Thursday, February 12, 2015

In His Keeping by Maya Banks (Review)

In His Keeping (Slow Burn, #2)
Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Publication.Date  January 27th, 2015
Published By:  Avon
WebsiteMaya Banks

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My review copy:Bought

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#1 bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and steamy Slow Burn trilogy with this second book-a twisting tale featuring a strong yet vulnerable heroine in danger and the sexy alpha hero who must save her.

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.

Her immediate denial broke of when his head lowered and to her shock, he pressed his mouth tenderly over the wound.
There was nothing sexual about the kiss. It was tender. Meant to comfort. Exquisite. 
He'd move mountains just to make her smile.
"So you're saying I should drive him crazy by calling him sir or Mr. Devereaux?" Ari asked in an innocent voice.
It did funny things to his chest--things he didn't like--that she seemed so concerned for him. IT was his goddamn job to protect her. Not for her to protect him.
Beau swore again, violently, but when he wiped at the blood on her face, his touch was infinitely gentle, a direct contradiction to his black mood and fury.

Considering Maya Banks is one of those authors I am completely taken with, I should have had super high hopes for this book. Especially since I really enjoyed Keep Me Safe and was honestly looking forward to Beau's story. But I don't think my expectations were that high for this one. I thought it'd be sweet. I thought it'd be fun. But I'm not sure I expected to devour it super fast, or end up loving it. But...I did. I flew through this book, and I ended up enjoying it even more than Keep Me Safe.

Again, the premise was extremely interesting, and that was blatantly displayed from the beginning of the story. I liked starting with Ari's parents, showing us her backstory instead of info-dumping it all later. Her parents are cute. Time with them was fun. Then we fast forward twenty-two years. Ari's an adult, and we jump right into the plot. It was hard to get bored with this book, since it didn't linger on things I disliked for very long. It was a great showcase of things I super enjoy.

As for the characters, I liked some more than others, but overall they were pretty good. Ari took forever and a half to grow on me. I understand she was incredibly sheltered her entire life, but I still found her level of naivete annoying. It's great to care about your parents and want to get them to safety, but it's also SMART to make a detailed plan for this instead of just saying "I'll give myself up, it's me they want anyway." Especially when you have Beau there, a guy who knows this stuff like the back of his hand, saying that's not how it works. She just took too long to stop drinking the innocent girl Kool-Aid, and that bothered me. I did end up warming up to her, but I think a lot of that was due to her relationship with Beau. They make a fabulous couple.

Beau is a serious guy. Takes his business seriously, doesn't sugarcoat things, does what he has to do without hesitation. And then Ari shows up. And, of course, his world does a complete 180. I highly enjoyed Beau. He really did go through an adjustment with Ari and his reactions to her, and it could be seen how he tried to cope with it. He's a gruff guy, and all of a sudden he wants to comfort this chick. What? But honestly, he was fantastic and I loved him. He's totally my favorite Devereaux.

Zack's a new character, and I'm just throwing him in here now because I freaking adore him. His book is next and I am sitting at the edge of seat waiting for it. Also, on the topic of characters--it was nice seeing Caleb and Ramie again. They still make such a cute couple.

The plot was easy to fly through, and the writing definitely did this story and these characters justice. There were little things that bothered me, but nothing too important to truly hinder my reading experience. Mostly I got irritated by repeated phrases. Like "harsh realities of life." I swear, that was said at least five times in the first few chapters of the book. By Gavin, by Ari, by Beau. It was way too much. We got it. We knew. No need to say it again and again. Aside from that, however, I think this may be the best written Maya Banks book I've read so far. Honestly, great job on her part.

The romance made my heart dance. Beau and Ari started out as such opposites, and I loved watching them balance each other out. They both care so much about each other, and are so serious about protecting one another. Their relationship in general warmed my heart. Made me smile. Made me giggle. I love them, and I was definitely rooting for them all the way through this novel.

Overall, In His Keeping was the perfect addition to the Slow Burn series. Fabulous romance, page-turning plot, and a cast of characters I just started to love mixed with ones I continue to love with each installment. I am without a doubt excited for the third book, Safe at Last, which is Zack's story. Already preparing myself--and my heart--for the feels and the swoons and all the love!

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