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I'm a huge fan of Maya Banks and my library is filled with many fantastic 5 star books written by her with glowing reviews so I can't believe and am shocked that I'm giving one of her books a 2 star rating..... but sadly that's how I feel about this listen.
There were just too many things that stacked up against it.... I didn't feel the chemistry between the H/H, the sex scenes were very weak for Maya Banks, there was a lack of descriptions, heroine flees without anything to her name and yet in the next scene she's showering and changing and one minute the hero is wanted by the police then, without any details, everything's over and he's in a log cabin. The flow was choppy, rushed and the romance element was missing too. Nor did I feel the loving family unity at all.
Worth a credit? The psychic element, mystery, thriller part and twist was good but the bad unfortunately outweighed the good and even the very good narration couldn't save this listen for me. So NO, IMO, not the usual Maya Bank's creditworthy listen nor will I be following the series.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.25
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 3.25
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
NOTE: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks was an excellent thriller but the romance really got in the way.
I have put off writing this review because quite simply I didn't know how to say what I felt about the story. So I am going to make a list:
1: The thriller part of the story was very strong! Even though the pacing was a bit off (more on that in number 2), the "case" was solid.
2: The romance kept getting in the way. I hate to say that about a romance book but this one would have been stronger without it. It slowed the story down.
My Biggest Problem:
[ My biggest problem with Keep Me Safe was a scene that happened at the end of the book. Oddly enough if this was a Fringe thriller and that scene was there to prove the "reach" of the bad guy (he basically took over Caleb and made him almost kill her)---it would have worked. However, that scene was two-fold in that it was used to prove the reach/control of the bad guy and then BOOM we are at "I love you". This to me, was the biggest example of how the romance just did not work. Especially after what happened at the beginning of the book, the pacing and placement of "romance" just felt forced because it was supposed to be there. I felt if you wanted to solidify the romance, it should have been separated. (hide spoiler)]
All of that being said, I like dark thrillers and this was solid on that front. Rating was hard: I liked the book (can ignore the romance) and gave it a 3. If I was rating it as a romance it would have been a 2 but I don't rate based on genre. However, for full disclosure that would have happened if I did.
Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer / Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
This was my first book narrated by Jeffrey Kafer and he was probably the reason it ended up with a 3 instead of a 2. He brought edge to the story and added emotion just where it was needed. I was really impressed! I will listen to him again!
Final Thoughts: I will continue this series because honestly I want to see what happens!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Please read the KGI series instead as those books are excellent, gripping and brilliantly written.
This is the first Maya Banks book that I've ever read that made me want to give up after the first few chapters but I persevered thinking it could only get better but nope it only got worse.
The characters were totally unrealistic and so was the dialogue. The heroine was unbelievablely forgiving and understanding of others that hadn't endured as much as she had and the hero whined.... a lot.
At the end of the book I was left with a lot of 'How on earth!' questions: How on earth could there be so much repetitive monologue in this book? How on earth could the heroine have so much to say to someone she had only met once before and had caused her actual mental and physical trauma and gladly be in a hotel room with them? 'How on earth' can someone without any psychic ability or prior experience do a better job of tracking psychic foot steps than the person who'd been doing so for many years. And the list goes on....
In summary, please read the KGI series instead as this book does not showcase the brilliant writing capabilities of the normally excellent writer that is Maya Banks.
Would you consider the audio edition of Keep Me Safe to be better than the print version?
no idea have not read this book in print or e -book
What other book might you compare Keep Me Safe to, and why?
as of yet have not heard or read another book that is simaler
What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I Think he brings depth to his characters
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
when she is attacked boy her lover
Any additional comments?
I loved this book as I am a fan of Maya banks this story is a lot different from her other books