Thursday, November 3, 2016

With Every Breath (Slow Burn #4) by Maya Banks

With Every Breath by Maya Banks

Release: August 23rd, 2016
Romance Subgenre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Slow Burn #4

#1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and sizzling Slow Burn series with this fourth book—a mesmerizingly sexy tale of a strong, brilliant woman who encounters the one man who makes her lose all control.

Eliza Cummings fought free of a monster who terrorized her when she was an innocent teenager and helped put him away for good. She took a job with Devereaux Security Services and devoted every hour to taking down the very thing she’d nearly become. No one, not even those closest to her, know her darkest, shameful secrets. But now the killer has been set free on a legal loophole and it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her. Eliza's only choice is to run and lead the monster away from the people she loves.

Wade Sterling has always lived by his own rules, a law unto himself who answers to no one. He’s never professed to be a good man, and he’s definitely not hero material. Wade never allows anyone close enough to see the man behind the impenetrable mask—but one woman threatens his carefully leashed control. He took a bullet for her and the result was more than a piece of metal entrenched in his skin. She was under his skin and nothing he did rid himself of the woman with the courage of a warrior and who thinks nothing of putting her life before others.

But when Wade sees a panicked and haunted Eliza he knows something is very wrong, because the fool woman has never been afraid of anything. And when she tries to run, the primal beast barely lurking beneath his deceptively polished façade erupts in a rage. She may not know it, but she belongs to him. This time, Eliza isn't going to play the protector. She was damn well going to be the protected. And as long as Wade breathes, no one will ever hurt what is his.

Character Study Playlist
Maya Banks is one of my very favorite authors. I have read almost each and every one of her books and I collect the paperbacks for several of her series. However, I’ve struggled with her Slow Burn books. I haven’t connected with the heroines and, as reader who occasionally likes to imagine herself in the heroine’s shoes, I haven’t found very much common ground with the ladies of Devereaux Security Services. That missing connection hasn’t been a problem with me and Banks’ other books even though the KGI series has similar themes and conflicts. And oh geez, do I ever love the KGI series! Isn’t it maddening when you can’t figure out why some romance books/series work and why others don’t!?!

Anywho, With Every Breath certainly secured my devotion to the Slow Burn series going forward. Eliza was a stunning heroine who fought for what she wanted and for those she loved. She’s super fierce, proud and amazingly brave. Wade...Wade, Wade, Wade. He reminded me of my all time favorite Banks hero, Steele. Kinda lost in the world, but when he made the decision to love he was all in. And his possessive nature,! Wade quickly shot up my list of my fav alpha males after finishing this book.

The playlist I put together for With Every Breath is a study in both Eliza and Wade’s emotions. I’ve tried to capture what each of them was feeling in different key scenes of the book. Although these two are broken, almost flawed, in many ways together they are stronger, fearless even. I hope everyone out there has glimpsed Maya Banks’ brilliance, but if you haven’t given her books a try I’d like to encourage you to run to your nearest bookstore. Like I said before, I adore her KGI series. However, I also really like her Colters’ Legacy and Breathless books.

“Fight Like a Girl" by Kalie Shorr
I fight tough, I fight hard, I fight fair
Wonʼt stop fighting til I get there
I ainʼt afraid to cry
I ainʼt afraid to fight

“Out of the Woods" by Rachel Potter
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet, good
Are we out of the woods?

“Walls” by Jeffrey James
Did you ever think that you could love me
Like you love me now
Did you think that you could break
A man like me
Did you ever think that you could love me
Like you love me now
Did you think that you could break
A man like me

“Make It Last” by Don't Look Back
If love stays on,
My fears will fade.

“Don't Look Back” by Colin & Caroline
Now put this all in the past
Sometimes the hardest thing to do
Might be what's best for you
Don't look back

What did you think of With Every Breath?
Are there any songs that remind you of Wade, Eliza and their HEA?

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