by Dannika Dark
Series: Seven #1
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 11 hours and 24 minutes
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration Rating: 4
It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly-a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit. Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He's lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi's family. It's time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?
Seven Years by Dannika Dark is the first audiobook in the Seven series. The series features seven full-length novels and a few novellas. I had the eBook on my Kindle, but this year I won the complete set of audiobooks. I knew my friends loved the series, but I had forgotten the details, and as I often do I started the audio without reading the synopsis. Don’t laugh but I had totally forgotten this was a paranormal romance series and flipped when I realized there were shifters! Yippie!! It was the perfect listen over Thanksgiving week, and I quickly devoured it.
Coffee Dates with Seven Years
- First Date: The tale takes place in a small town in Texas. Lexi Knight is feeling down on the anniversary of her brother Wes’s death. She is in her late twenties and works at the local candy store. She recently caught her boyfriend cheating on her in the backseat of her car. I liked Lexi right away especially when we learned she has a thing for Austin, her brother’s best friend whom she hasn’t seen since Wes died. She spends the anniversary of Wes’s death sitting graveside with a bottle of spirits. Austin shows up, and oh my has he grown up. Narrator Nicole Poole was a good fit for Lexi and I quickly slipped into the story. Austin is a bit of a mystery, but Dark has me oh so curious.
- Second Date: The story that unfolds is addictive! Lexi’s mother is kidnapped and we begin to learn more about Lexi’s family, her sister, and Austin. Dark weaves in paranormal elements with a variety of shifters. Austin Cole is a wolf and Alpha of his pack. When another pack leader shows an interest in Lexi, we get a bit of a love triangle, but no worries folks as it is resolved within this story. I completely enjoyed meeting all the brother’s within Austin’s pack and loved all the diverse personalities. We get a mix of angst, danger, humor and sexual tension all of which kept me listening.
- Third Date: Dark did an excellent job of building suspense as she fleshed out both the world and characters. The tale had an excellent flow, and Poole gave each character their own unique voice. Her male voices weren’t raspy, and I easily visualized each character. Lexi’s Mom was a hoot, as were a few other key characters. I enjoyed the way the humor and tender moments balanced out the danger and suspense. The relationship that develops felt genuine, and while I wouldn’t call our hero a smooth talker he managed to curl my toes.
Seven Years provided closure for the romantic and suspense aspect, so it looks like each book will deal with a new couple. I cannot wait to begin Six Months.Seven Years by Dannika Dark delivered a fantastic paranormal romance on audio Click To Tweet
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