Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2 (Unabridged)
by Jeaniene Frost
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Dating the Prince of Darkness has its challenges.... Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust - the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity....
Irritating Narrator, but engaging story.
I like this author and have read most of this series including these spin offs. This is my first purchase of one in audio book. Tavia Gilbert may be a decent narrator for some projects but she was a poor choice for this one. She has a distinct whine to her voice that she permeates with a staccato breathiness to punctuate intense action moments (which there are a lot of in these books) and it grates on the listener because she doesn't vary it. Seriously it was so bad I'd have to take a break and then go back to it. The result is that the main character sounded like a whiny teenage brat instead of the tough independent woman she was supposed to be. too often she'd go up at the end of words that were supposed to be statements making them sound like questions or like she was begging. Terrible. So annoying. Wanted my money back! Her Romanian accent also ruined the sex appeal of the main character and seemed to be the only one she could do as it was the same one used for the Italian character. Yeah, bad. Will avoid all books she has narrated in the future. Unless I know the main character is a teenaged self-centered, whining, weak brat. She does those voices really well. As for the actual story itself, it was on par with most of this author's work a little cheesy but entertaining. The sex scenes are drawn out WAY too long and get irritating with their over the top schmaltzy sentiment, but there is always the fast forward button and the rest of the story is fun. All in all, I'd recommend buying the books and skipping the audio until they find an author who can read with more depth of emotion than just high pitch, low pitch, breathy whiny and over the top accents. Lorelei King comes to mind as a reasonable alternative.
I love all of Ms. Frost's works so far and this was no exception! I was very happy to hear of Vlad getting his own storyline. I have to say I have no problem with Tavia Gilbert's reading. She has read all of the other audiobooks by Ms. Frost and I would expect nothing less. I enjoy how she gives the characters life and attitude. I cannot wait for the third of thise series, just like most of her books I cannot stop listeneing or reading. This is worth the buy, but make sure to listen or read Burned before this so you have the entire picture.
All around great!
Jeaniene Frost knows how to write one hell of a story. I've never been let down by any of her books. Each one actually blows my mind, because when I think she can't top her current book, she does with the next one. Tavia Gilbert warms my heart. You can actually hear how she dives in head first to make the most out of each character. She nails it, every time. Between the vivd writing and the amazing audible track I can easily listen to her books a millions times. (And i'm pretty sure, I almost have..)