Jan 29, 2015

Review: In His Keeping by Maya Banks

Title: In His Keeping
Author: Maya Banks
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 1.27.2015
Pages: 432
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Slow Burn #2
Source: Finished copy from publicist

Rating: 4 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
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.

The first thing I noticed when I got my happy hands on this book was the size. Clocking in at over 400 pages, IN HIS KEEPING is more than 100 pages longer than the first book in the Slow Burn series - which is a much needed thing. One of my issues with book 1 was that it wasn't fleshed out enough and felt rushed, so first assumptions on size alone (minds out of the gutter, people!), made me happy.

I didn't get a good feel for Beau in book 1, but I swear I loved him on sight (so it's easy to see why Ari feel so fast and hard). He's rough and tough and hard in all the right ways that make this a fantastic (if not a little cliche) romance.

Ari was a beacon of light in this book. I enjoyed her innocence and softness - a nice contrast to the brashness of Beau, but she also made some ridiculous decisions that made me sigh. Frequently.

The romance may give readers some whiplash because of how fast it happens, but one thing I actually enjoyed was that Maya Banks didn't rely on a lot of sex to sell the romance here. There was one major scene but the rest was teasing innuendos and kinda sweet. It was a nice change and gave more time for the plot line to breathe.

There are subtle little moments that nicely set up book 3 in a few months, and I cannot wait to get my hands on that book. I think Banks fans will already have this on their auto-order list, but if you're new to her books or looking for a light paranormal romance, I definitely recommend the Slow Burn series.
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  1. I like when the romance plays out outside of the bedroom, for the most part. My limit is three sex scenes (well, depending on the story, of course) but more and I start skimming.


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