Title: Safe at Last
Series: Slow Burn #3
Author: Maya Banks
Release Date: June 23, 2015
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.
Safe at Last is not a short book, but for me it was a one sitting book. I picked it up and couldn't put it down until I finished. It was that good!
If you've read the other Slow Burn books you'll see all of your favorite characters come back. But this book focuses on Zack. 12 years ago Zack lost the love of his life. He was never sure if Anna-Grace, or Gracie as he called her, disappeared or died. Then unexpectedly he finds her.
Gracie has been through hell. 12 years later she is just starting to recover emotionally. Seeing Zack brings all of her past nightmares back. She is terrified of him and wants nothing to do with him. But when Gracie is hurt, Zack insists upon providing protection with his team.
Safe at Last is not your typical romance. Zack already loves Gracie. Gracie had loved Zack, but now feels betrayed by him. When forced into close proximity everything comes out. Zack works diligently to save his old relationship and to build Gracie's trust.
There is not a lot of steam in this book, but there are so many emotions. While I do usually read books and talk about the chemistry and hotness of the characters, this was different. I loved Zack for his character and integrity. Gracie I also loved. Even though she felt betrayed and terrified she stands up for what she believes in and confronts her fears towards the end. For an emotional wreck she is one of the strongest characters ever.
This was a very powerful, emotional book that I absolutely loved. I give Safe at Last FIVE STARS!
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