Friday, September 9, 2016

With Every Breath by Maya Banks

#1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and sizzling Slow Burn series with this fourth book—a mesmerizingly sexy tale of a strong, brilliant woman who encounters the one man who makes her lose all control.

Eliza Cummings fought free of a monster who terrorized her when she was an innocent teenager and helped put him away for good. She took a job with Devereaux Security Services and devoted every hour to taking down the very thing she’d nearly become. No one, not even those closest to her, know her darkest, shameful secrets. But now the killer has been set free on a legal loophole and it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her. Eliza's only choice is to run and lead the monster away from the people she loves.

Wade Sterling has always lived by his own rules, a law unto himself who answers to no one. He’s never professed to be a good man, and he’s definitely not hero material. Wade never allows anyone close enough to see the man behind the impenetrable mask—but one woman threatens his carefully leashed control. He took a bullet for her and the result was more than a piece of metal entrenched in his skin. She was under his skin and nothing he did rid himself of the woman with the courage of a warrior and who thinks nothing of putting her life before others.

But when Wade sees a panicked and haunted Eliza he knows something is very wrong, because the fool woman has never been afraid of anything. And when she tries to run, the primal beast barely lurking beneath his deceptively polished façade erupts in a rage. She may not know it, but she belongs to him. This time, Eliza isn't going to play the protector. She was damn well going to be the protected. And as long as Wade breathes, no one will ever hurt what is his.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
Triggers: Murder, death row, violent trauma

I have read each book in this series and loved them all. However, this one, I felt, had so much more emotion packed into the story. I cried and laughed all within the same chapters.

It was a rollercoaster of running, plotting, hiding, and loving. I loved how the entire group of DSS converge, support each other, love each other, and create their own family.

Eliza is one hell of a woman. She is strong, both physically and mentally, has a wicked sense of humor and deep sense of loyalty. Not only will she fall on a sword for any of her teammates, she will fall on a sword for anyone in her family. I loved her sense of right and wrong, even if it was somewhat morally questionable at times.

Then you have Wade. He's just yum. I love how he is kind of a bully, but not really – how he wants to deny his attraction, but in the end, has to own up to it, and then I love how fiercely he protects Eliza. His sense of loyalty, while it is different than the family of DSS, is just as intense. When he shows Eliza just how much he cares, he does it in an obnoxious way, but I think it's because he doesn't know any other way.

Overall, this has been on my favorite books in this series. I would recommend you read the others in the series, as it helps with character development. But, with that being said, it is not truly necessary to read them in order.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Once again, Maya Banks has created a story full of twists and turns that leaves the reader on the edge of their seat.

Eliza is finding her way and is finally on her way to being happy – or as happy as she can be, until one morning she gets a phone call that destroys the new life she has created for herself. Knowing that there is only one thing she can do, she prepares to leave DSS and all of her friends behind. She only has to hold it together a few more days and lay a cover story down that will keep her friends from worrying.

However, Wade has other plans. He knows something is off with Eliza but he's finding it too tough to crack the emotional walls she's created. When Dane calls to let him know that Eliza is going on vacation, Wade makes his move.

The angst and doubt that Eliza feels is so realistic in that I, as a reader, was overwhelmed by the strength of emotions rolling off of her.

Eliza is part of the DSS family and she is good at her job. But she has a secret from her past that is going to be set free and will most likely come after her to destroy her and anyone close to her. After the dreaded phone call, Eliza comes up with a plan to go "on vacation" to deal with past without involving the people that mean the most to her.

Wade Sterling owns the art gallery, but looking at him you know he hides many things. He goes after and gets what he wants. While he and Eliza are always fighting and trying to stay away from each other, the sparks fly when they are together.

So who better to go after her when she runs than Sterling? He will protect her or die trying. Will they be able to fight off the demon from her past, or will he win out and destroy Eliza in the process? Can Wade make her see that his feelings are real?

I love this series for the suspense as much as the romance. And the characters from the other books make it even better. There is a lot of internal dialog from Eliza in this story but it helps to see what she went through and, to me, makes the story more believable. I can't wait for more in this series.

This is the fourth book in the series – and is my favourite so far! Possibly because Eliza is a warrior – yet she dressed immaculately for an art exhibition opening night. I would recommend that you read them in order, as it will make sense of the other characters' roles and abilities. But it is a hot story all on its own too. I am writing assuming that you have read the earlier books.

We have previously understood little about why Eliza is as she is, so getting her side of the story is both fascinating and also intense. She has suffered much – which I think we all guessed – but her level of honour to deal with the returning monster to save others, is heroic. That Wade Sterling has decided that she is his (in the best possible way) is a twist which we could have imagined from the previous book, but his persistence is a credit to him. Again getting his viewpoint gives us much more insight into how he thinks and yes, they are as stubborn and determined as each other. Definite indication that the chemistry when unleashed will be explosive...oh and how! No need for central heating whilst reading some of these chapters!

One thing I really like about this series is that the Slow Burn is evident, and sometimes frustrating, but when the fire takes hold, well everything that has been building up most certainly catches light. Thank you Ms. Banks.

Also Available in the Slow Burn Series
Book 1
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Book 2
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Book 3
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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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of With Every Breath (Slow Burn #4) by Maya Banks to read and review.

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