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Sunday, March 15, 2015

A New Book by Maya Banks

A Slow Burn Novel
Maya Banks
ISBN:  978-0-06-231248-8
Romantic Suspense
January 2015

Ariel has known since childhood that something was different about her.  She was able to move her stuffed animals around the room at will just by thinking of them and knew early on that other kids could not do this.  But, her wealthy parents, who adore her, have always cautioned about letting anyone know about her abilities.  She has always listened to them her whole life until one afternoon as she leaves the small private school where she teaches, she is confronted by street thugs who physically threaten her.  Rather than think about it, she fights for her life, and wins.  But in the process she loses her anonymity and privacy because someone videoed her amazing behavior.  Her life begins to unravel; when her parents show up missing, she is terrified and goes to the only person her father has always told her to trust in a time of trouble.

Beau Devereaux is the head of Devereaux Security, the company he inherited from his father and has made prosperous and successful.  When he meets Ariel in his office, he is amazed at her beauty and an ethereal strangeness that pervades her presence.  He is also struck by her stark fear about her parents’ disappearance and her conviction that something bad has happened to them because of her.

This is a delicious page-turner of a story with strong themes of the paranormal and extraordinary powers possessed by others.  I loved Beau’s integrity and belief in doing the right thing as he found himself completely attracted to the lovely and troubled Ariel.  Ariel’s ambivalence about her powers, her value to terrorists, and the nature of her birth all make for a fantastic novel.  All the books in this particular series have strong paranormal leanings and while I’m not usually a huge fan of this genre, these books integrate in such a way that I began to question who around me might have these powers!  It was also fun to catch up with Beau’s siblings, prominent in a previous novel.

As always, Maya Banks writes a novel about characters filled with courage and grit, depth and personality, sure to appeal to all readers.

Reviewed by Jeri Neal
Rating:  4 1/2

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