Carnal Urges: Queens & Monsters, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
- Relating to the pleasures of the body
- Given to sensual indulgence
- The man who kidnapped me
The devil has blue eyes, an Irish accent, and a hatred for me that runs deep.
He blames me for starting a war. Consorting with his enemies. Getting his men killed. Though I’m innocent on all charges, he wants his pound of flesh. With an eye on revenge, he makes me his captive.
But as we’ll both soon discover, there are more powerful urges than that for revenge.
When the devil meets his match but she’s his sworn enemy, that’s when the real war begins.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 33 minutes|
|Narrator||Troy Duran, Michelle Sparks, Brooke Daniels|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 22, 2021|
|Publisher||J.T. Geissinger, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,010 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#58 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#169 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,094 in Romantic Suspense (Books)
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This book was just not very good. I loved the Beautifully Cruel books, and the last book with Natalie and Kage was decent, but this one didn’t do it for me for several reasons.
Declan, kidnaps Sloane, apparently because in the first book she caused the start of a war between the Irish and the Russians. Right off the bat, Sloane – who is just as sarcastic and and outrageous as she was in the first book - doesn’t cower in fear and instead sasses Declan as soon as she wakes up. Declan, who is the head of the Irish mafia, talks back to her in the same tone. I got the feeling the author wanted this to be some sort of screwball comedy, where Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell would spend five minutes on screen with snappy, witty banter. But mostly it sounded juvenile and it wasn’t witty. Any minute I expected one of them to say, “I know you are, but what am I?” There would be one line that was kind of funny, but it was followed by several that just were so dull. It saddens me to think that a bunch of people are going to give this 5 stars and talk about how the banter was so witty.
She also mentioned that she has been taking self-defense for 10 years, with no specific martial art referenced. She breaks a couple of noses, and it is intimated that she puts eight Marines to shame in an altercation she can’t remember. That’s just laughable. I mean, I know this is fiction but c’mon you have to try to be believable. Eight trained Marines got beat up by one single woman, whose martial arts was not even named.
There is SO much talking in this book. I like a good mix of dialogue and internal thoughts. Sometimes a book just has too much internal thought process, and those are boring, but this one was super boring when the talking went for pages. In one scene the MMC and the FMC cannot quit comparing what their IQs are, and the FMC mentions her IQ later on in the book, and for the life of me I cannot figure out what that whole exercise was about. Wow, the lead characters in an online romance book are intelligent.
Included in my dislike for this book is the spanking issue. I wrote a bunch of stuff, but when I was done it looked like a dissertation, so let me just say this. I’m not here to judge anyone’s kinks, but it bothers me that women are written in books as wanting to be so severely spanked that they can’t sit down, without any explanation as to why a woman might want that. There are no reflections on her part about why she suddenly enjoys being whipped with a belt and then later with a whipping implement that she chooses. All consensual, except for the first spanking, which is punishment for her sass. The MMC opines that strong women like to be dominated in the bedroom. I know strong women who don’t mind being bossed around in the bedroom, even with a little hair tugging and rough stuff, but none of them want to be beaten with a belt. There are a couple of conversations meant to assure us that the MMC is really the slave here and the woman has all the power, and that kneeling at his feet during dinner is not humiliation but worship, but come on. It’s like a man wrote this.
I don’t know that I will read the third book in the series, not only because I want to skip anymore MMCs whaling on FMC behinds, but also because I can’t slog through another talkfest. I don’t think I read reviews before I read this book, but I will certainly read them before the next one.
Declan is the newly appointed head of the Irish mafia in Boston. He had a mission but amongst the mission he found himself in a mafia war stuck with an infuriatingly sexy and relentless captive. She’s an unexpected complication.
Our girl Sloane is a force. She is fierce and intelligent. Her ability to unsettle her captor and win over his crew is scarily charming. She may be held captive, but she is fearless. She knows her worth and never backs down.
The sassy yoga instructor has met her match in the grumpy gangster. He has his secrets. His line of work requires callousness and fearlessness. She has built a wall around her heart. He finds a soft spot for the irresistibly sexy prisoner. That banter became the gateway to an incendiary connection that exploded.
This is a complex story with so many secrets. Declan is all alpha. He demands submission and she fights him every step…until he breaks down her walls. Once he was all in with Sloane, there was no turning back. Till death do us part takes on a whole new meaning.
The tension is palpable. The sex scenes are some of the hottest and most emotional I have ever read. The characters are well-developed and totally lovable. Once I started I could not put it down and didn’t want it to end. Declan is what book boyfriend fantasies are made of. I absolutely loved it.
I received an ARC of this book, and I have never been more anxious or happy to write my honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
We met Sloane Keller (BFF of Natalie) in book #1, and she came across as a feisty, no holds barred, serial dater.
When she is kidnapped by Declan O'Donnell (Top dog of the Irish Mob) watch the sparks fly!!
The banter (craich) and dialogue between these two is funny and witty... loved it.
As their relationship develops, we find out so much more about their characters and back stories.
Nothing is as it seems...
This story has lots of thrills, plots and twists with plenty of steam.
Carnal Urges is so compelling and engaged me from beginning to end. Loved it and looking forward to reading #3 in this series.
"Love knows not it's own depth until the hour of separation"
So, yeah. Silly me should have read that bit where it says book 2 of 3.
Self-assured, super clever Alfa gal? Check.
Big, tough, dark and handsome Alfa guy? Accents? Kink? Check. Check and check.
Not everything or everyone is as it seems, the hits keep on coming into the very last paragraph and the next book in the series cannot come soon enough. This series hits all the right spots (pun intended), and my only complaint is the the books always feel too short.
I am obsessed with this book.
Head over heals for it.
I can’t get over how incredible it was, how much I laughed and cried and swooned.
Declan is my ultimate book boyfriend after this. A true King.
And Sloane is my favourite ever book girlfriend. So fierce, so sassy. A true Queen.