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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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    V BAYTOWN, TX, United States 02-17-14
    V BAYTOWN, TX, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Futuristic"
    Would you try another book from Anna Zaires and Dima Zales and/or Kathleen Godwin?

    I don't really know, it depends on the story


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathleen Godwin?

    Yes I would listen to another book narrated by Kathleen Godwin


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I was not to into alien vampires. The story was so involved with explaining scientific stuff which also doesn't interest me at all. The romance part to me was more toward stalker tendencies for my tastes. If you are into futuristic and sci-fi romance this is the book for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 02-05-14
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Eh read with a great narrator"

    So, this is a tough review for me to write. I have gone back and forth many times on the star rating. I did not hate the whole book just one major element, the heroine Mia. She was immature and naive with no real redemption for her actions. She was so easily manipulated by everyone around her that it was difficult top believe she was a Psych major at NYU. I found it very difficult to connect with her and was very annoyed that hers was the only narration. Her character just made me cringe.

    On the upside this was very well written with a creative and fully developed world. I loved all the alien technology and the invasion that was not really an invasion. It was a unique take on things and so very intriguing. I am not always a fan of Sci-fi but this book drew me into those elements. I really enjoyed each new piece as it was revealed.

    The premise was also really intriguing. I loved all the twists and turns and will admit that the story managed to surprise me, which is very uncommon. Kudos to Ms Zaires for bringing the story to a point I was not anticipating!

    The other lead Korum seemed very controlling and not altogether to my liking. By the end I was felling him more but still unhappy with his relationship with Mia. How can a centuries old genius alien be so taken with such a ninny? I just did not get that at all.

    The steam was really hot and heavy and varied. I actually could have done with a little less sex and more talking. Sure it was steamy as all get out but I just felt the lack of feeling messed things up in my opinion.

    I listened to the audio-book and the narration by Kathleen Godwin is top notch. I loved her voice and characterizations. She really did a wonderful job of keeping me listening when I was not really feeling the story. I will be looking for more of her work, for sure. Honestly, she is one of the factors that kept me listening. She really was enjoyable and made the story move along quickly. I will definitely be looking for more of her readings!! Very happy ears here!

    I totally agree with all the Fifty Shades of Aliens comments buy other reviewers. It definitely had that whole feel, perhaps that is one of the other reasons I disliked much of the book. I was not a fan of Shades and try to avoid any of the arrogant millionaire paired with an innocent virgin books. They just don't appeal to my palette.

    This book often shows up as a freebie on Amazon, what I suggest is picking it up when it is free and deciding for yourself. You may love it, may have. You may feel the same as I did, then you are out nothing but time. I am now in a precarious spot because I want to know how the whole thing ends even though I had problems with the characters. The book ends in a way that you need to get the next book to get closure. I have high hopes that the next book will bring me to a place where I can like the leads, perhaps Mia will grow up a bit after her experiences in the first book. I can only hope!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edwina "I Love books" USA 01-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Edwina "I Love Books'

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    "GREAT STORY!!"
    Where does Close Liaisons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is great but the narrator brings the experience down!! Story rank 5 stars, Narrator performance 1 star!


    What other book might you compare Close Liaisons to and why?

    The Kindred by Evangeline Anderson.


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

    Not sure??


    Any additional comments?

    Great Story!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Rose MO 12-12-13
    T. Rose MO 12-12-13 Member Since 2010

    TVgirl

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    "Weak Girl, Starker Guy"
    What disappointed you about Close Liaisons?

    It was an interesting concept. The two main characters I just didn't care about and spent most the book yelling at her for her stupidity.


    What was most disappointing about Anna Zaires and Dima Zales ’s story?

    The characters


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

    Don't know


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Close Liaisons?

    I would cut the main characters and make new ones


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine WOODBRIDGE, CT, United States 11-27-13
    Christine WOODBRIDGE, CT, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Overall and OK listen"
    What did you like best about Close Liaisons? What did you like least?

    The alien twist was interesting. The narrator made it difficult to become part of the story and I wish she stayed away from the ideas that seemed to come from fifty shades of grey.


    If you’ve listened to books by Anna Zaires and Dima Zales before, how does this one compare?

    first time listening. I will finish the series but will probably not listen to any more.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have a narrator that became the characters and not just a reader.


    Was Close Liaisons worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine Lake St Louis, MO, United States 11-14-13
    Kristine Lake St Louis, MO, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Kind of Creepy"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorn Chicago, IL USA 08-26-13
    Lorn Chicago, IL USA 08-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Romance Cliches and Sexy Aliens"

    What to say about this one. Well, It has a lot of cliches, but I loved the science fiction alien elements. So I have a few warnings, but I'm definitely picking up the next book.

