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Review + Giveaway: In His Keeping by Maya Banks

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In His Keeping
Author:
Maya Banks
Reviewer:
VampBard
Rating: A-

What I’m Talking About:

I ate up this book. Literally. I would have read it in one sitting, if I’d had the time. That’s usually the case with Maya Banks’s titles, though. Especially the Slow Burn series. In His Keeping was no exception.

Take a little Alpha male, a damsel-in-distress, some paranormal abilities, a dash of kidnapping and you’ve got the wild roller coaster that was In His Keeping. The action kept me riveted to this title, and looking forward to the next title in the series.

What drew me into the story was the love that Ginger and Gavin had for Ariana. The lengths that they would go to, in order to protect their daughter. I think that the exploration of how much Ari was wanted pulled at my mom-heartstrings, and kicked in my mom-instincts as I read. It was pretty cool that Ginger and Gavin played a pretty significant role in the story, too.

Ariana is super naïve when the story starts. She knows she has telekinesis, but she’s had to hide this aspect of herself for her entire life. Only her parents knew. Her over-protective parents. She’d never used her ‘gift’ purposely. She’d always been careful, so she wouldn’t be discovered. With an event that happened to bring her powers into the public eye, Gavin and Ginger do what parents do best: protect their kids. Only, things don’t go quite as planned. In the end, Ari ends up being totally kick-ass. I want her on my team.

Beau. Broody, Alpha, and in control. He comes into Ari’s life at a time when she needs a protector, and someone to help her make sense of all the chaos that surrounds her. Ultimately, what I liked most about Beau is that he wasn’t afraid to let his emotions show with regard to Ari. And it was totally out-of-character for him. This tough guy, the one who is all ‘protect and serve’, is brought to his knees by a slip of a woman that has wormed her way into his heart. His worry about her is intense, and made my own gut churn with concern.

What I liked most about In His Keeping was that differences were celebrated. Ari wasn’t deemed as damaged and didn’t need ‘fixing’. She was believed in and not viewed as a ‘freak’ because of her gift. The fact that she eventually embraced her gift to protect and save those she loved endeared her to me as a powerful and believable character. The love between Ari and Beau was intense and believable. I felt their connection the moment they met, and that connection endured throughout the story. Which made me even more eager to see how things turned out for the couple.

Ms. Banks’s Slow Burn series is definitely a page-turner. Fans of her writing should definitely pick it up. Be ready for a roller coaster ride!

My Rating:  A- Enjoyed A Lot

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About the Book:

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

Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher:
Avon
Series:
Slow Burn #2
ISBN: 978-0062312488
Genre:
Romantic Suspense, Paranormal elements
Format(s):
paperback (432 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/Edelweiss

Purchase Info:
In His Keeping (Slow Burn #2)

Reviews in the Series:
Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks (Slow Burn #1)

Giveaway:

Thank you to the the publisher who is giving away one (1) print copy of In His Keeping to one commenter. To enter to win a copy of Ms. Bank’s book, complete the Rafflecopter form AND leave a comment at the end of this review telling us which 2015 release you are most anticipating. Giveaway open for period noted on the Rafflecopter form. Winner(s) chosen at random from all eligible entries. This contest is open to US & Canadian mailing addresses only, where not prohibited by law. Open to participants, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the contest sponsor. Prize will be delivered by the author. This blog, its reviewers, and the owner are not responsible for items lost in the mail. By entering this giveaway, participants agree to abide by these terms.

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  • Amy Deatherage

    Idk. The next Patricia Briggs or Charley Davidson. Winners Crime.

  • Erin F

    definitely the Next Anna and Charles by Patricia Briggs and the next Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews 🙂 thanks for the fun giveaway!

  • UnaReads

    Oh Dead Heat for sure, but also looking forward to Master of Plagues, Infinity Bell and Rock Hard. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I keep getting review requests for Maya Banks titles out the wazoo, but they’ve all been for erotica titles, I didn’t realize that she wrote paranormal as well. Good to know! I have lots of books that I am looking forward to this year, but Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews takes the cake seeing how both Dead of Winter and Burned were busts.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    • Deelylah Mullin

      @Carmel: In this series, the sexytime takes a back seat to the suspense. I categorized as paranormal due to psychic abilities of some of the characters. Hope that helps to clarify! If you decide to pick up the series, I hope you enjoy!

  • Evelyn S

    The next Julie James novel.

  • elaing8

    I don’t have a 2015 list yet. hmmm. Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton is one. And that comes out soon.
    Thanks for the review. Looking forward to reading this

  • Sharon Sommer

    Right now I can’t wait till In His Keeping comes out.

  • bn100

    the shadows by JR Ward

  • Julie Raye

    all the rage by courtney summers!

  • Adreaang

    When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines❤️

  • Karen G.

    Something Real by Lexi Ryan. Thanks for the post and giveaway!

  • MaureenE

    I am looking forward to Back to You by Lauren Dane

  • Yay! I enjoyed this one too and yep had the same thing I could not put the book down. So glad to see you were loving it too. Can’t wait for the 3rd one.

    • Deelylah Mullin

      I’m in the same boat. Can’t wait for the next one! I adore this series. One of the few suspense series that gives me WTF moments 🙂

  • Natasha

    Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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