Darkest Before Dawn (KGI #10)
by Maya Banks
ARC, Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by 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.”
~* MY REVIEW *~
Okay, I'll tell you, this one is going to be tough, because 2 stars for the story is me being generous and because there a lot of things that I don't like about the story.
I know I shouldn't... hell... I don't know what I shouldn't do anyway, I just want to point out that even though I was being offered to review the book in exchange with the ARC and even more with I missed the date line so far... I guess I couldn't say otherwise than I don't like the story at all.
Let me review what I don't like about it and you may all blame me on this if you have other opinion to share... I won't mind at all.
First, I don't like the background story.
It's about the New Era or I guess it's ISIS in the real life. It's a heart breaking to read news about ISIS and their ugliness. I also knew there's a particular volunteer who was being captured by them and finally died in their hands. I hate picturing those sad circumstances while reading the story.
Second, I don't like the narration.
I know it's the tenth book of the series, I shouldn't jump to read it before read the previous ones, but it supposed to be a stand alone and I'm curious to read a Maya Bank's book... but...
There are so many reference of previous stories and they go on and on so many times. It's left me to wonder what it's all about, because sometimes I just don't get it .
Also, the author tends to broach the story with side information which sometimes boring and repetitive.
Third, I hate the sex scene.
I've read many romance books, with explicit sex scene. I've read BDSM and honestly never enjoy one, but until now, never hate one before. The sex scene in this story I guess it's out of place, it's degrading woman, specially in this case Honor with her condition and situation. It's just like watching a porno without any sexy part on it.
Fourth, I hate the ending.
I know it's supposed to be a happy ending with the bad guys are all dead, but what about it's so hard to nail the bad guy and tooks years to accomplish a mission, but then just like that the bad guy is finish? Then due to a misunderstanding and guilty feeling, the hero just went sulking and locked himself in his room? Halllloooo... He's supposed to be tough, took the consequences and moved on with this life.
But it's should be a happy ending, right? So, with a couple of words, every problems are solved and all is good, then every body live happily ever after.
Okay, I admit, I don't know what to expect with this one. It's bad enough that it's hard for me to keep reading because of it's background story.
So, I'm sorry I can't enjoy it and I'm sorry it's just a 2 out of 5 stars story for me.