Audiobook Review: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Posted February 3, 2015 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 3.25 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 21 Comments

Audiobook Review: Keep Me Safe by Maya BanksSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins

Date Read: November 2014

Genre: Romance, Suspense

A sizzling story of a woman who risks her life and her heart to find a wealthy man’s missing sister—the first novel in a sexy new romantic suspense series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks

When Caleb Devereaux's younger sister is kidnapped, this scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot.

While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her. Even though his sexual intensity draws her like a magnet, she needs to get as far away from him as she can.

Deeply remorseful for the pain he’s caused, Caleb is determined to make things right. But just when he thinks Ramie's vanished forever, she reappears. She’s in trouble and she needs his help. Now, Caleb will risk everything to protect her—including his heart. . .

More Information:
Publisher: Avon, HarperAudio
Series: Slow Burn #1

Also by this author: Enticed by His Forgotten Lover, In Bed with a Highlander, Softly at Sunrise, Never Seduce a Scot, Highlander Most Wanted
Also in this series: Just One Touch


Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.25
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 3.25

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

NOTE: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks was an excellent thriller but the romance really got in the way.

I have put off writing this review because quite simply I didn’t know how to say what I felt about the story. So I am going to make a list:

1: The thriller part of the story was very strong! Even though the pacing was a bit off (more on that in number 2), the “case” was solid.

2: The romance kept getting in the way. I hate to say that about a romance book but this one would have been stronger without it. It slowed the story down.

My Biggest Problem (Click View Spoiler):

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All of that being said, I like dark thrillers and this was solid on that front. Rating was hard: I liked the book (can ignore the romance) and gave it a 3. If I was rating it as a romance it would have been a 2 but I don’t rate based on genre. However, for full disclosure that would have happened if I did.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer / Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins

This was my first book narrated by Jeffrey Kafer and he was probably the reason it ended up with a 3 instead of a 2. He brought edge to the story and added emotion just where it was needed. I was really impressed! I will listen to him again!

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Final Thoughts: I will continue this series because honestly I want to see what happens!


FTC Disclosure


Story Rating
3 / 5
Character Rating
3 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
Felicia S
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21 responses to “Audiobook Review: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

  1. I’m no longer that big a fan of Banks because her books have been lacking in the romance department for the past few years (in my opinion). And since I tend to pick them up BEACUSE of the romance . . . they don’t make fun reads. Glad you enjoyed the Thriller parts of the book 🙂

    • Her romance has been hit/miss for me. I don’t read her strict contemporary romance so I don’t know about those but her historicals have a great balance. Her KGI series started out strong but lately I have tried two (set them aside) because it wasn’t woven in–it was action, action, action (which I love) and wait they need to fall in love so BOOM (insta-love). Drives me nuts!

  2. I have yet to read a Maya Banks book, but like several other authors you’ve reviewed, she’s on my want to read list. I love a good thriller, but I prefer my thrillers with a touch of romance, so maybe this wouldn’t be the best Maya Banks book to start with. I did buy her book Rush, and it’s in my Audible Library TBR.

    • I prefer her historicals to her contemporaries (though I do like the KGI series). Oh Rush looked a little too smexy for me LOL I can’t wait to see what you think.

  3. I’m with Loupe, I love her historicals, but I have problems with her contemporaries.
    I hate when the romance gets in the way of the story and that happens a lot with the romantic suspense genre. Have you read/listen to Brown and de Luca series by Maggie Shayne? It’s a pretty good romantic suspense.

    • I do prefer her Historicals (ALL THE FEELS) and I like her KGI series (the ones I have read)—all her others fall in this spectrum for me. I am going to see if my library has that Maggie Shayne series (I have read something by her but will have to look it up).

    • I am a bigger fan of her Historicals (though I do like KGI–up to book 6) but lately (even KGI) all seem to read the same. Hate to say it but I may just stick to her historicals if this next one is a dud too.

  4. I love Maya Banks Historicalas, LOVE them! but I’m yet to find the magic in any of her contemporaries 🙁 It doesn’t sound like this one be the one that turns me. I t’s hard to believe, you’d think that being the same author and pen behind the words I’d enjoy everything they put out, sadly that’s not the case.

    • OH ME TOO! The FEELS–THE FEELS! They are what introduced me to Maya and still my favorite by her. I like her KGI series but everything else I have read outside of that has been “meh” to DNF *sigh*

  5. Hmm seems like you had some big issues with this one. There is a time and a place for a romance, and I don’t think they belong in thrillers. I think I will pass on this one.

  6. I have not read this author and this book sounds interesting but I hate when romance gets in the way of a good thriller even if it’s suppose to be a romance. 🙁 The narrator sounds like Charlie Sheen…hehehe..I would probably enjoy listen to this narrator. 🙂

    • I think she is just pushing them out too much. Her historicals are my favorites but I am not sure I want her to revisit unless up to old “maya” standards.