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Book Spotlight (+ Giveaway): Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Posted October 7, 2014 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 15 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper CollinsGenres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense

keep me safeToday, Maya Banks has a new release. Keep Me Safe, the first in the Slow Burn series, which follows the exciting and heart-pounding adventures of Ramie St. Claire, a woman with the remarkable talent of locating missing victims by feeling their pain, is available today!

Rising above the talents of a typical psychic, Ramie uses her gift to locate missing victims by connecting with their emotions and feeling their pain. However, every gift comes with a curse. Every time Ramie locates another victim, she loses a piece of herself and experiences the same physical and mental pain the missing victims do. When the younger sister of Caleb Devereaux disappears—rich, handsome, impatient Caleb Devereaux—he immediately seeks out Ramie’s help and talents, igniting chemistry between the two that they never expected.

When tracking down Caleb’s sister leads to Ramie’s suffering and eventual disappearance, Caleb vows to do everything within his power to help her. After Ramie suddenly reappears, deeply in need of Caleb’s aid, Caleb knows he will lay everything on the line, even his heart, to shelter Ramie from harm.

I love books that feature parapsychology. I generally don’t read romantic suspense, but I’m going to make an exception for this book, I think.

The second book in the series, In His Keeping, will be available in January 2015 and the third book in the series, Safe at Last, will be published in March 2015.

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Guest Review: Taking It All by Maya Banks

Posted August 20, 2014 by Natalia S in Reviews | 0 Comments

Taking it AllNatalia’s review of Taking It All (Surrender Trilogy, #3) by Maya Banks

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love.

As a whole, I enjoyed this series well enough. I thought it was a different outlook on the dominant submissive type of relationship where all parties involved were happy and respected. We always see happily ever after in romances, but rarely do we see what happens afterwords. Where does a marriage go, and how do they overcome their fazes?

Because of this, when I finished the second book, Letting Go, I’ve been looking forward to this release. I must say that sadly, it didn’t fulfill my expectations.

It was nice to revisit the old Characters Kiley, Joss, Nash, and Jenson. I wanted to see how happily they ended up. However for the most part, I felt that this was a pointless book.  First off. Chessy’s unhappiness in her marriage. It seems that she grew unhappy as time passed, but didn’t do anything about it. She never had any kind of conversation with Tate, expressing her feelings. When she finally did, it seemed to me that Tate was willing to listen and change. The entire thing felt at least to me, that it could’ve been avoided with good communication and compromise.

One of the things I love most about romance novels are devoted heroes. Every hero in this trilogy is absolutely devoted to his heroin. Still, while the story line of each book was different, the personalities of each hero and heroine were exactly the same. It felt as though I was reading the same book for the third time in a row with a different plot.

In spite of my nit picking, I did enjoy this series, and liked how everyone ended up. I hear that this author has a romantic suspense series. I’m looking forward to her take on that genre!

Grade: 3 out of 5

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Review: Taking it All by Maya Banks

Posted August 13, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Taking it All by Maya BanksReviewer: Holly
Taking It All by Maya Banks
Series: Surrender Trilogy #3
Also in this series: Letting Go
Published by Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: August 5th 2014
Pages: 320
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four-stars

MAYA BANKS...I'M READY FOR THE NEXT RIDE NOW SAID USA TODAY. AND NOW, MAYA BANKS IS READY TO DELIVER. FROM THE MUST-READ AUTHOR (ROMANCE JUNKIES) OF LETTING GO AND GIVING IN--THE NEW NOVEL IN HER SURRENDER TRILOGY.
In her sensational Breathless Trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks tested the boundaries of desire. In her new trilogy, there's only one thing left to do: cross them. And for a married couple taking steps to renew their marriage, the consequences of one single moment of inattention may come at a price the husband never expects...
Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All-consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. Loved beyond all measure.
But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business a success, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappy with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give, or they stand to lose it all.
Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number-one priority. But lately she's seemed unhappy, and he's worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them. But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything.
Chessy's safety, his concentration, his wife's faith in him as her husband--a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he's going to lose her--has already lost her--he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he'll get her back, show her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she'll allow him to prove himself one more time, he'll take it all. Everything. But he'll give back far more: Himself. His undying love.

This is a novel full of angst. Tate has been falling down in his job as husband to Chessy since his business partner bailed and he had to take over everything himself. For two long years she’s been neglected while he focused on work. While being neglected is never fun, for Chessy, who doesn’t work and looked to Tate to give her the comfort and security she didn’t get in childhood, it’s horrible. He promised she’d never feel alone or lonely, yet for two years that’s all she’s felt. When he bails on her for their anniversary and she catches him wooing a client instead, it’s too much. She refuses to live her life where she isn’t a priority and demands Tate realize that.

Tate is appalled when he realizes how far apart he and Chessy have grown. He was so focused on building his business he didn’t realize he wasn’t giving her what he should have been – his time and energy. Once she opens his eyes, he vows to do all he can to make her his number one priority. Again. Until he really drops the ball and it’s the last straw for Chessy.

I enjoyed the dark angst of the book. Chessy was frustrating in the beginning. For two years she sucked up her feelings and put on a good face. While it could have been noble, she came off as a martyr. Once she decided to put her foot down she really came into her own. While she seemed weak in the beginning, she proved she was only willing to be pushed so far.

Tate really screwed up. It was hard seeing him fail so spectacularly. When he made his second, huge mistake my heart nearly stopped. I didn’t think he could come back from that. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure how he did come back, but he did. In the end I believed in their relationship and felt Chessy’s forgiveness was true.

