Tuesday 18 February 2014

Whisper Cape by Susan Griscom - Book Review

From the Blurb:

A powerful woman, an extraordinary man, and a maniac who wants to destroy them. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them all in end?

Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible and sparks ignite.

Whisper Cape is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father's sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.

Fighting to shake off one of those devastating early morning nightmares, Addison finds it even harder to escape from the vision of a man lying on the side of the road - a man she may have just killed. When she frantically tries to locate him, he seemingly disappears, just the beginning of strange occurrences in her life. She also cannot ignore the weird sensations in her own body, especially when the impossible seems possible, but is that a blessing or a curse?

Cael Sheridan may be arrogant and mysterious but he's also undeniably gorgeous. A member of a secret society, he is sworn to protect the woman he believes to be the daughter of his recently murdered mentor. In the process, he finds it impossible to resist her magnetic sensuality, complicating his efforts to shield and guide her as she learns to manage her newly acquired skills. At the same time, Addison has much to teach him about trust and commitment. Will fate win in the end? You be the judge.

The Review:

Addison is still coming to terms with the death of her father when weird things begin to happen. A dark, brooding man seems to be everywhere she goes, which might be alright, except she's pretty sure he's the guy she almost hit with her car. She also seems to be developing what can only be described as magical powers. Can the near car accident victim help her understand what's going on and does he know anything about the death of her father?

Despite quite a promising premise, I really struggled with this story. I found the heroine, Addison, to be really spineless and irritating, while the hero Cael is incredibly patronizing. Although arrogance is a common character trait amongst alpha heroes, there is a line and this book takes it just a little too far. While the descriptions of this guy definitely sound sexy, as soon as he opens his mouth I really just wanted to punch him. This might have been ok - created a bit of fire - but Addison does not seem to feel the same way as me and responds to his arrogance with insipid passivity.

In general, I found the characters motivations confusing. Their personalities seemed to constantly change and the plot was just as difficult to follow, jumping around in such a way that made this story quite difficult to relax into.

On the plus side, the sexy scenes of this book had some heat and, although I did not like the main characters, their relationship did develop in such a way that there was a sense of some chemistry and the steamy scenes were relatively enjoyable.

If you like very traditional passive heroines and patronizing heroes in your romance, you might enjoy Whisper Cape. Just don't expect this witch to kick ass.

I 'read' the Audiobook, so what about the Narrator?

Whisper Cape is read by Shelley Baldiga who does a good job of narrating Addison and Cael's story. Her narration is believably Addison's voice and I liked the way she read Addison's internal thoughts, capturing her feelings with intensity. I would definitely be interested in listening to more audiobooks read by this narrator.

Whisper Cape, written by Susan Griscom and read by Shelley Baldiga, was published in 2013 by Amber Glow Books, and is 10 hours and 25 minutes in length. It is available from Audible, Amazon and Book Depository.


This book was given to Love Reading Romance in exchange for an honest review.