by Maya Banks
Series: Slow Burn #2
Pub. Date: Jan. 27, 2015
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.
If you follow my reviews, you may have saw that I started this series in audiobook format, but I felt the narrator was better suited to horror/thrillers than a book with romance. So I switched back to reading for this book, and I am so glad that I did. I liked this one much better and felt much more engaged and connected to the story than I did in Keep Me Safe. So if you are like me and thrown off easily by narrators, I highly recommend reading this series instead of listening.
Interestingly, I hated Beau in the first book, but I loved him in this book and hated Caleb instead! I think the characters are written that way on purpose to help show how protective of their women these alpha males are. I just don't like to see that protective nature turn to downright abuse of anyone (man or woman) who even looks at their lady in an obscure way. But, that's the pattern, so we'll go with it. Beau was a typical alpha male in a suspense series, and pretty much the mirror of Caleb from Keep Me Safe. Nothing to complain about - he was a good character, I just don't have much to say about him. (Partially b/c I got delayed in writing this review and my memory is already fading, as tends to happen.)
Arial was a cool character, she is telekinetic and very powerful. She has also been extremely sheltered because of her powers. I really liked Arial. She was not a whiny foolhardy heroine, one who was always running off on her own hare-brained scheme that endangers everyone much more than if she would have listened to the professional security people. Instead, Arial lets Beau handle it for the most part, listened to what he said and followed his directions.
This was a very interesting plot, so much so that I was more interested in the suspense than the romance. The story behind Arial's adoption was unique, and I loved the family dynamic, especially the relationship between her parents. We learn alot about one of the employees, Zack, in this book. I really really liked his character so I am super stoked that he will be the subject of the next installment, Safe at Last.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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