When Caleb Devereaux's younger sister is kidnapped, the 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....
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks
When Caleb’s sister goes missing, he goes in search of the one woman he knows can find her. Ramie’s been hiding out in a mountain cabin, desperate to avoid a madman who’s apparently been stalking her and trying to pull herself together after one too many victim experiences. But Caleb won’t take no for an answer, and after he gets the information he needs to save his sister, Ramie simply disappears. But when Ramie’s stalker is close to catching up with her, and she has nothing left at her disposal to escape him, she calls on Caleb to save her.
The Verdict: After completely losing myself in Maya Banks’s KGI Series, I was pretty desperate for more exciting stories in the same vein. I loved KGI so much that I just kept reading instead of writing all the reviews, so when I happened upon the Slow Burn series on Overdrive (that’s the program most public libraries use to house all their ebooks, for those that don’t know), it seemed like a sure thing. It was a little more on the paranormal side than I usually go for, but everything else seemed like it would be right up my alley. Not quite…
I liked Caleb’s character, and Ramie’s psychic ability was certainly interesting and made for a unique twist. However, the story itself fell apart on a lot of fronts. For one, Ramie is made to be incredibly weak. Sure, her ability is a strength of sorts, but it leaves her constantly in pain and trauma and needing all kinds of support. She’s done well for herself in staying just barely ahead of the madman who’s been stalking her, and I can see how she’d be falling apart after a while. But she spent most of the story whimpering, whispering, crying, and hiding. While those may be valid actions given her situation, the constant desperation and weakness made her difficult to like. Plus, she spent a lot of time internally going over the same feelings and thoughts again and again and again… She’s pretty tiring to read about.
And then there’s the part about Caleb’s sister Tori. She’s the victim of a horrible crime and the reason Caleb meets Ramie in the first place, but her character and story remain primarily in the background. There’s a part of me that’s glad, since it’s a pretty dark scenario that includes horrific rape, but the fact that little focus was put on her aside from being the catalyst for her brother’s new relationship, it just came across all wrong. And honestly, now that I’ve read all three books, I can say that the series itself leans too heavily on rape as a disturbing and really unnecessary plot device. It reminds me too much of when old soap operas would become desperate to create drama and chose the same path. But at least the soaps spent some time with the victimized character and paid attention to her story. Tori, for all real purposes, hovers in tears and angsty fits in the background.
And finally, there’s the way it all played out. I don’t want to completely give away the ending, as it’s something most won’t ever see coming, but it — like the rest of the story — was crazy dark and over-the-top. Perhaps if this book had been only in the thriller section with little mention of romance, I wouldn’t be as disappointed, but it was smack dab in the middle of all the happily-ever-afters at the library. And to be fair, romance plays a big part in it, but the heartwarming parts are overshadowed by the constant fear and creepiness, and throughout the story there’s a depressing sense that all hope is lost. Fortunately, it doesn’t end on the most terrible note, but the journey there is much darker than I could enjoy reading, and Caleb’s role in it was enough that I nearly walked away during the final few chapters.
Banks’s writing isn’t terrible, but it’s pretty clear that Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks just doesn’t live up to the overall awesomeness of her other books I’ve read. If you’re a fan of alpha males coming to the rescue, you’re better off with her KGI series.
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