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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, 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, as soon as his brothers see her, they know it too. Only problem is convincing Holly of that fact – and protecting her from the danger of her past.
About the Author
Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she’s not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker. Colters' Woman is the first book in the Colters' Legacy series and is being reissued in celebration of her long awaited, Colters' Lady and Colters' Daughter, ebook releases in 2010.
- ASIN : B000R93CRW
- Publisher : Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 6, 2010)
- Publication date : April 6, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 982 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 215 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #770,135 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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This book is definitely not for everyone, but it fit the bill for me in terms of what I was looking for at the time: steamy, suspenseful, erotic, and THREE HOT MEN. There are plenty of aspects of it that might be considered cliche, but I went in knowing what I'd be getting, so expectations are key to enjoyment.
Adam, Ethan, and Ryan Colter (in that birth order) are brothers who run the aptly named 3 Brothers Inn in Colorado where they make a solid living from taking horse riding parties and hunters out in the Great Rocky Mountains. While they are happy to be doing what they always wanted, they are missing one key element: a woman. Yes, just the one. As the product of 1 mother and 3 fathers (and said fathers the product of a similar scenario), these brothers have been told and have felt that there will only be one woman for them. But as Adam goes out to gather the mail, he is starting to have doubts that they will ever find her. He is a dominating presence as the eldest; Ethan has always been the peacemaker; and Ryan has not been the same since he came back from the war where he spent time as a POW (that he refuses to discuss). How can 3 very different personalities find 1 woman to meet their varied needs? As he is lamenting their circumstances, he spies a brightly colored object contrasting with the stark white snow covering the ground. When he gets closer and realizes it's actually a woman, he is shocked. And when he picks scoops her small form up into his arms and sees her for the first time, he is struck. Could she be the one?
Holly is a woman on the run who is out of options. She witnessed her husband do something horrible on their wedding day, and then she ran away from him on their wedding night when he showed his true colors and physically abused her. When her car died on the highway, she did the only thing she could think to do: keep moving. Ill prepared for the cold weather and not recalling the last time she ate, she succumbed to the elements and exhaustion and collapses. Imagine her surprise when she wakes to find herself in a warm tub with a gorgeous man staring at her with concern. Her first reaction is fear, but something in his eyes tells her he won't harm her. And when she realizes there are THREE of these large hunky brothers who all look at her as if they want to simultaneously devour and protect her, she is at a loss for what to do next. She doesn't want anyone to be harmed trying to help her, but she is out of options. And what sense does it make to trust 3 men she just met when she is fleeing from a man she thought she knew? Has she exchanged one bad situation for another? Can she trust these strangers she feels inexorably drawn to? And what happens when her "husband" will stop at nothing to find and reclaim her?
What I liked:
--- It can be corny, but I kind of like instalove sometimes, especially when it means more steamy goodness throughout the story
--- The brothers were different but likeable in their own ways
--- Some element of suspense always makes the pages turn more quickly
What I didn't like as much:
--- There was some corny/cheesy stuff going on at times
--- Holly was tough to like at times - immature moments and some general "I don't know what to do" hand-wringing situations - I tend to like heroines with a bit more backbone and confidence
--- She dated her husband for 4 years or something like that and never slept with him? Yeah.... okay
--- A few plot holes and inconsistencies
Overall, if you know what you're getting into and want a little insta-love with LOTS of steam that is worlds of over the top with some thin plot points, it's a good read. All about the expectations going in with this one.
Plot --- 4.5/5
Main Characters --- 4.5/5
Supporting Cast --- 4/5
Steam Level* --- 5/5 (M/F/M scenarios with another M in there with the F; no M/M anything, thankfully since they're BROTHERS *shudder*)
Violence --- some (stabbing, shooting, rock bashing, and some domestic abuse descriptions)
Language --- not egregious
POV --- 3rd
*Note that steam level is not a rating so much as a how hot was it: 0/5 - clean; 1/5 - mild; 2/5 - sensual but nothing descriptive; 3/5 - now we're getting somewhere; 4/5 - yes please! ; 5/5 - they did EVERYTHING in this one, y'all
Holly is a woman on the run from her abusive husband. She was with him for less than twenty-four hours when she saw him kill a man. She's terrified of him and what he could do to her so she runs.
Adam Colter finds Holly in a ditch with very few clothes in a snowstorm. He doesn't know much about her but he knows she the one destined to become his and his brothers, Ethan's and Ryan's wife. They have been looking for her for a long time and recognize her as theirs immediately. They know she's in danger but they can take care of themselves and her.
