Just One Touch by Maya Banks (Slow Burn #5)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Edelweiss

Reviewer: Nikki

Raised in a strict religious cult since she was a young girl, Jenna has no connection to the outside world beyond vague flashes of memory that seem to be from another life. Memories she clings to when the cult leaders discover her extraordinary ability to heal—and punish her. Years held captive and forced to do the cult’s bidding have turned Jenna into a meek, timid woman…or so they think. In truth, she is merely biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape.

When a terrified young woman tries to steal the SUV of Devereaux Security’s toughest recruit, Isaac’s anger quickly turns into a strange sort of protectiveness for the beautiful, bruised stranger. But when they are caught in a firestorm of bullets and Isaac is hit, he’s sure the end is near, until Jenna touches him and closes his wounds. As he tries to bring Jenna to safety, she refuses to tell him what danger haunts her or how she healed him, but Isaac vows to do whatever it takes to gain her trust…and her heart. Because with just one touch, Isaac knows he wants Jenna to be his—forever.

This is one of those books that I dread writing the review for because even after pondering I still don’t quite know how I feel. To read this book you need to suspend your beliefs, which sounds weird seeing as how I have it labeled both Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance right? Just go with me here. Of course when you read anything with paranormal elements you have to suspend belief. It’s impossible, it cannot happen. That’s not exactly what I am talking about in the case of Just One Touch.

Jenna has the ability to heal someone with her hands. Gun shot wound? No problem, she just puts her hands upon you and God’s will heals from within. She’s like a televangelist, but real. She’s been raised by a religious cult since the time she was four years old. She’s had no contact with the outside world, she fears any kind of technology and she’s aghast at a normal man/woman relationship. Yet inexplicably she knows of things she should have no business knowing. This is where you need to just suspend your beliefs and just blindly follow the author and ask no questions. Like, how does she know what a Goodwill or Salvation Army store is? Or how does she know how a man proposes to a woman? If she was taken at four years old, and remembers virtually nothing of the outside world she shouldn’t. But throughout the book, little things like that continually jumped out at me.

Of course, Jenna is also a virgin, because that seems to be a trope Banks loves a lot. I understood with the story line how that would be possible in this case though so I won’t comment much on it. Other than to say the inst-love between Jenna and Issac was predictable yet enjoyable.  It was sweet, in ways and over the top in others. Issac is convinced he can keep Jenna safe from the cult and the drug cartel who wants to buy her, but time and again, he cannot. She’s a lose cannon and her naivete gets her into trouble a lot. Issac spends a lot of time either professing his undying devotion to her or crying in the second half of the book. He’s that emotional ya’ll. He cries. A lot.

The action sequences were well wrote and kept me focused on the journey these two characters were taking. I love the incorporation of all the past characters in the series and how they banded together for one of their own. This series definitely has similarities to another of Banks’ work, the KGI Series.

I am really hoping we get a Beau and Tori story next since that’s where this book seemed to be pointing. Tori is pretty damaged from her time at the hands of a killer and she’s been physically assaulted as well (another one of Banks’ tried and true formulas) but I liked the glimpse into Beau’s protectiveness that this book afforded readers.

Overall, if you can look past some of the glaring tropes and just follow the author down the rabbit hole without asking questions, then you’ll enjoy Just One Touch. This reader was “meh”.

I give Just One Touch by Maya Banks 3 stars

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