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
"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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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!
I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!
I won't be reading any of the others in this series I am sure. Not really into it at all.
I just didn't like how possessive he was.
No I haven't
Nope, took a while to get through
My favorite things are my family and my books! Depending on the day, not in that order. :)
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!
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Voices all same.
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.
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.
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