Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Book reviews, industry news, and commentary from a reader's point of view

REVIEW: Colters’ Promise by Maya Banks

Dear Ms. Banks,

As a lover of intertwined books and series, I appreciate the purpose behind this book: to allow long time readers of the Colters’ Legacy series a chance to revisit past couples. While I think that the intent to give readers what they want is a great one, I found Colters’ Promise to be similar to reading a multi-chapter epilogue. I think that passionate lovers of the series will be quite satisfied, but I prefer more tension in my romances than this book had.

The book opens in Clyde, Colorado, as Lily Colter has an unexpected pregnancy confirmed. She was not expecting to become pregnant, and had, in fact lost a daughter earlier in her life to SIDS and later became homeless. Lily and her husbands, Seth, Michael and Dillon (yes, she’s in a polyamorous relationship with brothers) had been using birth control because Lily was not ready to be pregnant. She’s shocked by the pregnancy and very worried that something will happen to this baby too. She is stymied by this news, and is not ready to share her secret with her husbands.

Holly Colter, the mother of Lily’s husbands is thrilled that all of her kids will be home for Christmas. She’s decided to make Christmas dinner, which will be feat considering that Holly is a well known failure at cooking. She wrangles Lily into teaching her to cook.

Meanwhile, Callie, the Colters’ youngest daughter is sick with strep throat. Her husband, Max, has gone to take care of his sister, Lauren, who has been abused by a boyfriend. Callie is determined that Lauren should come to stay with her and Max until Lauren is feeling stronger and more confident. She and Max retrieve Lauren and begin the slow process of helping her recovery her sense of self-worth.

That’s really all of the storylines in the book. Both Callie and Holly end up being sick at some point during the books, which I think is meant to illustrate how much the Colter men (and Callie’s husband – we’ll call him an honorary Colter) cherish their women. And I suppose, if the fantasy that you have is for your alpha man to take care of you, I think that this book works. It’s mostly about the women being “independent and strong” while still having their alpha husbands say things like, “be sure you call when you get there, you know how we worry” and having to hide their cars so that their husbands won’t see them and come to discover what they are doing. Mostly, I think that the Colter men would be happier if their women were home, doing women things, and never ventured out anywhere.

You certainly excel at writing extremely hot love scenes, and each of the scenes did show the deep and abiding love that the Colter men have for their women. I believed the relationships between all of the characters, even as I tried hard to not be unnerved by brothers being OK with sharing one woman at the same time.

I believe that for your longtime readers of the Colters’ Legacy series, this book is going to be extremely satisfying. Although I’ve read the entire series, I found the lack of tension and what I perceived as the overbearing nature of the Colter men detracted from my enjoyment of the story. As I said in the beginning, this book feels very much like an epilogue, rather than a standalone novel. I’m giving Colter’s Promise a C.

Best regards,



I've been reading romance for more than 30 years and reviewing regularly for the last five. My first romance was Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts, and once I read it, I was a goner. I read most subgenres of romance (except inspirational and steampunk) but focus mostly on contemporary and paranormal, with a sprinkling of historical thrown in for flavor. I am an avid sports fan, so I have a special place in my heart for sports themed romances. I'm a sucker for old skool romance, which is probably most evident in the fact that The Windflower is my favorite romance of all time.


  1. KZ
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 14:14:09

    Thank you so much for your review. As a long time reader of this series, I’m looking forward to this book. I had a feeling it would be more epilogue-ish, than a traditional stand alone novel. But I am none the less excited for it.

    Just a quick correction on your timeline of events… Lily lost her baby to what appeared to be SIDS, not due to being homeless and not being able to care for her properly. She became homeless afterwards when her husband asked for a divorce and in her despondent state left and lived on the street.

  2. Kati
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 14:28:02

    Thanks for the correction, KZ. I’ve made the edit.

  3. Brian
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 14:57:28

    In the past Ms. Banks has referred to this as a novella, but I just saw the price is $7.99 which seems a bit high for a novella, would you call it a novella or is it a full length novel?

  4. Kati
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 15:06:05

    Hi Brian – It’s hard to say. I read an ARC, which stated the page numbers went to 119, which indicates to me it’s a novella. But it was an unedited proof, so the pagination may have changed. The Amazon listing has it at 256 pages.

    Sorry I can’t be more help!

  5. Sheryl Nantus
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 16:12:32

    Love the series but I’m sort of choking on the price. All the other books in the series are so much cheaper…


  6. LeeF
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 16:49:20

    I just love the phrase “polyamorous relationship” :-)

  7. Ridley
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 17:49:48

    People willingly shelling out $8 for what is basically the author’s fanfic of her own characters is why we can’t have nice things.

  8. Brian
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 18:43:39

    @Sheryl Nantus:

    Love the series but I’m sort of choking on the price. All the other books in the series are so much cheaper…

    Yeah, I’m very iffy on the price myself. The price was to be expected I guess since it’s a big NY publisher and not Samhain publishing it.

  9. pamela
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 19:06:20

    I haven’t read the books, but you describe Holly as “the wife and mother of Lily’s husbands.” Is that a typo?

  10. Kati
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 20:13:11

    *blush* It is a typo, I originally had the sentence formatted differently, and neglected to pull that part out. My apologies. Holly is the husbands’ mother, Lily is their wife. Thanks for catching!

  11. Pamela
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 22:38:53

    Ok, thanks. I wasn’t trying to call you out on a little mistake, I just had to be sure given the very unusual family arrangement with Lily & her husbands.

  12. Katrina
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 14:43:22

    A bit of trivia from an anthropology nerd: one woman married to several brothers is called ‘fraternal polyandry’. It’s traditionally practiced in several societies around the world, including Ladakh (Litte Tibet) in India. It lowers the birthrate of a population (rather than polygyny, which raises it significantly), and allows family land to be passed down intact, rather than parceling it into smaller pieces for each brother.

%d bloggers like this: