Review: Safe at Last

Title:  Safe at Last
Author: Maya Banks
Published: June 23, 2015, Avon Books
Genre:  Romantic Suspense


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.

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4 Hearts

This is the 3rd book in the Slow Burn Series by Maya Banks.  I have not previously read this author.  I was intrigued by the synopsis from the start.  Long lost lovers, torn apart with no explanation as to why.  Two hearts broken and longing to become one again.  Lovely trope for a romance novel.  Add in the suspense elements and a bit of paranormal and I found this read to be just my cup of tea! 

Zack and Gracie are the leads in this tale.  They were best friends who became boyfriend and girlfriend in high school.  Zack was older and went away to college. He visited often and they planned their lives together.  But after a devastating night for Gracie, she leaves town and manages to stay hidden from Zack for 12 years.  As a miracle brings them together again, neither is sure what the truth of the past will bring. 

I enjoyed the writing around Zack’s constant and never ending love for Gracie.  The feelings of his heart were palpable.  I believe he is the stronger character here.  Gracie experienced a horrible life change and dealt with it as best as she could.  It has left her skittish and not willing to trust.  I felt she persisted in not wanting to listen Zack or tell him her tale just a little too much.  I truly believe it was only Zack’s love and persistence that allowed her to break out of that shell and let the truth be told. 

I’m a paranormal girl at heart and having those paranormal elements in this book allows for more suspension of disbelief on my part as it relates to character flaws or obsessive plot details.  I am more willing to let go of those things that other readers may have issue with.  Overall, I enjoyed the story.  I have not read the previous two books but it wasn’t hard to jump in to this story and figure out who was who from previous books.  I will definitely read this author again. 

*I received and ARC of this title from the publisher for an honest review.  

About the Author

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.

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