Monday, June 29, 2015

REVIEW: Safe at Last by Maya Banks

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. Until one night forever alters the course of their future, when a devastated Gracie disappears without a trace, leaving Zack to agonize over what happened to the girl he loved. As the years pass, 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 finally tracks her down, he is shocked—and heart-broken—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.

Absolutely love this series set in my hometown.

Zach Covington is the right hand man and best friend to Beau Devereaux. He's been a mystery to us in the past books but with Safe at Last - we get the background on Zach and boy is it a doozy!

DSS is called into a local art gallery for an upcoming show. When the team steps inside, all of them sense that there is something off. The gallery owner is wanting the security for the paintings themselves and not for the artist. In the middle of the meeting, the piece that will be the showcase arrives and when it's uncovered, Zach's world goes into a headspin. The painting is of him and the girl he thought would be his world, until she disappeared without a word, more than a decade ago. Then to his surprise, the front door opens and Anna Grace - his Gracie comes walking through the front door.
From this point on, it is a whirlwind of action and angst. Zach and Gracie meant the world to each other, but Zach went to college while Gracie stayed at home to finish High School. Zach was Gracie's whole world. She had no family except for him. But an event that changed both of their lives - sent both of their emotions and worlds into tailspins that they both are fighting with more than 10 years later.
Gracie's life is in danger and who ever is behind this is after Zach too.
This book was a page turner, leaving my heart breaking knowing that both Gracie and Zach had suffered so much in the past over something neither of them really had control over.
This book can be read as a stand alone but I HIGHLY recommend reading this series. Its full of excitement, angst, steam and romance at its best.

My name is Maya Banks and I live in Texas with my husband and three children and our assortment of pets. I’m more of a cat person, but my daughter became convinced she NEEDED a dog. So convinced in fact that it became her mission to convince her father and me. She prepared a two page handwritten proposal that detailed WHY she needed a dog, and well, after I sent her to her father (I knew he wouldn’t tell her no) we embarked on the search for the perfect dog. The journey that was two hours away and that I got pulled over for speeding while I was on the phone with my agent who had an offer from a publisher for one of my books… The officer wasn’t impressed. He wrote me a ticket anyway. Thus, I now tell my daughter that her dog turned into one very expensive concession! But isn’t he cute?
When I’m not writing, I love to hunt and fish with my family. We all love the outdoors and go on family hunting trips every year. We also love to travel. One of our more recent trips was to Scotland, which was every bit as comical as National Lampoon’s European Vacation. You know the part about “Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament” as they went round and round the roundabouts? Yeah, that was us, only we couldn’t even get out of the airport in Glasgow without hitting three of those suckers.
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of a writing career is getting to meet so many wonderful readers. There’s nothing better than dishing books with someone who loves the romance genre as much as I do. Romance readers are passionate and vocal. We love our books, love our happily ever afters, and we love to spend time talking to others about our favorites. THIS is why I love my job so much, and I’m so grateful to readers who gave ME a chance when I began my career. So thank you.

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