    First with the cliches. This is a story of some studious average looking virgin girl who is swept off her feet by a some alpha overly controlling rich gorgeous man with a giant man part. And what do you know, he buys her a new wardrobe and she transforms into a beauty. Also, she kind of hates him, but he's irresistible and he won't let her go, so she accepts her fate. Or does she!? I won't give anything away (not that it's a super secret), but in the midst of the intrigue that develops, our heroine fails to ask a few obviously important questions, and is oddly naive and trusting. Personally, I prefer a more savvy leading lady, and I couldn't stomach her lack of common sense. I was rolling my eyes at her all over the place. Perhaps if more explanation of her thought process was given, I wouldn't have been so bothered, but you'd think as a psychology major, she'd have more insight into explaining behaviors or motives. And last but not least, I got seriously tired about hearing about what the characters ate, and the reader was meh (if you like the sample, that's about as good as it gets). End rant.

    Okay, I'm done complaining. Now for the good part. The Aliens!! They are like some advanced race of vampire-like humanoid creature. I loved hearing about their culture, planet, technology, etc. The author did a great job of creating the alternate reality where we have some sexy aliens living along side the humans on Earth. This aspect of the story is really fresh and interesting. Although there wasn't a real cliffhanger at the end of this book, I am so curious about what happens next! I think this is the first published work by the author, so I'm sure the books will keep getting better and better. Overall, it was a fun listen, and I definitely think this book is worth a try.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marian El Cajon, CA, United States 08-11-13
    Marian El Cajon, CA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2008

    Daydreamer

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    "Ok, but lots of room for improvement"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Eh. I liked the overall idea of the world the author created and these not-vampire alien creatures, but I had a hard time connecting to the main character so I didn't feel as engaged as I would have liked. Mia is a 21 year-old college student who is terribly naive both emotionally and about the world in general. That would be fine, but after she makes some major rookie mistakes, Korum is just like, 'oh, it's okay because we have mad crazy chemistry but cuz you're young n dumb you just don't know so it's all good.' Huh? Really? I dunno. If you're going to have a young woman show a serious lack in judgment and common sense I guess I'd like to at least see her learn something from it. Maybe that's what's happening in the second part (it's not a cliffhanger but clearly their story continues in Book 2) but I'm not sure I really care to read anymore.


    Would you recommend Close Liaisons to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I'd have to read the second book to see how it continues but right now I'm not feeling it.


    What three words best describe Kathleen Godwin’s performance?

    Uneven. Acceptable. Appropriate? It sounds like the narrator is not a native English speaker so everyone has a slight accent. That's neither here nor there, just FYI. One little irk I had is that sometimes Godwin kind of runs into a sentence after finishing another and it makes the narration uneven, or off-tempo, sometimes putting the wrong inflection in the wrong word. Overall it was ok, if not a little cheesy at times. I can't really say if it was her performance, or the story itself, but it almost felt like she was reading to a young audience, using a 'story hour at the library' voice. If that makes any sense. With Mia's younger age, made the book sound more like YA than adult.


    Any additional comments?

    This book and this world definitely have potential, but I just have a hard time connecting to characters that show such a glaring lack of common sense, regardless of their age. I could see where this whole thing was going, more or less, pretty early on into the story, and it was obvious the entire plot hinged on her simple inability to really think things through. By the end it's all spelled out in alphabet block letters for her, but because there appears to be a second part to this story, I didn't feel like I really saw her learn from any of her mistakes. And since I didn't feel any connection to her, and as such wasn't connected to the love story, I doubt I will get the next book if it becomes available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruy Wolfenbuettel, Germany 06-04-13
    Ruy Wolfenbuettel, Germany 06-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "space vampire erotica"

    The opening of this book was intriguing enough; the earth has been invaded by technologically superior aliens, who did not blow everybody to smithereens, but just occupied the planet and let the party go more or less as it was, changing the bagel fillings and stuff.
    The heroine is presented with skill enough to somehow allow a bond with the reader to form.
    Then comes the alpha male incredible handsome alien. OK, the stereotype has been used to exhaustion, but I ride along to see what happens next.
    The plot reveals the vampire angle. Crap, not another alpha male vampire novel! Said I to myself, and was sorely tempted to drop the effort of listening altogether, but well, since I was already on my commute, I plodded along a bit more.
    Some sex scenes appear. I'm always open to good erotica, but here I was surprised to notice that the sex descriptions, albeit being very explicit and carefully done, left me absolutely cold. Maybe a personal fluke, I mean, I like sex as much as the next person, but this one didn't manage to incite in me anything but a bored sigh. Go figure.

    Then the rest of the plot somehow comes along, the vampire angle is thankfully not emphasized, and a mildly interesting emotional conflict on human/alien love/hate master/slave perspective begins to unfold.

    At this point my attention is already elsewhere. I might finish this book when I have nothing better to hear, while my next credit drops. I made the mistake of buying the second book, after hearing just the initial chapter, and since it was down-marked to a couple of bucks, but I would not have done it if I had waited enough.

    On the technical audio side, the reader does a nice job. I liked her voice and she managed to read the sex passages gracefully, not always an easy task.

    0 of 1 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 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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