- Title: Colter’s Lady
- Author: Maya Banks
- ISBN 1609280245 (ISBN13: 9781609280246)
- Series: Colter’s Legacy #2
- Published: June 1st 2010 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd
- Format: Audio-book
- Genre/s: Erotic Romance
- Print Length: 330 pages
- Source: Library
- Rating: C
While I still maintain that Toni of Seducing Simon was one of the stupidest heroines I have ever had the misfortune of reading about, upon concluding Colter’s Lady Maya Banks has managed to convince me that her Colter’s are not living in Home, Pennsylvania the locale and title of the infamous episode of The X-Files. If you watched the series you will vividly remember the notorious inbred Peacock family.
The Peacock family was a family residing in Home, Pennsylvania that had lived on their own since the American Civil War. Their house had no running water or electricity and they grew their own food. It was also widely held that the family engaged in inbreeding for generations, resulting in horrific disfigurements and birth defects.
Thirty years after the conclusion of the first book in the Colter’s Legacy series Colter’s Woman, Seth Colter, Holly and the three Colter brothers eldest son, is volunteering at the local homeless shelter when he is immediately and powerfully attracted to one of their patrons. Truly, the reasons I listened to the book were twofold, I am still trying to determine the source of Ms Banks’ seemingly inexplicable (to me) popularity and this line that I read in the description on Goodreads in fact I would say mostly because of this line after which I giggle to myself every time I think about it.
When police officer Seth Colter sees the delicate, shabbily dressed beauty in line at the soup kitchen where he’s serving, he’s gut shot over the idea of her being on the streets cold and alone.
Gut shot! Who could resist that? I know I mentioned this in my review of the first instalment in the Colter’s Legacy series but AGAIN on the cover is just one man and one woman which is extremely misleading when the focus of the story is a relationship that develops between three brothers and one woman. It seems that we can only imagine what that cover would be like…
Seth is convinced Lily is his. The problem is, when his brothers lay eyes on her, the same primitive instinct comes roaring to the surface. The Colters’ never imagined they’d follow the unconventional path of their fathers, but they can’t ignore their mutual need to offer Lily their protection and their love. But before Lily and the brothers can forge a future together, they must heal the deep wounds of her past.
If I thought the use of a homeless person as a romantic lead in novel was a unique plot device as evidenced in Poughkeepsie and again in Colter’s Lady. I have since come across similar plot-lines in at least two other stories not including Colter’s Lady. Clearly this trend is original only in my mind and perhaps other readers are not as concerned with the logistics of access to shower facilities as I am. Granted after Seth convinced Lily to accompany him home she immediately showered thus relieving my sensibilities somewhat about the realities of basic hygiene.
Lily and Seth experience not even twelve hours of idyll before Seth’s brother Michael arrives unannounced and upon spying his brother’s guest, he experiences the same powerful attraction to Lily as his older brother. What impressed me was Seth’s reaction, despite being raised with three fathers, rather than embracing the idea of sharing this new and intriguing woman he has met, he is possessive and grudging of the idea of not being the sole focus of her attention. A much more realistic reaction, in my opinion, than the naive seeming acceptance of the brothers in Colter’s Woman that they would just settle down with one woman and everything would be just hunky dory.
After some initial posturing on Seth’s behalf, Larry, Curly and Moe…wait no Seth, Michael and Dylan set themselves the task of convincing Lily to consider a future with all three of them. Lily accepts but only on the condition that they practice safe sex, not in fear of disease, but of pregnancy. Am I the only one who considers this strange, why a woman who is terrified of getting pregnant would choose to have intercourse with not one but three men increasing her chances of conceiving exponentially? Rather significantly I would think as the average healthy male ejaculate contains an astonishing 40 million to 1.4 billion sperm cells! Of course, as Murphy’s Law would have it, the first time Lily and the three brothers have an orgy, no I meant “make love” the condom breaks and she is so distraught that she is rendered almost catatonic by the prospect. I must admit at this point I was rubbing my hands together mentally in glee, believing that we were finally going to get to the good stuff perhaps some post-abortion or Münchausen by proxy syndrome alas I had forgotten for a moment what I was reading.
Colter’s Lady had potential, potential that unfortunately went largely unrecognized, when Lily’s secret from her past was finally disclosed it was strangely anticlimactic. While it is understandable that she would feel responsible for the circumstances that occurred in her past which were truly horrible. The extent of and her unwavering conviction, without any possibility that the fault was not solely hers was unrealistic in my opinion.
Maya Banks lives in south-east Texas with her husband and three children. When she’s not writing, she loves to hunt and fish, bum on the beach, play poker and travel.
Escaping into the pages of a book is something she’s loved to do since she was a child. Now she crafts her own worlds and characters and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible.