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.
Goodreads Series Link https://www.goodreads.com/series/119196-slow-burn
Amazon Series Link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LX687ZC/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
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?”
I very rarely read anything paranormal, but this series has captured my attention from the start and I do not pass up any Maya Banks book. Ever. I’ve loved her work in all the genres she has decided to dip her pen in and I’ve always been satisfied!
This series is not one I recommend you just jump into at any point. I mean you could, but then you’d me missing out on a lot. Every book is really its own suspense but there’s also overlapping suspense as well. Just One Touch was no exception. There are twists to the turns and secrets to the secrets, I tell ya. Don’t even bother trying to figure anything out on your own. Its best to just sit back and let the words sink in and just let the ah ha moment flow freely!
Issac has a seriously dark past. When Jenna comes along it’s a sliver of light thru that darkness. My heart shattered for this woman and I felt Issac’s pain straight to my soul. I could not put this book down. Their journey was mesmerizing. I couldn’t wait to read what would happen next …. Maya Banks just doesn’t disappoint you guys. She is so passionate in her prose. Her characters are so vivid you feel like you’re in the story yourself. Their pain is your pain. These two had to walk a really jagged path that was both tumultuous and unexpected. I COULDN’T GET ENOUGH!
RECAP: Read Maya Banks. Read all the words. That is all!
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Just One Touch is a wonderful contemporary/paranormal “adjacent” story. It’s the story of a woman who has been through hell, and the man who wrote the book on dancing with the devil.
In Just One Touch, Jenna has to learn to love. She has been severely deprived of love and her emotional well being has always been neglected. She’s special, she’s a healer. BUT, don’t let that fool you. This book is very light on paranormal, and can be enjoyed by the reader who does not gravitate towards paranormal, usually. PLEASE don’t let that scare you.
Issac is tough, with a wall of steel surrounding his heart and secrets galore. Jenna helps him in ways he didn’t think possible. He’s a bit broody.
Overall, Just One Touch is a great read. Again, it touches on the paranormal, but their story itself is not paranormal. It’s a fascinating story with an addictive storyline and characters that melt your heart.
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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.
- 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