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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 17:55

Review: Just One Touch by Maya Banks

Written by Jennifer Porter
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JustOneTouchJust One Touch by Maya Banks (romantic suspense, Avon, May 2017)


Series: Slow Burn, book 5


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.


Just One Touch is the fifth book in Maya Banks’ romantic suspense series with paranormal elements. Jenna Wilder has spent most of her life as part of a cult, mostly held hostage by the cult leaders. On the night that she escapes, she tries to steal Isaac Washington’s SUV, but Isaac catches her. Unfortunately, the cult members after Jenna are determined to stop her from escaping and end up shooting and critically injuring Isaac. At this point, Jenna uses her paranormal talent to heal Isaac and save his life. It does seem as if from this point on, Isaac is totally gone for Jenna, desperately in love with her.


Like many of the stories in the Slow Burn series, Just One Touch is an insta-love romance in which the hero falls in love at almost first sight. In this context, the insta-love between Jenna and Isaac works for me because there is so much going on externally. Every time that these two think they are safe from the cult members, they find out differently. The bad guys are relentless and will stop at nothing to get Jenna back - after all, her power is an extraordinary one and the cult leaders want to keep her around so that she can heal them whenever necessary.


So, I enjoyed the uncomplicated and fast romance between Jenna and Isaac. I like both characters and thought that Jenna’s paranormal talent fit in well with those of the heroine’s in earlier books in the series. Jenna is like most Banks’ heroines in that she is a Pollyanna, falls for the hero fast and forgives everyone with ease (except for the bad guys). I did, however, have trouble with tall of the bad things that happened to Jenna. Maya Banks likes to torture her heroines; there can be no doubt about this. And quite honestly it is often too much for me, especially given our current political climate. I had to skim the parts that were a bit too violent and the parts where Jenna is in the custody of the bad guys.


Just One Touch by Maya Banks is a book that will appeal to fans of the insta-love trope and to those that enjoy the addition of paranormals elements. This is a good read for those that can suspend their disbelief and just read for enjoyment (and who don’t mind the darker parts).


Maya Banks: http://www.mayabanks.com


Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via edelweiss.

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