Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In His Keeping by Maya Banks Blog Tour

#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.

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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.

Her sadness instilled an ache inside his heart that made him physically rub his chest in an effort to alleviate the pain. But some wounds were simply too deep. Permanent and unable to heal. And her pain was unbearable to him because he couldn’t fix this for her. His connections, money, power. None of it meant anything if he couldn’t give his beloved wife what she wanted most. He felt her pain as keenly as if it were his own—and it was. Because he couldn’t stand for her to be unhappy. He’d move mountains just to make her smile.

She’d changed him. Made him a better man. A man he never thought he could be—never wanted to be. But she changed everything—his world—his place in his world. Suddenly he’d wanted to be a better man. For her. Because it was what she deserved. And he would never place her in harm’s way with his business practices. It was a new experience for him. Living clean. In the light. Having someone who made him want to feel . . . worthy.

Then she turned from her sad perusal of the lone ornament, and when she saw him, her face lit up, rosy from the shining Christmas lights strung around the tree. He marveled at how, whenever she smiled at him, it took his breath away. It was something that would never go away. His love for his wife was like nothing he’d ever experienced in his life. Staggering. Yet warm, like the flames in the fireplace. Unwavering. Without reservations, strings or conditions.

She loved him, and that knowledge still had the power to bring him to his knees.

“That’s the last one,” she said, her gaze drifting one last time to the sole ornament that hadn’t been hung on the tree. Sorrow briefly chased the warmth from her eyes before she appeared to make a concerted effort to collect herself, and the grief filling her features slipped away, but he’d seen it. Knew it to be there no matter the effort she made not to let it show.

He crossed the room, no longer able to bear the distance between them. He pulled her into his arms and thrust his fingers into her long hair and then nuzzled the top of her head, inhaling her scent as his lips pressed to her glossy brunette strands.

“We’ll try again,” he murmured, trying to inject confidence and reassurance in his tone. And yet he knew he’d failed miser- ably. He sounded as dejected as he knew her to be. Not because she’d failed him. He could live his life with only her and never suffer a single regret. But he’d failed her. He was unable to give her a child he knew she wanted with every breath.

She wanted them to have a family. Love, laughter, to fill their house with warmth he’d never experienced before her. She knew all of that, knew what his life had been like and she was determined to change it. To give him a home. Not just a house. A home with a family and her unconditional love. He had no defense against her. His love defied boundaries or parameters. He knew he would never love another living soul the way he loved this woman.

She shook her head against his chest, and he carefully pulled her away, gutted by the sheen of tears in her brilliant brown eyes. Even in sorrow she was the most beautiful woman in the world to him. He couldn’t remember his life before she entered it.

He held the single most precious thing to him in the world in his arms, and he was powerless to give her what she wanted most. A child.

“No more, Gavin,” she said, her throat working up and down as if the words were painful to speak. “I can’t take another loss. I can’t do it anymore.”

The utter despair in his beloved wife’s voice was more than he could bear. He was precariously close to losing control over his own emotions. Only his vow to be an unyielding rock for his wife kept him in check.

She needed his strength. Not his weakness. And the hell of it was, he only had one weakness in his life.

Ginger. His wife, lover and absolute soul mate.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I enjoyed the story of Ari and Beau more than I thought I would. As with the first book, the romance begins quickly between the characters but in my opinion, there was a brighter spark between these two than Ramie and Caleb had.

Weaving a story with psychic elements, romance and danger Ms. Banks has done an excellent job capturing and holding the reader’s attention from the first page to the last.

The second book in the Slow Burn series to be centered around a Devereaux. In this book Beau finds his other half. The mystery over who killed his parents is still ongoing, and characters from the previous book are here too. Still this book can be read as a standalone but would probably be best to read as a series and in order.

The story starts out with a powerful man, Gavin Rochester, as he reveals his wife is unable to carry a baby to term. It's late at night and the doorbell their surprise a baby is on their step. A note explains that the child's life may be in danger and the parents want the Rochesters to raise her as their own. Gavin moves heaven and earth to keep the child for his wife who is unable to birth a child. Then the child exhibits special powers and they know they have to keep her safe. They name her Arial.

The first part of the book was interesting, and I kept pace relatively easy. Then 22 years later, Arial is videotaped using her power. At this point the novel slows down to a crawl. A twenty four hour period seems to be instantly seen frame by frame. For me, that was hard to get through. I had to read many chapters with only a day in the book passing. The relationship between Beau and Arial rockets by at the speed of light. They seemed to connect too quickly, and for her being so sheltered....too sexually.

The ending was pretty good, I'm loving a good kick a$$ heroine. Overall entertainment was three stars.

This is the second book in the Slow Burn series, after reading the first one that I loved, I couldn't wait to read this one. Ari is different from other people but her parents want her to live as normal a life as she can. In the beginning we get a glimpse at how Ari's early life was and how she came to these parents. Then when she is older, living in her own apartment and working as a teacher, something happens that she feels the need to hide. When she calls her dad, he is ready to run with her and her mother just to keep them safe. Someone has been after Ari all her life. When her parents go missing, she remembers what her father told her if she needed help and he wasn't able to help. “Find Caleb and Beau Deveraux.” Caleb is the one married to Ramie, the woman who found their sister when Tori was kidnapped in book one. This story is filled with suspense, heartbreak, secrets that might tear lives apart and one h*ll of a battle. I loved this one and can't wait for book three, Safe at Last.

I greatly enjoyed book 1, and found book 2 to be just as good. You could read this as a standalone, but would miss some of the finer detail. It is however a complete story in its own right.

Just as in Keep Me Safe this is a slow burn story, which develops and strips away the layers, until an explosive ending. The leads' chemistry was never in doubt, the implications and outcome certainly was. Even though it was intense, there were some lovely moments of humour.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series, as I enjoy reading about this group of friends, lovers and colleagues.

Also Available in the Slow Burn Series
Book 1
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Maya Banks is a #1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the KGI novels, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a Calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook and Twitter as well as in her Yahoo! Group.

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