Bleeding Hearts by Ash Krafton , Narrator Kelly Pruner #AudioReview

Bleeding Hearts by Ash Krafton , Narrator Kelly Pruner #AudioReviewBleeding Hearts by Ash Krafton

Narrator: Kelly Pruner
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published on December 22, 2015
Length: 12 hours 59 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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four-half-stars
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For me this was a revisit to a book that captivated me and emotionally drained me as it gently made its way to a stunning climax and ending.  The story was a reunion of sorts since I have missed the series after the concluding book.  I wondered if my impressions would change since it wasn’t new and fresh for me.  Well, they did and they didn’t.  Of course, knowing the end from the beginning does affect how this re-read affected me and yet, I also found it easy to slip into the here and now so I could enjoy this story once again almost like the first time.

Bubbly advice-columnist Sophie and her handsome, brooding Marick meet and start to see each other.  Sophie astutely realizes that there is a lot more to Marick than he lets on and he hints that there is more to her which she dismisses.   Sophie slowly learns of the Demimonde world and it is a dark and dangerous one full of all the monsters that go bump in the night for the oblivious humans.    And now those beings know of Sophie’s existence and her gift that can be the salvation of so many of the Demimonde.  For all that is new, disconcerting, and scary for Sophie, she is happy in love, but it is only a matter of time before a dark twisted enemy shatters all that and then things are left heartwrenchingly desperate.

This is the first in a trilogy of an ill-fated love affair between a gifted human woman and a vampire who struggles with the darkness inside him.  The author created a fascinating Demimonde (Half-vampires, Vampires and Werewolves) world that includes a blend of Egyptian Mythology and paranormal.  The book takes its time setting up, creating a mood, introducing the characters, and building the tension and plot. There is passion in the romance, but it stays more on the feelings side than the physical.  I didn’t mind though I confess that I had a bit of a crush (okay full on swoon) for Marek.  The world is dark and gritty and the supernatural beings are dangerous and can become evil monsters.  There is big set up with some shocking twists nearer the end.

As to the audio, let’s just say, I was only planning to turn it on for a little while and taking my time as I went about doing other things and that didn’t happen.  I finished this story in record time.  The narrator, Kelly Pruner, was a first for me.  I liked her storytelling, inflection, and pace.  I did have one niggle.  I’m not sure if it is because I read this already so I had strong notions about the voices of the characters, but Marik’s voice was distracting for me when she did his accent.  Sophie’s was great.

All in all, I found that this story stood up well to a re-read and I am just as in love with the world, the characters, and the romance.  I recommend this refreshing Urban Fantasy book/trilogy to those who like their vampires on the gritty dangerous side and don’t mind a slow burn romance that has some dark days ahead.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to listen to the book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #62 UF
Literary Pickers #61 Love Triangle
Audio #6

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Oh I remember seeing these a long while back and I think I added them to the TBR pile. It’s always interesting doing a re-read or a read then a listen and seeing how that affects things. Glad you enjoyed it the second go around! I’ll have to check out the narrator. I so know what you mean about having a voice in your head. I can’t listen to the JD Robb ones because I KNOW those characters and the lady’s voice is so not them. lol Other people love the narration but I read them first and that’s what stuck.

    • Oh good! I’m glad that thing with the voice made sense. I didn’t want to sound weird (the whole voice in my head bit, LOL).

      This one starts slow, but then builds. That end…bawled both times. 😉

  • I like to reread some of my books too. I’m not big on audio books but glad you liked it.

    • This one was interesting. When I get really caught up in a action scene or a heartbreaking one, sometimes I miss stuff just trying to see what will happen next. So, it’s nice to go back and take my time over scenes I rushed through before.