Thursday, June 24, 2021

✱✱AudioBook Review✱✱ The Vow by Dannika Dark


The Vow
Black Arrowhead Series, Book 1
By: Dannika Dark
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
Publisher: Tantor Audio

Sometimes a wolf has to stand alone to find out what he's made of.

Melody is an ambitious entrepreneur who has always loved the thrill of a new adventure, but she's about to get more than she bargained for when the only way to save her business is to secure a deal with a powerful tribal leader. Running Horse, Oklahoma, isn't on the map, and Mel is about as lost as a Shifter can get. When she unexpectedly runs into her best friend's brother, her friendly visit quickly turns treacherous. 

Lakota Cross is a man with secrets. While tracking a killer, he reunites with Melody, and their friendship sparks into a passionate affair. But if he doesn't quell the fire soon, it might burn out of control. 

Once again, fate brings these two Shifters together in a moment of need. But will the sacrifice be greater than the reward? 

Murder, mayhem, and a mating ceremony.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

The Vow sounded like an entertaining shifter story and potentially, a series to follow, but the more I listened, the more I felt like I was missing something. There was surprisingly little world-building for a story like this, and there were mentions of things I felt like I was supposed to know about. Lakota and Melody had known each other their whole lives and there was mention of things that happened when they were kids, things that should've created some sort of bond between them. The problem is I never really felt that about these characters. There was attraction,  but I just didn't feel the chemistry I expected. Once finished, I did some searching and found that apparently, this series is interwoven with or a spinoff of a couple of the author's other series. As I understand it, it's set in the same world, so maybe I should've read those books first? Maybe then things would've clicked for me? I don't know about that, but I do know it would've been nice to have that information before listening to this one because too many things felt like the reader was just supposed to already know them, so the story fell short for me. There was a bit of suspense - a serial killer nonetheless, but it felt like an afterthought much of the time. Now, that had some great potential, including the reveal of the killer, and I would've liked to have seen that part of the story developed a bit more. 
I did like Nicole Poole as narrator, and her performance is what kept me listening through most of the book. I liked that each person had a distinct voice and it didn't sound contrived at all. I think this is my first time listening to her narration, but I would gladly listen to her again. All in all, this was a mediocre story somewhat saved by a solid narration. 


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