Seven Years Audiobook by Dannika Dark

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Review of: Seven Years Audiobook
Dannika Dark

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On November 17, 2014
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Seven Years Audiobook

By: Dannika Dark

Narrated by: Nicole Poole

Published by: Tantor Audio 11/12/2014

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Seven series, book 1

11 hrs and 24 mins

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It’s been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother’s best friend shows up unexpectedly – a man she hasn’t seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry.

Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he’s a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit. Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He’s lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi’s family. It’s time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

©2013 Dannika Dark (P)2014 Tantor


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Seven Years

My Thoughts

I got this Audiobook because of Melanie’s reviews of the Mageri series by the same author. I thought this was a good time to get to know her in a brand new contemporary series. So you can imagine my surprised when a werewolf jumped into my story instead of a biker!!…LOL

The Seven Years Audiobook is the first in the  new paranormal romance series by Dannika Dark. In this introduction we get the story of Lexi and Austin – childhood friends, reunited once again, under strenuous circumstances.
Laxi’s brother’s death still pains her. Her ex- boyfriend is a “dick” and a cheater, but wants her back, a whole new world is about to be revealed to her, one that she’s very much a part of, and now with the return of her childhood crush (her deceased brother’s best friend) everything  is about get worse – or is it better?

You are probably thinking —Yeah, yeah …I heard that before! But if you read or listen to a lot of books, as I do, you know that an author can surprise you, and sell you the same product if it’s originally packaged (or has enough spins of her own), that’s exactly what Dannika Dark did for me with Seven Years.

Without going into details, I can tell you this new series has a little bit of everything I love to find in a new journey; action, suspense, politics, a likable heroine, a sexy alpha lead, and of course, romance!
Credible and likable characters, swoon-worthy alphas, and a world you want to re-visit made the Sevena series  I’m adding to my list.

I’m growing tired of the paranormal world. I’m becoming really picky about the new series I want to invest my money in, so this was a pleasant surprise and a lucky accident. I enjoyed the real life issues that revolved around the plot, and I found it very entertaining with character I want to know more about.
I’ll be checking out the next book in the series that I’m sure is going to be about one the “swoon characters” I just met.

I loved that the story is softened by the sweetness of a candy shop.

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My review

This is my first experience with the narrator Nicole Poole – And from the reviews from Melanie and the samples I’ve put together I had a pretty good idea she was a good reader.

Ms. Poole interpretation easily lets you settle into the story. The decisive yet soft tone in her voice was well suited to bring Lexi to life conveying a realistic strong heroine.

Credible and “natural”sounding male voices are a must for a paranormal romance, and Ms. Poole excels in that department, I never had a doubt there was a sexy male character behind the voice.

I liked the way she brings the emotions in the book to the front, I had no problem relating to the situations in the story, I felt utterly transported.
All in all,  Seven Audioook  is well performed by Ms. Poole, and I’m glad to have found another narrator I can enjoy.

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Author Dannika Dark

Author Dannika Dark

Dannika Dark was born on a military base in the U.S. and had traveled the world before she was nine. Now she is rooted in the south, but her head is planted firmly in the clouds. When Danni is not writing, she enjoys a great sci-fi or fantasy movie, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.


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Narrator Nicole Poole

Narrator Nicole Poole

Nicole Poole is a classically trained actor with equal passions for literature and improvisation. She has toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has been a member of the critically acclaimed Walter Thompson Orchestra for over fifteen years, and recently became a member of the Parisian groups SPOUMJ and Anitya. She is honored to have been recognized for her narration by an AudioFile Earphones Award, a Publisher’s Weekly Listen-Up Award, and nomination for an Audie Award.


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  1. Like it’s not bad enough that all of your blogger peeps are constantly adding to your TBR, now your associate reviewer is too. You’re in trouble now, Loupe! At least you know her recommendations are available in audio though, unlike someone else’s who will remain nameless… 😉 Lorna is addicted to Dannika Dark too, one of these days I’m going to have to break down & discover what all of the fuss is about.

