Review: Colters' Gift by Maya Banks (ElaineReads review)

Tuesday, November 5

Title: Colters’ Gift*
Author: Maya Banks
Series: Colters’ Legacy #5
Genre: contemporary erotic romance
Publisher: Berkley
Format: ebook, print and audio
Date/Year: November 5, 2013
Reviewed by: ElaineReads
 

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks’ enthralling saga continues as two men, and one resilient woman hiding from the past, brace themselves for an emotional storm of unavoidable danger and unmatched desire…

Lauren Wilder fell for the wrong man, trusted the wrong man, and she paid a very dear price for it. Now broken and wounded, she's retreated to the bosom of the Colter family and the unshakeable love and support they offer. But the man she once loved and trusted is not without his own power, and he'll use every bit of his money and resources to make sure he gets Lauren back, no matter whom he destroys doing it.

Liam and Noah were hired by Lauren's brother to watch over her. But with danger looming, they head to the Colorado mountains—where Lauren has found temporary sanctuary. In her wounded eyes, Liam and Noah see the woman she once was—and could be again. They’re determined to show her everything a man can be—someone who will love her, cherish her, satisfy her, and when the time comes, put their very lives on the line for her.


My Musings:

COLTERS' GIFT is the fifth and final book in the Colters’ Legacy series.  I discovered the series shortly after the first book, Colters’ Woman, was released and fell in love.  I think it may have been my first menage book and I have been reading them ever since.  In my opinion, Maya Banks writes some of the best menages.  Her men are so loving and so determined to take care of the woman they love.  COLTERS' GIFT is no exception.  
 
Liam and Noah have been friends since childhood and business partners for a number of years.  However, they have never been partners in a relationship. That is where this book differs from the previous ones in the series involving menages. In the earlier books, the men’s families have a history of menage relationships.  Liam and Noah have no idea how to handle a situation in which they both want the same woman.

Lauren has lived surrounded by the Colters and is accepting and (she admits it) a little jealous of the relationships her female friends have.  She wonders what it would be like to have three men who were focused on loving her and pleasuring her. She actually has an easier time with the idea of a menage relationship with Liam and Noah than they do.

The book is not just a romance however.  Lauren’s previous lover was an abusive monster as well as a criminal.  She escaped him and he is determined to get her back so he can show her that he is the one in charge.  She will not leave him unless he say so and that will only be when she is dead.

Liam, Noah, and Lauren get their happily ever after.  It is a romance after all, but they have many problems to overcome before they can be together.  As an extra treat, Ms. Banks has included an additional story titled COLTERS' LEGACY which is the epilogue to this book. It really brings a solid conclusion to the entire series.

I can’t imagine reading this book as a stand alone title.  The characters from the earlier books play a major part and past relationships are not explained.  They don’t need to be because the books all flow together which is really amazing because there are thirty plus years between the first book and the subsequent ones in the series.

Regardless, it is not hardship to have to read the earlier books first.  You will love the Colters and, like Lauren, be a little bit jealous of their loving relationships.

Ratings:

Overall: 5 stars
Sensuality level: 4


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