Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
Date Read: November 2014
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. . .
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 br> br>
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):View Spoiler »My biggest problem with Keep Me Safe was a scene that happened at the end of the book. Oddly enough if this was a Fringe thriller and that scene was there to prove the “reach” of the bad guy (he basically took over Caleb and made him almost kill her)—it would have worked. However, that scene was two-fold in that it was used to prove the reach/control of the bad guy and then BOOM we are at “I love you”. This to me, was the biggest example of how the romance just did not work. Especially after what happened at the beginning of the book, the pacing and placement of “romance” just felt forced because it was supposed to be there. I felt if you wanted to solidify the romance, it should have been separated. « Hide Spoiler
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.
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!
Final Thoughts: I will continue this series because honestly I want to see what happens!
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