Jun 26, 2015

Safe at Last by Maya Banks Review

Safe At Last
A Slow Burn Novel, Book 3
By Maya Banks
Releasing June 23rd 2015
HarperCollins Publishers

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 Covington, Anna-Grace-his “Gracie”--was the one. But one night forever altered the course of their future; when a devastated Gracie disappeared without a trace, Zack was left to agonize over what happened to the girl he loved. As the years passed, 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 comes face to face with her, he is shocked-and heartbroken-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.

I was super excited about getting my hands on the third book in the Slow Burn Series, and even though it wasn't my favorite book of the series, it was still freaking awesome!
So you may remember Zack from the last two slow burn books, he was the one that always seems to be in the thick of things with the hero… Well now it's his turn to be the hero, but in this very girl power book, he is not the only one.
Zack and Anna-Grace, or Gracie as Zack calls her; were inseparable, they had plans to build a life together, until on night changes everything for Gracie and she disappears, fearing for her life and feeling betrayed and Zack is left devastated and left without a purpose. Now Zack is working for Deveraux Security, but he still feels like a huge part of his life is missing…and her name is Gracie.
But after a chance meeting between him and Gracie at an art gallery, now Zack is even more confused than ever! Why did she leave him? and more importantly why is she so terrified of him?!
Anna-Grace lived a night of horror at the hands of Zack’s friends, who were under Zack’s orders, so she believes. But it was an elaborate set up by people who disliked Anna-Grace. But while she is struggling with the truth and her feelings for Zack, her life is suddenly plunged into even more danger and she is not sure she will get out alive…
To start with, this book is different from the others as it's more of a girl-power book, which I have to say is a very nice change. I will be honest that I was a little freaked out at first with Anna-Grace’s reaction to Zack, also to the assault storyline. But I honestly don't know how the author could have written the story without it. I have to admit though, I did thoroughly enjoy Zack’s brand of punishment.
Now on to the nuts and bolts of the story, the writing was smooth and it had the right amount of intrigue, without branching over to the horror side. The characters were whole, and their back story's not skipped over, but we're well developed. The story had no holes, so by the end of the book, it made you feel like they were your friends and you were there with them.
Again, Safe At Last is a freaking amazing book and kept me gripped to the edge of my seat.
I give it 10 out of 10!

Maya Banks is a multiple #1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the Surrender Trilogy, the KGI novels, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a Calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook and Twitter as well as in her Yahoo! Group.

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