Title: Seven Years
Author: Dannika Dark
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Rating: 4 Stars
I don’t know how I stumbled across this paranormal book or who I have to thank for it but I wish I did because it was so good! It’s unique and romantic which is a great combination in an urban fantasy series.
My library had this one in audiobook format so I jumped at that of course. Nicole Poole did a wonderful job at the narration – definitely a 5 star worthy performance in that regard. She did both male and female voices and adults and children and I knew immediately who they were supposed to be. After the first few chapters I could even distinguish *which* character the voice was and that is a talented narrator for sure!
The first portion of this book was a straightforward – but interesting – book about Lexi, a young woman whose brother had been murdered. It took a bit to get going but by the time Austion, the hero, makes his official appearance it doesn’t seem to ever stop. This can be something that drives me crazy in certain genres of books – regular contemporary romances or historical romances but in either urban fantasy books or paranormal fast paced isn’t exactly an issue.
Lexi and Austin have great chemistry, which is nice, but I really loved that there was a history between the two to base that on. It’s nice to have more than a brief meeting and insta-lust in a book for the two main characters to get together. I also liked that they explained why Lexi had so many guys that were interested in her, and it was a reasonable explanation (at least within the story),
There were a few things that were slight drawbacks for me though. While the pacing was fast there were maybe a few too many things going on with the storyline. I could have done without one or two of the side stories. There was enough going on that I found myself laughing when they added another extreme thing into the mix. The other thing was that Lexi was the narrator but Austin had a few random and small chapters from his POV. Every single time it threw me off and out of the book. I found it confusing and inconsistent to do this on such an irregular basis.
However, I will be continuing on with the series! The next one is already in my audible queue. I’d recommend this one to anyone who loves urban fantasy romance.