In His Keeping (Slow Burn Series #2)

In His Keeping (Slow Burn Series #2)

by Maya Banks


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#1 bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and steamy Slow Burn series with this second book—a twisting tale featuring a strong yet vulnerable heroine in danger and the sexy alpha hero who must save her.

Abandoned as a baby to a young wealthy couple and raised in a world of privilege, Arial has no hint of her past or who she belonged to. Her only link lies in the one thing that sets her apart from everyone else—telekinetic powers. Protected by her adoptive parents and hidden from the public to keep her gift secret, Ari is raised in the lap of luxury, and isolation. That is, until someone begins threatening her life.

Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. As the head of Deveraux Security, he’s more than familiar with the realities of physic powers. So when a family friend approaches him about protecting his daughter, he’s more than ready to jump on board. What Beau isn’t prepared for is the extent of his attraction to his beautiful and powerful client. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he’ll do anything at all to protect Ari. Even if it costs him his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062312488
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Series: Slow Burn Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 166,148
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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

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In His Keeping 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review. This is the second book in the Slow Burn series, after reading the first one that I loved, I couldn't wait to read this one. Ari is different from other people but her parents want her to live as normal a life as she can. In the beginning we get a glimpse at how Ari's early life was and how she came to these parents. Then when she is older, living in her own apartment and working as a teacher, something happens that she feels the need to hide. When she calls her dad, he is ready to run with her and her mother just to keep them safe. Someone has been after Ari all her life. When her parents go missing, she remembers what her father told her if she needed help and he wasn't able to help. "Find Caleb and Beau Deveraux". Caleb is the one married to Ramie, the woman who found their sister when Tori was kidnapped in book one. This story is fulled with suspense, heartbreak, secrets that might tear lives apart and one hell of a battle. I loved this one and can't wait for book three, Safe at Last. **Wicked Reads Review Team**
AuntieJudy More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, like so many of Maya's recent books is so mind numbingly repetitve. We get that he loved his wife & daughter already!!! So much of the book is repetition that I honestlys skipped over several paragraphs on every page just to get to something new. Not sure what's happened to Maya's writing in the last couple of years but every books she's published lately has been an utter disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J: If there wasn't sooo much repetition, and the speed at which the relationship grew were not so rediculous this could have been a pretty good "novella." But as it is, I had to skip over lots of pages to get to the suspenseful and exciting parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have bought all of Maya's books, but this one was so boring!!! It felt like it was written by an inexperienced writer. I hate when an author writes internal dialogue instead of actual dialogue with the characters. This, in my opinion, is a lazy way to write a book. Don't waste your money & honestly the people who gave this 4 & 5 stars had to of been paid for their review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very boring...stories lines were repeated over and over. I found it to be a lengthy story about unrealistic events and never ending "drama" about Ari! Would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, not sure if I'll buy the next one thou
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional and exciting book with romance and suspense.
Rosemary_Pennington More than 1 year ago
After a very strong beginning, the story flatlined. The book begins telling the story Gavin and Ginger and the origins of their relationship and marriage. On Christmas eve, they find a baby on the front doorstep of their heavily guarded home. After leaving the country for a period of 5 months, Gavin has used his extreme wealth and backroom dealings to make it appear that Arial is their natural daughter.  Soon they find out that Ari has unexplained gifts that astound them. Deep in hiding, living life in Texas, Gavin has sold most of his businesses to avoid a paper trail. He will stop at nothing to keep Ginger happy, and to shelter and protect their precious baby girl from the outside world. Her adoption was never made legal in the US, and he is afraid that Ari's parents will come forward. Now, he is afraid that the world will learn of Ari's gifts and use her for sinister purposes.  