In His Keeping
Author: Maya Banks
Slow Burn Series #2
Reading Level: Adult Fiction
Released: January 27, 2015
Review Source: Avon Books/HarperCollins
#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.
Any book by Maya Banks is a book well worth reading for me. Sometimes I get so stuck in a certain genre or constant stream of immediate reads that some titles may slip by me. Maya Banks is a constant writer. Feeding her followers immediate reads, after reads in the series that she continues to development and create. So when I found out that another series was started and I had already missed book 1, a feeling of disappointment washed over me. I was a little bummed that I would be reading out of the series sequence, but In His Keeping, although book #2 of the Slow Burn Series, was written so perfectly that it didn’t matter. It almost felt like a stand alone, however it’s not. Which provides the reader with more to jump into after the last page.
Ariel has a unique life. A quiet life. A life of constant protection. A perfect life, or is it? Ariel has had a gift since the day she was born. She strives to keep that gift hidden from the world. Ensuring that it isn’t known, however only to her parents. A gift that could be intriguing and harmful at the same time. If discovered, it could cast a glowing light on her, that could never be removed and life as she knows it would not be the same. Her father and mother do everything they can to protect their only daughter. However, when even their protection is not enough, they must seek the help of others. Beau Devereaux is there to take on that responsibility of a protector. But some how in the midst of that role, he becomes more than just that to Ariel.
In His Keeping, is different than my previous reading experiences by Ms. Banks. Although the romance is strong in the novel, the storyline is exceptionally unique within itself. There is an indepth focus on specific details of Ariel’s life. Moments in the novel that are written so vividly that the reader is able to visualize every movement, every sound, and every feeling of physical pain. The words on the pages carries the reader to Ariel’s world, allowing you to feel every moment. Ariel’s life is now in jeopardy. The next day is an uncertainty. Will Beau be her hero, her lover, or her end to this secret life she lives?