Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review- DARKEST BEFORE DAWN (KGI, #10) by Maya Banks

Publisher: Berkeley 
Pub. Date: October 27, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4 Stars

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.”

The only other KGI book I've read is The Darkest Hour, which I absolutely adored. I instantly fell in love with all the characters. Darkest Before Dawn was action packed until the very end, not overly romantic, and hella hard to put down. Hancock is...all man; lethal and downright vicious. Obviously, that makes him very sexy. I enjoyed being able to get to know him more in this book. 

Honor, the main female of the story was not my favorite of characters, but I still liked her well enough. I feel like her character was too perfect...she had no flaws. I wasn't able to connect with her for that reason alone. Honor is a relief working, working in the cusps of the Middle East; war zone area. The clinic that she's been working at was bombed by terrorists, leaving Honor alone, hungry, 
and in pain. 

Enter Hancock. Hancock and his team have been sent to rescue Honor but once he finds her, he doesn't take her home to safety like she thought. Instead, he has other plans that involve putting Honor at risk. The more find he spends with her, the more his wall starts to break down enough to start letting her in. Will these two characters be able to beat the odds? 

Overall, i think the story was a thrilling ride until the very end. New and old readers of the series will fall apart then fall in love when they read this epic story of learning to let go and let in. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.


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