The highly anticipated sequel to Close Liaisons…
In Lenkarda - the main Krinar colony on Earth - Mia is completely at Korum's mercy. With no way to leave and no idea how to operate even the most basic Krinar technology, she has no choice but to trust the K who brought her there - the lover whom she had betrayed.
Will he keep his promise to bring her home, or is she destined to be his prisoner forever? Can a human become a part of Krinar society? Does Korum love her, or does he only wish to possess her?
Listen to find out…
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)
I really like how the story is progressing. I like the plot twists. I don't however like this narrator they changed it from the first and she just didn't seem to express in my opinion what the characters were saying correctly. For example the words would be having the characters talking reluctantly yet her voice was almost excited sounding. I want to see who this mysterious K is so I'll get third book but I really hope they changed the narrator
The narrator was sometimes dull in my opinion, but it was dull a pleasure to hear Book 2 come to life. I hadn't read Book 2 when I started listening, but it was nice to be able to pull it up on my Kindle and have it right where I left off in Audible, and vice versa.
I am an avid reader, not a professional book reviewer. I gladly offer my opinion of the books I read/listen to.
This is a very talented author and the 2nd in the series. I would highly recommend reading or listening to book 1 before heading into this one. That being said I have to question WHY??? WHY??? change the narrator for this book when Kathleen Goodwin did such an excellent job with the first book. That being said .... Kitty Hendrix did a good job, its just that I preferred the performance of Ms. Goodwin and in fairness Ms. Goodwin's performance was fresh in my ears as I listened to book 2 immediately after finishing book 1. I generally do not care for stories that are continued on in book after book. This series is the exception. So credit worthy!!! Mia and K's romance is just part of the overall brilliant story that the authors painted!
Once again, Amazon reviews threw me off. It might be that some books come across better when they are read and not listened to. That might certainly be the case here b/c the narrator's voice didn't match what I would expect the voice of a young, undergrad student to be. The narrator, who is not bad at all, just sounded much too mature. Couple that with a female lead character who says she wants to make her own choices but then asks her boyfriend's permission to do everything, including going to a birthday party and taking an internship opportunity, and you have a bad setup. So the heroine didn't work for me either. She said one thing but did another. Also, their love match wasn't quite believable to me. Maybe if I had read the previous book, the one preceding this one, where I believe the two main characters met, then I'd believe their lifetime love match. The whole idea of aliens being the creators of humanity didn't work for me, especially since science has proven that Africa is the birthplace of humanity. Since the book aliens formed humans in their image, this was too farfetched even when I'm okay with, and even expect, to have to set aside reality. But that idea just pushed the edges of negative aspects of our society that worked against the book IMO. Finally, the sex scenes were plentiful but perfunctory in the way they were written and, therefore, read. So, this book was mediocre though not painful to finish. But it does not motivate me to pursue this author in the future.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
If you would make a list of your favorite Alpha Males….let's say, Highlanders, MC bikers, Military Men, FBI agents, I dunno maybe Inked-out tough guys….well, just put Korum the powerful Krinar at the top of that list. This is the second installment in the series and I really loved it.
I loved seeing the growth in the relationship between Mia and Korum. Korum is hot, intelligent and so romantic and tender with Mia, but the big problem is that well, he has taken her away from her life to be with him…no questions asked. This is not negotiable and it absolutely showcases Korum's domineering, possessive and territorial side when it comes to Mia. Mia is compelled into this alien/human relationship, yes by force, but also through….dare I say it…love.
The aspects that fascinated me in this book was how the reader is immersed in this Krinar society and it just gets more interesting along the wayt! Mia is taken to live with Korum in Lenkarda (one of the K's largest settlements on earth). Mia settles in and is finding her way through exposure to domestic technology (OMG!! Where can I get one of those "intelligent" homes??), advanced research in her field, Krinar political structure, and she gets to know other humans who are in a similar alien/human relationship, as her own. (By the way, I loved the Krinar wedding they attended).
Mia really comes alive in this book. She is stronger and even though she falls in love with Korum, she is not afraid to speak her mind and does communicate her struggle in their relationship where Korum has all of the power. I also loved the softening of Korum. We learn more about his thoughts, motivations, background and his irrevocable, passionate love for Mia. The loves making scenes are plentiful and are more emotionally connected as compared to the sex scenes in the first book (which were super hot as well). I think this is reflective of how their romance is deepening and growing. Their sex life is definitely off-the-hook, out-of-this-world type of amazing.
There is a suspenseful conspiracy that pushes the plot forward and is another exciting component. What I have mentioned is only the tip of the iceberg, there are so many wonderful details in this book that will leave you sitting back enjoying every riveting moment.
Narrator: Kitty Hendrix was fine as a narrator. I have to say that I didn't pay much attention as I was simply too immersed in the story itself. That's a good thing!!
The production and narration was so poor, that the only thing that recommends the book was the continuity of the story.
Yes, I would recommend the book, and the series.
Narration pace was too fast. I kept checking that I had not accidentally selected 1.5 speed on the Audible app. The production did not allow enough pauses at the end of sentences and at the end of each chapter. Uncomfortable listening experience - like speeding things up to meet a pre-defined total running time (TRT). Awful.
Yes, the book was hard to put down.
Series audio books should always have the same narrator. This series had a different narrator for each of the three books, which made it hard to concentrate on the story and follow which character was speaking, because of each narrator's different style.
I'm enjoying the story in general. It is a pleasant listen while doing your every day tasks.
The narrator doesn't necessarily realize when she is speaking for a male voice. She sometimes makes the male voice sound so feminine that it is distracting enough to pull you out of the story
A better narrator
Gotten a different, more adult sounding, less robotic narrator.
There are many narrators, both male and female, that could have pulled this off much better; no not better, pulled it off period. Kitty Hendrix's voice was not only too childish but her inflections and expressions, in my opinion, were used at inappropriate times.
I have tried no less than five times to listen to this book, especially because many listeners sing praises of it eroticism, romance, suspense, etc. Just couldn't do it; KH's voice and exclamations were so childish and inappropriate and her narration so robotic that it was entirely impossible for me to get through.
I have reviewed many, many books because I have listened to literally hundreds over the years and my main complaint, always, is lack of good narrator. I can, like many other reviewers I read of, tolerate a mediocre book, even a drab one if the narrator is good.
Sorry AZ and DZ, your book may tick all my boxes but the audio publisher did you a great disservice.
I wished so much Kathleen Godwin continued narrating the second book. For the most part, I found narration tolerable by Kitty Hendrix (there are plenty narrators that are so much worse), however, I found almost impossible to listen to sex scenes…. I highly recommend to get a book instead. I would buy this book again with a different narrator.
If she got a better narrator.
Another good book ruined by the narrator. Hard to tell if the book is any good when the narration is so bad.
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