Review: In His Keeping by Maya Banks (rom-susp)

IN HIS KEEPING

  
Blurb:

Maya continues her suspenseful and steamy Slow Burn series with this second book—a twisting tale featuring a strong yet vulnerable heroine in danger and the sexy alpha hero who must save her.

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.

  Review:

This is 423 pages of a slow burn. Really I found myself skipping ahead several times. I normally love Maya Banks books but sometimes she gives you a book where is it feels like it’s dragging along at a snails pace. I really wanted her to get to the point. It’s like trying to listen to my father in law tell a story. He has to give you the background of everybody involved then the story, then the actual event is two minutes. But she we’ve it’s together to wear it all made sense in the end. 

The characters had good sex scenes. And the build up to maintain relationship is strong. I believe it will last a long time. 

Also she provided information for the whole story arc between the brothers and the family. So we get more information from what happened with their father. The plot thickens. 

So, overall I liked the book, didn’t love it. I may not read it again. But it was ok. Not the deviant naughtiness I am used to but it was a good reprieve.

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Review: Guilt By Association by Marcia Clark

Guilt by Association

by Marcia Clark

Release date: 20th April 2011

Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city’s most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family.

But she can’t stop herself from digging deeper into Jake’s death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation–and her life–to find the truth.

With her tremendous expertise in the nuances of L.A. courts and crime, and with a vibrant ensemble cast of characters, Marcia Clark combines intimate detail, riotous humor, and visceral action in a debut thriller that marks the launch of a major new figure on the crime-writing scene.

Wow what a ride this book is.  I was sucked in from the first page.  The main character was focused and smart but at the same time very likeable.  The plot was fleshed out but stopped short of an information overload.  Each chapter revealed more of the story within a story and the crafting of the two divergent plots to the final culmination was a masterful stoke.

This novel is action packed and brings to vivid life the working of the DA’s office.  Once I read about the author, I could understand why there was so much detail.  She knows this stuff because she’s lived it.  The books starts with the death of DA Rachel Knights close colleague Jake.  She can’t believe that he has done what he is accused of but is given a big “hands off” by the police investigating.

Determined to find out what really happened while handing her own case load plus the extra case she inherits from Jake, Rachel puts her reputation, career and even her life on the line. You need to pay attention to all the little pieces of the puzzle to be able to work out where the author is heading and this to me is a sign of a great suspense novel.  There is enough information dropped throughout the book that you can never be too sure of how it’s going to end until the end.

Only negative I can say is that I wanted to know more about some of the secondary characters however knowing that this book is the first of a two book deal I look forward to learning more about the secondary characters in the subsequent book

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