There were drawbacks. Tate’s pet name for Chessy is “my girl”. It was really over-used to the point of becoming annoying. I started to cringe each time it came up on page. My other frustration were the chapters from Kylie and Joss, the heroines from the previous two books. To be fair to Banks, this is a personal pet peeve. I really dislike when the previous characters get chapters in later books. They already had their books, I don’t need more from their points-of-view.

I also found the D/s aspects of the book to be kind of rushed. Especially in the end. I needed to see more in depth conversation to believe what Tate did to Chessy was truly forgotten on her part. I believe she forgave him, but I don’t see how she could have just gotten over it.

This was a compelling read. I couldn’t put it down. Definitely my favorite of the three.

4 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Ready: Giving In by Maya banks

Posted May 21, 2014 by Natalia S in Reviews | 1 Comment

giving in largeNatalia‘s review of Giving In (The Surrender Trilogy, book 2) by Maya Banks

Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she?

Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit—fully to him—will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.

 

 

This is the second book I’ve read by Maya banks, and it was great! When I read the first book in the series, Letting Go, I was looking forward to Kylie and Jensen’s story.

The book surprised me. As many books before it, we have an abused heroine consumed by her past, and an alpha male wanting to save her. However, unlike books before it, this book represented a more realistic aspect of love, and complications with oneself.  I expected Jensen to make everything better and save Kylie. I thought she’d become someone able to withstand being a submissive in every way, and I couldn’t figure out how an author would make it happen in a couple hundred pages. . I was pleasantly surprised. Jensen and Kylie both made everything better for each other. They were two people with their own demons to fight, and they did so, nicely. Rather than saving each other, an impossibility, they complimented each other. I love how patient Jensen was with Kylie and her traumas. I didn’t expect that. He was incredibly sweet with her! I really appreciate the respect represented in this series, given the usual nature of the genre these days.

When it came down to it, Kylie was exactly what Jensen needed. I loved that the author didn’t all of a sudden make Kylie in to this person able to withstand s and M just because the book is fiction. We saw an ending where they both were just beginning to work on their issues, and the promise for further growth for the couple.

The next book in this series is coming out in September, and I cannot wait. As many who have read this series can attest, the characters can stick to you. I’m dying to read Tate and Chessy’s story!

 

4 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley.  You can purchase the book here or here in e-format.  This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 


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Guest Review: Forged in Steele by Maya Banks

Posted February 6, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Forged in steeleTracy’s review of Forged in Steele (KGI #7) by Maya Banks

Steele, a KGI team leader, is an enigma not even his team mates understand. His emotions are tightly locked down and nothing can break that icy exterior. Nothing except Maren Scofield, a doctor on a mission, a woman who has gotten under Steele’s skin and threatens to crack that unflappable cool he’s legendary for.

Steele is determined not to allow Maren past his carefully guarded defenses, but when she’s in danger, there’s no way he’ll allow anyone else to protect her. She’s hiding something. He’s sure of it. But he isn’t prepared for the shocking discovery her secrets reveal. Or how they will forever alter the course of his destiny. He has a decision to make. Hold tight and shut her out. Or take a chance on something more powerful than he’s ever faced. Love.

Maren Scofield is a doctor and a woman who has known Sam Kelly for many years. Because of this the KGI teams trust her and use her medical services. Maren knows Steele as a hard ass. He’s the strong silent type but oh so hot. Unfortunately he constantly looks at her like he just can’t wait to get away from her. On one trip to her clinic in Costa Rica Steele finally tells Maren that the reason he needed to get away from her was that he fantasized about her constantly and he wanted to keep things on a professional level. He’s decided, however, that professionalism is highly overrated and he wants her in bed…like, NOW. He says he wants to get her out of his system so this is a one time thing and then they’ll go their separate ways. Maren is a bit surprised by Steele but agrees as she’s hot for him too. Steele ends up being a wonderful lover and Maren is sad to see him go in the morning.

Steele doesn’t stay away long and soon returns to Maren which she is extremely pleased about. She believes she’s pregnant from their previous session but says nothing. When Steele has to leave on a mission Maren is kidnapped by a psycho who is obsessed with her and Steele stops at nothing to get her back. Luckily she has one man that works for the psycho that doesn’t want to see her harmed and helps her escape.

Steele takes Maren back to his house where she finally tells him about the pregnancy – which he’s shocked and thrilled at – and they make plans for the future. Unfortunately psycho man isn’t done with Maren and is soon back in her life making threats against the ones she loves.

I have to admit to being a little leery about reading this book. The last book in the series, Shades of Gray, was a DNF for me so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I finally decided as I’d like the previous books in the series that I should give it a go – I’m glad I did.

The story was both exciting in parts and not so exciting in parts. The sex, the kidnapping, the rescuing that occurs…that’s all exciting. Unfortunately the parts where Steele and Maren are in his home together after she escapes is just kind of stilted and on the verge of dull. I realize that this part was to help Steele and Maren get to know each other because frankly they really hadn’t gotten to know each other, except in bed, before her kidnapping. While I understood that was what that time was for it just slowed the story down too much for me and I really didn’t care for it.

Steele was a brute of a man with a soft gooey heart. He was majorly gentle when it came to Maren – almost ridiculously so at some parts – but it showed how much he cared for her and their unborn child. Maren was a tough cookie and was perfect for Steele, imho. She really was strong to put up with psycho man and even at the end when shit hit the fan her strength showed through.

Overall this was a good book that I enjoyed. The middle of the book was definitely slower than the rest but other parts mostly made up for that lack. If you’ve been reading the series you’ll definitely want to read Steele’s story as you’ll see a side of him you never saw before.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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This title is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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