Until Chapter 4.... When Ari grows up. In my opinion, I rather had more of Gavin and Ginger. The details and the character connection was spot on and perfect. I was disappointed with the flatness of the romance brewing between Ari and Beau. After a bystander records an assault on Ari by three males youths, it gets posted to Youtube and Facebook and overtakes the media. Ari used her powers to defend herself and it is all caught on camera. For me, this reiterates the downfall of humanity. Rather than call 911, or, be bothered to intervene, the bystander rather have FB likes and Youtube hits.  When Ari and her parents go into hiding, her parents are kidnapped and Ari becomes the real target. They will stop at nothing to get to her. She goes to Devereaux Security Services to plead for help from Caleb or Beau Devereaux's help in finding her parents, following her father's instructions should she ever need help. Beau takes the case, soon discovering that Gavin Rochester, Ari's father, was the last person to see his father alive and is presumed to have had a hand in his murder. Caleb and the rest of the security team think of Ari as a threat. Caleb's wife; Ramie, is a strong psychic, having the ability to find missing people. He doesn't want Ramie anywhere near the volatile Ari. Ari is capable of more than just telekinesis, and when threatened and/or anger, her powers are destructive. Because she has never used them, she is having a rather difficult time controlling them. During the course of the story, we find that Ari's biological parents were part of a breeding program designed to make weapons of children born with such gifts. Ari and Beau must find Gavin and Ginger before it is too late, all while keeping Ari out of the clutches of kidnappers. When, Ari is seized, Beau will move heaven and earth to discover the truth and find Ari AND her family before it is too late. Such a good plot line. One I wasn't expecting when I picked up the book. What fell short for me was the delivery. There was no chemistry between Ari and Beau, I felt the relationship was forced and consummated without any real emotion shared. Two examples of this were 1) When Ari was shot and seems to immediately give her virginity to Beau. 2) When Ari was in a hip cast, after almost dying, promises to give oral and hand sex to Beau... lots... over the next 5 weeks. UGGGHHHH! For me, this is not passion- it is pity sex, for the WRONG partner. Beau comes off as a jerk. Ari comes out looking like a dingbat for allowing Beau to be a jerk. In short, Beau's dialog seems insincere. Ari's dialog seems desperate. For the whole of the book, Ari dreams of having a love like her father's and mother's. Beau doesn't seem to sacrifice anything, including his own pleasure. For me, he is not a tenth of the man that Gavin is. But, on a positive note (lol), the actions scenes were very good. Maya Banks did a great job in describing the power that Ari holds. I could clearly imagine the fallen trees, flying trash cans and the many fight scenes.   This is not a book I will read again, and it will go into my to-be-donated pile. If you are considering buying, perhaps a library loan first. If you think it is worth reading again, then yes, buy it. Happy Reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed many of Maya Banks' books. They all convey a tremendous amount of emotion and this one is no different. From beginning to end she takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of happiness, sadness, edge-of-the-seat suspense, anticipation, frustration, surprise, hope. I am eagerly anticipating the third one in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this one and can't wait for the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Certainly no KGI series. Story was ok but very repetitive dialog from book #1 in this Trilogy. Looks like Maya may have a new editor. I'm hoping the new KGI installment is some of the same
kaykaydee More than 1 year ago
but I wish this had been offered as one novel. Just hard to keep up a serial on television, never mind in a book. Actually, turned into a decent story going somewhere.
JOJOJE More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read, hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read with action and emotion, with a lot packed into a short timespan. Ari finds her strength and independece while facing extreme adversity. Beau definitely lost his objectivity and because of that was not as useful as he could've been. Less repetative dialogue about how Beau felt his life wouldn't be worth anything without Ari, and more berween chracters would have been better. Knowing who the villian(s) are would have been nice to know. Overall a good read. Recommend the KGI series.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Full of action after the initial introduction to Ari's history.  I think this one is even better than the first book! Ari starts off as a sheltered damsel-in-distress and ends up a kick-ass heroine.  Their isn't a lot of sexiness, but you don't really need it with everything else that is happening.  The only thing that I didn't like is that you don't really find out who the bad guys are. Zack's book is next, can't wait to get my hands on it! 4.5 stars! eARC received via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has done it again. Page turner husband jealous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Maya banks creates an amazing series that gets me hooked from the beginning! I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good, and I'll buy anything by this author, but if you liked this you will love Banks' Echos at Dawn. Much more suspenseful with stronger and more developed characters
