Book Review 30: Darkest Before Dawn (KGI # 10) by Maya Banks

Title: Darkest Before Dawn 
Author: Maya Banks
Release Date:27 October 2015
Publisher: Berkley

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.”


Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed reading the KGI series but I have to admit that Darkest Before Dawn has to be the best of the series so far. Nothing cheesy about this book (then again, this is Hancock’s story). Hancock has been portrayed as someone KGI does not and cannot trust in the past books so I was curious to see how his story would turn out. I finally got ahold of a paperback (because ebooks are wrecking my eyes) and I couldn’t put it down once I started reading.

Hancock met his match in Honor, the girl that was supposed to be just a pawn for achieving “the greater good.” They go through so much downs in their relationship but each still had hope although Hancock had to go and mess things up onemore time… He paid for it eventually.

For me, their story beats the other KGI stories in that it could be real and could happen to anyone given what’s going on in the world these days.

The book is very well written and the characters aren’t one-dimensional. I think Maya Banks outdid herself this time and Darkest Before Dawn is going to be hard to top. Nevertheless, I look forward to the next KGI book Brighter than the Sun (it’s Joe’s turn, and he thought his day would never come) coming out early 2017.

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