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Sunday, August 2, 2015
The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks has a fighting chance for first
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The Darkest Houris the first of the KGI series written by Maya Banks. The KGI series is written about the Kelly family and their black ops organization known as Kelly Group International. Book one is about Ethan Kelly, who is a former Navy Seal, and his wife Rachel, who has been missing and presumed dead for over a year.
With the Kelly brothers acting as a team to discover if Rachel is actually alive or not, the novel holds your attention with unmitigated suspense. Does Ethan reunite with the love of his life, or is he on the road to self-destruction? Only time will tell.
Although these books do stand alone quite well, reading them in order is still the best way to go. If these books are read out of order, you will know the outcome of some of the storylines, which can make the book drag a bit.
Maya Banks is a wordsmith, and this series is one of the best you will ever read if you enjoy romantic suspense and black ops novels. The men are rugged and sexy, and the women who catch their attention are more than happy to take care of themselves. Banks is an expert at keeping the energy going all through her novels, and her steamy romance scenes are incomparable to anything else. However, after reading the other novels, and hitting this one last, I found it to drag in some parts, and I skipped quite a bit because I knew what the outcome was going to be. Also, I found that the main female character in this particular novel was unrealistically strong. It hit me as being farfetched and just too hard to believe.
When I started the series with No Place To Run, it was not clear that it was not the first book. It was after I looked it up, that I realized I was reading the novels out of order. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, only because I didn’t love it as much as I loved the others. I do think that if I read it first, I may have felt differently about it, but it is hard to say. I do highly recommend it. This series will get you hooked, and you will wonder how you ever got along without the Kelly boys in your life.