Vampbard More than 1 year ago
I ate up this book. Literally. I would have read it in one sitting, if I’d had the time. That’s usually the case with Maya Banks’s titles, though. Especially the Slow Burn series. In His Keeping was no exception. Take a little Alpha male, a damsel-in-distress, some paranormal abilities, a dash of kidnapping and you’ve got the wild roller coaster that was In His Keeping. The action kept me riveted to this title, and looking forward to the next title in the series. What drew me into the story was the love that Ginger and Gavin had for Ariana. The lengths that they would go to, in order to protect their daughter. I think that the exploration of how much Ari was wanted pulled at my mom-heartstrings, and kicked in my mom-instincts as I read. It was pretty cool that Ginger and Gavin played a pretty significant role in the story, too. Ariana is super naïve when the story starts. She knows she has telekinesis, but she’s had to hide this aspect of herself for her entire life. Only her parents knew. Her over-protective parents. She’d never used her ‘gift’ purposely. She’d always been careful, so she wouldn’t be discovered. With an event that happened to bring her powers into the public eye, Gavin and Ginger do what parents do best: protect their kids. Only, things don’t go quite as planned. In the end, Ari ends up being totally kick-ass. I want her on my team. Beau. Broody, Alpha, and in control. He comes into Ari’s life at a time when she needs a protector, and someone to help her make sense of all the chaos that surrounds her. Ultimately, what I liked most about Beau is that he wasn’t afraid to let his emotions show with regard to Ari. And it was totally out-of-character for him. This tough guy, the one who is all ‘protect and serve’, is brought to his knees by a slip of a woman that has wormed her way into his heart. His worry about her is intense, and made my own gut churn with concern. What I liked most about In His Keeping was that differences were celebrated. Ari wasn’t deemed as damaged and didn’t need ‘fixing’. She was believed in and not viewed as a ‘freak’ because of her gift. The fact that she eventually embraced her gift to protect and save those she loved endeared her to me as a powerful and believable character. The love between Ari and Beau was intense and believable. I felt their connection the moment they met, and that connection endured throughout the story. Which made me even more eager to see how things turned out for the couple. Ms. Banks’s Slow Burn series is definitely a page-turner. Fans of her writing should definitely pick it up. Be ready for a roller coaster ride!
Brit_Nanny_Reads More than 1 year ago
In His Keeping is the second book in the Slow Burn series. Before you even start this book, I would suggest that you strap in, take a deep breath and hold on for your lives; as In His Keeping is full on from the first chapter. Ari grew up with loving parents and she thought she had a charmed life, with just one little hiccup, Ari has telekinetic powers. Ari has no idea why she has these powers, but on a day that she is attacked, they manage to save her life. But there is much that Ari does not know about herself and now that her parents have been kidnapped, she is on the run. She decides to go to the two people that her father said would always keep her safe; Beau and Caleb Devereaux. Beau Deveraux is the brooding one of the Devereaux children, he never gets close to a client, and he is cold and efficient and gets the job done. That is until Ari comes to him for help and she stirs up all these feelings inside him. Beau vows to protect Ari and find her parents, even if it means going up against his own brother. WOW! What a book! Maya Banks continues to amaze me! Her talent and skill at writing such amazingly detail and exciting books truly does overwhelm me. The writing is smooth, no plot holes, just my constant desire for more and more of this amazing series. I love the characters in this book, Ari and Beau are amazing together, but boy do I want to know more about Zack! With this series I am truly becoming more and more of a romantic suspense fan! I give In His Keeping a solid 10 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s ashamed there is an audience that wants that language in their books, assuming that’s why it’s there. Great storyline, strong characters, but I would not want the love of my life constantly cursing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started a little slow, but stick with it. It ends with a bang!
Jackie307 More than 1 year ago
Wish I'd listened to some of the reviewers and saved my money. This book is irritating - repeats the same theme over and over. Don't waste your money or time.