Dannika Dark returns to the blog today with the sixth book in the always entertaining Crossbreed series, narrated by Nicole Poole
Taking a bit of a break from the non-stop action and information uncovering, this story focuses more on Raven and Christian, and how they came to be the people they are. Raven is visiting with her father and taking a break from Christian – they aren’t speaking and she needs a break to regroup and relax. But, this is the Crossbreed world, and ‘relax’ isn’t a word that fits well in this world. Again, Dark has managed to build the expansion of the world to fit with the one so well-detailed to this point, and Raven’s Da is pretty much what you’d expect – a bit snarky, a touch tender and of course he’s being threatened by something ‘more’ than what is apparent. The moments between Raven and her father are clever and feel plausible, and her father’s reaction to Christian with the barbs they exchange and the conflict that really isn’t – as they both want only the best for Raven.
Poor Christian though, as we see his life and what brought him to this point, and both he and Raven have endured so much to get to where they are and aren’t, it almost felt as if we all needed this break to better understand them both, and thus their connection. And it’s most certainly there – full of light and funny moments, some awful events and threats from the outsiders who felt as if they could influence, for the worse, the connection he and Raven share. When you add in lions, a bitchy vamp and some funny asides from other members of the team, Raven’s Da and even from Raven and Christian themselves, this is a story that provides a nice interlude from the non-stop questions and action and allows everyone a moment to breathe.
Nicole Poole, again, performs the story and becomes a highlight with her deft voicing for both Raven and Christian. It’s easy to pick them out from scenes as her voicing has remained consistent, and her performance never falters – introducing new and familiar characters, giving them life and form, and adding moments to ‘breathe’ where laughter or tension is the only response. She’s brought these characters and this story into an ‘experience’ as nothing of the author’s intention is lost in this performance and keeping listeners hanging on her every word.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Author: Dannika Dark
Series: Crossbreed #6
Also in this series: Keystone, Ravenheart, Deathtrap, Gaslight
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 15 January, 2019
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 35 minutes
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Raven Black risks it all for loyalty and love in this stunning continuation in the USA Today bestselling Crossbreed series.
Raven returns to her childhood home to rebuild her severed relationship with her father. After a long year of capturing violent criminals and thwarting assassination plots, she could use a vacation.
But trouble is brewing on the home front. When Raven discovers her father is in financial peril, she’s determined to set things right even if it means sacrificing her heart in the process. Meanwhile, her relationship with Christian is on shaky ground when a skeleton falls out of his closet. Will they be able to leave the past behind, or is the trust between them dead and buried?
When the bonds of love are put to the test, only the courageous will prevail.
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.