Author: Maya Banks
Series: Slow Burn #3
Release Date: June 23, 2015
My Rating: 4 Stars
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.
This book is intense. As in I had to read it in short bursts. It's quite emotional and the pressure feels all too real. Zack and Gracie were the couple to be and the couple that never was. When Gracie experiences a horrific trauma at the hands of who she thinks is Zack she runs. Even years later that night haunts her. And when Zack finds after the same years for searching for her, all he wants to do is take her in his arms, and once again she runs. To her, he is responsible for killing what little love she had left in her heart and doing the unthinkable. Yet, the pieces don't add up for Zack, he can't understand why Gracie wouldn't want to see him when he's been searching for her since the day she left. When Zack finally puts all the pieces together - hell hath no fury like an alpha man who has his woman stolen and hurt.
I do have to say, this is not your typical romance. It's light on the romance and heavy on the mystery/crime part. I still enjoyed the book, very much so. But I wish I had seen more love and connection between Gracie and Zack. It's there in their actions throughout the book, and the emotions that overflow, but it wasn't quite there in a togetherness sense. More like, they were having the loving and longing feelings, but separately and not sharing them. I almost wish the plot had resolved earlier to give these two the healing, and together time they deserved. But who says they didn't? The story doesn't end after "The End." That was more of a PSA for those whole year for Maya's romance, which she always delivers so well, this is a horse of a different color for her.
Again, I still enjoyed the book. As a book, and not categorized as a romance, it was incredibly enticing and definitely kept my attention. And how I lived for that ending! Whew! Zack ad Gracie definitely got their moment, and I reveled in it. Not many characters are due the kind of reunion Gracie and Zack were due and received. This is absolutely and enjoyable read, and blends well with the previous two books in the series!
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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