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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Twin Moon Press
- Audible.com Release Date: September 28, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M1JWXYN
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Damnation: Reckless Desires: Blue Moon Saloon, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Series: Blue Moon Saloon
Author: Anna Lowe
Designation: Book One of Series, Standalone Paranormal Romance, No Cliffhanger, HEA
Reading Platform: Kindle & Audiobook Editions
My Rating: FIVE DIVINELY ENTERTAINING STARS*****
I adore paranormal romance, and no one does it better than Anna Lowe! I've been a fan of Lowe's work for several years and enjoy everything she writes, but Damnation and the Blue Moon Saloon Series have become my new favorites! But I'm not the only one who loves it. Damnation was voted Best Shifter Book for 2016 by Reality Bites Magazine. Wow! And yes, it's that good! I became officially hooked two years ago after reading Desert Moon, the first release in Lowe's The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch Series and have followed her work since. I've been a lover of the written word for over 60 years and during that time, I've read an incalculable number of books, written by a diverse collection of talented authors. So when I say Anna Lowe is one of my favorites, that's quite a recommendation. It's a little hard to explain but I'll try. Lowe is what I like to call a triple threat. lol... I know, it sounds a little ominous but it's really not. You see, some authors are stronger in certain aspects of the process than others. They may have a great idea for a book or series but have difficulties developing the story and translating their thoughts to written words, while some may be good with words and story development but lack creativity and ideas. Lowe can create it, develop it, and write it, but Lowe's talent doesn't stop there. She's not only a truly gifted storyteller and skilled wordsmith, she's also one of the most reliable authors in the romance genre today, consistently penning unique and highly imaginative storylines, set in vividly depicted worlds, populated with fascinating characters who will surely capture your imagination as well as your heart. Lowe's books are all well crafted and well edited with beautiful covers. And Damnation is no exception! In addition to having my nose stuck in a book for a few hours every day, I frequently listen to audiobooks and Damnation was available so, naturally, I snagged the Audible version as well. There's nothing like listening to the characters of a story come to life through the voice of a talented narrator and I truly enjoy the artist Lowe uses for her books. Kelsey Osborne does a fabulous job and has quickly become one of my favorites. Osborne's reading and commentary skills are exceptional, enhanced by her pleasing pitch, soothing dulcet tone, delightful and sometimes amusing voice inflections, rhythmic effortless cadence, and always correct pronunciations. But as usual I digress, especially when I talk about my favorite authors, so let's discuss a few details about the story itself.
Damnation is an emotionally gripping, fast-paced, well-crafted second chance paranormal romance filled to the brim with pulse-pounding danger, agonizing drama, malevolent enemies, heart-wrenching angst, fiery passion, steamy sex, dreamy romance and laugh-out-loud humor. The narrative is beautifully written in the third person with his and her perspectives. The dialogue is smart, snappy, well executed and flows effortlessly. But hands down, my favorite component of every Lowe story is her cast of relatable characters. I found them to be intriguing, engaging, well developed, and at times, hilarious. I was immediately smitten with the two protagonists, beautiful, plucky she-wolf Jessica 'Jess' Macks and handsome, burly bear-shifter Simon Voss. These two could not have been more different but complemented each other perfectly, and together were an absolute riot. My emotions ran the full gambit while reading this story. I sniffed, snorted, giggled, sobbed and raged through the entire book. And there were quite a few times, I wanted to give Simon and Jess a swift kick in the butt but by the end, I was happy, satisfied and well entertained. Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! Would I recommend it? You bet and I am but for adult readers only since it does contain some steamy, dreamy love scenes, however, I highly recommend the muffins for all ages! They're so yummy! Will I read this author again? Absolutely! I've already purchased Temptation, the second book of the series, and can hardly wait to dive in! And finally, was I entertained? Completely! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!
Two unlikely lovers thrown together by chance, divided by obligation, haunted by loss, reunited by fate.... but will destiny grant them the second chance they each so desperately desire? We'll see! No spoilers from me but I will say this... A beautiful, strong but heartbroken she-wolf and her sister on the run for their lives after losing their entire family in an attack by rogue wolves, now urgently seeking a place to belong and call home-check! A handsome, determined bear shifter and his brother, both tortured by past failures and mistakes, desperately seeking a second chance-check! Heinous enemies with evil machinations-check! Danger, drama, heartache, loss, and angst-check! Fiery passion, steamy sex, sweet romance, a sprinkling of humor, and a heartwarming second chance at love- you bet! That and a whole lot more, including a very important lesson.... Bad guys don't always wear black, especially when he's a purist vigilante named Whyte!
Grabbed me by the heart and held on straight until the end. I loved every minute of listening to this story of destiny and love that was meant to be claimed and celebrated.
While in some stories it is annoying to hear inner dialogue, in this one it made the wolf and bear additional characters and they are terrific! They are so simple, single-minded, and in love with each other. Now if they could just get their humans to quit being so proud.
This is the first book I have read from Anna Lowe. I want more!
Narration: The narrator has the perfect voice for this story. She is Jessica Macks… and she is perfectly divine as the voice of her wolf (‘Mine, My mate, Mine!’). I think I’ll go listen to her again right now. Talk to you again soon!
Note: while I was given this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.
Series: Blue Moon Saloon #1
Narrator: Kelsey Osborne
Length: 4 hours, 25 minutes
Category /Genre: Paranormal Romance
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Received from: Anna Lowe (as an Audible gifted copy)
Simon is a bear shifter, and Jess' mate, he is also thought she was dead. The same rogues that destroyed her pack, came after his bear clan. He and his brother, Soren hunted every rogue they could, to avenge their family and their mates. He is more than surprised to see that Jess is alive. Except, she hates him. Clan politics wouldn't see them together, so Simon pushed her away. Which makes things very awkward that they now live together...