Review: Colters' Woman by Maya Banks & Giveaway

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Adam, Ethan and Ryan aren't looking for women. They're looking for a woman. One woman to share their lives and their beds. They don't want a casual romp in the hay, they want the woman who will complete them and they're losing hope of finding her. That is until Adam finds Holly lying in the snow just yards from their cabin. He knows she's different the minute he holds her in his arms. But before Adam gets his hopes up, he knows he has to gauge his brothers reactions. Soon its evident that she's the one. There are a few problems, however convincing her she belongs with them and keeping her safe from the man who wants her dead. Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, ménage à quatre, violence.


I won this book over at Patti's place. I agreed to review it cuz she was not so fond of the book and wanted to give it another chance(here is Patti's review). But I have to say it really wasn't a book for me either. It took me forever to read it and I had to force myself to do it. But I think my reason for not liking it aren't all the same as Patti's so I will try to tell you what my problem was.

The beginning reminded me of Amber Eyes also by Maya Banks but after I grabbed that one again I saw that the beginnings aren't that identical but it was what I thought as I started it. When he finds Holly in the snow and immediately knows that she is the one I thought okay, it is a book and not reality after all. But when we learn what horrible things Holly went through and then see her falling in love again to 3 men so soon after that I was rather disappointed. I don't have any problem with the 3 men being brothers. They don't really interact in bed with each other, what I find rather an achievement with all these bodies and all, so I really don't mind. But seriously: you have a frightened woman running away from her murdering husband and she meets 3 brothers and bam she loses all her problems with commitment after perhaps 24 hours? I so don't get that at all. I think I would have liked this book more if at least the building up of the relationship would have been more. You can say a hundred times that the men love Holly but that doesn't make me believe it.

I want to read about the struggles and the inner problems all 4 of them faced and not only a short rundown of it.

Another problem I found myself confronted with where the sex scenes. I think this was the first book where I really skipped some of them cuz I just couldn't stand it. Not at all sexy. I felt like reading a porn movie. Perhaps this book is written for men? No idea. Since I finished it I'm thinking about why I didn't like the smex. Perhaps it is connected to the first problem. I think I like the smex in a romance or erotica book when I can feel for the characters or at least like them. Neither was the case in this book for me.

The suspense plot was unfortunately not to my liking either. It was too slow for me and it didn't grab me. The decision for the divorce felt a bit too forced for me and all the surprising action was not surprising at all. I always knew what would happen next- it was really predictable.

So all in all not really my kind of book. The romance was too fast and the action was to slow. I couldn't really feel for the characters and it all left me untouched in the end.

To learn more about Maya Banks and her books please visit her website here.

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I decided to give the book to

another reviewer so we all can read another opinion about this book.

All you have to do is state that you want to read and review this book in the comments and I will pick one commenter next Sunday(April, 4th).
Good Luck everyone!


Lynette said...

I'll give it a chance. I've read her Sweet Series and enjoyed them, although their were one or too moments that made me uncomfortable. I'd like to give this one a chance!

Donna said...

As I read your review, I got that sinking feeling I get when I just don't like a book and I'm forcing myself to read it. Oh, well we can't like 'em all. Honest review, sweetie! Love 'em. :)

Don't count me in for the contest, I can tell this just instead my type of book.

Blodeuedd said...

..ok do not count me in, I am pretty sure, like 99% that I would have the same issues. Scared and on the run and then falling for 3 guys, not gonna happen

Lea said...

Hi Susi:

How are you? Great review. I read this book a long time ago, it was my first menage book, and my first book by Maya Banks. While I did some eye rolling with respect to Holly and the whole virgin thing with these three big cowboys having their way with her for some reason the book worked for me at that time.

However, now after reading many more menage stories the book doesn't hold the same appeal anymore. I guess our tastes change reflective of our reading experiences? I don't know.

Anyway, sorry this one didn't work for you thanks for the well done honest review.

Please don't enter me, I have the book.

Patti (Book Addict) said...

Well, thanks for giving it a chance. I'm sorry you didn't care for it either.

SusiSunshine said...

@Lynette I so can't wait to read Micah's book in her Sweet Series.

@Donna That'S what I think too. We can't like every book.

@Blodeuedd Exactly. LOL

@Lea I'm good hon. Thanks hon. I totally forgot to mention the virgin thing in my review. Don't we love our virgins in some eroticas. LOL I think you are right. I think our perspective changed with the books we read. Some things would have shocked me a year ago and I won't have any problem with them now.

@Patti No need to be sorry. I survived it ;) LOL

Danielle said...

*cough* I, err... actually *cough* quite liked this book. *sheepish grin*

This was the first erotica book I ever read - and I thought it was an absolute laugh. I guess I assumed that because it was erotica things like plot believability and character development went out the window. I have since read the likes of Megan Hart and Shayla Black and know that's not the case and there is some high-quality erotica reading out there.

When I read this I thought it was hot. Very steamy. I never even balked at the 'brother menage' thing - because I thought that erotica, like porn, could be outlandish and unbelievable. It wasn't until I read Patti's review that I thought "huh, actually brothers having sex with the same woman at the same time is a little weird..."

I still like 'Colters Woman'. And I was thrilled to hear that Banks has a sequel coming out this year called 'Colters Lady' - a sequel which came about because of reader demand. So at least I know I'm not alone in liking this one.

SiNn said...

id loveto rea dthis and review it

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Please do not enter me for I already have this book.. I just need to get to it...
Sorry it did not work for you though.
Hope you have a great day!

SusiSunshine said...

Am a bit late but the winner is....


Will try to catch you on twitter now! ;)

~Bella~ said...

I bought this book a year or so ago and really liked it - and I'm not afraid to say so. Maya Banks has written a number of books that I like but this one was my favourite. Call me an idealist if you want but it doesn't seem so far fetched to me. During her first meeting with the men, Holly is vulnerable; born into a rich family it is quite likely she would have had a sugarcoated view of love and the rest of the world. Then after being beaten by her husband on their weeding day and seeing him kill a man, you can understand her need to be reassured on some subconscious level that not all men are like her soon-to-be ex-husband. And under that there may be that spark, that intuitive nudge that tells her they're the ones for her (I myself have experienced that same spark so don't snort at it all you who haven't). She's been on the run for almost a year - naturally she's going to latch on to the safety and protection they're offering her even though she's scared that they'll get hurt because of her. It's a natural defence mechanism for survival. Even the swiftness she goes to bed with them isn't all that surprising - every night since the incident she's been scared for her life. People naturally seek out reasurance of the fact that they're alive through sex - it's not as outlandish as you'd think.

SusiSunshine said...

@Bella I really think I would have enjoyed this book more if the beginning wouldn't have been so rushed. I know many people love this book and I'm really happy you do but it was just not for me. But I love her Sweet series. Can't get enough of those. I think we just can't all love the same books.

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