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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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    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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    Jojo FORT MILL, SOUTH CAROLINA, United States 04-25-13
    Jojo FORT MILL, SOUTH CAROLINA, United States 04-25-13
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    "Loved the story..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they couldn't read it and it was the only way


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole mystery in the story


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the reader didn't sound like a robot


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

    Only at the end, I was like omg you stupid girl. Run!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the writer did more for the reader to full in love with the main guy. She did do great with the girl though.... Wish the reader wouldn't have sounded like a robot reading. Didn't have the feeling behind it. But it is a very good story, will be better if you read it yourself though fyi

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 03-05-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "RESISTANCE TO THIS ALIEN/HUMAN ROMANCE IS FUTILE!!"

    It all started with a walk in the park…..but things on earth were different now. It had been about 5 years since earth was peacefully invaded by the Krinar alien species, an advanced race from another planet. So, for Mia Stalis, a college student at NYU, what else could she possibly derive from a simple, yet somewhat awkward run-in at the park with one of the "K's"….a beautiful specimen of man named Koram who eyed her like a predator and left her with unsettled feelings. Well, Mia wasn't far off from her first impression, what might have been considered an innocuous walk in the park become the beginning of a life, destiny and epic romance she couldn't have begun to fathom. And, I could not have begun to fathom what an awesome series I stumbled onto with the Krinar Chronicles!!!

    Wow! This book was on fire with passion, strong themes of capture, inner-conflicts and racy twists and turns at every corner. This is considered to be a dark, erotic romance, and certainly the way Koram initiates and fosters a relationship with Mia evokes a balance of chills, dread, and excitement. Throughout this book you will feel Mia's visceral response to Koram and his maddening need for her, and vice versa. For the sensibilities of a 21st century reader, well some of the themes are downright creepy, but never far from exciting.

    In this book, the intelligent, decisive, gorgeously-masculine, Korum is still somewhat of a mystery. We will learn more about him and his motivations/life in the next few books. I really liked Mia's responses and the way she dealt with her situation as I thought it was realistic and honest. She's one of those sweet girls who is not aware of her attractiveness/beauty/intelligence and overall allure, and the effect she has on others. What can I say?-Mia is beautiful inside and out and Koram detected this the first nano-second he laid eyes on her..LOL…The ending was crazy-amazing and I was left automatically downloading the entire series.

    Some of the really cool aspects was learning about this advanced world of the Krinar's that we only get a glimpse of in this book. Their technology, way of handling conflict, and culture is definitely interesting and keep you wanting to know more. Also, their mandated food diet and it's effects across the earth was also keenly interesting. I felt like eating more veggies and salads like ASAP…lol

    Narrator: Kathleen Godwin was superb. I loved her voicing, cadence and inflections for Mia and Koram, alike. Her pacing was great and she made it an overall excellent audiobook experience.

    Having listened to all the audiobooks in this series, it's like peeling an exotic, unknown fruit from Krina…..you want more and each peel is more and more revealing!!! LOVED IT!!!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart 04-06-15
    Stewart 04-06-15 Member Since 2012

    Geeky, weatherman, birdwatcher, ultra-marathoner (if you've never run 50 to 100 miles for fun you wouldn't understand)

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    "Alien vampire porn"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I'm sorry I listened to this book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anna Zaires and Dima Zales again?

    No, I'd never get the time back


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Godwin – was your favorite?

    None


    Was Close Liaisons worth the listening time?

    Not even close


    Any additional comments?

    An alien sci-fi vampire porn derivative of the Spy Who Loved Me. Eighty percent of the book is them having sex. The science is week. The character development is poor. Worst of all she uses the same lines in various sex scenes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helle Confrey 04-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book"

    I realy like This paranormal book can't wait to listen to vol 2 and 3. I like the Way it is writting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SumoCat Reston, VA United States 11-10-14
    SumoCat Reston, VA United States 11-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting Series, Hot Storyline"
    If you could sum up Close Liaisons in three words, what would they be?

    First in a series of three fantasy books about a human-alien love affair. Lots of sex scenes, so tender ears, beware.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't read a lot of sci-fi/fantasy, but this series had great reviews, so I decided to try it.


    Any additional comments?

    Male character is a bit one dimensional, more of a cipher than a fully realized character. However, the male character is revealed in more depth, in later books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-13-14 Member Since 2014

    Retired evidently sounds better than disabled.. It's a knee thing. Bone on bone, baby. Not a good candidate for surgery (health issues)..

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    "OMG, the second book is not available yet"
    Would you listen to Close Liaisons again? Why?

    I fully intend to. I also hope the follow-up book comes along SOON. You spend time trying to figure out what is going on, the workings of alien anatomy to human anatomy.


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

    I liked the whole thing, but the fact he is aware she is spying on him, and allows it to play through.


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

    Have not listened to others.


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

    Disillusioned the next book wasn't available. Maybe I am missing something, but it isn't always clear it is a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Quebec, Canada 06-25-14
    Christine Quebec, Canada 06-25-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The story pulls you in!"
    What made the experience of listening to Close Liaisons the most enjoyable?

    I always enjoy listening to a book I haven't read in print and I enjoyed the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Mia and Korum. Mia's best friends Jesse did get on my nerves though.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    She was a good narrator.


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

    I always want to listen to books in one sitting but because of life I have to listen over a period of a couple days but it's still easy to get back into the story after taking a break.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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