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In His Keeping

(Slow Burn #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  6,407 ratings  ·  523 reviews
Arial knows the rules that keep her safe. She's been following them since she was a little girl: Do not tell. Do not show. But in a moment of terror, facing an attacker intent on taking more than just her life, Ari has no choice but to unleash the psychic powers she's been hiding since childhood.
Now, with her abilities revealed, a bigger threat looms - something that makes
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Harper Collins (first published January 6th 2015)
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Francesca Rock Yes. The previous characters are mentioned but the story would still make sense if you haven’t read it.
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Alex is The Romance Fox
In His Keeping, the 2nd book in Maya Bank's Slow Burn Series............well, not much better than book #1, Keep Me Safe, which I really did not like at all.

This is Beau Deveraux's story. He meets Arial, another woman with special powers. Naturally he's just as domineering and controlling as the rest of his brothers.

And Ari.....well, talk about a woman who can't make up her mind...should I or shouldn't I kind of stuff!!!!

Insta-love, bad guys, secrets, lies and more and more and more!!!
It was an
Jacqueline's Reads
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 4-star-books
4 Powerful Stars

In His Keeping is the second Slow Burn novel. This time, it’s Beau’s book, another Deveraux brother. You can read the books out of order since each book focuses on different characters, but the previous characters are mentioned in the current book.

The difference between In His Keeping and Keeping Me Safe is that In His Keeping has a lot more meat. Maya Banks really developed the characters and you get a ton of history, which I loved. I loved the way In His Keeping started. It sta
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Phew! Finally finish. I think this is the longest book in the series that I listen so far. It is,like other books in this series full of cheesy ober the top dramatic romance. Insta lust etc. The sex is there but not too heavy. Miss Banks more focusing on the love of parents and child.

Maya Banks writes a story that is min of drama/ conflict, except in this series there are some suspense and action. Aside of that, everything is cheesy. Well, during the pandemic, it is essential to read something
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
The action was pretty good but the dilogue was so sappy and over the top at times I was cringing.

Full on, soul deep love after 1-2 days? I tried to like Ari but she was so immature (but kind) that I couldn't go with her jumping from her parents straight to a relationship with Beau. I would have liked to see more growth first.

I suppose if you like paranormal mixed with action and romance of the naive virgin/possessive protector type this might be for you but I'm sad to say it didn't work at all
In His Keeping by Maya Banks is a 2015 Harper Collins publication.

For me, this series got off to a rocky start, but I was hoping the second book would be a little firmer, with a stronger plot, and characters I could feel empathy towards, but also respect.

Thankfully, things have improved with this second installment, although there are still a few issues.

Ariel was adopted, illegally, by a couple desperate for a child. As an infant she begins to exhibit paranormal abilities, prompting her paren
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After reading Safe at Last, I knew I had to go back and read the first two books of the series. And I have to say that I love and adore In His Keeping. From the first pages to the end, I loved every moment of this book. This story had a great suspense and mystery element that surrounded the storyline and I have to say that I absolutely loved Beau and Ari's story. These were two great main characters who added depth to th
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Book two in the Slow Burn series has hit one out of the park! Honestly book one was a little meh for me, but this one: Fantastic!

The little girl that was sheltered and taken care of can kick ass! After the prologue it was nonstop action at breakneck speed. Beau Devereaux didn’t know what hit him. This seemingly broken beauty walks into his shared offices asking for help and protection walks out amid gun fire and a car chase that feels snatched from the scenes of an action movie. With the added e
Celia Honda
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
SHIT, AWFUL. At one point I thought of throwing my kindle Paperwhite across the room, while cursing and exclaiming no- just no. I seriously found myself seething contemplating murdering this book, how, Idunno. But, for the life of me I was a miserable person reading this book, my husband steered clear from me as i would burst out loud and vocalize the bullshit i was enduring all because i have to finish a book once i start, masochist? there was no pleasure, no accomplishment, just anger that I h ...more
In His Keeping has an interesting premise that pulled me in. Then the story fell flat for me for a few reasons.

The first reason was the heroine, Arial. She is the "adopted" daughter of Gavin and Ginger Rochester. Her history is interesting that it kept me reading well after the point I would normally give up. But then it fell flat. She can't seem to decide if she wants to let everyone take care of her or if she wants to grow a backbone and stand up for herself. So when she finally does, this be
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
I loved the first book Keep Me Safe, so I was extremely happy to get my hands on a copy of In His Keeping, I adored this book so much more than the first.

From the very first page I was captivated, starting with a prologue which sets the story up and gives us a feel for the strong relationship between Arial and her parents.

When Arial who is telekinetic is attacked one day, she uses her telekinesis and is unknowingly filmed using her powers and it's then that her life becomes fraught with danger,
Rating it more like 3.5.

It was an okay ready. Didn't grab by attention, infact I skimmed some parts.

I'm glad to hear the author is going to take more time writing books and not put so many out a year. I miss her older books, when she really put more effort and time into writing them. Loved her historicals and hoping she has more in the future.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: banks-maya
In His Keeping is book 2 in the Slow Burn series, by Maya Banks , one of my favorite authors.

The book started in an area I’m very familiar. Being witness and caregiver to couples experiencing multiple miscarriages, I felt the grief of Gavin and Ginger especially when they’d expected a Christmas baby girl delivered prematurely and didn’t survive. Amidst their grief, a child was left on their doorstep with a note from the mother stating the child was in danger should she keep it. This by the
Anna's Herding Cats
Sooo. In His Keeping. Romantic Suspense meets paranormal woo-woo. Yay! How fun is that?! I had a good time with In His Keeping as Ari's life is thrown into chaos after an attack exposes her psychic abilities and she's forced to turn to Beau and his security team for help in finding her parents who have been kidnapped and in keeping her alive and safe from those hunting her. It was exciting, entertaining and had me turning the pages pretty darn quickly. I was halfway through the book before I ...more
✨Rosé Reads✨
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2020
Maybe 3.5 Stars - I wish I liked these more. I have enjoyed the first two books but don't connect to the story as much as I hoped. I will say the story is very unique and the characters are interesting! I will eventually finish the rest since my library has the audiobooks and I do enjoy them, but I think I will like her other series more! ...more
And the book slump continues...

