Friday, April 26, 2013

Linger review

Linger by Maya Banks contains two erotic novellas - Stay With Me and Songbird. From the synopsis, I had expected to enjoy Stay With Me more than Songbird but I actually liked Songbird better.

Stay With Me was okay but I had hoped for a great deal more from the story in the way of emotional growth and understanding. When Catherine walks away from Logan and Rhys and they follow to try to get her back, I expected a lot of the story to be the three of them working through the problems in their relationship but that isn't what Banks does - she mostly skips right over that which was disappointing. While the sexual relationship is repaired swiftly and early in the story, I felt that the rest of the relationship got shortchanged.

Songbird, which I didn't expect to enjoy very much, ended up being very good. The characters are painted well, their backstory is given enough attention so I didn't feel lost but not so much that it overwhelms the present line of the story, and the relationship between the three is full of emotion and chemistry. Even the action is done well. While I would have liked to read more with Taggert, Greer, and Emily, the constraints of a novella length story inevitably limit that. However, despite the brevity, Banks paints a sensual and vivid picture and doesn't stint on details or history just to keep her word count in check. She does a great job of balancing the need for fewer words with the need for detail.


Love can help broken spirits soar again…

Years ago, Greer and Taggert meant everything to Emily. Their cavalier rejection sent her into the arms of their youngest brother. Her angelic voice launches her to stardom—until tragedy shocks her into silence.

Grieving for their brother, Taggert and Greer take Emily back to Montana, determined to help her heal and find her voice again. Under the protective shield of their love, she begins to blossom. Then an old threat resurfaces. Now the men who love her face a fight for what they once threw away.

Stay With MeCatherine hopes her announcement to the two men in her life—she’s pregnant—will be the perfect start to the vacation they promised her: two weeks on a Jamaican beach. No cell phones, no emails, no business. But when they blow her off for yet another “business emergency”, she packs her bags for her long-awaited vacation—alone.

When Logan and Rhys come home to an empty house, they realize two things: One, it was a mistake to take Catherine for granted. Two, they’re not willing to just let her walk out of their lives. Getting her back will be the toughest deal they’ve ever negotiated.

Warning: Linger contains lots of knot-in-the-throat emotional scenes, hot loving, ménage a trois, multiple partners, adult language and situations and committed polyamorous relationships.

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