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Thursday, January 14, 2016

AudioBook Review: Revealed To Him by Jen Frederick

Revealed to Him 
(Kerr Chronicles Series #3)
by Jen Frederick
Narrators: Sebastian York and Carly Robins 

Handsome and tough Jake Tanner, a veteran and the owner of a successful security firm, never lets his past hold him back. Despite his prosthetic hand and foot, women swoon over him—and with him between the sheets. Yet Jake feels bored and restless…until he’s hired to protect a beautiful writer whose life is in terrible danger.

Self-imprisoned by the fear of the anonymous stalkers who threaten her life, video-game writer Natalie Beck now only dreams of the world outside her pink-bedecked apartment. Trusting people again is off-limits. But the more time Jake spends with her, the more his professional commitment evolves from simple duty to scorching desire. While deeply sensual sparks ignite between the two, the danger outside circles closer. Will Jake’s intense devotion be enough to save Natalie? Or will she turn away from the one man willing to do anything to save her?

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Viviana's Review: 
I'll be completely honest here... I never meant to read "Reveal To Him", but I accidentally click on the widget and I got approved. The idea of the story was okay but it wasn't jumping out to me and I hadn't read the previous books in the series so I wasn't sure if it would be an issue or not. Also, I've read one or two books by the author in the past and they have been okay. With "so many books, so little time", I didn't want to take on a book I wasn't going to be all giddy about wanting to read. However, I got approved and I'm a girl of her word. I was happy to learn that Sebastian York was narrating the audiobook and so I purchased it to see if I'd like it better in audiobook version. 

I was pleasantly surprised at the beginning not only by the narrators, but by the characters, and story itself! Jake, while an alpha male is very sweet and funny. He is sincere and patient. Natalie is quirky and cute in that she can be your BFF. She is smart and sassy.
While Natalie is suffering with a mental disorder, Jake has a physical limitations in that he has two prosthetic limbs. Though Jake is significantly further along in his recovery there are still things he must 'deal with' when it comes to people and how they see him.

The heroine is agoraphobic due to stalkers and an assault. She is currently an author but was originally a 'screen writer' for a game. Jen, the author, address two very important topics with the heroine and the situation - Natalie, an original game developer is obviously female, in a male dominated industry. The amount of backlash she received upon people, fans, gamers and peers, finding out her gender exists true today. Then Natalie becomes an author in the Scifi genre which again, is typically read and written by males and due to this, she feels she must use a gender neutral name, however one many believe to be male. While the issue was address in the fact that it was mentioned, that's it. Natalie doesn't deal nor "fight" to remain a gamer in the industry nor does she let her readers know her true identity for her author persona. I think while the issue is a great one to bring up, if the character isn't going to 'do something about it" then what's the point?

Unfortunately, there is INSTA-LOVE... while in the beginning of the story, they seem to be getting to know each other, and that is what I was enjoying the most. Their conversations. Then when they finally get together, OMG, it's like "You're MY EVERYTHING" Dude, it's been a week. Take a second! Then there's the forgotten matter of the finding who is now stalking Natalie... yeah, it seems to have gone to the back burner. Then it's rushed at the end and it's a bit obvious and disappointing. 

Narrator's Review: Both Sebastian and Carly did an amazing job! Carly brought the character of Natalie to life. Sebastian brings the sexiness of the males to the forefront. I wish that they each would read their own gender (i.e. Carly the female characters and Sebastian the males) at the same time. THAT would be awesome.

Overall, it was a good audiobook as the narrators really did their jobs in bringing that extra dimension to the story. I'm sort of curious about the next book IF it's about Jake's sister and his friend.... 

Rating: 3 Stars - It was okay

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance, in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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