Published by Audible Studios on August 9th 2016
Genres: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Source: Amazon, Audible
One night, Callum is driven into the woods by instinct, an instinct to protect. In the form of wolf, he meets a young human child who he is instantly drawn to in a fierce way he doesn’t quite understand.
Sonia Arlington has lived a lonely life. She has certain abilities that make her strange and she has a rare disease that, if untreated, could kill her. Her father makes her vow that she will never let others discover her abilities. This forces Sonia to stay distant, always guarding against exposure.
Intelligence leaks that Sonia is Callum’s human mate. He is now King of the Werewolves and has war on his hands. He’s forced to claim his mate and integrate Sonia into a world that is strange and frightening.
As Sonia attempts to adjust, Callum attempts to cope with the knowledge that his mate is mortal. He will have her beauty and gentleness only the length of a mortal life making their union unbearably bitter even as Sonia makes it unbelievably sweet.
With Everything I Am (The Three Series #2)
Written By Kristen Ashley
Narrated By Stella Bloom
Can I give extra stars because the audio is so good?
With Everything I Am was already a five-star read for me because the story is so bloody good. When it came to listening to the audio, even though I shouldn’t, I kind of went in with low expectations. See, there’s a lot the narrator has to get right for it to keep that 5-star rating. It has to make me feel, experience and live what I’m hearing. I need the emotions to be conveyed and have my heart shredded and brought back to beating. A really good narrator will have me laughing out loud, sniffling and gritting my teeth…because that is what I would feel and experience reading a KA myself. Stella Bloom absolutely bloody NAILED IT!!
As you may already know, I’ve started listening to audios on the train to work. I knew the potential mess I would be if I happened to be travelling when I reached certain parts of this book. There is NOTHING worse than trying to avoid the eyes of the passenger across from you when the tears are threatening to fall. My throat gets tingly and the sniffling starts.
Do I stop?
No, I just can’t do it. I need to go on. So, I tuck myself in the corner, face the window and try to hide my emotions. This…is just another part of reading and it’s something I adore. I’m never embarrassed about it. I love the emotions I feel from a bloody good book. If someone was to tap me on the shoulder and ask if I was OK, I can promise you that the poor bugger would regret they asked. The poor sucker would then have to listen to me as I tell them in depth what just happened. Ask my family, I do it ALL THE TIME!
Do I stop? No, I just can’t do it. I need to go on. So, I tuck myself in the corner, face the window and try to hide my emotions. This…is just another part of reading and it’s something I adore. I’m never embarrassed about it. I love the emotions I feel from a bloody good book. If someone was to tap me on the shoulder and ask if I was OK, I can promise you that the poor bugger would regret they asked. The poor sucker would then have to listen to me as I tell them in depth what just happened. Ask my family, I do it ALL THE TIME!
With Everything I Am is the second book in The Three series and by far my favourite. Callum and Sonia are pre-destined mates. Callum is a werewolf and also King of his kind. Sonia is a human. Callum has known of Sonia for a very long time and was just waiting for her to reach adulthood. He had plans to court her before making her his mate and Queen. The plans go a little haywire when rebels try to capture and kill Sonia before Callum has claimed her. Luckily, Callum finds out and manages to save the day. Lickety split, Callum drags Sonia to a private cabin and orders her to accept him as hubby/mate so he can protect her.
Oooh boy…Sonia’s not too stoked about Callum’s lack of charm but bites her tongue and goes along with the plan. Hmmm, Callum probably should have come straight out and mentioned a few pertinent facts as well. Poor Sonia ends up having way too many surprises piled on to her very human shoulders that eventually pushes her over the edge. Luckily, Sonia’s pretty resilient and Callum is patient…most of the time, and they manage to get things all cleared up.
It’s HOT!! It’s EXCITING!! IT’S PERFECT!!
Anyways, the plot is brilliant, the characters are very engaging, and the love story is beautiful. Yes, it’s part of a series but I can honestly say that it could easily stand alone as a fantastic paranormal romance. There are parts that revolve around the ongoing saga (which joins the three books together) but I think it holds its own.
After experiencing some exceptional new audios of late, I’ve decided to go back and visit my Rock Chick mates and get a Lee and Indy fix. I’m sure this will bring on a Rock Chick marathon…YAY!! See you on the flipside.