    • This was my first go with Dannika Dark, to be honest, this was an impulse buy, I had added to my list on Goodreads but I never read the blurb, so I thought it was a contemporary..LOL I ended up enjoying it tho. 🙂

  2. I’ve read some of Dannika’s other books but not this series, it’s on my long list. Glad you enjoyed this one, I agree, sometimes you need a break from PNR so that you don’t get burned by the genre. I’ve gotten pretty lucky with my new series too 🙂

    • I don’t think I’d have gotten it if I knew it was paranormal, I was looking forward a a Biker’s, but I’m glad I got it..LOL This was my first by this author, and a nice surprise. I enjoyed her style. 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed Dannika Dark’s Mageri series, as you know. I saw this come through and almost picked it up to review. I decided against it only because I had done so much of Dark’s work right in a row. I love it and will do this book at some point, but I wanted to get in some other authors too. I’m so glad you enjoyed her. Great review.

    • I think that’s why Melanie didn’t request it, she just got done reviewing the whole Mageri series, so I thought I would take a shot since she liked the author, so I bought it the day it came out on audible. I’m glad I did, I think I’ve found a new series 🙂
      Thank you Melanie.

    • Hahaha! Melanie I just realized this is you..LOL I just saw your new avatar..LOL I’m such a ditz!

      • When I posted, I still had the old one, but it updated even past posts. I decided it was time for a change. AB isn’t even one of my top ten any more. I still read, but there are much better stories out there.

  4. I love all the elements weaved into this. I should try it!

    • It was a surprise not only because I didn’t read the blurb, but because at the beginning it reads like a contemporary romance. I found that a little different and I liked the characters, a good narration always helps 🙂

  5. Okay … after reading the reviews, blurb and listening to the clip, I’m in *serious* danger of trying this series out! I’ve haven’t had the chance to read anything by Dannika, but this sounds like a great blend of UF/Paranormal and Romance that I would love. 🙂

    • A lot peeps seem to love her Mageri series too, I thought this was a good time to jump in fresh. I hope you enjoy it as much if you decide to give a go. The narrator is really good and that always enhances the experience.
      BTW, I’m only have 3 hours left in The Book of Ivy and I’m really enjoying it 🙂 Thanks!

  6. I love those lucky accidents! This author is new to me, but I’ll check her out.
    Great review.

    • I don’t believe it! You are always way ahead of my when it comes to new authors – Well, I don’t think she’s new..Just to-me.
      I hope you enjoy her if you give it go.
      Thanks Marcela 🙂

  7. I remember featuring DDark before and she did say that this is more romance-centric and less paranormal than Mageri. I love the titles of this series, it’s counting down to something. I wonder what…

    • I haven’t listened to the Mageri series, but Melani did and she really enjoy it. Although this is paranormal romance it had a big contemporary romance vibe, with real issues, I enjoyed that. There’s plenty of secondary characters that could pull their own book …Maybe seven?

  8. Okay, looks like I need to add this one to my TBR too. Lol!! Thanks 😀

    • Hehe Lily! You’re like me, the pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger 🙂 Who am I kidding? That’s all of

  9. Oh another Dannika Dark… I’m so ashamed to say that I haven’t read any of her books yet and I know you enjoy them. I really need to get the time to do that! really! Great review!

    • This was my first Melliane, and I did enjoyed it, but Melanie did the whole Mageri series and enjoyed that as well. There’s no shame, there are so many authors I haven’t tried 🙁 It’s so hard to keep up with everything we want to read or listen to.

  10. I was thinking while reading this yeah yeah sounds like the same old same old as you pointed out, but then your tone changed and I got interested. I am going through a burn out phase right now and nothing seems to be capturing my attention so I definitely need to try something new. I am adding this to my TBR list, thanks for the recommendation.

    • I’m going through this with paranormal, even after listening to this and enjoying it I’m not in mood to pick another paranormal title, not new anyway. I still have my favorite series that I will still follow, but I’m not in the mood to start new ones 🙁 I think I enjoyed this one because it had more of a contemporary feel.
      Good luck Heidi! I know you need something epic to get out of the slump, I’m sure you’ll find it 🙂

    • LOL Anna! How about a werewolf on a bike?! Wait I think I read something like
      I hope you enjoy her work when you get to it 🙂

  11. I have the first book in her other series on my NOOk (now only if i can find time to read it…) Anyways, love the review Loupe and I love that you were able to enjoy this. We always need something different in the genres we read…glad this worked for you ;D

    • Thanks Sharonda! 🙂 I know, we all need more time, and I need more
      I’m glad it worked too, I like her style.

  12. I have read so many books with similar plot, but some authors do it right and can make a book feel original. So I get what you mean.

  13. I enjoyed this one too. I can’t wait for the next book to be released on audio. I’ll have to check out more by this narrator and author.

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