Just One Touch
Slow Burn #5
By: Maya Banks
Releasing May 9, 2017
Multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her Slow Burn series with a suspenseful and sizzling story of a young woman who escapes a terrifying past… into a more uncertain future.
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.
A riveting and intense story filled with high emotions, non-stop threats, and danger, with intriguing characters and otherworldly paranormal powers.
The storyline took hold of my curiosity with the puzzling powers Jenna has - the very reason the cult had held her captive for a lifetime, and the reason for the connection that form between Isaac and Jenna immediately, with just one touch. That touch was supposed to heal 'just a gun wound', but it touched Isaac to the deep dark corners of his soul and brought him to life like never before.
The fascination with the gift, the power in Jenna's hands held through the story. The suspense is tight and terrifying, the fear palpable and real, with the special powers, Jenna would never be safe as long as the people after her were alive.
Isaac's feelings for her were deep, high, and wide. There was no question about his intentions towards her, or what he desired, the declarations of his feelings were detailed and wordy. The stoic man Isaac used to be was gone, his emotions towards Jenna nearly visible force in the air. His possessiveness and protectiveness of her went beyond my limits, but thankfully Jenna found her strength and ability to stand up for herself and demand what she wanted, needed, and desired, as well.
Jenna's development from the chary and timorous lost girl to the woman of her own mind and capability was a beautiful thing to witness. The spunk and will she showed as the story developed was admirable. Through her lifetime she has suffered more violence and negligent than anyone deserves and my heart ached for her on several occasions. (There are moments of raw violence in the story, that can be a trigger to some.)
I acknowledge that not everyone has a habit of reading books in one sitting so to mention that the story has a quite a bit of repetition, in my opinion, and to me, might be a blessing to those who read a couple of chapters here and there. Regardless, the story was engaging and mesmerizing, the characters were charismatic and provocative. Nothing in the story was 'ready chewed and easy to swallow', but I, as a reader, had to form my own mind, an opinion of the events and the people in them, and even change it frequently, as the twists and development in the plot required it. It is an emotion-filled journey, rather wild and filled with danger, as well as passion, love, and deep adoration. Just One Touch makes an impact and it is a story that requires a bit digesting, as it mesmerizes the mind with its allure.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Isaac lay quietly in the dark, staring up at the ceiling, his thoughts consumed by the blue-eyed angel in the next room.
Would she be able to sleep? And if she was, did nightmares plague her dreams?
What was it about her that called to a part of his heart and soul that had never been breached before? He could come up with plenty of reasonable explanations, like the fact that she’d saved his life. Or that he’d made it his life’s work to protect the innocent. Or the fact that she was lost in a world of which she had little understanding or knowledge. Or the fact that she needed him.
But the simple truth was that he needed her every bit as much as she needed him, and he couldn’t come up with a reason that made any sense to him.
He’d come across plenty of victimized women who’d desperately needed help, his protection, DSS’s protection, but never had he been even remotely possessive of them. He’d done his job, and it never failed to enrage him and rile his protective instincts.
It was who and what he was; he’d never be a man to stand idly by while a woman was in danger or being abused.
But his angel wasn’t just any victim. She wasn’t just any woman in trouble and in need of protecting. And he had no idea what to do with that realization. He couldn’t even call it a realization, as if he’d just been struck by an epiphany as he lay there with no hope of sleeping. He’d known it from the moment she’d touched him, laid her hands on him, and he’d felt her in the very depths of his soul.
It wasn’t sexual—wholly—because he’d be a damn liar if he didn’t want her with every breath in his body. It was spiritual, and he felt like some hokey fool mooning over things like destiny and fate, but how could he call it anything else when from the moment she’d touched him he’d felt a connection that transcended any physical want or need?
And he was consumed with guilt for having sexual thoughts, lustful, needful thoughts, about a woman child whom he didn’t even know whether she was of an age for him to be having such thoughts about her. She had the innocence of a girl with the body of a desirable woman. Hell, it was obvious that no matter how many years she’d lived in this world, she’d spent the majority of them sheltered, sequestered from the real world. She was either enraptured with or terrified of things that he and others took for granted.
She’d been conditioned.
He frowned. It appeared that at a very early age she’d been indoctrinated. Brainwashed. Taught an alternate reality that was twisted to fit the agenda of the people who’d kept her under lock and key, and they’d proven they would go to extreme measures to retrieve her. She was a valuable asset to them. Irreplaceable.
He wondered when her powers had manifested themselves and as he pondered that question, he wondered if it was what had saved her from a far worse fate. Even the dumbest fucks would realize the enormity of what they possessed in Jenna.
He rolled over to retrieve his cell and punched in Eliza’s number, knowing it was late and that Sterling likely wouldn’t be pleased, but Eliza of all people would understand his suspicions. He needed to bounce some ideas off her.
“This better be damn good,” Eliza growled into the phone.
“Because I was about to be the recipient of the mother of all orgasms, and Wade is just pissed enough to throw my phone in the pool and withhold sex for a week.”
Isaac burst out laughing when he heard Sterling in the background.
“Jesus fuck, woman, can we keep our sex life and your goddamn job separate?”
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Unorganized, melt-down prone, laid back, despise drama & conflict!
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
My Give A Damn is Broken
Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
A cup of crushed ice
What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
I’m a complete homebody & enjoy hanging out at home with my family every chance I get. It’s rare for me to leave my house!
What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
I love revealing information about various characters personalities and the closeness between them through dialogue. I also always look forward to writing the dark moment as I love me some angst!
What are your favorite types of stories to read?
I love stories that don’t feature a couple who spend the entire book apart or that focus on internal conflict. I much prefer to see the hero and heroine together on the page and to see them working together to overcome external conflict.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I absolutely love following up with characters from a previous story whether it’s including them as secondary characters in a newer book or writing a short novella that revisits them so readers can see them after the HEA
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I absolutely credit my readers with my success and my career. They, not me, are why I’ve been able to write close to 80 stories in the 11 years I’ve been writing
Maya Banks is a multiple #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the Surrender Trilogy, the KGI novels, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels. She lives in Southeast Texas.
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