Colter’s Woman (Colter’s Legacy Series #1) – Maya Banks

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I will have you know that I am writing this review under duress, well not precisely duress per se. A friend, after being the unwilling recipient of my rantings and ravings following the conclusion and sometimes during the first three Maya Banks novels I have either read or listened to recently, insisted that I finish this Devil’s Bargain, that I have made with whom I don’t know, but so help me I draw the line at Into the Lair! Though the blurb was so ridiculous I was tempted, seriously Maya Banks is a creative genius, I might hazard to call her a mad genius but that would be unkind.

Ian and Braden Thomas return to the US to extract Katie Buchanan, the sister of the teammate who betrayed them. She could very well be the key to taking down the man responsible for turning Ian and Braden into unstable cat shifters.

Manimal_(TV_series)Not even my great affection for cats would make me willing to submit myself to that particular assault on my sensibilities. Honestly, “unstable cat shifters”? Before you scoff and say I have no appreciation for the paranormal I will have you know that I was a HUGE fan of Manimal. The special effects were truly wretched in retrospect but what do you expect it was 1983 after all. I suspect that unlike The Twilight Zone the integrity of the story-lines might not hold for today’s discriminating audience but then again if you are featuring unstable cat shifters in a best-selling novelist’s works I could be wrong.

The Colter brothers give new meaning to keeping it in the family…

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.

The cover of this novel is extremely misleading as there is only one man and a woman featured instead of the three brothers and the lone woman they adopt for lack of the appropriate term. Truly there is so much wrong with this plot-line I am at a loss for where to start. I would assume women who would be willing to deal with three men full time wouldn’t be thick on the ground. However, Adam Colter had the good fortune to find one right outside his door. Within minutes of laying eyes on her, he determined that she was the “one”.

From a strictly story structure point of view to have so many characters vying for center stage was distracting. I think it would take the skill of a truly gifted writer to fully develop all the characters in this situation. While I didn’t find Holly anywhere near as annoying as Seducing Simon’s Toni, she was quite simply insipid and a bit whiny. She also seemed to suffer from this ridiculous somewhat moronic misplaced guilt complex that I have noted in a number of female characters in Bank’s works. Ultimately unoffensive but her presence didn’t add anything to the story there was quite simply nothing compelling enough about her to make not one, not two but three men to fall into “insta-love” with her. Beyond Adam, as the patriarchal figure, Ryan was the only brother who seemed to have a fully developed character. Though Lacey, the spurned lady sheriff, whom Adam initially thought might make a good mate for his unconventional family, had potential. All I recall about Ethan is that he was the oral placeholder in the group gang bang. I won’t sport with your sensibilities further by matching the other two brothers to the remaining orifices.

Yet again following the conclusion of a Maya Banks novel, what I have discovered when conducting the research that I feel is necessary in support of my opinions has proved to be surprising. For example, the practice of Polyandry (Greek: poly- many, andros– man) refers to a form of marriage in which a woman has two or more husbands at the same time. The form of polyandry in which a woman is married to two or more brothers is known as “fraternal polyandry”, and it is believed by many anthropologists to be the most frequently encountered form. http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Polyandry.html. Though unsubstantiated I even found a reference that Saskatchewan, Canada, a mere province away from my own, is the only jurisdiction in North American to have legally sanctioned polyandrous unions at the family court level.

Big Love promotional photo featuring (from lef...
Big Love promotional photo featuring (from left to right) Jeanne Tripplehorn, Bill Paxton, Chloë Sevigny, and Ginnifer Goodwin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regardless of the social implications involved and my limited experience beyond a season or two of Big Love, it was still extremely difficult to suspend my disbelief when listening to Colter’s Woman. The idea is intriguing however implausible considering how often I want to strangle my significant other, as much as I adore him…now imagine that three-fold?

AUTHOR: Maya Banks

RATING: 2 Stars

GENRE: Erotic Romance

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