Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting audiobook review to share with you today. Carnal Urges by J. T. Geissinger is an adult mafia romance and the second book in the Queens and Monsters Series. Let me just start this review by saying I absolutely LOVED this book! Carnal Urges is a sexy, funny, engaging, fast paced, page-turning thrill ride.
I must note that this is a series and Carnal Urges starts immediately after the events in Ruthless Creatures. To get the most out of the story and characters, I recommend reading the books in order. The way these characters were fleshed out is amazing. I instantly fell in love with both Sloane and Decaln. Sloane is one of the more refreshing female protagonists that I have come across in a while. This story starts with a bang as we follow Sloane right after she has been kidnapped by rival mafia leader Declan. Sloane and Declan's chemistry is explosive hot and evident right from the beginning. Sloane doesn't act like a typical captive. She's fearless, quick witted, and sassy. She's so personable she quickly has Declan's men wrapped around her fingers. Declan is a sexy ruthless alpha male, EXCEPT when it comes to Sloane. He definitely gives off the touch her and die vibes and I am all the way here for it! I love these two characters together. They match each others energy and see each other in a way that no one else is able to. Sloane and Declan's sharp witted banter and easy going nature made this such an enjoyable read. They are definitely my new favorite literary couple.
Carnal Urges was also surprisingly emotional, both characters unpack childhood traumatic events, and It's amazing to see how much each has overcome the odds set against them. There were also some plot twists that I did not see coming. I won't put any spoilers here, but there are definitely some OMG moments. This is an adult book so trigger warnings for violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, and graphic sex scenes.
Carnal Urges has three narrators. Michelle Sparks narrates Sloane and does a wonderful job. She is able to convey this characters sass, vulnerability, and quick wit with ease. Troy Duran narrates Declan and my god does he bring this character and story to life! I cannot imagine anyone else better to narrate both of these roles. The voice actors chemistry with each other is palpable and just makes the listening experience that much better. Brooke Daniels narrates the role of Natalie, Sloane's BFF from Ruthless Creatures. It's a smaller role in this story but also done perfectly, especially if you read the stories back to back like I did. The pacing by all three narrators is well done and the story never feels stagnant or rushed. The action scenes are fast paced and the more emotionally charged scenes are slower paced. All in all Carnal Urges is an entertaining listen!
If you are a fan of mafia wars, alpha males, emotions, steamy romance, humor, drama, and action then go read this book! I give Carnal Urges 5 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series! Happy Reading!