Overall Rating:★★★★ ½
Performance (Mandy): ★★★★★
Performance (Todd): ★★★★★
Storyline: ★★★★ ½
Narrator: Mandy Lane, Todd Mrozek
Audiobook Length: 4hr 53m
Release Date: 03-06-2017
Reading Time: 6 minutes
He wants to return to Preor and she wants a job, but you don’t always get what you want.
Lana Cooper is down to her last hundred dollars, has no job, and her clunker of a car has finally clunked out. How has her life become such a cluster of horribleness? Oh, right. A guy. Only she doesn’t get a chance to beg for a job. Nope, one walk along the beach changes everything. Oh, she has a job now… as the mate to a hot, hunky Preor dragon male.
Taulan sen Pavon is anxious to return to his home on Preor. Yes, he’d journeyed to Earth in hopes of finding a human mate, but now… Now he would like to heal in the privacy of his aerie. Wings destroyed and body damaged by an explosion, he has no desire to watch others find joy with their mates while he remains unworthy and alone on a ship filled with thousands. But then he finds Lana. Lana with her alluring smile, sparkling eyes, luscious body, and whose mere presence initiates the Knowing.
Can he live long enough to claim her? Can she see past her father’s prejudice to love him? Both questions are pointless because there are still Preor who despise the joining of humans and dragons. They will stop at nothing to drive a wedge between the races. Including murder.
First Line: “Taulan’s nose filled with the stench of burning flesh and singed wings.”
Narrator Review (Mandy):
Every time I listen to Mandy I swear I’m transported into whatever kinky world she’s created for me. In this case, she’s the victim of a dragon hottie. Yaaasss. Well, “victim.” Hur hur.
Mandy brings a contemporary vibe to sci-fi romance. Why can’t I stop listening to her?!! She’s this delicious poison I can’t get enough of. I’m not usually this engulfed in female narrations. Where did this woman come from?!
Let’s talk about the basics. Mandy has a killer voice. Period. I mean, she could speak Gibberish for all I care. I am obsessed with her tone. Not too deep, not too high. Mandy radiates balance between quality and performance.
Speaking of performance, Mandy is my go-to narrator this month. I am just blown away by her versatility. You’d think I’d eventually run out of things to say about her…yeah…no. She’s flawless, her timing is perfect, her children and male interpretations are unreal, I can’t help but visualize myself braiding her hair while she reads to me, and did I mention her ability to narrate children?
AND! On top of all that, let’s talk technique. Her flow in chapter 4 is the same as chapter 10. Gah I love this. She attacks her articulation, her cadence is parallel to none and I’m going to stop blabbering because I have another Mandy Lane audiobook to listen to. K bye.
Narrator Review (Todd):
This has to be my favorite performance by Todd. How on earth does he pronounce all of these words?! I’m pretty sure he’s smiling at me with his tunnel-boring gaze from inside my headphones. There is steam spouting from my ears. Todd is channeling his inner Christina Aguilera because he’s my genie who wakes up when I press ▶ and speaks swoony foreign words to me.
Todd really surprised me with his interpretation of Taulan’s character. I was expecting a hunk of epic proportions, but Todd took it to an entirely new level. He dragged his voice through the mud for this one, my friends. Hungry but not gravely, deep but not raspy. Totally…dragon-like. Is “dragon-like” a thing? Yes.
Taulan showcases Todd’s ability to embody a character. I became Taulan. I saw what he saw, my hands touched what he touched. People! Audiobooks aren’t supposed to be this real. Todd brings life to passages and texture to words.
Taulan is practically dead. I mean, he’s scorched to itty bitties and he’s lost all sense of self. He had traveled to earth to find a mate, but there’s nothing he wants more than to heal (or die) in privacy…mateless.
As the Primary Warrior of the third fleet (you’re swooning), it’s his duty to protect. While in battle, he is severely disfigured and now he’s lost all purpose in life.
He’d made his choice. He would return home to lick his wounds and then finally throw himself off a high aerie like any other male in his situation would.
How does one start over?
Lana, our sweet heroine, is in desperate need of a “restart” button. After having been in an abusive relationship, she just wants to start fresh…meaning, get a job. She’s totally broke! When luck never finds her, she decides to take a stab at life in our hot alien-dragon world…and a life with Taulan.
Umm, does she even want to go? I’ll take her place.
LOL. Personally, I think she had a few other options, but if an irrecoverably wounded man presented himself to me from the depths of holy hotness, I may consider tending to his wounds.
As their “arrangement” becomes more than survival, and love drives their actions, Taulan has to overcome his insecurities to protect Lana. And we’re talking about Celia Kyle here—NOTHING is bland with this woman! Expect a heart-stopping romance that will tie you up in knots.
Taulan is my favorite Dragon of Preor. He’s wounded (figuratively and literally) and, my God, Todd Mrozek couldn’t have done a better job narrating his character. Call me infected. The Knowing has struck and I’m a wee bit obsessed right now.
Taulan steals the show in terms of character development, but Lana acts as a catalyst for his transformation. Her character arc is beautiful as well, but the wounded dragon…le sigh.
Gag! And let’s not even mention all the things trying to tear these two apart! Will Taulan fly again? Will he send Lana back to earth?
What about those who seem to hate the idea of Taulan and Lana together?
Taulan embodies self-sacrifice. Our lovers succumb to each other and share their burdens in such a unique way. Lana and our dragon hottie are sent on a journey of self-discovery, only to find themselves in one another.