by Lilly Atlas
narrated by Erin deWard and Noah Michael Levine
While I’m absolutely into the rugged, bearded type, I’m usually hesitant about MC stories. I really don’t care for the slang. “Old lady” is not a sexy term! Who wants to be an old lady?? When I hear the term old lady I think of an old wrinkly woman with bright pink lipstick, kind of like The Crazy Cat Lady from The Simpsons. No offense to older women with a penchant for pink. But it’s not a term that I can identify with. The good news is, it was used very rarely in this book and there was no other slang when the guys talked to each other. My sensitive ears were very pleased with that.
In general, I liked the way the No Prisoners MC was portrayed. I suppose you could say that this is an MC series for beginners. If you don’t want all-out criminals and are a bit wimpy about brutal violence, but like your manly man, bikes, and tats, then this series is a very good choice!
I had not read part one of the series, but Jester works as a stand-alone.
The women, both Emily, the main character of this book, as well as Lila from the first part of the series, are strong, independent women with a job, a life, and morals. While Emily’s initial decision that gets her into the entire mess (namely: trying to solve a big problem herself without the help of the police or – later – Jester) falls pretty solidly into the realm of “stupid decision”, she’s generally a likable straight-forward character.
The bikers reminded me a lot of a werewolf pack. You could say that this is paranormal romance without the actual paranormal. But you get all the slightly animalistic, wild, strong guys. And that’s pretty hot! Jester is also a very likable guy. He’s honest and open. It’s refreshing that he isn’t broody or toxic, yet has the same sex appeal that you’d normally only find in the brooding types. I can’t explain it any better. But it definitely worked for me and it was very refreshing.
I picked this audiobook up because I always get excited when I see “duet narration”. As you might or might not know, most Romance novels with two points of view have narrators alternating per chapter. That’s dual narration. When I first started listening to audiobooks it was very weird to me to listen to a man doing female voices. Although in the next chapter we’d have this beautiful female voice narrating. By now I get why it is done like that. And duet narrations are always a special treat.
Erin deWard’s narration was great. Her voice acting and intonations were very good and I liked how her voice painted the picture of Emily. Noah Michael Levine’s narration was very captivating as well, with one “but”. Jester laughs quite often and the way Noah Michael Levine gave back the laughing with a deep “HA-HA” didn’t sound very natural. I would have preferred a more huffing, kind of real, short laugh if you want to act it out at all. When he had only one line in Emily’s PoV chapters I felt his intonation wasn’t always on point. But I suppose that’s the tricky bit about duet narration.
I have to say that now that I’m done with the book I kind of miss the characters. They were all portrayed in a way that made them seem like a really great group of people. And I’m pretty sure I will pick up more of the No Prisoners MC series and maybe check out other Lilly Atlas books. So overall I can recommend this audiobook series if you want to try out an MC Romance or are already an MC fan.