• Too Strong to Die

  • By: Erin Wade
  • Narrated by: Victoria Mei
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Texas Ranger Major Ricky Strong and Senator Christine Richmond strive to maintain their "friendship" as they become embroiled in situations that could make or destroy their careers. Ricky hunts a savage serial killer while trying to provide protection for the headstrong senator as Christine takes on the task of securing agreements with Mexico to build a wall along the Texas border. The two become embroiled in life and death situations as they battle to keep each other alive. Fast action and romance make this one of the top romantic thrillers of the year.

©2017 Erin Wade (P)2019 Erin Wade
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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great narrator

Quit after 12 chapters. Good novel draft. Characters need more development and all the action is off the page. Republican politics, FYI.

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Instalove to the Nth degree

It's not revealing anything to say the Texas Ranger kisses the unconscious senator - that she just met - out of adoration because it happens in the first 10 minutes or so. I wish I could read an adventure romance that put the adventure first. Honestly, when the characters fall in love in the first 30 seconds I feel a little nauseous. And then the MC describes Mexican immigrants as "illegals" and I was done. I read these books for relaxation, this is not relaxing.

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Just All Around Bad

I have listened to several Erin Wade books before and, while they all seemed weird, I liked them all. This book however was just plain out there. It had so many issues, from things like incorrect names being used and a character that jumped back and forth between being a brother and a cousin of the one main character to the issue that ran throughout the whole story which was that, at it's heart, this is 33% romance, 33% action adventure, and 34% political propaganda. I know I will get some push back on that last part so I will defend it right away. The author makes it clear throughout the book she supports right wing ideology with her statements about the border wall, immigration, LGBTQ rights, abortion rights, and the death penalty. Even so, it was the author's use of the recent right wing play book of being blindingly ignorant of reality that completely turned me off of this book. She makes many negative comments about the "liberal" media and tries to make them look like a bunch of liars and even refers to them as fake news. Just like the rest of the far right, however, if you actually pay attention, she has the lead characters, one an up an coming Republican politician and the other is ideologically in sync with her, using their friendship with specific news channels to spread disinformation multiple times. Once was to try to trick a killer to try to catch him, bit the rest were strictly for their own personal gain. There was also the vote to repeal a don't ask, don't tell type law for Texas law enforcement that was only brought about because the one protagonist suddenly found it in her best interest when she fell in love with a female Texas Ranger. So it was a good law until it was working against her and then the author made a point of saying that the law was repealed almost unanimously, with only two votes against it, both Democrats. Are you kidding me? Having a large group of Republican politicians vote unanimously for ANYTHING that might possibly benefit the LGBTQ community is significantly less believable than your average soap opera plot.

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Political propaganda

Unfortunately the story was good but too much politics. This story features, a what I assume to be, a Trump supporting Republican senator who is working on building a wall, curbing immigration, and passing a anti same sex marriage bill and don’t ask don’t tell policy. In the end she reverses her opinion on marriage equality and don’t ask don’t tell policy (after she falls in love and wants to get married) but still references how important building a wall is. Also, she says things like illegal immigrants are stealing American jobs. Wade makes Mexico seem Like it’s full of drug cartels and murderers. She even went as far as making the protagonist say that shooting people crossing the border was something that she wanted to pass. I love Wade’s books but this one was a no go for me due to too much political view points. Glad this wasn’t my first of her books otherwise I would’ve never read anymore of her books. This usually isn’t her MO so I was a bit surprised.

Unless I know that I’m reading a political article or book, I prefer my nonfiction books to not show the political viewpoints of the author.

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I did not finish this yet

So here us my assessment of this book so far. I like the premise if the story overall but stopped listening on chapter 18 as I could never tell the 2 main characters apart. This really suprised me as I have listened to Victoria Mei before and always felt she did well. This is an older novel so maybe that is why. I do want to finish this story at some point but need to put ut down and move onto another book for now.

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I enjoyed it.

It was pretty good. I just thought the women were pretty dumb in there romance. It really got on my nerves.

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Excellent story.

This book wasn’t all about politics as some negative reviews have stated. The story was well written and I loved the characters. It had me in the edge the whole way through, and the ending.. wow. Never saw that coming! Victoria Mei was awesome with the narration. Highly recommend.

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Ending was a stretch

I loved this for the most part. I had a few problems with the ranger’s basic lack of reaction to what happens to one person. Don’t want to give anything away here so I can’t go into detail.

I thought the killer’s identity was not believable by a long shot. That’s why I gave 3 stars for the story. I enjoyed the two main characters. This book is well worth the read.

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I struggle with this narrator. Good book overall, though.

I was caught up in the story. Suspenseful enough to hold my interest. Parts of it felt rushed, however, and I’m not sure how much was due to the narration. I had to rewind often to get a sense of how much time had passed. It wasn’t always obvious. Also, I was often confused as to who was speaking. The voices weren’t consistent.
It’s possible it would translate differently if reading instead of listening. Still not a waste of time. Pretty good book overall.

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Keeps you on your toes

This book will keep you on your toes, your will not be ale to stop listening to it. Victoria Mei narrates this suspense book excellently.