Book Review: Keep Me Safe by: Maya Banks

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: 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 risk everything to protect her—including his heart...

Review: I was looking forward to KEEP ME SAFE because it looked different than a lot of the other books I’ve read by Ms. Banks. I was excited about the psychic angle and hoped this would be more of a paranormal romance than straight romance. Ramie is a psychic who can connect to victims and locate them by touching one of their belongings. However, this causes her great anguish as she lives through the victim’s pain and suffering when she connects to them. She’s being hunted by one of the killers she’s connected to during one of her psychic episodes. When Caleb Devereaux tracks her down to get help finding his sister he treats Ramie roughly, unaware of the price this ‘gift’ extorts. Once he realizes how much pain he’s caused Ramie, he vows to correct the balance between them. So when Ramie asks for Caleb’s help, he makes sure she gets everything he can give. I wasn’t able to connect to any of the characters in KEEP ME SAFE and I didn’t feel as if they were developed well at all. I wish there had been more background on Ramie besides the snippets of back-story we got throughout the book. The ‘insta-love’ aspect of Caleb and Ramie’s relationship was too much, especially if Ramie is as fragile as she appears to be. I think what bothered me most is the “weak woman, strong man” aspects of the book. Just because a woman is strong doesn’t mean she doesn’t want a partner she can depend on. Yet it feels as if the author thinks the only way Ramie can get and keep a good man is if she needs protecting all the time. KEEP ME SAFE is the only one of the Slow Burn series I will be reading.


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