Audiobook Review: Fury’s Kiss

Author: Nicola R. White

Narrator: Elizabeth Tebb

Length: 9 hours 2 minutes

Series: New England Furies, Book 1

Publisher: Strange Roads Press

Released: Sep. 18, 2017

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Tara Walker dreams of more excitement than slinging plates of seafood for Cape Cod tourists, but as she learns when she is attacked and forced to fight for her life, fate sometimes has a funny way of giving you exactly what you wish for. Faced with strange new powers and embroiled in a murder investigation, Tara must now race to uncover the secrets of the ancient Fury that has woken inside of her – and of the evil that stalks her.

As if Tara’s life hasn’t gotten complicated enough, she is forced to ally herself with Jackson Byrne, witness to her assault and uncle to a pint-sized oracle whose fate is intertwined with hers. Skeptical, stubborn, and oh-so-sexy, Jackson wrestles with demons of his own. He is determined to ignore the attraction rising between them even faster than the body count, but like it or not, he and Tara need each other if they are to unravel the mysteries that surround them.

Nicola R. White comes from a small city on the east coast of Canada where ghost stories and superstitions abound. Although she is a lawyer by profession, her passion is reading and writing fiction. In 2016, Nicola’s debut novel, Fury’s Kiss, won the $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Romance. She is currently producing her first graphic novel.

Nicola is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. She is a frequent guest and speaker at literary events such as Word on the Street and Hal-Con, the largest sci fi/fantasy convention east of Montreal.

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Narrator Bio

I am a literacy specialist with experience performing in a number of roles. Having spent a great deal of time speaking publicly as both an educator and an administrator, I have accrued a varied skill set that I feel confident I can use to advance and advertise bodies of work. My passion for literature drives me to bring the voices within it to life.

 

Another great combination of modern times and Greek mythology. That’s how I would describe this book. Definitely it could have been better, but I liked what I’ve read/listened and to me, that’s good enough.

Our main character learns that her mind is not necessarily her own. As described by the blurb, she has awakened the Fury inside her and with that Fury, she starts learning things about her neighbors and friends she would have never imagined. Furies, witches, oracles and best friends come together to find out who is chasing after Tara and the oracle inhabiting little Ruby. The plot put me at the edge of my seat and it took me no time to get into the story. I appreciated the author’s research into Greek mythology and how she braded this into “Fury’s Kiss”.

Our main character has to learn how to split her mind, has to learn how to tap into her Fury and make friends with her. Her dual perspective was beautifully presented and her efforts to accept this new side of hers are described well also. Once she and Alecto come together, they vow to be at each other’s side, not only in body, but also mind. I wished this would have been better described as it is a very interesting connection between two different personalities.

What made me not give the full rating is the fact that all things happen too fast or too sudden and people tend to accept what Tara is as a matter of fact. Yes, she has a full support system in her best friends and she has a strange attraction towards Jackson Byrne but these were too out of the blue. On some level, I think the atmosphere needed more building and even more suspenseful surroundings. The attraction between Tara and Jackson also felt a little forced.

The narration was exceptional to say the least. Elizabeth Tebb is amazing! How she disguised her voice to match Jackson’s or Nora’s and how she managed to capture the Fury Alecto’s voice as a badass goddess (excuse the “bottom” word). She did it and she did it so so well! I loved the audio version of this book and she has all the credits!

All in all, I’m giving 3.5 stars to “Fury’s Kiss”, as I would have wanted to see some aspects of the story better presented and others insisted upon. But I liked it and I am sure you will enjoy it as well. I will for sure follow up on the series, as there are two more Furies to discover and they sound even tougher! Happy Reading/Listening!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nicola R. White. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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