on May 7, 2010
Definitely read a variety of the available reviews before deciding whether or not to purchase/download this book. This is a sequal to Colters' Woman (note placement of the '). This is a ménage a quatro story (three men, one woman). There are a few too many bodies in the bed for my taste. However, like the author's other books, the story is well written and quite erotic. If this type of ménage is your thing, definitely give this book and this series a try. If explicit ménage romance is not your thing, don't download this.
on October 24, 2010
This book is getting alot of flack because people are downloading it and have no clue what it is about. With as many reviews from people explaining what the subject is about and giving it one star because they are shocked, it is not hard to figure out if this is not your cup of tea.
The book is well written and it is not one sex scene to the next, it is a short story of four people who have made a life together. It seems as if this was a follow up to a prevous book that I have not read. The story is really short and I started to read it bacause of the bad reviews, I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about. Dont listen to the people that were too lazy to READ the reviews but had ample time to WRITE one once they became morally outraged. It wasent written in a perverted way, there werent raunchy sex scenes. I guess if you think the subject matter makes the whole story perverted you could say all the bad things that people are saying. I am not a pervert and I think that it is amusing that people are casting judgement on people who might read this. If you read Maya Banks you pretty much know what kind of book you are about to read, but this is Maya Banks Light lol, just a short story.
If the book had cost money I'm sure people would see what it was about before downloading it, because it was free peoples desire for instant gratification bites them in the butt!
If it didnt have so many bad reviews I would not have given it five stars, a little too short and I felt like I was dropped into the middle of a story...
Maya Banks, <strong>Colters' Wife</strong> (Samhain Publishing, 2010)
I promised myself--actually, I swore to myself--I would not read <em>Colters' Wife</em>, which stands as kind of book 1.5 in the Colters' Legacy series (it's a 40-page short), bridging the gap between <em>Colters' Woman</em> and <em>Colters' Lady</em>, until I'd picked up <em>Colters' Woman</em> and given it a whirl. But I simply couldn't help myself. Maya Banks has done America one of the greatest services any writer possibly could have; she has shown, in graphic, uncompromising, and highly amusing fashion, the illiteracy of any number of people who fancy themselves readers. Why are there seventy-nine one-star reviews for <em>Colters' Wife</em> as I write this> In every case--every single one--it's because the person who unwittingly downloaded and read this "disgusting filth" did so because s/he did not understand the significance of the placement of the apostrophe in the title, which makes the direction of the subject matter extremely clear. Sorry, folks, if you'd paid a smidgen more attention in English class (assuming you actually went to it), your pristine eyes would have never had to behold such debased horror as a woman accepting that more than one man is capable of loving her.
I already hid the plot in that opening paragraph, but a little more explicitly: this short bridge between the first two novels in the series focuses on Holly, the title character, in the final days of her pregnancy (she's carrying Seth who, judging by the excerpt of Book Two found at the end, is the main character of that one). Yes, there are a couple of erotic scenes (and yes, Ms. Banks is quite good at writing those [wipes sweat from brow]), but I was just as enchanted by the scenery, even when it was conspiring to thwart Holly's attempts to get to her favorite sitting rock. (My wife is seven months pregnant. I totally get that bit.)
I'd originally given this three stars, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that as far as the construction of a short story goes, this is actually pretty nicely thought-out, all the more so for taking time out to include the hot, sweaty bits. I certainly won't argue with those reviewers who cautioned me to read the first book first, but it does work well as a stand-alone (Banks mentions a few events from the first book, but gives enough detail in an economical enough space that you can get your head around the emotional quirks that follow from said events), which is pretty amazing these days, when every author just HAS to set up a sequel in the final pages, y'know? So I'm kicking it up half a star, because while it's still fluff, it's impressively-written fluff, and it's renewed my determination to read this series--which I'm sure was the intent of offering the thing for a free download in the first place. Bravo, Ms. Banks, and bravo, Samhain Publishing, you did your job, and you did it very well, as far as I'm concerned. *** ½
on March 14, 2012
I have long been a fan of Maya's books and eagerly awaited this one after reading the rest of the series. She writes about a touchy subject that a lot of prudes don't realize exists-erotic romance. In this series a group of three brothers brought up in a household where their Mom was together with their three Dads follow in their Dad's footsteps and also fall in love with one woman. The depth and emotion of Maya's characters are what makes these books so memorable. I have been reading erotic romances since they first starting becoming popular at Ellora's Cave and Kensington Publishing. I know that if I am reading one of Maya's books then it will be well developed with characters that grow and touch my heart. There will be explicit sexual scenes but they are tastefully done and improve the story not make up the story. This short story seems like most of it was sexual, but that is because this is a finalization to a series of 3 books. If you had read the first three books, then you would see how the family progressed and how the last generation of boys met and feel in love with their "wife". I highly recommend the complete series to anyone that wants to read an erotic romance that isn't just about sex, but the love that grows between the 4 characters. There isn't any male/male touching in the book just 3 men that love 1 lady.
on November 22, 2011
This is SHORT and FREE because it fits part of the other books. You will need to read the other books in the collection. It is a sample, if you would like to preview this author. Agree, please read the summary. This is for mature audience, and not traditional romance. It is loving, and touching series, but again, not for everyone. I am a fan of the series because of the doting and possessive love of the multiple partner men to their wife. I'd never do this myself, but ... I do like to read of a cherished and respectful care of a woman. This is not abusive to her in any way... but again agree with "some reviewers" this may not be YOUR cup of tea. One of MY favorite authors due to how she TREATS women in her books... cherished, spoiled, respected, and treasured. As it should be... but rarely is.