Friday, January 25, 2013

Romance Madness Hop

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Today i want to share one of my all-time favorite romance books.....

Colters' Woman
Book 1 in the Colters' Legacy
Maya Banks

At this point I don't even remember how I came across this book but I am oh so glad I did.  I definitely have to say that this is probably one of my most favorite reads.  I've even read it more than once...about 4 times actually.
I just think it's a really well written book.  Maya Banks did a fantastic job capturing these characters in a moving and romantic way.

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, that is 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, and as soon as his brothers see her, they know it too. The only problem is convincing Holly of that fact—and protecting her from the danger of her past.

Holly sat at the bar between Adam and Ryan as Ethan served up plates of bacon, eggs and toast. She glanced between them often, gauging their mood, their reaction to her, but they seemed unruffled.
It was as if they made such proclamations every day. She shook her head and speared another piece of egg with her fork. How could such a relationship work? Jealousy would be inevitable. And things would be much more difficult for her than for any of them. They would only have one "spouse" to contend with while she would have three.
Three men to please, put up with, all different. The mere idea of the complexities involved in the situation made her head ache even harder.
Ethan was the easiest going of the three brothers. She relaxed around him. It was a natural reaction. Even if she didn't know Adam was the oldest, it was as clear as if it was written across his forehead. And even though he had gone to great lengths to make her feel at ease, she knew he could be dangerous when crossed. He exuded power and authority, wore it like a mantle draped around him.
Her gaze flitted sideways to Ryan. He was an enigma. The only one she didn't have an idea formed about already. He was quiet and serious, but more than that, she saw pain in his eyes. Like her, he'd seen the darker side of life.
"Are you all right?" Ethan asked.
She looked up to see him frowning at her.
"Just a headache," she replied.
He walked to one of the cabinets and retrieved a bottle of ibuprofen, shook out several pills and handed them to her. Just one more example of them taking care of her. It warmed her to her toes and scared the hell out of her all at the same time.
"What's on your mind, baby?" Adam asked.
Was she that easy to read? Could they already see inside her mind and soul? Her fingers tensed on her fork for a moment as she contemplated denying that anything was on her mind, but Adam's honesty compelled her to be equally honest.
"The dynamics of the whole relationship you all propose… It's rather mind-boggling."
She didn't miss the triumphant smiles passed between the brothers. Surely to them, this was a sign they were making headway. And maybe they were, as insane as she was to even contemplate it.
"Anything in particular you want to talk about?" Adam prompted.
She sighed and set down her fork. "This has all pretty much blown me away. I don't even know where to begin. I keep expecting to be told this is one huge joke at my expense."
Ryan put a hand on her knee. "This is no joke. Now tell us what's on your mind."
She took in a deep breath, told herself she was completely nuts and then proceeded to tell them precisely what concerns she had.
"The thing is, you guys only have one person to concern yourselves with, relationship-wise. I have three. Three overbearing, overprotective, rather large men. I don't see how it's remotely possible that I could please all of you all of the time."
Cocky, self-assured grins adorned the three men's faces.
"I don't think any of us expect perfection," Ethan said. "Though," he added with an up-and-down sweep of her, "I'm not arguing with what we've been given."
"We've discussed this many times," Adam said in a serious tone. "We know it won't always be easy. It wasn't always easy for our mother and fathers, but if we all work at it, there's no reason we can't live in harmony."
"I guess I just don't understand the concept," Holly said. "I can't wrap my brain around it."
Ryan reclaimed her attention by turning her back around to face him. "Then think of it this way. Three men completely devoted to your happiness. Three men worshipping your body with theirs. Three men who would love you with complete abandon. Three men who would protect you and cherish you always."
She stared at him open-mouthed. "Well, when you put it that way."
"Damn, Ryan, why didn't you speak up earlier?" Ethan said in amusement.
"The first order of business is to go into town and buy you some clothes and whatever else you need," Adam said, changing the subject.
"But I don't need anything," she protested. Well, that wasn't entirely true, but she didn't want them buying her a bunch of stuff.
"Ryan, you care to repeat that part about three men devoted to her happiness, worshipping her, etcetera?" Ethan spoke up. "Because I'm pretty sure making sure our woman is clothed and provided for falls under that heading."
Holly blushed.
"Ethan, you and Ryan want to drive her into town? I need to check out the horses and get the hay out. It's supposed to snow again tonight." Adam turned to Holly. "There's a western store in town. It isn't much but you'll be able to get boots, jeans and some shirts. And a coat. You need a decent coat. Next week, we'll drive into the city to do the heavy shopping for you."
"Thank you." She couldn't manage much more around the huge knot in her throat. She felt dangerously close to tears and fought to contain them.
Adam leaned forward and brushed his mouth across hers. He was surprisingly gentle. For the first time, she reached a hand out to touch him, running her fingertips across his cheek, feeling the slight stubble along his jaw.
When he drew away, his eyes were burning with passion, and she felt heady with the knowledge she had affected him.
Ryan stood up from his seat at the bar. "Well if we're going into town, we need to go now. We don't want to be late getting back if it's going to snow."
"Is it…is it safe for me to go into town?" she asked. The idea that someone might see her and report back to Mason struck fear into her heart, despite the brothers' vow to protect her.
"We'll make sure you're not seen," Ethan said. "Riley's Western Store is on the edge of town. We'll park you in a corner of the store and do your shopping for you, let you try on stuff if you need to, and we'll keep a sharp eye for anything unusual going on."
She expelled a long breath. "Okay. Let's do it then."

