Written by C.L. Schneider ⎮ Narrated by Cassandra King
Author: C.L. Schneider
Narrator: Cassandra King
Series: Nite Fire, Volume 1
Length: 15 hours 51 minutes
Publisher: C.L. Schneider
Released: November 30, 2018
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My life ended when I was 16. Not literally - I’m no ghost, I just feel like one. It's a byproduct of losing your pack to a plague that skips you by like you’re not worth the effort. Chose all the good ones and you’re what was left behind. Survivor’s guilt, people call it. I just call it like I see it.
I do a decent job of going through the motions. I’ve got a good reputation as an alpha, and everyone loves to joke about the only vegan alpha in North America. Some days even I’m convinced that this is it. As good as it gets.
Then Dylan Kapernit walks into my shop and blows that theory to hell.
It's like everything was gray and now there’s technicolor. He pops, no matter what corner he tries to hide in. Like my eye can’t help but be drawn to him, just to make sure he’s alright.
There’s something about this widowed father that brings my protective alpha instincts surging to the surface. In ways I’ve forgotten how to handle.
So of course my efforts to make things better only make it all worse. Put Dylan, his whole family in danger. For a second, I forgot about the curse of being me.
But I won’t forget again. And I’ll do whatever it takes to make it right.
To make sure nothing ever threatens the man I love again. Even once I’m gone.
After my mate died, I was sure I would never love again. But I’ve got a track record of being wrong about everything.
I thought Micah and I would grow old together. That one stupid mistake couldn’t destroy my whole world. That I could be enough for my daughter, that I could make up for my past sins. I thought I was doing okay.
I don’t know what I believe in anymore, but I know its not myself. Which is why I can’t tell if Jack Hickam is my redemption or my punishment.
One moment he’s everything I thought I’d never have again, and the next he’s my new greatest mistake, bringing unimaginable danger to my door. My daughter’s door.
Only now it seems I was wrong again, that I turned my back on the one man who just wanted to have it. I don’t know if I’m too late to fix things. I always have been before.
All I know is I still have to try.
This 50,000 word novel about vegan alphas, mpreg, and life after loss comes complete with a HEA no one’s immune to - as long as they’re over 18!
This audiobook was provided by its author, C.L. Schneider, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, C.L.!
As a fan of urban fantasy and mystery books, the blurb on this book intrigued me. A strong no BS female protagonist? Check. A police procedural with interesting murders (she's an arson investigator). Double Check. She's a shapeshifter trying to fit in and protect humans (after being an assassin!). Wow. Yes, please. Plus her personal life is messy. Now you're just over the top. So, prepare yourself to be sucked in by this gritty, dark urban fantasy which is filled with mystery, action, romance, danger, dragons, shifters and other intriguing fantasy creatures.
The main character of Dalia is so well developed that you empathize with her (and fear for her) as she tries to hide the truth of who she really is from her police partners. However, the pain she endures in trying to keep her secrets, resulting in her feeling she must keep relationships at bay - which at times makes her appear to be aloof - also creates the turmoil within her character, as she allows the distance she has held with others to melt - even just a bit. This conflict and loneliness allows you to understand when she engages (again) with her former lover, who is absolutely wrong for her but he knows her secrets and is a habit she can't shake because in the moment... Well, in the moment, who is really thinking clearly? And the dialogue just crackles. You will laugh as she shows up the guys at the gym.
The backstory/world building which resulted in Dalia's fall from grace and ending up on Earth was well drawn out and helped you understand her need to protect humans (and her current home). I enjoyed how her dragon lineage helped her investigate arson (fire breather - get it?) and helped her cover up any possible other worldly connections to the crimes.
The narrator, Cassandra King, was phenomenal. She has an excitement in her voice which pulls you into the story as the action ramps up. She did different voices for the various characters, allowing the listener to easily differentiate them. There were no audio issues.