Author: Maya Banks

KEEP ME SAFE by Maya Banks

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KEEP ME SAFE by Maya BanksKeep Me Safe by Maya Banks
Series: Slow Burn #1
Published by Avon Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyVanessa

Caleb Devereaux will do anything for his family.  When his sister is taken, he searches out Ramie St. Claire to find her.  However, Caleb never realized what toll Ramie’s gift takes on her when she helps others.  Caleb believes Ramie is hiding, because she is being selfish and no longer wants to help people in desperate need.  When he realizes exactly what Ramie is up against, she soon falls under the category of ‘do anything for,’ and Caleb is caught up in more than just protecting this special woman.

Ramie St. Claire has a gift that doesn’t come for free.  She uses it to help the authorities locate missing people.  However, she touches on something darker and more sinister.  When this darkness feels her, it soon turns on her as the ultimate prize to achieve and will stop at nothing to possess her.  Forced into helping sexy Caleb Devereaux, Ramie soon finds herself on the run, brushing through another close call she reaches out to the deeply remorseful Caleb for help, but is it too late?

Keep Me Safe is a mind-bending, action-packed thriller that begins as it means to go on.  The chemistry between Caleb and Ramie keeps the story moving, however the love developed way too quickly for me.

The secondary characters filled out Keep Me Safe, but they seemed to be unable to stick with a feeling through the course of the tale.  I often questioned why they had flipped so quickly, but chalked it up to secondary roles that weren’t meant to be completely explained in Keep Me Safe.

There was a pivotal point that should have hiked the angst up in Keep Me Safe, yet it seemed to bring about questions that weren’t thoroughly answered for me.  It was more a very convenient element that felt out of place for me, because things like that could have occurred before, but didn’t.  Also at times, I felt that some vital characters weren’t completely fleshed out or explained, and they came across as cardboard individuals instead.  It was as though I jumped into the middle of a series that is not meant to be read as a stand-alone.  I would definitely not write Ms. Banks off, though, because her stories are usually very good!  This one just didn’t work for me.

IN HIS KEEPING by Maya Banks

IN HIS KEEPING by Maya Banks

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IN HIS KEEPING by Maya BanksIn His Keeping by Maya Banks
Series: Slow Burn #2
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Arial Rochester has known she was different since she was a small child and has tried her entire life to keep her differences a closely-held secret.  Arial is one of the people who was born with extremely strong psychic abilities.  As the only child of a very wealthy couple, Arial knows that she has a bigger chance than normal of being a target if her abilities come out.  Now grown up and at her first job and living on her own for the first time, Arial is loving her first experiences of freedom.  However, after an attack which made Arial use her abilities to save herself goes viral online, Arial turns to her rocks—her parents.  That viral video will turn Arial’s life inside out and upside down before it’s all over.

 

Beau Devereaux is one of the Devereaux children and one of the heads of Devereaux Security.  Beau and his siblings have done everything they can to put their parents’ reputation and business associates behind them and have a thriving and well regarded business now.  Beau was unusually drawn to a video showing an attack on a young woman, and he can’t figure out why exactly. With so many demands on his time with a new and busy business, Beau puts the video behind him until he discovers the same young woman in his lobby requesting a meeting with him or his brother.  Intrigued, Beau invites the woman into his office.

 

Arial promised her father a while ago that if she ever needed help and he wasn’t available, that she had to go to the Devereaux. Arial has no idea why her father made her promise or how he knows them.  But after a major security breach in her family’s protection, Arial is on the run and scared. Beau isn’t sure if he should accept Arial as a client, but something about her story and her body language has him agreeing to her requests. When the danger hits them immediately, Beau knows that someone is after Arial, and it seems that they have excellent sources. This is the first of many attempts to get Arial and to get rid of Beau. Beau and his team work with Arial to find out who got to her family and who wants Arial so badly. On the run, Arial is about to learn about her abilities and everyone within her scope will be affected by them, for good or bad, because Arial is ready to make people pay for what has happened in the last week or so.