Both blurb and excerpt are thanks to

At the bottom of Maya's page are all the buy links for this book.

Maya continues the Colters' Legacy with a free short story sequel to the Colters' Woman called Colters' Wife.  It's available here.  Then after that is Colters' Lady, Colters' Daughter, Colters' Promise and Colters' Gift which comes out in April 2013.  

Trust me the rest of the books in this series definitely do not disappoint either.  This is one series I would recommend to anyone I meet that loves to read romance !!!

I would love to hear from you readers as to whether you've ever read this series and what you thought.  Or, please tell me what your favorite Romance book is !

One lucky person will win digital copies of each of my 4 short story anthologies !!

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  1. I have also read Maya Banks Colter series and enjoyed it very much. Another great series is the Rescue Me series by Kallypso Masters.

  2. Thanks Theresa for stopping by. I will have to search the Rescue Me series, thanks for recommending it !!

  3. OMG!! I LOVE The Colters!! I have all the books in the series and I cannot wait for Colter's Gift later this year!! I have so many favorite romance books I could never pick just one, but the most recent romance book I've fallen in love with is Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia! Thanks for the great giveaway!!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    1. Hi Elizabeth, thanks for stopping !! I agree with having so many favorites it's just hard to pick. I've gotten a few notices for Poghkeepsie, i'll have to see about getting that one.

  4. I haven't read this series. Although now I want to! I don't have a favourite romance book because I tend to love them all. but the first one I ever read was Irresistible Forces and it got me hooked on the genred


    1. Hi and thanks for stopping Veronica! I agree, I love them all too. I have tons and tons of paperbacks and like them all so well I just can't get rid of them :) Hope you like this series if you read it!!

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  5. I haven't read this series although I love Maya Banks! My favorite romance book that I have read several times over and I need a new copy of since the book is falling apart is Dark Magic by Christine Feehan!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

    1. Maya Banks is a great author! Thanks for stopping books4me. I haven't read Dark Magic yet but thanks for the suggestion!

  6. These r great books loved the one w the daughter the best

    1. Hi Stacy and thanks for coming by....I loved the daughter too!

  7. Love this series the daughters book is my fav

  8. I have yet to read the series, but my favorite book of all-time is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon.

    1. Thanks for coming by Meghan. I have already gotten so many new suggestions. Outlander is a new one to add to the list :) Thanks again!

  9. Never read this series. Thanks for the giveaway.


  10. I have never read any Maya Banks but it's going on my wish list right now! There's no way I could pick a favorite romance book, there are just too many favorites on my list!

    Michelle V
    michellevasquez2001 at yahoo dot com

  11. It's really hard to pick one favorite romance novel...there are just so many. I'd rather say my favorite series books are The Hellions of Halstad Hall by Sabrina Jeffries; The Cynsters by Stephanie Laurens; The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn, and anything by Eloisa James.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  12. This series is new to me, but I can tell I am going to really like it! The blurb and excerpt are so intriguing.... I don't really have a favorite romance book, but I have enjoyed Lavrle Spencer and Judith McNaught for many years. Thank you for the opportunity to win, and for the intro to a new series.

  13. I'm such a slacker!!!
    I swear I'm finding a bunch of new reads along this hop (and here I thought my TBR list was going to get smaller this year...LOL). I don't have an all time favorite romance book and trust me I've thought about this question a just depend on what mood I'm in as to what type of romance I'm going to read.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    beejee77 at gmail dot com

  14. I love this series! I was hooked after the first one! i really liked how she added to the family! Maya Banks KGI series is also great! It's much different than this one but just as wonderful!!!
    thanks for the contest

  15. I haven't read this series yet but one of my favorite series is Jeaniene Frost's complete Night Huntress series :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  16. I have eyed this series far too long. It is time to buy and read.

    One of my favorites is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

    Tracey d
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  17. I read the series and liked it but Holly did irritate me as I like my heroines to be a little more self-sufficient and she just doesn't seem to have as much common sense as I would like. Nonetheless, they were great reads!

  18. I haven't read this series yet, loved the excerpt!

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

  19. I have not read this series yet, although I have downloaded the free short story. I hope to read it soon. One series that I really like is the Rough Riders series by Lorelei James. Thanks for the suggestion and the great giveaway!

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

  20. I actually have to admit I have never read Maya Banks... I know shocking lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. This is a great series, of course anything she writes is great, I have never read a bad one. great hop
    vera28546 at yahoo dot com

  22. I have not read Maya Banks. Although I have to now! I had heard of her and all her different books, but hadn't added them to my TBR list. Well they are definitely added now!

    And as for my favorite romance book...I think I might crash the computer if I tried to name them all. I can never name just one because then I feel compelled to keep naming different authors. So I think I'll spare everyone that rambling list!:)


  23. Haven't read this series yet, have heard it is a good one, putting it on my to read list. I really liked the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  24. Must confess, I haven't read the series. Also, there are so many favorites of mine that it's hard to pick. I just love any well-written romance. :)

    Thanks for the Hop stop,
    Adila (from Azerbaijan)

  25. I have not read this series by Maya Banks, but I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!