Holly is scared for the men who found her. She knows that her husband will kill them to get to her. She finds that they are very giving men. She doesn't understand how one woman and three husbands would work but she wants to find out. After telling them that she's married the one thing she doesn't see coming is their helping her to get a divorce so that they can keep her.
Top reviews from other countries
For me this book really lacked a bit of heart – for all its cosy fireside snuggles it just seemed a little cold.
The story starts with the eldest of the three brothers, Adam, finding a woman lying unconscious in the snow. Knowing she needs help, he takes her back to the cabin he shares with his two brothers to nurse her back to health. But... along the way he starts to get incredibly turned on. Not so cool considering she's freakin' unconscious. It does give him jolt though because he 'knows' that this is the woman.
You see the Colters are a strange family to say the least. Strange because their mother married three brothers and their grandmothers married three brothers. So they all share the same mother but different dads... or who the hell knows who is the father to which. I was just impressed that none of them had a third eye.
Holly is running away from her husband who killed a man on their wedding night. Waking up in a cabin with three strange men, well, she didn't seem that upset about it. But, hey, three great looking guys all fussing over you? I think I'd stay too.
Soon she's kissing the brothers and feeling kind of skanky and confused about how attracted she is to each one. When they tell her that she's THEIR woman to kind of share well, it gets kind of steamy.
What I loved about the book- the guys! You have Adam, the eldest brother who is very take charge and call's her baby. He once crushed on the local town Sheriff and hoped she would be the one but his brothers reacted with both dislike and indifference. Bow that he has Holly he knows why and all thoughts of the Sheriff are a thing of the past. All he wants it to love and protect Holly.
Ethan (my favourite) is the charming, funny and more relaxed brother. He's always got a smile and something funny to say and I was green because I wanted to snuggle up to him and play Monopoly.
Last, there's Ryan, an ex solider he has a lot of pains with his legs, is stubborn and very serious. He tends to keep things to himself but opens up around Holly.
The boys made this book for me. They had it all! I wanted to be their woman, because let's face it ladies, anyone who claims they wouldn't want to be worshipped by three gorgeous men are lying!
What I didn't like -Holly.
The woman is beyond idiotic. She marries a guy because he's safe, he kills someone she runs off and doesn't seem to be a little afraid of the fact that she's with three random men who want to have sex with her... at the same time.
The fact that she was a virgin and her first time was with three different men and she seemed to show no discomfort shocked me.
When Lacey (town Sheriff) makes her appearance she's irrationally jealous. I get why, Adams great catch, but her reasons were stupid. I would have felt insecure about the fact that this woman was the one he'd wanted and only didn't get because his brothers didn't like her and got me by default, not because she's tall and pretty and is confident. I had to roll my eyes at that one.
All through the book she's just whining and fearing for the guys and I just tuned her out after a while and imagined how sexy those brothers were.
To those who are thinking of reading it, I say go for it, but don't take the book too seriously. This is porn that's just been written and it's awesome for it. Don't pay too much attention to how bizarre it all is or whether the fact that it's kind of wrong. Just do what I did and go along for the ride... and make sure you have you partner around because it will get you hot and bothered ;)
Thankfully the book was saved by the characters themselves and the sheer number of super sexy scenes. That's why I've still given it a decent rating. The book regularly jumps from one sexy scene to another and you can't help but keep turning the pages. I enjoyed it but with both of the books I've read I can't help but feel that something was missing and I can't put my finger on it. I haven't written her off though and will probably buy more of her books in the future.
Great looking, suitably tormented alpha male lead characters, vulnerable female lead, really horrid - and unexpected - villains, great scenery (true) - and deliciously wicked sex scenes! I was left wondering how poor Holly, the object of the Colter brothers' desire, was going to cope with these three hot and hunky men after the story ended. My favourite character was Ryan, the youngest Colter; a tortured soul from his stint in the Iraq war (of course he won't talk about it - except to Holly...).
I would have given it a 5 star rating but the language, especially during the sex scenes, tended to be a little 'samey', and that grated on my nerves just a little bit.
That said, if you want an easy afternoon read, curled up with nothing but your favourite dessert and a hot chocolate, then this is the jobbie for you.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series!
The additional content in the book after the novel's finished is called Callie's meadow. I suggest reading Colter's Wife first then coming back to Callie's meadow in order to keep them in sequence!