Thursday, June 25, 2015

Safe At Last
(Slow Burn #3)

Maya Banks

  ~ Synopsis ~
The third book in the beloved #1 bestselling author’s sexy, romantic suspense Slow Burn series…

They say young love doesn’t last, but a girl from the wrong side of the tracks with unique abilities and the hometown golden boy were determined to defy the odds. For Zack Covington, Anna-Grace-his “Gracie”--was the one.

But one night forever altered the course of their future; when a devastated Gracie disappeared without a trace, Zack was left to agonize over what happened to the girl he loved. As the years passed, his desperate efforts to find her uncovered nothing. Now working for Devereaux Security, he stumbles across a painting featuring a special place only he and Gracie would know. The image is too perfectly rendered for it to be coincidence. His Gracie must be alive. When he comes face to face with her, he is shocked-and heartbroken-to discover the wounded shell of the girl he once knew and still loves. Her psychic gifts are gone, and worse, she believes he betrayed her all those years ago.

Zack has enemies, and once his weakness is discovered, Gracie becomes a target for revenge. He’ll have to save her before he can earn her trust and her love. And he vows they’ll never be torn apart again. 

~ Excerpt ~ 
"Please talk to me, Gracie.  Tell me what's wrong. 
Why are you so goddamn scared of me?"
"I dont want you here," she choked out.
Her free hand went to her throat, rubbing as though it hurt her to speak.  Fury raged inside him.  Of course her throat hurt.  There were visible hand and finger marks surrounding her slender throat.  As if those bastards had choked her repeatedly.
Those words, those five simple words, gutted him to the core.
"Why?" he asked bluntly.  "Why do you hate me so much Gracie?  I loved you.  I always loved you.  And you left.  God, do you have any idea the hell it's been wondering what happened to you twelve years ago?  Not knowing if you were dead or alive.  Somewhere hurting.  In need of help.  Didn't I deserve more than what you gave me?  Not even a goodbye.  Or "fuck off."  You didn't even do me the service of breaking up with me.  You just...disappeared."

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~  Review ~
Safe At Last is the 3rd installment in the Slow Burn series and could be read as a standalone but to best understand the characters that you will meet within this book it is best to start at the beginning of the series with Keep Me Safe.

One tormented and searching to find something lost. The other hiding and and trying to forget.  This is Zack and Gracie's story and what a story it is.

What is a man to do when a routine job becomes more?  When your job brings you face to face with your past and has your heartbeat thundering in your chest only to have it muted by the terror and screams of the one thing you have searched for 12 years? was all Zack knew.  His determination to recapture what was lost and get answers for all of the years he spent wondering had my heart soaring for him.  His love for Gracie radiated from pages making you hope that they could have a second chance.  

Gracie holds tightly to her belief of the events that transpired years ago to separate her and Zack.  Shattered from the experience she has become sort of a recluse and trusts almost no one.  Seeing Zack after all these years causes fear and anger to rise in her setting them off on an emotional roller coaster.  

I felt for Gracie.  The conflict she felt towards the man she had loved more than life itself and the injustice done to her at his hands would be hard for any woman to take.  How can you forgive the unforgiveable? 

When Gracie's life is put in danger because of her association with Zack he takes charge of situation and sets off to protect Gracie and get to the truth beneath the lies that separated them.  But uncovering the truth may be more that Zack can take.  

The story kept me engaged from page one right through to the end.  Every page bringing more angst, hope and understanding than the last.  The story has many twists and turns.  Just when you think that you know where the story is going Maya takes the story in a different direction.   The story is action packed and allows you to catch up with Caleb, Ramie, Beau and Ari from the first two installments.  The combined efforts of all of the characters in seeking justice restores Gracie's "gift" and brings clarity that she can no longer deny.

Do Zack and Gracie find a way to overcome their past and look forward to  a future?  Grab your copy of Safe At Last and find out for yourself.

~  Rating ~

See where it all began………
Keep Me Safe
(Slow Burn #1)

~ Synopsis ~
When Caleb Devereaux discovers his younger sister, Tori, is kidnapped, he quickly turns to an unlikely source for help: Ramie St. Claire, a beautiful and sensitive woman with a psychic gift for finding answers others cannot. The two quickly find out their chemistry is undeniable and an intimate relationship follows. 

While Ramie can connect to victims and alert authorities to their locations, her ability comes with a steep price. Every time she uses it, she experiences the same torture as the victim. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb find his sister nearly kills her. Even though his sexual intensity draws her like a magnet, she needs to get as far away from him as she can. 

Deeply remorseful for the pain he has caused, Caleb is determined to make things right. But just when he thinks Ramie’s vanished forever, she reappears. This time she’s the one in trouble and is in desperate needs of his help. Caleb will risk everything, including his heart, to protect her from a relentless and cruel murderer, who will stop at nothing and no one until he gets to Ramie.
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In His Keeping
(Slow Burn #2)
~ Synopsis ~
Arial knows the rules that keep her safe. She’s been following them since she was a little girl: Do not tell. Do not show. But in a moment of terror, facing an attacker intent on taking more than just her life, she has no choice but to unleash the psychic powers she’s been hiding since childhood. 

Now, with Ari’s abilities revealed, a bigger threat looms - something that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her parents and her secretive upbringing. But this isn’t a fight she can face on her own. 

As the head of Devereaux Security, Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the bizarre. But when he takes on a new client--a beautiful young woman with an extraordinary gift--Beau isn’t prepared for the extent of his attraction to her. What began as a simple assignment quickly turns personal as he discovers he’ll do anything it takes to protect Ari, the woman he loves.
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 ~ About the Author ~
Maya Banks is a multiple #1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the Surrender Trilogy, the KGI novels, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a Calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook and Twitter as well as in her Yahoo! Group.
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