Book Review: Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks

Maya Banks, books, book reviewI am going to start by saying that I am a fan of the KGI series. Maya Banks is one of my favorite authors, so I was excited to finally have time to read another one of her books. But unlike the others before, this one left me bewildered, and somewhat shocked, questioning what I just read.
I usually do not write spoilers in my reviews, but I will make an exception because I want to convey why I disliked Darkest Before Dawn as much as I did.
First, we have a strong-willed woman who fights to stay alive, in the middle of the Middle East, while being hunted by the terrorists she escaped from. What she does not know is that there are Americans who are also hunting her, but not to take her back home, but rather to hand her over to a crime boss, and use her as a tool to get revenge, while sacrificing her life to do so.
So far that is bad enough, but this supposed strong willed woman surrenders at some point that she is to be brought to slaughter, and I am supposed to believe that she falls for the guy that hands her over? Not only that, after an attempted rape by one of the bad guys, she falls around her American “friend’s” neck, and asks him to sleep with her, because she does not want to die a virgin. And of course, he complies. Oh, and gets her pregnant of course.
What the hell? I am supposed to fall for that? I know that romance novels are not based on reality, but they usually do not go this far off the rail, as this book does. And, I really wanted to like the book. I was completely and totally disappointed.
The only reason why I did not give it 1 star, is because I actually finished the book.
If you are looking for a steamy romance read my review on Her Hopes And Dreams by Terri Osburn instead.

Book Rating:

2 out of 5 Stars

Book Details:

Author: Maya Banks
Publisher: Berkley Group
Publishing Date: October 27th, 2015

Book Summary:

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.”
Happy Reading!
Claudia
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