The bodyguard: Ilya Prakenskii, cool, inscrutable, dangerously sexy, and working in the shadow of his infamous reputation - that of a secret Russian hit man on the payroll of a notorious mobster. He's the last man Joley should get close to, yet when her life is threatened on tour, she has nowhere left to turn. But in the seductive safe keep of Ilya's embrace, is Joley really as secure as she imagines?
©2008 Christine Feehan; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
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"This is Book 5 of the Drake Sisters Series"
The Drake Sisters series is most enjoyable if you can listen to the books in the order they were written.
Book #1 = Magic in the Wind;
Book #2 = Twilight Before Christmas;
Book #3 = Oceans of Fire;
Book #4 = Dangerous Tides;
Book #5 = Safe Harbor;
Book #6 = Turbulent Sea;
Book #7 = Hidden Currents.
"Like waiting for water to boil"
STORY (romance) - I loved the summary of this book and it's rated 4.3. It's well-written and performed, so what the heck happened? For one thing, I got absolutely sick and tired of hearing Ilya and Joley talk about how wonderful the other was and how much they needed each other, and then there's all the angst about whether or not they should be together. I finally increased the speed to 2X and then ... yes, I could follow the story on 3X speed without getting lost at all. It's the same $hit hour after hour!
There are a couple things about the book that are good, but there isn't enough of either to rescue the story as a whole. Joley is a successful rock star and I enjoyed the band-life atmosphere. Ilya is a sexy Russian bodyguard, and there is a mafia-type plot line to the story which is also pretty good. There just needs to be more story to balance all the stupid syrupy drama. Supposedly this is a fantasy/romance, but the fantasy part is just a telepathic connection between a few main characters. They can "think-talk" to each other. Then there's a special mark on Joley's hand that, when she rubs it, she can get Ilya sexually aroused. Give me a break.
Finally, the mafia action picks up and things get pretty exciting the last hour or so. The ending is romantic and touching ... until the author overdid that, too. If this book had been about four or five hours long, I probably would have really liked it.
PERFORMANCE - She did a good job. I really liked the sexy male voice when she was performing Ilya. Nice job, Alyssa!
OVERALL - This book stands alone, though I believe it is actually Book 6 in a series about Joley's family members. There's some cursing and explicit sex scenes, but not a ton of either. There is some violence, but it's not the thrust of the story and the author doesn't dwell on gory details. I would only recommend this for females who like sappy love stories. Men would not like this book, and I didn't either.
"The Best One Yet!"
I have read all of the Drake sisters stories but Libby's and I have to say this one is the best thus far. The passion in this story is unbelievable. Illya and Joley has such chemistry between them you can just feel it.
Illya was so true to Joley despite her contrariness. Once I read Libby's story I will be listening to the Drake sisters again, but this time in order.
Despite the violence in this story, it is the passion and love story of their coming together that makes this story so interesting.
I want to give kudos to Alyssa Bresnahan, as she did a wonderful job with the narrating of these stories.
"Best of Feehan-complex with riveting action,"
I've listened to well over 20 audiobooks in the past few months including a lot of science, non-fiction, and paranormal and regular romance. This is by far the best. And of all Christine Feehan's book, this was the most interesting and compelling. The performer did a very good job w/ the Russian accents and pronounciation.
Joely isn't your stereotypical wishy-washy, oh-dominate-me you big dark lug you. The sparks were immediate (LOL) and intense and he played cameos in the previous two in this series (a great intriguing build up of this character before staring in his own).
I found Joely to be admirable, fun, but struggles with the usual things as well as her own "darkness". For those lucky few souls in the world who find that person who KNOWs you and is your complement in the big things, this book will definitely ring a bell.
The action is non-stop. One of Feehan's hallmarks is her well-crafted hand-to-hand combat or conflict scenes which she teaches and is personally belted in--it shows. Joely is at times vulnerable, confused, betrayed, and at the right time, is jocular, confident in how she knows how to handle herself, and her innate leadership/nurturing skills. But the conflict is constant, with very unexpected danger popping up often enough to establish Ilya as thee ultimate salt of the earth male and deadly operative. His character displays the calculated patience and wisdom to wait on Joely, but also to keep pushing her beyond her fears and comfort zone. Talk about self-mastery!
Of all Christine's stories (I've read all but 3 or 4), this character set is the most interesting and truly seem to be two united halves of a whole.
The story, and especially all the supporting cast, were wonderful and I am personally intrigued with Ilya's character. Enough to buy the previous book in which he cameo's and interacts w/ the lead. The way Feehan treats the band members and their own challenges I think creates even more texture and suspense.
If you are looking for a memorable book, with intensity, high action, some intriguing built-in but not too overt paranormal elements and a realistic romance by an author who really master's many subjects (lending good authenticity) this is the one for you.
"Jolie and Ilya"
I am a big fan of Christine Feehan and love the Drake Sisters.. Jolie is my favorite.. The reader 's voice is enjoyable...Love it
I have read many of C Feehan's books but this is by far one of my favorites! The storyline is compelling with several surprises but the main draw is the fantastic character development of the male lead. I have since gone back and listened at least twice more to this story.
The narrator is the best I've heard! She is able to give life to each character with a believable voice for each one and, in fact, creating a very sexy (and spot-on) russian accent for the male. She also takes up the emotion, breathless sexual anxiety or rage, with a conviction that makes the listener feel they are experiencing it as well.
Hope to hear more from this narrator in coming Feehan audios!
"Love the drake sisters, great serious"
Freehand is a good writer and her men are always dominate and sexy! Good read
YES, I THINK THEY WOULD LIKE THE BOOK
IN THIS BOOK BRIAN IS MY FAVORITE BECAUSE HE IS SO CONFUSED
YES WHEN THEIROLD FRIEND CAME BACK
A WONDERFUL BOOD
"One of her best books"
This is one of my favorite books from the Drake sister series. Can read over and over and never get tired.
This was my first time ever reading/listening to this author and narrator. I hadn't even realized that this book was part of a series of books. It stood well on its own and I enjoyed it so much I had a hard time putting it down. I will definitely be reading/ listening to the rest of the Drake Sisters novels and any of Miss Feehan's other books as well. This was an excellent read!
as normal Christine feehan does it again.
great story going to get the next one
"As good as imagined"
This is a fantastic adaptation of one of my favourite reads. I initially read the book a few years ago and was captivated, I have read it numerous times, and is my favourite in the sea haven series. I was initially cautious that it would not translate to audio well. This adaptation has surprised me, it is a great listen. I would definitely recommend buying.
"6th Drake Sister (Sea Haven) book"
I have enjoyed this series so far and this continues the story. Very well read
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