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Close Liaisons: The Krinar Chronicles, Volume 1 | [Anna Zaires, Dima Zales]

Close Liaisons: The Krinar Chronicles, Volume 1

In the near future, the Krinar rule the Earth. An advanced race from another galaxy, they are still a mystery to us - and we are completely at their mercy. Shy and innocent, Mia Stalis is a college student in New York City who has led a very normal life. Like most people, she's never had any interactions with the invaders - until one fateful day in the park changes everything. Having caught Korum's eye, she must now contend with a powerful, dangerously seductive Krinar who wants to possess her and will stop at nothing to make her his own.
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Publisher's Summary

A dark and edgy romance that will appeal to fans of erotic and turbulent relationships....

In the near future, the Krinar rule the Earth. An advanced race from another galaxy, they are still a mystery to us - and we are completely at their mercy.

Shy and innocent, Mia Stalis is a college student in New York City who has led a very normal life. Like most people, she's never had any interactions with the invaders - until one fateful day in the park changes everything. Having caught Korum's eye, she must now contend with a powerful, dangerously seductive Krinar who wants to possess her and will stop at nothing to make her his own.

How far would you go to regain your freedom? How much would you sacrifice to help your people? What choice will you make when you begin to fall for your enemy?

WARNING: This book contains strong sexual content and explicit language and is not suitable for listeners under 18.

©2013 Anna Zaires (P)2013 Anna Zaires

What the Critics Say

"If you're looking for some sexy summer reads, you'll want to check out the new book series, Krinar Chronicles. Author Anna Zaires brings you a kind of 50 Shades of Grey meets Star Trek tale . . ." (Marie Claire)

"For diehard fans of the paranormal romance genre, author Anna Zaires's risqué new book could be your next guilty pleasure. Zaires's most recent read, Close Liaisons, combines a love story with science fiction in the tale of Mia, an unassuming college student whose life gets suddenly entangled in a dangerous, otherworldly affair." (Woman's Day)

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    Kristine 11-14-13
    Kristine 11-14-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Kind of Creepy"
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    Interesting world and technology. The male lead is a total creeper one minute (obsessively controlling) and then completely solicitous the next (cooking and cleaning). It was ok and maybe I will pick up the next two, there is not all that much out there in alien romance fiction. More sophisticated/serious than Johanna Lindsey's Deep space/ Ly-san-ter series and certainly less misogynistic than Laurann Dohner's Zorn or Cyborg. I don't ever see myself re-listening to this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 11-03-13
    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 11-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story Concept but Poor Narration"

    I have been thinking about what turned me off about this book. The story was really unique and I enjoyed it but the narration killed it for me. The characters just did not come alive. I like books where the narrator acts out the story rather than just reading it aloud. This one lost its appeal because you do not get captured by the characters. There were lines that Mia said that just fell flat. So during the entire book I was checking how much more was left. If the author changes the narrator, then I would consider listening to the next book in the series. Otherwise I am done with it. The entire book is based on an alien evasion and that we live in peace with them. There is a resistance team and how Mia gets sucked into helping them. She gets involved with Koram who is an alpha male and she struggles between sides. Like I said the concept is good but the narration sucked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oli 09-10-13
    Oli 09-10-13 Member Since 2015

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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    "Could have been..."

    There are books that make me want to hit my head against the wall from frustration. Repeatedly. This one could have been such a good book. Alas, the heroine was the opposite of what would you call a heroine. She was stupid, scared cry baby that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't like her, therefore I couldn't enjoy the story that could have been truly awesome. Concept is very cool. Aliens came and conquered but they are not exactly bad, although maybe they are but we don't really know it. There is a potential for great action, intriguing conspiracy, heroism and fascinating characters. Instead, we get Mia. Sigh. At least for people who like steamy sex, those scenes were okay. The reader was a bit annoying because her male and female characters sounded the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce M. Orlando, fl 06-11-13
    Joyce M. Orlando, fl 06-11-13 Member Since 2013

    Sign what???

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    "Don't like weak women..."

    Don't read this if you don't like weak women. I just can't get into this with the story heroine like she is.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 05-17-13
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "HOPING FOR MORE"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I almost gave up within the first couple of chapters but decided to hang in to see what the hype was about (both good and bad). Even though I was disappointed in a few aspects I thought the storyline was unique and wanted to find out more.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anna Zaires? Why or why not?

    I would be willing to try the second installment of this series written by Ms. AZ only to find out if it gets better after the first book.


    What three words best describe Kathleen Godwin’s voice?

    Voices all same.


    Did Close Liaisons inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    I felt that Ms. Godwin was sincerely trying hard to do a good job with the voices but just fell really short especially those times when, I'm sure, Korum was speaking in a sexy, smoky voice and when there was any other exclamations or inflections needed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 05-15-13
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 05-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Remind me again, where did I leave my ipod?

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    "Sexy alien sex! (but bad reader -- sigh.)"

    I had just finished my 2nd reading of "the Host," and was looking for another alien-type book, when I found this on Amazon. I read it and it was promising, but then I read the 2nd book in the series and that was great! In fact, book 2 makes book 1 even better! So when I saw the first one here on Audible, I bought it with the discount.

    Unfortunately, the reader is awful - she sounds like she's reading to 3rd graders. And her voice is too old for the main character, so as a listen, it was a disappointment. (It was so much sexier in my mind, and kind of BDSM sinister, which didn't come across in the audio version at all.)

    I recommend reading this series instead, especially since book 2 is available at Amazon now, and you can always buy the Audible version at a discount later.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Murray Bridge, Australia 04-01-13
    Robbie Murray Bridge, Australia 04-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "50 Shades of Alien"

    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.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonnie Chicago, IL 11-10-14
    Rhonnie Chicago, IL 11-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Audio book Addict!

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    "Please don't waste your credit!"
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    I can not believe all the 4 and 5 star reviews this book received...This by far is one of the worse romance story I have listened to on audible thus far. MINUS the graphic sex scenes this book is written for a younger audience...Oh say per-teen age. The main character is annoyingly childish and the narrator is horrid. My suggestion is to take your credit and use it on a more worth while author with better narrators such as Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark) and/or Laurann Dohner (Cryborg Seductions). This is just my 2 cent!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Keenesburg, CO, United States 03-28-13
    Samantha Keenesburg, CO, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "To be honest I didn't finish the book"
    What disappointed you about Close Liaisons?

    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.


    What could Anna Zaires have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathleen Godwin?

    I dont care.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment! I thought it sounded like a really great story idea but I felt for me it was very poorly executed.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep your credit!

    7 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 09-21-13
    Ann 09-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the worst books I've listened too!"
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    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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