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Friday, October 30, 2015

Review: 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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This was an enjoyable read! Maya Banks is amazing at creating books filled with emotion. Her stories are deep and profound and Darkest Before Dawn was a great example of that. I found the plot to be really interesting and different than anything I had read before. I felt there were a lot of serious aspects covered in this book, mainly considering war and the horrors committed against innocent people. It was hard to read at times, but I feel it was handled well in the story.

Though this is the 10th book in this series, it is not necessary to have read any of the other books. This was the first book I have read in the KGI series, and while characters are present from other books, I was not confused at all. I am definitely intrigued by the other characters and really liked the character dynamics I saw from the Kelly group.

I loved that Honor was such a strong female character. I don't think I could have been even half as strong as she was. The fact that she was strong and smart enough to survive while being hunted by multiple people is admirable are are traits I like in characters. It would have been so easy for her to be self-pitying or to have made silly mistakes under all that pressure, but I'm glad that Banks made her the way she is.

I wasn't too sure about Hancock in the beginning. He’s got a dark heart, but just enough charm to keep you from hating him at the beginning of the story. Still, the fact that he was so determined to sacrifice an innocent woman- even for the greater good, as a little unsettling for a while. There is a lot of character development that happens, especially with Hancock.  His heart opens up by the end and I enjoyed watching the changes throughout the story.

I wish there had been a little bit more of Honor and Hancock together after everything they had been through, but I still enjoyed it and look forward to reading other stories by this author.


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