Books read in July

Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov *Star**Star**Starw**Starw**Starw*

Hard Wired by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell *Star**Star**Star**Star**Starw*

Mature Content by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell *Star**Star**Star**Star**Starw*

Just One Touch by Maya Banks *Star**Starw**Starw**Starw**Starw*

Healed By A Dragon by Lauren Lively *Star**Star**Starw**Starw**Starw*

The Farther He Runs by Lynda Aicher *Star**Star**Starw**Starw**Starw*

Logan’s Need by Sloane Kennedy *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

Never Seduce A Scot by Maya Banks *Star**Star**Star**Star**Star*

Wondering Sight by Melissa McShane *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

Skin Deep by S W Vaughn *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

After The End by Katie Ruggle *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

Run To Ground by Katie Ruggle *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell *Star**Star**Star**Star**Starw*

Just One Touch by Maya Banks
This book is so below Maya Banks’ normal standards. I know she can do better than this!

Okay, first off, the instalove. Jenna is a healer, and when Isaac is shot, she heals him. This is their very first interaction. Apparently Jenna doesn’t just heal Isaac’s body, but his soul too. He likens to her to an angel. Despite others she heals having very similar reactions, Isaac decides he is in love with Jenna, and she has no choice but to love him back. There is virtually no mention of any other facet of Jenna, just her amazing healing ability. He barely even knows her.

Jenna has lived an extremely sheltered life. She has never been touched in kindness by a man, let alone had a kiss or fallen in love. She falls for Isaac’s worship of her, and believes they are meant to be together. Again, she barely knows him and is more in love with the idea of being loved than anything particular to Isaac.

Secondly, Isaac’s ‘love’ for Jenna is more like obsession. There are numerous mentions of how he can’t ever let her go and how lucky it is that she loves him too because he wouldn’t let her go either way. Um, what? That’s so wrong, not to mention illegal. He even acknowledges the similarities between Jenna’s kidnappers and himself, noting that the only difference is that he would adore her instead of using her. Her permission seems irrelevant.

It’s all so wrong. And so shockingly beneath Maya Banks’ normal standards of book. Do NOT be put off Maya Banks if you haven’t read her other work. I’d even recommend the first three books in this series, where we meet Ari, Gracie and Ramie. Those three books were fantastic. The fourth didn’t do much for me, but this fifth Slow Burn novel is not worth your time and attention.

Author: Elle

I'm a moderator at Writing.com, the mother of two gifted children, the wife of a Twitch gaming streamer and the Queen of Unfinished Projects. I've been reading since I was 4 years old, writing poems (badly) since 1994, blogging since 2001 and I started studying photography in 2010. This blog will contain poems, short stories, book reviews and my thoughts on a variety of topics. Hope you enjoy it.

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