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.
I received a copy from Harper 360 in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: Safe At Last is the third instalment in Maya Banks' Slow Burn series. It can easily be read as a standalone, although reading the previous books will help understand earlier events - There are characters and themes which continue on throughout the series.
The story is dramatic, and at times a little unsettling, but it's also fascinating and kinda sweet. I wasn't always entirely sure what to make of the characters because they're surrounded by so many lies and misunderstandings.
Zack is determined and driven, but he's trapped in the past. After the disappearance of the love of his life, he's been unable to move on even after many years. I liked Zack (his overbearing alpha tendencies aside), and appreciated his dedication to Gracie and discovering the truth. Gracie was a little harder to get a handle on. I struggled seeing her so distressed, and needing to be constantly saved in one form or another. I wanted to see her fiercer side come out, but was pleased when her inner strength started to show. Yes she has many reasons to be upset, and I'm in no way belittling her suffering. I felt as though a lot of the book was focused on dissension and I really wanted to see more of them as a couple both in the past and the present.
I actually really liked the slight paranormal element and would have like to see more made of it (although this is mentioned in the previous books). I do like second-chance romances and I did enjoy the sweeter moments of their complicated love story.