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This erotic romance is a Kindle edition that was published by Samhain Publishing on February 1, 2011 and has 240 pages.
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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Sweet Surrender, Colters' Woman, Sweet Persuasion, Sweet Seduction, In Bed with a Highlander, Darkest Hour, Seduction of a Highland Lass, Colters' Lady, No Place to Run, Men Out of Uniform, Red-Hot Summer, Never Love a Highlander, Brazen, Sweet Temptation, Whispers in the Dark, "Colters' Wife", Colters' Promise, Echoes at Dawn, Undone By Her Tender Touch, Four Play, Cherished, The Tycoon's Pregnant Mistress, Never Seduce a Scot, Highlander Most Wanted, "Softly at Sunrise", Shades of Gray, Rush, Fever, Forged in Steele, Burn, Colters' Gift, Be With Me, When Day Breaks, After the Storm, Taking It All, Keep Me Safe, Darkest Before Dawn, Enticed by His Forgotten Lover, Sweet Possession, Sweet Addiction
Third in the Colters’ Legacy erotic romance series and revolving around the Colter family in Clyde, Colorado. The couple focus is on Callie Colter and Max Wilder and their version of D/s.
This was somewhat disappointing in the tone of the writing. It didn’t read like a Maya Banks. It, well, it felt too juvenile and whiney. Too much melodrama. Especially with that “noble gesture” Callie makes. I understand how she feels, that it could never be a comfort. But, lord, so overly dramatic…*eye roll*…
I did like the twist in that it’s Max doing the chasing, acknowledging that he’s in the wrong. A position that will make a lot of women pump a fist in the air, LOL. Amazingly, Banks managed to combine a contrite Max with his dominating personality and have it work. Banks certainly did keep the suspense of what Max was up to in Europe quiet. I can’t blame Callie one bit for her reaction. If anything, she was too easy on him!
As for Max’s reasons. Dope. Excuses, excuses, excuses…
Callie is straightforward and open about her feelings and how weak Max makes me. It was uncomfortable to read, even as I appreciated her strength in coming right out with it.
There is a lot of truth in this story from Callie, Max, from her mother and from Lily.
As for the Dominance/submission, it’s different. Max prefers a kinder, gentler version of D/s with lots of caring. I do have to confess that I thought some of it was rather silly. As if Banks had thrown it in to be sure we could tell it was a D/s situation. But that reaction from me could simply have been my discomfort with it.
If Max made a promise he had no intention of keeping, why did he pursue Callie so hard at the start? Why did he dump her like he did?
Oh, crack me up! Wait’ll you read that last line…it’s just too funny!
Callie’s been callously dumped in Europe and retreats home to lick her wounds only to encounter the jerk who dumped her. No. There’s no way she’s opening herself to yet more humiliation!
Callie Colter is the only daughter amongst three sons, and she’s a free spirit with a lust for travel. Her mother, Holly, married her fathers: Adam, Ethan, and Ryan (Colters’ Woman, 1). Lily, an artist, is her sister-in-law who married her three brothers: Seth, the town sheriff; Dillon owns a bar, The Mountain Pass where Callie works when she’s in town; and, Michael is the veterinarian (Colters’ Lady, 2). Carl is the bouncer. Paul Woodrow is a part-time bartender.
Max Wilder is something of a jerk and a dominating one at that.
The Cover and Title
The cover is a shock of light versus dark, purple versus orange and yellow with a suggestion of Callie’s Meadow at the bottom, a horse foraging near a fence line while above in the sky is a close-up of Callie and Max kissing. The yellow-orange is what separates top and bottom in a bright sunset.
The title is to the point, for the story is all about the Colters’ Daughter.