Another Advanced Reader Copy this pedometer geek received in a Goodreads giveaway was Maya Banks’ novel, Keep Me Safe, the first in the Slow Burn series. This was the first of her novels that I’ve read, but it probably won’t be the last. This is the extended review for Keep Me Safe.
Keep Me Safe
By Maya Banks
Published by Avon,
A division of HarperCollins Publisher, 2014
A psychic, a psychopath, and a rich man walk into a bar, (actually a story, but I digress), but doesn’t it sound like the beginning on a joke? Psychic Ramie St. Clair is such a powerful psychic that she can find people by touching objects that they have touched, and she has, repeatedly, but at great cost to herself. Each time she locates a missing person, she not only can locate that person, but she undergoes what the person is undergoing. Even more than that, those feelings and impressions linger long after the person is found.
Caleb Devereaux searches out the elusive Ramie to help locate his sister Tori, who has been kidnapped. He pushes Ramie into the untenable position of helping him, and she does so with extreme reluctance. Seeing what it costs Ramie makes him sorry for his actions, yet he realizes there is something special about her and between them. Vowing to make things right for her, he returns after Tori’s rescue, only to find that Ramie has vanished from her place of sanctuary. Despite his search, he can’t find her again.
Meanwhile Ramie is being stalked by another man, a man who may be psychic himself as well as a psychopath with whom she once crossed paths. He is relentless in his pursuit, and all of Ramie’s abilities have made her into a fragile, un-trusting woman. When he nearly catches her, she calls Caleb for help. It is only after Ramie contacts him in a time of desperation that they re-connect. This time Caleb vows to protect her, keep her safe, and risks everything as a madman is out to kill her and destroy all she holds dear.
Part romance, part suspense, this novel combines the two well. Caleb and Ramie form a bond that is tested over and over as the psychopath manipulates them both. Slowly and carefully, the suspense builds giving the reader pause as to whether their love is strong enough to survive and just how many will die at his hands (including the main characters). The tale is suspenseful and riveting and will keep the reader engaged to the end.