Adam, Ethan and Ryan aren't looking for women. They're looking for a woman. One woman to share their lives and their beds. They don't want a casual romp in the hay, they want the woman who will complete them and they're losing hope of finding her. That is until Adam finds Holly lying in the snow just yards from their cabin. He knows she's different the minute he holds her in his arms. But before Adam gets his hopes up, he knows he has to gauge his brothers' reactions. Soon it's evident that she's the one. There are a few problems, however, like convincing her she belongs with them and keeping her safe from the man who wants her dead.
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By Maya Banks
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Chapter OneThe cabin exuded masculinity. All the rooms were sparsely decorated in earth tones. The living room was dominated by the stone fireplace, and the glow spread warmth over the rustic wood floors. It was, she imagined, just as a cabin may have looked a hundred years ago.
Ethan sat at a desk several feet from the fireplace. He was concentrating on a computer screen and occasionally tapping on the keyboard. Did they have internet access here in the middle of nowhere?
She looked around for the others, but the house was silent. Taking a deep breath, she crossed the room until she stood behind Ethan.
"Ethan?" she asked, damning how quivery her voice came out.
He swiveled around in his chair and looked inquisitively at her.
"Can I ask you some questions?"
"Of course," he replied.
He stood up and tucked her hand in his then pulled her over to the couch.
"Let's get comfortable."
She sank down beside him, careful to keep a safe distance from him. One touch from him and she was likely to throw herself into his arms and beg him to make love to her.
She stared at him for a long time then gathered her courage around her. "Is this for real?"
His gaze softened, and he sat back as if realizing she needed the space.
"This must be difficult for you."
She nodded. She swallowed back what she wanted to say then hesitated. Holding back her emotions wasn't natural for her, as problematic as it may be. Something told her she could be honest with Ethan.
"It's difficult, but not in the way you'd think."
She promptly blushed and looked away as she spoke.
He didn't prompt her to say more, he merely waited.
"I don't understand," she began again, trying to formulate her thoughts. "How can you all want me? I mean I can understand wanting me, wanting to have sex that is, but Adam said ... He made it sound like you wanted me to stay."
"But how? You don't know me. How can it be any more than lust at this point?"
He smiled and reached over, curling his strong fingers over her palm. He picked up her hand then turned it over until her palm faced up. Bending his head, he pressed his lips to her skin.
She shivered in reaction, a chill racing straight up her arm.
"Lust? Oh yeah," he said, lowering her hand. "But it's more than that."
Her hand fell to the couch, but she wanted to press it back to his mouth. The curl of urgency between her thighs had her shifting to alleviate the discomfort.
"If you're asking me if we're in love with you," he began, "well, I can't speak for my brothers, but I don't think it's that simple. As you said, we don't really know you. But we recognize you. Does that make sense?"
She shook her head wordlessly.
"Put it this way. I recognize you as the woman I will fall in love with. Maybe I've already started down the path. I won't know until we've had more time to explore each other." He flashed a wicked grin at her. "And explore, I plan to do."
For some reason, his simple honesty comforted her more than a declaration of undying love and devotion. She'd gotten those from Mason, and they certainly hadn't done her any good.
"What do you want?" he asked softly.
"I want never to have gotten married," she blurted out, allowing her regret to pour out of her soul.
Tears stung her eyelids and she looked away.
He scooted forward and pulled her against his chest. He tilted her chin up until she looked him in the eye.
"You don't have to stay married to the bastard."
Sadness swelled in her chest. "I don't think he'll let me go. I know ... I know too much," she said.
He arched his brow.
"What do you know, doll?"
She closed her eyes. She needed to release the heavy burden she'd been carrying for the last two weeks.
"I saw him kill someone," she whispered. "On our wedding day."
Ethan's grip tightened around her.
She pushed away from him, gritting her teeth to keep the tears at bay.
"You see, that's why I can't stay here. He'll find me. He'll kill you. It's nothing to him."
Ethan released his breath then looked over her shoulder.
"You hear everything?" he asked.
She swiveled around until she saw Ryan leaning against the wall behind her.
Ryan nodded, his eyes glittering dangerously.
"Did you email Cal?" Ryan asked.
She looked back at Ethan in confusion.
