Review: Jester (No Prisoners MC 2)
by Lilly Atlas
narrated by Erin deWard and Noah Michael Levine
First things first, 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 as a listener I have also come to appreciate hearing only one voice per chapter. However, duet narration means no man doing female voices and I find it by default more captivating.
Now onto the story itself. I had not read part one of the series, but this works as a stand-alone. 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 ear was very pleased with that.
In general, I liked the way this 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!
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 ethics. 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 in their culture 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.
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. Sometimes they seemed a bit off compared to how Jester or whoever was supposed to say the line. But since duet narration is so rare it might have been down to that.
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 this 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.
Thrust into a world of danger and fear, first grade teacher Emily is forced to comply with a terrifying MC president’s demands in order to save her brother’s life. Her only port in the storm is Jester, a member of a rival MC she’s supposed to use and betray. Jester proves to be the opposite of everything Emily expects, and before long she’s in his bed, and he’s in her heart.
Jester would give life and limb for the No Prisoners Motorcycle Club. His sole focus needs to be on the impending attack against their enemies, the Grimm Brothers. Meeting sweet and innocent Emily wasn’t part of his plan, and falling for her is out of the question.
Can Emily save her brother’s life without destroying the man who opens her eyes and heart to an amazing world of pleasure? She’ll do anything in her power to help her brother while protecting Jester, but when Jester finds out she was sent by his enemy, she may lose everything she’s trying to preserve.
I want to thank Audiobookworm Promotions. I received this audiobook at no-cost from them in exchange for an honest review. And while I do believe that it’s only human to look more kindly on things that we’ve gotten for less money than they’re worth, I feel very strongly about giving you my honest opinion and recommendations on this website. Because of that I am convinced this review – just like all my other reviews – is 100% honest and would be the same, had I bought this audiobook myself.
4 out of 5 they-are-both-insatiable stars
It’s a very sexy book with lots of lovey-dovey scenes. And I never felt they were just used as fillers.
Audiobook > Book
I really like duet narration and hope this will become a more common thing.