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  • Single White Incubus

  • Supernatural Selection, Book 1
  • De : E. J. Russell
  • Lu par : Greg Boudreaux
  • Durée : 8 h et 56 min
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    Description

    Does a bear shift in the woods?

    Well, partially. That was what got grizzly-shifter Ted Farnsworth into trouble. He wasn’t trying to break the Secrecy Pact. He just wants people to see the real him. So he signs up with the mate-matching service Supernatural Selection - which guarantees marriage to a perfect partner. Not only will Ted never be lonely again, but once his new beaver-shifter husband arrives, they’ll build Ted’s dream wilderness retreat together. Win-win.

    Quentin Bertrand-Harrington, scion of an incubus dynasty, has abstained from sex since nearly killing his last lover. When his family declares it’s time for him to marry, Quentin decides the only way not to murder his partner is to pick someone who’s already dead. Supernatural Selection finds him the ideal vampire, and Quentin signs the marriage agreement sight unseen.

    But a mix-up at Supernatural Selection contracts Quentin with Ted. What’s Ted supposed to do with an art historian who knows more about salad forks than screwdrivers? And how can Quentin resist Ted’s mouthwatering life force? Yet as they work together to untangle their inconvenient union, they begin to wonder if their unexpected match might be perfect after all.

    ©2018 Ellen J. Russell (P)2022 Ellen J. Russell

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    • Kinley J.
    • 23/04/2022

    Great Novel in 4 Acts

    This is a very enjoyable book. And it is very well crafted as literature should be; I am impressed with E.J. Russell. It has thematic sections, as my allusion to acts in a play, that move forward in growing excitement. Even the minor characters feel organically grown and real. I had inklings of the direction coming in each of the next "acts" and it gave me a kind of exhilaration through a subtle foreshadowing that I really liked. I know I'm fresh off the high of reading it so I hope I'm not overselling it, but even if I am due to being in the throes of just finishing that says fine things about it too. I hope you'll like it too.

    The narrator, Greg Boudreaux, is good enough that I went immediately to his page and bought more books he's read. They have a similar supernatural themes to Single White Incubus but are by different authors. I'm sure Greg will do great justice to them all.

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    • Carl
    • 22/09/2022

    I'm dying - send an ambulance

    I've been cackling for days listening to this. It's super refreshing and simply fun. There's tension but you're not pulling your hair out. If you're on the fence definitely pick it up!

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    • Mark Babbitt
    • 17/09/2022

    Fantastic Experence

    Absolutely loved it and Q-Burt's speech at the end of the novel is worth the time. I have no criticism of the novel at all. The tenderness between the two main characters is charming and realistic. The gathering of the ingredients of the spell is one of the most hysterical scenes in romance novels. Love is transforming and as both characters experience, it sometimes comes unexpectedly.

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    • Erin McClanahan
    • 09/08/2022

    Really good!

    Surprisingly so.

    Greg (narrator) is awesome as always

    And it’s fun and silly and worth the listen.

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    • Sue 🎧
    • 31/07/2022

    enjoyed it

    📖 Story comment: Easy pace, likeable characters, enjoyed the story.
    What i'd call light and fluffy - I listened to this before bed of a night over the span of a week and it was an easy and entertaining listen. Has me entertained enough that I will invest in the rest of the series.

    🎧 Narrator comment: Greg Boudreaux is one of my favorite narrators and he's done a masterful performance bringing the characters and story to life. He suits the story and it's characters, he has good timing, rhythm, inflections and intonations and I had no trouble distinguishing the characters from each other.

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    📌 Where does it fall on my personal scale? 6
    • 1 not my thing • 2 didn't like the narration • 3 didn't keep my attention • 4 was good, but once was enough • 5 enjoyed it • 6 will listen again if i'm in the mood for the narrator [4⭐] • 7 goes on the "re-listen" list [4⭐] • 8 kept me up past bed-time [4.5⭐] • 9 recommended to family/friends [4.75⭐] • 10 own it in all formats [5⭐] • 11 keep a copy with me at all times [5⭐]
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    • MadMinaHatter
    • 19/06/2022

    Beautifully funny and diabetically sweet

    Story was told beautifully and the narrator was amazing. 100/10 stars if I could give them.

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    • LJG
    • 16/06/2022

    Funny and silly

    It’s a very middle of the road m/m romance. It is frustrating when they reference works in the same universe but from earlier series by the author. Like this isn’t the first book of a series but a second and I missed a lot of character and world development. Has cute moments and funny lines. Definitely not as hot as some other books

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    • Sara Booker
    • 15/06/2022

    best romance book of the year

    This book took me by complete surprise. Not only was it a great read and very well written, but even the side characters felt real and thought out. definitely reading it again and getting the other books in the series!

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    • Jovan
    • 12/05/2022

    cute pnr elevated by narration

    A Joyfully Jay Review

    Story: 2.75⭐️
    Audio: 4.5⭐️

    "Single White Incubus" is a fluffy opposites-attract, forced proximity story about two outsiders finding love with someone who complements them, sees them for who they are, and appreciates the qualities that others of their kind deem abnormal or irregular. As a spin-off from E.J. Russell’s Fae Out of Water series and the fourth book in her Mythmatched Worlds universe, I was hesitant to pick it up as I haven’t read any of those books, but it stands alone well. The characters from the previous series who show up fit into the plot naturally, and as there isn’t much that happens in the story, they serve as sources of color, insightful banter, and information. The world building is solid and incorporated into the characters’ lives as blood magic and supernatural shenanigans drive the plot conflict.

