Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review | IN HIS KEEPING by Maya Banks

In His Keeping by Maya Banks
Adult Romance published January 27, 2015
William Morrow Paperbacks
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

#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

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My Thoughts...
This is the second book in the Slow Burn series and I absolutely loved the first book, but I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as Keep Me Safe.  I did give this one a 3 star rating on Goodreads, but I would probably even go as low as 2.5 stars if I'm completely honest.  These books are great, quick reads though, and if you are looking for something sexy that you can read in a fairly short amount of time then this is a good series to try.  

This installment starts with a kind of prologue that begins Ari's story when she is a baby.  The main part of the story starts a few chapters in.  Arial has been sheltered her whole life because of her abilities, but when she is threatened by a couple of the boys she teaches she is suddenly exposed and her life is put in jeopardy.  This causes her to seek out the protection of the Deveraux Security Firm where she meets Beau.  Beau is the brother who seems to be the most guarded and at times standoffish.  At first his main priority is to protect her while keeping her at arms length, but this doesn't last too long.  

This is one of those insta-love scenarios really, which is kind of ironic considering the title of the series.  In fact, this entire book takes place over a relatively short amount of time and literally within days they are both "all in", even though her life is in immense danger.  I should also mention that she is quite young and having been so sheltered her whole life has never had any sort of relationship before.  This is where I have the most problem with the book.  I feel like in the first book there was more build up to their relationship and they both seem so much more mature.  Beau is definitely mature, but he almost appears to take advantage of her when she's weak and I feel like he should know better.  

I feel like I have been saying this a lot with the books that I've been reviewing, but I have to say it here again.  I think the ending was too rushed with this book.  There is so much happening and it's all a little, maybe, too fantastic and over the top with the whole supernatural element.  Then it's just over and it's all wrapped up and they are in love and living happily ever after.....until the next book comes out and the Deveraux Security Firm is back on the case.  I do want to see how the series ends, but I will continue to read these books.  I have high hopes for Tori's book, so we shall see!

Again, this is an adult romance so expect the steamy love scenes that Maya usually writes as well as some profanity.  If you enjoy Maya's work then you will want to pick this one up, no doubt.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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