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Publisher's Summary

I always knew I was different. 

I'd thought it had to be hidden - to stay a secret. 

I didn't know my secret would become the key to my survival. 

Turning 18 and getting accepted into college brings me everything I need to escape from the nightmares of my past but I never could have imagined my nightmares - and dreams - were just beginning. Finding myself thrown into a world of fantasy, politics, friendships, and rules that are nearly impossible to understand, I feel like I'm drowning in a world of shifters I never knew existed. As I struggle to find my place and prevent my nightmares from tearing me apart, I find myself surrounded by an unusual group of sexy men. With Hiro, Killian, Theo, Damien, and Ryder I'm trying to become the woman I've always wanted to be, if my past, and my future, will let me. 

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Quinn Arthurs and Harper Wylde (P)2020 Tantor

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incomplete

it's a good start, but it cliffhangers before any plotline is concrete. books in a series should have complete independent plots that run into an over arching plot. hate feeling like I've read 3/4 of a book.

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Wonderful story, inconsistent narration

I love the story, but the female narrator is annoying (she hisses her S's, it's very distracting) and both she and the male narrator are very inconsistent in their accents. The men are from all over the world and the voices used by the female narrator is nothing like the one that the male narrator uses, and they both tend to fall out of the accents in the middle of a chapter.

And the Japanese character mispronounced the name of his own species, which drove me nuts each time he said it.

I love the story itself though. I already have the books and enjoyed listening to it instead. I still probably won't spring for the others.

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Oh Dear (fill in the blank)!!!!!!

Help! I am a puddle and can't get up! Plot is pretty good and the few kiss scenes there are, were hot as embers. Pun intended. This is a reverse harem so if you're not into that, move on; if you are, definitely get this book! Readers do take time to get used to.

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Mixed bag

I enjoyed reading this book more than listening to it because the female narrator was not able to perform the various characters well. Any character other than nix signed like Minnie mouse. The male narrator was phenomenal as he expressed many accents and feelings of the characters.

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Good story / meh narration

Narration:
Male narrator does a great job with the male voices. But his female voice makes the FMC sound like a bratty valley girl. Portrays the wrong personality for her.
Female narrator is fine for the FMC but HORRIBLE for all the male characters. Her accents are way off.

Story: loving the first book and anxious for the 2nd to be released. Great storyline and plot intrigue.

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Nearly Ruined By Narration

Overall, I really loved this series.

I thought the world building through the series was very detailed and engaging. In addition the authors presented some really interesting atypical representation of mythological/paranormal creatures.

While some of the character development was a little glossed over, I found myself very invested in each character. Nix was definitely frustrating at times, and it was tough to empathize her at times even with the constant reminders of her traumatic past. To be honest I found myself caring more about each of the guys and eventually got to a point where I didn’t really care to much about what happened to Nix.

The major downside of this experience was the narration. While the female narrator hand an interesting raspy quality to her voice, her acting and narration style eventually grew tiring and I actually sped up the her chapters to get through them faster. The male narrator had a nice voice, but his acting was very distracting. Both narrators were also terrible at their attempted accents and opposite gender voices.

I did read the rest of the series as I really enjoyed the story, but I definitely won’t be listening to anything else narrated by these particular artists.

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Ugh

Hard to overlook the accent. So hard fake Irish came out as messed up Russian half the time. Going to read vs listen for sure

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Very good

I have read all these books and enjoy the story line. The world building, characters and mystery are captivating. Narration was great and really brought the characters to life.

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great story! great narrators

It was a wonderful book! the narrators were amazing! truly original storyline! very unique shifter romance!

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Wow!!! My newest FAVORITE!!!

This book was really good! The characters are so sweet with how much they care for Nix from the start and the author did an amazing job capturing the trauma and feeling someone coming from Nix’s background would be going through! The only complaint I have is that sometimes the male narrator’s female voice makes her sound like an annoying and snotty B**** which is not the overall feel of the characters attitude. His male voices and accents are amazing though!!! I’m starting the next book in the series now and can’t wait!! This is definitely one of the one I lost sleep on because I wanted to finish it lol!

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  • 04-16-21

Loved it!

I couldn't put it down, non stop actjon, an emotional rollercoaster with excellent narration. I can't wait for book 2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-20

Amazing listen

I Dont listen to book that uses shifters as a vocal point but it really suprised it was really good, the narrators was good, loved the way the narrator used there voice to expresss the characters emotion and the authors did a good job on the plot and a excellent cliffhanger I know I will be read the next book for sure.

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  • 04-01-21

Easy listening, annoying narration

Tried really hard to like this one, but the New Zealander doing a terrible Australian accent is driving me bananas.

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Great story, disappointing narration.

I was immediately captivated by this story. It had a successful start that pulled me in. I loved the characters and found the world very interesting. I appreciated the character building and slow burn.
Unfortunately, the story did not make up for the narration issues. For starters, I will never understand the point of getting a male and female narrator, but not having the girl do the girl voices and the man do the man voices! I thought Brandon Utah did an okay job of the girl voices in his chapters, but I HATED Heather Costa's attempt at the male voices and her accents were even worse. Also, nit-picky maybe, but I hate a badly done Aussie accent. At least Brandon attempted, even though it sounded a mix between American and New Zealand accent. But I don't actually think Heather tried to do accents at all, never mind change the tone of her voice for different characters. I could not tell if she was narrating a man or woman's voice and especially couldn't tell which character she was voicing. The Scottish accent attempts were pretty bad too I thought.
Anyway, I don't mean to be harsh, but I am used to a higher standard with my audiobooks (just finished the Haret Chronicles which had amazing duet narration with multiple successful & absolutely seamless accents). I just can't help but feel like this is several steps down from that and also such a missed opportunity to have two narrators but not a propper duet narration!

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  • 05-22-22

Good story, narrators are frustrating.

I'm enjoying this series so far but the accents are terrible!The male narrator can not do an Australian accent, it's a messy blend of Australian, New Zealand, British (and I'm a New Zealander who lives in Australia), it gets annoying. The Scottish accent is better but still muddled and when doing the females parts, he makes them sound bratty and attitude filled. When not putting on an accent or female voice he's great!
The female does a great job with the female voices and tells the story well, but she is absolutely terrible with the men's accents and they all tend to sound the same.
I'm interested to what happens in the series but I'm really struggling with the narrators.

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  • Imee-B
  • 04-10-21

***THE PHOENIX***

It's a heartbreaking story of a girl that can not die. She was abused so bad by the one person who should have have protected her. I loved this book I have read it but I want to listen it it as well. Heather Costa and Brandon Utah are both brilliant in their narratives. I can't wait to dive in to book 2.