    I’m intrigued by sexless/sex avoidant cubi (incubus & succubus) stories and found Quentin and his backstory to be compelling and sympathetic. As a member of the oldest and most powerful cubi dynasty in the “Upper” world, he comes from generations of wealth and expectations—one such expectation is endlessly marrying willing human hosts to keep him nourished. However, as a very empathetic incubus who cares about consent (too much according to his family) and after being traumatized by almost killing the only host he ever had, he won’t do it. He’s become a repressed, standoffish individual who values control, fears his nature, and has no support system as none of his family understand his “hang ups” and apparently consider discussing fundamental things about their existence indelicate.

    Ted is extremely trusting, desperate for friendship, and sees the best in people, making him careless when it comes to secrecy; add in the fact that he doesn’t have the best memory or attention span and doesn’t think about consequences, he’s an easy target for his pack leaders, the Supernatural Council, and humans. As a character, he’s sunshiny, easy going, and likable. His simplistic outlook can come across a bit dismissive and insensitive at times, since even though he’s in hot water with the Council and admits to being uninformed about cubi, he brushes off Quentin’s worry about his openness, as well as Quentin’s fears about his nature and how it affects people he feeds from. However, Ted is never mean-spirited and is quick to apologize. They balance each other well as Quentin is organized, detail-oriented, and helps keep Ted focused, while Ted helps Quentin relax and feel more comfortable with himself.

    Admittedly, it took me a while to get into it as I am not fond of bad/miscommunication-driven stories and pretty much everything in the plot could be cleared up with conversation. When the MCs meet, neither man is at their best, with Quentin falling into prickly snobbishness and Ted getting angry and storming off; they’re both adamant about correcting the partner switcheroo as quickly as possible, but don’t do the simplest things to solve it—from letting the person trying to help finish speaking, to constantly forgetting to charge phones/make calls. Fixing their situation is so difficult because they signed blood contracts without reading the final version, yet they remain cavalier about getting the escape clause specifics right despite the extremely severe consequences. However, once I started seeing the story as a comedy of errors, then all the many, MANY things that get hand-waved for hijinks and dramatic reveals are easier to accept.

    There are some overarching intrigue/suspicions introduced towards the end that seem like they are mostly there as set up for how bureaucracy in this world works/later reveals in the series, as it doesn’t really have much to do with Ted and Quentin’s relationship. Honestly, I felt the page time could have been better spent seeing Ted and Quentin bond. Individually, there is plenty given to understand Quentin and Ted, and there is definitely enough there to show their chemistry and how they fit together. I just wish to have seen more of their relationship development. The pair fall in love in 19 days, but there are only a few of those days that the listener is privy to. Most of their on-page time together is the first couple of days, then a time jump to the day of the ritual where the MCs’ inner monologues convey their feelings and what they have been up to for the past two weeks. The MCs tell the listener they have strong feelings for each other, but also show how much they still don’t know about/trust in each other, so for me, the depth of their bond would have been more believable if there was more time with them not at odds and becoming friends.

    However, Greg Boudreaux does a wonderful job portraying how intensely Ted and Quentin feel in all their moments together, as well as the different quirks each man has—from Ted’s irreverent teasing, to Quentin’s protective prickliness. Boudreaux deftly handles Ted’s boundless good cheer, benign carelessness, and tendency to pout, making the character’s extreme energy tangible. He also helps keep Quentin’s sometimes entitled and abrupt attitude and stiffness understandable, as well as showing how consuming his underling fear of himself and hurting people is. The narration speed is deliberate without being too slow and all the character voices are well-developed, distinct, and fit their personalities. Boudreaux’s performance helped keep me engaged in the story, and I can see people who enjoy light-hearted, instalove PNR featuring prickly MCs who just want to be loved and the good-hearted walking sunbeam that just wants to cuddle and sex them to pieces having fun with the audio version of "Single White Incubus".

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    • BeezaKB
    • 04/05/2022

    It’s all about the vibe of the thing

    This is my second, or third listen and for me, repeat listens or the desire for them equal best ratings.

    This is a sweet tale of mismatched love and the acceptance and appreciation for being a bit different.
    I have enjoyed this series and the Fae out of Water books.

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    • Amazon-Kunde
    • 17/03/2022

    So adorable!

    I had a lot of fun with this one. The ending was a bit obvious, but still the way the characters got there was pretty cool.
    Quentin is very supportive of his accidental spouse after they get it together. Ted is cute in his worry. And I adore how family is treated - despite their differences, they do love and appreciate each other. This is very much a feel-good-story.
    The narrator does a good job giving everyone different voices - I'm a biiiig fan of Ted's growl and poor Zeke's squeaks.

    I'm looking forward to the second story!

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 26/02/2022

    Süße Story!

    Ich hab mir den Titel eigentlich nur geholt, weil ich den Sprecher Greg Boudreaux so mag und nicht mehr viel von ihm zur Auswahl stand (da ich alles andere schon gehört habe) . Eigentlich hatte ich nicht viel erwartet, da mich das Cover nicht wirklich angesprochen hat und ich dachte bei einem Inkubus kann es ja eigentlich nur ums eine gehen - aber völlig falsch (zu meinem Glück).

    Die Story ist wirklich sehr süß geschrieben. Ted ist in meinen Augen ein super sympathischer Charakter (ein eher extrovertierter Bär der unter Einsamkeit leidet und ein bisschen naiv im Vorgehen dagegen ist) und das Inkubus-sein von Quentin spielt eigentlich auch keine sehr große Rolle (bis auf den Fakt, dass es ihm selbst Angst macht). Die Handlung hat für mich Spaß gemacht zu hören und das Ende fand ich nochmal als besonderen i-Punkt.

    Ich werde mir jetzt definitiv auch mal die anderen Titel der Autorin anschauen.