannot even begin to write what this book gave to me. Fear, ugliness, angst, sadness, strength, beauty, happiness. Every emotion you can imagine is evoked in the story. Not your typical, alpha male saves girl, LJ Shen provides us with the strongest woman character I have come across. Prescott is full of grit, able to hold her own in any circumstance, and just when you think she has reached her limit, she comes through again. In comes Nate, the only man who brings peace to her storm. This story is not for the light of heart, but if you want a true dark romance, keeping you on the edge of your seat, giving you hot romance and sex, and a story that keeps you reading, this one is for you.
I listened to Michael Pauley provide us with an exceptional narration. He is perfect for the gritty, dark romantic suspense novel, never disappointing me. He is wonderful with accents and brings every emotion to the table so that you feel them right with the character.
"Blood to Dust"
This was my first audible book by LJ Shen! I loved it! I was hooked within the first few chapters! I'm excited to see what else she has done!!
"A wild roller coaster ride 4.5 stars!!"
What a ride. Gripping, while you sit on the edge of your seat suspense. Finding love where you least expect it. Michael Pauley is phenomenal, adding another dimension to this already fast paced, twist and turn, gut wrenching story. A must listen. Be prepared not to let go until the end, and even then you might not want to...
"Waste of money"
Narrator was horrible. Story was poor. Waste of time. Don't buy and waste your money and tome
"A Dark Rollercoaster Ride!"
Both main characters were so broken and yet they found a common bond and wound up being able to develop a relationship despite their awful pasts. Character and plot development were great!
Yes! You never knew what direction this book was going to take. And the villains were so evil!
I have listened to this narrator before and this narration was excellent as was the previous book that I listened to. I am looking forward to listening to more books read by Michael Pauley!
No. This is the type of book that needs time to assimilate the content. It was also very intense. I loved it!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Loved, loved, loved this on the edge of my seat story. That is all I have to say.
"Original...Explosive...Jaw dropping story"
You mean beside exactly EVERYTHING!!!
Through this whole time I was positive that Nate would be my absolute favorite one but as the story went on and I got to learn more about Prescott and how everything she went through never broke her but only made her stronger than even she herself realized.
Both of them have so many great and truthful qualities that made me fall in love with them.
This man had me on my knees already as Troy from the book Sparrow by L.J. Shen
and I was sold.
In this book he just confirmed my every thought I had of him since before and he brought this story and its characters so much more alive than I would have experienced them with just reading.
The way he transforms his voice and the amount of emotions and feelings that come through in his performance is amazing.
A job very well executed!
Wow...there were so many I lost count.
BUT I knew this one spectacular moment would be my favorite and be so special to me.
That was when Nate and Prescott professed their love for each other.
The way they both opened up and allowed themselves to become vulnerable for the sake of the other person but dammed be everything if they wouldn't risk their hearts and souls each and every time for one another.
This story is like none other I have ever read.
Nope nothing comes even close to it and I am glad for it.
This author has found her niche and I seems to be working out perfectly for her.
At some scenes I was so stunned and had to ask myself
" Wait did I just heard that? Let's go back and make sure I heard that correctly."
This is some heavy duty stuff and I am still wondering how she managed to write it and where did all these ideas come from.
This story is full of so many interesting but hard to melt situations.
So if you're looking for a story where prince charming will break all obstacles to get to his princess and save her and live happily ever after this is not it....but on the other hand somehow it is but in a different way.
I am happy to have had the chance to come across L.J. Shen and her work and love how her stories get to me on a different level and make me really focus and invest my all into the story and that results in me developing cravings for more.
Can't wait to see what else she can bring to the table!!
A high recommendation from me with slight caution sign over it!!!
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