AudioBook Review: Out of the Box, Complete Series by Kallysten

AudioBook Review

Follow Virginia as she takes the plunge to discover just what is so intriguing about vampires in this complete collection of ten novellas from Kallysten.  One of the best things about this story, and all of Kallysten’s stories for me, is the emotional connection that you develop with the characters, human or vampire, and the issues that are recognized by many of us, from personal or friend experience.

In this story, Virginia is bored and after multiple years of not doing the daring thing, at 33 she decides to go to a known ‘Vampire friendy” nightclub to see what the fuss is about.  Without any real plan, but open ended intentions, she is drawn to a smooth, suave, sexy and handsome vampire named Anando. Instantly their connection is electric, and although she is nervous, she is also too intrigued and tired of doing the ‘safe’ thing to back away. 

What starts as a one-night of abandoned pleasure for Virginia soon becomes an undeniable attraction between the two of them as Anando slowly helps her to discover her own inner strength and fuels her confidence both with and without him.  And then, Kallysten throws a monkey wrench into the works, and the story turns darker and sadder: they both have issues that their own lack of communication and misplaced concerns for one another pull them apart.

A rollercoaster of emotions that are only offset or enhanced by the sexual tensions and sensual moments and other heartfelt interactions where the two share their secrets and fears, this story will have you squirming, smiling and even teary at some points, even as you want more.  Secondary characters are introduced to play off the couple, and perhaps even to play with: but they all arrive in ways to make you want more.

Narration in this story is provided by Hollie Jacobs, and she does a good job presenting the characters and not over-reaching for ddramatically different tones for character voices, making good choices to change delivery speed and emphasis to better delineate the characters.  As Virginia, her voice gradually takes on a more confident approach and becomes less tentative as Virginia herself starts to grow and become more confident: a nice combination of performance meeting the text in a way that enhances both.

I love Kallysten’s books – perfect escapist reads with emotional and character content and development that feels familiar even in highly fictional settings.  You can listen to this audiobook in sections, as broken up by the 10 novellas it contains, or go for it and listen to it all at once….but listen. Or read. You won’t regret it.

Stars:  Overall: 5  Narration:  4  Story: 5

AudioBook Review: Out of the Box, Complete Series  by Kallysten

Title: Out of the Box: The Complete Series
Author: Kallysten
Genre: BDSM, Menage, Vampires
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Published by: Self-Produced
Format:Audiobook
Source: Author
Pages: 196
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 29 minutes
Rated: five-stars
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The first time Virginia went to the dance club On The Edge, she only wanted to find out what a night in a vampire¿s arms would be like. Anando showed her it could be much, much more than she had imagined.

Over the next few months, every time she returned he continued to stretch her imagination and the boundaries she tried to set on their relationship.

Soon, though, Anando¿s limits were tested as much as Virginia¿s when their sexual encounters gave way to feelings neither of them had expected.

This is the entire Out of the Box series, volumes 1 through 10, collected in one audiobook. It also includes the freebie "Dancing" which is available on the author¿s website. It does not include new material.

A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Kallysten

Kallysten is a writer of romance novels and short stories, most of them with paranormal elements.

Her first eBooks were published by Linden Bay Romance in 2005. The defunct Venus Press subsequently published a few of her short stories. Because so many of her stories are linked as series and part of the same universe, she decided it would make sense to have them all in the same place, which is why she self-published, first with the co-op Alinar Publishing and now on her own. When she sees calls for submissions that speak to her muse, she sometimes tries for them, and was published this way by Samhain and Torquere.

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