 

Take one strong and protective man and one shy but powerful and determined woman and stir, not shake for goodness shake, and you have a story that will keep you reading until way too late into the night.  Arial and Beau not only find the answers to what is going on immediately, while dodging the danger directed at them all while finding a love that no abilities will be able to harm in In His Keeping. I will state right off that do not start this book if you have to get up early in the morning, because you won’t want to put it down, even to sleep.  I fell in love with Arial and Beau immediately, even with the footsy work going on as they first meet.  I loved watching as Arial and Beau discovered that their attraction was so much more than a minute thing and how fast they clicked. I also enjoyed watching as Arial found that she could stand up to anything, including murderous hitmen and Beau’s obnoxious older brother. The suspense kept me turning the pages as fast as could to see what was going to happen next. Actually, there was very little I didn’t enjoy as I went along with Beau and Arial on their journey.

 

In His Keeping has the perfect combo of suspense and passion with so many more elements thrown in to keep you enthralled.  If you haven’t guessed yet, I absolutely had to Joyfully Recommend this book as not only a must-read but a keeper that you will read over and over again. You do not have to read this series in order, I admit I didn’t, however I am going straight to my favorite book seller to buy book one because I just have to see what happened there.  I really cannot wait until the next book comes out, because I’m truly loving this series so far.

TAKING IT ALL by Maya Banks

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TAKING IT ALL by Maya BanksTaking it All by Maya Banks
Series: Surrender Trilogy #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Erotic
Reviewed by Talia Ricci

Chessy Morgan and her husband Tate have practiced Dominance and submission for years.  Well, at least they used to before Chessy’s husband let work interfere with their day to day lives.  Chessy has hopes though that her husband loves her as much as she loves him, especially since it is their anniversary.  She needs her dominant lover like she needs to breathe and she is getting pretty tired of coming in second.  Taking it all doesn’t mean she is a doormat and Tate finds out pretty soon that his wife is now in charge.  Here’s hoping that Tate gets his head out of his…work?

 

Book three of Maya Banks’ Surrender Trilogy, Taking It All, has it all.  Love, tempers, passion, tears, lies, fears – the whole gamut of emotions.  I found Tate to be a bit oblivious at times, but I get where he was coming from – he was taking care of his wife and life so that he didn’t have to scrimp on anything when really all Chessy wanted was his time.  It’s a good case of money can’t buy everything, least of all, Chessy’s heart.

 

Once again, my favorite, Maya Banks has written something profound and erotic and quite simply, wonderful.  Start with book one of this series if you want – it would make more sense.  If not, then go ahead and immerse yourself in the passion and powerful emotions of this prolific writer!

WANTED BY HER LOST LOVE by Maya Banks

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WANTED BY HER LOST LOVE by Maya BanksWanted by Her Lost Love by Maya Banks
Series: Pregnancy & Passion #2
Published by Harlequin on 2011-11-01
Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Jo

Despite his fiancée's chilling betrayal, developer Ryan Beardsley provided for Kelly Christian when he sent her packing. So he's livid to find her working in a dingy Houston diner, desperate and pregnant. Regardless of whether the baby is his—or his brother's—Ryan demands that Kelly return to New York with him. Now. For the baby's sake. Or maybe because the woman's as irresistible as ever…
Kelly Christian thought all her dreams had come true when she not only met and fell in love with Ryan but when she discovered she was having their child all she could think of was to tell him. However, instead of being a day of celebration, it became the day her world fell apart when Ryan kicked her out of his life instead of believing her against false claims. 
 
Ryan Beardsley still loves Kelly and even though he believes she slept with his brother, he still needs to find her and make sure that she is okay.  Something about the way things turned out just isn’t sitting well with him.  When Ryan is told that Kelly has been found, he rushes to her and is shocked not only by her circumstances but also by the fact she is very pregnant. 
 
