This is both a review and a contest. This is a re-edited and revised version of the original Colter's Woman. It includes an expanded ending and a new never before pulished short story sequel. I will be giving away 3
copies of this e-book.
Author: Maya Banks
Genre: Menage a Quatre
From the Publisher:
Colters’ Legacy, Book 1
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.
First a confession, I have had the original Colter's Woman on my electronic tbr list for a couple of months but just had never made the time to read the book so this review is not going to be a comparison of the old versus the new but rather a look at this book and the included story only.
Holly is the female heroine of this story, she is a young woman who made a bad choice and is dealing with the consequences in the only way she knows how, running away. She ran from California and ended up in Clyde, Colorado where her vehicle broke down and where she ended up literaly in a ditch feeling cold, wet and hungry. Lucky for her, she ended up not far from Three Brothers Hunting Lodge, which was owned and operated by Adam, Ethan and Ryan Colter. Holly is only 24 years of age and has lived a somewhat sheltered life. She is also emotionally somewhat fragile at the beginning of this story.
Adam Colter is going about a mundane chore when he finds Holly in a ditch near to their mailbox. He is a complete alpha male but when he picks up Holly he recognizes that this is the woman that will change his life and the life of his brothers, if he can get them to accept her. The Colter men have known for some time that they will share a woman instead of each brother having an individual spouse, they know that it will take alot of work and understanding on all of their parts but they want to follow in their family's tradition. Adam is used to calling the shots and because of that he sometimes ends up hurting other's feelings but his character grows throughout the book and he does the best he can to curb his demanding nature.
Ethan Colter is the nurturer of the group. From the first time he sees Holly, he knows that she is the one that will fit in their group and sets about making sure that she is made comfortable and that Adam doesn't scare her away with his alpha tendencies. He is also the brother who seems to get along with everyone the easiest.
Ryan Colter is the brother with the most emotional baggage. He is a veteran of the Iraq war and was a POW for a short period of time. He is haunted by his experiences from the war and although he recognizes that Holly is indeed the one for their quad partnership, he is at first somewhat of a standoff. That soon changes.
There is alot of action that takes place in this story and an evil villan that must be dealt with. The villian is a person from Holly's past that she must eventually face on her own. I really liked that aspect of the book because it showed that Holly grew as a character and was no longer so dependant on being taken care of.
I really enjoyed reading this book and the freebie short story, "Callie's Meadow" that was included in this re-edited and revised version. There is also the free sequel "Colter's Wife" being offered at the same time. I am eagerly antipating the release of the next book in this series, "Colter's Lady", which will release on June 1, 2010.