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Synopsis: In the near future, the Krinar rule the Earth. An advanced race from another galaxy, they are still a mystery to us – and we are completely at their mercy.

Shy and innocent, Mia Stalis is a college student in New York City who has led a very normal life. Like most people, she’s never had any interactions with the invaders – until one fateful day in the park changes everything. Having caught Korum’s eye, she must now contend with a powerful, dangerously seductive Krinar who wants to possess her and will stop at nothing to make her his own. 

How far would you go to regain your freedom? How much would you sacrifice to help your people? What choice will you make when you begin to fall for your enemy?

annazaires_closeliaisonsMiss Anna Key says: I must admit that the minute I have read the synopsis of this book I was immediately intrigued. The premise of the book is Earth after the First Contact. Two races living side by side in an uneasy truce. The alien race guiding humans in expanding their understanding of space, science and technology, and the human race rebelling against the Krinar dominion and undermining their efforst in bringing Earth “up to speed”. So far, I fought, that the Author did a splendid job setting the premise for this uneasy, inter-racial relationship between a shy, human college student , Mia, and one of the top Krigar military leaders, Korum.

Sadly this background story is by far the best part of the book, but then I found Fifty Shades of Grey deeply disappointing (I agree in this with Lady Pokingham) which is probably the crux of things. Korum is your typical alpha male (nothing wrong with that) – authoritative, strong and domineering, he is actively involved in fighting the human resistance. There are two aspects which sadly make his character unbearable. First of all, in most PNR/SFR book the alpha male changes throughout the book. He might start as a domineering SOB, but under the influence of our heroine and the tme their are allowed to spend togehter, he becomes more likeable, more reasonable, more like a living-breathing thing, rather than a drill sergeant. Here it doesn’t happen – Korum is as unliekable in the first chapter as he is at the end of the book. The time he spent with Mia has had no effect on him. It  almost feels as if their whole relationship has been inconsequential and pointless. This leads me to my second point – Korum’s treatment of Mia is despicable. She is his plaything, a lapdog, a subservient creature, available at any time he feels the urge to mount a female. I couldn’t find a single instance when he shown her any respect or at least treated her as an equal adult.

Having said that, Mia’s behaviour is no better. When Korum swoops in and, in a matter of days, takes over her life, she has no courage to change her position. She swoons, she plots behind his back and then allows Korum to just fuck her into oblivion pretending to be his obeying mate. And as much as her attempts to aid the resistance are supposed to show her inner strength, the whole endeavour feels fake and, if anything, shows her cowardice and a complete lack of a moral spine.

Another aspect which ground my gears was the disregard with which Korum treats Mia’s treason. To him it is nothing more than a temper tantrum of an insolent child. As an honourable, military man how could he just disregard the fact that his own mate was plotting his downfall? What kind of picture does it paint? To me it clearly showed that what we are told about the characters doesn’t match their behaviour. In the end Korum turns out to be just another shallow meathead mating with a disployal and shallow pussy, rather than looking for a trusted and loving companion who could proudly walk by his side.

To summarise I must say that regardless of how much I have enjoyed the story’s setting and initial ambitions, and regardless of how many brilliantly the sexual scenes were written or how much I have enjoyed reading them, the serious lacks in the portrayal of the characters and their relationship made me glad when the story finished.

About the Author:

anna-zairesAnna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination.

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