The Spell: Big Bad Wolf Romance #3
By Heather Killough-Walden
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Genre: Supernatural Romance
Audible Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars
Story Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Steam Rating: 3 out of 5 flames
This particular review is broken down into two segments, the first has to do with the audiobook included in the Audible Romance package; the second…the actual sit down and read it yourself version for publication.
REVIEW PART I – AUDIBLE
Oh my dear narrating God above…someone PLEASE pull this audiobook off the shelves! I hated to do it as I’m no quitter but I gave up on listening to this, just threw in the towel and gave up….I didn’t even get past chapter TWO and that’s sayin something for me!
Look, I know it costs a pretty penny to have an audiobook produced, I work with a small publisher, and I am not unfamiliar with the process myself. It can be a very costly effort. But this narrator, Gildart Jackson should stick to reading technical manuals. He is, oh… how shall I put it? “Bueller…. Bueller…. Bueller?”
Obviously Mr. Jackson has some talent I do not mean to imply that he does not; he does manage to pull off a few subtle accents with a couple of characters during dialogue so I know he has the potential to be a good reader. But he is flat; almost robotic in his delivery. It’s as if Mr. Jackson just doesn’t give a flying frog’s fat green fanny about what he’s reading…there’s no absolutely NO passion to it at all. There is no tonal inflection, no emotion, not even a change in the pitch of his voice; he completely loses the person listening. He is good though for inducing naptime…I did discover that much.
Why do I go on and on about this? It’s because bad narration can kill a story and this audiobook is stick a fork in it, call the coroner, pushin up daisies, put to bed with a shovel….DEAD. I mean really? This guy is supposed to read steamy sex scenes in this story? I … just … NOPE! Mr. Jackson is more the speed of hot-rollers, terry-cloth robes, and cold-cream. Talk about a wet towel on a good time! For shame Audible!!
So…I am going to pretend I never downloaded this book and read it for myself.
REVIEW PART II
Alrighty reading enthusiasts, I’m baaaaaack! And, as promised I have finished this book; so I can now give it a full review. Yet, I still suffer from nightmares featuring Gildart Jackson’s flat monotone (shudder).
Anyway, I am glad to report that in a matter of minutes I made it further in this book than I did with days of trying to listen to it under my belt and I am very glad I didn’t give up on this story. There was a reason it sat there in my reading queue, haunting me…silently condemning me for not finishing it yet. But hey, a gal needs time to exorcise the demons from previous experiences (don’t judge me.) But, suffice it to say…I finished this book in mere hours.
Now, on to the better part of this review; I am glad to report that I really enjoyed this book and this author’s writing style.
In many ways this is your typical supernatural romance with lots of alpha males and smart unique women, werewolves and witches, mixed breeds, vampires…yada, yada, yada. But the really important thing is that the story is put together well.
There are characters I loved to hate, kinda liked and felt sorry for…but who were total schmucks in the long run and then of course there were the two main fated mates Dannai and Luke; gotta have them, right?
Dannai (aka Danny), is a witch…but she’s more than just a witch; she is also a “dormant”. Meaning, she is a woman who can be a werewolf’s mate and be turned into a werewolf herself. This isn’t an easy thing for Dannai to be, she has to continually keep her shields up to keep the werewolves in the area from sensing her. You know…hiding out from the big bad wolf.
Luke is the big bad wolf and alpha male deluxe! Fate plays a part in bringing these two together…but I won’t tell you how. Suffice it to say that these two have just the right amount of attraction and conflict to keep their story interesting without falling into each other’s arms immediately (I hate that when it happens.)
The bond between Dannai and her friends is another really nice aspect to this story. I loved how they worked together to protect others from bad events before they could even happen; each of the women have their own unique magical power that works in tandem with the others. I found that to be an especially nice touch that made the characters in this series make sense and that made this story unique.
My one criticism is that there seemed to be one character whose place in the story felt a bit off to me and that is Imani. Imani is Dannai’s roommate, best friend…and apparently sometimes lover; although that part was more of a suggestion than anything else. Imani works fine as Dannai’s roommate and best friend…but lover? Don’t get me wrong, I’m no prude; I have no problem with that relationship. But there is really no reason for it in the story. This aspect of their relationship is merely alluded to; Imani would have been exactly the same character without that thrown in. Now had there been a prior deeper relationship with her and Dannai, sure…I’d get it. Or perhaps a jealousy between Imani and Luke developed, a conflict of relationships…sure, then it would have made sense; but those things just didn’t exist.
So anyway, having READ the story…that’s really my only “could have been improved” critique. Otherwise I found this story well-paced, well written, the characters well developed and um…yeah, hot too (Luke sounded all sorts of yummy), and there were even a few “oh my” moments that had me fanning myself.
If you like a good supernatural romance, check out “The Spell” by Heather Killough-Walden. It’s book #3 in her Big Bad Wolf Series. I give the book itself a 4 star rating….but for the love of whatever you hold dear, don’t download this through Audible! I promise you will thank me for that warning.
That’s it for now….happy reading!