This is the story of Arial, aka Ari, who has telekinisis powers that she has been hiding all her life, until an unguarded moment that get captured on video and turns her whole life upside down. Her parents are kidnapped and she follows her fathers instructions in case she ever needed help that he couldn't provide, she turns to Beau Devereaux.

Beau is the head of security for his family's company and is already intrigued by her story when she shows up in his office a
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Being a fan of both paranormal and contemporary romances, I was excited to read the second book in the "Slow Burn" series.

This book focuses on Arial (Ari) Rochester, who is telekinetic. As a baby, Ari was abandoned on the Rochester's doorstep. They immediately decided to raise her as their own and came to discover her "powers". Ari lives the next twenty-some years trying to hide her powers and live as normal a life as possible. Then, her existence is shattered when she's assaulted and unintentio
Jane Kriel
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I find it amusing that this book is part of the "slow burn" series, when it's another insta-love. I wasn't even sure if the hero and heroine took five minutes to find out anything about each other before falling into a relationship. A tiny bit more relationship development in the beginning of the novel would have improved this book SO much. You also have to suspend disbelief where the heroine is battling gunshot wounds and psychic nosebleeds but still manages to fall effortlessly into bed with t ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! This book, #2, was even better than #1. Ari was badass and Beau a knight in shining muscles! Great mystery :)
amanda s.
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved it!

Though I didn't really feel Maya's signature writing in this book, mostly because this book is overly "bloody" and kind of too much dramatic (and I love drama!), but overall I still loved this book!

Beau's a protector. And I loved that about him, plus Ari's father? Hubba hubba. I feel like Maya needs to write a book about him and Ari's mother, their love story, because I can feel that their relationship is just as strong as Beau and Ari's. Tehehe. The rest, well, again it's too much
Dominique Bebbington
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
A book it so disappointing when it is full of editing errors. Ive come to expect it of online versions as you never can tell if you have an early release or not. However when I get and actual finished and published book that is so poorly edited that a character is named in a sense that they aren't actually in, plus other grammatical errors I want to throw the book across the room!

Other than that this was the same as the last book. Good idea and premise but calling someone baby and honey before
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychicromance
Ok. It killed me to give this series 2 stars...but I had to. I absolutely loved PHO but as everyone's noticed the quality of the later books has absolutely declined.

It is very repetitive, rambly and honestly, the plot could have been paced much better!

Oh well. I still read them because I still love the idea of security guys and psychic gals. Just sorry it had to be this way.

This review is for all the books except Liza's
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super awesome! This definitely drags you in and doesn't let go. This has emotions, action, suspense, 'gifts', tough guys, and a great ending. Another great book and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. This was will leave you with a happy exhaustion. Fast-paced and builds emotionally and mentally. Totally Enjoy!!! ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
The first book intrigued me enough to want more. Now I have Beau and Arial and this one turns up the psychic intensity. It turns up the volume on the depths of what is truly out there. There are rich characters and an secret society that wants to run the world.

Deveraux Security has their hand full.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don’t know why I keep reading Mya Banks books. 🙄. I do like the stories. But she is just not a good writer. She just repeats herself so much. She just repeats her self so much. Wait!? Did I say that already? Ugh.
Sohinee Reads & Reviews (Bookarlo)
I was really hoping that I would like this book and the cover and the blurb had me but unfortunately, had to DNF after 80 pages.

I am not fond of overly emotional and someone who always keeps finding faults in oneself type of female character, the self-blaming type of a female lead. And Arial was one such character. There are very few times that I like a male protagonist over the female character. But, in this case, I just couldn't sympathize with Arial. She is the "shy" girl who then goes on to
Hope Frost
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am not at all a Para Romance fan, but I really enjoyed MB's KGI series and the para elements within that, so I thought I would give this one a whirl. I am not a fan of this series, nor will I be purchasing more. The main couple fell in love, like I will kill for you kind of love, within 4 days of meeting. FOUR DAYS...the editing was bad, the storyline was bad the characters were ok, just no where near the KGI standards I had in my head. ...more
Venkitesh Mathakode
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story filled up with Mystery and thrill. This can be called as a romantic thriller. A little girl is on the verge of losing her life to some attackers and she decides to fight back. Some excitement added by Ari having some super natural powers and Beau Devereaux decides to help her. The book keeping its steam all over up to the end ... Overall a nice and quick read.
Theresa Lively
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hanging on and not wanting to stop reading.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Brainless, somewhat annoying in its repetition, and heavy on the unconditional love as a theme, yet still entertaining. Something that gets very old with Banks' leading men is the promises to always protect and keep their women safe and yet how often they fail at it. Since part of the fantasy is safety, you'd think her men would be better at it. You have to be is a special place of escapism to enjoy a Banks novel. A global pandemic is one of those special places. I listened to the audiobook. 3/5 ...more
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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.

Other books in the series

Slow Burn (6 books)
  • Keep Me Safe (Slow Burn #1)
  • Safe at Last (Slow Burn, #3)
  • With Every Breath (Slow Burn, #4)
  • Just One Touch (Slow Burn, #5)
  • His Only Weakness (Slow Burn, #6)

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