DARKEST BEFORE DAWN (KGI, #10) by Maya Banks



Author: Maya Banks

Release Date: October 27, 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.”


Natalie’s 3 Star Review

Damsels in distress and their knights in shining armor – the most tried and true theme that is at the heart of so many of my favorite romance novels. Darkest Before Dawn, the tenth installment in Maya Banks KGI series takes this theme and adds a bit of a twist. What results is a very enjoyable story.

Honor Cambridge is young and beautiful but what sets her apart is her unwavering dedication to helping others. A westerner in the Middle East, she works in a clinic providing relief aide to the locals despite the dangers that surround her. When the relief center is bombed Honor is the only survivor. With no American military presence in the area to protect her, Honor finds herself fighting for survival, hiding from the terrorists by day and trying to escape the country by night.

Guy Hancock is a man without a country, former military now on his own as a mercenary. He lives by the motto – “The good of the many takes priority over the good one.” When Hancock hears of the surviving American relief worker he knows she is the key to getting what he has been after for years. Sacrifices have to be made but who will be paying the ultimate price?

Overall I really liked the idea behind the book, our hero had great potential (knights in shining armor and all that) and I loved the heroine’s strength but I found the actual story telling to be very slow particularly in the first half of the book. It was bogged down with an abundance of repetitive internal monologues and thoughts with very little dialogue between characters. I often found myself skipping entire pages only stopping when there was actual character dialogue. This lack of dialogue caused a delay in my initial connection with the characters. I liked them, especially Honor but I didn’t become invested in their story and relationship until well into the book. When things started to pick up toward the end so did my enjoyment.

This was the first KGI book that I’ve read, as well as my very first Maya Banks book. I do feel that I missed out on some back story that would have improved my overall understanding of its characters but with that being said, as a positive, it was easy enough to get the gist of what was happening and I liked the characters enough to want to go back and start the series.



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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.


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