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Close Liaisons Audiobook

Close Liaisons: The Krinar Chronicles, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

In the near future, the Krinar make the rules. An ancient, highly advanced race from another galaxy, they are beautiful, powerful, and immortal - and driven by dark desires.

A student at NYU, Mia Stalis has her whole life planned out...until one close encounter changes everything. Drawn against her will to the dangerous alien determined to possess her, Mia finds herself thrust into a world of explosive passion and deadly intrigue. And if she is to escape his addictive embrace, she will have to make an impossible choice...while the fate of Earth hangs in the balance.

©2013 Anna Zaires (P)2013 Anna Zaires

What the Critics Say

"If you're looking for some sexy summer reads, you'll want to check out the new book series, Krinar Chronicles. Author Anna Zaires brings you a kind of 50 Shades of Grey meets Star Trek tale . . ." (Marie Claire)

"For diehard fans of the paranormal romance genre, author Anna Zaires's risqué new book could be your next guilty pleasure. Zaires's most recent read, Close Liaisons, combines a love story with science fiction in the tale of Mia, an unassuming college student whose life gets suddenly entangled in a dangerous, otherworldly affair." (Woman's Day)

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    sharon Falmouth, United Kingdom 12/04/2013
    sharon Falmouth, United Kingdom 12/04/2013 Listener Since 2010

    I listen to my books while working, and I work alot!, love Detective, Dystopian, Science fiction, Fantasy, U/F, PNR and Steam Punk.

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    "Escape.."

    A civil invasion, a 2000 year old alien, subterfuge, in a precarious situation, college student Mia finds herself torn between the resistance and a very powerful lover who pulls her into a world where there is no escape.I was kind of creeped out by the total roughshod approach of this K. The moral and personal dilemma Mia finds herself is in what drew me in. A definite favourite of what I have read so far this year, very pleased that Anne Zaire put pen to paper... loved the dark twisted under currents, the clever nano technology, world and premise and of course the very freaky tense relationship.... a must read for those who like tense, erotic, psychological thriller/science fiction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janine 03/01/2014
    Janine 03/01/2014
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    "Ghastly"

    I'm really not sure why I've continued with the series.
    The Sci-Fi elements are poorly described and for some reason, are completely unbelievable. Since the point of Sci-Fi is to make extraordinary technology commonplace, this book is quite ridiculous.
    Its attempt at Erotica is banal, bland and boring.
    The plot is pitiful. Any potential it has is poorly executed and flat. Any anticipation fizzles out with no punch.
    The author has a bash at 50 Shades (billionaire, great lover; a naif in awe but quietly strong) but with worse writing. Given how poorly written 50 Shades is, it's amazing to read something worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Amazon Customer
    Stamford, CT, United States
    24/03/13
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    "I can't believe how much I enjoyed the book"

    I don't usually like books without answers, the ending or arrogant/disrespectful male characters... But this book not only kept my undivided attention, but I also listened to it twice in a row. As of right now, this author is on auto download for me. I really hope the same narrator will continue with the series. I will look for other books narrated by Kathleen Godwin, she did an excellent job. I really think this book should be included in erotica section.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Melonie
    SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX, United States
    14/07/13
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    "Good listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Close Liaisons the most enjoyable?

    The narration was good, Ms. Godwin did a great job with both male and female voices. The storyline was plausible, for fantasy, and I liked the conflict the main character went through the love/hate dichotomy. Looking forward to book #2.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ...it's for our own good.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sherry Dudley
    Richmond, VA
    07/09/13
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    "Riviting Story!"

    This is one of my all time favorite authors! Her stories never disappoint me! The Krinar Chronicles are the most uniquely written storylines I have ever read. The main male character is so arrogant and bold and over the following two books you see him turn almost human. The sensuality of the sex scenes is so intimate.....and incredibly illustrative. You cannot stop with the first book. This makes Shades of Gray boring!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • ThommieGirl
    arlington, TX, United States
    18/05/13
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    "Hmmm...not bad!!!"

    It was mysterious, kept me guessing, and pretty freaking hot! Nice twist on a fantasy love story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    Broken Arrow, OK, United States
    30/04/13
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    "I Enjoyed This One Very Much!"

