Safe At Last

Maya Banks
Safe At Last
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Publisher
Avon
Release Date
June 2015
ISBN
9781481533874
Series
Book 3 of Slow Burn
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
The third book in the beloved #1 bestselling author's sexy, romantic suspense Slow Burn series…

They say young love doesn't last, but a girl from the wrong side of the tracks with unique abilities and the hometown golden boy were determined to defy the odds. For Zack Covington, Anna-Grace—his "Gracie"—was the one. Until one night forever alters the course of their future, when a devastated Gracie disappears without a trace, leaving Zack to agonize over what happened to the girl he loved. As the years pass, his desperate efforts to find her uncovered nothing.

Now working for Devereaux Security, he stumbles across a painting featuring a special place only he and Gracie would know. The image is too perfectly rendered for it to be coincidence. His Gracie must be alive. When he finally tracks her down, he is shocked—and heart-broken—to discover the wounded shell of the girl he once knew and still loves. Her psychic gifts are gone, and worse, she believes he betrayed her all those years ago.

Zack has enemies, and once his weakness is discovered, Gracie becomes a target for revenge. He'll have to save her before he can earn her trust and her love. And he vows they'll never be torn apart again.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jul 05, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
130 people found the following review helpful
3.5 "2nd Chance at Lost Love" Stars!

The third book in the Slow Burn Series features threads of many different romance sub-genres, ensuring that there is a little something for every type of romance lover. From the mildly suspenseful plot and paranormal elements (featuring a heroine who has a mind reading gift) to the second chance at first love romantic overtone, SAFE AT LAST covers a lot of ground within the romance genre landscape.

As this is the third book in the Slow Burn Series, I feel it is worth mentioning that SAFE AT LAST could easily be read as a standalone, as the primary romance is fully explained within this book. That said, there certainly is some overlap with characters previously introduced earlier in the series, including the two prior heroines who each have their own unique supernatural gift. Therefore, to the extent you do plan to read the entire series, it is best read in order.

Anna-Grace "Gracie" grew up on the complete opposite spectrum of Zack Covington. While Gracie was considered "trailer trash" by Zack's well-to-do family--especially his father--Zack nonetheless saw something special in Gracie. Falling hopelessly in love, Zack, even on the verge of a superstar football career, knew that Gracie was the one and only girl for him.

What Zack could never have expected was that one day Gracie would up and leave without even a goodbye. Heartbroken, Zack tried to move on, but over the years, he just could never forget Gracie. Moreover, without Gracie to plan his future with, he let an injury, which he could have come back from, end his football career in its infancy. Instead Zack chose to join Devereaux Security, a private security firm, in the hopes that one day he might be able to use his career skills to uncover what had happened to his Gracie.

Then one day, while on assignment, when he had totally given up all hope, Zack stumbles across a painting that could only have been painted by Gracie. Soon Zack is reunited with Gracie, again only to discover that she is deathly afraid of him.

Determined to take full advantage of this second chance, however, Zack is unwilling to take no for an answer and insists on finding out why Gracie is so scared of him. Moreover, he refuses to stop until he has won over Gracie's heart again. But when a past danger resurfaces, all plans of a first love reunion must be put on hold, while Zack's first priority is to make sure that Gracie never gets hurt again.

All in all, SAFE AT LAST was a decent story. While I wish the suspense and romance angle of the story had been a little more robust, I did feel a connection with the characters. Unfortunately for me, I guessed correctly the source of Gracie's trepidation rather early in the story. I also would have liked to see the second romance blossom more between the characters, instead it felt like as soon as the mystery was solved, their relationship was also immediately restored. Given the long history and unfortunate facts that led to the initial split, I think the story could have benefited from a little more relationship building following the unveiling of the mystery.
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