Title: Trouble Comes in Threes (Fur, Fangs, and Felines #1)
Author: M.A. Church and Ronald Ray Strickland (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: November 19th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 234 pages
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.
Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.
Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.
It makes me unbelievably sad to give this rating – because the story is fun, sexy, dynamic, and definitely worth 4 stars – but the narration was HORRIBLE. I feel terribly that the author’s very good, very interesting, and very well envisioned work was showcased as badly as it was by Ronald Ray Strickland’s narration.
Yes, I said it. The narration is all capitals BAD. Strickland’s timing, lack of character voice delineation, the editing, hell…everything was bad. It was like Strickland has never read a book aloud before, but got put in a sound booth and told to go crazy, and someone was hoping it might pay off. Well, guess what? It did not pay off. Strickland has odd times where he doesn’t enunciate particularly well, but then will suddenly over-enunciate. His speech is halting and then flows almost unnaturally. Also, there were too many times where the audio was badly edited/spliced and suddenly the sound would explode.
Now was it abysmal? No. I’ve heard worse and, luckily, the story itself saves it from being completely unlistenable. I kept listening because I really wanted to know what happens with Dolf, Tal and Kirk. But I would not recommend anyone get the audio for this.
I would definitely recommend the story – just not the audio.