Tuesday, May 16, 2017


A suspenseful and sizzling story of a young woman who 
escapes a terrifying past… into a more uncertain future.

Slow Burn #5
Maya Banks
Released May 9, 2017
Avon Books

Multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her Slow Burn series with a suspenseful and sizzling story of a young woman who escapes a terrifying past… into a more uncertain future.

Raised in a strict religious cult since she was a young girl, Jenna has no connection to the outside world beyond vague flashes of memory that seem to be from another life. Memories she clings to when the cult leaders discover her extraordinary ability to heal-and punish her. Years held captive and forced to do the cult's bidding have turned Jenna into a meek, timid woman…or so they think. In truth, she is merely biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape.

When a terrified young woman tries to steal the SUV of Devereaux Security's toughest recruit, Isaac's anger quickly turns into a strange sort of protectiveness for the beautiful, bruised stranger. But when they are caught in a firestorm of bullets and Isaac is hit, he's sure the end is near, until Jenna touches him and closes his wounds. As he tries to bring Jenna to safety, she refuses to tell him what danger haunts her or how she healed him, but Isaac vows to do whatever it takes to gain her trust…and her heart. Because with just one touch, Isaac knows he wants Jenna to be his--forever.

Jenna and Isaac have one heck of a first meeting.  And, I think in a way this makes the insta-love work.  I admit, I am not the biggest fan of the whole insta-love thing, and Jenna's history and complete lack of exposure to the world made me at times wonder if she would be able to function in an adult relationship.  I am not 100% positive this was ever fully addressed, but at the same time, I am not sure I would want it to be, as that becomes a very different story.

I have read a few titles by Maya Banks and this book delivers what I expect when I start one of her books.  Interesting and exciting action, characters you are engaged with and interested in, and romance that works. This had all 3, even if there was a bit of a suspension of disbelief required in order to totally get into the story with Isaac and Jenna, I did find myself interested and enjoying the story.  And, really, that is what matters.

I liked the scenes with the other members of Deveraux Security Services and their wives and girlfriends, and I appreciated the depth that was given to Isaac's character and the story with the inclusion of them.

Too much of the plot is spoilery, so I am going to avoid that and mention that I liked the story and the characters, and that I believed them overall.  There was, as I mentioned, some instalove, which is not my favorite, but also worked for the story.

I recommend this book.

Tasty Q&A with Maya Banks

Describe yourself in five words or less.

Unorganized, melt-down prone, laid back, despise drama & conflict!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

My Give A Damn is Broken

Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

A cup of crushed ice

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

I’m a complete homebody & enjoy hanging out at home with my family every chance I get. It’s rare for me to leave my house!

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

I love revealing information about various characters personalities and the closeness between them through dialogue. I also always  look forward to writing the dark moment as I love me some angst!

What are your favorite types of stories to read?

I love stories that don’t feature a couple who spend the entire book apart or that focus on internal conflict. I much prefer to see the hero and heroine together on the page and to see them working together to overcome external conflict.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

I absolutely love following up with characters from a previous story whether it’s including them as secondary characters in a newer book or writing a short novella that revisits them so readers can see them after the HEA

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I absolutely credit my readers with my success and my career. They, not me, are why I’ve been able to write close to 80 stories in the 11 years I’ve been writing

Maya Banks is a multiple #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the Surrender Trilogy, the KGI novels, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels. She lives in Southeast Texas.


  1. Thank you for hosting a review!
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  2. Thank you for hosting a review!
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