Black and Blue by Gena Showalter
Narrator: George Newbern
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
Date Read: November 2013
The sizzling second book in New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Otherworld Assassin paranormal romance series.
He is every woman’s fantasy…
Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent…and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help—a woman with even more secrets than Blue.
She becomes his only obsession…
Evangaline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breeched her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now, he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her own past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe—even though he'd rather die than live without her…
Publisher: Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Series: Otherworld Assassin #2
Also by this author: Last Kiss Goodnight, Enslave Me Sweetly, Savor Me Slowly br> br>
Also in this series: Last Kiss Goodnight
Listened for Review (Simon & Schuster)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Black and Blue had some really great moments but the timeline at times was a little confusing.
Story Thoughts: Have you ever wanted to love a story/series but you just can’t quite get there? I think that is me with the Otherworld Assassin series. I have read both books in the series so far. There are parts that pull me in, then bam something happens and I am back out of the story again. I can’t quite pinpoint what is keeping me from being fully vested. I am leaning towards the overlapping timelines. I have to wonder if the next one will tie them all together. I am going to stick with it and see how the third one turns out.
Character Thoughts: I liked both Corbin and Evangeline! I thought they had some great interactions and the story was strongest when focused on them as a couple. Eva was especially a spit-fire with great comeback timing, lots of spunk, and a go-getter attitude. Corbin (Blue) had some great nicknames for her that made me grin and I am sure made her want to punch him. I knew they belonged together immediately but loved that it took time to play out over the story! The characters are what keep me invested in the Otherworld Assassin series but they are enough! Truly just all around fantastic cast of characters.
Narrated by George Newbern / Length 9 hrs and 11 mins
George did a fantastic job with the narration. His accents for Evangeline were even well done and I think spot-on for the character. The pacing, timing, and delivery were perfect for the pace of the story. I would listen to George again!
Final Thoughts: I am really hoping that the third book really brings it together for me. Sometimes it just takes that one book to make the others be complete!
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