    A very interesting twist on "War of the Worlds." I found Korum to be a fascinating character and Mia to truly be naïve. Because Mia is so inexperienced, she does not think to ask questions that she should and it could have cost her a great deal. This story also shows what can go wrong when your "Allies" don't give you the whole truth about things.

    There are many things that were left unexplained in this book, but that give me a reason to look forward to the next in this series. I do hope that Anna Zaires continues with Korum and Mia's story and more about the Krinar.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Shonny
    Washington
    01/04/13
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    "Blown Away"
    What did you love best about Close Liaisons?

    The entire story..it was fresh and original


    What other book might you compare Close Liaisons to and why?

    It is an erotic tale .. So if you are like reading erotica then you will enjoy this story


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed it so much, part 2 is out in print and I picked up a copy .. yet to read but can hardly wait

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    SALEM, OR, United States
    30/08/13
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    "Hot Passion from Another World!!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you read Erotica books this was something different.


    What other book might you compare Close Liaisons to and why?

    Not A Lot I can compare to do to it is Unique Love Story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cant pick just one scene I like, they all were great, but if I had to pick i say the end of the book. Which I will not state because do not want to ruin the book. I would be terrified if that was me in the corner =) You will know what i mean when you read the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Just have to loved a New Unique Love Story and was a pleasure to Read and cant wait for the other book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    RUTHER GLEN, VA, United States
    26/05/13
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    "Better than I expected!"

    This book was better than I expected. I was not sure what to expect from the whole alien theme but if you are a fan of paranormal romance you will enjoy this series. Great character building. I am definitely looking forward to the continuation of this series. Worth the credit!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • JandE
    United States
    29/04/13
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    "Great story, so-so performance"

    Mia Stalis is an ordinary college senior at NYU when her life is forever changed after an encounter in the park. Earth has been taken over by the Krinar, a race of humanoid aliens who for the most part leave humans alone. However, when Korum, a powerful K (as the Krinar are called), sees Mia in the park, he decides he must have her.

    As a general rule, I don't ordinarily read science fiction. Paranormal I like, but this isn't my usual preferred genre. That being said, the science fiction elements in this book are great. The world building is fascinating, and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed these aspects of the story. There are suspenseful elements related to the science fiction, and the book ends on a bit of a cliff hanger.

    Of course, the main focus of the book is the relationship between Mia and Korum. I use the term 'relationship' loosely, I feel that 'dictatorship' more accurately describes their interactions. There is a fine line between Alpha Male and a$$hole, and unfortunately, Korum crosses over to the a$$hole side much more than the Alpha side. Mia is given no choice in this situation. Korum wants her and what he wants, he gets. Mia goes along with this, for the most part, with very little protest (any protests she makes are entirely ineffective), mainly because of the intense sexual chemistry the two share. The sex scenes are quite steamy and for mature audiences only. The author uses some clinical terms for body parts, which is a bit jarring, but still, the scenes are good. One in particular - SPOILER ALERT - the scene in which Mia loses her virginity, is very detailed and gut wrenching, and listening to it really brings that point home.

    Since the story is so good, the deficiencies in the performance seem all the more glaring. The reader has a breathy style, which I didn't particularly care for, and her dialogue readings didn't have the right inflections. She makes Korum sound like a robot most of the time and since the author made the point that he speaks perfect, unaccented English, that didn't sound right to me. This is especially glaring when he says her name. She has him pronounce it as "Meeeeee-ya" instead of "Mia." Also, the interactions between Mia and her peers sound a bit off as well, especially in the first part of the book. This does improve a bit toward the latter part of the reading, maybe because the reader was getting a better sense of the characters.

    I definitely recommend this title based on the story alone. It is so good that the performance aspects can be overlooked. I also highly recommend the second title in this series, Close Obsession, although it isn't available as an audio book. I purchased it as soon as I finished Close Liaisons because I was dying to know what happened next!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Love To Listen
    10/07/14
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    "Hard to listen to"
    What did you like best about Close Liaisons? What did you like least?

    The story was good enough that I felt compelled to read the second book but there was way too much sex. It's not exciting if every chapter has a sex scene in my opinion. I also really didn't like the narrator. It was like listening to a computer read.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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