Book Two of the Krinar Chronicles does not disappoint! The story picks up right where Close Liaisons ends. Korum and Mia spend some time in the Krinar colony in Costa Rica, which allows the author to continue with her fascinating world building. In Close Liaisons, Mia mentions going to visit her parents; this visit happens in CO, with Korum accompanying her to meet her family. I really liked this part, it was interesting to see her family's reaction to the 'man' in Mia's life. The best part of the book, though, in my opinion, is the character development of Korum. I thought he was such a jerk in book one, and we learn a lot more about him in this installment which explains some of that. There is a villain in this book as well, which adds some elements of danger and suspense. The sexy scenes are steamy and well written as always - definitely not suitable for anyone under 18!
Now, on to the narration. Although this actress is an improvement over the narrator of the first book, this performance still isn't great. She does well with the dialogue for the female characters, hitting all the right notes and inflections, but is terrible with any male dialogue. She is especially deficient when conveying anger or sarcasm in the male voice. It just isn't there in her tone and takes away from the story. And - minor quibble - she pronounces a particular part of the female anatomy in an unusual way. Unusual to me, anyway, and it struck me as funny every time she did it.
Overall, this is a great book, and narration issues aside, I highly recommend it.
Mia Stalis is an ordinary college senior at NYU when her life is forever changed after an encounter in the park. Earth has been taken over by the Krinar, a race of humanoid aliens who for the most part leave humans alone. However, when Korum, a powerful K (as the Krinar are called), sees Mia in the park, he decides he must have her.
As a general rule, I don't ordinarily read science fiction. Paranormal I like, but this isn't my usual preferred genre. That being said, the science fiction elements in this book are great. The world building is fascinating, and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed these aspects of the story. There are suspenseful elements related to the science fiction, and the book ends on a bit of a cliff hanger.
Of course, the main focus of the book is the relationship between Mia and Korum. I use the term 'relationship' loosely, I feel that 'dictatorship' more accurately describes their interactions. There is a fine line between Alpha Male and a$$hole, and unfortunately, Korum crosses over to the a$$hole side much more than the Alpha side. Mia is given no choice in this situation. Korum wants her and what he wants, he gets. Mia goes along with this, for the most part, with very little protest (any protests she makes are entirely ineffective), mainly because of the intense sexual chemistry the two share. The sex scenes are quite steamy and for mature audiences only. The author uses some clinical terms for body parts, which is a bit jarring, but still, the scenes are good. One in particular - SPOILER ALERT - the scene in which Mia loses her virginity, is very detailed and gut wrenching, and listening to it really brings that point home.
Since the story is so good, the deficiencies in the performance seem all the more glaring. The reader has a breathy style, which I didn't particularly care for, and her dialogue readings didn't have the right inflections. She makes Korum sound like a robot most of the time and since the author made the point that he speaks perfect, unaccented English, that didn't sound right to me. This is especially glaring when he says her name. She has him pronounce it as "Meeeeee-ya" instead of "Mia." Also, the interactions between Mia and her peers sound a bit off as well, especially in the first part of the book. This does improve a bit toward the latter part of the reading, maybe because the reader was getting a better sense of the characters.
I definitely recommend this title based on the story alone. It is so good that the performance aspects can be overlooked. I also highly recommend the second title in this series, Close Obsession, although it isn't available as an audio book. I purchased it as soon as I finished Close Liaisons because I was dying to know what happened next!
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