What has she done? With a new identity, a staged death, and a chance to flee the treachery that stalks her, Rachael has escaped from a faceless assassin. Now, thousands of miles from home, under the lush canopy of the rain forest, she's found sanctuary.
Where can she hide? In this world teeming with unusual creatures walks the most exotic of them all. His name is Rio. A native of the forest imbued with a fierce prowess, he is something to be desired. Possessed of secrets of his own, he is something to be feared.
Whom can she trust? As Rachael's past looms as oppressively as the heat of the forest, and as Rio unleashes the secret animal instincts that course through his blood, Rachael fears that her isolated haven has become an inescapable hell.
Listen to the first book in this series: The Awakening (Unabridged).
©2009 Christine Feehan; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Readers whose fantasies center on untamed wilderness and on untamed heroes who are as sensitive as they are strong will be seduced by this erotic adventure." (Publishers Weekly)
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"Narrator ruined the book"
It was so difficult to listen to this narrator. Didn't they have a producer to review Renee's work. She is horrible. Good grief, she made the leading man sound mad and angry all the time. I would avoid any audiobooks with the narrator.
"Liked the book, Hated the narration!"
It's always so sad when the narrator makes a good book so painful to listen to. I'm with the other two reviewers here, Raudman makes Rio sound so hateful and angry that it makes listening to this book very difficult. She does Rachel well but that's about it, the tribesman sound like children and the basic narration is harsh in tone. Such a disappointment for a book I was so looking forward to. As we all know, it's amazing the difference the narrator makes to a book, take Feehan's Ghostwalker series, Tom Stechschutle takes those books from good to fabulous! I so wish he had narrated this one!
This is a good Christine Feehan story, her Leopard series is a favorite. Renee Raudman is an awesome narrator. She doesn't just read the story, but she enacts and lives it. She characterizes the different protagonists with skill.
I enjoy female narrators with a deeper voice that Renee has. She pulls off dry sarcasm without sounding at all whiny. She also narrates the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews - which are also an awesome favorite!
"Great book, so-so narration."
This is one of my favorite Christine Feehan novels. I'm not too crazy about the narrator, but she does an okay job. I agree with the previous review--Rio always seemed angry; there didn't seem to be a lot of difference in his emotions. I do highly recommend the book, though, if you like the shapeshifter/romance genre.
"Ok Story - Bad Narrator"
The narrator did not help the character development. Seemed like Rio was always mad.
"No connection with this story !!"
I LOVED Christine Feehan;s Ghostwalker series so i didn't hesitate to sample this book... I tried 4 times to get into this story but I just couldn't stay focused. It was Soooo boring that i even wrote my shopping list while the book was playing. The narrator also bored me, her voice was awful. Sadly this story was not for me...
"Christine Feehan does it again!"
Number 2 is even better than book 1. Keep it up Christine. I look forward to the rest of the series
I have always enjoyed shifter romances and Christine Feehan has to be one of the best. From the Dark series to the Ghost Walkers she always comes up with amazing story lines. I can't wait to start the next book.
"This is probably the best book in the series!"
Rio might be a hard man, a man who lives on the edge of society and one who hasn't been treated fairly but after reading all the other books in this series (which at this moment is on book 8) Rio is probably the most caring and understanding male lead in the series. Rachel was annoying at times because she was keeping a very dangerous secret from him but Rio still stayed calm, gave her a chance to tell him in her own time. What I liked the most is that it was easy to tell why Rachel and Rio were meant for each other, I loved the fact that their past lives together kind of juxtaposed on their current life. There were some well-written moments that made you empathize with the characters and understand their love for one another.
I think I really liked two characters, Rio and Elijah. Elijah showed up really late in the book but his character intrigued me a lot (which made me excited for his book (Book 8) but it turned out to be disappointing) because he was living a dual life, and I found him kind of sexy :). Rio out of all the male leads is the most caring and understanding toward his female, I think Drake wins second place in his book and maybe Connor is third place, all the rest of the male leads are completely full of crap! Seriously, what woman would put up with half the crap these males are trying to pull. You'll have to read the rest of the series to understand how amazing Rio is compared to the rest of these overly domineering males. I just think Rio walks on clouds after finishing book 8 in this series and wanting to pull my hair out.
I would say my favorite scene was when Elijah showed up for the first time and Rachel was alone at the house. He and Rachel finally had their heart-to-heart and Rachel was pretty much forgiving him when out of nowhere Rio shows up puts a knife to Elijah's throat and Rachel has to talk him down from killing him. Then Elijah joins forces with them!
Sure, the book was pretty well written and I found myself talking out loud or staying up at night even after I set my sleep timer on audible. It was an enthralling book.
ANYONE else. The narrator sounded like a kindergarten teacher reading to class- over dramatizing everything, over "acting." I've never written a review before, but felt this narration deserves a warning. I almost dnf this audio book and returned the entire series, until I realized there were different narrators in future books. Do yourself a favor and read this one yourself; it's actually a good story.
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