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Monday, November 9, 2015

ARC 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.”

I have been meaning to write my review of Darkest Before Dawn for a couple of weeks now.  I have sat down to start only to be distracted or even just having a tough time trying to review this one.  I have loved Maya Banks books for years, and especially this series.  I’ll admit I am behind on the last two books but knew I could go into Darkest Before Dawn and not feel so lost that I couldn’t follow along, and I wasn’t.  I think one of the reasons I have put off my review for this long was because while I liked Darkness Before Dawn, I wasn’t in love with it like I had hoped.  I know that over time our tastes change but I don’t even think that was the issue.  I just had a hard time getting into Hancock and Honor’s book.  I didn’t feel that connection that keeps me interested, like the previous books have. 

It was almost as if that formula that Maya Banks used in the past, and that worked, was switched out for a new one.  It wasn’t the same and it really made a book that readers of this series have been wanting and waiting for, a let down and a little disappointed, well maybe not all readers but for this one at least.  I hope that Ms. Banks will go back and remember what got her fans so hooked to begin with, the suspense, the drama, the sexiness, the team, and the chemistry between the characters.
Author Bio: Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 novels including the KGI series, Slow Burn series, and the Breathless and Surrender trilogies. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas. Visit her website at

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