Ethan nodded. "Yeah."
"Who's Cal?" she asked.
"He's a lawyer," Ryan said.
Her eyes widened. She looked between the brothers, checking their expressions for something, some clue as to their intentions.
"He's a good friend of ours. He practices law in Denver. I emailed him about your situation. Asked him how best to proceed with terminating your marriage."
She stood up in agitation, shrugging off Ethan's hand.
"You can't tell him where I am!"
"No one's going to tell him where you are, doll."
"Don't you want to be rid of him?" Ryan asked.
She looked up to see him studying her, probing her as if measuring her reaction. Her eyes narrowed. Did he think she wanted to stay married to Mason?
"After what you heard, how can you doubt that?" she asked, staring back at him just as intently.
They squared off, neither backing down as they burned holes through each other with their eyes.
He relaxed his stance then crooked his finger at her.
It pissed her off that she found herself crossing the room to stand in front of him.
He pulled her roughly into his arms and melded his lips to hers.
She moaned low in her throat. God, he felt so damn good. She threaded her arms around his neck, and in that moment, she didn't give a damn what he thought about her. She wanted to rip his clothes off.
He sucked her bottom lip between his teeth and nipped erotically. He wasn't gentle, his touch was demanding. He slid his hands underneath her shirt, upward until he cupped her breasts in his palms.
She flinched when his thumbs flicked her nipples. She arched closer to him, wanting more.
Her breath came in ragged spurts as his mouth left hers. He burned a trail down her neck then sank his teeth in the curve of her shoulder.
She cried out, her legs collapsing beneath her.
Something caught her. Not something. Someone. She found herself rocked against two hard chests. One in front. One in back.
Gentle kisses rained where before Ryan's teeth had seared her skin. She leaned back, wanting more of Ethan's touch.
Ryan shoved her shirt upward, baring her breasts. He bent and sucked one nipple into his mouth. God, he was hot. No preamble with him. No teasing. He went for it. Hard and fast.
"Do you want it?" Ryan murmured.
Did she want it? If she didn't get it, she was going to kill someone.
"If you don't want this, now is the time to say so," Ethan said as he rocked her ass against his rock hard erection.
"No, don't stop. Please."
"Never let it be said I could refuse a lady," Ethan said, his voice thick with desire.
Ryan pulled the shirt the rest of the way from her body and tossed it on the floor. He hooked his finger in the waistband of her jeans and pulled her hard against him.
He devoured her mouth with his as he fumbled with the zipper. In a few seconds, he was shoving her pants impatiently down her hips.
"You've got too many clothes on," she protested.
Ryan's eyes flashed. "In the bedroom. Now."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Again, as I mentioned before in my previous review - I downloaded the companion piece "Colters' Wife" as it was free and thought nothing much of it at the time ... it was just something to read to pass the time by with. Boy, WAS I WRONG! Each of the characters had me tearing in some way or another and the men! Goodness gracious, we need some more male figures like Adam, Ethan and Ryan in this sad world. I'm eagerly awaiting news on the final installment, "Colters' Daughter" - such as when it'll be released so that I can put it on my wishlist as I will have all of the series. It's even prompted me to by more from the authoress.
This is a first time for me to read a book with such explicit sex and menage a trois. I have to say with all honesty, I loved it! Colters' Woman was fast reading and had me hanging on every word. The three brothers together had heart, a sense of honor and protective to those they love. Seperate, the brothers showed how each of them was different, but comfortable in their own skin. I wanted to be in Holly's shoes! I was sad when I finished the book, because it was a joy to read. Since reading this book, I have ordered more books my Maya Banks and I know that I will enjoy them as well.
Before I read this book I didn't like erotic romance. Changed my mind with this one. I didn't think it was rape at all. Totally consensual. Tore through 500 pages easily.
For me, the most unrealistic aspect of this story is that three big men, who supposedly want to care for and protect this petite woman who, by the way, is a virgin, would basically gang-rape her so soon after finding her - and that she would enjoy it! I would think they would take it slow and easy, one guy at a time and gradually over time build up to the foursome. I love the Colter men in both books but they move too fast on their women!
