Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
#1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and sizzling Slow Burn series with this fourth book—a mesmerizingly sexy tale of a strong, brilliant woman who encounters the one man who makes her lose all control.
Eliza Cummings fought free of a monster who terrorized her when she was an innocent teenager and helped put him away for good. She took a job with Devereaux Security Services and devoted every hour to taking down the very thing she’d nearly become. No one, not even those closest to her, know her darkest, shameful secrets. But now the killer has been set free on a legal loophole and it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her. Eliza’s only choice is to run and lead the monster away from the people she loves.
Wade Sterling has always lived by his own rules, a law unto himself who answers to no one. He’s never professed to be a good man, and he’s definitely not hero material. Wade never allows anyone close enough to see the man behind the impenetrable mask—but one woman threatens his carefully leashed control. He took a bullet for her and the result was more than a piece of metal entrenched in his skin. She was under his skin and nothing he did rid himself of the woman with the courage of a warrior and who thinks nothing of putting her life before others.
But when Wade sees a panicked and haunted Eliza he knows something is very wrong, because the fool woman has never been afraid of anything. And when she tries to run, the primal beast barely lurking beneath his deceptively polished façade erupts in a rage. She may not know it, but she belongs to him. This time, Eliza isn’t going to play the protector. She was damn well going to be the protected. And as long as Wade breathes, no one will ever hurt what is his.
Suspenseful, engrossing and emotional are three words that come to mind to describe WITH EVERY BREATH and Ms. Banks sets up this story perfectly because I had barely made it halfway through the first page (!) and the words that jumped into my mind were, ‘oh boy, buckle up’. Good advice because right from the beginning, I was sucked into the story as the suspense built up and up and up. I was halfway through the book and wasn’t exactly sure what kind of danger Eliza was up against but I couldn’t even look away for a minute because I didn’t want to miss anything. One thing I can say is that giving up sleep to finish this book was worth it and makes it one of my top picks for this year.
Eliza Cummings has spent the last ten years putting the past behind her and trying to rebuild her but what little peace of mind she’s found is gone because her worst nightmare has come to life and in order to protect her loved ones, she has to give them up and take the fight to a monster she thought would never see the light of day again, even if it costs her her life. But what Eliza doesn’t expect is the tenacity of her friends and their dedication to her well-being which includes sending in help in the form of her nemesis, Wade Sterling.
Wade is an enigma, a self-made man who makes his own rules but his feelings for Eliza mean that he can be counted to protect her from herself and her suicide mission and he’ll do whatever it takes no matter the cost.
I loved this book for so many reasons, the first being Eliza. Unlike the heroines from the previous books, she is very tough, both physically and mentally, bad-ass all the way and holds her own against all the male operatives in the company. She is totally loyal to her friends and the family they have become to her and also hides a very big heart behind her tough facade. That her friends all rallied around her so quickly goes a long way to show the kind of person she is.
Wade is also another reason to love this book. He’s pure alpha male and unapologetic about it. I love that he was so invested in Eliza, how he could read her like a book even when her partner and friends couldn’t, and how he chipped away at the walls around her heart until she let him in.
The chemistry between Wade and Eliza is electric and the suspense is a nail-biter. This entire series is a must read and while this book stand alone, the references to past books and the cast of characters are such that I would recommend reading it in order.