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I Belong

Review: In His Keeping by Maya Banks

In His KeepingTitle: In His Keeping

Author: Maya Banks

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Slow Burn (Book #2)

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

Format: Paperback, 423 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062312480 (Harper Collins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062312488 (Harper Collins)

Reviewed by: Steph


Arial knows the rules that keep her safe. She’s been following them since she was a little girl: Do not tell. Do not show. But in a moment of terror, facing an attacker intent on taking more than just her life, Ari has no choice but to unleash the psychic powers she’s been hiding since childhood.

Now, with her abilities revealed, a bigger threat looms – something that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her parents and her secretive upbringing. But this isn’t a fight she can face on her own.

As the head of Devereaux Security, Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. But when he takes on a new client – a beautiful young woman with an extraordinary gift – Beau isn’t prepared for the extent of his attraction to her. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he’ll do anything at all to protect Ari. No matter what it costs him personally. Even his heart and soul.

Quick & Dirty: A rushed timeline makes the love story very hard to believe in this second book in the Slow Burn series.

Opening Sentence: Gavin Rochester stood in the doorway of his enormous living room watching as his wife carefully examined a Christmas ornament before quietly replacing it in the box and tucking it back into the plastic basin they used to store Christmas decorations.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Arial has always known she was different. From the time she was a baby, she displayed unimaginable telekinetic powers, and her parents taught her to never show them in public, afraid of the attention it would draw to her. Now, at 24, her secret is finally out. Arial is caught on video using her powers to defend herself against an attacker, and the video goes viral. Then, her parents disappear, and the men they had hired to guard Arial instead attack her. Not knowing where else to turn, Arial goes to Beau Devereaux, a man her father had said she could trust. She enlists Beau’s services to help her find her parents. Thus begins a week that will change both of their lives forever. They will have to dodge numerous attacks, all while trying to deal with the almost overwhelming attraction they have for each other. Will they be able to find Arial’s parents, or will these mysterious attackers get their hands on Arial as well?

I’ve heard many good things about Maya Banks and her work, so I was looking forward to giving this book a try. Unfortunately, making my way through the book became a very arduous process, and I had an extremely hard time finishing it. What makes this even more disappointing is that the book had such a strong start. The first few chapters are from Arial’s father’s point of view, and they immediately hooked me. I began to get really excited about the book – and then it switched to Arial’s point of view and all momentum stopped. Everything started feeling very stilted, and I couldn’t get a good grasp on either Arial or Beau as characters. Dialogue felt forced and awkward. The plot just slowed to a crawl.

Another big issue I had was the romance in conjunction with the timeframe of the book. The entire book takes place literally over just a few days, and here we have this couple falling in love and wanting to spend their lives together in that same amount of time. It was just incredibly hard to suspend my disbelief. All I kept thinking was “you just met this person yesterday.”

Because I was having such a hard time with the book, it made me notice little details that might not otherwise have bothered me. Sentence structure was sometimes really awkward, making me have to read a sentence a couple times to grasp what was being said. If I’m loving a book, I can usually look past stuff like that, but it really stuck out to me here.

All in all, this book just wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the characters, the timeframe felt really rushed, and the love story just wasn’t gripping. Needless to say, I won’t be going back to read book one in this series.

Notable Scene:

“Imagine my parents’ shock,” she said dryly. “They had to come to terms when I wasn’t even a year old yet that I was different, and as such, I wouldn’t be able to lead a ‘normal’ life. And it altered their lives as well. They made many sacrifices for me, adjusting their own lives to revolve around mine and my needs. I always came first with them, which is why I have to find them. I owe it to them. To myself. To do whatever is necessary, even if it means sacrificing my own life to get them back.”

His expression immediately blackened, his hold on her hand nearly crushing now.

“You will not die,” he said harshly, but vulnerability had flashed in his eyes before he could call it back.

“I don’t want to die,” she said softly, to reassure him. “I have so much to live for. I’m only saying that if it ever came to that – and I trust you and DSS to ensure that it never comes to that – for me it is an easy choice. One I wouldn’t have to ponder, consider or have to talk myself into. They’re too important to me and I can’t imagine my world without them in it.”

“You need to realize that they feel the same about you. Imagine how they’d feel, knowing that you sacrificed your life so they could live. Do you think they’d be grateful? Do you think they could possibly live with themselves? It’s not something they’d ever recover from and get over, Ari. It would devastate them.”

There was a long pause, his breath coming in long bursts after his impassioned statement. Then he looked her directly in the eye.

“It would devastate me.”

Slow Burn Series:

1. Keep Me Safe

2. In His Keeping

3. Safe at Last

4. With Every Breath (March 22, 2016)


FTC Advisory: Avon/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of In His Keeping. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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