Close Liasons by Anna Zaire | #COYER Book Review

November 1, 2013 Challenges & Readathons, Reviews 12

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Close Liasons  by Anna Zaire | #COYER Book ReviewClose Liaisons by Anna Zaire, Dima Zales
Series: Krinar Chronicles #1
Published by Mozaika Publications on October 5, 2012
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

A dark and edgy romance that will appeal to fans of erotic and turbulent relationships...
In the near future, the Krinar rule the Earth. An advanced race from another galaxy, they are still a mystery to us – and we are completely at their mercy.

Shy and innocent, Mia Stalis is a college student in New York City who has led a very normal life. Like most people, she’s never had any interactions with the invaders – until one fateful day in the park changes everything. Having caught Korum’s eye, she must now contend with a powerful, dangerously seductive Krinar who wants to possess her and will stop at nothing to make her his own.

How far would you go to regain your freedom? How much would you sacrifice to help your people? What choice will you make when you begin to fall for your enemy?

WARNING: This book contains strong sexual content and explicit language and is not suitable for readers under 18.

My Initial Reaction…

Close Liaisons was right up my alley. It’s a really upsetting romance that made me feel uncomfortable at times, and yet I felt very compelled to continue reading.

The Characters…

Mia is a really well-written character. She is an average girl living an average life as a college student when she meets Korum, one of the Krinar that have invaded earth, and he sets his mind on having her. She feels intensely uncomfortable with him – not just because he’s an alien, but because of the way he makes her feel and most importantly, because she’s basically a prisoner – even though there is a veneer of freedom. The struggle that she goes through with her own emotions and how to deal with Korum is great – she’s constantly second guessing herself, caring for him and fearing him all at once.

Korum is also captivating – I just can’t decide what I want from him, a bit like Mia. He is so entitled it pisses you off. And yet he’s hot and dangerous (which, let’s face it, can be hot).  He does not need Mia to change him and he’s completely unforgiving for who he is. In real life that would probably irritate the shit out of me, but in a novel it just makes him the ultimate alpha character. There were moments where I thought I saw – or perhaps hoped for – a soft emotional underbelly, like when he tends to Mia’s injuries or massages her; I’m not sure what to think of those moments, I think he’s a character with a lot of depth to be exposed in future books.

 

The Story…

The world building was one of the more enjoyable pieces for me, in part because it’s just so creative. We’re taken to a place not far from our present and very recognizable, minus one big exception: there are aliens living among humans, called the Krinar. I should say living openly among humans, because they’ve been around from the start – from planting the cells that gave Earth life to guiding our evolution. They are an very unsettling god-like presence, because they look like humans – but are also very clearly not human. They are evolutionarily more advanced in every way, plus they feed (for pleasure, not necessity) on human blood. Yep – we’ve got extraterrestrial vampires! How cool is that?

The Krinar have mostly integrated themselves into human society by keeping to themselves and, while some have a problem with them and others practically worship them, most seem to just go on with their lives blissfully ignoring their presence. That’s what Mia did, until Korum becomes interested in her. And Mia is trapped. He’s stronger than her and she knows there’s no hope of fighting him. And there’s a part of her that’s also intensely attracted to him and doesn’t want to resist. And he is not interested in her will – he won’t physically hurt her – but he basically owns her.

I cannot express this any other way, so please excuse my language – but the dynamics of this were so well written that it was a total mind fuck.  For me as a reader and Mia as the person experiencing it. I was so incredibly uncomfortable with some of these romantic moments and at other times I really liked Korum and others I just hated him. And Mia – as I’ve already gushed above- is such a complex character, her feelings really propel this story forward. When combined with the work Mia starts to do for the resistance movement, things get very intense. She’s in a very vulnerable dangerous position, with feelings that make it more complicated than it already was.

Concluding Sentiments…

The story really pulled me along – but it was a story for me that was built mostly on character interactions and the emotions that governed those moments than an actual plot (which I love).  Things get intense – very sexually explicit and in uncomfortable ways because of the dynamics of Korum and Mia’s relationship – but I do recommend it if you enjoy reading emotionally uncomfortable and distructive relationships. I do – because I can’t help but cheer and hope that they’ll morph into something more, which is why I’ll definitely be reading book 2.

Giveaway!

Even though you can pick up book 1 from the Krinar Chronicles for free on Amazon – Anna and Dima are giving away the full eBook set to one lucky participant! You’ll get Close LiaisonsClose Obsessionand Close Remembrance !

You can enter the giveaway here and on today’s earlier Free Book Friday post from the authors, Anna and Dima. Good luck!

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four-stars

About Anna Zaire

Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.

Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.

In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact her through this website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often.

About Dima Zales

Dima Zales is a full-time science fiction and fantasy author residing in Palm Coast, Florida. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his writing career.
Dima holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind-reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends.

He is also into healthy eating and fitness, so he should live long enough to finish all the book projects he starts. In fact, he very much hopes to catch the technological advancements that might let him live forever (biologically or otherwise). Aside from that, he also enjoys learning about current and future technologies that might enhance our lives, including artificial intelligence, biofeedback, brain-to-computer interfaces, and brain-enhancing implants.

In addition to his own works, Dima has collaborated on a number of romance novels with his wife, Anna Zaires. The Krinar Chronicles, an erotic science fiction series, has been a bestseller in its categories and has been recognized by the likes of Marie Claire and Woman’s Day. If you like erotic romance with a unique plot, please feel free to check it out, especially since the first book in the series (Close Liaisons) is available for free everywhere. Keep in mind, though, Dima Zales’s books are going to be much more PG 13 . . . at least that’s the plan for now.

Anna Zaires is the love of his life and a huge inspiration in every aspect of his writing. She definitely adds her magic touch to anything Dima creates, and the books would not be the same without her.

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

12 Responses to “Close Liasons by Anna Zaire | #COYER Book Review”

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL I’m slowing down now. I just had some deadlines to meet so I was killing it at the start. Now I have to try and balance life and school. Boo!

  1. Amir

    Great review! The book has an interesting premise and as I am a fan of alpha males this def go my attention. I also want to get into alien related romance. I just checked the book on Amazon and it’s a freebie too! woohoo!

    Oh, and this just made me broke my 1-click ban. Bummer 😛

    And thanks for the giveaway!
    Amir recently posted…Amir’s eReader Clean-Out Challenge! #COYERMy Profile

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL yeah, that’s the bad thing about this feature – I’m focusing on books that have been (and probably still are) free on Amazon, so while you clean out your E-reader I’m helping you restock it! But I really enjoyed it and hope you do too. I love unapologetic alpha males – I’ve kind of gotten tired of all the guys running around needing to be fixed by the leading lady lately, so this was a nice switch!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL! Well now I’m falling behind everyone else! I knew I had the Free Book Friday scheduled for November 1, so I set myself up to be able to kill the book in 1 day, otherwise I’d probably have taken a couple days myself!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I liked that about the book too Pamela. That dynamic was definitely there – there’s a group of rebels in the book that Mia gets involved with – but for me that just wasn’t as significant as the relationship dynamic itself. I plan to read the next couple books, hoping it keeps getting better!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Exactly! Plus the uncomfortable moments weren’t necessarily bad – sometimes they were what pushed the story forward. I’m definitely reading the next one – here’s hoping some of that uncomfortableness get settled!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks, Lark. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series – it might resolve some of those uncomfortable moments for me. But yeah, it’s definitely not for everyone.

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