Review: Black Swan Affair
by K.L. Kreig
narrated by Ava Erickson and Tad Branson
“And he destroyed me the day he married my sister instead of me. So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do. I got my revenge. I married his brother, Kael. Now we’re one big happy f–king family.”
When I read the summary to Black Swan Affair I chuckled and rolled my eyes, haughty as I can be. It sounded like such a clusterfuck of drama.But it so happened that I found myself in a mood for something angsty and I went ahead and downloaded this audiobook. And let me tell you, I rolled my eyes no longer!
Angsty Romance is an art and so far I have only seen it done well in New Adult. Because it’s difficult to find a valid reason for angsty adults. They shouldn’t look immature or silly, but angst usually makes them seem just like that.
Black Swan Affair is a class of its own. The angst is thick, yet every bit of it works. And very little of it is down to someone just making stupid decisions and being immature.
After a few minutes I already noticed with surprise that Mavs is a truly likable heroine and not at all what I expected after reading the blurb. Ava Erickson’s wonderful voice helps a lot to make your heart break instantly for this woman whose heart is shattered and who got so thoroughly screwed over. She sounds so vulnerable.
The events from the blurb happen in the first 15 minutes of the audiobook and the story continues with a lot of flashbacks, unraveling the entire mess. These flashbacks are a bit of an issue in audiobook format. You can’t miss the date at the start of the chapter or you might have to go back. But the two wonderful narrators make this an absolutely fantastic pick as audiobook.
I simply love Ava Erickson’s voice. She does great intonations, has a great set of voices and is an absolute pleasure to listen to. The same goes for Tad Branson. Both of them manage to transport the emotions in this book in a way that made my heart hurt for these people. The woman who lost the love of her life to her sister and doesn’t even know why. And the man who knows that the love of his life wants someone else.
The story itself hurts so much. But after all the pain, the ending is all the much sweeter. And I was so happy for the way this turned out.
This book is an absolute must for any Romance reader!
I’ve loved him as long as I can remember. The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop. Killian Shepard. Shep. We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life. He’d be back. He was always meant to be mine.
He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me the day he married my sister instead of me. So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do. I got my revenge. I married his brother, Kael. Now we’re one big happy f–king family.
5 out of 5 stars
It was so hot. So emotional. So gritty.
Audiobook = Book
You know audiobooks usually win in my book (haha, see what I did there?). This was a tough decision because the narrators are absolutely fantastic and transport so much emotions. But since it can be hard to follow the timeline, I believe the book is a good choice, too.
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