Friday Check-In – Just One Touch by Maya Banks

I’m participating in the Book Blogger Hop (answering a given question each week), Book Beginnings on Fridays, and the Friday 56 (sharing the first line, and something from either page 56, or 56% of the book I’m currently reading). Click the links to check out these fun posts.

The Book Blogger Hop Question of the Week

If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?

It would really depend on why I hated the book. If I didn’t like the book because I just don’t care for a certain trope, I would absolutely try out another book by the author. Or if there were things I did like about the book, even though I ultimately didn’t like book, I would tryout other books by that or author. Or if I know someone who I tend to agree on about books love the author. But if there was something about the writing style, or just something about how the author writes then I won’t go out searching for her next books.

Book Beginnings on Fridays and the Friday 56

just one touch Maya banksJust One Touch by Maya Banks


#1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and sizzling Slow Burn series with the fifth book featuring the men and women of Devereaux Security Services.

Abducted as a young girl and raised in a strict religious cult, 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 stumbles across Isaac’s path, Devereaux Security’s toughest recruit is intrigued by the beautiful, sheltered stranger. Jenna seems to know nothing of the world around her and refuses to tell him what danger haunts her, but Isaac will do whatever it takes to gain her trust. When it becomes clear that very powerful, dangerous people are after her, he vows to protect her at all costs… because with just one touch Issac knows he wants Jenna to be his—forever.

First Line

She ran through the gnarled forest, her breaths of fear spilling raggedly from her lips as she sought to suck in precious oxygen.

The 56:
(page 56)

A dar vehicle loomed ahead and Isaac quickened his step, wanting Jenna out of harms way as quickly as possible. Then the unmistakable whine of a bullet striking metal sounded just as Shadow grunted beside him.

My Thoughts:

I actually just finished this book. It was sent to me from the publisher, and I was excited to give it a try. I love Maya Banks’ historical romances. But this didn’t work for me. The heroine, Jenna, was so passive. And the hero, Isaac, was creepy possessive. And the writing was kind of repetitive and the inner dialogue was over the top.

18 Responses to “Friday Check-In – Just One Touch by Maya Banks”

  1. herding cats & burning soup

    I’ve got the Banks one, too. I used to really really love her romantic suspense but the past few years all of hers seem to suffer the same problem for me with WAY too much repetition and usually instalove.

  2. Rowena

    Hey Quinn! I got that Banks book for review too and I’m not in the mood to try it out so maybe I’ll just give it away on my blog. Thanks for the heads up, sorry it didn’t work out for you. I hope you have a better reading week next week. 🙂

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m exactly the same way when it comes to 2nd chances. I have a few Maya Banks historicals (all your fault!) so I had high hopes for her contemporary but it sounds like this was a little flat. Too bad! I think I’ll stick to the historicals.

  4. Silver's Reviews

    Great answer to the Blog Hop question.

    I am enjoying the answers. Even though most of us have similar thoughts, it is fun to see how each blogger explains it. 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  5. Literary Feline (Wendy)

    The writing style is pretty much the only reason I can see myself not trying an author again, or if I’m completely not interested in the subject matter of any of the author’s other books.

    I hope you have a great week! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Angela @ Simply Angela

    I usually give an author a few tries and I’ll try a book from a different series, then if I’m still having problems with the writing, I’ll give up on the author.

    I’m also struggling with Maya Banks. Like you, I’ve liked her historicals. And when she first started her KGI series, I loved them but they’ve declined lately.

  7. Lola

    If I didn’t enjoy the first book I read by an author I am less likely or less enthusiastic to pick up another books, but it also very much depends on what I didn’t enjoy about. If it’s the writing style for example I know that’s less likely to change a lot, but things like specific story tropes or things that didn’t sit well with me are more book specific. I do usually like to give author’s multiple chances, but at the same time I do notice that if I didn’t enjoy a book i am less likely to pick up more books by that author.

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