Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Taking It All by Maya Banks

Title: Taking It All
Author: Maya Banks

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Published Date: August 5, 2014 

Buy on Amazon: Kindle & Paperback

Author Website: http://mayabanks.com/


In her sensational Breathless Trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks tested the boundaries of desire. In her new trilogy, there’s only one thing left to do: cross them. And for a married couple taking steps to renew their marriage, the consequences of one single moment of inattention may come at a price the husband never expects…

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All-consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. Loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business a success, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappy with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give, or they stand to lose it all.

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number-one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband—a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back, show her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give back far more: Himself. His undying love.

My Thoughts:

Taking It All is the third and final book in Maya Banks' Breathless Trilogy. Tate and Chessy were featured as characters in the first two books, but we didn't get too much information about them other than the fact that Chessy was feeling isolated in her marriage. In the first two books we learned through Chessy's frequent lunch dates with Joss and Kylie that Tate was busy building his business and as a result Chessy felt neglected. 

In the beginning of Taking It All, things come to a head when Tate misses his anniversary dinner with Chessy in order to snag a new client. This is Chessy's breaking point and she realizes that she has had enough and proceeds to confront Tate about their relationship. Tate is flabbergasted, he had no idea that his marriage was in jeopardy or that Chessy felt as she did. While he pledges to make Chessy a priority, things happen that will truly rock their marriage to its core. Will they be able to survive the storm, and if so can Chessy forgive and forget? 

I loved how Banks brought the stories of Joss and Kylie closure in Taking It All. Joss and Dash are very happily married and expecting their first child. Kylie and Jensen are moving forward in their relationship and growing stronger and more in love every day. I also loved to see how fiercely protective of each other the three friends were. 

While Chessy was struggling with her failing relationship with Tate, Joss and Kylie were there 100% for her. They offered moral, emotional, and physical support as well as shoulders to cry on and beds to sleep in. I found it really hard not to be frustrated with Tate. How could he be so clueless of Chessy's feelings for the last two years when her friends could instantly see she was miserable? He was in his own selfish world and has no idea that his relationship with his wife had gone sour. Then, when he does realize it and makes an effort to regain her trust he makes the ultimate mistake. I felt he deserved all he had coming to him and more. To me, Chessy was too easy on him. 

Taking It All by Maya Banks was a great read. The Surrender Trilogy ended on a happy note and left a smile on my face. If you are searching for a new series to read, I definitely recommend Banks' Surrender Trilogy!

Maya Banks
*I have been provided a complimentary copy of the book, Taking It All, for the purpose of review.*

Monday, November 10, 2014

Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Title: Keep Me Safe
Author: Maya Banks
Publisher: Avon

Published Date: October 7, 2014 

Buy on Amazon: Kindle & Paperback

Author Website: http://mayabanks.com/


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 do risk everything to protect her—including his heart. . . .

My Thoughts:

Keep Me Safe is Maya Banks' newest novel in her new series, Slow Burn. I've read a great deal of Banks' books but I have to say that Keep Me Safe stands out to me as one of her most unique works.  Keep Me Safe centers around Ramie, a young psychic who helps solve crimes by locating missing girls. However, her gift/curse takes a huge toll on her emotionally and physically.  In order to find the missing girls, Ramie must put herself inside of their mind and experience all of the pain and suffering they are.

Ramie is going through the motions of her lonely life until she crushes the plans of a serial killer. When he realizes how fun it would be to toy with and then destroy Ramie he sets his sights on her. Ramie tries disappearing off of the grid, but running and hiding does no good as the killer has psychic abilities of his own. In a surprising twist, the killer manages to play an extremely demented cat and mouse game with Ramie. He has the patience to make her feel safe while tracking her for a year and waiting for the perfect moment.  His end goal is her gruesome death.

After a close call with the killer, Ramie manages to escape but has run out of places to run and people to turn to. She has no friends, money, or belongings. She literally has no other options but to turn herself over to the killer. However, Ramie realizes that there is someone she can contact- Caleb Devereaux, a powerful man whom owes her a favor after she located his kidnapped sister. Afraid that the killer is going to win, Ramie enlists Caleb to help her. 

Caleb does everything in his power to keep Ramie safe and catch the dangerous criminal mastermind. Throughout their dangerous and twisted journey, Ramie and Caleb did not count on falling in love. The killer is thrilled when he realizes that another person's happiness is in play.  He is only too happy to bring about the destruction of the lovers. 

Keep Me Safe, by Maya Banks, is an extremely fast paced novel with

many surprising twists and turns. It has an abundance of romance, intrigue, and suspense.  If you are looking for a spine tingling new read then Banks' Keep Me Safe is the book for you! I am impatiently waiting for the next book in the Slow Burn series, In His Keeping, which will come out in January 2015.

Maya Banks
*I have been provided a complimentary copy of the book, Keep Me Safe for the purpose of review.*