I found this book and I fell in love with it. The story sounded interesting but I didn't expect it to be so HOT!!! This book had it all a sexy leading lady and three SMOKING HOT MEN!!!!! I found myself falling for Adam, Ethan and Ryan. I wish I had these men all to myself! The sex scenes are HOT and I found myself melting into a puddle of LUST! I loved this book and I will read it again. Maya is a great author and she is one of my favorites because of this book! If you liked this book I recommend reading Colters' Wife and Colters' Lady. I can't wait until Colters' Daughter is released.
I loved this book, could not put it down!!!!!!!!! AMAZING, EROTIC,SURPRISING TWIST TURNS THROUGHOUT THE BOOK. this book is for the open minded and adventurous, i highly recommend this book.
This is the first menage book I've read. I totally immersed myself in this book. If you have fantasies this is the best kind to have. Too bad it can't happen in real life. Praise for Maya Banks!
Dont listen to negative reviews. Was a great romance novel. Easy read. Loved all the characters. A must read.
I read a lot of mixed reviews on this book, and after much debate, decidied to go for it! I am very pleased that I did! Colters' Woman is highly accicting and the perfect read for anyday. Maya Banks surely keeps readers hopes high and pulls through with another must read!
Im a huge maya banks fan and she always fails to dissapoint i love everyone of her books that i have read so far and this one is no exception. It has romance, action, and sexy sexy colter brothers! Great read, you should totally buy it!
I loved this book. I don't normally like damsell in distress stories but I was drawn into this book. I wished something like this could have happened to me. The characters were strong willed and made you want to keep on reading it, on and on.
This was the first book I read by Maya Banks and I wasn't disappointed. The plot line was entertaining and the characters enthralling. The love/sex scenes made me tremble and made me wish for my own Seth, Ryan, and Ethan! This is the best of the 3 Colters-books (2 full length novels and 1 novella). If any more are published, I'll be right there to purchase and ready to read them.
Tried this author on a whim and now I'm a die hard fan. Entertaining story. Surprisingly tender characters. I'll definitely be buying more of this author's books. It's a keeper!
things that make you go hmmmm… After languishing in my to read pile for over 2years, I finally started this, it’s languished in TBR country forever. It opens well and wraps you into the story within the first couple of pages. However, you have to buy into the premise of three brothers wanting the same woman and her wanting them immediately. If you can’t suspend belief for that this may not be the read for you. Unfortunately, even at halfway through there had been plenty of sex there still wasn’t much depth or connection with the characters. They aren’t badly written, just thinly drawn (IMHO). With Reticent Ryan, whose story should have been heart-wrenching, I felt the most let down. It seemed like a very thin veneer. For Everything Ethan there didn’t seem much exploration, he was just always there with whatever was needed. Ample Adam was just plenty, he kept being described as controlling but was written as decisive, he knew what to do and did it. Last but not least of the quartet is, Have Me Holly who wasn’t a whiner (thank the writing gods) but she was quite malleable and seemed to go along with the program way too quickly. (From trembling virgin to an over the top session in 4pages or so.) Again this is a book that while a fast & enjoyable erotic read, logic and reason should not be expected. The threads hang together enough for coherency but felt as if there were leaps and gaps to get from one scene to another. A lot of first books of a series don’t quite deliver as there is such a broad canvas especially if it is an origin story that I’m willing to try the next in the series before making a decision to continue.
Great story you will love it love it! Must buy!
This book was awesome. I enjoyed it because eventhough the men were aggressive, they were loyal, fierce, sexy, protective, and possessive. I loved the way they cherish their woman. Great book!!!!!
This is a great read. The erotic scenes were so hot. I liked the fact that it has an actual story line and not just independent sex scenes that relate to nothing.
Fantastic plot lots of twist and turns and steamy enough to keep you wanting morr
kind of "different", but you know that from the overview. Very enjoyable to read, even though it does get very steamy and certanly, not pg rated. Loved the caracters and the book was very nice, even if at times i keept thinking that this was a long time ago, the way they are isolated from everything else. Very nice plot also.
Great series...I think this one is the best of all.
loved it good writing
This book is so full of erotic sex! The love and bonding is awesome. I couldn't put it down. Loved every page.
OMG...I loved this book. I read twice in a day and a half. Wow.
This is one of the best Maya Banks books. A truely great erotic romance. This one has it all.