Audiobook Review: Black and Blue by Gena Showalter

Posted November 21, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 15 Comments

Audiobook Review: Black and Blue by Gena ShowalterSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Simon & Schuster

Format: Audiobook

Black and Blue by Gena Showalter
Narrator: George Newbern
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins

Date Read: November 2013

Genre: PNR, Romance

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…

More Information:
Publisher: Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Series: Otherworld Assassin #2

Also by this author: Last Kiss Goodnight, Enslave Me Sweetly, Savor Me Slowly
Also in this series: Last Kiss Goodnight

My Thoughts on


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.

Audio Thoughts:

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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Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
Felicia S
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15 responses to “Audiobook Review: Black and Blue by Gena Showalter

  1. i have only read book 1 so far but it didn’t quite do it for me either. I stopped and restarted at least three different times. I think that’s part of why I’m having such a hard time getting the review on paper. i can’t quite explain what didn’t work but something was off. I had a bit of a problem with the connections between the Bible verses and the chapters. Most of them I couldn’t quite figure out why they were chosen. And I’m not sure how I felt about them being used in a book that doesn’t quite go with where you expect to see Bible verses.

  2. I really don’t like when the timeline gets fuzzy. I’m currently listening to In the Plex – how google works and it gets confusing when we are in 2005 and suddenly we are back in 2001 or even in 1999. It’s not cool!

  3. That’s exactly how I felt about the first book in the series Felicia. I was fully invested at times, but then not at all other times and it just left me feeling sad because I typically love Gena’s books so much. I think I’ll stick with the Lords and the Angels for now, though I do want to know some of these nicknames you mention!

    • Their bickering was awesome! However, the story still didn’t “mesh”. At this point I think I am sticking with it in hopes it all comes together.

  4. I listened to the first one on audio and think that’s what I’ll have to do with this one, too, although I own it in print. The first book was so different and I definitely didn’t love it, but the story has stuck with me so that’s saying a LOT for the book. I’m definitely on the fence with this series though….I’m hoping this book pushes me over it, although from your review, I may still be puzzled about why for this series…LOL! smiles…

    • I think it really is going to be one of those cases that something in the third book is going to light a lightbulb moment for me 🙂

      The Audio was just as good for this one!

  5. The timing through me off too after only reading the synopsis of book one. I don’t know how she is going to make the timeline work.