Published by Harper Collins on January 27th 2015
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 her question everything she thought she knew about her parents and her secretive upbringing. But this isn't a fight she can face on her own.
As the head of Devereaux Security, Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. But when he takes on a new client—a beautiful young woman with an extraordinary gift—Beau isn't prepared for the extent of his attraction to her. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he'll do anything at all to protect Ari. No matter what it costs him personally. Even his heart and soul.
I received a physical copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Slow Burn series, Keep Me Safe, so it there was no doubt in my mind that I’d want to continue with the series and read more about the Deveraux family.
When this book first started, I was a little confused because I wanted so desperately to dive back into the Deveraux family, but I had to be patient and get all of this important information before getting to the good stuff. When you dive into In His Keeping, you meet a husband and wife who have tried everything to have a family without success, until one Christmas Eve when a stranger leaves a baby girl on their doorstep asking for them to please take care of her. Gavin and Ginger Rochester do not hesitate and quickly take the baby in as their own, naming her Arial. As the months go buy, strange things start to happen, leaving this protective father and mother struggling to understand. When it is learned that Arial isn’t just an ordinary girl, but an extraordinary girl with special powers, they will do anything to keep her safe and protect her from anyone trying to get to her.
As the years go on and Arial is now an adult, she’s faced with the harsh reality that there are people out there who want to get to her and will do anything, including kidnapping her parents, to do just that. Left all alone with no clue as to where to find her parents, Arial turns to the Deveraux Security Service for help. When she meets Beau, things quickly escalate and Beau must do anything and everything to protect her, but what he doesn’t expect is to fall so completely and utterly hard for this woman whom he’s just met.
From the moment of Arial’s first attack, things begin to really pick up and the story continues to build and build. While there were times I felt the attraction between Beau and Arial happened too fast, everything played out rather nicely for me. So much takes place in the span of only a few days, but it feels as if these two have known each other much longer. I love how much Beau feels the need to protect this girl. He almost seems confused by the need to protect her, but the more he gets to know her and fight the feelings he has for her, he realizes there’s no need to stop the way one feels for another.
The entire plot of the story really kept my attention and it felt as if the story went from a slow pace to extremely fast, with barely a moment to breathe in between events. I love the book that has suspense and thrill along with romance. It plays out in my head just like a movie.
The best part, in my opinion, is how kickass Arial is. While she’s been protected her entire life, she immediately jumps into the role of protector, willing to anything and everything to protect those she loves and even those she’s only just met. I admire her so much for her willingness to sacrifice herself just to protect those fighting to protect her.
In His Keeping truly kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story as a whole and the fast paced relationship development that took place between Beau and Arial. While it was fast, it seemed so genuine and that’s what made it so believable for me.
The Slow Burn series has, so far, been one I’ve really enjoyed and I am looking forward to continuing with these characters and meeting new ones.
Four out of five stars