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Close Liaisons Audiobook

Close Liaisons: The Krinar Chronicles, Volume 1

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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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    Amazon Customer Dallas, TX, United States 04-03-14
    Amazon Customer Dallas, TX, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Quite Entertaining for Sci-Fi Lovers"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Close Liaisons to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print. I am a big fan of audio books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That's hard to say, but probably Korum.


    What three words best describe Kathleen Godwin’s voice?

    I think it is decent but I was not always able to hear a clear distinction between her voice and the two main characters. However, out of the two books in this series that I have listened to, I believe her voice to be the better.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me ecstatic because the concept is so out of this world so yes, I would say my reaction was extreme. I am currently listening to the second book. I downloaded it immediately after this one ended.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like this book is Fifty Shades meets True Blood meets Independence Day. That's not to say it is a copy cat because it definitely is not. This is a very original story and the authors are quite imaginative.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 02-05-14
    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012

    I am open to reviewing quality products.

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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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 01-29-14
    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 01-29-14

    I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!

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    "It was just ok"
    Where does Close Liaisons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I won't be reading any of the others in this series I am sure. Not really into it at all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Close Liaisons?

    I just didn't like how possessive he was.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Godwin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope, took a while to get through


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    DawnG Clayton, NC, United States 01-06-14
    DawnG Clayton, NC, United States 01-06-14

    My favorite things are my family and my books! Depending on the day, not in that order. :)

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    "Wimpy Woman!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Narration was great! Loved the whole idea of the story. Hated how wimpy the female character was. There is no way that she could've been that sheltered all her life that she had no contact with these invaders!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K 11-14-13
    K 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.

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    Oli 09-10-13
    Oli 09-10-13 Member Since 2016

    “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.

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    Lorn Chicago, IL USA 08-26-13
    Lorn Chicago, IL USA 08-26-13 Member Since 2015
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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.

    1 of 2 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.

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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 05-17-13
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2016
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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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