©2009 Christine Feehan; (P)2009 BBC Audio
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"Perfect ending to a good series....."
I put off reading this last intallment of the Drake sisters for nearly a year. The reviews were so bad, bordering on scary. I thought I don't need to depress myself and went on to other things. Still I really wanted to know how the Drakes ended up, so I finally gave in and got it yesterday. I just finished. This one was amazing and unique, it was touching, at times painful, it was all the things we all read for. It was the perfect end to a really good series.
Christine Feehan can be repetitive, if I never hear the phrase "They couldn't tell where one ended and the other one began" again in my life it would be too soon. And that phrase, or some form of it does appear in this book but still this book is absolutely my favorite of this series. Elle and Jackson's encounters in books earlier in the series were usually based on misunderstandings, a really tiresome plot device, and that was yet another reason to put off reading this book. Happily that was not the case. Elle and Jackson's relationship is solid, they learn to rely on and respect each other almost from the very beginning of this book. Which makes this book such a nice change from the rest of the books in this series.
A number of loose ends from several of the earlier books get wrapped up in this last installment, always a nice way to end a series. All the sisters and their respect others play prominent roles in this book, which if you haven't read the entire series would make it a bit hard to keep up, however if you have it's a real joy.
If you have read the rest of this series but not this book because of the poor reviews, all I can say is give it a chance, you won't be sorry.
"Don't Jump to Conclusions"
I am an immensely devoted fan of Christine Feehan. I can honestly say that I've read and own ALL of her books to date, as well as have numerous on audiobook. I would like to point out to those that "stopped" partly through this book left out on a good listen. Though I can understand that the story can make listeners uneasy on the subject of rape and abuse, there's more to it than that. There's the tale of Elle overcoming what she went through, and the strength the listener can pull from her. There's a strong sense of devotion from both Elle's family and her destined lover Jackson that the listener connects with.
Also, the main reason I admire this book in particular is it shows a whole new and different side to Feehan's writing. Though she's written well over 50 novels, this one shows that she can pull away from her usual story lines and create something new and daring. I must say, she pulled off the new style and valorous writing very well in this book.
I would recommend listening/reading the other books in the Drake Sisters series to get a better understanding and appreciation to the sisters' powers and story line.
I'd give this minus one star if I could. Repetitious-I listened to the same drivel over and over again. Totally unrealistic people - without giving away too much plot, it suffices to say that the protagonist's behavior after being brutally abused was so unbelievable as to make the whole story absurd. And repeating the same nonsense over and over and over again did not help.
The first hour tells, in detail, of the torture, rape, and psychological abuse of the main character. Very hard to listen to this. The rest of the book is a very predictable story of the defense and revenge of that main character.
"Hard to stomach..."
I've listened to many of Christine Feehan's books and several of this series. However, the step by step destruction of a character in the initial, "getting to know you" stages of the book was so difficult to listen to, I lost all attachment to the narrative and was unable to continue. Rarely do I stop listening to a book. I don't quite know what the author was thinking to write these terrible scenes without first letting the reader develop some rapport/relationship/history with the character. Maybe reading the book would be better because one could merely skip over the disturbing parts and get on with the rest of the story. Sorry I can't recommend it because the series is very enjoyable.
"Slow pace made this a disappointment"
This wasn't as good as all the other Drake Sister's novels. This book dragged by. There was too much emotional angst and not enough action. I was relieved when it finally ended.
"Not her best work.."
Having never read the hard copy editions, I don't know which book in the Drake Sisters series this is - But, judging from the ending, it may be the last. In my opinion, the darkness within this story far out shadowed the final resolution and the attempted Fairytale ending.
This is the story about the love and bond between Elle Drake, the youngest of the seven Drake sisters, and Deputy Sheriff, Jackson Deveau. However, Feehan took redundancy to a new high while trying to make events darker. She beat her dark horses into pulp and then put them into a meat grinder for effect. One might even venture a guess that she was paid by the word for this one - Regardless, the result of this practice made an otherwise decent story into a rather boring conglomeration of "been there, done that, got the tee shirt, glasses, album, autograph and then went back for more.." There is very little contrast in black on black on black..... Did I mention Redundancy!
Bresnahan, who usually does an outstanding performance of any book she picks up, dragged this one out beyond all reason. As the tensions got higher or the actions got darker, her reading got slower. I won't swear to it, but I think she even stopped a couple of times for effect. I ended up skipping over many sections of the book because of that practice and I honestly don't believe I missed a single pertinent point by doing so.
In conclusion, this story could have been outstanding but the development and presentation were dismal. It was not one of Feehan's better offerings.
"Not much story among the sex scenes"
The performance was fine and the premise was intriguing, but after getting into the book, I was a bit bored by the graphic scenes of sex. Didn't know that there were so many methods of description.
I stopped because I was afraid the children next door might get an earful.
Some may like it, but it was more than I can handle. And, if you look at the books I purchase, I'm not prudish.
"wonderful close to the series."
The love the people share with one another not only the main couple but the town for its beloved witch sisters ,and the sister themselfs.
The way it ended all the on going stories not leaving a lose end.
The wedding scene.
This audio will not disappoint those that have read the series. The narrative's voice went well with the different players in the story.
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