Thursday, November 5, 2015

Review by Maimeo's Angels: Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks

THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL from the “incredibly awesome" (Jaci Burton) #1 New York Times bestselling author of When Day Breaks.

The Kelly Group International (KGI):
 A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t...

The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they've known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock's true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain—he never lets anything get in the way of duty.

But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he's been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She's the only woman who's ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he's spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for “the greater good.”

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4.0 star  
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review through the publisher and Netgalley.

This is book 10 in the KGI series. Having read the previous books I was excited to see what Maya Banks had in store for Guy Hancock and Honor Cambridge. This series is one of my favorites and I wasn’t disappointed. Although this book, like the others can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend you read the previous books if possible as it makes it easier when characters from previous books appear.

As we have come to expect from the KGI series, the men are tough, alpha males not afraid to charge, sometimes violent always determined to succeed. Guy Hancock is no different; in fact he is darker than the previous heroes of the series. A man so used to being deep undercover, that it is hard to remember whether he is on the side of good or evil. 

The first part of the book in my opinion took a bit to get through and at times it did seem a tad repetitious. I also found it hard to understand how a woman, any woman could absolve someone of the betrayal that Hancock is guilty of. Honor is so selfless, it is almost unbelievable.

Having said that the chemistry between Hancock and Honor is intense; neither can understand the feelings they have. When Hancock gives in to the inevitable it is heart wrenching, he knows what he is about to do and the repercussions for Honor. 

Honor, is feisty, courageous and determined the only survivor of a terrorist attack and despite the fact that she is now being hunted she absolutely refuses to give in. 

Several of the characters from her previous books in the series also make an appearance which I was pleased to see since I love all the Kelly’s and their extended families. 
Although this was not my favorite KGI book, I cannot wait to read more in this series and hopefully we won’t have to wait too long. Who will be next I wonder? 

Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she's not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker.


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