Title: With Every Breath
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 had 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.
Author: Maya Banks
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Mastered
Series: Slow Burn #4
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: August 23rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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It’s no wonder Maya Banks is a best-selling author. She writes very well. The characters and plot were well thought out. The premise of a serial killer being released and Liza feeling the need to serve her own justice was interesting and unique. I liked that she was tough and capable. I always love a strong heroine. For these reasons, I’ll give With Every Breath four stars.
Unfortunately, I didn’t care much for this book though. Pages and pages were spent on Dane, Eliza’s long time work partner, being able to read her smallest facial or eye movement. That or his ability to detect with a wrong word or phrase her lies seemed farfetched to me. That her friend, Gracie, could read her mind was more plausible. I can accept a paranormal explanation more than a drawn out unrealistic human one. Less time setting up her departure from her too perceptive friends in a way to prevent them from trying to help or stop her and more action would have worked better for me.
Neither Wade nor Eliza was particularly likable. Banks spent so much time describing their inability to admit to themselves or each other that they cared that by the time they got together finally I almost didn’t care. That they are at last able to get past their crap and open up to one another was almost enough to redeem them to me but not quite. Without all the emo lead up, I think I’d have really enjoyed their time spent in his safe house finally exploring and embracing their relationship. I also couldn’t get over that a self-proclaimed and much documented Alpha male would be so mushy over a woman. I don’t doubt he can care but he seemed very less than Alpha toward Liza after finally getting her into bed. Guys who’ve never had nor welcomed love aren’t likely to suddenly be this emotionally open. Eliza is so closed off she can’t let the people she’s worked with for years, for whom she has utmost respect and affection help her and didn’t rely on Wade but she got overly mushy over Wade in some ways too. I couldn’t put those two actions together. Lone wolves turned fluffy kitties.
Perhaps, I’m just from the wrong generation. I want my alphas (male and female) to spend less time in their heads and more time kicking ass.