Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks (Slow Burn #1)

20910177Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense/Paranormal

Publisher: Avonbooks/William Morrow

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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. . .

 

I have no idea how to write this review. I have a lot of feels about this book and they all conflict with each other to the point that sitting down and trying to be coherent is making my brain hurt something awful. I guess my biggest issue is that lately I feel like Maya Banks works are all blending together. If asked to pick one out of a lineup by the plot I’d have trouble trying to remember what set each book apart and that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. Keep Me Safe is a classic romantic suspense with a ton of psychic elements thrown in for good measure. You might remember this type of element from Bank’s KGI series. The heroine, Ramie, is a sought after psychic because of her constant accuracy. Unbeknownst to those that seek her help is the fact that when Ramie uses her ability she also endures whatever trauma the victim is going through herself. So, yeah she’s a bit fragile, even though her will is incredibly strong to subject herself to that kind of pain repeatedly in order to help others. She thinks nothing of her own self worth so when Caleb demands she find his sister, even weak from helping someone else, she does. It, of course, costs her another sliver of her sanity and soul.

Feeling horrible for subjecting Ramie to such torment, he seeks her out to make amends (after finding his sister) only to discover she’s gone. A year of searching results in nothing until she calls him begging for help escaping a stalker hell bent on making her his next victim. Every page after that part just got just a bit more cray cray. Stalker guy is also psychic but with the ability has tethered himself to Ramie and can taunt her and see through her eyes at will. Oh and he can use mind control….aka hijack a body and control it like a demon on Supernatural.

Caleb’s own sister has visions and in order to ramp up the intrigue (and set up a future love story) we get some chapters with her POV. There is just a lot of psychic stuff flying around throughout the book. I kept wondering why his sister didn’t have a vision about herself getting kidnapped. Upon meeting Ramie in person she’s simply horrible to her and so are her other two brothers. And crying. Lots of crying from everyone. The instant love connection between Caleb and Ramie felt a bit Stockholm Syndrome-ish due to her fragility and constant need for his reassurance. That being said the sex scenes were pretty good and even if he forgot the condom a time or two I liked how he made sure Ramie was actually ready to take the next step.

Keep Me Safe is very repeaty, especially in the first 100 pages or so…as in Banks wanted to hammer home a few things. Ramie is a loner. Ramie is an outcast. Ramie doesn’t trust people. Ramie is afraid. Caleb will protect her. Caleb isn’t sure he can protect her. Caleb reassures Ramie. Caleb is worried. There were a few times I might have been tempted to root for the killer just a little bit. I understood her plight but I wanted a bit more fight from her. However, there is a subtle turning point about half way through the book, cray cray aside, where I found myself immersed in the story. Yes, it was crazy…but I liked it. I certainly didn’t put it down. Chalk that up to my white knuckled hold of my love for Banks work but it was enjoyable. The ending of the book was injected with action and a staggering, tension filled confrontation that had me on the edge of my seat.

Not something I can rave about, but I do look forward to hearing from this family again in January 2015 with In His Keeping.

 

I give Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks 3 stars

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