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The Bargainer, Book 1
Auteur(s): Laura Thalassa
Narrateur(s): Susannah Jones
Durée: 9 h et 46 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (57 évaluations)

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Description

Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she's been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she's received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He's a man who can get you anything you want...at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he's never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it's just a chaste kiss - a single bead's worth - and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it's more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that's been awoken.

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he'll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

©2016 Laura Thalassa (P)2017 Laura Thalassa

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I kept waiting for something to actually happen...

Such of a long buildup to a frankly very disappointing and rushed ending.
It could have been SO much more but instead the main plot line was pushed aside to “develop” the characters, as in developing very Mary Sue traits in both Callie and The Bargainer.
They’re both sooo beautiful and sooo perfect and frankly the only flaw of the Bargainer’s is that he’s a low key pedophile who was willing to be with Callie when she was still 16 but only couldn’t because of their bargain. Yuck.
It also took until past 3/4 into the book for their relationship to be fully explained, and even then, Callie would have unexplained bursts of anger (which felt like an attempt to have some actual action going in a nonexistent plot).
The black best friend trope was agonizing to listen to, but I do admit that the narration as a whole/ for the characters other than Temper was good, if not a little fast.
Sex scenes were.... fast too hahaha.
I know that there are other books but this one was so disappointing that I’m not even going to attempt the other ones. Sorry!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Wow. So Excellent. Bring on the next! I can’t wait!

The story is funny, edgy, interesting, extremely well written, anxious, dangerous, exciting, adventurous... the reading is astonishing and so filled with personality it is ridiculously hard to turn off. The inner monologue is so well written and then acted spot on. I think every character is overflowing with life and so distinguishable from each other that it becomes an inevitability for the audience to grow attached to each one. I am endeared to Callie and crack up over her traits from “Guffawing” to flipping the bird. I can hear it. I can see it. I can imagine it and I am so looking forward to more exhilarating story telling. Laura, I am hooked on your writing and will treasure your talent. You are the type of writer, and provide the type of characterization, I crave. Every character is sculpted into living and breathing entities. Your sentences are composed of articulately chosen words that easily allow listeners to envision the world you’re sharing without ever stumbling. It is never clumsy. Only graceful and dirty, raunchy and sexy and hilarious and sincere all entangled together into an envelope of affection. Susannah, damn girl! You rocked it! You are exactly the type of actor that brings audiobooks to life with every colour of the spectrum! You lilt and emphasize and whisper and proclaim so well that you took an excellent story and made it even more vibrant. You two make an exceptional team. Thank you!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Love this series

I was so pleasantly surprised with how much I love this series. Dark, sexy, funny. I just really enjoyed the characters so much. I'm a sucker for the girl falling for the dark characters. Great sex scenes! I'ma Laura Thalassa fan for life.
Narration is spot on and well done, her voice fits the characters well.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Great book, gripping and interesting!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I came across it while browsing genres and was surprised by how much I like it. Thrilling, interesting, and gripping! Could not stop listening. I did not expect the story line at all, and had to get the second book right away because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Highly recommend - recommend for adult audiences***

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Starting book 2 right away!

This probably deserves 4 stars, but I am very lenient and as long as I overall loved it, I give mostly 5 star ratings lol. I wasn’t sure how detailed the dirty was going to get. But oh, it sure did. But not until towards the end. I like that it was there, but didn’t take over the story like other romances can. Who knows come book 2 though! Hahaha

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

fan-flippin-tastic

the narrator was awesome. really brought the book to life. can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!

  • Au global
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    5 out of 5 stars

original storyline

I really enjoyed the narrator, and the story. I found that it was original and had drawn me in right away. The only concern I have is the interaction between the main male and female characters. I feel that the main male character Desmond, is always leading and Calli is following.

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  • Killian
  • Stockholm
  • 2017-04-11

I'm so glad I read this

I was about to skip over this book because the summary was a bit confusing but the reviews said it was worth a shot. I was not disappointed. I loved that the worlds were established enough but not overly explained to follow along smoothly. The main character is tough and funny (didn't expect that!) and the side characters are interesting. Of course the love interest was ¡¡HOT!! and really every fantasy style romance man but he was everything I'd look for so I was super happy. the plot is interesting and engaging and there wasn't a moment I though "hmmm wonder when something fascinating is going to happen"
It's not just well written! Oh no. Susannah Jones gives one of the BEST performances I've heard on audible and I've been a member for a long time and gone through about 100 books. Susannah where have you been all my life!? She give great tones and has amazing character voices. She gives one of the best sexy male voices I've heard, better than some men! Her delivery is natural and impeccable. Enough so I might just get another book she's narrated based on her being part of it alone!

