Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks- KATIE’S REVIEW

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I love the KGI series and wanted to read Hancock’s story.




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.”


Wow! What an emotional roller coaster Darkest Before Dawn was! The elusive and complicated Hancock has always intrigued me. Ever since Hancock first appeared in Echoes at Dawn, I was secretly rooting for Hancock to get his HEA, even though he was the enemy at the time. Over the last few books of the series, his role and relationship to KGI has evolved and become more complicated. Hancock has always been portrayed as more machine than man, always working for the greater good, and no exceptions. I loved the glimpses into Hancock’s past, so we can see why he is the way he is.

 If I have learned anything from reading romantic fiction, it’s that the colder and harder the man, the harder they fall when they meet their match. Let’s not forget that the tougher the life, the sweeter the reward. And the reward for this couple is definitely sweet!

Hancock and Honor do not have an easy road to get to their HEA. It was hard to watch at times, knowing how fragile Honor could be, and how she could easily be hurt by Hancock. Honor was subjected to and survived much more than almost anyone I know could survive with their sanity still intact. Many times throughout the book, I wanted to just give her a big hug and tell her it will all work out in the end. The depth of emotions I felt while reading this book almost surprised me. Almost nothing phases me anymore, but this book had me biting my nails and sitting on the edge of my seat, trying to anticipate what was going to happen next! I tried a few times to put the book down and go to sleep, but lying awake, not being able to sleep because I couldn’t stop running through all the possible scenarios of what could happen next made me pick it back up. I read this all in one night.

The KGI series is one of my favorite series for many reasons, but most especially because it’s really hard for an author to find a great balance in the Romantic Suspense/ Military Drama genre; butMaya has found the perfect balance in the KGI series. Emotional scenes between the characters and action-packed drama sequences are her forte. Her mission scenes always are well thought out, and seem realistic without any missing plot points or holes.

Overall, I absolutely LOVED the latest KGI book, and cannot wait for the next one. I was hoping to see a bit more interaction with the KGI boys in this book, but I was definitely not disappointed with Hancock’s story!

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