Audiobook Review On How To Date Your Dragon
Mystic Bayou, LA is a special and unique town, one that the League of Interspecies Cooperation has its eye on. In an effort to uncover their secret for the blissful interspecies relations, the League sends in Jillian, one of their top recommended anthropologists to conduct a study on the residents. Jillian has worked her whole life for this opportunity and is elated about the new assignment, but will her research subjects be as enthusiastic about her as she is them? In an attempt to find Mystic Bayou's secrets, she uncovers more than what she bargained for! Will Jillian rise to the challenge, or will she run scared with her tail between her legs?
Doctor Jillian Ramsey arrives in Mystic Bayou with an open mind and almost a virgin like purity to her. She is smart and inquisitive, but when it comes to the social aspect of things, she is clueless. When she meets Mayor Zed and Sheriff Bael, she pretty much knows right off the bat how well her stay will be. The comedic circumstances, and interactions with others had me laughing right in Chapter One. The detailed descriptions of the smells, textures, and people came in just the right dose, as well as timing. Jillian does the best she can on such short notice, being as she was sent there last minute in place of Doctor Montez, her mentor and the head shit. But as Jillian begins her interviews with various town folk/shifters, she begins to show her true personality, which is quite annoying at times. She is very stubborn and wants to do everything herself, even though she has no idea how dangerous of a position she is in, and once she gets involved with the love interest, she pretty much blows off all the personal stuff he tells her. Now add a murder, then another, oh wait...one more. Instead of being concerned for her welfare, Jillian plugs away like that doesn't change shit, and gets angry with love interest when he wants to protect her! Fuck woman, you had your good points, now you're coming off like a douche! My perception of Jillian is not nice but her irritating self made the story what it is, so in my book it's all good. Now Bael, he is the love interest for Jillian. First off, he totally makes up for Jillian's sass, cause OMG! Bael is for real, sensitive, masculine, a lover and a fighter, and no shit sitting on a pile of lucky charms! Bael for sure has a brooding, tall, dark and handsome thing going on, but once Jillian gets in, he is all mushy inside, lol. I really loved Bael, all of him! And the town's people were so funny, and quirky, that they fit the bill for what this towns vibe was going for.
The story and plot was not to off the beaten path for the overall feel of the book. The plot has it's danger, but it wasn't to over the top, and fell right in line with what Jillian had uncovered. Jillian and the towns back story came into play throughout the book, which gave the story a nice depth to it that I was pleasantly surprised by. As far as happy endings, I was conflicted because Jillian pulled such an asshole move on Bael, that really pissed me off, but then had the outcome I wanted, with some reservations because Jillian was still being a tool! I almost feel like Jillian doesn't deserve Bael. Damn you Harper, I hate conflict! Ugh...that's all I'm saying, I'm done.
Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators! She is totally awesome, and fabulous! I always enjoy her comedic timing, along with the right touch of snark to her tone, lol. Hands down 5 Fangs. Jonathan Davis also narrated in Bael's POV parts of the book. I don't believe I have ever listened to anything by him before. I would have to double check that, but doesn't ring a bell. He did well. His take on the story was not as performance driven as Amanda's, more just like reading, but hey it didn't suck so there ya go. I can always appreciate a smooth voice, and excellent audio. Jonathan was cool, and I give him 3 Fangs.
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