Saturday, 25 October 2014

Book Review (398): Keep Me Safe (Slow Burn #1) - Maya Banks

Keep Me Safe (Slow Burn #1)

Publication: 7th October 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 256
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Appropriate: Adult
Keep Me Safe is the first book in Maya Banks' brand new series Slow Burn.

A romantic suspense story, about a woman named Ramie St Claire, who is an empath able to get psychic readings off items belonging to people, over many years she has helped Police find many kidnapped people using her gift, but it has taken it's toll, with her ability she not only sees what every violent thing the victim endures but she feels them as well just as if she was the one being hurt.

Ramie who is on the brink of a nervous breakdown, suffering debilitating panic attacks hides herself away in an isolated cabin far away from everyone, but that doesn't stop Caleb Devereaux from discovering where she is, desperate for her help to find his kidnapped sister Tori, and without taking no for an answer he shoves Tori's scarf into her hands not understanding the repercussions of what it will do to Ramie in her fragile state, vowing to come back and help her once his sister is rescued, he returns only to find she has fled.

A year later and Ramie is on the run from a psychopathic killer who is stalking her and who has a psychic link to her as well, she seeks out the help of Caleb who owes her for the whereabouts of his sister, taking her into his home to protect her, they soon tentively start a relationship and while this seemed to be a case of insta-love, they still made a cute couple.

But it's not long until her stalker discovers her whereabouts and starts playing cat and mouse games, determined to get to Ramie no matter what it takes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the plot was fast-paced and full of action, with a host of intriguing and likeable characters, this is one book that will leave you hard pressed not to finish in one sitting.

Maya has captured the atmosphere, stress and tension of someone in this kind of environment and encapsulated it perfectly, this was my first book I've ever read of hers but it sure won't be the last!

I give this 4/5 stars.

My name is Maya Banks and I live in Texas with my husband and three children and our assortment of pets. I’m more of a cat person, but my daughter became convinced she NEEDED a dog. So convinced in fact that it became her mission to convince her father and me. She prepared a two page handwritten proposal that detailed WHY she needed a dog, and well, after I sent her to her father (I knew he wouldn’t tell her no) we embarked on the search for the perfect dog. The journey that was two hours away and that I got pulled over for speeding while I was on the phone with my agent who had an offer from a publisher for one of my books… The officer wasn’t impressed. He wrote me a ticket anyway. Thus, I now tell my daughter that her dog turned into one very expensive concession! But isn’t he cute?
When I’m not writing, I love to hunt and fish with my family. We all love the outdoors and go on family hunting trips every year. We also love to travel. One of our more recent trips was to Scotland, which was every bit as comical as National Lampoon’s European Vacation. You know the part about “Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament” as they went round and round the roundabouts? Yeah, that was us, only we couldn’t even get out of the airport in Glasgow without hitting three of those suckers.
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of a writing career is getting to meet so many wonderful readers. There’s nothing better than dishing books with someone who loves the romance genre as much as I do. Romance readers are passionate and vocal. We love our books, love our happily ever afters, and we love to spend time talking to others about our favorites. THIS is why I love my job so much, and I’m so grateful to readers who gave ME a chance when I began my career. So thank you.

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