Abducting Abby: The Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 1 Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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Abducting Abby: The Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 1 by S. E. Smith

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Abby Tanner is content to live on her mountain while she creates beautiful works of art and enjoys the peace and quiet. All that changes when a strange golden spaceship crash-lands on it. Now Abby has to deal with a golden ship, a tortured alien, and an insane local sheriff.



  • If the narrator didn't sound like they were reciting from a boring textbook, the story could have been decent. Additionally, the main characters had a peculiar habit of mentally processing their thoughts and actions before actually speaking or doing them. For instance, instead of simply saying "That is a great plan," they would think to themselves, "That is a great plan!" The book could have been an hour shorter if the author had avoided being excessively repetitive.
  • I'm into paranormal and fantasy romance, like a guilty pleasure, like cotton candy. So, I was really hoping to enjoy this book, but unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The characters just didn't resonate with me in a way that made me genuinely sympathize with them. It's disheartening to see that the alien love interest treats the main character Abby almost as harshly as the bad guys do, sometimes even worse. Instead of being rightfully upset about this mistreatment, Abby seems to hate the bad guys but strangely loves it when her alien partner retaliates, sometimes right after the bad guys have tried something. The portrayal of the alien character feels like a textbook example of an abusive romantic partner. And let me tell you, the sex scenes are far from natural. The excessive use of "softly" and "gently" is just too much. Now, don't get me wrong, the book does have some redeeming qualities. It's decent "fluff" entertainment, as long as you go into it knowing what you're getting yourself into. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book or series, but I also wouldn't say it's something you should absolutely avoid at all costs.
  • I really wanted to enjoy this audiobook, as it had been on my to-listen list for quite some time. Warning: Spoilers ahead! The story begins with the main character stumbling upon a mysterious, shiny object near her house after a storm. Rather than being cautious, she treats it as if it were an injured animal, completely ignoring the fact that it could potentially be non-sentient and dangerous. Even when the object starts moving, she remains surprisingly unfazed. It then leaves her with bracelets, which she oddly accepts without questioning their origin. She immediately jumps to the conclusion that it must be an alien ship, without any notable references to popular science fiction shows. Furthermore, she stumbles upon a seemingly unconscious man nearby and instead of seeking medical help, she assumes he is also an alien. While waiting for him to wake up, she casually converses with the mysterious object, as if it were a normal occurrence. She even goes as far as to sleep next to the naked, unknown man who is inexplicably healing in her bed. Personally, I found the female lead to be unrealistic, difficult to relate to, and inconsistent in her actions. I decided to stop listening to the audiobook at around one-third of the way through.
  • In my honest opinion, the pacing of the story is too rapid, resulting in the overall plot feeling implausible. Abby's attachment to the alien character occurs too hastily, which seems unrealistic and leaves you questioning the believability of the situation. Additionally, the neighbor's unwavering trust in this unknown individual appears far too effortless and lacks credibility. Overall, I must say that this audiobook falls short of being the best I've ever come across.
  • The narration of this audiobook really nailed the passionate romance aspect, but it did feel a bit imbalanced with an excessive focus on the sexual elements rather than the overall storyline. The conclusion sets the stage perfectly for a thrilling turning point in the middle of the plot, building up the anticipation for the ultimate showdown. In a nutshell, it almost seemed like a lustful teenager took advantage of every opportunity for intimacy while a planetary conflict was just beginning to escalate.
  • I get it, I'm all for those hot extraterrestrial beings discovering their perfect match in the first human woman they encounter, but do we truly require the non-stop, mind-blowing, earth-shattering intimacy every few moments? If the explicit scenes were omitted, the book would barely span 15 pages.
  • The premise of the story involving aliens, symbiotes, and the passionate sex scenes is quite intriguing. However, there is a noticeable lack of character and relationship development, which ultimately undermines the credibility of the "love" story. The male character seems to solely rely on sex as a means to connect with the heroine, whether she's been kidnapped, feeling down, or facing assault from other males. This one-dimensional approach comes across as shallow and fails to delve deeper into the complexity of the characters.