I don't mind books that have over the top sexual content. In fact, I quite enjoy them in most cases. However, I didn't care for 50 Shades of Grey because of the inequality of the hero and heroine in the relationship. Quite frankly, the relationship (not the sex) was rather creepy. Even more, I seriously dislike the copycat books that are coming out in droves (an author friend tells me it's what editors are demanding). Close Liaisons, unfortunately for me, is one of those books.
So if you liked 50 Shades of Grey, and don't mind hearing the same story told again with a few substitutions, you will like this book. If you didn't like 50 Shades and the subsequent copycats, you won't like it. I didn't particularly like either book, and I'm writing this review from that viewpoint. I don't intend to insult any of the legion of FSoG fans, but I do think that readers considering purchasing this book should know up front what they are getting. I didn't, and I regret it, but if you liked FSoG, (and millions did!) then what I say shouldn't hurt the sales of this book at all.
Mia is an innocent college student with a quirky roommate. Korum is an older, experienced alien who happens to see her, becomes obsessed with her and sets about tracking her down and seducing her. She consults her roommate, who comes up with a hair-brained idea or two. Eventually she caves to Korum's allure, but argues with herself as to why she is doing so. Sound familiar?
Another irritant was that I got lessons on how it is much better to leave meat out of your diet, and each time anyone has a meal, you get an in-depth description and on all the wonderful vegetable dishes they are consuming. Early on I got the feeling I was having an agenda pushed on me. Rarely have I read a book that discusses so thoroughly everything they put in their mouths. It all came off as being rather condescending to us mere mortal carnivores.
On a positive note, I thought the author did a rather good job with her world building, and from a devoted paranormal reader, that's no small thing. I loved her explanation of the aliens, how they came to be here and why. It was inspired. If the author ever tries to write something that is not intended to ride on the current FSoG hysteria's coat tails, I might try something she writes again. I have a feeling that she could be a very good paranormal writer if she added more action-adventure to the mix, stayed away from the tried and true FSoG storyline, and restrained herself from preaching an agenda. There are elements in this book that show some very creative and original thought. It's just a shame that the actual plot did not.
The narrator could have been better, but she did a reasonable adequate job with what she had. I would need to listen to her again with some better material to make a real judgement on her abilities.
For me it seemed to drag, skip and preach. I now have lots of reasons pointed out to me on why I should switch to a plant based diet. I didn't realize that was what I was buying. Bummer cause my husbands a butcher so that is soooooo not happening. I also didn't care for the reader.
For starters leaving out the constant preaching about eating only plants. Although I listened to the whole first half I didn't care about any of the characters.
I dont care.
disappointment! I thought it sounded like a really great story idea but I felt for me it was very poorly executed.
Keep your credit!
Wow...I thought the premises was fun....alien/human love affair, but wow, its about the most unromantic thing I've ever heard. The male lead is a controlling, abusive, psychopath with no redeeming qualities at all. The "Happy ever after" is the woman excepting that despite the fact that her oppressive,"lover" has EVERY warning sign of a major domestic abuser, she is just overreacting and should try to accept her fate as his captive and sex slave. How is this romantic? Its really kind of sick. And don't get me started on the fact that author uses words like "penis" and "vagina" when describing sex scences.......is this a medical report or erotica?
This was just bad; bad writing, bad narrating (she sounds WAY to straight laced for erotica), and bad characters....in the end I was hoping Mia would kill her lover! Or herself. I'm sure that's not what the author was trying to convey. Too bad, this could have been a good book.
The story itself was a good one (and would normally be a 3 to 3.5 read for me), I like Korum and would like to know more about the Krinar but I could not stand Mia....she was TSTL...to the point I was not going to finish but I received the audio for free for an honest review and so I pushed through and made it to the end. And while I am glad I finished it....Mia remained TSTL and just annoyed the hell out of me....I wanted to give it a higher rating but because Mia is a main character and so much of the story is from her perspective I can't give it the 3-3.5 stars it would have been given.
As I said, Korum was very interesting and the bits and pieces we had of him were great and I think I would have enjoyed the story more if it had been more of his POV then Mia's.
I would be interesting in trying more from this author in the future.
I liked it ok in the beginning then it just got worse and worse. Some of it was interesting, It might have been better if the reader wasn't so horrible, but not much. The author is clearly the president of PETA and It did feel very preachy at times.
The tempo and mood were wrong. It was just hokey.
I read a lot of sci fi, sci fi romance and romance and having an alien immortal vampire take you as a sex slave was just SO ridiculous I couldn't finish this book. I can usually suspend belief with an alien but to make it a vampire was just too much.
Three chapters i can't go on stay a virgin no one wants you.shy and innocent my but
re listening to Feral sins at lest its hot
she tried but nothing could save her.
the female caricature
The narration made it unreadable. I listen to a lot of books so I am a bit of a narrator snob and to me the tempo and the way in which the narrator read this book just made it difficult to listen to story.