Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book #Review: In His Keeping (Slow Burn 2) by Maya Banks .@maya_banks .@avonbooks

Book Title: In His Keeping ( Slow Burn 2)
Author:  Maya Banks |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Series/Standalone:  Series Book 2
Format: Trade paperback
Cost: $14.99
Pages: 422
How I got it: Publicist
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble |
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
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#1 bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and steamy Slow Burn trilogy with this second book-a twisting tale featuring a strong yet vulnerable heroine in danger and the sexy alpha hero who must save her. Abandoned as a baby to a young wealthy couple and raised in a world of privilege, Arial has no hint of her past or who she belonged to. Her only link lies in the one thing that sets her apart from everyone else—telekinetic powers. Protected by her adoptive parents and hidden from the public to keep her gift secret, Ari is raised in the lap of luxury, and isolation. That is, until someone begins threatening her life. Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. As the head of Deveraux Security, he’s more than familiar with the realities of physic powers. So when a family friend approaches him about protecting his daughter, he’s more than ready to jump on board. What Beau isn’t prepared for is the extent of his attraction to his beautiful and powerful client. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he’ll do anything at all to protect Ari. Even if it costs him his life.
I've been a Maya fan for years, so when I saw that she had a new series coming out I was all over it.  I recently read the Surrender Trilogy and I jumped at the opportunity to read the newest series and to share it with you.

I'm loving this book so much. From the beginning this one moves faster than the first novel and is way more action packed and I just. OMGosh love it to pieces.  Unlike the title says there is nothing 'slow' about this one, and I can't say I blame them. It moves quickly and the story goes way harder than the previous title did.  These books deal with physics and telekinesis Ari is an amazing character because despite her fears and her has good reason to be afraid she focuses and fights back even though she doesn't think she's brave.

We met the characters when they were being tested and they showed their metal quickly and we got to see the kind of bond develop that only those in tough situations form.  Because this is the second book it operates on the premise that you know the characters and their relationships to each other there is only a brief introduction

The opening chapters introduce us to Ari's past  and her family and how she came to be .  I felt so bad for her parents, because no matter how much money you have, if your health isn't good, no amount of money will make it come back.  I loved her dad, he kind of reminded me of Roarke from JD Robb's In Death series, he felt like what Roarke would be if given the chance, he became single minded just like Roarke did when it came time for him to pursue Eve.  I loved their relationship, and I was totally freaking out with the mom, when they thought someone was out there willing to hurt Ari.  The level of crazy was already setup so when it went sideways we knew it wasn't random.  Ari's family has stayed away from the US for a few decades and her dad has sheltered her but still made her learn to look out for herself.  At first I was like she's way too co-dependent, but then you realize she's been exhorting herself but slowly so that she and her parents wouldn't lose their delicate balance.  Beau is the brother who has taken over since Caleb is now dealing with his wife and her situation.  After book one the brothers realized that even though they were good, there were those that were better and they immediately began doing whatever was necessary to improve their security and the level of knowledge and level up their security as well.

Unlike the first book where we got to know Ramie through the guy first, this time we hear from both pints of view  and from Ari first and I gotta tell you I love her.  She's spunky, a bit sheltered but not a shrinking violet either, when push came to shove she met it head on.  She followed the instructions her father gave her and she was way more equipped than those hunting her had expected and she didn't just give up because it was too hard.  I loved that she had hidden depths, that she knew a little bit about personal security, that she had faith despite every reason to fall into despair. That she wanted more from her life than to be alone.  I loved her willingness to do all she could, she would take the advice of those with the experience but if it came down to it,she would do what she thought necessary.

The action was fast and while the romance come on fast,the action kept the pages turning. The focus was split between the romance and the mystery and the mystery kept us deeply interested, the romance fit in around without trying out do the mystery, which is s difficult balance for some but it managed to do it well.  I do wish they would find some way in which to get Tori help because she really is going to fall apart if she doesn't get help soon.

I enjoyed the wit, sass, spunk and sheer balls of Ari. I really loved how she and Beau interacted and how they were quick witted with each other.  I loved seeing the previous characters in this one, even if they served to make the tension stronger.  Since this is only a trilogy I'm wondering if she plans to spin off a different set of books, because there are some intriguing characters I would love to learn more about, and a few romances I want to see develop.  I would really love Zack's story.  Here's hoping we get a spin off.

There is one more book, I haven't looked at the premise I just went ahead and pre-ordered since I've already read the first two and loved them .
It moves quickly and is very entertaining and I can't wait until June.  Happy Reading

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