Review: Darkest Before Dawn (KGI #10) by Maya Banks

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Series : KGI

Publisher : Penguin Publishing Group

Source : Netgalley/Publisher

Release Date : October 27th 2015


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.”goodreads

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This is the first KGI book I have read but I’m familiar with the band of men and women that make up the Kelly and the friends. So I when I dove into this book I was thinking I was going to get knee deep into the KGI. We don’t exactly as this book isn’t about a member of their team.

Nope instead we got Hannock, a man who has worked with the KGI and worked against them as he as mercenary who leads his own team of ex soldiers who are trying to stay one step ahead of the US government. So ‘head scratch’ why are we getting a book about what seems a devilish character. who isn’t a fan of the KGI?

It seems that there was a back history that I was missing as  going into the book as this book kicks off with our heroine. Honour is a relief worker who is working in the Middle East trying to help the people caught up with the terrorists and helping them survive the war torn country.

However in one day things changed and gone is the woman who first concern is helping others. She has got to focus her energy on herself and not risk anymore and rely on the tough of nails spirit that has gotten her this far. As there is no glimmer in hope for her and only a target on her back .

Until Hannock swoops in and rescues her.

Hannock has always painted himself as man who do anything for money. In reality his missions are trying to help the greater good all tying to the has one target he wants to take down. He doesn’t have time for women, they are a distraction like emotions. Until an opportunity comes knocking at his door to take down the target he has wants gone.

However will this time will be he lucky considering the last couple of times  he was thawed to help the KGI?

Darkest from Dawn is an  interesting departure  for the series once I got the full picture and was caught up. I get why the author wanted to go down the direction and give fans a chance to experience Hannock and his mind for ourselves. As these characters are two hot heads trying to get the best outcome for themselves and it not easy considering that they are stuck in a middle of a war torn country and have terrorists after you.

It wasn’t too heavy on the suspense, the focus was more  on the danger and the changing storyline. As these two are constant butting heads and wary of their feelings. Leaving me unsatisfied in other areas  these two constantly at each others you don’t get a feel a lot of the rest of the secondary characters that were part of the team who  had important roles to play.

The fact that things only started really getting into KGI side around the 70% was a disappointment, as everything only really started to shine then after they took chances but I wasn’t completely sold by the end as she was still questioning things until she realised the truth. Sigh

That why I can only give it 3.5 couples







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