Author: Maya Banks

SAFE AT LAST by Maya Banks

SAFE AT LAST by Maya Banks

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SAFE AT LAST by Maya BanksSafe at Last by Maya Banks
Series: Slow Burn #3
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Zack Covington was briefly an NFL player when an accident had him walking away from the game. It wasn’t that he couldn’t play; it just wasn’t in his heart to continue. Now he is an employee for Deveraux Security, and he spends his time protecting people.  Part of his dedication to his job is because he enjoys keeping people safe from those that would harm them, which is something he didn’t do to the love if his life twelve years ago.  For the last twelve years, besides his job, Zack has been on a quest to find out just what happened to his “Gracie.”

 

Anna-Grace Hill is no longer a young and innocent girl and has survived an experience that no girl should ever have to deal with.  If that was not bad enough, that same experience showed her a betrayal of a man that Anna-Grace loved and expected to spend the rest of her life with.  Now Anna-Grace has become the artist that she always wanted to be and is about to have her first large show in a gallery.  It is time for Anna-Grace to put the past behind her and finally move forward.

 

Zack and Anna-Grace come face-to-face unexpectedly, and the outcome puts fear in her and rage in him.  Zack is trying to figure out just why his Gracie is beyond scared of him, and Anna-Grace is wondering if she can survive meeting Zack again after his last betrayal of her.  Before Zack can get Anna-Grace to tell him just what happened so long ago, she is attacked by an old enemy of the owners of Devereaux Security and the women they love.  Now, it’s beyond personal for Zack and with Devereaux Security to both help protect Anna-Grace and bring down those that hurt her.  As Anna-Grace slowly recovers she finally confronts Zack about just what happened twelve years ago, and she receives a very different reaction—one of horror and disbelief.  Anna-Grace begins to wonder if she has been correct in exactly what she has believed for so long.  Zack has always loved his Gracie and will do whatever he needs to do to try and gain her trust and love again.  Anna-Grace lost so much twelve years ago and now it appears that she might gain most of it back if she can just find the way back to Zack again.  It’s an explosive few days when all those who hurt Anna-Grace get just what they deserve, and the how and by whom might be the bridge that bring Zack and Anna-Grace needs to find forever together.

 

When young love is destroyed and years later they meet up again, can a lost love find a way to blossom again?  Zack and Anna-Grace have just this second chance in Safe at Last.  I could almost feel the agony from both Zack and Anna-Grace when they met back up and again later as they traveled the pothole-filled path back to each other.  My heart hurt several times for both Zack and Anna-Grace as I discovered just what happened to tear them apart, and I have to admit that I cheered as Zack took care of those who hurt his love.  Then I cheered again as Anna-Grace proved just how strong she was when she put herself in danger to help save a woman who tried to protect her, and she was also Zack’s friend.

 

Safe at Last is full of emotions that will both tear your heart out and make you want to hug Zack and Anna-Grace.  Their journey back together was not easy at all and yet it had me captivated to see what would happen next.  While I will say there were several spots that were not comfortable to read, I found the entire book unforgettable and a definite keeper.  In other words, Safe at Last is a Joyfully Recommended Read and a book you won’t want to miss even if you haven’t read the previous two books in the series.

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.
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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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