Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review and Author Interview : Just One Touch by Maya Banks

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.


I haven't read any of the books in the Slow Burn series, but this one somehow worked for me.I didn't feel like I missed out on anything from the previous books, nor was it confusing.There was a varying array of cast and characters, and I quite liked the concept and the author's way of execution.
I'm a fan of Maya Banks' other series, and I jumped on this one without even reading the blurb properly.I'd thought that this was just a romantic suspense series.Lol!*facepalm*
It is romantic suspense, but with paranormal elements mixed in. And I was pleasantly surprised!
The blurb describes the basic plot, and I don't want to get into that since its best to go into this one knowing as minimal info as possible.Its more enjoyable this way!
The romance between Isaac and Jenna is instalove, so it was bewildering in the beginning.But once I got into it, it clicked as it suits both their characters perfectly.The way they've been written, this type of development is the best and it is honestly believable that it works for them.
Isaac is protective,loyal and awesome!Jenna is quite resilient, inspite of what she has been through.Intelligent but naive due to her upbringing, she was a great protagonist without being too Mary Sue-ish!
I loved the suspense and the action!It had me on the edge of my seat, and the writing blew me away!I loved how each of the women had special powers, and how their significant others(the Devereaux security men) protected and loved them.Each is a personality of their own, and I really want to read this series now!I've loaded them all up on my kindle and I'm set for the weekend! ;)


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.

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