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Audiobook: Ante Up by Kim Fielding Narrated by Andrew McFerrin


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Love is a high-stakes game.

A century and a half ago, Ante Novak died on a Croatian battlefield—and rose three days later as a vampire. Now he haunts Las Vegas, stealing blood and money from drunken gamblers and staying on the fringe of the powerful vampire organization known as the Shadows. His existence feels empty and meaningless until he meets beautiful Peter Gehrardi, who can influence others with his thoughts.

An attraction flares instantly, bringing a semblance of life to Ante’s dead heart. But the Shadows want Peter too, and they’re willing to kill to get him. As Ante and Peter flee, they learn more about themselves and each other, and they discover that the world is a stranger place than either of them imagined. With enemies at their heels and old mistakes coming back to exact a price, how can Ante and Peter find sanctuary?


(Book reviewed here previously)

I’m a huge Kim Fielding fan and I’ve really been enjoying these Dreamspun books so I was really looking forward to this.

I think that if I hadn’t had such high expectations for a story from this author – I know what amazing things she can do – I would have given this more stars. But… and maybe this is unfair – I didn’t resonate with this like I have so many of her other stories.

On the one hand it was pretty interesting and fairly light, the two MCs are not exactly what you’d expect – which is refreshing. On the other hand I wasn’t really ever bowled over by their chemistry and I was a bit disappointed by the ending.

However – if you’re in the mood for a paranormal story written by an excellent author with a somewhat unique twist on the trope – give this is a try – you won’t be disappointed!

3.5 of 5 stars


Here is another example of where a great narrator can absolutely elevate a story to the next level. I admit that I was surprised I hadn’t loved this before – Kim Fielding is a writing Goddess! – but it hadn’t struck the right notes with me. However, the narrator – Andrew McFerrin – did an amazing job! He gave everyone unique voices that absolutely suited them perfectly (I LOVED Ante and never realized you pronounce it Aunty…) and thought his depiction of Peter was fantastic!

He gave us just the right amount of emotion and angst and humor to make this a really gripping listen.

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

4.5 of 5 stars


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