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Victoria
  • 2018-05-26

I tried to finish it, I did

The narrator was fine, but the story had too many major things that rubbed me the wrong way. For starters our love interest meets our protagonist when she’s 15. FIFTEEN. And he’s already making suggestive remarks. And the creepiness is borderline ignored because in this world the legal age is 16. Still gross. My biggest issue is how controlling the men are in this book, mainly our love interest, and the protagonist rarely puts up a fight. She gets angry but she’s literally being forced to do things and she get over it in what seems like 30 seconds. Oddly enough, what made me turn this off, even though it was the least important problem to me, is the stereotypical portrayal of her black best friend. The “giiirrrlll”s and the “hey bitch”es and the “black Jesus”s literally grated on my nerves so much I couldn’t force myself to finish. I say this as a black woman, if you can’t write a black character who uses AAVE without resorting to these sorts of cliches, it’s totally okay to write their dialogue like literally every other character. Like come on. Our protagonist and her best friend have an extended conversation later in the book and the friend said nookie, I swear to god this woman said nookie, and I had to hit stop before I scratched my own ears off. What year is it?! If you can look past the borderline pedophilia, the glossing over obviously abusive relationships, and just annoying black stereotypes, hey you might enjoy it. But I could never get into the story because either our girl is being forced into something and brushing it off, we’re having a flashback of her when she was basically a child and coming on to a grown man, or heaven forbid her best friend *speaks*. This book exhausted me.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amy
  • 2017-04-20

Love the plot

I would have given 5 starts in each category but the narrator voice for Dez was so weird sounding. Like a high school speaking like her boyfriend. That through me off. It also mad it hard to connect with Dez. However, the story was so good I just had to power through.

I love this plot and I can't wait to see what happens next. I think we find out there is more to Callie than we first thought. I hope we find out what the plan is for those creepy little kids.

Overall great read!

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • S. E.
  • 2018-02-24

Honestly baffled

Would you try another book from Laura Thalassa and/or Susannah Jones?

The reader, maybe. The author, "SWEET BABY JESUS" no.

What character would you cut from Rhapsodic?

Haha this book has like 5 characters total and most of them appear in 3 scenes at most. You could still cut half of them and nothing of value would be lost.

Any additional comments?

I have written and deleted many things already. What do I want to say? How do I properly express how much this book annoyed me? My two main thoughts while listening:

1. Any of the elements of this story could have been enjoyable if they were done well.
2. This is kind of embarrassing. Just a general embarrassment all around.

I think I can describe this book best by describing the male lead. SPOILERS MAYBE? Not much happens in this book, y'all.

He is an enormous man with the face of a woman. He wears old band shirts (so cool). His arms have muscles (and you WILL be reminded). He has a predatory, nefarious, wicked, sinful, evil, vicious, thesaurus-exhausting smile. Our protagonist breathlessly insists constantly, in nearly every scene that he is a terrible man who does terrible things to people and will do terrible things to her. He is the king of the night! He is the king of sex! So what will he do to her now that he's come to collect on her debts?

He kisses her. He takes her furniture shopping. He helps her get away from an angry ex-boyfriend. He stocks up his kitchen with all her favorite foods. He takes her traveling. He wants her to stop drinking so much, it's not good for her. He wants her to have her own friends because she's too isolated. He wants her to talk about her feelings and their relationship. He blocks her sexual advances because he'd rather cuddle and marathon Harry Potter movies. He fixes everything in the end by assuring her that she is beautiful. What.

So many things in this book would be entertaining if they weren't played so embarrassingly straight. Up until the last hour, all it is is the two main leads interacting, interspersed constantly with flashbacks of them interacting even more. I honestly can't remember any of these scenes because it is really just one really long conversation and we know how it resolves from the moment it starts. None of this would be a problem if I liked the main leads. But I don't. Because the book says they're one thing, they are actually a different thing, and I don't like any of the things.

OK, I need to stop now or I never will. I just wanted to put my thoughts down because it was the interesting premise and glowing reviews that made me buy this book.

Good ideas, bad execution. Reader did her best with it. "I AM THE NIGHT!"

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Leslie
  • 2017-04-11

Swears, Flashbacks, and Adult Audiences

Any additional comments?

This is not as much as a review, and more of a, "Let me tell you what I wish I had known."

I was drawn in by the story description and by all of the positive reviews, and the beautiful cover. I was eager to get started on it.

I only got about 1/2 way through before stopping. BUT, I do agree with a majority of the readers, what I did get through was gripping, interesting, and a really good read.

That aside, their are some things I wish I had known before getting this book, that I hope will help someone else make their purchasing decision.

1. This book swears a lot more than I am comfortable with. There are a lot of F-bombs, and I didn't like hearing them.

2. Every chapter starts with a flashback. Some reviewers found this tastefully done, I found there to be too many, and found them a bit of a bore, taking away from the main storyline.

3. This is definitely a book suited for mature audiences. I guess I could have gotten that from the cover, but there was a lot of sexual components that I didn't find tasteful.

It you don't have issues with any of the things I listed above, you may have just found a new favorite book. The writing is, overall, really well done. Plus the narrator does a great job.

87 personnes sur 104 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sanamkhangura
  • 2017-03-03

Amazing!

Would you listen to Rhapsodic again? Why?

Definitely! Great book and awesome narrator! I read this book when it was released on kindle. As soon as I received an email from the author for the release of this audiobook, I purchased. Laura Thalassa is an automatic purchase for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Des! Do I need a reason?

Have you listened to any of Susannah Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end!

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Brekah S.
  • 2019-06-06

its okay

Not the storyline, that I anticipated. Not a bad book, but most likely won't finish the series

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-18

disappointed

I was looking for much more fantasy and not soft porn. I wanted something more along the lines of The Cruel Prince, and this was really, really far from it. Not necessarily bad, just really not what I was looking for.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • brianna
  • 2019-04-22

Good but basic

Pretty decently written, but the story line is not something *really new*. Characters are pretty good but slightly predictable.

1 personnes sur 1 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Magdalena
  • 2019-02-02

tedious

despite winter holiday, lots of travel ideal for lightweight books, I could not bear to bring myself to finish this trite, tedious book.

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