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  • With Every Breath

  • A Slow Burn Novel
  • By: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Eliza Cummings fought free of a monster who terrorized her when she was an innocent teenager and helped put him away for good. She took a job with Devereaux Security Services and devoted every hour to taking down the very thing she'd nearly become. No one, not even those closest to her, know her darkest shameful secrets. But now the killer has been set free on a legal loophole, and it's only a matter of time before he comes for her. Eliza's only choice is to run and lead the monster away from the people she loves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Gaelle R on 04-09-2018

Disappointed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-2018

It saddens me that I had to rate a Maya Banks novel so low, but unfortunately, this just didn't do it for me.

First, the narration was too face paced. It felt rushed and like every moment was intense. Life has it's slow and thoughtful moments too, and I didn't get that at all. Especially speaking as the male character - it was always forceful and domineering when there should be moments of softness and tenderness. Not to mention the rushed and almost clinical way the intimate moments were narrated.

Then there was the inner monologues that felt like they just dragged on. Not only that, but the repetitiveness of both characters. They kept saying the same things, over and over and over again. In all honesty, the first half of the book - nothing happened. What could have taken two, maybe three chapters took half the book. It wasn't until the second half where things actually started moving along.

Touching on repetitiveness - the mutual profession of how much they love the other was super cheesy and I'm pretty sure the word 'love' was said every third word for a solid five minutes. I rolled my eyes pretty hard, I thought they'd get stuck.

I hadn't read the previous novels before this one, and to be honest, it's not piqued my interest to continue. I won't continue this series, but I do hope my next Maya Banks novel is a bigger improvement.

  • The Coppersmith Farmhouse

  • Jamison Valley Series, Book 1
  • By: Devney Perry
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Joe Arden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Gigi has just uprooted her whole world to start a new life. The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town's sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she's ever laid eyes on - and a complete jerk. Jess knows all about women like Gigi. Beautiful. Sexy. Scheming. She's stolen his sanctuary, the farmhouse that should have been his.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got me hooked

  • By Gaelle R on 04-09-2018

Got me hooked

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-2018

I really enjoyed this. The narration by Ava Erickson was perfect, and I love listening to her way of telling a story. Usually, it takes a while to get into an audio, but I was comfortable from the get go and was able to really enjoy listening to The Coppersmith Farmhouse.

Although this is my first time 'reading' Devney Perry, I'm already hooked on to her style of writing and am very keen to continue this series, and read much more.

Georgia was a great lead - and while sometimes I felt like she did give into Jess a touch to easily once in a while, I was still invested in her and all the relationships created when she moves to Prescott.
While I enjoyed the to and fro of Georgia and Jess at the beginning of their relationship, where Georgia was hesitant at first, ad then doubting Jess' reasons, I did feel as though it may have been pulled out for a touch too long.

A great romance, with a touch of mystery and murder thrown in the mix (without being too heavy) and I'm looking forward to the next.

  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fans of old school Kristen Ashley will rejoice

  • By Em Jay Reads on 27-07-2017

Enjoyed, but slow at times

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-2018

I'm a big KA fan, so I was very eager to dive into this audio when it first came out. I enjoyed the story and was able to get invested into Gwen and Hicks story, both apart and together. The slow burn of their developing relationship at the beginning, reeled me, and I loved how it all came together. A great combination of romance, mystery and laughter, it made my commute to work and home much more enjoyable. I won't lie in saying that I may have taken a longer route every now and then.

The narrators did a great job, and I actually really enjoyed having the two narrators for the two different POV. I found it helped keep the flow better. And I absolutely loved listening to Lance Greenfield as Hicks. He was perfect.

While I mostly enjoyed the wonder of KA's story - and I'm not sure if this is because it's my first audio from KA, but I found the details in this book slightly exhausting. It didn't occur all the time, however there were times when I felt the explanation of certain tedious things rather wasteful. The urge to 'skip' for thirty seconds was rather tempting once in a while, but once the story moved along, it was great.