ARC Review: Colters’ Gift by Maya Banks

Posted November 5, 2013 by Shari in Reviews / 4 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Colters’ Gift by Maya Banks
Colters' Gift

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Series: Colters' Legacy,
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Menage Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on November 5, 2013
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Colters’ are a family I have adored since I first read their story on my Kindle four years ago on bed rest with my son. I never imagined we would see their children grow up and embrace a life like theirs: multiple men married to one woman. While this may seem weird, this family is all about love. So when their son-in-law’s sister gets into trouble, they take her in like one of their own. This is the last story for the Colter family and while I am sad to see it is over, I think it is time.

Lauren Wilder has escaped a very bad man who raped and beat her along with his secret business on the side. When Lauren finally fears for her life and can’t take it any more, she escapes, but not without taking vital pieces of information with her. Her brother hires, to men to protect her until he can get there, Liam and Noah. While Max takes her home, the two men continue to dig into Lauren’s past to look for the man who beat her and left her broken. But they stumble upon more than they expect and now must confront Lauren with her deception of a name as well as their love for her.

Liam and Noah have been best friends forever, but when they meet and care for Lauren, they both fall for her and neither are willing to give her up. Viewing how the Colters’ have made multiple partners work, the men decide that is what they want with Lauren. The two men head off to confront Lauren knowing she is fragile, but in need of their protection from all they found out about the man who threatens her life.

Once they confront Lauren, the story becomes a little mellow. Lauren is so open to having more than one man care for her and actually longs for it when she sees it in the works in the family. All the Colters have become her family and they protect what is theirs. Each brother and father seems to want to protect Lauren but at the same time cannot deny what these men feel for the woman of their dreams.

The conflict is weak, and overcoming Lauren’s fears seem superficial. There just never seemed to be any barriers to them really getting together other than a twin bed that doesn’t fit them all in her economy apartment. The evil villian does some things to the heroine I could have not known and it does cause her some problems, but again she gets over it too easily.

It felt like an ending had been picked and everything was pushed for that ending without thinking of how to get there without alienating the reader. The book finally picks up at one point, but somethings happen that turn me off. It all had just a goody, goody feeling to it and disappointed me.

Tacked onto the ending is Colters’ Legacy, which is like an epilogue where Lily has her baby and Lauren decides she is ready to get pregnant. It rounds up the ending to the series and leaves us with hope for the future.

While I love Maya Banks, lately her books haven’t been doing much for me. I want to go back and grasp the wonderful worlds she has built and try to get back to what I truly loved about her stories. I am not giving up. I still auto-buy her books because sometime I will get that gem I want! I know it!


About Maya Banks

Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today and bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy. Her other chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance. She lives in the South with her husband, three children and a variety of pets.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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8 years ago

Most of the time I’m more than ready for a series to end, but every once and a while the writing is still fresh and interesting and it’s quite painful.

Sophia Rose
8 years ago

Sorry, it wasn’t a good installment. Hate it when that happens.

Natasha D
Natasha D
8 years ago

Usually I am happy to see how the series ends, but I will still miss reading more sometime.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Meghan Stith
Meghan Stith
8 years ago

It means wrapping up all the loose ends and leaving the reader content.