Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In His Keeping (Slow Burn #2) by Maya Banks (@HarperCollins)

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.

Type: Paranormal (psychics) Rom-Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5 (very limited)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Sooo. In His Keeping. Romantic Suspense meets paranormal woo-woo. Yay! How fun is that?! I had a good time with In His Keeping as Ari's life is thrown into chaos after an attack exposes her psychic abilities and she's forced to turn to Beau and his security team for help in finding her parents who have been kidnapped and in keeping her alive and safe from those hunting her. It was exciting, entertaining and had me turning the pages pretty darn quickly. I was halfway through the book before I realized and had a double take over that. lol

The Suspense-- Was pretty exciting. I'm not exactly sure what the people hunting Ari planned for her but...nothing good that's for certain. It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen and oh my word I wanted the bad guys to get theirs so freaking bad! It was all nicely done and interlaced with the past as well which was interesting. 
The Characters--I really enjoyed both Ari and Beau. They're passionate and they're people who will go to the ends of the earth and to hell and back for the people that they love. 
Ari is sweet and loving and finding her inner strength. She's been very protected in her life because of her abilities but she's still got some serious backbone and when push comes to shove she's ready for a fucking throwdown and going to come out on top. I loved that. 
And Beau is a bit rough around the edges and can be a little scary now and again but damn that was sexy too. lol Could be crazy over the top alpha male but then so damn sweet and gentle it kind of balanced him out. 
The paranormal woowoo- I'm lurving it! Each book is taking on a different version of psychic abilities. This time it was telekenesis and man...bad...ass. Ari's always kept her abilities underwrap but they're out now and seeing what she could do was crazy. How much damage it could do to others and to her body as well. She went a little power crazy for a second there at the end which was something to see too. It's all a little out there but not too out there?  
The Romance--While I actually really liked these two together it was just too fast for me. That's been a complaint of mine the last few from Banks. I just struggle with believing declarations of love in a matter of days/hours. But they were nice together and you could feel that connection between them. It would have worked better for me if it had been weeks rather than days. Like had there been a few more chapters there in the middle I would have been all on board. I will say though that I do love the men of this series and that once they're in...they are IN! There is no denying them their women and Lord help anyone who tries to get between them or hurt their mate. 
The Heat-- I don't know. I wasn't quite feeling the sexy bits in this one either. Usually I'm pretty on board with the sexy moments Banks throws in but this time while they were nice they didn't make me squirm? There wasn't a ton of heat either. Just 1 or 2 scenes if I'm remembering right. Not a horrible thing but I preferred the suspense elements this go about. 
Overall, In His Keeping was an exciting and intriguing read for me. While I'm still not totally on board with the romance aspects of the series the suspense and the characters are easily robbing me of hours of sleep...and I'm totally okay with that. They'll definitely keep me coming back and ready to see what will happen next with this group.  If you like paranormal romances of the psychic persuasion totally a series to check out.

Have you read Banks? Have a favorite?
Do you have a paranormal woo-woo series or book you just adore?
Have you ever had one where you're torn between loving parts and being eh on others?

I've got one print copy up for grabs for yall today. It's US/CAN only. 
Just let me know what you think!


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