by Maya Banks
Published by Samhain Publishing on April 6, 2010
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cowboys, Erotic, Menage
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Holly Bardwell is running from her past mistakes. Straight into the arms of the Colter brothers.
Adam, Ethan and Ryan aren’t looking for women. They’re looking for a woman. One woman they know will share their lives and their beds. They’re losing hope they’ll find her, that is until Adam discovers Holly lying in the snow just yards from their cabin.
Adam knows she’s the one the minute he holds her in his arms, and as soon as his brothers see her, they know it too. The only problem is convincing Holly of that fact—and protecting her from the danger of her past.
Note: This review contains some spoilers for the book, but let’s be honest, this is what you came for, right?
As a romance reader, sometimes I’m in the mood for an off-the-wall, completely wackadoodle story. Colters’ Woman by Maya Banks fits the bill. I found it completely unrealistic and melodramatic, but there were moments that I enjoyed nevertheless.
Adam Colter stumbles upon a woman lying in a snowy ditch near his cabin. She’s clearly injured, so he brings her home to tend to her injuries. But not until he’s hit with some major insta-love with a huge dose of insta-lust. As soon as he sets eyes on her, he just knows that she could be The One. This happens SO fast (possibly before he even learns her name?).
But wait, there’s more! No really, more men.
When Adam brings Holly home, his two brothers Ethan and Ryan also feel the connection with her—because the three brothers are destined to share a woman. That’s right, it’s Brother Husbands in the Colter household. Despite the fact that Holly is basically unconscious for their initial meeting, the Colters are inexplicably drawn to her physical beauty and…spirit? Aura? I’m still unsure. To be honest, more than once I wondered if the author intended for this to be a paranormal/shifter/fated mates story, then changed her mind—because the instant, animal attraction really brought those things to mind. The attraction is mutual because Holly feels a connection with ALL THREE brothers. Because she can’t choose just one!
Plot twist! Turns out that Holly is technically, legally married to an extremely shady character who just gets shadier further into the book.
Plot twist with a detour into crazy town! Turns out that although Holly is married, she never consummated the marriage and is actually a virgin! Not for long, though, when she’s got three brothers drooling over her.
Here’s where things get truly wackadoodle. There’s sex. SO MUCH SEX. This is one of those books that’s primarily sex with occasional plot. So hey, if that’s your thing, you’re going to love this book. For me, though, I need a wee bit more plot, which is why I deducted a couple of stars. As I said, I enjoy a trip to crazy town once in a while—just be forewarned that what little plot exists in this book is wholly unrealistic and completely out there.
Rating: 3 stars