Good Intentions Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls isn't the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school.
Then, he stumbles upon the ritual, the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes, and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus. It’s hardly the sort of challenge a guy can face with dignity when he still lives at home with his mom.
Alex never imagined falling for an immortal demon seductress or that he’d spend his nights dodging her co-workers, her old boss, and every other supernatural freak in Seattle. He never thought a woman like Lorelei could have a rival like Rachel, either. But then, nobody ever said adulthood would be easy.
Warning: Good Intentions contains violence, explicit sex, nudity, inappropriate use of church property, portrayals of beings divine and demonic bearing little or no resemblance to established religion or mythology, trespassing, bad language, sacrilege, blasphemy, attempted murder, arguable murder, divinely mandated murder, justifiable murder, filthy murder, sexual promiscuity, kidnapping, attempted rape (which is never comedy), immolation of said attempted rapists, consistent abuse of vampires (which is always comedy), arson, dead animals, desecrated graves, gang activity, theft, assault and battery, panties, misuse of the 911 system, fantasy depictions of sorcery and witchcraft, multiple references to various matters of fandom, questionable interrogation tactics, cell phone abuse, reckless driving, even more explicit sexuality, illegal use of firearms within city limits, polyamory, abuse of authority, hit-and-run driving, destruction of private property, underage drinking, disturbances of the peace, disorderly conduct, internet harassment, bearers of false witness, mayhem, dismemberment, falsification of records, tax evasion, bad study habits, and an uncomfortably sexy mother.
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|Listening Length||22 hours and 3 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 18, 2015|
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#19,680 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#322 in Urban Fantasy
#541 in Paranormal Fantasy
#575 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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Good Intentions is about a young college student named Alex who stumbles upon a weird crime while he is taking photographs for an art class in a cemetery in the middle of the night. Three men have brutalized and are about to start raping two women. Alex steps in to help them without realizing that the situation is much worse than he understands it to be. In the world of Good Intentions, magic is real and the would-be rapists are trying to bind an angel and a succubus to them through their black arts. Alex, thanks to his interference, accidentally receives the mystic bonds to the supernatural women.
Then things get weird. Rachel is a foul-mouthed angel looking to fight much more aggressively against the hordes of evil than the heavenly host currently favors. Lorelei is a three thousand year old evil temptress who is quite relieved to no longer be bound to her dark master. Alex is a basically good guy with a past that proves to be much more complicated than it would first appear. The binding of these three beings subtly changes the balance of supernatural power in the Seattle area and leads them and Alex’s friends into a salvation-or-damnation level fight with the local supernatural community.
What raises this book to five star quality is the excellent character development and the slow and credible character growth, especially of the succubus, Lorelei. It sneaks up on you, but the book is worth reading for that aspect of it alone. Add in the hard-driving action, excellent supporting cast, fantastic surprises and general high quality of the writing and you have a book that will make you very happy there are sequels waiting to be read.
The most important thing I can say to a potential reader is read the Warning first. It is pretty accurate, but at the same time, it is what got me to want to read the book. The second most important thing I can say is this has a lot of sex in it. I'm not going to say 30% as another reviewer said, because I am not sure if it is that high, however it is frequent, it is an important part of the story, and some people may be offended by it.
This story is pretty much a young man's dream. The protagonist, Alex, is a good guy, that at the start of the story just has never been lucky with his dating life. He lives with his mother, alone, and is just going to college. He has had friends that were girls that never developed into a romantic relationship, and he has three very close friends that are males. Then, something happens, and Alex, ever the good guy, stumbles forth with good intentions. He stops a sacrifice by a mad sorcerer, and the consequences fall on him. And I guess it is not a spoiler to say the victims of the sacrifice were to be an angel and a succubus, as they appear on the front cover.
These consequences completely change his life, and he is propelled into a world of fantasy and desire, action and adventure, and challenges he would not have expected. With him are his best friends, Drew, Wade, and Jason. Along the way he picks up more friends and allies, but it comes back to him being a good guy.
Almost all of Alex's friends are strong supporting characters with believable backgrounds and some unexpected skills. The story is part comedy, part romance/erotic romance, and part adventure.
While I can't agree with a lot of positions in this book, I enjoyed it immensely enjoyed this book. I also thought the follow up books "Natural Consequences" and "Personal Demons" were entertaining as well.
Aaaand, DNF at 7%, for that very reason but x1000. This is awful, when the premise had such promise. Plus, the snarky angel left, and that removed the dynamic I enjoyed the most. We started off in Alex's head entirely, but ever after the reader has NO IDEA who each sentence belongs to. It's disruptive and destroys immersion and connection to a character. Terrible, lazy habit, head-hopping. If you write, this is a great example of why you avoid this particular beginner mistake.
I don't care if this is, perhaps, just how the author writes. I care about my own experience and thus won't read anything else by Elliot Kay.
With that said this book and its sequels get preachy. The story begins spending more and more effort trying to trumpet the virtues of completley open relationships and "getting your fun where you can"; especially in the second book (as far as I could get so far but with every indication that it will just get worse). Most of the professing of love between the protagonist and his love interests involve them telling him to sleep around and, eventually, to let them sleep around; and how heaven has no problem with it.
And so I've dropped the series and wanted to warn anyone who cares that that appears to be the central tennet of the books.
Top reviews from other countries
This book seriously outshines the vast majority of twiglet-style fiction out there. The characters are thoroughly likeable without becoming two dimensional parodies and develop over the course of the book, the humour is very evident in a dry and often caustic way, the sex (of which there is copious quantity of) is handled remarkably well and avoids falling in any unpleasant directions.
Excellent book, have grabbed the follow-up volume, which hopefully will be as much fun.
Also I challenge anyone to not seriously laugh out loud at some of the comments Rachel comes out with in the book ! Lorelei may get most of the action but Rachel gets the best lines !