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Review: The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
Tuesday March 27, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Berkeley Sensation
Copyright: 10
Published: September 7,  2010
Pages: 298
Form: Paperback
Series: A KGI Novel (1)
Find the Author: Maya Banks
Buy The Book: B&N | Book Depository

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.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish and had a lovely time getting to know the characters and getting swept up in the family atmosphere expertly crafted by Banks.

Ethan is still grieving for his dead wife of one year.  Remembering the angry things he said to her before her passing, he is filled with regret and has become a shell of a person.  But when he receives intelligence from an anonymous source that she is indeed alive and being held prisoner,  he has life breathed back into him at the possibility of loving her again.  Ethan enlists his brothers and their KGI company to rescue his wife.  Unfortunately her captors got her hooked on drugs and her memories of Ethan and the family are scant and shattered.

The two things that shined about this book were the characters and the atmosphere.  I love love loved, the Kelly brothers and their family.  They are all ex- military men except the younger twin brothers Nathan and Joe who still belong to Uncle Sam.  So their intelligence gathering and execution of missions are totally believable and gave me quite the adrenaline rush.  But what I love most about the brothers is not the power they encompass, but their love and affection for each other and their family.  The way they all relate to each other is dynamic and I couldn’t help but feel like part of the family as I read.

There were so many LOL moments that I couldn’t keep up with them and I had a ball getting to know each brother.  I will say Ethan kind of got on my nerves a little bit.  I completely understand him wanting to do any and every thing for his wife, especially since she barely remembered much.  But at times he was just too accommodating to the detriment of them both.  And eventually I got sick of him reassuring her so much.

Overall I thought the book great and the characters wonderful.  I could really appreciate the way the characters related to each other, and it was cool to see the softer and funnier side of some very formidable and well built men.  Banks did a great job with this book and I can’t wait to continue the series.

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

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. Regret after death, I’m sure is VERY difficult.

  2. Yay for those LOL moments that brought smiles to your faces!! These brothers each sound like they’d be such a blast to read about! They kind of remind me of the Drake brothers just by the way you describe how they react and care about each other, and that alone makes me sure that I’d enjoy reading about them! I feel like not enough books nowadays focus on family reactions, so this is GREAT!

    Awesome review, Jade! <3 If the promise of awesome brothers isn't enough, I'd definitely be intrigued by this cover too! 😉

  3. First thing I thought when I saw the cover was sookie..sookie! That’s a really nice cover. I enjoy Maya Banks and the book sounds like a great read just as I expected.

  4. La Toya says:

    Oooh wow, this is way more intense sounding than I thought it would be! I’m glad you enjoyed and I will have to check this series out! 🙂

  5. Plez,, with a book cover like that i’m all in the pages, lololol. okay, for real, for real. as my younger niece says. I think its a series I will enjoy reading.
    Hope you are going well these days. will always be in my prayers.

  6. I’ve added this one to my list. I’ve noticed that many series centered around families often have all girls or all boys. I wonder why that is. Hmmm…

    Well I definitely want to know how the kidnapping/drug addition/ memory loss affects the romance. Very interesting. Great review Jade!

  7. Alysia says:

    I really like the fact that it has LOL moments in it. But girl that cover!! Hey now!!! That’s what I’m talking about.

  8. Brie says:

    I loved this book! The whole cheesy crazy plot was so awesome, LOL. And I love bromance and books with lots of male friends making fun of each other and being supportive. Love it! The other books in the series are not as good, though, and the last one was just plain crazy!

  9. Ethan sounds like the ultimate tortured hero!!!! YUM. I’ve had these books on my TBR since Felicia reviewed them last year. I need to get my butt in gear and read them.