[502]: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Avon | Kindle Edition, 307 pp.
Series: Slow Burn, #1
Published: October 7th, 2014
Adult Fiction | Suspense | Erotica | Thriller
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

I picked up this book in part, because I wanted to join in the Valentine’s event hosted by The Bookish Groupies;Β and also because I was in the mood for something spicy for Valentine’s. It was remiss of me to think that this book was going to be a romp in the sheets. I mean, sure it was hot. But because of the other dark themes in this book, I found myself unable to revel in all its erotic glory.

This book had me by the nose from the get go. It opens with Caleb barging in to Ramie’s hide out in the mountains. Caleb forces her to help him find his sister who was abducted by a depraved serial killer. Ramie has some abilities. I guess you can say they’re psychometric by nature. But while others can see the history of an object with a single touch, Ramie can only see through the eyes of one psychotic maniac.

The problem is, when Ramie touches the victim’s things, she also experiences every single torture that victim goes through. So, it’s pure hell for her every time. It’s the reason why she went into hiding in the first place. After she helped find Caleb’s sister, she took off again. A year later, the serial killer who was only biding his time until he can kill the one that got away, finds Ramie. Since she’d ran out of places to hide, she had no choice but to seek the protection that Caleb had offered her in the past.

As the serial killer gets closer to finding Ramie, the more she realizes that he has to be stopped. She has no choice but to use herself as the bait. Either way, the torture and the killings has to end. Even if it meant her inevitable, painful death.

I have read a few of Maya Banks’ books. She’s written a whole slew of them. If there is one thing that I’ve noticed about her stories, is that it takes .02 seconds for relationships (carnal or otherwise) to develop in her books. The same could be said for Caleb and Ramie. This was no slow burn. It took Caleb literally a few days before he realizes that he’s in love with Ramie. Now, I don’t blame the guy. I mean, if you were single-handedly the one person responsible for putting that woman in hell to save your sister, I think I can see why he would develop feelings for her quite easily. It’s a short trip from ardent admiration to lustful love.

Some of their interactions were a bit too sweet for my taste. Sometimes bordering on cheesy. It almost made me look forward to when the serial killer was in the throes of torturing his victim. And that’s saying a lot, because I’m typically a squeamish person.

I think that’s the only reason I’m rating this book three stars. Otherwise, it would’ve been a great read for romantic suspense fans. The best thriller reads are the ones that make a reader feel anxious to turn to the next page. I had sweaty palms, and my heartbeat was elevated while reading this book. A true testament to Ms. Banks’ success in creating the right environment for a suspenseful novel.


  • I felt about the same as you on this one. Great story, but definite insta-love. The next book in the series is the same. I’ll keep reading them, though, because I like the psychic storyline – just have to prepare myself ahead of time for the insta-love.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Slow burns are the best, but this sounds intense to say the least even if the romance was instant like. I’ve heard that this is just her romance style. I had no idea the mystery was this dark. Which, I like occasionally.
    Thanks for the great review πŸ™‚

  • I definitely prefer more of a slow burn romance to instant I love you’s. I understand high pressure emotional situations can cause quick connections, but when their interactions have you eagerly awaiting a vicious serial killer, it doesn’t sound like it’s working too well. πŸ™‚ I probably won’t read this one in the near future, but I’m glad to have read your thoughtful review!

  • Forgot to say, Joy, if you’re looking for an erotic read try Cara McKenna: After Hours, Unbound, or Hard Time are all VERY HOT! Also, beautifully written! πŸ™‚

  • You are right about the insta-love with Maya Banks. What really gets me with her writing is the looonnnnggg, reptetive inner commentaries that she seems to include for every character, in every story. I’ve concluded her writing style doesn’t match up with my tastes and the second book of this series is my last Maya Banks. We are parting ways. Great review, Joy. This one was better than the second one. πŸ™‚

  • This sounds like a thrilling read…. I don’t mind if the relationships develop quick, as long as they are done well. Fab review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • Oh wow, I love it how creative some authors are. While I did hear about this kind of ability before in some read or TV show once (probably Ghost Whisperer), I think it can make such an interesting read. Meh for the almost-to-cheesy scenes. Great review πŸ™‚

  • I have read one of her..KGI? books. Liked that one

  • Gorgeous review Joy. <3 But aw, you didn't care much for the romance? Hmph. How mean! Though I do think the darker parts of this book sounds pretty awesome, hah πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing about this book sweetie. <3 I'm sorry it wasn't perfect.

  • I used to be a huge fan of hers. Haven’t read anything from her in a while, but the insta-love thing is not a thing I enjoy. Still, I can see myself picking this up one of these days. I love the supernatural abilities theme. Great review!

  • Ugh, insta-love… When do these people realize that all their readers hate it?

  • I read the second book in this series and felt much the same way about the relationship Joy! It developed lightning-quick and was hugely over the top in terms of the descriptions of how they felt about one another. I struggled with that aspect for sure, but enjoyed the suspense element as you did with this one:) Fantastic review!

  • Okay it has to be sugary sweet if you were looking forward to the torture scenes! I have heard such mixed things about this author, I am still not sure if I want to try her or not.
    Wonderful honest review Joy!

  • “I found myself unable to revel in all its erotic glory”
    This made me giggle!!
    I’m not a huge erotica reader, but I would read this for the murder mystery! Especially, if we get to see the serial killer in the midst of action (I’m not a weirdo I promise!), but the insta-love is so off-putting! Why do authors insist on insta-love? Nobody likes that stuff!!
    Great review, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • Yup, I hate insta-loves. I haven’t read a lot of Maya Banks but I’m coming to see that insta is her fave trope/theme. So unbelievable! If it was a slow burn romance, I think I would’ve enjoyed this better.

  • It’s too bad for the relatonship, it’s something that bothers me a little bit as well but the story sounds good as well as the mystery. I need to try a book by this author!