Review: The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks

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Review: The Darkest Hour by Maya BanksThe Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
Series: KGI #1
Published by Berkley on September 7th 2010
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 290
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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4 Stars
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 US government can’t...

It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.

His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he's built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond… until he receives anonymous information claiming Rachel is alive.

To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.

 

It seems impossible that a book would have me all teary eyed by chapter two, but Maya Banks knows how to shoot straight for the heart. The story of Ethan and Rachel is not a fairytale. Before she was presumed dead, they had problems in their marriage. Ethan, having realized just how wrong he’d been to push his wife away, doesn’t get the chance to make things right when the news of her death reach him.

A year after her death, after all his suffering and grieving and guilt, he is handed that second chance by form of evidence that his wife is still alive…alive, but being held captive by a drug cartel. This is where she’s been the whole time she’s been thought dead.

Can you imagine?! Finding out that, while you’ve been at home, for a whole year, your significant other has actually been going through who knows what at the hands of a drug cartel! It would probably kill me. Thankfully Ethan quickly springs to action and, with the help of his brothers, he executes Rachel’s rescue.

But being rescued is half the battle. Dealing with the ramifications of what she went through, of the things Ethan said before her disappearance, is not going to be a cake walk. I may have cried a few more times. I’m a cry baby sometimes, lol. I loved how real their struggles were, and how much of a strong spirit Rachel had.

In this book we also meet the whole Kelly family…and there’s a lot of them! It was fun and interesting meeting each one and seeing their own personalities come through. I don’t know how Maya Banks deals with all of the running around in her head at once. I bet it’s loud in there! Lol They’re always together and they’re mostly all boys, except for Mom, Rachel, and Rusty! I would probably need a break and often if I lived with them, being the loner that I am. Who knows though…I did end up falling in love with all of them, so I might not want to leave them.

If you’ve never read a romantic suspense book, let me recommend this one. It wasn’t overwhelmingly military-ish, but had just enough action to keep it suspenseful. I should also mention that the sexytimes were steeeeamy but romantic…nice balance! And now I play the waiting game and hope my public library has the next book available soon because I cannot wait to read the next in this series.

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About Maya Banks

Maya Banks

Maya Banks is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook and Twitter as well as in her Yahoo! Group.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

2 Responses to “Review: The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks”

  1. Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)

    I smiled while reading this review, because I have just realized that I’ve been looking for a good contemporary adult novel to read – and this fits the bill! It combines adventure and romance and sounds absolutely wonderful. I especially love how family plays a huge role in the book – that’s my general weakness when it comes to books, especially series about the family in question. Thanks for getting this book onto my radar!

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