Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Safe At Last: Slow Burn #3 by Maya Banks ~ Review!

Safe At Last
Slow Burn Series #3
by Maya Banks

The third book in the beloved #1 bestselling author’s sexy, romantic suspense Slow Burn series…
They say young love doesn’t last, but a girl from the wrong side of the tracks with unique abilities and the hometown golden boy were determined to defy the odds. For Zack CovingtonAnna-Grace—his “Gracie”—was the one. Until one night forever alters the course of their future, when a devastated Gracie disappears without a trace, leaving Zack to agonize over what happened to the girl he loved. As the years pass, his desperate efforts to find her uncovered nothing.
Now working for Devereaux Security, he stumbles across a painting featuring a special place only he and Gracie would know. The image is too perfectly rendered for it to be coincidence. His Gracie must be alive. When he finally tracks her down, he is shocked—and heart-broken—to discover the wounded shell of the girl he once knew and still loves. Her psychic gifts are gone, and worse, she believes he betrayed her all those years ago.
Zack has enemies, and once his weakness is discovered, Gracie becomes a target for revenge. He’ll have to save her before he can earn her trust and her love. And he vows they’ll never be torn apart again.

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This review was a bit difficult for me. I love Maya Banks and every book I have read of hers, Slow Burn series included. This just wasn't exactly what I would expect from a Maya Banks book-though not a bad thing-just not what I would expect!
We have met Zack in the previous Slow Burn books, he is an agent for DSS security and as is expected in someone working for Devereaux Security, Zack is a bad-ass, alpha male who thrives on saving & protecting people. He fell in love at a young age with Gracie and had his life-plan in place. Then one day Gracie just disappeared. Zack has spent the past 12 years looking for her. While on an assignment, Zack discovers Gracie is alive and is shocked to find she will have nothing to do with him. From there we have bad guys attacking anyone that has to do with DSS security and all the while Zack is trying to figure out why Gracie has changed so much and why she won't have anything to do with him.
This story is not what you would typically find in a Maya Banks book. Although there is some suspense and some romance, it just wasn't to the extremes that you would normally find in Maya's books.(call it a bit tame). A major part of the story-line was Zack trying to get Gracie to explain her disappearance and why she won't speak to him. This seemed a bit repetitive to me. I found the story very emotional, especially when we do discover what Gracie had been going through for the 12 years. 
Safe At Last can be read as a stand-alone book, but I think it would be enjoyed more by those who are fans of the series. I think because I love the series so much is why I can give this book a 4 key rating. I hope to see more in the Slow Burn series in the future.

You can find my reviews for the first 2 books in the Slow Burn Series here
**My name is Maya Banks and I live in Texas with my husband and three children and our assortment of pets. I’m more of a cat person, but my daughter became convinced she NEEDED a dog. So convinced in fact that it became her mission to convince her father and me. She prepared aMaya's Dogtwo page hand written proposal that detailed WHY she needed a dog, and well, after I sent her to her father (I knew he wouldn’t tell her no) we embarked on the search for the perfect dog. The journey that was two hours away and that I got pulled over for speeding while I was on the phone with my agent who had an offer from a publisher for one of my books… The officer wasn’t impressed. He wrote me a ticket anyway. Thus, I now tell my daughter that her dog turned into one very expensive concession! But isn’t he cute? 

When I’m not writing, I love to hunt and fish with my family. We all love the outdoors and go on family hunting trips every year. We also love to travel. One of our more recent trips was to Scotland, which was every bit as comical as National Lampoon’s European Vacation. You know the part about “Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament” as they went round and round the roundabouts? Yeah, that was us, only we couldn’t even get out of the airport in Glasgow without hitting three of those suckers. 

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of a writing career is getting to meet so many wonderful readers. There’s nothing better than dishing books with someone who loves the romance genre as much as I do. Romance readers are passionate and vocal. We love our books, love our happily ever afters, and we love to spend time talking to others about our favorites. THIS is why I love my job so much, and I’m so grateful to readers who gave ME a chance when I began my career. So thank you. 
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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to see this one worked better for you even with the issues. I really enjoy her books and liked book 1 and 2 quite a bit but this one really missed the mark for me. I was so bummed but hoping the next will rock it fully again :D