The Fighter: Men of the North Series, Book 9 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
I've lived half of my life on each side of the border. I know what greatness women are capable of and how amazing men can be. For those Nmen who think I can't be a police officer because I'm a "fragile female," I have only one thing to say; watch me!
Raven is a force of nature who won't take no for an answer. She uses her humor and feistiness to blaze through every obstacle, and right now the biggest one is her rigid boss Leo Da Vinci.
Leo wants her to stay safe in an office categorizing unsolved cases, but Raven is longing for action. That's why when one case turns out to be the unsolved murder case of Dina, the ruler's sister who died when she was 15, Raven sets out to solve the mystery and bring the murderer to justice. Little does she know that coming face to face with the troubled past of the Northlands might set off an unwanted avalanche of events and endanger the lives of herself and the people she loves.
Contains mature themes.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 20 minutes|
|Narrator||Noelle Bridges, John Masterson|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 18, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #144,145 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#872 in Science Fiction Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,016 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,398 in Science Fiction Romance (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2019
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I have to give this one 10*'s, Loved it.
Elin did a fabulous job I could continue this series for as long as she can come up with characters. Thanks Elin keep writing these wonderful books for us.
I was given a copy an Advance Reader Copy by the author without obligation. I am providing an honest review.
At the heart of these stories is a world so intriguing and real and the people involved are from a wide range of all the types of people found in the world. These books make your cheer or boo for both sides and sometimes you just got to love the Nmen, but other times, your wondering what is wrong with the world to make a person behave that way. These books will make you laugh, cry, jump up in excitement and stare at the page in horror.
This is a must read series. These books should be read in order, because these books were written to teach us about this world Elin Peer has developed. Her mind is an amazing place to explore.
Books 6-10 are about the next generation. I absolutely LOVE these books. Can't wait for Book 10!
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The push and pull between Raven and Leo was very nicely portrayed, it wasn't too angsty or over the top, but had just enough edge to hold my interest. The first person POV allows you to really know, understand and connect to both main characters, it also helped me to believe in their feelings and relationship. Whilst the book is written from both Leo and Raven's point of view, this felt very much more than just their story. At times it did feel as though the romance was almost a side story in this, there was so much else happening, however I still was very much invested in this couple and their HEA.
Elin Peer writes really amazing books, every single one holds my attention from start to finish. They all have characters who feel real and whom you want to be friends with. She is also pretty darn amazing at world building. She sets the bar so high, that whilst this perhaps isn't one of my favourites by her, it still stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of what I've read in the last few months. This is a book I would gladly read again and again, and also happily recommend to friends, family and anyone who'll listen!
Raven Boulder is the quintessential independent woman. She is fearless, brave, rebellious, humorous, loving and intelligent. She is also strong and obstinate and no one, NO ONE, not even those she loves, is going to keep her from realizing her dream.
And her dream is to be the first woman police officer in the male-dominated society of the Northlands. Right from the time she was a teenager to her present age of 21 in the novel, she has forged relentlessly toward her goal, and not a single male in this testosterone-laden society is going to stop her.
Oh, they cater to her from time to time, thinking that by giving her a little of what she wants they will be able force her into the submissive role designed for women of the Northlands and control her. They simply do not realize the primeval force they are faced with--and to make this Elin Peer heroine even more impossible--she is black.
Her boss, Police Inspector Leo da Vinci, is half in love with her when he meets her, and wholly in love with her before the novel ends. But he has the awesome task of not only being her mentor, but also her protector in a society in which women are valued so highly to touch or harm one is to face a death sentence. And she doesn't need or want a protector.
You can imagine where this leads. Assigned to meaningless research as a novice police officer, she uncovers the cold-case apparent suicide of Dina, the fifteen-year-old newly married daughter of the ruling family, and finds her death suspicious. On her own she begins to investigate and discovers enough to threaten the security of the entire ruling family of the Northlands. The chance of a new Civil War is not impossible if her research becomes known.
More I cannot tell you, except that this is an exceptionally brilliant detective/romance/self-help novel. I say self-help because Elin used to be a life coach, and the words that come out of the mouths of her fictional characters are like talking to friends about the difficult problems that confront us in relationships every day. They are always helpful, and because of here particular background, Elin has become a pioneer in an entirely new genre of romance literature.
Her books are not fluff, nor do they follow the oft-repeated templates of many current romance novels. Not that those books are not enjoyable reads. But they generally leave no lasting impression, and while enjoyable reading, tend to be shuffled into the background of "books read and enjoyed but not remembered."
Elin's books are in an entirely different category. Many of them deal with real societal problems. All of them deal with relationship difficulties of one type or another. All of them have sections that stick in the mind and cause the reader to reflect on them long after the novel has been read and set aside. And many of them deserve a re-read to ensure that the lessons the books teach are indeed understood.
Yet the books are never preachy or sermonizing. Confronted with a new idea or a new, even potentially taboo relationship, Elin's first impetus is to understand it, to investigate it, and never to judge it prematurely. That goes even for some of the most heinous actions some of her characters engage in. In this she reminds me of that line from one of Shakespeare's plays: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
The solution to the mystery of Dina's death results in a remarkable upset for the whole Northland culture, something Pearl, Khan the ruler's wife, has been urging on him since they became a couple. And the resolution of the love affair between Leo and Raven is a delightful romp.
How Elin Peer manages to weave romance, sex, mystery, and societal analysis together is really magical. Once you read one of her books you're hooked. And that may explain why, since she began writing, at least one of her books has risen to the top of Amazon's best seller list. Try one. You won't regret it.