Blog Tour (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Safe at Last by Maya Banks

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Title: Safe at Last (Slow Burn #3)
Author: Maya Banks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 368 pages
Rating: 3 stars

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.

Ivy

Zack has spent twelve years searching for the woman he loves beyond all measure. He finds her….and she’s scared spitless of him. What the heck happened? It takes a while and there’s alot of suspense, but romance does happen.

The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between

Excellent suspense: There’s a lot going on with Zack and Gracie, and there’s a couple of different threads unraveling at once. The action is interesting, if a bit confusing for a novice like me. I haven’t read the earlier entries, so while the first 20% had its share of recapping (which flowed well), it wasn’t until after that point when a villain from the DSS crew’s past rears its head did I start to feel a little lost.

Kind of a standalone?: There’s certainly information provided to help the reader out, but between this and all the characters from the earlier books making an appearance, it got a bit hectic.  I would say that it would make a difference to read the earlier books.  As for the tension and suspense, I was right there screaming with Zack, wanting to know what the heck happened to Gracie all those years ago and it kept me turning the page….until it just made me want to cry for her.

Zack’s undying devotion is hot: Zack and Gracie’s romance began when they were teenagers and the plans for their wedding night? Literally made me awww out loud. His inner monologue about how he felt about Gracie, everything he wanted to give her was absolutely swoon-worthy and by far my favorite part of this book.  For those who need “safe” romances, Zack is all about his girl. There is no doubt about his feelings or waffling in the least. The heat is in his feels for her…

Which is good because sexy times aren’t plentiful: It made absolute sense for this story to be more about their emotional journey than any sexual connection. It’s a very slow burn, but after all that Gracie went through, any quicker would have felt rushed.  Which leads me to…

Gracie’s secret was heartbreaking: While I felt it was fairly to predict what it was, the details make it no less horrifying. There is violence against her in this book as well, so for those with triggers, this may be difficult to read. I do feel that the severity of her previous trauma makes her distrust and sheer fear of Zack a little more believable.

…it’s easy to figure out: While I enjoyed alot of things about this read, I did struggle with the plot being fairly standard, and a bit of repetitiveness when it came to drawing out the tension of the reveals. It could be frustrating at times. Zack’s devotion though? That made up for alot.

The Bottom Line (3 stars)

Issues aside, I liked it.  I did feel a bit lost at times, so I would recommend this for fans of this series.  Zack was a gem of a hero, though – those who adore their alpha heroes to be completely and utterly devoted to their ladies may want to check him out. I’m glad I read it.

– Ivy

*An ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Excerpt

http://afterdarkbooklovers.com/2015/06/17/excerpt-chapter-one-safe-at-last-by-maya-banks/

THE SLOW BURN SERIES

KEEP ME SAFE: A SLOW BURN NOVEL

By Maya Banks

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.

IN HIS KEEPING: A SLOW BURN NOVEL

By Maya Banks

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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KEEP ME SAFE

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IN HIS KEEPING

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SAFE AT LAST

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About

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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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