Kelly knows in her head that she should never give Ryan a second chance after what happened, but her heart still yearns for him.  Ryan knows that pregnancy can put a drain on a woman, but Kelly seems even worse off than that – a fact that is proven by a doctor’s appointment.  Kelly finally agrees to return with Ryan for the health of their child.  At the same time Ryan is determined to use this time to see if Kelly and he can find a way to be together again.  Instead of being stress free, the actions, words and acts of those in Ryan’s life put even more stress on Kelly and that is a very bad thing for the baby.  Unable to handle it again, Kelly confronts Ryan with many harsh truths.  A bad night turns into a nightmare for Ryan when Kelly is rushed to the hospital and he is forced to face the truth about what happened so many months ago.  Afraid he will lose Kelly for good this time Ryan makes some hard choices.  The question is has he made them in time for Kelly and the baby?
 
When love and betrayal tear apart two lovers can they find a way back again?  Ryan and Kelly look for the answer in Wanted by Her Lost Love.  After hearing Kelly’s story, I’m not sure I would have been able to forgive and give Ryan another chance.  Yet, I had to give Ryan full marks for not only searching for Kelly, but also taking steps to try and protect her and the baby. It is hard to choose between the people you love, which I saw was Ryan’s problem.  I could see problems arising once Kelly came back just by what I was reading about others’ reactions so it didn’t surprise me when she confronted Ryan.  I have to say that I was very worried when she was taken to the hospital.  Ryan totally won me over by his actions, maybe a bit late, but it truly showed that he loved Kelly and the future they could have with their baby.  Wanted by Her Lost Love is a bittersweet romance that proves true love really can hurtle obstacles when the love is that special.  Ryan and Kelly’s story definitely fits that description.
HIGHLANDER MOST WANTED by Maya Banks

HIGHLANDER MOST WANTED by Maya Banks

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HIGHLANDER MOST WANTED by Maya BanksHighlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
Series: Montgomery's & Armstrong's #2
Published by Ballantine Books on 2013
Genres: Erotica, Historical
Reviewed by Miranda

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERMaya Banks, the bestselling author of erotic romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance, has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love. Genevieve McInnis is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen's rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting. Bowen seizes his enemy's keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He's enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer's skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.

JoyfullyRecommended

The last year has been hell for Genevieve McInnes. She was taken by a madman and abused at his every whim. She thinks things may be looking up when her captor is killed by a rival clan. She may finally be free from the daily torture. Perhaps she can live out her days as an abbess. She knows her plans are about to change as she takes one look at the man claiming the castle.

Bowen Montgomery is set on avenging his sister-in-law’s torment at the hands of the McHugh’s. However, it seems that Patrick McHugh has fled and left his people to fend for themselves. As he claims the McHugh castle as a Montgomery holding, he attempts to turn it into a safe place but there are still nefarious dealings going on and he knows not who he can trust. Yet, he cannot deny the extreme pull he feels towards the woman they all call whore. Bowen is determined to get to the truth behind the McHugh’s behavior even if it kills him. Will he find love in the process?

Maya Bank’s Highlander Most Wanted sizzles with chemistry and pops with an exciting plot line! Genevieve is an amazing heroine. I have to give it to Ms. Banks she knows how to write smart and savvy women. I always know going into one of Banks books that the women will be tough and the men will be heroic. Highlander Most Wanted is no different. Genevieve has been through a terrible amount of pain but it has made her stronger and once she makes up her mind nothing will stop her—or in the past nothing would. Now she is confused by the desire that Bowen makes her feel. 

Bowen Montgomery is a strong hero teeming with spicy pheromones. He wants to do right by his kin and the woman that frustrates and attracts him like no other. Everyone is telling him how bad Genevieve is but he can’t fight the need to protect her. There are so many great moments between these two. They made me laugh and curse many times throughout the story. 

Banks is making a name for herself in the historical genre. Highlander Most Wanted is just another example of how Ms. Banks’ pen turns out diamonds.

WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Maya Banks

WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Maya Banks

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SOFTLY AT SUNRISE by Maya Banks

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SHADES OF GRAY by Maya Banks

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